Productivity applications keep popping up right, left and center. If you’re trying to stay up-to-date, it can quickly start feeling like you’re wasting time searching for the perfect app, rather than working effectively. At I Done This, we keep improving our collections and integrations to reduce the need for meetings— but we know there are many more ways you and your colleagues can get more done in less time. We’ve created a list of the best productivity software tools to spare you hours of Internet sifting.
- Display Fusion
Using more than one monitor saves you time and trouble switching back and forth between the windows you run. Windows ‘ display settings, however, do not require you to go much further than deciding whether to mirror your primary monitor or expand the desktop to all displays. DisplayFusion is Windows’s most feature-rich multi-monitor utility. Build window size and position profiles to arrange your windows just the way you want each time you start your computer. Use screensavers to span all of your displays and set your desktop wallpaper. Add each of the monitors to a taskbar. Build custom scripts to simplify management of your windows. You would be hard pressed to find what you can not customize with DisplayFusion in your multi-monitor setup. That power comes with a learning curve but if you want to get the most out of your screens, it’s worth the effort.
- Notepad ++
Some of us have Notepad++ always open on our desktops. We like it, because it is lightweight, almost instantly opening. It’s also the best way to create.txt files, the shortest form of text file possible. You’ll always be able to view TXT files even after DOCX gets out of date. Furthermore, we often use it to strip all text formatting. Copy some text to do so, paste it into Notepad++, copy it from Notepad++ and then paste it wherever you want. Any details about formatting will be taken off. Some good news–it’s absolutely free.
- I Done This
We may be biased, but we think I Done This as a great tool. With simple updates of the daily status and progress reports, you can have transparency across teams and better overall communication. It is easy to learn, easy to use and useful for teams of all types. Hey and they’re a must-read blog.
TidyTabs refers to applications that lack a tabbed gui, such as Microsoft Office programs, Windows Explorer, and Notepad. Hover over the title bar of the window, and move the tab to the window in which you want to attach it. It even functions if you want the windows from different programs to be merged into a tabbed group. That way, you can save real estate on the computer to reduce visual clutter, which means focusing more on the job.
Airtable is a powerful tool for running everything from your editorial calendar to the hiring process. What makes Airtable special is that it doesn’t limit what you can do with it— it gives you spreadsheets, the ability to build partnerships with them, and mini-apps known as blocks, and then you can build your own workflows and models from there. The result is an equally at home tool that helps you build your agile workflow, user research process, and pantry inventory tracker with smart integration of the recipes. Using Airtable’s API, you can even use it as a database to build whole websites in much less time, as Keysheet did when compiling expert reviews of cryptocurrencies with its site.
In so many ways Grammarly is a life saver. You know those late nights where you can no longer seem to stay awake, but somehow your fingers keep typing? Those are the nights Grammarly comes in for the most convenient. Not only does this “English language writing-enhancement platform” proofread your work, but it also offers plagiarism-detection resources to check through over 250 grammar rules. An extension can be added to your browser to make sure you don’t confuse “their” with “they’re” even when you simply type in a status on Facebook. Linguists and language-lovers built this writing app. This detects and fixes intricate writing errors without having to go back and rewrite what you wrote at 3:00 a.m. Again, all over again.
Front is a shared inbox which is done correctly. They combine all your customer support channels into one dashboard, giving you access to email, Twitter, Facebook Messenger, and text messages. They help you organize all those incoming messages with loads of filtering options and “rules,” and keep every bit of communication transparent for more effective collaboration.
TeamViewer is one of the best Windows, Mac, and Linux remote access software options and it’s free for personal use. Once you have TeamViewer installed on a computer you can use another computer or your mobile device to connect to it and control it from anywhere in the world. For example, sign in to your parents ‘ PC to troubleshoot their technical issues. Or share your desktop with others so they can step through a demo. Or connect to your home computer to retrieve a file when you’re on the road. Or even run a program on another computer in another room in your house without leaving your desk, if you’re lazy like me. TeamViewer integrates remote access with screen sharing and online meeting tools.
I have tons of different passwords, because I use a ton of different apps and websites. I can’t remember all of these passwords and I won’t use the same one for every account. I’ve seen too many people do this hacked.
It app stores and encrypts all of my logins, credit card numbers, billing addresses etc. securely. just by pressing a few keys and filling in my billing address and credit card information is amazing feeling.
And it will create a super secure password for me when I sign up for a new program, and then save the password.
Clearly, these days, you can not actually afford not to use a password service. If you are still using your password for your birthday, you will get hacked. No doubt whatsoever.
If you often work with multiple windows open at once, AquaSnap can arrange them in, well, a snap for you. Even though the Aero Snap app in Windows 10 is helpful by itself, AquaSnap provides more features. You can easily match one window with another by sliding it in place, by double-clicking extending a window to the edge of your screen, making one window still remain on top and even bringing windows together in groups. Also it works for multiple monitors (required pro version).
(source: zapier.com, ivannovation.com, blog.idonethis.com, and charlesngo.com)