As a web developer, I have to keep track of an awful lot of things at work, not to mention my life and projects outside of work as well. With a wife and small child thrown into the mix I really have to make the most of my time! I need a way to ensure that the tasks that I have to do get done at the right time and in the right order and somehow still leave me time to enjoy being with my family.
I’ve tried a lot of different web apps for organisation and task management, and WorkFlowy is how I choose to organise a lot of my life, both inside and outside of work. I want to give you an insight into how I use it for everything from keeping up to date with my personal projects to keepings tabs on who has asked for what for Christmas. I’m not dictating how you should use it, as the beauty of it is that it is what you want it to be, I’m merely sharing my techniques for keeping track of things, hopefully there will be a few things that you haven’t thought of doing.
There is no dearth of apps that apps that let you share, comment and collaborate on images on the web. There has been quite a trend towards apps aimed at creative freelancers and agencies with the aim of streamlining and centralizing the artwork review phase of a design project. We have already looked at Invision, Cage and a few others.
A new contender in this league is Notism. Let’s take a look at what it brings to the table and if there are any unique offerings that will pull you away from whatever you’re currently using for design review and collaboration. (more…)
If you’ve been looking for a simple way to edit photos online, then you’ll want to check out Photo Zoe, our sponsor this week. Powered by Aviary’s photo editor, it’s the easiest way to use Aviary’s features to edit your photos in your browser now that Aviary has shut down their own online photo editing app.
Photo Zoe is easy to use. Just upload your picture, then click the Edit button in the top to see all of the editing options. You can then enhance your photo, adjust its brightness, contrast, and sharpness, tweak it with Instagram-style effects, add stickers, frames, and captions, and more. Need to crop, rotate, or resize your picture? You can do that, too.
When you’re done, save your photo and close the editor pop-over. Then, just click the Download Photo button to save your creation to your computer. It’s just about as easy as editing your picture with a native app on your computer.
Go Try Photo Zoe!
It’s not the next Photoshop, but Photo Zoe is a great way to quickly enhance your photos online for free. If you loved Aviary’s quick photo editor, then you’ll have to give Photo Zoe a try.
And if the black background doesn’t suit your tastes, check the About page for a bonus extra theme!
It is difficult to imagine a world in which bookmarks did not exist. Without them we would have to resort to memorizing the URLs of countless websites or individual pages and type them out in full every time we wanted to visit the site in question.
Being able to save quick links to frequently visited sites is a great time saver, and it’s something that we take for granted. It would be easy to dismiss the humble bookmark, but they’re something we use on a daily basis. Listango has been designed to make them even more useful by offering a number of helpful additional features.
Infographics are everywhere these days. There are Tumblrs and blogs full of them, countless articles discussing and collecting them and we can certainly all conjure up a mental image of a memorable infographic. And of course this array of infographics is quite discursive, covering everything from timelines to business data to mixing cocktails.
If you want to hop on the infographic bandwagon, you can always try creating an infographic in any old graphic design program you might have. Unfortunately, without a lot of font and image downloads, you won’t be able to capture the characteristic look of the infographics we all know and love. That’s where Piktochart comes in, a web app which allows you to create and customize infographics for personal and professional use. I took the time to explore what it’s like to make an infographic in this dedicated program, so stick with me after the jump to find out whether Piktochart is worth your time and money.
So, you have a gigantic file that you want to send to someone? Depending on which service you use for email you may be able to send it as an attachment, but in all likelihood you’re going to exceed the attachment size limit.
You could set up an FTP server or make use of your web space, but this can prove costly in terms of bandwidth. Direct connections are another possibility, but these can be tricky to set up and also pose a security risk. Digital Pigeon is a service that can be used to quickly and easily share files whose sizes are measured in hundreds of megabytes. We take a look to see how it shapes up.
A freelancer’s life is nothing short of amazing. The freedom to choose what you love to do and the absolute control over your life are two major perks of being a freelancer. The flow of money is bound to be uneven, though. You might be flush some months and outright broke at times.
The key is to get a lot of paying customers at regular intervals and to do that you need to sell yourself better. Even after making a name for yourself in your niche, it’s essential that you put significant efforts to win the projects you bid for. A concise and clear cut proposal is the first vital step to achieve that.
Looking for a new way to keep your team working together in 2013? You should give Cloudship, our sponsor this week, a try. It’s a web app that helps you get organized in the simplest and most productive way. Best of all, you can get started with Cloudship for free!
With Cloudship, you can write down everything you want in notes, share files, and keep track of everyone’s tasks. Cloudship will help you to keep your notes ordered and to search for them quickly. If you need, you can also view and restore previous versions of your notes. Then, add your tasks in a second, order them easily, and nest tasks that depend on others. You can also track the time you will need to complete a task and control the real time you spend on it.
Cloudship is great for teams because it allows you to share tasks and notes with other people in a clear and simple way. In a shared project, each user can select tasks or notes they are interested in, and is then notified when another project member modifies any of them.
Get Your Team Onboard!
Cloudship is free to get started with, so there’s no reason not to try it out with your team. If you ever want to get more out of Cloudship, you can step up to Cloudship Pro for just 4€/month or 36€/year. A pro account will give you up to 1Gb of file uploads per month, at least 1,000 versions in your note history, and premium support.
Ever wanted to let your family, friends, colleagues, or anyone else join you in an event that they can’t make it to? Or perhaps you want to start a liveblog for the next Apple keynote event. Either way, you need a way to stream video, text, and pictures in real-time. Suddenly YouTube just doesn’t quite cut it.
There’s several web apps out there for live video streaming, but the new Livestream is the one you should check out. With a free account, you can stream unlimited video, text, and images, and with a paid account, your visitors can see the livestream without even logging in. Plus, it’s simple to use. Let’s take a look.
Have you ever wanted to use a character or symbol in a document or program, but not known what it’s called or how to find it? You could trawl through a list or chart, trying to recognize it among hundreds or thousands of others. Or you could point your web browser to Shapecatcher.com.
Few single-purpose web apps are as elegant and useful as Shapecatcher. It takes your hand — or mouse — drawn approximation of the character in question, then spits out a list of possible matches. It’ll save you time, make this one little aspect of your life so much easier, and wow you with its ability to recognize the crudest of drawings.