10 Leading Chrome Productivity Apps
Google has recently launched Chrome Web Store – a dedicated marketplace with various applications for the browser. The marketplace idea is simple: install an app once and you will always have it at your fingertips on Chrome’s start screen. So you can save time and use your favorite tool immediately.
As Chrome is in vogue among freelancers, the new Web Store collection is worth checking out. There are many entertainments tools, online games, utilities and productivity solutions. The last category of getting things done apps deserves freelancers’ attention. Chrome has free web applications like to-do lists, calendars, note takers to help you work faster, easier and more efficient. Let’s browse the top 10 productivity leaders in Chrome’s Web Store.
Gmail is a freelancer’s best friend. It’s free, easy, and customizable. Google email service is a stylish all-in-one solution: email, address book, note taker, calendar, IM, online file storage and much more. The updated design has breathed new life into Gmail. Now you communicate while enjoying a pleasant interface.
The famous Evernote note taker is on top of Chrome’s apps chart. It has free features, affordable premium plans, an add-ons tool box, which is the key distinctions that attracts users. Freelancers are not an exception. If you are an avid web reader or are full of ideas, fast access to Evernote via Chrome is for you. Take notes, place sketches, tag images, bookmark pages, and more.
Quick Note by Diigo is aimed to organize your freelance career. Write important messages in your browser, take down new facts, assign meeting times, and put down your fresh discoveries. Save your notes to your Diigo account and edit them later. Quick Note (like a school notebook) is an indispensable app for busy freelancers.
Springpad is a good productivity app that allows you to work in Chrome even when you are offline. You can make notes, set tasks, create checklists, and work with your friends. Besides, the application enables you to collaborate on any project and set alerts on important tasks so you will not miss any deadlines. Describe your current goal, share it with another freelancer and work out a solution together.
LucidChart makes charts and diagrams. The beneficial peculiarity of this app is online collaboration. You can invite freelancers, employers or friends to develop a chart that the whole team likes. It’s a perfect brainstorming tool for geo-separated teams. Plus, freelancers should use LucidChart while planning or preparing a strategy or a sketch. I’m sure many freelance project managers will enjoy it.
Sliderocket creates great presentations with success you can measure. As freelancers are often hired for demo-slide production, a quick launch icon in Chrome will be a suitable thing. Sliderocket is more than PowerPoint, it possesses a clear-cut interface, a rich feature list and various sources like pictures, videos, and text. Moreover, it works smoothly on Windows and Mac. So your clients will be delighted by your slideshow no matter which OS they have.
Todo.ly is an easy to-do list. Simple design, easy navigation and task sync are characteristics of Todo.ly app. Task management may be boring and time consuming, but Todo.ly does its job great. Thus, you devote your precious freelance efforts to actual work and not to interface wiki studies.
World Time Buddy is a handy tool for international freelancers. Have numerous contracts abroad? Go to Chrome World Time Buddy – it will show what time it is now in Moscow, Paris or LA. So you always can be sure of the right time to call a boss from Brazil or a fellow freelancer designer in Madrid.
The QR Code Generator gains its popularity thanks to the mobile gadget boom. QR codes are among hot tech topics in the freelance designers’ world. Now anyone can create their own QR code for free via Chrome. The tool is really easy: add text or a link, select the QR code size and generate the image.
Timer Tab is what you need to set alerts. If you’re coding and don’t want to miss a conference-call from your freelance project manager, go to Timer Tab and turn on the alarm clock. It will let you know when your time is up.