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6 Apps That Make You a More Productive Freelance Writer

6 Apps That Make You a More Productive Freelance Writer

As a writer and an active blogger I understand the importance of efficiency, speed, and productivity. There are deadlines to meet, an interesting audience, and clientele to satisfy, so making sure I am productive and efficient at what I do is very important. Thankfully, I have some tools that serve me right in making sure I am getting the job done. I am sharing these resources to make sure other writers can also be informed about such apps that could also really help them improve their productivity. Just click on these headlines below to get the app for yourself and see what I mean.

Write

Write is relatively new, as their Cloud version kicks off mid-summer of 2015. However, there is already a free version of the app which can be downloaded here. What makes Write really cool is that it has a mixture of rich-text functionality of Microsoft Word, the productivity tools of hacker-oriented Sublime, a Zen-like distraction-free experience, and the note-taking capabilities available on Evernote. It is like a combination of several tools all in one. With Write you can create anything from article length pieces to short story sized pieces. You can even do your research and make grocery shopping lists with this multi-use app.

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I really can’t wait for the Cloud version which promises a beautiful dark UI theme and distinctive text styles to match. This would give your documents a classy bookish or modern web-ish look.

WriteChain

What makes WriteChain really cool is that it is simple to use and user friendly. Since WriteChain is free, it doesn’t come with anything fancy like hidden editors or quotes. It is simply a tool that helps writers track their word count on the go. If you are a writer committed to setting daily goals and targets then you’ll need an app that will make you aware and accountable of accomplishing this. That’s why WriteChain will be very helpful. It takes every writing session by counting consecutive daily sessions to measure your “writing chain.” If at any time you skip a session, WriteChain informs you about it.

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Manuscript

While there are many apps that relates to writing and improving your ability, Manuscript helps more intense writers such as book writers to get more out of their work. It offers word count and page count information and supplies you with a Dropbox support. Manuscript is not selective about your document type or size, you can upload any document to it for editing.

iThoughts

Currently regarded as one of the best mind-mapping tool on iOS, iThought is beautiful and easy to use. iThought helps you visually organize your thoughts, information, and ideas. You can use this tool across several devices from your iPhone to your iPad and be more productive. While working on meeting outlines, project planning, and taking reading notes, iThought can offer you sophisticated and usable tools for mind mapping.

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Daedalus Touch

Daedalus Touch was designed to make editing and file organization more fun. It is able to import files or folders from Dropbox, WebDAV, and Box.com. It can even open zipped text files. You could also export documents as single or multiple sheets, or entire stacks of sheets. The export options available include emailing as TXT, PDF, RTF, zip archive, creating an ePub ebook file, printing, converting Markdown styles, copying to the iOS clipboard, or opening documents in other iOS apps.

iaWriter

If you frequently write online, you’ll have to deal with formatting. This can be time consuming. However with iaWriter you can use a markup language to format the posts for html. iaWriter helps you to focus on the more important task of writing rather than on other unpleasant distractions. It also syncs with Dropbox and iCloud if you prefer to write on other platforms.

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Certainly this list is not exhaustive since there are other killer apps out there to get you going and improve your efficiency. Still, it cannot be over-emphasized how important it is to get the right tool to help double on your productivity.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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