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Ask the Entrepreneurs: 6 Pieces of Online Software That Your Tech Team Will Benefit From Using

Ask the Entrepreneurs: 6 Pieces of Online Software That Your Tech Team Will Benefit From Using

Ask The Entrepreneurs is a regular series where members of the Young Entrepreneur Council are asked a single question that aims to help Lifehack readers level up their own lives, whether in a area of management, communication, business or life in general.

Here’s the question posed in this edition of Ask The Entrepreneurs:

“What online software has your technology team benefited from the most in order to track and fix bugs, errors, and other web based issues?”

1. MantisBT

Andrew Schrage

    MantisBT is free software that works on a variety of databases including MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MS SQL, and also works with just about any web browser. It improves project efficiency, is simple to install and administer, and is easy for end-users to work with also.

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    Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance

    2. GitHub

    Peter Baumgartner

      We’re huge fans of GitHub. It is the central repository for all our code and gives everyone an easy place to view and comment on each others code. Its “pull requests” feature has dramatically changed our development process for the better. It lets us easily do code reviews and spot checks on tough code without having to implement a formal review procedure.

      Peter Baumgartner, Lincoln Loop

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      3. JIRA

      Robert Castaneda

        Atlassian JIRA hands down, it lets us track all of this, but also has the ability to scale up to thousands of users and run locally if ever we need that. Also, it is used by tens of thousands of enterprise companies which means that many of our target customer base also use the software and we don’t have to give them another web 2.0 technology to sign up to.

        Robert Castaneda, ServiceRocket

        4. Pivotal Tracker

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        Brandon Wu

          With a small team juggling multiple projects, we need a tool that allows us to be fast and adaptable. We love Pivotal Tracker for it’s extremely responsive control and an UI that gives us a quick overview of the project.

          Brandon Wu, Studio Pepwuper

           

          5. Consider UserVoice

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          doreen-bloch

            UserVoice is a phenomenal plug-in widget for websites to collect user feedback in real-time and track the progress of addressing users’ concerns. While UserVoice’s tools don’t enable code-commits, they have tools in the app that enable an Admin to escalate user feedback as a bug and track the progress of these tickets. I highly recommend checking out UserVoice’s tools for easy-to-use bug tracking.

            Doreen Bloch, Poshly Inc.

            6. HipChat

            Michael Mayernick

              When an issue requires collaborative debugging, nothing is better than HipChat. There, several team members can work through ideas on the problem, post code snippets and share screenshots in a live chat. Best of all, each chat is saved and searchable, so other team members can look back at the full conversation anytime.

              Michael Mayernick, Spinnakr

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              Last Updated on May 14, 2019

              8 Replacements for Google Notebook

              8 Replacements for Google Notebook

              Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

              1. Zoho Notebook
                If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
              2. Evernote
                The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
              3. Net Notes
                If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
              4. i-Lighter
                You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
              5. Clipmarks
                For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
              6. UberNote
                If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
              7. iLeonardo
                iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
              8. Zotero
                Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

              I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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              In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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