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Lifehack Deal: 8 Free Mac Apps To Improve Your Productivity

Lifehack Deal: 8 Free Mac Apps To Improve Your Productivity

Lifehack Deals presents  – 8 Mac apps for you to improve your productivity in 2013. Enjoy! They are only free for a limited time so get it quick!

IconBox 2

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    It’s Like iPhoto For All of Your Icons

    Highlights

    • Helps designers keep all their icons easily accessible
    • Easily and efficiently organize and manage all of your icons
    • Find icons online and drag them into IconBox
    • Works like iPhoto for all your icons

    Ondesoft Screen Capture for Mac

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      Easily Take & Organize Awesome Screen Shots

      Highlights

      • A powerful screen capture tool with endless possibilities
      • Grab any screen shot with this intuitive piece of software
      • Personalize your shots with arrows, text, boxes, and more
      • Organized interface allows you to find and share screenshots quickly and easily

      VidConvert

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        Video Conversion Made Easy

        Highlights

        • Quickly create video for your iPhone, iPad, for your Mac or TV, or other formats are just a click away
        • Simple and intuitive interface allows for quick video conversions
        • No expertise in video conversion required
        • Has received 5 star reviews around the web

        Image Smith

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          Easily Scale, Reorient, Recolorize, Convert, & Flatten Images

          Highlights

          • Simply scale, reorient, recolorize, convert, and flatten images
          • Scale or stretch images down to formats suitable for web banners, e-mailing photos, backups, and more
          • Professionally manipulate your photos to look like they were done by a pro

          Wallpaper Wizard

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            The Best Wallpaper Application For Your Mac

            Highlights

            • Unlimited access to thousands of beautiful wallpapers
            • Personalize your screen savers by adding your own images
            • Razor-sharp images that will get you dreaming

            ClipBuddy

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              The Most Comprehensive Clipboard Manager for Your Mac

              Highlights

              • Easily save and organize all of your cut and copy contents – text, image or both – from any app
              • The super paste function allows you to paste multiple clips in a loop without any pesky punctuation
              • Quickly find qualified clips from THOUSANDS of clips with the built-in search function

              Type Fu

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                A Powerful & Fun App That Will Help Improve Your Typing Skills

                Highlights

                • Thousands of exercises to increase your typing speed
                • Intuitive software that will get your fingers typing before you know it
                • Believe it or not – it’s fun

                Sweetie

                A Cool Mac App That Will Turn Your Photos Into Text Art

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                  Highlights

                  • Turn your photos into text art
                  • Easy-to-use interface
                  • Facebook and Flickr integration so you can easily share your pieces of art

                  Get The Mac Freebie Bundle Here

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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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