Have you tried Evernote yet?
Evernote is gaining popularity as a universal note-taking application – “multi-platform” is how the company describes it. You can do screen captures, save images, voice record a note, write down notes, bookmark web pages – essentially any information you want to capture, you can do it with Evernote.
The multi-platform descriptor is quite apt, because you can literally sync all your notes and access them from any device: your Mac or PC, your BlackBerry, your iPhone/iPod Touch, your netbook, your iPad… so no matter where your working or what device you have handy, you can store an Evernote.
This could be an extremely useful tool for web designers. You can use it to bookmark web designs you like, web tools and applications that are interesting, jotting down notes, or organizing photos and images. If you’re on the road in a client meeting, you can write down your meeting notes and forward it to yourself. One example Evernote gives is taking a picture of a whiteboard you’ve been working on, and saving that as a note!
If you work in a company or with other designers, you can sync your notes together for a nominal charge ($5 per month each, or $45 each per year) so you can all be on the same page – literally.
We’ve found it to be pretty useful. But check it out for yourself at:
The problem is that your files don’t always go with you. Sure, it’s great to be able to work on that file from your laptop – if you remember to transfer it from your work computer. Flash drives work well, and even emailing the file, but again you have to rely on your own memory. For many of us, that’s the weak link in the chain!
Dropbox has welded that weak link for you. Dropbox acts almost like a virtual drive, allowing you to backup, store, and sync your files with an online file server. Simply move your file to a special folder on your computer and it will automatically save to your private and secure online Dropbox. Then, no matter what you use to edit that file, it will automatically backup to your Dropbox as well so that you are always working with the same file. No remembering to backup to a flash drive, no emailing a file – it’s all done automatically for you!
Dropbox takes this one step further by allowing you to share files with those people you designate. Share Microsoft Word docs, photos, Dreamweaver files – whatever type of file you want. You also have full control so you can “unshare” as well.
Best of all, it has a free 2GB Dropbox option, perfect for light use. Paid versions allow you to store and share up to 100GB of content. Backup your files remotely, sync with your own mobile devices, and share with others.
Check it out at: www.dropbox.com
(Note: DMXReady is in no way affiliated with Dropbox, and receives no compensation from them for this review. We just think it’s a great and handy tool that we wanted to tell our customers about!)
The DMXReady Team
Net2FTP is not your father’s FTP application. Besides doing the usual upload/download to and from your server, you can actually move files directly from one server to another without first downloading to your own desktop. This is especially handy for doing things like transferring your website from one server to another.
There are many other great features too, like automatically unzipping files on your server after uploading, automatically installing software, a built-in code editor, and much more.
One of the features we really like is that you can use it directly from the Net2FTP website. That means if you’re on the road and need to upload something to your server using someone else’s computer, you don’t need to install the software – you can do it all through the Net2FTP website.
Check it out!
Ctrl/Alt/Prnt Scn gives a nice, basic screen capture. But sometimes basic is, well, too basic. Sometimes you need something like Jing.
Jing, made by the same company as Camtasia Studio, is a neat little app that doesn’t just do screen captures, but also video screen captures. That way you can demonstrate certain things on your desktop, record them as you go, and then share them via email, your blog or website, Twitter, or more.
Here are a few things that Jing says you can do:
- Collaborate on a design project
- Share a snapshot of a document
- Narrate your vacation photos
- Capture that pesky bug in action
- Show Dad how to use iTunes
- Comment verbally on students' homework
- Post tidbits from your life on Twitter or Facebook
(We especially like the “show Dad how to use iTunes” bit…)
On the screen capture side, you can add comments and upload instantly to your server to share with Twitter, etc. Very nifty!
Jing, which is essentially an SaaS, comes in two versions: free and Pro. However, the Pro version is very reasonably priced at just $14.95 per year (yes, per year – not per month), and includes such features as unbranded videos, instant sharing on YouTube, and recordings from your web cam. At that rate, it’s almost silly not to go Pro right from the start!
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(Note: DMXReady does not receive any money or endorsement payments of any kind from Jing. We just think it's a cool little app!)
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