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Productivity Tools

There are amazing tools and software available for free on the Internet.  Here are a sampling of some tools we have found useful.  All of the following are third-party products and not affiliated with Ready-Set-Go! consulting in any way.

My Favorites

Ride to work on SEPTA

Sit at my Multiple-Monitor setup with Ultramon toolbars

Provide technical support using CrossLoop

Setup meetings using MeetingWizard

Discuss plans over a conference call using FreeConferencePro

Receive faxes through K7.net

Print PDF files with CutePDF or PDF Creator

 

 

Meetings/Events

Scheduling

MeetingWizard is simple,  professional tool designed for the business setting.  It can be used to coordinate schedules and find the best time for a meeting.

Alternative: MeetWithApproval (paid service): meetwithapproval.com

Evite is the popular, graphic intensive, ad-based web/email scheduling program that is designed for inviting people to parties.

Alternative: crush3r.com
Alternative: www.mypunchbowl.com/
Alternative: www.socializr.com/

Teleconferencing

There are several free teleconference services available. Individual callers only pay for their own long distance charges (many people have unlimited minutes anyway!).

Free Conference: http://www.freeconference.com/

  • Free: Built-in scheduler
  • For-pay: Desktop sharing and audio recording

Free Conference Calls: http://www.freeconferencecall.com/

  • Free: Audio recording

Free Conference Pro: www.freeconferencepro.com

  • Free: Permanent phone number and custom passcode
  • Free: Custom voice greeting. 
  • Free: Record conversation to MP3.
  • Free: Online control center

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Office Suite

OpenOffice does just about everything that Microsoft Office does (and some things that Microsoft Office doesn't!).  The biggest difference is that OpenOffice is free!

www.openoffice.org

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Reminders

These free providers will send you email reminders of events or tasks you need to pay attention to.

http://www.memotome.com

http://www.free-minder.com/

Please note that Ready-Set-Go! consulting can also provide reminders related to your website.  Please inquire if such reminders might be helpful.

 

Travel

FareCast - Not only does it compare airfare, it predicts whether prices for your flight are going up or down, based on historic trends.

www.farecast.com

Online collaboration tools

CrossLoop - Allows one person to see and control another person's computer, across the internet.  Free and easy to setup.

http://www.crossloop.com

Imagination Cubed - Simple online sketchpad -- share, collaborate, send, etc.

http://www.imaginationcubed.com

Backup Tools

File Backups - By folder, etc

Email Backups - Including Settings and Email

Faxing by Internet

If you have a good internet connection, you may not need a fax machine to send your faxes.  Check out these two resources to find the right service for your volume of faxing:  http://www.savetz.com/fax/ and http://www.faxprices.com/

I have been especially pleased with http://www.K7.net for free incoming faxes (and voicemail, if you want).  You get your own 206 area code phone number and receive faxes to your email address.

Try faxZero for low-volume, free out-going faxes: faxzero.com

See also: Creating PDF files

I also have a client who has done large volume out-going faxes through Metro Hi Speed with great success.

Workspace Productivity

Multiple Monitors; one computer

I don't generally look to Bill Gates as my guru, but I have mimiced this triple monitor setup in my office:

money.cnn.com/2006/03/30/news/newsmakers/gates_howiwork_fortune/

MaxiVista - Let's you use a second computer (laptop or desktop) as a second/dual monitor without any extra hardware. Requires a local network.  Can also serve as a keyboard/monitor/mouse (KVM) sharing tool.  Commercial software. Windows only.

www.maxivista.com

MultiMon - Free software to add an extra toolbar on your multi-monitor setup.

www.mediachance.com/free/multimon.htm

UltraMon - Software to add an extra toolbar on your multi-monitor setup.  Commercial, but worth the investment.

http://www.realtimesoft.com/ultramon/

Multiple computers; one keyboard/mouse

Synergy - Lets you control multiple computers from one mouse/keyboard. Works with Windows, Macintosh and Linux as long as they are on the same local network.

http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/

Also see MaxiVista below for another software KVM option.  And hardware KVN area also available. 

Philly Transit

PhillyCarShare

www.phillycarshare.org

SEPTA

www.septa.org

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

www.bicyclecoalition.org

Chris Paige
Consultant


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efax 206-350-3758
chris@ready-set-go.biz
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