Sometimes it’s nice to peer into another person’s tips and tools that they use to get stuff done. I’m going to share a few of my favorite tools that I use to hack my life.
1. Faxzero.com – every once in a great while, I have to fax something to someone, which stinks because I don’t have ready access to a fax machine. I’m used to emailing everything, but some people in the world just want a fax. My health care flexible spending service provider is one of those businesses that want faxes. The only fax machine I can think of is at the library, and I think you have to pay for it. Enter Faxzero. You can send a free three-page fax to anyone’s fax address, online. You can send up to five free faxes a day. Or, if you need to send a bigger fax, up to 25-pages, it’s $1.99 from you PayPal account. It’s super easy, and I’ve used it probably a dozen times. They even send a confirmation email to your email account, saying the fax went through. Easy-peasy.
2. PDFescape.com – ever have to fill in an online form, so you print it out, fill it in, scan it, then email it? No more printing. Enter PDFescape, where you can edit, fill out, and create PDFs, all online, and for free. You can type in the forms, so no more messy handwriting. You can even upload a picture of your signature, to sign and date the forms. Then, save it to your downloads, and send that PDF where it needs to go. PDFEscape is a tool I probably use once a week. I often have to go get forms for my university from their website, and now I can fill them out from any computer. It’s a brilliant tool I wish I had known about earlier!
3. One-tab.com – I use Google Chrome, and every single one of those tabs I have open is eating up my memory. I may not want to close the tab, because I want to remember what is on the site, or I want to look at it later. Here comes Onetab, which runs as an extension for Chrome or Firefox, and condenses my tabs down to one tab. Basically, your tabs are converted into a list. You can also email this list of tabs, refer back to the tab, re-order them, and you can pin tabs to a list so you basically have a launch pad for your web browsing. It will also save sessions from multiple days. Now you can streamline your tabs. For free! Here’s a screenshot of mine:
4. Extensity – This is another free Chrome App. Tired of having too many extensions in your toolbar? Try Extensity, the ultimate tool for lightning fast enabling and disabling all your extensions for Google Chrome. Just enable the extension when you want to use it, and disable when you want to get rid of it for a little while. You can also launch Chrome Apps right from the list. I was having problems with my Chrome browser eating up all my memory. There were extensions that I liked to use every once in a while, but not every day. So I installed Extensity, and now I don’t have to go to my Chrome settings to enable and disable. You can see Extensity at work on the right side of my screen, in this screenshot:
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5. WiseStamp – This is a Gmail extension that inserts a signature at the end of all of your emails that you can tailor to be eye-catching and helpful. I put in all my contact info, my social media connections, and my website. Then, people I email can also see ME – my beautiful face at the end of my emails. I think it helps in “branding” my materials to look more professional. It’s free, and there is a paid professional version. Here’s is what my email signature looks like:
Hope these tips help to make your technology work better for you!