General Tools

Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference - and here are just a couple that I swear by...


Highly secured online password storage facility

In this day and age, having an online system to store passwords is second nature; LastPass is a highly secure password storage facility that allows you to access all of your passwords with one single account. It also allows you to share them with your team, whilst protecting the password. Once you've used LastPass you'll wonder how you ever did without it.

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Powerful PDF Editing

Developed by Smile Software (makers of TextExpander), PDFpen allows you to do things to PDFs you didn’t think were possible like edit text & images, and includes OCR to make your PDF documents searchable (which makes it an essential part of any paperless workflow).

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An app for capturing and marking up screenshots

There are many apps for capturing and marking up screenshots, but Snagit is one of the most powerful. You can quickly capture images and video with a few keypresses, do annotations, and share them to the cloud. You can even do scrolling and panoramic capture to capture more than what you see on the screen at any one time.

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Clarify It

Create better visual communications faster

Clarify It is a fantastic tool for creating really fast step-by-step instruction documents without messing around with copy and paste or formatting. It has a screenshot capture/annotation ability with a document creation feature and once you’ve quickly captured and automatically created your document, you can export it to PDF, Word, HTML, or send it to Evernote.

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Dual Display for Ipads

Duet is a dual display for your iPad - so, you can essentially work from two monitors; for those of you who run dual screens at home, when you're working remotely this is a life saver and super easy to use.

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TextExpander does exactly what it says – expands text

TextExpander does exactly what it says – expands text. It sounds really simple, but once you develop the mindset of watching for things you type repeatedly you’ll start to see hundreds of things that you can automate with TextExpander. You can even use the more advanced features like fill-in snippets, date/time math, and optional selections to create some very powerful and personal email templates.

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Reduce Harmful Light

Flux is an essential tool for anyone who works on their computer into the evening or late into the night and cares about their quality of sleep. The blue light from your computer actually messes with your body’s natural circadian rhythm and tricks it into thinking that it’s not as late as it really is, so that your body stops producing melatonin (the chemical that helps you fall asleep naturally). Flux adjusts the color temperature of your screen to a “warmer” orangish shade that is easier on your eyes and doesn’t keep you up all night even if you have to work late.

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