Six years ago if you’d been asked what your favorite app was your response most likely would have been along the lines of spinach dip, deviled eggs, or even guacamole, if you too happen to suffer from the same avocado addiction as our Chief does.
Since then the “app economy” has transformed the way we live and work. For the most part, fine tuning our efficiency and ridding our lives of frustrations.
So which apps do we swear by in the Groopt office?
Well, we complied 10 of our favorites to share with you:
1. Slack (Kurt’s Pick)
A platform for co-workers to chat, work on projects together, and share links, pictures and more (GIFs!) in real time. The Groopt Troop uses this all day, everyday (yes, even weekends when we miss each other’s company) to stay connected. Our developers and designers have their own rooms to get all technical with themselves, while our “#random” room is the source of many a belly laugh.
2. Grammarly (Ginny’s pick)
An automated proofreader and your personal grammar coach while you’re on the web. The Chrome extension keeps you looking like you majored in English wherever you type online. Goodbye misspelled words and grammatically incorrect sentences!
3. Timeout Free (Nik’s Pick)
The handy break reminder tool for Mac. Your optometrist may not know about this app, but would definitely be happy to know you are using it. Reminders pop up at chosen intervals to remind you to look away from your computer and give your eyes the quick break they need.
4. IFTTT (Nik’s Other Pick)
IFTTT (If this, then that) puts the internet to work for you by automating tasks and triggers that will send you notifications or perform tasks on your behalf. For example, whenever a new company is listed on betali.st he gets an email, which helps him discover cool new apps, which is also why he got two picks. He’s the app masta!
5. Skitch (Brandon’s Pick)
Allows you to get your point across with fewer words using annotation, shapes and sketches. Brandon is able to create quick, easy to follow instructions for our users. It’s very helpful way to show someone how to use our software online.
6. LastPass (Jordan’s Pick)
A robust password manager that saves and fills in your logins for easier, safer browsing. We use this app do all our password remembering for us. No more frustrations from forgetting!
7. Evernote (Erik’s Pick)
Let’s you take notes, sync files across your devices, save web pages, capture inspiration, and share your ideas with friends and colleagues. Just about all of us in the office use this. It does so many things. Think of it broadly as your little notepad you keep with you all the time, but this one is online.
8. Sublime Text (John’s Pick)
A sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. Do not bother clicking unless you can code
9. Clear (Joel’s Pick)
A mighty fine-looking app for people who want to maintain a simple list of things to do. Joel likes to keep his “to do” lists on this app and thinks the “UX is sexy”.
10 . Yesware (Pat’s Pick)
A free add-on for Gmail that helps you more effectively manage your inbox. Both Pat and Brandon use this to stay informed on when their emails are opened and to set reminders to check in with prospective clients.
Hopefully one of these made you shout, “Oh I need that!” in your head. If so then our goal has been achieved, and we’ve helped one more person today!