One of the things I find my self doing quite a bit while I am working online is taking screenshots and I recently started creating screencasts.
The best tool I found that allows me to do both with a single click of a button is called Jing, and guess what, it is completely free to use and if you will create a free account at screencast.com you will get 2 gigs of online storage for all of your Jing screenshots and screencasts.
Taking screenshots and screencasts is easy. Really really easy. The problem is that most people are not aware of it and they think it is much more complicated than it really is. I know I had this problem when I got started so I assume others would have it also (if i’m wrong, i’m sorry and please don’t sue me).
I can tell from my own personal experience that I have been using Jing for over a year now and I have recommended it to my big bro, Ronen, several times. But, as most of my recommendations to him go unnoticed so was the case with Jing and he didn’t give it a try.
I don’t really know what it was that finally got him to signup for an account and download the free tool but I can tell you that he loves it and uses it quite a bit now.
If only he would have listened to me sooner. It seems I do have some good advice from time to time :)
Downloading and installing Jing is easy and most importantly, using it is very easy.
Click on Download (green arrow) in order to download Jing either for Windows or Mac. I also strongly recommend you check out their Overview Video (red arrow) in order to better understand how Jing works and how great it really is.
The image above was screen captured using Jing and the arrows and boxes were added using Jing. It took me exactly 5 seconds or so.
Jing is a Techsmith product, the makers of Jing’s big Bro Camtasia Studio - A full fledged screen recording & video editing software that you pay for… Just figured you would like to know that.
So, what do you say?
Are you using Jing? do you love it? Hate it? Maybe you can recommend a tool that does the same only better?
It is quite common for me to get ideas or thoughts while I am working. It could be ideas relating to what I am currently working on or it could be about other things.
It could be about anything… That doesn’t matter.
What does matter is that if you don’t write it down, these ideas and thoughts will be lost forever (or until they will resurface at a much later time).
This is why I made a habit of taking notes while I am working to make sure to follow up on these ideas and thoughts at a later stage. You never know what could happen.
There are probably dozens of ways and methods to take notes but having too many options usually leads to taking no action. It is one of the biggest problems we as people face (and most of us don’t even know it) but that is a completely different topic that I’ll probably cover at a later date.
To make things simple and easy to take action on I will share with you the two methods I am using for taking notes:
Quick Note - This is for all of you Chrome users. Quick Note is a Chrome extension that will help you take notes quickly and easily. Quick Note is always open when I work and it is one of my favorite Chrome extensions. You can connect it with your Diigo account (if you have one, and if not, it is free to create one) and it will provide you with a cloud based storage that will allow you to access your notes from anywhere.
Pen & Paper - Yes, the good old pen & paper. I have a notebook next to my PC with a bunch of pens all around the table so I will always have one available (they have a tendency to simply disappear, no idea why). Just write your notes down. Manually. I know it is not very “sexy” to take notes manually but I find it to be the only method that sticks and works.
Just so you will understand how important taking notes is, while I was writing down this post, 3 new post ideas popped up into my head and if I hadn’t write them down, I would probably forget all about them and you wouldn’t get the chance to enjoy more of my tips and ideas :)
If you are not taking notes yet, than I recommend you start. Give it a try. I can pretty much guarantee you will stick with it as your ideas might be worth quite a bit and you can’t afford to let them go to waste.
I am all out of words so the stage is yours now. Are you taking notes? If so, how are you doing it? Share your methods with us.
If you want to be more productive when working online than one of the first things you should be looking at is the browser you are using.
If you are still using any version of Internet Explorer than I recommend you start looking at the alternatives and I suggest you focus your efforts on either Firefox or Chrome.
Both of them are faster with nicer interfaces (in my opinion) and more importantly, both support addons (Firefox) and extensions (Chorme) which can and will help you become more productive and save tons of time (a great example is our post about Boomerang for Gmail).
I will be sharing with you in later posts the addons and extensions I personally use that help me save time and get things done faster and better. Some of these addons and extensions have become a core part of my work process and I really can’t recall how I did things without them.
Just to be clear here, I am not a Microsoft hater (we all know there are quite a few of them out there) and I will even recommend a great tool they have in a later post that all of you bloggers should know about. I am only saying that both Firefox and Chrome are better browsers.
I am also more than happy to say that it seems I am not the only one thinking Firefox and Chrome are better. Just take a look at the following image:
As you can clearly see, Firefox is the most popular browser and Chrome recently took over the second place, which is quite amazing as it is a fairly new browser (first beta was launched in September 2008).
You can check the full stats w3schools. Be sure to scroll down a little to see how these numbers changed over the past few years.
So, which browser are you using? Don’t be shy and let us know. Even if you are still using IE (we won’t hate you), we would love to know and we would also appreciate if you will let us know why you are still using it. Maybe we are missing something :)
Well… not a real war, Just me checking them all out and laying out the key points to compare them all against. Part of this review process is using those platforms and as you can see I started with tumblr as the main hub for the time being.
So the key points so far are as follows:
Ease of use.
Backup & Transfer of data off platform.
Visibility on the platform network.
If you think of other things please share them with me so I can take them into account.
Envato got me going almost 2 years ago starting my own blog at www.ronenbekerman.com and I keep following them all the time.
The new WPTUTS+ is all about developing for WordPress, probably the most popular and flexible blogging platform on the planet! I use it myself and love it very much… not much of a developer myself - but I do code a little here and there, get small things done as needed.
If you are into WordPress development, this is a must follow website from now on.
tumblr does not auto create this kind of post for you and I was wondering why is that really?
I started the same type of blog on the WordPress.com system, just so I can put them both to the test and I plan to do this on other platforms too. I’d like to learn the strengths and weaknesses of each system so that I can later share it with you, hopefully make the decision much easier when you like to start your own blog or website.
This blog will be about my personal endeavors at getting things done as a creative professional, family man and inhabitant of our good earth.