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Tech Tip – Twobird

New email client app ‘Twobird’ allows you to put all your emails in one place and create notes and reminders on the fly (and attaches the notes on emails).

Twobird has been billed as “a new kind of email app” that offers email at the speed of live chat.  It includes all your everyday tools – writes emails, creates notes, set reminders and assign to-dos — all in your inbox. If, for example, if you’ve scheduled an appointment it will alert you at just the right time.

Features include:

– Remind: allowing you to schedule an email or note to appear in your inbox later.

– Low Priority: so you can set aside automated messages so you don’t get distracted.

– Pinned and Recent: this lets you keep important notes and conversations easily accessible.

– Tidy Up: archives any inactive conversations so your inbox stays fresh.

Twobird is available in the Google Play store.

Tech Tip – How To Sign a PDF Without Printing It

If you need to sign PDFs and return them (e.g. as part of your sales or buying processes) there is a way to do it without having to go to the time and trouble of printing out the PDFs, signing them, scanning them, and then emailing the scans back.

To sign the PDF’s electronically using Adobe:

– Open Adobe Reader.

– Open the PDF file you want to sign.

– Select ‘Fill & Sign’ and use the tools to create your signature – ‘Add Text’, ‘Add Checkmark’, ‘Place Initials’, and ‘Place Signature’. Other tools there include ‘Send or Collect Signatures’ and ‘Work with Certificates’.

– Select ‘Place Signature’ and use the pop-up window to select how e.g. Select ‘Type my signature’.

– Type your signature.

– Under the Review Your Signature, choose a signature style.

– Click Accept.

This signature can now be placed anywhere you want on a PDF.

Tech Tip – Canva

If you’d like a free, graphic design app that can help you to improve your business and social media communications then Canva may be the app for you.

Canva is a versatile graphic design app: full editor, Instagram story maker, video maker, video editor, logo maker and poster maker, enabling you to easily stay on brand and create some very professional logo and poster designs with your photos and videos.

Canva also provides a great way to design your Instagram Highlight cover and create a logo and banner for social networks (Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter).

You can get Canva on the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

Tech Tip – WiFiAnalyzer

If you’d like to optimise your Wi-Fi signal by being able to quickly analyse Wi-Fi networks directly from your Android device, measure signal strength and identify crowded channels, Wi-Fi Analyzer may be the app for you.

This open-source, free app, which has no-adverts and claims not to collect any personal information, uses as few permissions as possible to perform the analysis and does not require access to the Internet.

WiFiAnalyzer is available from the Google Play store.

Tech Tip – Office Lens

If you would like a handy way to make copies of work documents for future reference, the Office Lens app lets you turn your smartphone into a whiteboard and document scanner.

The Office Lens app means that you never need to lose a receipt or important document or lose any of the ideas sketched onto a whiteboard at meetings or courses.  Snap a picture of your chosen document with the app and Office Lens allows you to save the output as images, PDFs or Word documents, and save to OneNote, OneDrive, or to your local device.

Office Lens is available from the Google Play store.

Tech Tip – Split

If you’d like to be even more productive and be able to multi-task while using your iPhone or iPad, the ‘Split’ web browser app allows you to run two browser tabs side by side.

The app works in portrait and landscape views, and for each website that’s split in the browser you have a back button, you can bookmark a page, and you can open one of the websites into full-screen mode and simply tap to go back to the split-screen.

The Split app is free from Apple’s App Store, and similar split browser apps are also available for Android.

Tech Tip – Gallery Go

If you’ve been looking for a good gallery app for Android, Google has created an offline and compact, lite version of Google Photos that is uncluttered and easy to use.

The Gallery Go app works offline, so it doesn’t sync to a Google account (like Google Photos), but it only has two tabs at the bottom for pictures and folders, useful search tabs at the top, and very a user-friendly layout.

Gallery Go enables easy copying and moving photos between folders, you can create new folders, and it supports SD card.  The app also has automatic organisation so that each night, Gallery Go will automatically organise your photos to group by: People, Selfies, Nature, Animals, Documents, Videos and Movies.

Gallery Go is available from the Google Play Store.

Tech Tip – Crono App

If you’d like to get better integration between your PC and phone, the Crono app enables you to get all your notifications straight from Chrome.

If you spend a lot of time using Chrome on your computer, the Crono app lets you see all your notifications and calendar events without looking at your phone i.e. you get mobile notifications on your browser and you can respond to those notifications through your browser.

The app, which requires a Chrome extension to work also allows clipboard sharing between your browser and device with a single click, and if you can’t find your phone you can ring it directly from your browser.

Crono is available for Android from the Google Play Store.

Tech Tip – Bouncer App

If you’re concerned about privacy on your phone, and if you’d like to stop power-hungry apps from abusing their permissions by running processor-heavy tasks in the background the ‘Bouncer’ app enables you to grant permissions for applications temporarily.

With the Bouncer app, you can grant permissions for apps for a temporary period and once permission is granted, the Bouncer app will automatically remove that permission either when you exit the app in question or when a certain amount of time has passed.

The Bouncer app is available (Beta) on the Google Play Store.

Tech Tip – Note-Taking Apps

There are often situations in business where it helps to take notes and keep them in a handy, tidy and easy to access place.  Google Keep and Apple Notes provide users with easy note-taking on the go.

Google Keep is a Web-based note-taking app for your computer or Android and iOS phone. It has a variety of tools for note-taking including texts, list, images, and reminders. Everything you add to Keep syncs across your devices (your phone, tablet and computer) so you’ve always got your important information to hand.  Google Keep – Notes and Lists are available from the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

Apple Notes for iOS and macOS operating systems also offers helpful note-taking tools including text, video, images, scanning, note search and information from other apps.  Your (latest version) iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch should have Notes, and to use its latest features, make sure that you set up Notes with iCloud or have notes saved on your device.