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Four fancy little apps for a more visual workflow

As it turns out, I’m a person. And like many persons, I too am a visual creature. Technology isn’t naturally built for people or to be visual. Here are four apps I’m using to help bring less clicks and more imagery into my daily flow.

 Awesome Screenshot  – Longpage captures

Until I found this, I had no way to take full captures of websites without stitching them together like a dope in Photoshop. Check the ‘autosave’ box in the Extensions options to skip the annotation step and get one-click awesomeness. I like Coin’s new homepage, in one click, I saved it forever.
Single Screenshot of Coin

ShiftIt – Window management

In one keyboard shortcut, reposition your windows to take up half or a fourth of your screen. We love this one at Pivotal Labs so much it comes preinstalled on most of our machines. Here I’m updating my Thanksgiving Asana list with Martha Stewart’s recipe for Sweet Potato Rounds. Yum.
Shiftit

Momentum – Nice new tab

Every month there’s another Chrome app for your new tab. This one shows me the time and beautiful photo with a prompt for something to focus on today. Thanks for the tip Noah.
Momentum

DevRocket – iOS asset exporting

This goodie is for iOS designers. In one click export all (or selected) Photoshop layers into assets. Unlike the Photoshop generator, DevRocket automatically exports to retina and non-retina. And no need to manually sludge through the mudd add extensions to layer names. It’s really one click and as easy as the demo promises. It’s worth $19 of your own smackeroonies.

 

More lovely apps
I’d love to hear if you’re using any of these too or know of some other good ones. This is my fourth installment that shares some great under-discovered apps. Here some others I love:
– Nine lovely services that will make your computer work like it should
– Brilliant (free) Services for better reading online
– Seven online services that do more than mail you lipgloss

 

Nina Mehta is a writer and product designer in Brooklyn, New York. She started writing online in the 90s and began her career design career in the journalism industry. Nina is from outside Chicago has since lived and worked in San Francisco, Berlin, London, and Tokyo.

3 thoughts on “Four fancy little apps for a more visual workflow”

  1. Brendon says:

    Nina this is very helpful. I wish Skitch did something like this. I do about 50% of my meetings and work Telecommuting so this is very helpful little tool.

    1. Brendon says:

      Ohh I also forgot. I was referring to Awesome Screenshot. BTW I use three seperate apps to manage 1) Errands by Yoctoville for To do’s 2) Alarms by Yoctoville also Toggl is great for billing clients and 3) Lumen Trails. you should check them out. I don’t use them all the time but I find them handy in certain situations. I am definitely using Momentum. for my To do’s.

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