Lifehacker Packs: Must Have Apps

It is back to school time and a lot of people are getting ready. Part of that preparation might include setting up a new computer or mobile device. If you’re one of those folks you’ll definitely want to get hooked up with all the ‘must-have’ apps for better productivity, communication, media management, and more. The best way to do that is by checking out the Lifehacker Packs.

Every year, Lifehacker creates a list of their favorite, most essential applications for a variety of platforms including Windows and mobile devices. The best part is that all of these apps are totally free! So you’ll save time and money — and who doesn’t love that?!?

Lifehacker Pack For Windows

You can grab the entire pack as a 1-click installation here.

Lifehacker Pack for Mac

Lifehacker Pack for iPhone

Lifehacker Pack for Android

Lifehacker Pack for iPad

Lifehacker Pack for Android Tablets

Student Editions

If you’re a student or are looking to help one get set up for the school year, you’ll want to check out these student versions.

To check in with their always-updating directory of all the best apps, be sure to bookmark:

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Free Online Meeting Options

When you work with people in other locations, there are some times when you simply must see each other’s screens.  A picture is worth 1,000 words after all. The good news is that there are a lot of really good options for this task.

If you want super fast and easy to use, give join.me a try. It is so easy, it is what I use with my Dad to help him troubleshoot his PC. I love my dad to death, but if he can use it anyone can – trust me! 😎 With join.me there isn’t any downloads for viewers, and you’ll be up and running in seconds from your desktop, to your tablet to your smart phone.

Google Hangouts are another great, free option. While it’s not as easy to get started as join.me it does have a few extra features to offer.  If you use other Google tools, this might be right up your alley. Video conversations are a snap and you’ll also have the option of joining from your tablet or phone with Hangouts too.

If you need something a bit more “corporate”, both gotomeeting and Webex have free versions that let you hold meetings with up to three connections.

GoToMeeting

https://free.gotomeeting.com/

WebEx

https://signup.webex.com/webexmeetings/US/basic/meetings-plans-basic.html

Are you already using one of these? Or maybe something else? Let me know how you use these types of tools and what tips you’ve found that work well for you.

The PowerPoint Sanity Saving Secret Everyone Should Know

Do you ever collaborate on slide decks with other authors? Many presentations at least get reviewed by someone other than yourself and usually it is painful? If you’re like most people you email copies around and have a heck of a time keeping track of everything. Who said what and when? What stays in? What gets thrown out? It can be a long and frustrating process….until now.

This week I’d like to show you a MUCH better way. The best part? You already have everything you need to make it happen for FREE!!

Keep reading for the details or click this link and try it out yourself. (Please add a slide and/or leave a comment so I know you were there!)

The key is saving your slides to a location that everyone working on can access. Enter Microsoft One Drive. One Drive is a free service from Microsoft that allows you to store and share your PowerPoint slides online. (and any other Office documents too.)

(This also works with SharePoint if you’re in an organization that has it available. One Drive is much easier though IMHO.)

One Drive keeps a central copy of your slides and records edits from multiple authors. You and your co-authors can see who is editing the presentation and where in the document they are working, and their changes get merged into your presentation.

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Your collaborators don’t even need to have PowerPoint. They can use PowerPoint online (part of One Drive) for free. Just share the One Drive link with them and they’re off!

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Setting Things Up

1. Upload your PowerPoint file to One Drive.

2. View your slide deck and click the “Share with People” button.

3. Choose one of the sharing options for your collaborators.

Now you’ll get a notification when someone else is editing your slides. Plus, PowerPoint’s commenting and review features make it easier for everyone involved and will help you ensure everything turns out just right.

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Once you’re up and running with this setup you’re free from the headaches of tracking and merging multiple slide decks. Plus you can go and do something fun with all the time you saved!s. Plus you can go and do something fun with all the time you saved!

Click here to jump into this slide deck that I created and add your own slide or leave a comment and let me know you were there! 

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Tip of the Week #437

#421 3 Easy Ways to Share Your Presentations Online

After you’ve spent all that time creating a great looking presentation, you might want to share them online. If you’re like most people you may not know just how easy it is to put your slides online and share them with the world. You can even make them downloadable if you want.

Here are three good, free, options that are super quick and easy to use:

Slideshare

It is really easy to upload your PowerPoint files to Slideshare and have them converted into an easily shared online format. Once you’re slides are uploaded you can easily share the link or even embed them in a webpage, on your blog or just about anywhere. It will even look great on mobile devices.

Note that the conversion isn’t always perfect and if you have any unique fonts or other complex content you might want to convert your slides into a PDF and upload that to ensure everything looks the way you want it to.

Speaker Deck

Simply upload your slides as a PDF, and Speaker Deck turns them into a nice online experience. View them on SpeakerDeck.com, or share them on any website with an embed code.

PowerPoint Online

Microsoft’s free online version of PowerPoint is another great option. You can upload your existing slides or create new ones online for sharing.  The coolest thing about this option is that you can do the same thing with Word documents and Excel Spreadsheets.

#399 Fun & Easy Way to Put Photos/Screenshots into Realistic Scenes

Admittedly, this week’s tip is probably not for everyone but this is just too cool not to share. This website let’s you drop any image into a realistic setting on a computer, tablet or smartphone screen.  Just jump over to http://placeit.net to pick a scene  you like. Then upload your image or enter a url and watch the magic happen. I know you could do the same thing using Photoshop but this is much easier, faster and a lot more fun.

When you’re done you can download your creation and use if for a presentation or even make it your desktop wallpaper.

Here are a few examples:

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Jump on over and check it out to see how you can impress you audiences, or even better yet, your boss!