Recently on the Java PDF Blog a book was reviewed by Mark Stephens called Remote – office not required which is a manifesto of remote working.
It occurred to me that alot of people whether they be marketeers, developers, business men and more nowadays actually spend alot of time on the road or traveling or outside of the office. Working at IDR Solutions alot of us have found that we are frequently out the office attending conferences such as Devfest, Devoxx and JavaOne so we’ve found ourselves using some tools to work remotely or on the move.
So In the first part of a series of articles about the best tools for a Road Warrior, I will be firstly taking a look at the best tools for networking, productivity and sharing.
General Productivity Tools
Google drive is said to be one of the most useful productivity tools as you can upload photos, videos, documents, and other files to Google Drive. You get 15GB of storage and can also get apps for Android and iOS on your mobile phone and tablet. You can keep all you content there in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, so you can write a report, work out finances with a spreadsheet, or put together a presentation for your boss. Its the ultimate document/office suite or a road warrior.
SkyDrive (also known as Microsoft SkyDrive, is similar to Google drive it is file hosting service that allows users to upload and sync files to a cloud storage and then access them from a Web browser or their local device. The best thing is its highly compatible with your Microsoft office files so you can get to your photos, documents, and other important files and upload them there and still view and edit them (depending on if you have Office365. It also as downloadable apps for iPhone or iPad, Android, or Windows Phone and 7gb maximum free file size.
What is Stickies? Well Stickies is a PC utility made up of yellow stickers, like the ones you tend to write with, the idea behind it was to have a program that is small and simple. Stickies will not mess with your system files, or write to the registry.
Stickies are simple and stores information in a single text-based ini file. Once created, they will stay on screen until you take them away. Just like a real sticky piece of paper.
Evernote is one of the most well know suite of software and services designed for notetaking and archiving. The note can be formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten “ink” note. Notes can also have file attachments. Notes can be sorted into folders, then tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched and exported as part of a notebook. You can collect information from everything, everywhere and anywhere. Evernote supports a number of operating system platforms (including OS X, iOS, Chrome OS, Android, Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and webOS)
TeamViewer is quite a popular computer software package for remote control, desktop sharing, online meetings, web conferencing and file transfer between computers and works on Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, Windows RT and Windows Phone operating systems. It is also possible to access a machine running TeamViewer with a web browser.The main focus of the application is remote control of computers, collaboration and presentation features are included and its the ultimate weapon of a road warrior who doesn’t have access to his trusty desktop or work computer.
Gubb is similar to stickies and Evernote but it is a Web-based list application that requires no downloaded software. Users can create, manage and share an unlimited number of lists. gubb also offers a fully functional mobile Web application You can edit and organize them any time; and you can share with friends and co-workers in seconds.
FreeMind is a free mind mapping application written in Java and is open sourced. It has been licensed under the GNU General Public License and has export capabilities. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS X through the Java Runtime Environment.
For a Roadwarrior, FreeMind allows the user to edit a hierarchical set of ideas around a central concept, whilst helping to brainstorm new outlines and projects as ideas which in turn can be added around the mind map, keep track of things and to an extend used as a small database.
Because Freemind is a Java application, it is portable across multiple platforms and retains the same user interface, causing some amount of variation from the common interface on each platform, and a piece of software for a Road Warrior that uses multiple OS’s.
GanttProject is a cross-platform desktop tool for project scheduling and management, it is free and its code is open source, It runs on Windows, Linux and MacOSX. It uses a Gantt chart, that allows you to create work breakdown structure, draw dependencies, define milestones, assign human resources to work variable tasks, and see how much load is placed upon the work that has been assigned.
Also you can save charts as PNG images, generate PDF and HTML reports, import projects from and export them to Microsoft Project formats. Export to spreadsheets with CSV. Its extremely useful if you always on the move, and something you can carry and fit on your Netbook, Ultra-portable or Macbook Air.
Hopefully you’ve found this list of productivity tools useful, next time in the ‘Road Warrior Series’ I’ll be looking at Communication and Collaboration tools that are useful for Developers, marketeers and businessman alike.
What are your favorite productivity tools? Let us know.