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Do Work Easier With These Apps

From a microwave to a smartphone, the technology we use daily in our personal lives helps us to accomplish tasks faster and easier. The same is true for our professional lives: Technology allows us to work more efficiently. Take advantage of the following web applications to lighten your workload and boost productivity.

SlideRocket (www.sliderocket.com). Design appealing visual presentations to share online and view seamlessly via your mobile device. SlideRocket also incorporates social media. For example, a live Twitter feed can be imbedded into the slides, allowing for real-time audience interaction within the presentation.

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Google Drive (www.drive.google.com). Save all of your documents in one online space. Google Drive allows you to access and edit your files from any place and at any time. This app also enables safe and efficient document sharing with co-workers and friends.

Listhings (www.listhings.com). Organize your notes online and stay clutter free. Using Listhings, you can track sticky notes, images, to-do lists, and websites. This eco-friendly app makes it simple to share notes and collaborate with people in your personal and professional networks.

Dropbox (www.dropbox.com). Take your photos, documents, and videos anywhere and share them easily—for free. Download this tool, and you will never need to email yourself a file again.

Wunderlist (www.6wunderkinder.com/wunderlist). With this app, you can create and manage your to-do lists in one place, across all of your devices. Wunderlist sends reminders of important events and deadlines and stores your bright ideas in one location.

Zoho Writer (www. writer.zoho.com). An online word processor built for speed, Zoho Writer enables you to access, edit, and share your documents online. This tool is ideal for collaboration because of its inline commenting and chat features.

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Sumo Paint (www.sumopaint.com/app). For the designer in you, this painting and image editing application offers the capabilities of widely used desktop applications such as Photoshop and Gimp. Join Sumo Paint’s active community of 500,000 registered members and 1.5 million images.

Weebly (www.weebly.com). Create your own online presence for free using Weebly. The tool’s interface allows you to choose from a variety of designs and simply drag and drop to build your website, blog, or store. Technical expertise not required.

About the Author

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.

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