I’ve been working online for a while now and along the way I’ve come across several tools that I have found invaluable to help make some action easier, to remember things or to speed things up. I’d like to share my top 10 tools with you today. Many are free but, of course, some require an investment… but never of a huge quantity of dubloons, honest! Where I recommend a “paid” product, you can be sure I’ve gone to great lengths to do so through an affiliate link – this means that you know I’ve bought the product and if you choose to buy too, I’ll get some T&T (tapas and travel) money too!
This nifty program means that I can download and save webinar replays, training videos, YouTube videos, podcasts and so on. I save them on my device and can watch/listen at a time to suit me. I can watch/listen over and over, rewind, take notes and generally have more control over what is streaming. The download speeds are amazing – even on a slow internet connection – much faster than the “playing” speed so, for a 2 hour webinar, it will download in say 5-10 minutes. I find it especially useful when a webinar is up for only a short time over a period when I am just too busy to take a couple hours to sit and watch.
You can try it out for free – only catching half the length of something – or buy it for $29.95 with a 30 day money back guarantee
This “sister” program to Replay Media Capture can expertly record streaming and online video and any other video playing on your PC screen with perfect quality. If you can watch it, you can save it! Record video from ANY website regardless of format. Or, screen capture video from DVD’s playing on your PC. Because Replay Video Capture software does not circumvent DRM or any copy protection technology, it’s 100% legal worldwide. I have recently discovered the “scheduler”! This is magic – for those events you really want to attend but which are streaming at a time when you also really want to be in bed! You can set the time to start recording, and the length of time to record and happily head to bed knowing that you can watch it as soon as you’re compis mentis in the morning! The only problem with Replay Video Capture is that I am tempted to download a ton of stuff and it just sits on my hard drive because I don’t have time to watch it all!
You can try it out for free – only recording 2 minutes, though. Or buy it for $24.95 with a 30 day money back guarantee.
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***** These 2 can be purchased together in a bundle called “Replay Capture Suite“. This includes the 2 programs mentioned above AND programs to convert recorded files, to edit audio and video files easily and to encrypt personal video files on your PC. All this for just $49
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Ah… yes… you are registered in hundreds of sites and, no, you haven’t used the same password on them all, have you? Ummmmm. Do you even remember all the sites you’ve signed up to? Have you ever signed up twice to the same program? Roboform is my savior! It saves an entry for every site – with the URL of the login page and my login details. If I go to a website, Roboform will tell me if it has a saved logon for it – so I don’t make the mistake of signing up again! When I want to login to one of my membership sites, I type the name into Roboform and it takes me to the login page, logs me in and gives me a cup of coffee… well, not the coffee, maybe! It also saves “identies” so I can fill in those long forms with a click or 2 – you know, first name, last name, address, post code, DOB, passport number, inside leg measurement, number of children, and so on… anything you want to put in there. You can fill out a very comprehensive “identity” but Roboform will only fill in the fields requested on the website. The data is saved, encripted, at Roboform so I can access it Everywhere! Whatever device I’m on, I can install the Roboform app, logon to my area (double check – they send a code to my cellphone) and I have all my logins at my fingertips again. As I said… my lifesaver. You can try it out for free – limited number of logins – or buy it for $9.95 for a year (renewable each year – but once you’ve tried it you’ll want to keep it going!)
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How are your keyboard skills? Do you find yourself typing the same thing over and over again – like your email address, or your “signature”? This program lets you define “short codes” for things you type a lot – it can be just a long word (email address) or a whole bunch of lines – even a “canned reply” if you are doing your product support by email. My copy tells me I have saved $57! Quite how it’s worked that out I don’t know but I do know that it has saved me a bunch of time!
You can try it out for free. I purchased the “Standard” version when I ran out of my “free” quota, but I honestly don’t remember which of the 3 “duration” options I picked – I need to check back through my payment history.
Check it out here: (Sadly not an affie link yet – still waiting to be “approved”!!)
How often do you copy (or cut!) some text, go to where you want to paste it … get distracted … copy something else … and now you’ve “lost” that first snippet? I have done it about a million times! Then I found Ditto! Ditto is an extension to the standard windows clipboard. It saves each item placed on the clipboard allowing you access to any of those items at a later time. Ditto allows you to save any type of information that can be put on the clipboard, text, images, html, custom formats, ….. Again, a major lifesaver! You have a list of “everything” you’ve copied – so you can copy several snippets from one place then go to the new place and paste them all in one after the other! Absolutely MAGIC! This one is free!