Simplenote Review: A Great Note Taking app, But Not For Everyone

In this Simplenote review, we will discuss if it is any good for you or you should stick with Microsoft Onenote or Evernote.

Nota taking is something that people of all ages need to do at least sometimes in their lives. If don’t need to jot down something every day or every week, you may be okay with just the default note taking the app that came on your phone, but if you need to, then having a powerful and easy to access note taking app in your weaponry can make your life so much better. Simplenote is one of the most famous note taking apps and I have been using it since last month for a full Simplenote Review.

Simplenote review

Simplenote Main Screen

Basics, Installation and First Impressions

Simplenote is available for web, iOS, Android, Windows, Linux and MacOS. If you are one of the very few people who use Windows Phone, I guess you should be sticking with Microsoft’s own OneNote.

You can download the app for your device and start using it without needing to signup for the service, however, If you use Simplenote, I will recommend you to create a free Simplenote account as it will then sync your notes to all of your devices.

I have used Simplenote on Windows 10, MacOS and Android devices, while most features are available on all platforms, In my opinion, Simplenote’s app feels a bit more polished on MacOS.

Just like Onenote or Evernote, installation of Simplenote is pretty straight forward. On a Windows PC, simply download the installer from the site and run through the setup. The Windows app is based on a framework named Electron. It works, when I was on my secondary laptop (5th Gen Intel Core i3, 1TB 5400 RPM HDD, 4 GB RAM and Windows 10), I found that launch time right after booting was painfully slow.

Once started, the app is pretty snappy and easy to use.

On all desktop versions and on Web too, Simplenote’s UI is divided into two columns, on the left side, you can find a list of all created notes, and on the right side, you can edit or preview these notes. There is a search box on the top of note-list which works well. You can sort notes by either date or creation or by date of the last viewing. If you need, any note can be pinned to the top of the list with just the a click.

There is no way for you to categorize notes except using tags. I liked OneNote’s Notebook and section approach, and it would be great to see something similar here too.

Features

Simplenote looks modern and minimalistic on all platforms. On mobile apps, you can set a passcode to stop others from accessing your notes which is good to have.

When you are creating notes, you won’t find any option to customize the text or font size. There are no toolbar buttons to make text Bold or underlined. Worse for many people, you cant add photos or videos to your notes. Regarding text formatting, there is only one way you can stylize the text: using Markdown.

In case you missed it, Markdown is a standard syntax to stylize text similar to HTML except for simpler. For example, writing

 

* Item

* Item

- Item

- Item

 

Results in:

  • Item
  • Item
  • Item
  • Item

 

You can learn more about Markdown here.

So, if you want to stylize/format the text, you will have to learn markdown. Once you have known the basics of it, you can click on the ‘Info’ button on an active note and enable it.

Syncing

Free syncing to unlimited devices is a good addition because the notes are text only, you don’t need much bandwidth/data to sync notes. Keep in mind that your app settings are not synced. However, tags, markdown settings for individual posts and notes along with all revision history are synced.

Note Sharing

Sharing a note is a one-click affair. On all platforms, you can find a share button in the editor. Hit the button and you are presented with two options, you can either invite others to edit or collaborate on the notes in real time or you can publish the note to Simplenote’s website and share the URL with your friends.

Note sharing in Simplenote
Note sharing in Simplenote

Publish is a cool feature that is not available in most of the other note taking applanations.

Customization in Simplenote

Simplenote is more customizable than Google Keep, but compared to OneNote or Evernote, Simplenote falls short. Simplenote has two color schemes, Dark and Light.

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The fonts can be made larger or smaller by pressing CTRL+= or CTRL+ – on the keyboard. Also, you can switch between three levels styles of note listing on the list of notes.

Apart from the above, if you want to change something, you are out of luck. (technically, as the applications are open source, you can do change it however you want. But seriously. )

Using Simplenote in real life

Over my use of Simplenote for more than one year, I have liked Simplenote a lot, Typing some characters on keyboard and seeing it turned into a Heading or Underlined text is great for me, but there have been many situations where I really wanted the app to have photo support.

I thing Simplenote is a great app for people who never have to add images or to-do lists in their notes.

And there has been some annoyment too; the Windows app keeps nagging me to download and install the updates manually instead of doing it in the background. Also, you cant run more than one instance of the app at once. Meaning if you want to refer to another note while creating one, you will need to toggle between them back and forth which is annoying as heck.

I don’t know why, but I had lost a note when I was writing it due to an app crash, it has happed only once, though, so it might have been the fault of OS. Please keep in mind that this was on Windows.

Conclusion

Simplenote is a great note taking app for its simplicity, but it’s not for you if want to use photos or you want easy formatting of text. If you are someone who wants a distraction free and straightforward app to jot down your thoughts, Simplenote is great. However, OneNote and Evernote still beat Simplenote when it comes to featues and if you are using one of them, it is probably not worth moving to Simplenote.

Have you used Simplenote? How was your experience? Share with us in the comments below.

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Evernote vs Simplenote: Which One is Better for You?

In the Note-taking app crowd, Evernote and Simplenote are two best and unique apps. In this post, we will take a look at Evernote vs Simplenote and we will decide which one among them is better for you and why.

Evernote and Simplenote both are made to do the same job: to help you in taking notes. But, their philosophies are and how both apps work radically different and this is why learning which one is better for you is really important when you are deciding your default note-taking tool.

Evernote vs Simplenote

Simplenote and Evernote both are some of the best note taking applications currently available on market. Evernote Inc. and Auttomatic both have been in this market for quite some time.

Evernote has been around for more than just a few years, on the other hand, Auttomatic simply bought the app and made it completely free for everyone.

Simplenote is free, Evernote is not

Simplenote is free. There was a paid premium version of Simplenote in its early days but since its acquisition by Auttomatic, the Premium version has been merged with the free version. Meaning all features such as syncing, Publishing and revisions can be used without paying any money.

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Pricing of Evernote

On the other hand, Evernote has a paid tier, and if you are into serious note taking, you may need to shell out some cash for it. Without the paid tier, you won’t be able to use offline notebooks and you will also be limited to 60 MB of notes per months. So, if you are looking for a free note taking app that doesn’t have any usage restriction, you should go for Simplenote (or OneNote as Microsoft has made the note taking app completely free).

Creating and Managing notes

Evernote should be a great choice for most people because it does almost everything and it has most features that a note-taking ninja may need.

In Evernote, you can organize the notes into notebooks, that can be opened and closed whenever needed. Switching between notes is also very easy. Writing notes into Evernote is very similar to Microsoft Word or other word processing apps. You can draw, Format text, create check-lists and so on.

Simplenote is a lot restrictive compared to Evernote and it doesn’t let you divide notes in folders or sections. Instead, you can add tags to your notes and later find and sort notes based on these tags.

In Evernote, you will be able to add text, images, to-dos, audio clips and a lot more directly to your notes. Whereas in Simplenote, you will be limited to entering only text within your notes. (You can create lists, but there is no option currently to cross-off items from it.

Simplenote
Simplenote has a really simple UI

Also, Simplenote has no support for images, if you paste an image from a web page, Simplenote will convert it to a link that can be opened in a web browser. For this single reason, Evernote should be the winner for most users in Evernote vs Simplenote debate.

Simplenote has some great features too

Granted that Evernote has image support and other tons of bells and whistles, Simplenote is still favorite for many known writers, publishers and developers. The reason behind this is in Simplenote’s convenience and attention to polish. Simplenote has some features that Evernote that are not available on any note taking apps. For example, you can directly publish a note on the internet and send a link to your friend to read it. Unlike other services, it just works, two clicks and boom- you don’t even have to launch a web browser. Also, if you know about markdown, you will feel right to home with Simplenote as it has (probably) the beset markdown support in any note taking app.

After using OneNote for 2 Years, I have switched to Simplenote
After using OneNote for 2 Years, I have switched to Simplenote

Simplenote’s syncing is also great and it’s android and iOS apps are great to let you take notes on the go. With a UI as minimalistic as Simplenote, it helps a lot in focusing on your work rather than searching within tons of toolbars.

Performance

Both, Simplenote and Evernote are available for all common platforms. In my opinion, Evernote looks and works best on Windows and Simplenote’s OS X app feels more polished than its apps for other platforms. Things start to get interesting when you look at mobile platforms. Evernote’s apps are great enough for simple takes but they may feel a bit too complicated sometimes and Simplenote on android feels snappy but it loses its markdown feature, you can still see the notes, but it won’t be the markdown preview. The crown for performance between Simplenote and Evernote should go in favor of Simplenote. Simplenote’s apps are ridiculously small for both major mobile platforms. The Android version sizes 4 MB to download and not only the small size makes it faster in installation but also it makes the app feel really snappy on using.

So, which one should you pick?

So after looking on different aspects of these note taking apps, which one is really better? Evernote or Simplenote?

Evernote is a great app for almost everybody

Granted that the apps may feel sometimes bloated, Evernote is still the best Note taking solution for normal users. Not only the apps are feature rich but also Evernote has better flexibility than Simplenote. In case you need to work with photos or you are a student, Evernote is the only winner for you in Simplenote vs Evernote comparison.

creating a note in evernote
Credit: Evernote.com

Simplenote is good for some specific users. Writers, Bloggers and creative people find its minimalism useful and it helps in keeping attentions on taking notes rather than formatting it or in finding and using fancy features. Programmers and developers love Simplenote’s excellent markdown support. If you need to focus while jotting down notes and you don’t have needs for image support or a stylus, you should be going with Simplenote.

Which one is your favorite?

After talking about Evernote vs Simplenote on many points, which one do you use to take notes and why? Share with others in the comments below.


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PowerPoint VS Sway : Which One Should You Use [Infographic]

Cant decide about the PowerPoint vs Sway ? Don’t worry, this infographic compares all aspects of both programs and which one is better.

Microsoft Sway is an storyboard based app that works similar to PowerPoint and lets you create stylish Boards that you can use to explain a topic to someone or create a website like presentation. On the other hand, PowerPoint has never been as powerful as today and this Microsoft made app has made a deep impact on how corporate culture works.

So, which one should you choose? Microsoft PowerPoint or Sway and which one is better ?
The infographic below discusses PowerPoint vs Sway in various aspects and hopefully, at the end you will be sure about which one to choose for yourself.

powerpoint vs sway infographic

Via SlideGenius


Between Sway and PowerPoint, which one is your favorite and why ? share with others in the comments below.

How To Get Medium’s Best Feature For All Websites

Knowing how much time you will need to read something on web can be useful, read here how to get it.

In case you are not familiar with Medium, it is a social platform where anyone can publish any text or written article. Anyone with an account can write and publish his/her thoughts and once published, medium does a great job of categorizing it and making a good post reach thousands of readers on the site.
Medium is completely free and the simplicity and minimalism are one of the biggest reasons to keep users hocked.
But probably the best feature of Medium is that it tells you how much time will you need in reading the article. Medium processes it with its algorithms and in my experience, it is accurate -for an average reader at least.
Folks at readism have created something that brings this great feature for most websites.
The service works with both – the website and an Google Chrome extension.

Using the site is pretty simple, enter the URL or name of book on the text box and you will be good to go.

However, the magic happens with its extension, Once you have installed the chrome extension, you will be able to see how much time will you need in reading any article or a book. You wont even have to do any sign-up to use the extension and it is free to use for everyone.

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The default reading timings are based on average timings, however, if you are want more accurate timings, you can sign-up via a Google Account. After doing it, the site will ask you to read a few paragraphs and then you should be good to go.
In today’s life, every second matters and if you spend a lot of time on blogs or news sites, readism may be a big improvement.

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OneNote Vs Simplenote : Which one should you choose?

Lets compare two of the greatest Note taking apps made in this century.

Its 2016, and still mankind has not been able to build a perfect note taking app. Almost all of them have some kind of flaw. Some are too bloated, some are too basic and some (Looking at you, EverNote) are too expensive for what they have to offer. In the Note-taking app crowd, OneNote and Simplenote are two best and unique apps. In this post, we will take a look at in Onenote vs Simplenote , which one is better for you and why.

Onenote vs Simplenote

Simplenote and OneNote both are some of the best apps ever made. Microsoft and Auttomatic both have been in this market for some time. Whereas Microsoft has built OneNote and sold it with other Microsoft Office apps for years Auttomatic has simply bought the app and made it completely free for everyone.
When thinking about Onenote vs Simplenote , the differences are not just these. As the philosophy and overall feel for both note-taking apps is completely different.

Creating Notes

The best notebook is one that you have everytime, SimpleNote and Onenote both are more than enough to cover your note taking need in an instant.

Onenote has a full wordprocessor style UI where you can create and format notes as you wish, to take a note, simply click on any empty place and start hitting your keyboard. In Simplenote, you also have same convenince as Onenote – except for one thing, you cant format any note more than Markdown. There are no options for you to change text colors or to instet any thing other than text. OneNote has great support for stylus, whereas Simplenote does not have it at all.

In Onenote, you can write, draw, insert images and audio recordings. In Simplenote, you are striittly limited to plain text that can be used with markdown. If you paste a image from a web page, Simplenote will convert it to a link to image that can be opened in a web browser.

Managing notes

When deciding between Onenote vs Simplenote , OneNote is great for most people because it does so much and it has most features that a simple user may need.
Instead of listing a endless amount of notes on a sidebar, OneNote lets you create separate Notebooks and sections. You can create a notebook for Work and one for your home or hobby.
Simplenote is a bit restrictive on notes management as it doesn’t let you divide notes in folders or sections. Instead, you can add tags to your notes and later find and sort notes based on tags.
For this single reason, Onenote should be the winner for most users in Onenote vs Simplenote debate.

Onenote vs simplenote

Also Read: Best Onenote alternatives

Simplenote has some great plus points too

Granted that Onenote has extra features, Simplenote is still favorite for many known writers and publishers. The reason lies in convenience and attention to polish.
Simplenote has some features that Onenote simply cant offer. For example, you can directly publish a note on the internet and send a link to your friend to read it. Unlike other services, It just works, two clicks and boom- you don’t even have to launch a web browser.
Not just that, Simplenote has good Fantastic markdown support.
for an example, to make a sentence to H1 simple Place a # in front of it.
Also, a UI as minimalist as Simplenote will definalety help you in focusing on your work rather than searching within tons of toolbars.

Performance and cross platform availability

Both of the apps are available for almost all common platforms. Onenote looks and works best on Windows. Whereas Simplenote ‘s OS X app feels more polished than other platforms. Android apps are a different story though, OneNote is good enough for simple takes but feels too complicated sometimes. Simplenote on android feels snappy but it looses its markdown feature.
Debate on performance between Simplenote and Onenote goes in favor of Simplenote. The apps are ridiculously small for both platforms. The Android version sizes 4 MB to download not only it makes it faster in installation but also overall the app is far more faster in operation.

So, Which one should you pick?

So after looking on different aspects of these note taking solutions, which one is really better? Simplenote or Onenote?

OneNote is good for almost everybody

Granted that the app is a bit bloated, Onenote is still the best Note taking solution for normal users. Not only it is feature rich but also Onenote offers better flexibility than even some paid alternatives.
In case you are a student, or you need to work with photos, Onenote is the only winner for you in Simplenote vs Onenote comparison.

simplenote vs onenote
Onenote feels like a Word Processor

Simplenote is for some specific users

Simplenote, while being too limited compared to OneNote, is still a worth consideration for many cases. Writers, Bloggers and creative people find its minimalism useful.
Programmers and developers can benefit from its excellent markdown support. If you need to focus while jotting down notes and you don’t have needs for image support or a stylus, you should be going with Simplenote.

After using OneNote for 2 Years, I have switched to Simplentoe
After using OneNote for 2 Years, I have switched to Simplentoe

Which one do you prefer?

After talking about Onenote vs Simplenote on many points, which one do you prefer and why? Share with others in the comments below.
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These Google Chrome Extensions Will Force You To Go Back To Work

Lets talk about some Google Chrome Extensions that will stop you from Procrastinating all the time.

It is  11.30 AM and I am about to do an assignment for my classes. After firing up Chrome, I have finally opened Wikipedia and Google Scholar. Suddenly, I receive a notification about a friend watching Game of Thrones. Fast forward to 5 PM and I have seen 15 YouTube videos, Chatted with 5 of my Facebook friends, stumbled upon 50 pages on Reddit and written 100 words of my assignment.
Are you also one of the lazy ass people (eg. me) who keep wondering on the internet instead of Working ? I have done some work for you.
Here are some of the best extensions available for Google Chrome that will force you to get back to work and stop you from wasting hours on doing -technically- nothing.

Go Fucking Work

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As the name says Go Fucking Work is a Chrome Specific extension that will force you to stop dicking around on the internet and go back to do something productive.
Setting up may take some time, depending on how many sites you want to block. To use the extension, simply install the extension, and enter as many as sites that you get distracted from. After setting up the extension, you can enable the extension from Chrome toolbar.
Download The extension

Forest

Nothing better than Planting a tree and watching it grow. But what if it dies of you don’t stay focused and start wasting your time watching cat pic on Instagram?
Forest does not force you to go to work, instead, it tried to make you feel guilty for being a Lazy procrastinator.

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Install extension, Plant a seed and then it will grow if you don’t waste your time. If you do waste it, the Tree will eventually die and you will loose all the Pride that you can get by planting a tree. There is also an Android App if you are interested in seeing your forest on your Phone.
Download Forest

Focusbook

focusbook

Is the Facebook to blame for your sea level productivity ? Focusbook may come in handy. Focusbook stops you from using Facebook by asking you why are you using it. Once installed and enabled, the extension will ask you why are you using Facebook instead of working just like your Dad may. Just as you can’t do anything without answering your Dad, Focusbook won’t let you do anything unless you answer its (sometime embarrassing) questions.
The idea is great for procrastinators, It would have been great if developer makes it for other sites too.
Download focusbook

Strict Workflow

Strict Workflow is a great Google Chrome Extension for pomodoro users. In case you have no idea of what pomodoro is, it is a productivity method. In this, you work for 25 Min, after that you take break for 5 Min, Once you have completed 3-4 cycle, you can take a 25 Min Break.
Strict Workflow just stops you from wasting your time during the 25 Min productive time.
After the times in complete, you can get a break for 5 Mins.

chrome extension to force you to go to work - strict workflow
Strict Workflow is better than Go Fucking Work in at least one way, it automatically blocks knows time wasting sites by default. It will help you in minimizing your setup time.

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Stay Focused

Stay Focused is a lot different than other Chrome Extensions mentioned in the article.
Instead of simply blacklisting websites to force you to go to work, Stay Focused allows you to use any site for a limited amount of time. After the time allocated is exhausted, the site cant be accessed for that day.
Next day, the Quota is refreshed.

chrome extension to force you to go to work - stayfocused

You can also plan your breaks. During that time, you can use any site you want.
Stay Focused should be your Extension of choice if you are looking for as much as customization as possible.

Download Stay Focused

At the end, it all depends on you

No matter how great these extensions are to force you to go to work, there is always an option to disable them. Ultimately, it depends on you that how much work do you want to do.
Do you know about other Google Chrome Extensions that make you do work? How do you try to stay productive ? Share with others in the comments below.

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Allow me to cheer you up.

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5 Best Microsoft OneNote Alternatives For You

Granted that it has some good perks, still, Microsoft’s OneNote is bloated and slow, replace it with these best Microsoft OneNote alternatives.

There is no doubt that Onenote is by far one of the most powerful note taking applications available today, but what if you are looking for something that does the same without having the  problems of Microsoft Onenote?  Don’t worry,  in this post we will cover the best Onenote alternatives for Windows.

Why you may be looking  for Onenote alternatives?

Microsoft Onenote is a good note taking  gem for many people. It has a great feature set and it is completely free to use,  Still it has its own set of problems.

While the desktop versions is feature packed, it is resource hungry as hell. If you have not yet upgraded to a SSD, The app takes some time to load.  For some users,  the UI if Onenote is too complex and confusing to use at first.

While Onenote has acceptable performance at syncing, the mobile apps are too big for entry level iPhones and Android devices. Also if you are a fan of markdown,  you are out of luck. If any of the above is a concern for you, you should also consider switching for a better Microsoft Onenote alternatives.

Simplenote

Simplenote is a better Microsoft Onenote alternative if you are looking for a minimal note talking app that supports Markdown. Simplenote was recently bought by auttomatic, the company behind WordPress.  The app is available for free and it is completely cross platform.  You  can use it even on Linux and the Web versions is also good enough to use.

Simplenote
Simplenote has a really simple UI

The biggest draw back is probably lack of image support. Simplenote is tiny in resource usage compared to Onenote,  sizing around 6 MB for the Android version.

Good for: Programmes,  people who are looking for simplicity and want it for free.

Google Keep

Google Keep is a simple Google service to store notes and to do lists. The app is available for Android and iOS,  but there is no desktop applications available right now.  Keep may be a better Microsoft Onenote alternative for you if you are a regular Google app user and you want note talking to be as simple as possible.  Also Keep has tight integration to Google’s other services such as reminders and mail.

Keep has full supports for stoing images which may make it a bit better than SimpleNote.

Good For: People who want simplicity but still some more features than Simplenote.

EverNote

You saw that coming didn’t you? EverNote has been a long time rival to Microsoft Onenote. And there is a good reason for this too. EverNote has a fantastic web clipper and the app is a bit easier to use and undersatnd.  The openiion may be defferiend for everyone, but, I find the android app better than Microsoft’s offering.

Evernote has both Paid and Free version,if you are using the free tier, you are limited to less data upload per month and online only access, but once you have paid for it, you get some of the best Note taking experiences currently available.

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EverNote is more expensive than OneNote

So who should Evernote is for? Keeping its price in mind, if you don’t like Microsoft’s product line, EverNote may be the best Microsoft Evernote alternative for you.

Apple Notes

Not everyone is runninng an installaton of OS X so it can be easily undrstoond that Apple Notes is often ignored. Still, it is a really good and simple note taking sollution if you are using any Apple device.

Apple Note is available by default on almost all apple devices, in case you don’t have access to your iPhones or MacBook, you can still access your notes on the web-version. You get free access to Apple Note if you own any Apple Devices. Keep in mind that you may have to pay for any additional iCloud storage if you run out of space.

Who Should consider Apple Notes as a Microsoft Onenote Alternative ? You should only think of switching to Apple Notes if you own any Apple Device.

OneNote UWP App

Surprised to see OneNote as a OneNote alternative? Well, Microsoft makes two different versions of OneNote for Windows. The first one (about which, we talked in first part of today’s post) initially came with Microsoft Office and it is named OneNote 2016. It is free and for most people the biggest downside may be its resource hungry nature, In case you are among those people, you can try the Modern App names OneNote which is available in Windows Store and is installed on all Windows 10 devices by default.

Microsoft Onenote alternative

The Modern Version is lightweight and quick to start , but you will loose some more advanced features such as docking and screenshots capability.

Conclusion

So, in conclusion, following are the best alternatives for Microsoft OneNote:

  • Evernote
  • Simplenote
  • Google Keep
  • Apple Notes
  • OneNote modern (UWP) App

Which one is good for you?

In all the above apps, which one is your favorite ?  Do you know about any other app that can be used as a good Microsoft OneNote alternative? share with others in the comments below.

5 Best Free Pushbullet Alternatives

Pushbullet is now paid and the free version is useless, In this post, we have some of the best apps that you can use as Pushbullet alternative.

Pushbullet is one of the best apps to make your phone work better with PC. It has the ability to send files from your computer to your android phone, using SMS from the PC and you can use it to view all your Phone notifications right on your computer screen.

If you have been following the news, you may know that Pushbullet is no longer completely free, instead, it now has two tires the first one being free and the latter costing 5 bucks per month.

Usually, when an App maker introduces a paid version of the app, instead of removing features from the free version, he introduces new features into the new app to convince people to upgrade. Pushbullet rather took a different approach and made the free version almost useless.

The following features are no longer available for Free version:

  • Desktop notifications
  • Unlimited SMS
  • Sending large files
  • Universal copy and Paste

Pushbullet may have his own reasons to do it, there are already some great and free Pushbullet alternatives available.

Pushbullet Alternatives:

AirDriod: by far the best Pushbullet alternative

AirDriod has always been one of the best apps made for file sharing between PCs and phones, recent updates have added some of the best Pushbullet features into it.

Sure, there is a paid version of AirDriod available, but as a free Pushbullet alternative, the free version is enough for everyone.I have been using it for 6 months and it seems to be the perfect solution to get phone notifications on the computer.

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AirDroid for Windows PC

AirDriod is available for OS X, Windows, as a Chrome extension and on Android.

Pushline

Pushline does not have all the bells and whistles of AirDriod, but it is a good Pushbullet alternative if you are looking for an App to get notifications mirrored into your desktop.

free pushbullet alternative pushline

To use Pushline, you will need to install it on your phone and also install an extension on Google Chrome, note that there is no desktop client and also you can’t use it on any other web browser.

Feature wise, Pushline has you covered as long as you can live without file sending to your phone. Unlike Airdriod, there is no paid version and surprisingly, there are no advertising either, making it completely free to use.

ShareIt

Owned by hardware maker Lenovo, ShareIt is a Pushbullet alternative for users who are looking for file sharing instead of notification mirroring.

ShareIt uses Wi-Fi to connect to the phone and after installing it on both your phone and your PC, you can send and receive files. Unlike AirDriod or Pushbullet, ShareIt makes it easy to share files with friends too. In my tests, I have found that in most cases file sharing speed is better than using Bluetooth, but your friends should also have ShareIt installed in order to send and receive files.  There is a remote view also that lets you browse files stored on PC from Phone.

ShareIt is free to use and it is available for Android, Windows, and iOS

Yappy

Unlike the above-mentioned apps, Yappy does not try to become a Pushbullet rip-off, instead, it may be an excellent Pushbullet alternative if you are looking for an App to send SMS from your computer.

free pushbullet alternative yappy
Yappy for Android

Yappy also has good enough capability of mirroring notifications similar to Pushline, but it excels at its messaging features. The UI is easy to use and you can send free messages to other Yappy users.

Yappy also has a paid option that adds some extra features for $2 per month. However, these features are not that necessary so you should be just fine without paying for Pro version.

Yappy is available for Windows, Chrome, Android and even for Mozilla Firefox.

Alt-C

free pushbullet alternative alt-c

One of Pushbullet’s best feature is that you can copy some text on your PC and paste to your phone, it is now in the paid tier, but you can get it for free if you use the free Alt-C app for Android.

As the name suggests, after you have done the setup on both devices, you can press Alt and C on your PC and then paste the text right into your phone, Alt-C is a good Pushbullet alternative if you are only looking for this specific feature and you don’t want to pay for it.

Alt-C is available for Android, Windows and OS X. A version for iOS is coming soon.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Following are the best alternatives to Pushbullet:

  • AirDroid
  • Pushline
  • ShareIt
  • Yappy
  • ALT-C

Which one do you prefer?

Among the above apps, which one do you use as Pushbullet alternative and why? Do you know about any other free app that has the same feature set? Share with others in the comments below.

Top 5 Project Management Myths BUSTED

The infographic here will help you in understanding Project management and in debunking the myths related to management of projects.

Be it a small startup or a multinational business, they all have project management in common. Before we had the internet, it was quite hard for people to collaborate and manage.

Thanks to the tech, now it is much more easy to manage different projects and collaborate with other team members.

Still, many of you may believe in some myths, I am sure that the infographic below will help you in understanding Project management and in debunking the myths related to management of projects.

Top 5 Project Management Myths BUSTED

Infographic brought to you by Wrike Project Management Software


 

What do you think about remote project management? how has your project management process changed over the years?  share with us in the comments below.

Hiver Want’s To Help You in Email Collaboration (and It Works)

Hiver is an email collaboration platform which is focused of making Gmail better for task assignment and enterprise email handling.

Ever since Google introduced Gmail in 2002, Email has changed a lot. Google has added many great features and competitors have also made tons of changes on their products. However, Granted that Email is not dead, it is now lagging behind the innovation. I mean, surely it is improving day by day but when we compare it to the other internet services such as Social Media or Cloud Collaboration (such as Google Docs or Microsoft Office Online.) it seems to be slow to adapt new ways and trends.

One of the biggest weakness of Email is the lack of collaboration support. If your Business relies on Email for communication to the outside world such as customer support or client management, it becomes really annoying over time. If you are head of the department, you need to forward tons of email to your workers. For a big team or a large number of emails, it soon becomes really tough to deal with.

Hiver tries to fix that

Hiver comes to rescue this Problem. Formerly know as GrexIt, it is a Google Chrome extension and it works with Gmail. Hiver is an email collaboration platform which is focused of making Gmail better for task assignment and enterprise email handling.

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Pricing, Installation, and Configuration

Hiver comes in 4 plans. The first and most basic one is free to use for up to 3 users. In this, you can use up to 3 shared labels (more on that later) and collaborate on max 50 email in a day. Other plans are Starter, Plus and Enterprise.

hiver email collaboration tool

You can not use any paid plan with less than 3 users, which makes some sense. Billing is done differently for users who pay on per-month basis and users who pay on per year basis. Obviously, the latter one is cheaper. You can sigh up for a free 14 Day trial for any of the four plans.

Hiver works via an extension on Google Chrome. However, I tried to install it on Yandex.Browser and it worked on it too. The reason behind this is, both use same WebKit engine.

Hiver should be able to work on other WebKit engine based browsers (Opera for example) too. Please note that I have not tried it on other browsers.

Configuration is pretty seamless, the administrator can add or remove other team member using an easy to use dashboard. Once added, users are sent an invite email containing steps to create an account. This is similar to the setup process of slack. Once installed and setup, you can start creating shared labels and notes.

Labels, Labels, and Labels

Labels are the lifeblood of this email collaboration tool. To share any email thread, you need to add a Shared label to it. Once you create a shared Label, you need to add users by entering their emails/names. Once a shared label is created, you can add as many as emails as you need. I had no difficulty in setting up Shared Labels or users. The shared Labels appeared quickly on other members of the team and they were also able to add Shared Labels to emails.

You can create Shared Labels from Gmail or Hiver's dashboard
You can create Shared Labels from Gmail or Hiver’s dashboard

Shared Contacts, Notes, and other stuff

Hiver works well at sharing selected Gmail contacts and notes. If needed, you can add comments and notes to Shared Emails which are visible to everyone who has access to Shared Label. This is particularly good with support providers and customer care agencies. Notes are visible on the right side of mail. If needed it can be minimized.

Shared Templates are worth mentioning too, anyone in the team can create template emails and share it with the whole team. When needed, they can be easily added to mail with just a couple of clicks.

shared email templates
Shared Email Templates are a Welcome Feature

Conclusion:

It is surprising that Google and other companies have not tried to add collaboration features in their mail services, However, Hiver does the job.

In a firm that relies on Google Apps and Google Mail for communication, it can make the work a lot easier. Hiver is almost perfect.

Hiver works well if you and your company use google Products. I hope they come with solutions like this for other Email platforms as well in future.

What do you think about Email? Do you think it is dying? Have you tried Hiver? Share your experience with us in the comments below.