We all know how rapidly the internet has been growing over the last few years. It has grown in many dimensions and one of them is the fast increase of on-line cloud based applications which are significantly enhancing our abilities to do wide range of tasks with ease. Since there are so many such online tools out there and it is not easy to keep track of all of them, many of us do not even know about a large chunk of them. Needless to say that some of these tools are really useful in many ways and can greatly increase our efficiency.
It is obvious that all of these tools I am talking about are not free of cost. However, there are few of them that provide both free and paid services, and of course the paid service offers more features than the free one. It depends on what you are actually looking for and how much you want to spend. Here I will give you an insight into some valuable and productive online tools that may assist you greatly in your work.
There are probably hundreds of online tools out there but let’s start with the three mentioned below.
• Thinkfree Office
• SlimTimer and
• Zoho Sheet
These tools provide cloud based platform to manage your work in a very organized manner. It all can be done without having to make a purchase at the beginning to see if they are useful or not.
Thinkfree has been rendering its services to us for quite a long time. They presented with an online office suite back in 2000. Thinkfree Office is compatible with any browser that you may be using currently. For the free users it allows you to store 30MB of documents online; which is stored on its server at the back end. This lets you access your documents from anywhere and at any time. All you need to do is log into your free account and there it is.
Thinkfree Office suite offers a numbers of services to its customer. Some of the common services include word processor, presentation software and Calc spreadsheets. All these services use the same format as MS Office for the ease of the users. Hence its native format is MS Office format. It offers all the features necessary for creating a complex document. It includes footnotes, hyperlinks, header and footer etc. Basically all the formalities that you need for documentation are available. Thinkfree allows you to modify your documents independently.
The Thinkfree Calc Spreadsheet features around 200 functions. It caters the basic needs of creating the Excel spreadsheets. It also opens the complex array functions applied on the spreadsheets perfectly. The presentation software also makes it easy to open and create presentations. It allows you to add notes to each slides and does not cause any hindrance in opening PowerPoint files.
FreshBooks Cloud Accounting
FreshBooks is a very convenient accounting solution for small business owners. It is a paid online tool serving your accounting needs. It takes your business experience to a complete new level with the cloud accounting. You can access your business whenever you want and where ever you want. It is very handy in keeping track of the billing and invoices. It makes the accounts of your business one less thing to worry about.
It keeps track of your time on the go. With its time tracker you can make use of every minute no matter where you are. It also stores all the invoices and bills. This way you can keep track of your business anywhere. With FreshBooks, every second counts. It also allows online payment so you can take care of your payment with the credit card, PayPal or other online payment solutions.
It’s a complete package especially for the small businesses or new ventures who doesn’t have any proprietary software to take care of their accounting needs. So if you really want to try the FreshBooks and don’t want to spend your money before you are absolutely sure about whether it is the right choice for you or not, here is a good deal for you. FreshBooks offers a 30 day trial period to try out all the features. So all you need to do is sign up and get familiar with cloud accounting. There is a good chance you get tempted to become a paid customer after having a look.
Zoho Sheet is an online spreadsheet application that lets you create, edit and share your Microsoft excel based spreadsheets on your website. Anyone who wants to embed an interactive form of spreadsheet on a webpage can do so using Zoho Sheet. What you have to do is upload your excel spreadsheet on your user account created with Zoho site and then have it transformed into a web enabled version. The Zoho site will then generate html codes that you will need to add in your site’s web page. That’s it! Next time when you launch that web page with the embedded codes, it will launch the interactive version of that spreadsheet where any user could view it, edit it, do some calculation or anything else that the sheet is capable of doing concurrently and interactively as shown in the example below. This is a pretty good application that has a wide range of applications. And the best part of it is you can use it for free!
Here is what you can do with Zoho Sheet:
• Create, edit and access your spreadsheets from anywhere using the Internet.
• Share your documents with your colleagues rather than sending them as email attachments or publish them for “public” view.
• Using this powerful online spreadsheet solution, users can view and work on a spreadsheet at the same time.
• Simply copy and paste, or import, from Excel and export the spreadsheet back.