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What's the last tool you'd be willing to give up?

"Imagine" there's huge economic downturn and you're company decides to cut everything (even free stuff...), what's the tool you'd fight for with your life?

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DavidGarrity11's avatar
a year ago

Excel, always a way to perform quick and dirty data manipulation

5 points
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@alexjvale (replying to @DavidGarrity11 )
a year ago

This is it right here for me. There's nothing that can beat the flexibility and power of Excel

3 points
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@maguay (replying to @DavidGarrity11 )
a year ago

Spreadsheets really still are the killer app.

1 point
whale's avatar
a year ago

Email.

I know a lot of people feel it's broken, and I'm interested to see Hey, the product, but I'm a big fan of being able to communicate in written and graphic form in short burst letters. Still incredibly impactful. I started Really Good Emails for that reason :P

4 points
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@maguay (replying to @whale )
a year ago

You’re right, email’s another killer app right up there with spreadsheets. Hard to imagine computers without either.

Can’t wait to see what Hey brings to the table. Everything the 37signals/Basecamp team does is fascinating.

Woah you started Really Good Emails? I’ve checked that so many times; brilliant concept.

1 point
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@whale (replying to @maguay )
a year ago

Thanks @maguay. I appreciate it. Yeah email, spreadsheets, and calendar are these tools I use all day.

2 points
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@maguay (replying to @whale )
a year ago

Ah yup, calendar. The original trifectas of email/contacts/calendar then spreadsheet/word processor/presentation (maybe swap database for presentation?) app ... they're still the core tools.

1 point
HongbeomPark's avatar
a year ago

Notion.
My second brain is there.

4 points
LennyIce's avatar
a year ago

Captio (http://captio.co/) - If your inbox is your to-do list or where you send things that you know you have to get done, Captio is invaluable. The "blank slate" simplicity of it makes quick notes or reminders or even long form on mobile incredibly easy. An app that I'd pay much more for.

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@maguay (replying to @LennyIce )
a year ago

Oh that's clever, it's like the old idea of emailing ideas to yourself, turned into an app!

1 point
ermogenius's avatar
a year ago

Spark Email: consolidated inbox for both Gmail and outlook. keyboard shortcuts, it's fast. I did also previously use Superhuman, which would have been my answer, but they don't currently support Outlook.

3 points
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@maguay (replying to @ermogenius )
a year ago

I used Spark for the past year or so before starting to use Superhuman. I really liked it's one-tap replies, though they do look a bit odd to people not using Spark as well!

1 point
andreloja's avatar
a year ago

Front! I can’t go back to regular email!

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@DaveAustin (replying to @andreloja )
a year ago

Front Rocks . Just the ability to have multiple people see the same email in a group inbox makes it worth it.

2 points
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@maguay (replying to @andreloja )
a year ago

Are you using Front as your normal personal email inbox, or with a team? And what's your favorite thing about it so far?

1 point
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@andreloja (replying to @maguay )
a year ago

Both! After getting used to it, there's no going back. My favorite thing is the capability of talking with your colleagues around an email. At the same time, it's the worst thing because I want to use this feature with everyone... and they are not in Front!

3 points
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@maguay (replying to @andreloja )
a year ago

Ha that's fascinating. If only we could go back and reinvent the entire way email works—but somehow I doubt that will ever happen.

1 point
maguay's avatar
a year ago

Interesting thought experiment!

So since you mentioned free stuff, Google's apps—Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Sheets especially—would likely be the software that would be the hardest to work without. It's free for consumers, and so in my mind is free, but you're right, it is something that work pays for. Nothing else does collaboration as well, and Google Sheets with Google Forms is invaluable for building quick forms and getting data ready to use. At a minimum, an email service and an online spreadsheet in some form are worth their weight in gold.

Another free app I get way more value from than seems reasonable is the Preview app built into macOS. If Apple stopped bundling that, or if I switched back to Windows, that'd definitely be hard to give up.

It'd be hard to give up Notion now that we have so much stuff in it...

Something I've personally paid for that I'd have a hard time giving up would be a premium Markdown writing app—both iA Writer and Ulysses fit the bill here for me (and I pay for both). Sure, you could write Markdown text in any text editor, including Notepad on Windows or TextEdit on a Mac, but when you write a lot their design and formatting sure make writing a lot better experience. And, when you use a category of software much of the day, every day, that's worth paying for or fighting to keep around (which I guess now I understand why some people keep old PCs around or run virtual machines just to run their favorite version of WordPerfect).

2 points
jonny_novikov's avatar
a year ago

I would probably bet on Notion

2 points
stuartdsmith's avatar
a year ago

Definitely Superhuman!!!!

2 points
hoteltechreport's avatar
a year ago

It's either Excel/Google Sheets or Paperform. I'm constantly running numbers, cleaning lists, etc. in Google sheets. Paperform is also the lifeblood of our business. Think Typeform on steroids...we take payments with it, survey customers and even run customer surveys to create content.

2 points
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@maguay (replying to @hoteltechreport )
a year ago

Interesting, I think I would have thought of Paperform as a simpler Typeform. What makes it better than Typeform for your team?

And you're right: Spreadsheets plus forms are a killer combo.

1 point
eleonore_crespo's avatar
a year ago

Google spreadsheets and Gmail, but also Captio to take notes on the go, and 1Password of course :)

2 points
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@maguay (replying to @eleonore_crespo )
a year ago

Is that the Capito for expense tracking, or another tool?

2 points
VPaul583's avatar
a year ago

Slack would be mine. It can be a time sink, but in general it’s way more efficient than email.

2 points
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@maguay (replying to @VPaul583 )
a year ago

And you can pull emails into Slack, too, if you want!

1 point
johnxie's avatar
a year ago

Taskade but I'm biased. 😇

1 point
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@maguay (replying to @johnxie )
a year ago

Haha nice, just checked your profile 😁

What drove you to make Taskade in the first place?

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@johnxie (replying to @maguay )
a year ago

We started playing around with the idea of creating a real-time collaborative task list in 2016 after working together as a distributed team for almost a decade (across multiple time zones).

The original idea was to create a task list with infinite hierarchy of cascading tasks so you can break things down like an outliner, and it has evolved into much more today.

2 points
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@maguay (replying to @johnxie )
a year ago

Super cool, I'll have to try it out!

1 point
JohnDav02969696's avatar
a year ago

Google Sheets. Excel with its lack of community integration is a nightmare!!

1 point
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@maguay (replying to @JohnDav02969696 )
a year ago

What's your favorite thing about Google Sheets vs Excel?

1 point
rossmurrayjones's avatar
a year ago

LastPass! My world would crumble without LastPass.

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anonymous (replying to @rossmurrayjones )
a year ago

completely forgot about LastPass. Amazing tool! A bit worried though what would happen if they are suddenly breached or have any other serious issue. My digital life would be a mess. Trying to backup everything on Keychain for safety

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anonymous
a year ago

GSuite and Slack would probably be the last tools, way too much dependency on them, especially when remote

1 point
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@maguay (replying to anonymous )
a year ago

It'd be really hard to replace Google Suite—and Google search itself, for that matter. Hard to imagine the modern workplace without either.

1 point
SteveJeon4's avatar
a year ago

Alfred - saves me tons of time on my Macbook

1 point
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@maguay (replying to @SteveJeon4 )
a year ago

What are your favorite Alfred features?

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