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What's the newest software you've started using in your work?

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maguay's avatar
2 months ago

Figured I'd kick this off with a few new-to-me apps I've been using lately:

  • Roam Research for notes. It hasn't become the tool I write in all the time, but it definitely has been an interesting way to list notes and explore connections between them.
  • The iOS Notes app has made a surprising comeback for me, after getting an iPad with an Apple Pencil. Its ink features make it easy to sketch and write ideas and that's been plenty so far.
  • Looom (though not for work) is a super fun new animation app where you draw layers and animate them, making it super easy to make essentially flipbook animations.
  • Glyphfinder is a better emoji and unicode character search that comes in handy more often than you'd think!
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@Calow5 (replying to @maguay )
2 months ago

I haven’t heard of any of these - excited to check them out.

Thanks for the recommendation

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pendolino's avatar
@pendolino (replying to @maguay )
2 months ago

How's the text search on iOS Notes? I liked this about Notability and I think many apps support it now.

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@SebastienWae (replying to @pendolino )
2 months ago

It works quite well, I only use it for quick notes since GoodNotes it still way better for anything complex but I never had an issue with Notes not recognizing my handwriting or not finding a note.

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DimaKanbanize's avatar
2 months ago

Just this week, I discovered a way to record screen capture videos for free with a built-in Windows 10 feature. It's originally meant for gamers, but works just fine - hit Win+G and you'll enter their Xbox Game Bar, which also has a Capture option in the top left corner. Full-resolution screen recording without any plugins, shady tools - built-in and free ;)

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@maguay (replying to @DimaKanbanize )
2 months ago

That's super cool—love discovering new features and built-in tools like that!

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@udara (replying to @DimaKanbanize )
24d

that so funny! I had a similar situation where I always used the annoying graphics-card software to screen record games on Windows for years before coming across the Xbox Game Bar.

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mahadikprasad15's avatar
2 months ago

I've begun using Roam Research for notes and just having a more cross connected sets of ideas that can be catagorized independently but have lots of interconnections. I want to use this to enunciate my ideas clearly and to use it to have feedback between my thinking and to change it as new data gets added

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AnujAdhiya's avatar
2 months ago

Just started with:
- Ghost as a blog platform
- Notion for wiki
On tap: Wootric for simple NPS surveys

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maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @AnujAdhiya )
2 months ago

What were you using for blogging before Ghost—and what got you to pick Ghost now?

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@AnujAdhiya (replying to @maguay )
2 months ago

Nothing before.
Ghost because its like a mid-point between:
a. Medium (easy setup but no ability to own audience) and
b. Wordpress (tons of set up and ability to own audience).

Also chose it over substack because of more control over look and feel without getting painful.

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@omonish0404 (replying to @AnujAdhiya )
2 months ago

Do let us know about your initial learning post early use.

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udara's avatar
@udara (replying to @AnujAdhiya )
24d

I've been using Ghost for those exact reasons since their Kickstarter. It's always held up on being able to easily manage and have a lot of control over when it comes to theming and moving the blog around if need be.

One of the other key reasons is that they make it really nice and easy to blog on. The writing aspect is a beauty compared to the WordPress editor that is just way too much clutter.

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@maguay (replying to @udara )
22d

@udara Remember Ghost's dashboard in the Kickstarter? Still disappointed that never got shipped. Though it's equally amazing how the team built Ghost into such a popular CMS from that early Kickstarter.

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@udara (replying to @maguay )
20d

omg YES! I ogled that thing and actually remember thinking that was one of the primary draws! It was so pretty for the time!

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@maguay (replying to @udara )
20d

Right? That was 100% the reason I backed it on Kickstarter, even though thinking back now, I'm not certain the dashboard would have actually improved my blogging workflow.

Interesting to imagine what could have been. Though after all this time, hard to imagine Ghost actually adding said dashboard now!

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Volkidesu's avatar
2 months ago
  • I use Obsidian to take notes for work. I like the design, the bi-directional links and that everything is stored locally. You can have many vaults. I use one vault for notes and the other one for documentation of the features of our product. The graph view shows me a network of our different products with their features and how the dependencies are

  • I use bubbles for annotating pages, leaving comments and then sharing them with colleagues.

  • I use Roam research for personal note taking, writing and thinking. I just started setting up my Notion Workspace when Roam came around. It really crushed Notion.

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@maguay (replying to @Volkidesu )
2 months ago

Interesting you're using both Roam and Obsidian. How are you using them together—and what features do you find better in each?

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@Volkidesu (replying to @maguay )
2 months ago

Yeah, I know using two similiar tools seems not intuitive. But I use Obsidian just for work. Taking notes, writing concepts for products (im a product manager), meeting notes, product documentation and general thinking. I like that all my notes are locally stored. (on our business cloud). What I don't like about Obsidian is the task management, but I know the developers work on a plug-in. What I really like is the plug-in system. I can customize obsidian really like the way it works for me. E.g. voice recorder where I can leave myself some messages.

For my personal knowledge systen I use Roam. Helps me seperste work and life and the task management and queries give some special powers making things I can't do (but don't need) in Obsidian. There are many things to say about both too much for a comment :D

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@pendolino (replying to @Volkidesu )
2 months ago

As someone that's looked at Notion and gave up early since it was too cluttered and confusing I find this encouraging to hear whilst I wallow on the Roam waitlist....

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STswr158's avatar
2 months ago

Started using Zoom, Teams and OneNote since the lock down began and working remotely. Can't believe how efficient it is to work from home, easily switch between these services for team or external meetings and for sharing data. I'm looking for more software ideas to improve our team's productivity.

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Renjith's avatar
2 months ago

I have started using Notion recently. I am loving it. So easy to create beautiful notes using pages and cross referable records using databases.

I look forward to try Roam Research. Want to try out their by directional links.I don't have an invite yet.

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@maguay (replying to @Renjith )
2 months ago

Databases inside documents are easily my favorite Notion feature. We’re using them to track everything from feature requests to project sprints and more. Got any unique ways you’ve been using Notion databases so far?

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SethSamowitz's avatar
2 months ago

As my job has gone remote at least temporarily like probably like most of us in this community, I've found myself relying on software more than ever.

Genuity (one of the best finds of 2020 for sure) is a platform for managing hardware, vendor spend, usage, and contracts to strategic sourcing and spend analysis. On top of that, Genuity provides a helpdesk portal for employees to report IT issues or request new hardware/software. Best of all it's only $30 a month with a free trial and no annual contract required. Similar tools that I've looked at have a quarter of the functionality and cost at least $7K even for startups.

GuideCX helps me manage several customer projects simultaneously easier than ever even with everyone at my company being remote. GuideCX has really great project management tools and integrates well with Jira. This has dramatically helped our organization and communication across different teams scattered across the world. We are on a trial now and It's quite expensive, but hoping we can work out a fair price.

Dashblock can turn any website into an API. This is extremely helpful for someone that's not an Engineer and always looking to build no-code tools to make my team and I more efficient.

What I really love about each of these companies is that they are willing to go the extra mile for the customers and are really committed to making sure their customers have a really great experience even after you've already paid.

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@maguay (replying to @SethSamowitz )
2 months ago

I will have to try Dashblock out; thanks for sharing! Have you found its output pretty consistent?

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Rigasgar198asdas's avatar
2 months ago

We've been using Discord for a while now and it is way better than slack and other com softwares that've tried.

Also, not a software but freepik has been really useful for our marketing and content team

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@maguay (replying to @Rigasgar198asdas )
2 months ago

What won you over to Discord?

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pendolino's avatar
@pendolino (replying to @maguay )
2 months ago

I'd like to know as well since Discord isn't designed for work last time I checked and so won't be focused on the needs of that demographic unlike Slack.

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jeffheuer's avatar
2 months ago

I have recently started using Linear for very fast issue tracking. Superhuman is another: an email app, focused on speed and focus.

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maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @jeffheuer )
2 months ago

Nice, how has Linear been so far? Looks like the Superhuman philosophy, applied to issues and bug-tracking.

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snydermane's avatar
2 months ago

Stacker.app

It is a No code front end for both Airtable and Google Sheets, unlike all the competitors, only powering one of them. The customization of the interface is 100x easier to work with and visually appealing too.

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qthdh's avatar
2 months ago

At work, my team was using Zoom, and after hearing all the privacy concern I found Jitsi, which works well.

Also, not really new for me per se, but I've also started using again Roam. I got lucky to have requested an invite 6 months ago and started playing with it, but since I was using heavily Notion, it didn't win me over.
But now I'm reading about people raving over it so I'm giving it another go.

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@maguay (replying to @qthdh )
2 months ago

Finding Roam is fitting better the second time around?

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@qthdh (replying to @maguay )
2 months ago

Your post about Roam hidden features is part of why I gave it a go. Thanks for that.

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maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @qthdh )
2 months ago

Yay glad to hear that!

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@qthdh (replying to @maguay )
2 months ago

I'm totally digging it this time.

I'm slowly realizing the potential and power of this tool.
First time I used it, I didn't grasp the core concepts of the app.

I've been using it every day since last week and the more I use it, the more I enjoy using it.

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hariraghavan's avatar
2 months ago

Recently got the invite to Pitch.com and trying it out.

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@maguay (replying to @hariraghavan )
2 months ago

Ohh how have you found Pitch so far—and what presentation tool to you typically use otherwise?

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@Volkidesu (replying to @hariraghavan )
2 months ago

I'd like to know as well how you found it.
I'm still waiting for an invite...

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Natalie's avatar
2 months ago

I used Loom (https://www.loom.com/) to communicate research findings that were in English (50% translated from French) to a remote team in a different time zone, and found it really easy and convenient to use. It served our communication needs perfectly and helped reduce ambiguity. It's a little strange to see your talking head at the bottom of the screen (if you choose that option) but it helps to bring screen presentations to life.

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peterahn's avatar
2 months ago

Clay.run for CRM & Loom for screen recordings.

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Ashread_'s avatar
2 months ago

I’ve recently started to use Loom a fair bit in my day-to-day work. As part of a remote team (I’m editorial director at Buffer), Loom is a great way to communicate with teammates and walkthrough documents, designs and project plans.

For example, when I write a script for our podcast, I’ll record a quick Loom video for the hosts to talk through the topic, tone, etc. Creating a quick video is really simple on Loom and it feels a lot more personal that a note on Slack or Paper.

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@maguay (replying to @Ashread_ )
2 months ago

That’s super cool, thanks for sharing—the use cases there make it easier to see how you’d use Loom in workflows beyond just voice messaging.

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arpat's avatar
2 months ago

We've recently started down the i18n path as a company, which meant we needed a platform for translation management. After evaluating a few, we landed on Transifex, which seems to offer the right balance of price vs functionality. We've run into a few rough edges as it's an opinionated platform for how it integrates with your codebase, and its opinions don't match ours (though in this case most of them are better, we just need to update ours to match).

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@maguay (replying to @arpat )
2 months ago

Fascinating, localization is tough to take on. Is your team translating in-house, or using a translation service? There was a discussion a while back about translating documentation but UI copy I presume would be even harder to get perfect.

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@arpat (replying to @maguay )
2 months ago

We're partnering with Acclaro for the translations; we've been happy with them, and they've been really flexible. UI copy is particularly tricky, especially that our first foray is in Canadian French, and we're not even settled on our english style guide, which leads to a lot of churn. Luckily we're not having to worry about anything other than UI copy (yet)!

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@maguay (replying to @arpat )
2 months ago

Neat to hear, will have to check them out if working on localization.

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anartam's avatar
2 months ago

I’m using:
-Microsoft Teams and Zoom: For connecting with team:;
- Todoist: I am controlling all my tasks and its related documents in Todoist. I can access documents related to my tasks just using my phone and that is useful;
- OmniOutliner: I am using it for outlining my articles;
- Drafts: I am using Drafts for creating tasks in Todoist from my OmniOutliner outlines;
- Google Classroom: using it for teaching;
- Notion: I use Notion as a database, right now, but I’ll probably migrate to Clickup as soon as Clickup includes tables as a feature. Notion is great, but the lack of integration is unnerving. Airtable is also an option, but I think the price is too high for an individual subscription.

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@maguay (replying to @anartam )
2 months ago

That’s a great list!

How have you found Google Classroom so far? That’s one Google tool I haven’t tried yet, with not being in academia.

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@anartam (replying to @maguay )
2 months ago

It’s a simple and effective platform to present materials. I use google forms to create exercises. It has some integrations I didn’t explore yet.

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@maguay (replying to @anartam )
2 months ago

Oh cool, are you using Google Docs templates to turn the Google Forms data into exercises?

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siddxxvii's avatar
2 months ago

Introduced plenty of new software for my team to increase their productivity.
Pandadocs for sending sales proposal and contracts. Hands down best tool in that category, yes even compared to docusign.

Notion, everyone here knows about it so wont add more advantages and how flexible notion can be.

Zendesk: for customer requests.

Productboard: to collect product ideas and suggestions from your users and put it one place and then plan.

TeamGantt for gantt charts and project planning

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@maguay (replying to @siddxxvii )
2 months ago

Are you automating creating proposals and such in Pandadoc?

Productboard looks nice. How do you typically get the feedback from users that you add to Productboard? Support emails, surveys, or something else?

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@siddxxvii (replying to @maguay )
2 months ago

Yup we are auto-creating the contract. Usually pandadocs has inbuilt integration with Hubspot, but i went even further with automation with help of Zapier. Once the deal moves to stage contract send on hubspot, with zapier we create a contract in draft which you can send after making initial edits.

With productboard we make sure we add feature request from Zendesk tickets, emails from clients and also on website we have given the option to clients to add some product feedbacks.

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@maguay (replying to @siddxxvii )
2 months ago

Awesome, that’s what I was going to suggest on Pandadocs!

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NBNite's avatar
2 months ago

Following the feedback from folks on a different thread, we've begun using

Such an awesome landing page builder with some really good looking templates to help get you off the ground.

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@NBNite (replying to @NBNite )
2 months ago

Hmm.. that product tag didn't seem to work as planned 🤷🏽

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@maguay (replying to @NBNite )
2 months ago

Haha we don't have product cards fully implemented everywhere—but it's coming!

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