Perhaps the most well-designed and keyboard-driven calendar I've used is Fantastical. Much like Superhuman is to email, it feels specifically designed to make managing events fast and simple. Its natural language processing is amazing for creating events just by typing out a description. And newer versions pull in weather, help with managing timezones, and more.
Keyboard shortcuts definitely are the most productive option once you've learned them. Many new apps—Sublime Text, Superhuman, and more—including command palettes to search through commands, as do all Mac programs from the Help menu where you can search through everything in the app's menus, as a nice in-between if you can't remember the shortcut.
But then, some things still need a mouse, for instance, taking a screenshot of a portion of your screen. Normally that means pressing a keyboard shortcut, then using the mouse/trackpad to select the portion of the screen to capture. I use BetterTouchTool to add a shortcut to the top right of my trackpad so I can press there, then just drag my finger to capture the shortcut in one go. Similarly, Shortcuts on iOS lets you run whole workflows with a button tap, almost the touch equivalent to keyboard shortcuts.
Then there are the weird things like shake-to-undo on iOS. Feels like there's a lot of unexplored territory in making modern devices more productive and rethinking what keyboard shortcuts could be without keyboards.
This is a simple one, but I have all my email newsletters and other long reads added to a News split that's easy to ignore during the day, then a place to read without worrying about the rest of the email inbox in the evening.
It's like Instapaper for email.
It’s hard enough to convince people to pay for software, much less unfinished software quits working merely 9 months after purchase. Not Apple. When the first beta of Mac OS X came out in 2000, fans paid $29.95 for the…
This is a trick @awwstn showed me recently that changed how I use Slack.
If you want to add a reaction emoji to the most recently posted message in Slack, just type
+:emojiname: in the message box below and Slack will add that emoji as a reaction to the most recent message in the channel. For instance, if someone says something I agree with, I can just type
+:thumbsup: and boom, there's a 👍 reaction on their message. Super convenient.
At Capiche, our core trio of collaboration tools are Slack, Zoom, and Notion:
This is perhaps overkill, and would only help going forward rather than with existing images already shared in Slack, but...
One trick that could work is to automatically save every new image and other file shared in Slack to a Dropbox or Google Drive folder, then use your computer's file viewer and search to look through your files normally. I've set this up before with Zapier; have Zapier watch Slack for new files, then save them to Dropbox, Google Drive, or other cloud storage files. It gives you a backup of all your files, and makes it easier to search, preview, and use the files you need.
Another option might be Command E, a new beta search tool that works with Slack. @JasonYanowitz, have you used Command E to search through files in Slack, and if so, what does its preview look like?
One solution I've used (with other CRMs, though, not Salesforce) is to use a 3rd party invoicing tool, then connect it to the CRM with app automation tool Zapier. Have Zapier watch for a change (an updated lead with a specific field, or a lead hitting a specific stage in a workflow), then have Zapier trigger your invoice tool to create and send the invoice, then finally have Zapier update your contact in the CRM with details about the invoice.
With Salesforce, you could have Zapier watch for "Updated field on record" to watch for a field where you list invoice details. Then, you could use a tool like Formstack Documents (formerly WebMerge when I'd used it before) to make a template document for your invoice, and have Zapier fill in the details.
Another option could be to use accounting tool Xero, which connects to Salesforce through the Breadwinner app. It lists creating invoices from Salesforce as one of its core features.
It's not terrible—but it's not as simple as it used to be, and simple is what made Dropbox win. It's increasingly confusing which files are shared with whom, and the web interface makes even finding or downloading files take a few more clicks than it seems it should.
You found new software, it’s free to try for a couple weeks, and it turns out to be perfect. All you need to do is to close the deal and pay.
Here there be dragons. You're signing up for a subscription, something you'll pay for over time. It's something you want to get right. Yet every part of the…
At Capiche (and other companies I've been at), we use Slack's Standard plan which costs $8/month per user (or $6.67/month if paid annually). It's plenty for most teams, as long as you don't need a guaranteed uptime SLA and SAML-based single sign-on.
From over 70 teams who've shared their Slack pricing on Capiche, around 20% stick with the free plan, which is fine on small teams while getting started, or for non-work groups. Then, 40% of teams go with the Standard plan (or, in other words, over half of paying customers use the Standard plan).
My former team at Zapier used Donut in Slack to make remote work a bit less lonely. The idea is, Donut randomly pairs up everyone in the company each week and starts a new DM conversation between you and the person it picked for you this week. That way, you could get to know other people on the team in a quick chat conversation, over a call, or perhaps schedule lunch together or something if you're in the same area. Tiny thing that helped you get to know people across the company especially in a fast-growing team.
Education is expensive. If there’s one tiny bright side to the costs of tuition and textbooks, though, it’s that tech is far cheaper as a student.
It’s not only the regular back-to-school discounts on laptops or Apple Music and Spotify’s half priced student plans that help. You can also get much of…
How do you build a company that over a million users trust with their deepest secrets: Website login credentials, financial data, ID, and other secure documents? Then how do you keep those customers happy, while also meeting the needs of more than 50,000 businesses?
In Capiche's community AMA with…
This is the best thing you could buy, promises the internet, the holy grail, the be all end all, everything you’ve ever wanted. This product does everything at once—or maybe it only does one thing, but it does that task better than anything ever did it before.
You don’t have time or budget to try…
When your car has an odd noise at a specific speed in inclement weather, it’s frustrating yet forgettable. When the car won’t start in the morning, though—or, perhaps worse, when it randomly won’t start even after repairs for seemingly no reason—it’s maddening. Something that used to work doesn’t…
Grab coffee at the same café every week, and you’ll rarely think about the order or price. Switch up your routine, though, and you’ll stumble over the order and fumble for additional change. Travel to a new country for a cognitive overload not only in language, sights, and smells, but also in the…
A cardboard sign and chartered plane doesn’t make an airlines, nor a video and signup form an app. But neither does a full-fledged airlines—complete with check-in counters, planes, pilots, and safety videos—guarantee success, nor the most polished app in the App Store.
“Ideas are worth nothing…
When Google launched their online office suite with Docs and Sheets in 2006, feature parity with Microsoft Office wasn't the focus. Neither was a price tag of free, or cross-platform support by virtue of being a web app. Instead, Google focused on the pain of emailing documents back and forth to…
Software’s not all that expensive when you buy one app for one person. It saves time and makes you money, and all’s well.
Then your team grows, and by the time you pay for G Suite, Slack, GitHub, and all your other work tools, software’s not such an innocent expense anymore. Pay $75 per person for…