As Office Ninjas, you know that being in the know of new gadgets and services breaking out in the market is a huge asset. Not only can you find tools for yourself, but you’re the one in charge of making sure that everyone has what they need to do their jobs properly (and as efficiently as possible). You’re the advocate for using X over Y and the go-to for new products.
That’s why OfficeNinjas is creating a new series that highlights cool tools just hitting the market. We’re not officially endorsing these tools, but we’re sharing items we think could be useful and sound super interesting. We’d like to point out that many of these products are brand stinking new, so in addition to being the coolest Office Ninja on the block, there may be waiting lists or bugs to work out. In other words... be patient.
To give you a taste, here’s a little sampling of tools, gadgets and worthy apps to look forward to.
Just Not Sorry
What is it: Just Not Sorry is an email tool that underlines any words or phrases that undermine your message in emails.
Why it’s awesome: It’s notoriously difficult to interpret sarcasm, terse words and body language in email. But Just Not Sorry is particularly good at identifying language that weakens what you’re trying to say. It underlines words and explains how using the word or phrase is perceived, and it holds you accountable for seemingly innocuous language (like using “sorry”). With this tool, you can clearly communicate what you’re trying to say without compromising your message.
How to use it: Download the Google Chrome extension here and it’s automatically added to your Gmail account.
What is it: The ultimate digital coloring book, Pigment is an app available on iPhone and iPad that lets you color from over 200 designs, including mandalas, doodles, shapes and more.
Why it’s awesome: Are you not down with the adult coloring book craze yet? Studies show they are great for reducing stress and creating mindfulness. What’s awesome about this digital version, though, is how versatile it is. In addition to over 200 designs, you have access to eight kinds of coloring tools, an unlimited amount of colors, and you can delete any work that goes outside of the lines. (It’s not cheating if it’s built into the app, right?)
How to use it: Download the app at Apple’s App store here.
Cost: Three premium subscription options at a weekly, monthly and yearly cost of $1.99, $4.99 and $24.99, respectively.
What it is: “The best email client for Windows,” Mailbird connects all of your apps to your email account for greater productivity and functionality. It’s like a more advanced and customizable version of Outlook. With this tool, you can schedule meetings, book conference rooms and make to-do lists all from one place. The tool connects your favorite apps like Gmail, Sunrise, Moo.do, WhatsApp, Facebook, and more to make your planning, organizing and scheduling centralized.
Why it’s awesome: 1) All of the reasons listed above. 2) You can customize unique layouts that match how you work. 3) It’s very easy to adopt into your workflow. 4) It’s very affordable (see below).
How to use it: Download it for free here and begin a few of their tutorials.
Cost: Three freemium options. The first is Lite, which is free for life; the second is Pro, which is $12 a year; the third is a Pro Lifetime, which is a one-time fee of $45. Go here for more on the pricing differences.
What it is:Service is the personal crisis assistant you always wanted. When something goes wrong between you and a business—whether they delayed your flight, overcharged you or delivered a defective product—Service steps in to mediate on your behalf.
Why it’s awesome: Office Ninjas deal with crises all the time, but sometimes it’s nice to be waited on. With Service, you don’t have to scramble for the contact information to solve the problem. It’s perfect for when problems occur while you’re traveling or on-the-go.
How to use it: Use their messaging app on your iPhone or iPad to explain your issues in under a minute. Sit back and wait for them to solve the issue.
What it is:AirBar makes any computer running Windows 8 or 10 become a touchscreen computer when you need it. The AirBar strip is magnetic, sits at the bottom of your monitor, and plugs into your computer via USB. Thus, it makes it possible to “touch” the screen and interact with your display without actually putting fingerprints on your monitor.
Why it’s awesome: Who needs a new tablet/computer when you can save with AirBar? Plus, it feels futuristic like you’re out of a sci-fi movie. (Fun!)
How to use it: Attach the AirBar strip to the bottom of the monitor, plug it in and you’re instantly ready to pinch, swipe, zoom and scroll without a touchscreen (after some basic software installation).
Cost: Pre-order for $45.
And that’s it for this time. Check back in with us soon to follow up on even more awesome hidden jewels and tools. Let us know what you think about the products in the comments below.
What’s your favorite tool you’d like to make not-so-secret?