In Part 1 of my 5 offline productivity apps series, I introduced chrome web apps for email, calendar, documents, note pad and calculators that could be used offline. This time, I’ll introduce more work-related productivity apps.
MindMapr: Offline Mindmapping Web App
Watch this video to know how simple it is:
Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/njkigggmlihigheckmmebgogbgdmllpo
Speech RecognizerThis web app is interesting, yet very useful. Since version 11 Chrome has a speech recognition function that translate your talk into texts. This app uses the built-in voice recognition engine in Chrome to read your speech and convert into texts for you. If you have a long passage to write but cannot type fast, this is what you need. The app developer has created a Chrome extension, Voice In, which does the same thing, for easy input of text fields on any web site.
Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/aomjekmpappghadlogpigifkghlmebjk
SpringPad: Save, Organize and ReadI used to be a heavy Evernote user but since a few months ago I have changed to Springpad. It has a true Chrome web app (unlike the Evernote web app which is a shortcut only). Now Springpad Chrome web app can be used offline in Chrome browser, which is a great news to people who often clips web pages, make notes and create lists.
Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fkmopoamfjnmppabeaphohombnjcjgla
Converter: Conversion Between UnitsI used to keep an excel spreadsheet in my desktop computer for unit conversion even when I’m offline. If I only have Chromebook in hand, I’ll use this Converter web app to do so. I like it’s simple user interface and that it does not contain advertisements (which are quite common for other free apps).
Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gncebhdkjgopkmaklokjadihihfakeoi
Remember the Milk: Never Forget Your To-doI think many people heard of RTM before. I’m a daily user of it, even in the office I use RTM instead of the built-in task manager in MS Outlook. The best thing about are keyboard shortcuts. You can quickly add and amend tasks by using the mouse. For example, click on a task and press “R” to amend the description and “D” to change due day. It has apps for smartphones so that you can carry your to-do on the go and update wherever you are. It does not have built-in support for GTD or other management systems, but you can easily implement your own by using tags.
Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chdiaibgndcpagmnpkjoelgfkommjbni