Start using online tools and get more work done
Embracing online tools isn’t difficult – all you need is a slight change in philosophy
These days it’s hard to find a task you can’t complete online
You probably have an email account that works through the web. If you’re using something like Gmail or Outlook, you’ll know that you can get hold of your mail wherever you happen to be. But are you really taking advantage of the ever-connected nature of online services? Take, for example, Google Drive, which can store your important files safely in the cloud, and allow you to view, edit, and share them through Google Docs; while it misses a few of the formatting features of desktop software like Microsoft Office, there’s nothing fundamental that it can’t do. Microsoft offers its own online service, too – if you’re an Office 365 subscriber, you can access a web-based version of its full Office suite.
Editing documents and spreadsheets is fairly basic. But these days it’s hard to find a task you can’t complete online. If you want to edit photos, Photoshop Express (www.photoshop.com/tools) or Pixlr (https://pixlr.com) are ideal and free to access; for video, you could use YouTube’s built-in video editor, or Movie Maker Online (http:// moviemakeronline.com), an adsupported, fairly comprehensive editing package. Twistedwave’s audio editor (https://twistedwave.com) is great if you need to cut or tweak audio clips, there are numerous file format converters online, and the list goes on; if you need to do it, you can find a service to help.
Sometimes there is no real substitute for being in front of your own software on your own PC, though. Teamviewer (www.teamviewer. com/) is by far the easiest way to set up remote control of a distant PC. Install the server app, note down the code and password it gives you, and you can jump on to your desktop from any other machine. You can even run Teamviewer from a USB flash drive.