Project Management & Productivity

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Trello is a visual collaboration tool for planning tasks and projects. While commonly used by agile software development teams, it’s unique in its accessibility for non-developers, and has been adopted by many users in many different verticals.

Since it was launched in 2011, Trello has focused on fine-tuning its Kanban card wall interface, in which cards represent the tasks of a project. Users can drag-and-drop the cards from board to board to indicate the status of a task or project (e.g., boards that indicate completed work, ongoing work and remaining work).

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Basecamp is a real-time communication tool that helps teams stay on the same page; it’s less for traditional project management tasks (e.g., resource planning and long-term scheduling). With to-do-lists, calendaring, due dates and file-sharing, Basecamp provides a way for teams to keep track of priorities and actionable items.

Not specific to a single industry, Basecamp can be deployed by any organization that needs to manage a group, including nonprofits, startups and client service firms—and it can even be used by freelancers. Subscriptions are scalable, with tiers for varying amounts of storage and numbers of users.

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Microsoft’s Office 365 is a more than a set of productivity apps. Yes it does include the full downloadable Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, and Publisher applications that run on your desktop or laptop, as well as mobile versions for tablets and phones. It is, however, more like an online subscription-based ecosystem in which you run apps, access remote data, collaborate on files, and exchange information. If you get confused trying to sort out exactly how it works and what it does, you’re not alone. In this review, I’ve tried to sort out the answers in a way that lets you get the most out of Office 365, because there’s a strong chance that Office 365 is in your future, even if you aren’t using it now.

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Adobe Photoshop is the predominant photo editing and manipulation software on the market. Its uses range from full featured editing of large batches of photos to creating intricate digital paintings and drawings that mimic those done by hand.

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Box is a secure file sharing site with 2TB of monthly bandwidth per user and unlimited storage.

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ShareFile is a highly secure, cloud-based file storage, file synchronization and file-sharing platform that can send encrypted files and emails from the cloud or directly from Microsoft Outlook. It is suitable for businesses of any size.

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Firm Central is legal management system developed by Thomson Reuters. This cloud-based software brings together all the legal procedures into a single platform. Matter management, document management, calendar management, scheduling and invoicing, email monitoring, document customization, and email management are some of the useful features this software has to offer.