Tech Tips, Apps, and Gadgets to Improve Your Life and Your Practice

By Melanie C. Hagan posted 02-19-2018 13:37

  

This past September, at the NEXT Conference (formerly known as the Solo and Small Firm Institute), Barron Henley once again offered his “60 Tech Tips in 60 Minutes” presentation, in which he delivered lightning fast reviews of the latest software, apps, and gadgets. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Grammarly: Grammarly is a plug-in that will check your grammar wherever you write. You can use it with Microsoft products to proofread your e-mails and documents as you write them. You can use it as a Chrome extension and it will check your writing on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and LinkedIn. There are both free and premium versions.
  • Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse: If you suffer from “mouse hand,” you’ll want to take a look at this ergonomic mouse. It tracks anywhere, including on glass, and can pair with up to three computers.
  • HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer: You can print 2" x 3" photos directly from your phone using this printer.
  • PrintFriendly: Use this handy tool to make any webpage print friendly or to save it as a PDF file. PrintFriendly is available as a browser plug-in as well.
  • Trakdot: If you travel frequently, check out this gadget, which helps you track your luggage from your phone. You buy the device and pay an annual service fee. This works with both iOS and Android.
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02-21-2018 11:16

Not sure if it was mentioned at the NEXT conference, but WordRake is another useful in-line editor specially designed for professional business writing. WordRake tightens, tones, and clarifies your writing in ways that Grammarly cannot. With that being said, I usually edit a document using Grammarly first, then trim it down with WordRake. For PC users, WordRake and Grammarly have an add-in available for both Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word.