We recently reached out to our customer base of IT professionals to better understand which tools they use and recommend for data protection and privacy. While we were at it, we also asked them about their preferred productivity tools, and learned a lot about how Acronis True Image customers stay focused and productive on the job and in their daily lives.
Below are five top productivity tools favored by IT professionals, along with quotes from the customers who recommend them.
1. Note Taking and Organizing
Notes may be the most basic of information-gathering and brainstorming tools, but a growing variety of note-taking applications allows for a range of organizational options. And these days, effective note-taking requires the cloud as well as the ability to access up-to-date files from anywhere and with any device.
“I take a lot of notes, I have many drafts of articles and letters. I save history of communications related to a project in my notes, as well as I attach files that I may need in the future. I keep and synchronize notes across all my devices. All of my life is in the notes. I use Microsoft OneNote.”
2. Screen capture tool
Screen capture is a useful tool for any PC when you need to quickly save some information from a web page or a software interface, and comes in handy when you need to quickly demonstrate to someone over email or in forums how to use a particular tool.
“You never know when you need to make a screenshot and share it with someone. Sometimes it is easy to save some information from dynamic web pages with a screenshot. I use Snagit.”
3. Text editor
Computer users usually do plenty of writing. Whether they’re communicating with colleagues and employees, working on webpages and mobile app interfaces, or coding, they rely on versatile text editing tools that allow for some level of customization for the task at hand.
“I write a lot of texts. Sometimes I edit HTML pages. Sometime I write code. A powerful yet simple text editor that allows you to install various plugins is a must if you want to be efficient in writing. I use SublimeText.”
4. Audio recording software
Sometimes it’s just not convenient to take written notes – and sometimes you can’t type fast enough to get everything down, especially if you’re in a group setting. You need a tool to quickly record and edit audio that will be simple to use but have plenty of plugins and filters.
“I rarely need to record audio but when I do, I want to do it quickly, edit, apply some filters to improve quality, and export in mp3 format. I use Audacity.”
5. Mind-mapping software
When a new project threatens to overwhelm you, it’s helpful to use a tool that not only records your thoughts and ideas, but helps you make sense of them. Hence the rise of mind-mapping software, which allows users to visually organize their thoughts. This is particularly useful in the growing “idea economy” that encourages creative thinking.
“Whenever I need to brainstorm alone or with someone, I use mind-mapping. Good software allows me to quickly make short notes and explore topics. Sometimes I use it to create abstracts of books, sometimes I plan projects as mind-maps. They are useful for many applications. I use XMind.”