Best Linux-Centric File Managers for Chrome OS

I recently covered how to install Linux on Chromebook  and you can check it out here. Today, let’s divert our attention to the File Manager in Chrome OS.

Chrome OS is a beautiful Operating System (as is expected of all Google products) and it houses a responsive file manager for navigating its file trees.

While it works excellently on Chrome OS which it was designed for, navigating Linux directories with it doesn’t feel as “Linuxy” and it can be helpful to install a Linux-centric file manager to eliminate that need.

To install Linux apps on ChromeOS, you must enable Linux Beta on Chromebooks .

I have compiled the best file managers that will bring the essence of Linux to your file navigation and management tasks and they listed below in order of their popularity.

1. Gnome Files

Gnome Files (formerly Nautilus) is a slick free and open source file manager that although designed for the Gnome platform, ships as the default file manager application in several Linux distros most notably Ubuntu.

$ sudo apt update$ sudo apt install nautilus

Gnome Files

2. Nemo

Nemo is a free and open source file manager application developed by Linux Mint as the official file manager of the Cinnamon DE.

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Feature highlights of Nemo include opening folders in the terminal for executing bash commands and a right-click menu to open folders as root. Its feature highlights include accessing remote files, progress indicators, full support for DPI, etc.

$ sudo apt update$ sudo apt install nemo

Nemo File Manager

3. Thunar

Thunar is a beautiful free and open source file manager designed with a focus on speed, ease of use, and functionality.

It ships as the default file manager application in several distros and Desktop Environments most notably LXDE and XFCE. Its most notable features include its simple UI and low memory requirement,

$ sudo apt update$ sudo apt install thunar

Thunar File Manager

4. Dolphin

Dolphin is a lightweight file manager designed to be easy and simple to use while being flexible enough for users to customise it and make it act the way they want.

Its feature highlights include a navigation bar for URLs, support for multiple tabs, split view, no requirement for 3rd party libraries, etc.

$ sudo apt update$ sudo apt install dolphin

Dolphin File Manager

5. Double Commander

Double Commander is a free and open source cross-platform file manager with a default 2-panel side by side view.

Its key features include an inbuilt text editor with syntax highlighting, built-in viewer for displaying files in hex, text, or binary format, extended search functionality, etc.

Double Commander

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexx2000/doublecmd$ sudo apt update$ sudo apt install doublecmd-qt

All 5 file managers are 100% free, open source, and heavily maintained so bug worries to disturb you. Those in the Debian repository can be downloaded directly from your terminal using their relative commands.

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Which Linux-centric file manager completes managing your Linux directories on Chrome OS for you? Share your thoughts in the discussion section.

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12 Excellent Free Mind Mapping Software for Linux Users

Mind maps are diagrams used to organize information visually in hierarchical ways that show relationships among the elements that make up the map. Drawing mind maps have been proven to be highly effective for getting information in and out of the brain especially when combined with logical note-taking that typically details or summarizes the roles of the map’s components along the way.

There are various mind mapping software out there ranging from free to paid to open source options. Today, my job is to list the best mind mapping software available to users for free. They are all modern, easy enough to use, and offer sufficient consumer support.

1. Cacoo

Cacoo is the perfect diagramming app for teams. It has real-time collaborative editing, which means multiple people can work together on diagrams simultaneously and see who’s working on what through live cursors.

Best of all, there’s no annoying lag time or need to refresh to see changes. Whether you’re brainstorming ideas in the conference room or fixing up a diagram from home, your team can work together from anywhere with an internet connection.

Whether you’re a diagramming pro or just getting started, Cacoo has hundreds of professional-grade templates and shapes available to take your diagrams from ideation to presentation in no time. Integrations with AWS, Dropbox, OneDrive, Microsoft Teams, Slack, and Zapier, you can use Cacoo alongside your other favorite productivity apps.

Cacoo – Online Diagram and Flowchart Software

2. MindMaster

MindMaster is a beautiful freemium mind mapping tool for creating different types of diagrams i.e. flowcharts, network diagrams, floor plans, business diagrams, charts and graphs, graphic designs, 3D maps, etc.

You can sync files across devices, share your knowledge in the MindMaster community, brainstorm, collaborate, and easily manage all of your data from an eye-candy and responsive UI.

MindMaster

3. Lucidchart

Lucidchart is a beautiful freemium online diagramming and visual solution software that is capable of translating ideas into beautiful customizable diagrams with any level of complexity.

It offers integrated tools that enable users to enjoy real-time communication and collaboration, unlimited undo/redo history, tons of shapes for creating anything from basic flowcharts to complex technical diagrams and everything is nicely organized.

Lucidchart

4. Draw.io

Draw.io is an online mind mapping platform that enables users to create any type of diagram and it even comes with ready-made categorized templates e.g templates ones for engineering, layouts, maps, flowcharts, graphs, network diagrams, UML, etc. which speed up the diagramming process.

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It also allows you to save diagrams to your hard drive, OneDrive, or Google Drive and import files from Lucidchart, VSDX, Gliffy, etc.

Draw.io

5. Freemind

FreeMind is a free and open source high-productivity mind mapping tool with features such as tracking projects, time recording, a workplace for searching using Google and other web engines, essay writing, brainstorming, fully functional HTML links to even files stored locally, smart Drag ‘n drop, fast one-click navigation, etc.

Freemind

6. Mindomo

Mindomo is a freemium cross-platform application for creating mind maps easily and intuitively. It offers users outline creation, publishing online, full import/export functionality, mind map-to-presentation, customizable map themes, revision history, support for hyperlinks and attachments, etc.

Mindomo’s free version allows a maximum of 3 mind maps so keep that in mind when using it.

Mindomo

7. View Your Mind

View Your Mind is a free and open source mind mapping app that enables users to generate and manipulate maps to show their thoughts in an organized way that improves creativity and efficiency.

Its feature highlights include bookmarks, Xlinks, a branch property window, a map editor, a history window, keyboard shortcuts, one-click function for complex tasks e.g. reorder parts of a map with a single click, etc.

View Your Mind

8. Freeplane

Freeplane is a free, cross-platform and open source application designed to enable critical thinking, information sharing, and completing tasks at home, work, or school. It features tools for creating mind maps as well as analyzing the information in the maps and it can be run locally or from a thumb drive.

Freeplane offers several features including LaTex formulae in nodes, plugin extensions, toggling content, approximate search, classifying nodes with metadata, etc.

Freeplane

9. MindMup

MindMup is a free online mind mapping application where you can create, share, and publish unlimited mind maps without needing to create an account.

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It offers free users storage space of up to 100KB for up to 6 months, support for saving mind maps in Google Drive, export maps of up to 100KB, publish maps for up to 6 months, and engage with the community chat and support. It has premium packages for users who want more functionality.

MindMup

10. Semantik

Semantik (formely kdissert) is a mind mapping application for KDE that enables users to create different types of documents including presentations and reports. Semantik’s mind maps can be edited in 2D or as flat trees (a linear view on the left), with each node on the map associated with pictures, diagrams, tables, or text.

Its other features include a simple and properly segmented UI, support for technical documentation in OpenOffice, HTML, and LaTeX formats, re-using diagrams, etc.

Semantik

11. Heimer

Heimer is an uncomplicated free and open source designed for creating mind maps and similar diagrams. It features an easy-to-use UI, nice animations, an adjustable grid, export to PNG, unlimited undo/redo, save/load work in XML-based .ALZ files, different zoom modes (in/out/fit), etc.

Heimer is the simplest mind mapping application on this list which makes it perfect for users who strictly need a mind mapping tool and nothing else.

Heimer

12. Dia

Dia is a free and open source for drawing structured diagrams. It is available on Linux, macOS and Windows, and with it, you can create flowcharts and other complex diagrams with a simple user interface with a customizable grid, import/export functions, undo, redo, save, and zoom. If you’re familiar with GIMP and Inkscape then you will have a field day with Dia.

There are other mind map software worthy of mention such as NovaMind, Bubbl, and XMind but they’re paid software because you wouldn’t get a complete feature list without paying for them and that’s a topic for a different day.

Did I mention your favourite mind mapping app? Maybe you have some suggestions to include. Scroll on, the discussion section is below.

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The 9 Best Search Engines to Explore the Invisible Web

Can we imagine a life without Search Engines? Think about it for the next two minutes.. you still will have no answer! The fact is that only because of Search Engines our life has become smoother and the internet has become dearer!

But, here comes a twist! Would you feel betrayed when I tell you that these search engines, in fact, show you a very small percentage of data that is dumped on the web! Well, that’s right, the data that is visible to us is called the Surface Web and that which is not visible is called the Invisible Web.

Invisible Web is also known as Deep Web and they are not easily accessible through the normal Search Engine.

Some examples include:

  • Content that requires technology to get access, like CAPTCHA technology.
  • Pages that are independent and not linked by any other page.
  • Contents that exist beyond the conventional http:// or https:// protocols.
  • The page may not have been indexed by the search engines.

So, how do you think we can explore the data that are a part of the Invisible web? The answer is that there are a few dedicated search browsers through which we can access the content of the Invisible web.

Here are few search engines to help you explore the Invisible web. Do visit them to expand the universe of your search results that earlier was just limited to the surface web.

1. Yippy

Yippy is a very useful search engine and it gives you results for anything obscure you want to search for. They are actively funded and are continuously acquiring different search tech assets to make it more robust.

Yippy

2. Archive.org

If you are looking for books and journals for your next research project, you should not miss out searching about it on Archive.org .

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It has a gigantic database that includes old videos, books, sound recordings and so on. It has partnered with the Wayback Machine which itself has over 250 billion webpages.

Archive.org

3. WWW Virtual Library

WWW Virtual Library is considered one of the oldest of the lost, this search engine can get you everything stating from agriculture to corporate affairs.

It was created by Timothy John Berners-Lee, who we all know is the inventor of the World Wide Web. Also, if you love audiobooks, this website has free audiobooks too.

WWW Virtual Library

4. Pipl.com

Pipl.com is the best search engine to find people on earth! This website has access to different member directories, court records and can get you information of a person.

A lot of famous brands like IBM, eBay, Groupon, Twitter, etc., are also associated with this website.

Pipl.com

5. Directory of Open Access Journals

Better than Google Scholar, Directory of Open Access Journals website will give you access to over 12000 open access journals and that too free of cost. Launched in 2003 in Sweden, this independent database has journals that cover all areas of technology, science, humanities, and medicines.

DOAJ

6. Elephind

Elephind is a repository of over 3700 newspaper titles in the world. This search engine gives you results that Google can never give you.

Their tagline is “search the world’s historical newspaper archives” and it truly stands by it. They are continuously adding more newspapers every day and this certainly gives them a place on our list.

Elephind

7. Surfwax

Surfwax is one of the best search engine tools to dive down deep in the Invisible web. You can search anything through it starting from blogs and feeds to the news. It is a search engine that openly challenges Google for providing better search results.

Surfwax

8. Infoplease.com

Infoplease.com is a search engine that is a combination of encyclopedia, almanac, and atlas. One of our favourites, this site is a must visit if you are looking to increase your General Knowledge. The website is interesting and in fact, you would love searching topics after topics.

Infoplease.com

9. Ahmia

To access the links and results of Ahmia search engine you will have to install the Tor browser, which will searches hidden services on the Tor Network. The onion service for this search engine can be accessed through – msydqstlz2kzerdg.onion

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Ahmia

Apart from the above mentioned top Invisible web search engines, there are many other which can get you inside the Invisible web, some of which are – Hidden Wiki, Project Gutenberg, Voice of the Shuttle, Agrisurf, IncyWincy, Clusty and so on.

The Invisible web is difficult to measure, but experts estimate it to be more than 500 times the web we actually know! The search engines listed above are sure to introduce you to this Invisible web and only then you would understand the difference between them.

Please do let us know when you use these search engines and share your experiences with us by commenting below. If you think we have missed out on a search engine, do fill up the feedback form given below so that we can incorporate the same in our list and help our audience.

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How to Quickly Set Up Flatpak in Chrome OS

Flatpak is a technology for building and distributing applications on Linux desktops. Its mission is to make applications easily accessible to users, easily upgradable and distributable by developers, and more stable.

Seeing as Flatpak is becoming more popular these days, everybody wants to be able to run Flatpak apps why shouldn’t they be able to? While many Linux distros now ship with support for Flatpak, Chrome OS users can’t enjoy such by default.

Today, I’ll show you how to set up Flatpak in your Chrome OS system in 5 simple steps after which you can enjoy Flatpak in its totality.

1. Enable Linux Support

Turn on Linux support on Chrome OS by navigating to chrome://settings, scrolling down to Linux (Beta) and clicking the switch.

Enable Linux Beta on Chrome OS

Install Linux Beta on Chrome OS

Give your machine some time to download and install Linux and mind you, its completion time depends on the quality of your Internet connection.

2. Launch Your Terminal

Because Linux is now installed in your system you can pull up the terminal as if it was always there. Press the Launcher key and enter “Terminal“.

3. Install Flatpak on Chrome OS

$ sudo apt install flatpak

4. Add Flathub Repository on Chrome OS

Flathub is the recommended store for discovering Flatpak apps so enable it by entering the following command in your terminal:

$ flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

5. Restart & Install Apps on Chrome OS

Restarting ChromeOS implements the system changes you’ve enabled and automatically welcomes you into the community.

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Now that you’ve set up your machine, head over to FlatHub and begin installing your favorite Flatpak Linux apps on Chrome OS.

Install Linux Apps on Chrome OS

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The 10 Best Coupon Apps for Deal Hunters

Coupons are tickets or any form of document that you can redeem for a price discount when purchasing items and thanks to technology, digital coupons allow users to access awesome discounts and free services without needing to carry physical prints around.

There are several applications whose purpose is to provide a single interface for finding the best shopping deals, coupon codes, etc. and today, I bring you the best of such apps that you to shop and save some cash at the same time.

1. Ibotta

Ibotta enables you to make some cash each time you shop, travel, dine out, or make in-app purchases without requiring coupons, promo codes, or rebates and it integrates seamlessly with thousands of popular retailers and brands including Target, Walmart, etc.

Once your balance is at least $20, you can transfer the funds to Venmo or PayPal or convert it to a gift card for stores like Starbucks, Best Buy and Amazon.

Ibotta

2. Honey

Honey is a Chrome browser extension that enables you to save money by searching the Internet for the best discount codes for shopping for virtually anything at thousands of different stores, not excluding Amazon, Expedia, Best Buy, Forever 21, etc.

It is 100% free, installable with 2 single clicks, and stays out of the way so that you can shop online as you normally do but at cheaper prices.

Honey

3. Groupon

Groupon enables users to find great purchase deals and stuff to wear, eat, sightsee, etc. with discount rates of up to 70%.

Different deals have different lasting periods but they are all available to be used immediately. You can purchase discounted gift cards and even share them with family, search for themed restaurants, travel ticket coupons, etc.

Groupon

4. RetailMeNot

RetailMeNot allows you to find shopping deals as well as in-store and online coupons by searching for nearby deals which you can browse by store, brand, or category.

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It contains coupons for fashion, vacation trips, beauty, pizza, food, electronics, and shopping deals. It also offers cash back on purchases, notifications about new sales and gift card deals.

RetailMeNot

5. GasBuddy

GasBuddy is the #1 car companion app for finding the cheapest gas stations near you and works to help users save up to $340 on gas annually.

You can search for relatively cheaper gas stations and filter the results by price, brand, location, and amenities such as car wash, restaurants, restrooms.

GasBuddy

6. The Coupons App

The Coupons App features excellent discount prices for products, services, and different restaurants with the option for a close-up view of the physical form of selected coupons.

Within the app, you can browse weekly ads, save coupons and automatically add them to your favorite calendar app, share your grocery lists and coupons with friends, etc.

The Coupons App

7. GoodRx

GoodRx enables users to save the cost of drug prescriptions to as much as up to 80% even if you have Medicare or insurance. It automatically compares the cost of drugs at different pharmacies and even informs you when certain prescriptions are free.

GoodRx can be shared with all of your family including your pets and can be used to make payments directly from within the app in order to enjoy discount prices without the need to print anything.

GoodRx

8. Shopular

Shopular gives you access to coupons and shopping deals that enable to spend less cash as you shop and save time since you don’t need to hunt for promo codes etc. online.

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You can pick from hundreds of popular stores, enjoy a 25% cash back when you purchase stuff via the app, get notifications about nearby sales, access promo codes for virtually anything, etc.

Shopular

9. Coupons.com

Coupons.com enables users to locate shopping deals and manage all their grocery shopping and coupons to use at popular stores like Dollar General, Target, and Walmart right from their phone.

Users can also save their favourite brands in the app and make more than $100 in coupons every day from its cash back savings feature.

Coupons.com

10. DealsPlus Coupons & Deals

DealsPlus Coupons contains thousands of in-store coupons as well as online coupon codes, deals for thousands of restaurants, grocery stores, and shopping sites without the need for hunting or printing.

You can use DealsPlus’s search bar to search for products from your favorite retailers, or discounts at the restaurants that you fancy and you can conveniently save all of them in the app.

DealsPlus

So there you have, the best coupon applications for all your shopping activities ranging from gas stations to fashion, grocery, and medications.

Do you have any experience with any of the listed apps? Or perhaps you know apps that are worthy of mention? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

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10 Best GUI Git Clients for Mac

Git is a Version Control System that works to track file changes. Commonly used in team settings and especially among programmers, its basic functions include cloning, fetching, pulling, pushing, merging, and staging.

Although many users are comfortable working with Git from the Command Line , there are several GUI clients which will considerably speed up your workflow especially if you are new to the platform.

There are several GUI Git clients available to users and if you’re searching for the ideal one to manage your repositories on a Mac then you are in luck because here is a list of the best GUI Git clients for Mac OS X.

1. Fork

Fork is a free advanced GUI git client for Mac and Windows with an emphasis on speed, user-friendliness, and efficiency. Its features include a themeable layout with quick action buttons, a built-in merge-conflict helper and resolver, a repository manager, GitHub notifications, etc.

Fork has the most features in a free GUI Git client that I know about including an interactive rebase, Git-flow, GIT LFS, cherry-pick, revert, sub-modules, etc. all in a beautiful UI.

Fork GUI GIT For Mac

2. GitHub Desktop

GitHub Desktop is a completely free and open source customizable Electron-based Git client app developed by GitHub for you to interact with GitHub as well as other Git platforms including Bitbucket and GitLab.

Its features include a beautiful with a minimalist approach to sectioning which makes it easy to check out branches with pull requests, check the differences between images and code blocks, and even use drag and drop to add projects in order to manage them from the app.

GitHub Desktop GUI GIT For Mac

3. Sourcetree

Sourcetree is a free GUI Git client for macOS and Windows that simplifies the version control process in order to allow you to focus on what matters – coding.

It features a beautiful UI for performing Git tasks as well as visualizing and managing your repositories by giving you access to Git-flow right out of the box, submodules, a remote repo manager, local commit search, support for Git Large File, etc.

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Sourcetree is developed by Atlassian for Bitbucket but it is not limited to it and can be used with other Git platforms coupled with built-in support for Mercurial repositories.

Sourcetree GUI GIT For Mac

4. Tower

Tower is a paid GUI Git client for macOS and Windows and currently one of the leading client apps among professionals. It lets you learn more about version control by enabling you to perform all the Git actions with a visual representation of all instances including sorting merge conflicts and collaborating on projects.

You can enjoy its free trial for 30 days without restrictions after which you are to make an annual payment of $69/user or $99/user for a Basic or Pro subscription respectively.

Tower GUI GIT For Mac

5. GitKraken

GitKraken is a freemium cross-platform GUI Git client for working with Version Control Systems including GitHub, Bitbucket, and GitLab, among other platforms. It aims to make you a productive Git user by providing you with an intuitive UI, task tracking, a built-in code editor, merge conflict editor, support for integration with other platforms, etc.

For commercial purposes + other features packed in a Pro version such as a merge conflict editor, multiple profiles, and self-hosted repositories, GitKraken costs $4.08/month and more for enterprise versions. Read our article on GitKraken here .

Gitkraken GUI GIT For Mac

6. Sublime Merge

Sublime Merge is a Git client for Mac, Windows, and Linux created by the same developer behind the much-loved Sublime Text source code editor.

It includes all the qualities Sublime text users happily swear by and more including a speedy performance, an integrated merge tool, a powerful search tool, advanced difference checker, etc. It is free to use but just like with Sublime Text, you’ll need to shell out $99 for an extended use license.

Sublimemerge GUI GIT For Mac

7. SmartGit

SmartGit is a feature-rich Git client for Mac, Linux, and Windows with support for SVN and Pull Requests for GitHub and Bitbucket. Its features include a CLI for Git, graphical merge and commit history, an SSH client, Git-Flow, file merge, conflict solver, etc.

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SmartGit is free to use for non-commercial projects and charges for licenses starting at $99/year all the way to a single lifetime fee of $229 with varying costs depending on the duration of the support you choose.

SmartGit GUI GIT For Mac

8. GitUp

GitUp is a free and open source Git client for Mac users with an emphasis on speed, simplicity, efficiency, and ease of use. It bypasses the Git binary tool to interact with the repo database directly which makes it a lot faster than other Git clients e.g. it loads and renders the graph of 40,000 commits of the GitUp repo in under a second.

GitUp features GUI alternatives for all Git functions coupled with a visual realization of commands entered and changes made in real-time.

GitUp GUI GIT For Mac

9. Aurees Git Client

Aurees Git Client is a free app for Git users on Mac, Windows, and Linux that aims to speed up your workflow by providing you with a simple but powerful application for managing all your Git projects using a GUI.

It gives you the convenience of visually operating your Git repos with functions such as outstanding merge with preview, conflict resolution, a built-in editor for diff checking, insightful highlighting, etc.

Aurees GUI GIT For Mac

10. GitBlade

GitBlade is a beautiful Git client for Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms that provides users with the everyday features required to operate Git projects including a merge tool, a visual graph for displaying linked branches and commits, combined diff checking for viewing the difference between multiple files at once, a blame/annotate tool for visualizing file history.

GitBlade is free to use with all the basic Git features + 14 days of Pro features for free. A pro version costs $19.99/year /user and it contains a license that can be used on up to 3 machines, repository tabs, blame tool, merge tool, etc.

GitBlade GUI GIT For Mac

While all these applications offer similar features for working with Git projects, they have unique extras that make them stand out in areas others.

Did I mention the GUI Git client that you use on your system? Feel free to add your comments in the discussion section.

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25 Best Chrome Extensions for Productivity in 2020

According to a recent survey conducted by Stat Counter Global Stats Google Chrome holds 62.7% of browser market share worldwide. So what is it that Google Chrome is offering its users which other browsers are failing to provide?

Well, one answer could be the availability of browser extensions. Google Chrome offers hundreds of browser extensions to customize your browsing experience. These extensions can help you add more features and functionality in your Google Chrome Browser.

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Now since you know that Google has so much to offer, we would make things a little easy for you! Here we have compiled a list of 25 best Chrome Extensions of 2020 to help you improve your performance and increase your productivity.

All these extensions are tested and the best part is that they are all available for free!

1. Adblock

This list would be incomplete without Adblock , one of our favorites! It has over 60 million users and it blocks ads from all over the web.

This chrome extension helps you block ads so that you can concentrate on your work and you do not waste your time getting distracted! In case you want to see ads on a particular website, then you also have an option to add them to the whitelist.

Adblock Chrome Extension

2. Airstory

With Airstory you can forget the world of Copy Pasting! Airstory lets you save the research works available online as a note. You can simply then drag the note into your online content and the research work will automatically merge with your work.

Airstory will also put in the source of the research work which again can be used in your citations. If you are a student, then Aistory can become your favourite Chrome Extension.

Airstory Chrome Extension

3. Calm – Style Your New Tab

Bored of watching the blank “New Tab” screen? “ Calm – Style your New Tab” is a Chrome extension that can help you customize your new tab with endless possibilities.

You can choose to have motivational quotes, widgets (clock, weather, notes, etc.) and also your pictures to help you increase your productivity.

Calm Chrome Extension

4. ClickUp

ClickUp is a five-in-one app, thus helping you save your time that you put in to manage five different apps! This chrome extension itself claims of making your personal and work lives more productive.

With ClickUp you can capture screenshots, create tasks, track time, save websites as tasks and create tasks and attach emails to the task.

ClickUp Chrome Extension

5. Clockify Time Tracker

Clockify Time Tracker lets you clock your time for anything you do. If you are doing a project, you can start the work and the timer. Once you finish, stop the timer.

This is a very productive chrome extension and it can help you analyze the time you spend on a particular project or a website.

Clockify Time Tracker

6. Dashlane – Password Manager

Dashlane is a secured Password Manager that lets you save all your account passwords in one place. With so many websites and online accounts, we often tend to forget our passwords and we waste our time generating a new one every time.

Dashlane chrome extension stores your password and in a secured vault which can only be accessed by you. It automatically lets you log in to your saved account so that you no more need to recall your forgotten passwords.

Dashlane Chrome Extension

7. Forest: stay focused, Be Present

Forest: stay focused, Be Present lets you plant trees! Yes, you got me right! This chrome extension will build a virtual forest for you if you work and can destroy it too when you waste your time on irrelevant websites.

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This chrome extension motivates you to be productive so that you can grow trees after trees and can share with your friends too.

Forest Chrome Extension

8. Grammarly for Chrome

If you have recently started writing and are prone to make spelling or grammatical errors then Grammarly is certainly a boon for you.

Grammarly lets you check your content and gives you the right replacement of the same which you can directly change in a few clicks. For a writer in you, Grammarly is a must-have chrome extension.

Grammarly Chrome Extension

9. Hunter: Find email addresses in seconds

With Hunter , the chrome extension you will no more have to search for email addresses on the websites. Hunter can also get you names, phone numbers, job titles, links to people’s social networking profiles and so on. And the best part is that the data it provides comes with public sources.

Hunter Chrome Extension

10. LastPass: Free Password Manager

LastPass chrome extension lets you save your usernames and passwords in one place. You only have to remember one master password of LastPass and it will help you auto-login to all your saved accounts. You can also add your credit card details, save any data you need to keep secure or attach PDFs/Docs to your LastPass account.

LastPass Chrome Extension

11. Momentum

You can customize your new tab with the Momentum chrome extension. While working, we often tend to open a new tab and visit time-waste websites.

This chrome extension lets you stay focused by asking you about your goals and to-dos. You can also choose Momentum to display a motivational quote when you open a new tab or can also set a daily goal for it to remind you.

Momentum Chrome Extension

12. News Feed Eradicator for Facebook

Facebook is one social networking website that lures you to open it every time you are on your desktop. News Feed Eradicator wipes away the news feed when you open Facebook and replaces it with inspirational quotes instead.

If you are a Facebook addict, this chrome extension is a must-have for you to help you achieve your goals and be more productive.

News Feed Eradicator

13. Noisli

Boost your productivity by blocking the annoying noises through this productive chrome extension. Noisli lets you choose soothing music to play in the background while you are working. If you are a person that gets disturbed even with a drop of a pin, Noisli is for you.

Noisli Chrome Extension

14. Office Online

Got your new laptop but still could not get through Microsoft Office? Don’t worry! Just download Google Chrome and its extension – Office Online , that lets you create, edit and save Microsoft excel, word.

Office Online Chrome Extension

15. OneNote Web Clipper

OneNote Web Clipper lets you clip any web page to your OneNote for you to access it from anywhere anytime. You can clip PDFs, images, videos, and even page bookmarks. It helps you be organized and saves time.

OneNote Web Clipper

16. RescueTime for Chrome and Chrome OS

Manage your digital time with RescueTime for Chrome and Chrome OS. This extension records the time you spend on any active window on your chrome browser. That is not enough. It also shuts itself off when you are away from your computer.

RescueTime classifies a few websites based on its productivity and assigns it a score. At the end of the day, you can see how much time you spent on productive work and how much you spent on those unproductive websites. You can also choose your defaults for that matter.

RescueTime Chrome Extension

17. ScreenCastify

ScreenCastify is the topmost screen recorder for Chrome. It lets you record, edit and share your screen videos. You can also narrate with your microphone while recording your screen.

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ScreenCastify saves your videos on Google drive and you can also directly publish your videos to YouTube in case you wish to. This extension can be very useful for people who often struggle to find a screen recording application.

Screencastify chrome Extension

18. Session Buddy

Session Buddy helps you manage your open tabs so that you can clear the clutter. Many times while switching between tabs, it often gets confusing and we happen to lose track of our work. Session Buddy in such cases comes to your rescue.

Session Buddy Chrome Extension

19. StayFocusd

StayFocusd can be your mentor who will tell you when it’s time to start work and not waste time on unproductive sites! You can allow a time of your choice to sites of your choice, for instance, Facebook.

After that allotted time is used up, StayFocusd will automatically block those sites! Isn’t that wonderful? Well, that’s what gave this extension a place on our comprehensive list.

StayFocusd Chrome Extension

20. Text Mode

Images and videos often distract us. Text Mode is one such chrome extension that removes the images, animations, and videos from the websites and only the text part is shown to you. This makes it easier for us to get the relevant data from the website and thus makes us work more efficiently.

Text Mode Chrome Extension

21. The Great Suspender

The Great suspender frees up your CPU memory by suspending the tabs that you haven’t used in a while. It improves the performance of the Chrome browser and thus can help you have a better browsing experience while working.

The Great Suspender Chrome Extension

22. Timewarp

If you are looking for somebody to constantly remind you of your workload, then you should add Timewarp to your chrome browser. This extension reminds you of your work whenever you get distracted.

Timewarp works best for people who prefer taking a 5 minute Facebook or a YouTube break! It has three kinds of way (wormholes) for you to choose-

  • Redirect (redirecting you to the productive site of your choice.
  • Quote (shows you a motivational quote).
  • Timer (displays the time you spent on the unproductive website).

Timewarp Chrome Extension

23. Todoist: To-Do list and Task Manager

Todoist is a very simple to-do list to help you keep yourself organized and stress-free. This app has been praised by The Guardian, USA Today, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and more, which makes it one of the contenders for this list.

Todoist: To-Do list and Task Manager

24. Toggl Button: Productivity & Time Tracker

Toggl Button chrome extension puts a timer on any web tool that you use and helps you to track time. Newly added advanced features in this chrome extension also include idle detection which can help you monitor your productive time.

Toggl Button: Productivity & Time Tracker

25. TooManyTabs for Chrome

If you are a person who loves researching and opens up tabs after tabs, then “ TooMany Tabs” is a must-have for you! This chrome extension helps you maintain your sanity and improves your browsing experience.

TooManyTabs For Chrome

The above chrome extensions are a few of our favorites and we hope that it would become your favorite too! Please don’t forget to put in your comment and feedback below.

In case you feel we have missed out any chrome extension which according to you should have been on the list, please do fill up the form. Till then, Happy Browsing!

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The 10 Best Video Editors and Makers for Android

With how important social media has become in our times coupled with advancements in technology, tools for technical activities like music and video creation have been made more accessible to virtually anyone with a smartphone who cares to be creative.

As you would imagine, the Google Play Store is littered with several applications to enable users to create and edit videos with tons of visual effects and customizations that make having a video editing dedicated desktop less of a do or die affair.

If you would like to create videos for social media, your next project meeting, or to just share with friends for fun then you’re in luck because here is a list of the best video editors for Android.

1. KineMaster

KineMaster is a full-featured media utility for creating professional videos on Android with powerful tools such as blending modes, chroma key, transitions, speed control, multiple video layers, voiceovers, special effects, and subtitles, among others. Its UI is properly segmented to allow for the most convenient editing space including its pie-chart type menu containing layer, audio, voice, and media options.

You can think of KineMaster as a minimized version of a robust desktop editing app because of its versatility. You can work its inbuilt keyframe animation tool for adding motion effects and stickers to layers, select music from your local directories, share directly to Dropbox, Facebook, YouTube, export 4K 2160p video at 30FPS, and many more!

KineMaster

2. YouCut

YouCut is a free video editor and maker application for creating professional videos, especially in formats for YouTube and social media. You can edit videos using its inbuilt tools for cutting & splitting, trimming, creating slideshows, fine-tuning playback speed, etc.

YouCut is loved by 10 million+ users for its beauty and praised for its simple yet powerful and efficient workflow. Its feature highlights include video color adjustments, an ad-free video editor, customizable aspect ratio, HD video compression, free online music + local music, no watermarks, and beautiful FX effects and filters.

YouCut Video Editor

3. Quik

Quik is a free video editing application for creating professional fun and interactive videos as easily as possible. Its feature highlight is how it enables users to create beautiful videos complete with transitions, effects, and texts that sync to the beat/background music in seconds. It also boasts a clean, ad-free, portrait-mode-interface for editing and easy customization.

Quik allows you to add up to 75 video clips and photos from your preferred location e.g. Gallery, Dropbox, Albums, etc. and it works with Motion Photos. It also contains 23 themes with unique transitions, fonts, filters, and graphics to match with your video’s story. It also allows you to work with HD videos that play at 60 FPS, supports several audio formats, supports adding GPS stickers, and much more.

Quik Video Editor

4. FilmoraGo

FilmoraGo is a beautiful mobile video editing solution created by Filmora Wondershare to enable users to create stunning videos as easily and professionally as possible. As the name suggests, FilmoraGo is for creating professional videos on the go. It features tons of visual effects, text styles, animations, stickers and motion graphics, themes with unique color correction settings and layouts, smooth transitions, etc.

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FilmoraGo allows you to view edits and real-time, export HD video projects in 1:1 for Instagram and 16:9 for YouTube, use locally-stored music and/or music from its licensed songs library, import video clips and photos from social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.

Filmorago

5. VivaVideo

VivaVideo is a free video editor and photo movie application that lets you combine videos and photos into full-featured films with several professional effects such as slow motion, special lenses for recording “funny faces”, video collage with tons of templates, stickers, themes, etc.

VivaVideo has a simple user-friendly UI which makes it easy to make use of its several professional tools including trimming, auto record, splitting, merging, reverse, speed control, transitions, texts, music playback, etc. and it was created with the aim of allowing anybody to create professional video stories. It is free to use with a dedicated tutorials page for new users and in-app purchases.

VivaVideo

6. VideoShow

VideoShow is a powerful all-in-one video editor for creating professional videos using 50+ themes, multiple background music, stylized texts, background effects, and 30+ filters. It sports professional editing tools such as merge, split, timeline reverse, bluer, collage, zoom, motion speed, video compression, video to mp3 conversion, etc.

VideoShow has an inbuilt editor for selfie stickers, a beauty camera for touching up your photos, an editor for working with photo videos, and a toolbox for extra editing features. It is free to use with an avenue for in-app purchases.

VideoShow

7. Video Editor

Video Editor is a professional video editing app that enables Android users to create fun videos by merging photos and edited video clips together with additional items such as text, filters, transitions, and synchronized music. Its features include video dubbing which allows you to add recorded voices or sound effects, playback speed control, zoom in and out, 10+ high-quality transitions, 20+ cool filters, a slideshow maker, picture-in-picture, custom video duration, etc.

Video Editor is completely free to use so while it contains advertisements, it does not limit your usage time nor add watermarks to your video projects.

Video Editor

8. Video Editor, Crop Video, Edit Video, Effects

Video Editor is a paid app that is designed for making professional videos by splicing and/or merging photos together with background music, filter effects, and interactive stickers. It enables you to create videos with several categorized cinematic such as Bomb, Fire Sea, Dr. Strange, etc. a time machine tool which digitally edits pictures of people to make them look younger or older, a glitch tool for adding glitch colors to selected photos as well as several fantastic filters and slideshow presets, etc.

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Video Editor is straightforward to use especially when adding custom text, emojis, locally stored music, and online music, etc. It also allows you to crop videos to your preferred aspect ratio and to export completed video projects in HD formats.

Video Editor Maker

9. Glitch Video Effect

Glitch Video Effect is a video editing app for Android that comes with tons of video effects to give your video projects stylish looks. It features 100+ effects themed Retro VHS, Chrom, Shadoe, RGB, Pixel, Cyber, Moire, Aesthetic effects, etc.

You can also use it to shoot retro videos with glitches and VHS effects in real-time combined with a built-in video editor for customizing your project’s aspect ratio, trimming and cutting sections of the playback timeline, adding background music, and exported completed projects in HD for virtually any platform.

Glitch Video Effect

10. Adobe Premiere Clip

Adobe Premiere Clip is a free video editor for quickly creating HD videos on mobile photos and then typically sharing them for editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Its features focus on automatic video creation wherein you simply select images, choose a soundtrack and playback pace, and powerful video editing using drag and drop, trim, transitions, aniamtions, custom texts, and effects, etc.

Like all Adobe apps, Adobe Premiere Clip feeatures a beautiful UI with cloud integration. While it is a good video editor if you’re shooting videos on the go, you’ll get extra editing functionality and customization options when you use it in conjunction with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Adobe Premiere Clip

Some of the listed applications are free to use with ads until you purchase premium versions which unlock many extra features. Others are completely free to use with either non-intrusive ads or no advertising at all.

Whatever the case is, you might find that using some of the apps together is the right workflow for you but you can only find out when you start trying them out for yourself. Did I mention your favorite app editor for Android? Drop your comments in the section below.

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12 Best WordPress Chrome Extensions That You Should Try

Google Chrome browser is currently the most widely used desktop browser and it comes with hundreds of extensions to ease your work. In one of our previous articles, we discussed 25 best chrome extensions for productivity .

Here keeping in mind the usage of WordPress users, we are listing out the 12 Best Chrome Extensions for WordPress that you should try and have been suggested by our experts. If you are currently building a website, these extensions are sure to make your life easy!

1. Grammarly

Grammarly is one of the best and the most popular chrome extension to check for both grammatical and spelling mistakes in your content.

You just need to paste your content on the website and the website shows you the mistakes and the correct replacement. It is a user-friendly and easy-to-use extension and is a must for the beginners.

Grammarly

2. WPSNIFFER

Struggling to buy a theme for your website? Well, WPSNIFFER extension lets you find out the theme that the active WordPress sites are using. It is the best way to see how various themes can be customized and can help you pick the best.

WPSNIFFER

3. WordPress Tutorials WPCompendium

If you are new to WordPress then WPCompendium chrome extension is a must-have for you. WPCompendium helps you by providing hundreds of WordPress step-by-step tutorials. Starting from installing and configuring your website settings, this extension also teaches you the different WordPress features like WordPress Pages, themes, Widgets and so on.

WPCompendium

4. SimilarWeb

SimilarWeb chrome extension lets you see website traffic and key metrics for any website. SimilarWeb allows you to see a website’s engagement rate, traffic ranking and traffic source. It is a must try if you are looking for in-depth traffic information on different types of websites to help you develop yours.

SimilarWeb

5. Ahrefs SEO Toolbar

Ahrefs SEO Toolbar gives you access to the SEO metrics of any website right on your browser. It can help you find out why your competitors are performing so good/bad and how you can improve.

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The chrome extension also lets you find out keywords that can help you improve your website ranking. Ahrefs SEO toolbar is the best if you are looking for a web site’s keyword reports and SEO analysis.

Ahrefs SEO Toolbar

6. Comment Save

As a WordPress user, we often happen to comment on different websites. It is not always possible to remember all the websites where we have posted our comments. With Comment Save , you will not have to bother remembering the websites you have commented on.

This Chrome extension tracks all your posts and comments so that you can easily find them when you want. In case you no more want to track a particular post/comment of yours, you are free to disable them too.

Comment Save

7. Buffer

If you are the one who likes sharing your content on Social media, then Buffer Chrome extension is for you. Buffer lets you easily share your WordPress content on different Social Media platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and so on. With Buffer, you can also schedule your blog posts and add team members to work together.

Buffer

8. Asana

If you are using Asana , then this official Chrome extension is a must-have for you and is sure to ease your work. Asana extension lets you add a task to Asana from any webpage. If your team members are working in different locations, Asana can help you easily assign tasks to different teammates with due dates.

Asana

9. Dimensions

Dimensions is the best chrome extension for designers. Dimensions help you measure screen dimensions from your mouse pointer. In case you are looking for how different elements are spaced from each other on websites, this chrome extension works best. Dimensions can easily be used through keyboard shortcuts (Alt + D).

Dimensions

10. WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts

WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts Chrome extension gives you the complete list of the keyboard shortcuts for WordPress. Without a doubt, it is a boon for all the WordPress users out there!

WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts

11. ColorZilla

Wondering what color combinations are used on a particular website? Having difficulty in getting that perfect color for your website? ColorZilla is here for your rescue! The advanced eyedropper in this Chrome extension can get you the color of any pixel on the page. You can easily pick colors and apply them to your webpages. ColorZilla also saves all your picked colors, so that you can come back to it whenever you want to.

ColorZilla

12. WhatFont

ColorZilla is for colors and WhatFont is for fonts. With WhatFont Chrome extension you can easily find out the Font of a particular text on any website. It is a very useful Chrome extension for website designers.

WhatFont

There are various other WordPress Chrome extensions available which could not be made a part of this list but can be useful. Some of these chrome extensions include – WordPress Plugin SVN, WordPress Stats, WP Content Discovery, WordPress Plugin Search, and so on.

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Do let us know if you found our article useful by commenting below. Tell us which one is your favourite from the above and in case you feel we have missed out any chrome extension please do fill up the form.

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Best Infographic Tools for Free

Infographics have become an essential part of Content Marketing. With infographics, even the most difficult texts can be transformed into a version that can be engaging for the audience.

The current market demands the knowledge of infographics for every individual, be it a businessman, an employee, a teacher, and even a student. So how do you think it is possible for everyone to know the techniques of infographic designing which is done on a vector graphics software program? Well, we have a solution for you!

In this article, we have listed out 5 infographic tools that you can use and make infographics like a pro! And the best part is, that all of these are free!

Let’s check them out one by one!

1. Canva

This one is certainly my favorite! Canva offers infographic templates for almost every project you can think of. The 23-second introductory tutorial that they give you is an add-on and can help you in your infographic journey with them.

Canva has templates for blogs, presentations, invitations, flyers and more. The best part about Canva is that it is very user-friendly and can be used by anybody without having any basic knowledge on infographics.

Canva

2. Easelly

Another free web infographic tool is Easelly . It offers a range of customizable templates. The main focus of this tool is infographics and it is very much visible on their home page.

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It’s introduction states that “Easelly is a simple infographic maker that lets you visualize any kind of information” and we second that!

Easelly

3. Google Chart

No article can go without Google’s name in it! It may not be the best infographic tool available online, but when it comes to charts, it can challenge any other website.

Google Chart is a free tool and it provides various interactive charts to present your data. The best part about Google Chart is that it looks very professional and that is what makes it different from the rest.

Google Chart

4. PiktoChart

For visually appealing infographic templates, PiktoChart is the best choice. Although it is not completely free, it does give you access to a few free templates.

All the infographic templates are easy to use and once you sign-up, they will also take you for a tour of their website and how you can use it. The themes and templates are designed professionally and are sure to bring you extra points!

PiktoChart

5. Visme

Visme is a great option to make interactive infographics, presentations and more. If you aim to make an engaging presentation, then Visme should be your choice.

With Visme, you can do a host of things which other free web tools lack. For example, you can embed YouTube videos in your designs, easily change the data value of a graph edit the chart objects. It stands by its slogan – Speak Loudly. Speak Visually.

Visme

The above mentioned are the best if the tools available for free, but in case you are ok with spending on it, there are many more options available.

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Do let us know which web tools you used as a pro! Share with us your favorite by commenting below. For any suggestions on our list, please fill-up the form below so that we can keep learning and keep growing.

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