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What are your essential online planning application tools?

by on December 11, 2013

Last year I had an enthusiastic response on this blog when I asked you to share your best planning-related smartphone apps.

We had great feedback, with dozens of suggestions for iOS and Android apps. Feel free to review add suggestions to that list.

I noticed via our Twitter feed this week that a Portal customer had recommended a compression tool called SmallPDF for reducing the file size of PDF documents.

We’ve had a brief play and it does indeed seem a neat, free tool. Upload a PDF to the cloud, the service compresses the file and then you can download it. Let me know what you think.

(Please note it doesn’t work so well on older versions of Internet Explorer, but then again what does?)

One of the main purposes of this blog is to share best practice and tips from the online planning application community.

With that in mind, I thought I’d trust again in the wisdom of crowds and ask you what online or software tools you use to complement the Portal’s online application service.

I’ll get you started. Our account management team recommend the following free tools for converting any document to PDF:

Got a tip for an image compression tool? How about a better PDF compression service? Online collaboration software?

Please let me know the name and description of the service, the URL and whether it’s free or not. When I get enough recommendations I’ll put them together in a table on the blog.

Fire away!

  1. It is not free, but we use and recommend Nitro Pro 9.

  2. Steve Edgeller permalink

    What does Nitro Pro 9 do?

    I use Greenshot (free) to take .jpg screenshot images of Windows when it’s difficult to save things in a more suitable format.
    I use Microsoft Office Picture Manager (provided with MS Office) to compress .jpg (photos and screenshots) from c.1.5mb to c.25kb

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