10 Extremely Useful and Free Chrome Productivity Apps

With the advent of the new Samsung Chromebook at $249, many folks who previously would have never thought about buying a Chromebook are finding the affordable laptop tempting. And the question on their minds is often "what can I do with it?" If you're one of those people, or you just love using the Chrome browser on your PC or Mac, but have not really played much with Chrome apps, this post is for you. Here are 10 productivity boosting Chrome apps.
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Astrid Tasks: Think of this as kind of like a to-do list on steroids. It's easy to create lists of tasks that need to be done, whether they are just for you or are for a group. The email integration and keyboard shortcuts on this app are also so very useful.
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Pocket: It's not surprising that I read a lot online. For the articles and such that I want to save and read later, I use Pocket. I love that it syncs across my devices, which makes finishing what I started reading on one device on another easier than ever.
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Task Timer: Curious about how much time you're actually spending on certain tasks? Check out Task Timer, a simple, easy to use timer for your tasks.
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Do It (Tomorrow): Perhaps you're more of the procrastinating type and prefer to put off certain to-do list tasks till tomorrow. If this is you, then you should take a look at this Chrome app, which easily lets you do just that — push tasks from today into tomorrow.
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Hojoki: Ever wish it was easier to see what's going on in the different shared cloud folders you have? Enter Hojoki. Hojoki integrates your different cloud apps, like Dropbox and Google Drive, and puts them into one newsfeed so that you're always in the know on the different changes that have been made in the folders and drives you collaborate with others in.
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MindMeister: Easy to use collaborative mind mapping software that is one of the most popular in the Chrome App store. What we like best about this app is that it plays oh so kindly with Google Drive and has a handy integrated chat.
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Projeqt: Want to create some seriously beautifully presentations and have them stored in the cloud and easily embeddable online? Check out this app… as long as you have Twitter or Facebook, as sadly those are currently the only two sign in options if you want to use it.
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HelloFax: Believe it or not, there are still times where i need to fax things. Instead of trying to locate a dusty fax machine or run to an office store or search for ways to send things online, I instead opt for this app, which ties in nicely with Google Drive and lets you quickly add saved signatures.
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Transcribe: Do you frequently toggle back and forth between your audio player and word processor in order to transcribe audio notes? You might find this app rather helpful. it has a built-in audio player, combined with a text editor, that works completely offline.
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Otixo: I've been using Otixo for some time and really, really love it. I am all about having documents that I need to frequently access in the cloud, and I use a variety of cloud services. Otixo gives me a dashboard of all of my cloud accounts and lets me easily create workspaces to share documents and files without having to send my team members invites from several cloud platforms that host each document and file. Simply brilliant.

What Chrome apps do you use to be productive?

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