LeechBlock : Another productivity tool

 A Twitter friend (dloo) just turned me on to LeechBlock, a simple Firefox add-on that helps you block sites that suck your productivity. I just set it so I limit my Twitter time to 5 minutes every two hours during the workday. LeechBlock :: Firefox Add-ons. Sounds like: KeepMeOut

KeepMeOut: Help your online productivity

I don’t know how I came upon KeepMeOut, but it’s become a favorite productivity tool of mine. You simply enter a URL of a site you tend to frequent too frequently (for me, it’s Twitter). Then you tell it how often you should be allowed to check back in. KeepMeOut creates a URL that you can bookmark in your browser. …

FormSpring: Build web-based forms for free

FormSpring is a handy service that allows you to build online forms. You can either host it on your site or let FormSpring host it (for free). It’s great for contact forms, event registrations, feedback, job applications, surveys and sign-up forms for newsletters. With the free version, you can create 3 forms with up to 15 fields each. The next …

Pixie: Identify screen colors pixel by pixel

Oh, I love this little tool. Pixie is a tiny little program that allows you to identify colors on the screen so you can create graphics and documents that match. I use it all the time to replicate the look and feel of my clients’ web pages in the documents I create. You can keep it running all the time …

New Webinar: Free and Low-Cost Tools

Free and Low-Cost Tools Your Organization Can’t Live Without Join me for an entertaining, lightning-fast tour of 60+ tools, gadgets and services from the Avenue Z Tool Box. Don’t miss this session! February 10, 2009 at 1 PM Eastern! Discover secret sources to make your marketing better than ever – picture tools, multimedia resources and social media freebies Keep up …

Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder

Many people today are recording podcasts, webinars, messages and more via their computers. Audacity is an awesome (and free) audio editor and recorder that takes little time to master. With Audacity, you can record a clip, cut out your mistakes, add in other audio and end up with a professional sound bite (IF you use a great microphone… otherwise it’ll …

The Awesome Highlighter: Share specific info from webpages

I’m working with a client to completely redo her website, and we’ve been searching other websites for ideas on how to organize info. With the Awesome Highlighter tool, we can highlight the section we want to share with the other members of the team. After you’ve highlighted the info, the Awesome Highlighter creates a link for the highlighted page. Here’s …

Parody Motivator Generator: Create your own “motivation”

Know those motivational posters that have one main word then a small tagline, designed to bring the team together with visions of climbing mountains, building bridges and working hand in hand? Despair, Inc. lets you make your own motivational posters with the Parody Motivator Generator. You upload your own photo and write your own taglines. This might be great for …

Gliffy Online Diagram Software: Create flowcharts with ease

 Sure, you can try to create a flow chart with a word processing program such as MS Word, but you’re going to get angry. Your boxes will be different sizes, and your arrows won’t line up. It’ll take you too long, and screw up your diet when you visit the vending machine for a chocolate bar to get through …

Privnote: Self-destructing email

I’m not exactly sure how this will help your business, but Privnote might come in handy one day. You enter a note, and the system creates a link. Send the link to the recipient. Once it’s read, the link self destructs, and your note goes with it. This is a way to send an important message from work without leaving …

Color Palette Generator: Analyze colors in a graphic

It’s not unusual to find the PERFECT graphic and need to create a flyer, brochure, email or web page around it. Color Palette Generator lets you enter a URL of any picture and tells you the HTML color codes from the picture. Easy way to get a professional look for your documents. My sample: