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Google Apps + Chrome Efficiency Pro Tips

Anyone who knows me knows I really stress being able to play a computer like an instrument (and if you think you can, then prove it).  Us geeky types are in front of our computers for 12+ (often 16+) hours per day, so every loss of efficiency translates into a huge cost in time -- and time is the most precious asset of any hardcore entrepreneur.

One thing I've done is to really customize my Google Apps email pane, with functionality from Rapportive (THANK YOU for the Highrise raplet, guys!), Boomerang, TwitterGadget, Gmail Auto BCC, Labs custom keyboard shortcuts, Send & Archive, etc.  I've also found some great Chrome extensions, including 1Password, Bit.ly, Awesome Screenshot, and by far my favorite -- a Basecamp text auto save extension that saves what I've written in Basecamp when the page is closed.

You might also like my blogs on playing a computer like an instrument, cloud app + vanity URL, and switching to Gmail from Mail.app.

Here's what my email pane looks like, with a detailed video below that walking you through how I use everything.

My favorite feature?  The awesome picture of my wife, of course!  If I'm going to be looking at email for hours each day, I might as well make it enjoyable!  I just replaced the standard Gmail logo with a custom image.

Anyone who knows me knows I really stress being able to play a computer like an instrument (and if you think you can, then prove it).  Us geeky types are in front of our computers for 12+ (often 16+) hours per day, so every loss of efficiency translates into a huge cost in time -- and time is the most precious asset of any hardcore entrepreneur. One thing I've done is to really customize my Google Apps email pane, with functionality from Rapportive (THANK YOU for the Highrise raplet, guys!), Boomerang, TwitterGadget, Gmail Auto BCC, Labs custom keyboard shortcuts, Send & Archive, etc.  I've also found some great Chrome extensions, including 1Password, Bit.ly, Awesome Screenshot, and by far my favorite -- a Basecamp text auto save extension that saves what I've written in Basecamp when the page is closed. You might also like my blogs on playing a computer like an instrument, cloud app + vanity URL, and switching to Gmail from Mail.app. Here's what my email pane looks like, with a detailed video below that walking you through how I use everything. My favorite feature?  The awesome picture of my wife, of course!  If I'm going to be looking at email for hours each day, I might as well make it enjoyable!  I just replaced the standard Gmail logo with a custom image. >

My favorite Lightroom Plugin - LR2/Mogrify

On The Nosy Moth

Oh my! Oh my! You know what they say..when it rains, it pours. I\'m actually writing my second article in as many days! This after an absence of oh so many months (or has it been years?)

The topic of today\'s post is My Favorite Lightroom Plugin , and a few other plugins I\'m trying out today. A little bit of background.

Over the last couple of weeks, I ended up buying a new SSD hard disk, and moved my Windows installation onto it. In the process, I reformatted my entire hard drive (and lost all my installations - but not data) and moved to Windows 8.1. And today, I moved to Lightroom 5.3. So I am in the process of re-installing all my favorite plugins (actually one favorite plugin) and trying out other plugins.

So on to my favorite plugin: it is LR2/Mogrify by Timothy Armes. This is a donation-ware plugin. It gives you 99.9% functionality for free - but if you donate, the functionality will go to a 100%. From the LR2/Mogrify website :\"The trial version limits the number of images that can be exported in one go to ten. Donating towards one of the projects removes this restriction and will give you a serial number that works with both.\"

So what do I use this for? To add borders and logo to my image. For my post processing I almost always use Lightroom only. So after editing / developing the photographs, I add a 2px black border, followed by a wide white border followed by a 3 px black border. Then I want a watermark image - with my website name and logo on the bottom right of the image. Sometimes, I want to resize the final image output. And I can do all this with a user-defined preset using LR2/Mogrify. It is great!

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