Working from home when you’ve been working in an office setting your whole life can be a welcome change if you know how to acclimate to it in a way that’s streamlined. But you probably still need some things to help you with the transition, in both software and hardware parts. In this article, we’ve listed down five of the best editing tools to outfit your work from a home setup with.
Every telecommuter will tell you that online PDF editors, as well as converters, are a godsend when it comes quickly and effortlessly doing edits on portable document format files. With PDFBear on your bookmarks, you don’t need to worry about MS Office-based file formats to PDF conversion, splitting PDF, password-protection, and many others. You can also delete PDF pages from a file on the browser-based application, as well as merge two separate files.
With browser-based applications like this, the trick is to have the latest version of the browser you work closely with. Chrome is the top choice, while Safari is also a great alternative, especially for Mac users. What’s great about web-based PDF applications, when compared with dedicated, third-party PDF software is that they’re more convenient, and you can access them from anywhere in the world.
Who doesn’t need help when it comes to straightening out proposals, emails, and the like? Grammar, especially for the English language, can be complicated. And with businesses relying on clear and concise communication for internal and external functions, having the initiative to make your general communication sharper and less prone to misunderstanding is key to making your work more streamlined.
Grammarly is the top choice for this job. This is a paid subscription app, but you can add the extension on your browser for emails and such. And if you work with Google Docs for drafting documents, you can use the extension for both Google Chrome and Safari. There’s a free option as well, although it doesn’t give you as much correction as the paid ones.
Hemingway is an online resource that makes your writing better, more structured, and more understandable. On the Internet, getting the right message across is the difference between getting clients and being stagnant. With Hemingway, you don’t run the risk of babbling on your papers and proposals; instead, it will tighten your sentence structuring, make your message clearer, and turn your message as precise as it can be.
Fotor takes editing photos easier through a standard approach that features a few advanced editing and filtering options, access to color correction features, and even overlays. It’s free to download on both Windows and Mac, and even has a dedicated app for smartphones. It’s the best photo editing app for someone who doesn’t have any experience with editing photos before.
Canva is arguably one of the best online photo editing resources for starters and amateurs. This is the app used by most social media teams worldwide, whether for big corporations or small businesses. The learning curve to use the app is not as steep as the regular photo editing tools, as you already have presets and templates ready for use.
Login and sign up is a breeze with the app, whether you’re using it on your laptop or smartphone, and the free option is probably enough for most people to chew on. If you work with a social media team daily, the paid templates should be a great investment. Exporting files directly to your social media handles is also an option, which makes it easier to post.
There you have it. These are just some necessary editing software tools to add to your computer or laptop. While this article is focused on an online worker’s needs, this software should also be great for students doing online classes, even ones who are attending face to face learning. Some of these software applications will need a paid subscription, so check your free trial out to prevent unwanted charges.