January 6, 2015 / Melissa Faudree

The great thing about the Internet is there is no shortage of the amount of resources and tools available. New tools and resources pop up on a daily basis. We have an plethora of information literally at our fingertips. How did we ever survive without the Internet?

I wanted to share a few tools with you that I thought could be helpful. My hope is that these tools will work well for you whether in the future or with current projects.

Jotform Form Designer

JotForm

Jotform is a WYSIWYG online form builder. It is extremely easy to use and does not require any code to create the forms. The form builder has a drag and drop interface to create the desired look of every form. You are able to create forms from scratch or use one of Jotform’s templates. You can select different style fonts, adjust the background colors and even add your own images. You have control over everything with Jotform so you can customize the form however you want. The form builder even has a CSS inspector for those with knowledge in code. Jotform also offers responsive technology for functionality on all devices.

Jotform offers four different plans to their customers. My favorite is the Starter plan, which is free. This plan allows for unlimited forms with one account user. The drawback to this plan is you cannot receive more than 100 monthly submissions on your forms. However, if you want to have more submissions and account users, you can select from their paid plans.

Paid Plans:

  • Premium: $9.95 per month with 1,000 monthly submissions and 3 account users
  • Economy: $19.95 per month with 10,000 monthly submissions and 10 account users
  • Professional: $49.95 per month with 100,000 monthly submissions and 100 account users

Liberio

Liberio

Liberio is an online platform for creating and publishing eBooks. Liberio can connect with Google Drive, Github, Dropbox, OneDrive and many others. You can easily import files into Liberio. The platform can convert any text-based document into an eBook.

Liberio allows you to customize the design of your work before publishing. Whether you are in education, design, or business, Liberio can be used for everyone and for free. Liberio also has included eBook-To-Go that has additional features such as a personal ISBN, personal branding, and a mini site. Every published work needs an ISBN number in order to sell on a major storefront.

Liberio has a pretty basic interface, which I found refreshing. You are not overwhelmed with options, images or advertisements. If their goal was simplicity, they achieved just that.

Sandstorm

Sandstorm

Sandstorm is a personal cloud platform. The platform’s goal is to give users more control over their online experience with open source web apps. With Sandstorm you can select the interface and apps on servers you control. All your data will be stored then in one place. Sandstorm will protect your privacy so developers of apps cannot spy and take your data. Also if a developer stops supporting an app, the app will still be functional and never disappear.

It is important to note that Sandstorm is still being developed. The Sandstorm team encourages developers to try their service but those need to understand that could still be some tweaks needed. Also at this time, the service does not appear to cost users anything.

TextTeaser

Text-Teaser

Text Teaser is a free Google Chrome extension that produces a text summary of web articles. Text Teaser just requires one click and your summary is created directly in the browser. You can select whether you want the summary in a list or paragraph form. You may also change the length of information that is displayed. Text Teaser can really save you time so you only read articles that are of interest or importance to you.

 

What are some of your favorite tools or resources? We would love to hear about them!