Low Cost/No Cost Tools Online Essentials

imagesEach week, we will be highlighting some great low or no cost tools that nonprofit professionals use on the CommonGood Vermont blog.  This week we will be showcasing “Essentials”, some basic tools that every  tech savvy nonprofit need.

If you have a tool that you can’t work without, please email us at coordinator@commongoodvt.org. We’d love to hear what Vermont’s nonprofits are using to get their work done!

Google Drive lets you store and access your files anywhere — on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go. Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to Google Drive on the web at drive.google.com.
  2. Install Google Drive on your computer or mobile device.
  3. Throw your files in Google Drive. It’s right there on your device.

Now your files go everywhere you do. Change a file on the web, on your computer, or on your mobile device and it updates on every device where you’ve installed Google Drive. Share, collaborate, or work alone: your files, your choice. Store the first 5 GB of your stuff for free. When your Google Drive grows, get another 25 GB of space (or more!) starting at $2.49 per month.

Stickies is a PC utility written to try to cut down on the number of yellow notes stuck to your monitor.   It is a computerised version of those notes. The design goal behind Stickies is that the program is small and simple. Stickies will not mess with your system files, or write to the registry. Stickies stores information in a single text-based ini file.

Vimeo is a video-sharing website, similar to Youtube but committed to  user-made video that allows you to share High Definition (HD) videos. There is a free membership and users can upgrade for more features.

TinyURL If you are using Twitter or Facebook, then  TinyURL is a great way to shorten links to your webpage or blog. Just copy and past the web address onto the tool’s website and it will give you a shortened web address.

FuzeBox  is a simple  cloud-based, video conferencing solution that makes it easy for anyone, anywhere, across any platform, on any mobile device to quickly and conveniently collaborate face-to-face. This platform allows you to share content and screensharing  while streaming video.

Check back next week to find more low cost, no cost tools!

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