Tech Toolbox #08

Welcome to the latest collection of tools and apps for your learning, design and technology toolbox. This bi-weekly collection includes 50 of the most useful tools I’ve collected since the last edition. Thanks for reading!

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BrightSlide | PowerPoint productivity add-in | BrightCarbon

Originally tweeted by BrightCarbon (@BrightCarbon) on October 21, 2020.

Created for PC users by PowerPoint experts, the BrightSlide add-in will help you create, polish, and edit presentations at speed.  It will supercharge your workflow with a bunch of incredible PowerPoint productivity and design tools, functions and shortcuts that go way beyond PowerPoint’s normal functionality.

Splitting and merging text boxes, matching the size and location of objects across slides, adding items to existing groups without losing any formatting,  managing master slides and fine grained typography control are just a few of the many things you can do with BrightSlide. And best of all? It’s totally free! 

Apps of the Day

Sizle – Presentation Design, Sharing & Analytics | Start For Free — 

Boost sales efficiency with high-converting presentations, slide-by-slide analytics and viewer feedback tools.

H5P – Create and Share Rich HTML5 Content and Applications — 

H5P empowers everyone to create, share and reuse interactive content – all you need is a web browser and a web site that supports H5P.

OpenShot Video Editor | Free, Open, and Award-Winning Video Editor for Linux, Mac, and Windows! 

OpenShot is an award-winning free and open-source video editor for Linux, Mac, and Windows. Create videos with exciting video effects, titles, audio tracks, and animations.

Epic Pen: Write and draw over any software with this screen marker! — 

The Worlds leading desktop marker software. Epic Pen is an easy to use yet powerful desktop annotation tool for windows. You can draw, write and highlight directly over most Windows desktop applications, including presentation software, webpages, videos, universal annotation tool, creative studios and even games.

 ZoomIt – Windows Sysinternals | Microsoft Docs — 

Presentation utility for zooming and drawing on the screen.

Zest — 

With Zest, users can record their screen and voice and instantly share their feedback in less time than it would take to take screenshots, annotate them and type an email.

Run Engaging Virtual Meetings Everybody Wants to Attend | Toasty — 

Toasty is a video meeting platform that empowers you to engage your audience and drive collaborations in virtual meetings and workshops. It has built-in activities, flexible breakout rooms, and integration with collaboration tools, to bring the best versions out of every participant.

Where community and online learning unite — 

We build powerful spaces for collaboration and knowledge creation in online Communities of Practice. Harness your organization’s collective intelligence and discover untapped knowledge.

Tweek Calendar — To Do list and Weekly Task Planner

Tweek is a fast and free to do list app to organize your tasks online with Google Calendar. A lightweight weekly planner to maintain your focus and boost productivity week over week.



Snackwyze: Explain simply with interactive walkthroughs Create and publish interactive walkthroughs from screen recording in seconds. Snackwyze walkthroughs work great for software demos, product tours, step-by-step guides and more.

Type Studio ― The easiest way to add subtitles to your video. The easiest tool to add subtitles to your video automatically. We automatically generates Subtitles from your video so you can add them with only one click.

Google Primer App – Learn Business & Marketing Skills The Primer app is a fast, easy way to learn new business and marketing skills. Take free lessons in the app on topics like digital marketing, creating a website, and building your brand.

Retool | Build internal tools, remarkably fast. Retool is the fast way to build internal tools. Drag-and-drop our building blocks and connect them to your databases and APIs to build your own tools, instantly. Connects with Postgres, REST APIs, GraphQL, Firebase, Google Sheets, and more. Built by developers, for developers. Trusted by startups and Fortune 500s. Sign up for free.


IRA Design – Build your own amazing illustrations @ Creative Tim Build your own amazing illustrations.

Bubbles: Video and Screenshot Collaboration Capture videos and screenshots, drop comments, and share with your teammates to collaborate in-context.

Download free illustrations to power up your projects | Stories Customize our illustrated concepts and animate them to make your landing page, app or presentation stand out

Candu | Native Web Builder Discover the first native web builder for your product. Drag and drop UI components to drive activation, enable discovery, and improve retention.


Shotcut – Home Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor for Windows, Mac and Linux | The User Engagement Platform Engage Your Users With Interactive Content. Acquire & keep customers involved. Build Quizzes, Calculators, Forms, Surveys and Lead pages.

Brackets – A modern, open source code editor that understands web design. A modern, open source text editor that understands web design.

Thunkable: Drag and Drop App Builder for Android and iOS Thunkable is the platform where anyone can build their own mobile apps. Available for iOS and Android.


Your Cloud-Based E-Learning Authoring Tool | isEazy isEazy is the simplest authoring tool for creating e-learning courses. You’ll be amazed at the results!

Gradient Backgrounds – The Best Gradient Sites All in One Place Discover the best gradient backgrounds from a curated collection of the ultimate list of gradient sites. With 1000+ gradients, it’s easy to find the color!

IconShock Free icons pack for download, fully editable vector icon sets including free SVG and PNG icons. Use them for all your apps, web and social media projects. Featuring popular styles like Flat and Material.

Intuitive Conversational Chatbot Builder | Create conversational landing pages, conversational websites, interactive surveys, lead generation bots & more. Intuitively. Without code.


7taps. Anyone can make high-impact courses in minutes. 7taps is the easiest way to train your frontline staff. And no: you don’t have to be eLearning guru to make engaging courses.

Screen Recording Software for Mac & PC | CloudApp CloudApp screen recording software for Mac & PC. Record video, webcam, GIFs, capture your screen and share it instantly to the cloud.

ScreenRequest: Simple Screen Recording with No Installs ScreenRequest is a simple screen recording tool that allows your customer to easily send you a screen recording. Triage support issues or get feedback.

Responsive web design tool, CMS, and hosting platform | Webflow Build responsive websites in your browser, then launch with our world-class hosting or export your code. Discover the professional website platform built for your business.


Color Pick. – Pick colors from around you for your next project Pick colors from around you for your next project

Listy · The things you love, privately saved and beautifully listed. Listy is a tool to keep track of your favorite things privately using lists. You can save in the same app your favorite restaurants, movies, books, video games or anything you want.

CuratedStack (No-Code) Template | Build a curated directory of websites without or with code Collection of free design tools and resources for makers, developers and designers

Turn Spreadsheet into Word Documents | sheet2doc Turn a single CSV or Excel Sheet into multiple Word Documents.


Create beautiful event websites, sell tickets and collect registrations – from Google Sheets! Sell tickets, collect event registrations on your beautiful event website and never worry about downloading your data – it’s already saved in your Google Drive!

SpreadSimple — a blazing-fast way to create and manage websites using Google Sheets | SpreadSimple — SpreadSimple uses the data in your Google spreadsheet to create styled websites with a variety of customizable features. Harness the power of Google Sheets to manage your inventory, prices, and orders.

AudioMass – Audio Editor AudioMass is a free full-featured web-based audio & waveform editing tool

Sharetable – Sharetable allows you to securely share data from your Airtable with your customers, partners and team


BreakPoint Ends Boring PowerPoint Meeting Break Slides! — BreakPoint makes an end to boring PowerPoint meeting break slides by adding a live counter, clock, weather and a random quote to your slide.

Power-user  — Power-user is a powerful add-in for PowerPoint, Excel and Word boosting your productivity with 100+ tools to deliver high-standard presentations

PowerPoint Labs — PowerPoint, supercharged. A plugin for Microsoft PowerPoint that makes creating impressive presentations easy.

Mlc powerpoint add-in: skyrocket your productivity and get beautiful slides done in minutes — From presentation makers to presentation makers, MLC PowerPoint Add-in is a proven tool to speed up your recurrent tasks in PowerPoint.


Noun Project for Microsoft PowerPoint & Word. — Creating, Sharing and Celebrating the World’s Visual Language.

Pixabay Images — Search free images on Pixabay and insert them into your documents and presentations with one click.

Pexels – Free Stock Photos — Get great looking free stock photos for your documents and presentations.

Pickit | Make impactful presentations in minutes — Unlimited access to licensed photos, clipart and your company’s images in PowerPoint.

Powerpoint Presentations Slide & Deck Image Add-in – Shutterstock — Create presentation decks with stunning visuals using the free Shutterstock Powerpoint add-in. Learn about the plugin and get stock images for your slides.


Annotate, Edit & Share Images | Good Annotations Increase your teams communication with Good Annotations. Take your screenshots with online capture tools, edit within your browser & share with a link.

Coded Mails | Hassle free responsive html email templates – Codedmails

Starting a new project? Save yourself the pain of coding HTML email and use these tested, accessible and beautiful emails.

Get stuff actually done this time – Lunatask Get stuff actually done with Lunatask. All-in-one task manager, habit and mood tracker, and pomodoro timer for macOS.

Find out what your subscribers really think… — Run polls and get instant feedback from your newsletter subscribers with one-click and no-code!


Quarkly – Design tool for creating websites and web apps. A unique tool for webmasters, designers and developers. Here you can create websites as quickly as in website builders and as beautifully as in graphic editors.

Quire – Unfold Your Ideas The best collaborative project management software for breaking down goals in hierarchical lists.

Supercreative Radio | Nonstop music for creatives Hit play, sit back, create. The Supercreative Radio is a curation by Ben Issenmann of over 1000 songs to work to. Vibe: French Touch, electro, alternative.

PostSheet – No-code email service for non-technical people Send personalized emails using Google Sheets

Published by Mike Taylor

Born with a life-long passion for learning, I have the great fortune to work at the intersection of learning, design, technology & collaboration.

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