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Useful on the Internet

Author: ITS

Posted on Jun 2, 2010

Category: Tips and Tricks , Design Desk , Geek Speak

Not even Stumbleupon can find all the gold out there in the millions of Internet pages, so we've asked our own intrepid staff to find gold in the hills (so to speak). Answering the call this time is Ben Steeves, our Manager of Application Development and Analysis here at ITS.

Everyone knows about how Google Docs and LiveOffice let you do "the office thing" on-line, but here are a few free web-based tools that let you create, edit, and share more specialized document types: www.writemaps.com -- this site lets you build web site maps (which are really just hierarchical trees, which, when viewed another way, become nested bulleted lists). This tool is great for working on org charts, web site structures, and more. www.gliffy.com -- sort of like a poor man's Visio, Gliffy is easy to use but a surprisingly powerful diagramming tool that runs in your web browser. You don't even need to sign up to try it out. There are lots of templates to get you started, including flowcharts, Venn diagrams, org charts (Hi, WriteMaps!), SWOT analysis, floorplans, and more. www.scrumy.com -- my personal favorite, Scrumy is a simple but amazingly useful "virtual post-it" tool. It's designed for people using the Agile Scrum project management methodology, but it's general enough that you can use it for almost anything. Post-its can be colour coded by the person responsible, and moved into one of four states ("To Do","In Progress","Verify", and "Done") and split among multiple "Stories" (basically, the "thing" you want to accomplish with your multiple to-dos). The price for admission with these apps is $0. All you need is a reasonably modern web browser and an internet connection. One word of warning, though: as with any on-line tool, your data is stored "in the cloud". Be sure not to include private information about any UNB process, employee, faculty or student in any on-line tool. When using on-line tools, keep it general and use them for information you wouldn't mind sharing with the world.