6 Must-Have Software Products for Content Writers

As a content writer, you should have a great imagination and be able to work under your own steam. You should never stop developing your writing skills and training your creativity in order to deliver original texts to your numerous clients.

Copywriting isn’t the easiest job in the world,  so you shouldn’t hesitate to utilize new technologies, which can facilitate your working process.  Let’s check the following must-have software products, which will help you to bring your writing experience to the next level.

  1. DejaOffice PC CRM for Outlook

Being a content writer, you should stay organized while simultaneously working on the multiple projects and communicating with the different clients. DejaOffice CRM for Outlook is software, which will ensure that you manage your workflow effectively.

This is a brand new CRM space for Android and IPhone. It provides synchronization to the leading PC databases like Outlook, Act!, Palm Desktop, and GoldMine.  DejaOffice is user-friendly software, which you can utilize to collect, store and access contact data of your customers, important notes, lists of tasks, group scheduling and other valuable information.

Amanda Sparks, a copywriter at EssaySupply, says: “What I like the most about DejaOffice is that it helps me to manage my appointments and organize assignments fast and easily. Using this software, I have more time to brainstorm new content ideas and focus my attention on writing.”

  1. Evernote

Content writers research multiple topics and create numerous records every day. So, it’s really important to use a software, which helps to organize all notes and ideas in a comfy way. Evernote is one of the most widely used tools, which help to store not only text files, but also voice notes and photos.

Jessica Fender, a content creator at OnlineWritersRating, shares her thoughts about this software: “When I was starting my career, I had no idea how to manage all my notes. I wrote them on a small piece of paper, in a random file on my PC or in a text message to my friend – it was such a mess! So, I was extremely happy to start using Evernote: now I can get access to any record, which I created in the last two years, just in 50 seconds.”

  1. DejaCloud

Content writers work online all the time, so they should take cybersecurity seriously. The more websites you visit and the more files you download, the more vulnerable your computer system is. If you don’t want to become a victim of the hacking attack, you should utilize reliable software – DejaCloud.

This is a secure business cloud service, which you can apply to keep your client base, calendars, tasks, and notes updated across all devices you own. DejaCloud is compatible with all popular platforms, including Android, Windows, and iOs. So, if you change even one single contact using your iPhone, data will be instantly synchronized, and you will see updates on your Window laptop in the few minutes.

When you utilize DejaCloud, all data is held on your device for offline access and a quick user experience. “I gave up the web-based data usage because of the lag time one year ago. Today, I can strongly recommend content writers to follow my example and switch to the cloud technologies” – says Natalie Andersen, a blog writer at GetGoodGrade.

  1. Elorus

A remote content writer needs a software tool, which tracks the amount of time, which he spends on work. Elorus offers content creators and other freelancers to try this very useful feature in order to get paid for every hour dedicated to the project.

Moreover, this technology allows creating invoices and sending them to the clients. It’s a great tool to ensure fair pay and build trust with the customers.

James Daily, content manager at FlashEssay, states: “Tracking my time with Elorus, I don’t get distracted from content writing. For this reason, now I complete more projects per month than I did before. In my opinion, Elerous is must-have software to drive productivity and establish better relationships with the new and regular clients.”

  1. Pocket

Content writers spend more than 4 hours every day surfing the web and checking the social media profiles. And while most of the users can create ordinary bookmarks to save the pages they like, professional writers need a more powerful solution. Pocket is software, which allows saving video, photos, texts and other content from more than 1500 sources in one place.

Sylvia Giltner, a resume writer for ResumesCentre, says: “I love my job, and I continue to research new interesting content even when I’m out of work. If I find a fabulous post on Twitter, scrolling through my personal profile before sleep, I can save it using Pocket and access it from the office the next day. It helps me not to lose my brilliant ideas related to researched content.”

  1. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Every content writer should protect his devices, works and clients database from the dangerous malware. For this reason, it’s crucially important to utilize Malwarebytes. This is anti-malware, which protects all your devices from software viruses, theft and damage.

Mia Jackson, a blog writer at Citatior, has this to say about Malwarebytes: “I prefer to compose new posts working from the coffee shops and restaurants, so I use public networks regularly. I clearly understand the risks taken, so I keep my anti-malware updated all the time. I use Malwarebytes for a year now, and I feel myself 100% protected.”

Conclusion

Among all those advanced technologies available in the market, there are must-have software products for content creators, which shouldn’t be ignored. The point is that every modern writer should feel himself comfortable and safe while surfing the world wide web and discovering new brilliant ideas. So, if you have been looking for the tools, which will improve your productivity and enhance the writing process, take a closer look at these products.

New Product: DejaOffice PC CRM for Outlook

We have been proud to pioneer the mobile CRM space with DejaOffice for Android and DejaOffice for iPhone.  We think it compares very favorably with the Outlook App, and provides better CRM capability than any other mobile platform.  Most important, we provide sync to the leading PC databases like Outlook, Act!, Palm Desktop, and GoldMine.

What holds us back from making DejaOffice Mobile CRM a better CRM, is that it is closely tied to PC Outlook which is not a CRM.  In Outlook, the Calendar and Task lists are disconnected from the Contact and Email lists.  In Outlook, when you look at a contact, you can’t see any of the history for that contact.  There is no opportunity management.

We have decided to make a new Add-In for Outlook.  The purpose is to add the additional views needed to make Outlook into a better CRM tool.  Doing this will allow us to add fields and capabilities to our DejaOffice Mobile apps. We also want to maintain a secure PC based tool, that is lighting fast on the desktop and resistant to database import scanning by Cloud service providers.

We haven’t yet decided on a name.  Here are the leading candidates:

DejaOffice PC CRM
DejaDesktop CRM
DejaOffice CRM

We will be making four “flavors” of the program:

DPCS – $79.95, $49.95 – DejaOffice PC CRM Standalone – Synchronizes from Palm Desktop, Time and Chaos, Google (2 profiles) – Beta Sept 10, Release Oct 1

DPCO – $99.95, $79.95 – DejaOffice PC CRM for Outlook (2 profiles plus Outlook Add-In) – Beta Oct – Release Oct 31

DPCX – $149.95 $99.95 – DejaOffice PC CRM Express (Act!, GM) (3 profiles, OL), Deals, Histories, Reports – Beta Oct 31 – Release Dec 1

DJCP – $249.95 $199.95 – DejaOffice PC CRM Pro – Multiuser – 5 user license $50 per user – Accounts – Edit reports. – Beta Oct 31 – Release Dec 1

*The two prices are; Final Price (2019); Introductory Price (2018).
**Profiles are 1) for the named PIM, 2) for Mobile and 3) for Outlook.  So 3 Profiles for Act! means when you enter a contact into DejaOffice PC it syncs simultaneously to Act!, Outlook and Mobile.

Essential Features of DejaOffice PC CRM:

  1. Record View Screens for all Applets (Outlook does not have view screens, one screen for full view)
  2. Phone Number – Shows local time for Contact, Pops dialer on your cell phone
  3. Option of Franklin Covey Priority style
  4. Tasks/Schedule linked to a contact without an invite
  5. Task/Schedule completion prompts for follow up
  6. Useful Notes
  7. Allows Emails to create tasks (real tasks)
  8. Contacts view shows next contact (future), and history (emails and appts)
  9. Allows dated notes
  10. Templates – For data entry
  11. Group scheduling (Calendar only) create schedules for multiple people
  12. Contact User fields, up to 9, then 20, then 20.
  13. Expenses
  14. Deals (Opportunities) with close date and percent for monthly reporting.
  15. Pin Apps to desktop for quick access.

We are using Microsoft’s new Fluent Design spec for a really nice User Interface.  What we have so far is pretty nice.

If you are interested in becoming a beta tester, please fill in our Opt-In form here:  DejaOffice PC CRM – Opt-in for beta test

 

Introducing DejaDesktop Calendar Wallpaper

Announcing a new product from CompanionLink:

DejaDesktop Calendar Wallpaper for Outlook
DejaDesktop Calendar Wallpaper for Google
DejaDesktop Calendar Wallpaper for Act!
DejaDesktop Calendar Wallpaper for Mac

The Windows version shows calendar for Outlook, Google, Act!, DejaCloud and more.   The Mac OSX version shows Mac iCalendar (Native Mac), Outlook for MacGoogle and DejaCloud. 

You can see the following information on your desktop:

  • Today’s schedule
  • Month view
  • Look ahead months
  • Task List (up to 15 items)
  • Special contacts (use a category to choose up to 15 contacts)
  • Special notes

Your calendar is overlayed on your current wallpaper picture.  You can use any desktop picture for the backdrop. DejaDesktop merges your calendar on top of it.

Free Monthly Calendar – without Data Feed:  If you wish to have a Monthly calendar on your wallpaper without your personal data, download the program here and use for free!

DejaDesktop Calendar Wallpaper – Data Feed If you wish to see your personal schedule on you desktop wallpaper, purchase a data feed. The cost is $29.95 for one computer, or $49.95 for three computers.

Click here to order DejaDesktop Calendar Wallpaper.

Two-week trial:  Click here  to try it free for two weeks.

Free Tech Support :  CompanionLink is proud to provide free technical support with US based technicians.

How to Connect Outlook 365 to Google for $5 per month, Contacts, Calendar and Tasks, without downloading anything!

Office 365 Outlook is in the Cloud. Google is in the Cloud. So why don’t they connect?

There’s no reason to download software and install it on your computer.  If you need Outlook Cloud connected to Google Cloud, the service should be in the Cloud!

CompanionLink provides an automated connection service from Microsoft Office 365 Outlook to Google. It synchronizes Contacts, Calendar and Tasks.

You can set it up in about five minutes.

It is free to set up. If you have under 400 records, it is free to use. FOREVER.

If you have more records, we charge less than $5 per month. Just select a payment option as you set it up.

Here are the steps:

1. Create an account on DejaOffice CRM Live.

DejaOffice CRM Live Login

Go to DejaOffice CRM Live

DejaOffice CRM Live - Create Acount

Create an Account

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.Select the “Settings” tab (the bottom one)ol-connector-settings-3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Set up your Google and Outlook accounts

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4. If you have more have more than 400 records (contacts plus calendar),you will want to set up a payment option.  Options are $14.95 for three months, or $99.95 for two years.

That’s all!  Once you have set up, your accounts should synchronize within about 15 minutes.  They will continue to sync automatically.

Here’s a link to our setup guide:
How to Connect Google with Office 365 using DejaCloud Connector

If you have any questions, you can call CompanionLink Support.  They’ll help you out.

 

CompanionLink featured in New York Times print edition

The print edition of The New York Times, page 89, featured CompanionLink!  Wow!

The article Keeping Your Android Files in Sync With a Computer mentions CompanionLink along with several free options like Google Sync (which does not sync to your PC) and DropBox which does not synchronize Contacts or Calendar.

“I’m really happy to see our name in print”, says Wayland Bruns, CTO of CompanionLink software.   “We are the only product mentioned that uses a traditional business model.  We offer paid software with associated service like free telephone technical support.”

CompanionLink fully understands that not everyone is a technical genius, able to pull together multiple free solutions to make a seamless solution.  Sometimes the best value in software tools is finding a tool that comes with the service needed to make it smooth and effortless.

Many thanks to D.J. Biersdorfer for recognizing us in print!

How to Sync Samsung Galaxy S7 to Outlook and Office 365

We got our Galaxy S7 Edge today. Nice phone. The graphics are great. The phone is light. The curved edges are awesome.

These large screen phablet phones are perfect for the DejaOffice for Outlook App. There’s a lot of useful space to do important things.

The Google App and Outlook App both waste this space by using lots of white space. Our goal here at CompanionLink is to pack the space with data. The phone list on DejaOffice features your contact name, company name, email, phone number and category, and that’s just on the list. For tasks DejaOffice shows category, completed status, subject, due date, email or location. The Outlook App and Google App don’t even have tasks!

How to Sync Galaxy S7 with Outlook

  1. On your PC or Mac; Download the CompanionLink for Outlook 14-day trial
  2. On your iPhone or Android phone, download DejaOffice for Outlook
  3. Set up USB, Wi-Fi or DejaCloud sync

That’s it!  You’ll have your data on your phone.  For more information here’s our info page for CompanionLink for Outlook.

Call us at 503-243-3400 if you need further help.

CompanionLink provides free technical support to everyone with a Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge phone, regardless of whether you do or do not own a license to CompanionLink . You can also access our setup guides online. If you want an advanced configuration help, we offer a $49 RunStart package where our experts will log in to your PC and Galaxy S7 to configure the sync for you. This gives you the peace of mind that your Galaxy S7 Outlook sync is fine-tuned to match your needs.

Sync Outlook for Mac 2011 – Contacts and Calendar – with El Capitan

CompanionLink has an offer for people who have upgraded to El Capitan.

Apple’s updates always seem to break old things. In this case, there are field reports that Exchange Contact and Calendar sync from Outlook for Mac 2011 is not working with El Capitan, Mac OS X 10.11.

CompanionLink for Mac is working fine.  So if you need your Contacts and Calendar updated in a jiffy, maybe it’s time to switch from Exchange sync to CompanionLink.

We have two routes to do this.  One is to install CompanionLink for Mac, and synchronize to Google, and set your iPhone, iPad or Android phone to sync with Google.  This is a great solution if you only need Contacts and Calendar.  As you can see, Calendar colors are supported by CompanionLink’s Google Sync.

The better method is to download the DejaOffice for Outlook App onto your phone, and synchronize using DejaCloud sync.  This is a direct sync from your Outlook for Mac 2011, and Outlook for Mac 2016 to DejaCloud and instantly to DejaOffice on your phone.  DejaCloud sync handles Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes.  It handles your calendar colors.  It has a lot of advanced features like templates that make adding new events and tasks ultra easy, and mapping capabilities to map nearby contacts and map your calendar events.  Check it out!

CompanionLink for Mac runs $49.95 and has a two week free trial.  You can save $10 today by using the code “BLOG” in the Affinity Code field of your purchase, making CompanionLink for Mac just $39.95.  Or for free, you can just start with the trial.  Who knows, maybe Apple will fix the El Capitan problem in the next two weeks!

 

Palm Desktop on Windows 10 – Works great, less filling, lighting fast

I have to admit it.  I’m a closet Palm Desktop user.  Long ago I was seduced by the fast load time, and the fact that it has everything I need for my daily contact, calendar and task needs.  I really like the memos.  I love to collect quotes that include mixed metaphors.  So my memos are full of silly things that people really said.  My favorite:  “I’ll jump off that bridge when I get to it.”

Palm Desktop is licensed to use in conjunction with a Palm Device, so I always keep my venerable Palm Razor close by when I use my computer.  Palm itself was sold years ago to ACCESS in Japan.  Later, HandSpring renamed themselves Palm (to confuse everyone) and released the Palm Pre, a Palm phone that didn’t run like a Palm phone.  After that miserable failure (I’m looking at you BlackBerry), the second Palm company sold themselves to HP which rightly shut them down.

Recently, HP has scrubbed the Palm taint from their web pages.  However, Palm Desktop v6.2 is still available from CNET.  Palm Desktop v4.1.4 is available from Softonic, albeit with some adware added to the installer. Unfortunately, HotSync drivers stopped working back with Windows Vista.  So you can’t actually use Palm HotSync for anything.

I have Palm Desktop set to a hotkey, Ctrl-Shift-P for me.  So i hit the hotkey, make an appointment, set the alarm, and close it.  I can get all that done all before Outlook even loads.  Speed and effectiveness is what I value with my PC. I care little for zoom effects, or colorful screens.  CompanionLink Sync with Palm Desktop is also lighting fast.  Sometimes I don’t even see the icon turn.  With DejaCloud sync, my new appointment is already on my phone.

Our setup guide is here:  http://www.companionlink.com/support/kb/How_To_Set_Up_Palm_Desktop_On_Windows_10

More information here:  http://www.companionlink.com/palmdesktop/

May all our adventures in Contact and Calendar management be as fast and robust as the venerable Palm Desktop.

 

 

CompanionLink Solves Galaxy S6 Kies Sync Problems

I got the Galaxy S6 and it is AMAZING.  We put it side-by-side with an iPhone 6.  It is immediately apparent that the screen is a lot bigger.  The Samsung phone is thinner.  And it it lighter. I think we’ve seen the end of tiny phone screens.  The Galaxy S6 screen is large and easy to work with, but the overall phone is lighter than anything I’ve ever carried, and easy to hold and talk with.

CompanionLink Sync provides Outlook sync to Galaxy S6.  It works great!  You can download today and have your Outlook data on your phone in minutes.  CompanionLink has a two week trial period so you can try for free.  If you buy it, we have a 90 day money back guarantee and we really do give your money back; no questions asked so don’t worry about that!

A lot of other sync products, like Samsung Kies, seem to break with every new phone.  Sometimes they fix it if you wait.  But with CompanionLink, there’s never a need to wait.  We’ve been spot-on compatible with every Android OS update, and every new phone, since the dawn of Android (and iPhone, and more).

CompanionLink is a great Kies alternative because it synchronizes more Outlook fields like Outlook Notes, Tasks, Journal, Birthdays, and Meeting Invites, and supports Outlook Categories with matching colors. You can also work with multiple Outlook Calendar and Contacts Folders.

CompanionLink is backed by US-based telephone support at no cost. CompanionLink never pushes updates on their customers, so the software you purchase is guaranteed to be the same unless you change it.

If you really want some quick help, order Runstart or Premium support.  Our tech will log into your computer and set everything up for you.  Hand’s free setup with a minimum of time.

Read our special quick guide for specific instructions on how two switch from Kies 3 to CompanionLink for Outlook on your Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge phone.

http://www.companionlink.com/support/kb/How_to_Switch_From_Samsung_Kies_2_or_Kies_3_to_Companionlink_for_Outlook

Read more about CompanionLink for Outlook here. A full license costs $49.95, one-time. We really have sympathy for people switching over from Keys.  Here’s a special $10 off just for reading this page.  Enter code K3ALT in the Affinity Code field on our order form to save $10.  And Happy S6’ing.

 

 

9 ways to Synchronize Standalone Outlook to your Android Kitkat Phone

If you are like me, you depend on your PC Outlook for email, contact list and calendar.  It’s the only tool that does a decent job of meeting invites, colored categories and name lookups.  I’m not a big fan of online calendars because they are too slow!  When I need to schedule something, or make a task from an email, I just drag and drop it in Outlook and it creates almost by itself.  I’m not a fan of Office 365 because it slows down the load time of my Outlook.  My work day is for business, not for waiting for a slow loading app, or web site to feeds nibbles to my PC.

I love my Galaxy Note II phone.  It updated this spring to Android 4.4, and so I think it has almost all the features of a Galaxy Note III.  The larger screen size is great because I use it for my Kindle, and for browsing news and technology articles on the web.

CompanionLink provides nine different ways to move data from Standalone Outlook to your Android Phone.  Here is a rundown with some of the advantages and disadvantages.  CompanionLink has created an Outlook Style App for Android called DejaOffice.  This App is the only one on the market that supports Colored Categories just like Outlook.  This App is the only one that supports Tasks linked to your Outlook Contacts list.  Five of our seven system use DejaOffice as a destination, to make your Android phone more powerful.

  1. USB Sync from Outlook to DejaOffice App on Android:  If you liked Palm Hotsync, USB Sync is the way to go.  Download DejaOffice on your device, and CompanionLink on your PC.  Set up a USB link.  Both programs have setup wizards to help you out.  The sync will run whenever you connect your phone to your PC.  This is a fully secure sync.  There is no stored data on the web.  As such it is fully HIPAA compliant.  With DejaOffice you will see your Outlook Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Notes and Journal all in one handy Android App!
  2. Bluetooth Sync from Outlook to DejaOffice App on Android:  Just like Palm, CompanionLink offers the option to Bluetooth sync from Android to your PC.  Your PC will need a Bluetooth connection.  Most laptops have them built-in.  For desktops you can buy a USB dongle for just a few dollars.
  3. WiFi Sync from Outlook to DejaOffice App on Android:  Wi-Fi uses your local Wi-Fi router to mediate a sync connection to your Android phone.  This is handy if you don’t like plugging your phone in all day, and don’t have a Bluetooth connection.  All you need here is a local Wi-Fi router that both your PC and your Phone are connected to.  CompanionLink’s Wi-Fi sync is fully encrypted, so even though the sync goes through an unsecured router, it is protected using a password and AES256 level encryption (very strong).  Most people consider this to be HIPAA compliant, but check with your compliance team to be sure.
  4. DejaCloud Sync from Outlook to DejaOffice App on Android:  CompanionLink offers a very fast cloud sync system called DejaCloud.  There is an online app called DejaOffice CRM Live.  With this system, your PC and your phone both synchronizes to the online database.  With this system, you can be in-sync even when you are traveling away from your office.  Everything is live, so if you enter a note, and the drop your phone into Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer lagoon,  the note will be safely stored on your Outlook PC.  DejaCloud supports simultaneous sync to multiple phones and PCs, and is the perfect solution if you use a phone and tablet, or a PC and Mac.
  5. CompanionLink Secure Hosted Wireless to DejaOffice App on Android:  CompanionLink offers a HIPAA compliant secure system.  This system does not store your data online.  Think of it like an email system, when the email is received, it is no longer on the server.  In this case, when your phone gets the contact and calendar data, the server is wiped clean and empty.  Because the server is clean, each device needs a separate account.  So this is a point-to-point wireless system.
  6. CompanionLink to Google, with Google Sync to your Android Phone:  If you don’t need categories or tasks to sync, then you can use Google Sync for Contacts and Calendar.  This is a lightweight solution for people who find the Android Contacts and Android Calendar sufficient for their Outlook needs.  Just set up CompanionLink to go to Google, and use Google’s onboard synchronization for the rest.  The best advantage here is that if you find you need your Categories or your Tasks, you can switch to one of the other methods for Free!
  7. Office 365 Cloud to DejaOffice App on your Android Phone via USB, WI-Fi, DejaCloud or Google:  If you don’t use Outlook on the PC, but only use Office 365 Cloud (formerly called Hotmail), you still have a number of options to synchronize.  The advantage here is that DejaOffice acts just like Outlook on your Android phones.  You have access to your Contacts, Calendar and Tasks, and you can easily create a Task from a Calendar event or Contact just as you would in Outlook.
  8. Use DejaOffice Live to connect from Office 365 to DejaOffice App on Android:  You can set up DejaCloud Sync for your device (item 4 above) but connect it directly to your Office 365 Cloud data.  This sync run without any software on your PC.  So you can turn your PC off, make a change in Office 365, and see it on your phone within seconds.  DejaCloud Connectors work for other Cloud Apps like SalesForce and InfusionSoft.
  9. Use DejaOffice Live to connect from Office 365 to Google:  A quick and easy Cloud-to-Cloud connector automates sync from Office 365 to your Google Android account.  Setup is entirely online, so you don’t even need to run CompanionLink on your PC.  It’s completely automatic, so you never have to think about hitting a button or connecting a cable.

CompanionLink works with any version of Outlook, including Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2007.  For all of these solutions, you can get a two week free trial from CompanionLink to try it out.  If you choose to purchase the service it costs just $14.95 per quarter for a subscription, or $49.95 for a one-time  purchase.  Type in the Affinity code BLOG to get $10 off the one-time purchase, just for reading to the end of this blog.  Once you purchase, you can install CompanionLink on up to three of  your computers, and call our live US based telephone technical support.  CompanionLink also offers Premium Support (dedicated phone line and expert tech, for people with sophisticated synchronizing needs) and a RunStart service where a technician logs onto your computer the set up what you need.