Introduction to Tools

Tools covers technology and products that are used to support you in the things that you need to accomplish.

Here we will be covering tools such as:

  • Spreadsheets
  • Word processors
  • Writing tools
  • Blogging tools
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Analysis of websites
  • E-mail and web templates
  • Databases
  • Organizational software
  • Task management software
  • Web browsers

We here at Take Charge use both Windows-based and Apple-based products as well as Open Source and cloud-based tools.

While our preference is for Apple-based products for the most part, no one provider is right for everyone. For example, on Apple products, there is a spreadsheet called Numbers, but there is also a spreadsheet from Microsoft called Excel. If one is a power user of spreadsheets then their preference may be Excel. Excel runs on both Apple and Windows based platforms. Numbers does not.

In the case of mobile we prefer the iPhone and the iPad, but that does not say that there isn't something that meets your needs from another vendor such as Amazon, Samsung or even some of the up-and-coming Windows-based products. As an aside, we think that Windows phone is a viable alternative to either the BlackBerry or an android-based phone.

Tools help us do our job but they should not get in the way of us being efficient.

Introduction to Google Docs


google-docsGoogle Docs has been around since 2006 after Google acquired Writely, XL2Web and DocVerse at various points to create a suite of applications that would later become Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Drawings and Forms. Recently, Google announced Google Drive that folds Google Docs and Google Drive into the same offering. When we refer to Google Docs, we’re actually referring to the clouds based applications themselves.

The basic premise of these products is to provide an alternative to applications suites such as Microsoft Office and Exchange, but focused as online only (cloud based) with the ability to collaborate in real-time with other users.

All of these applications are designed to run inside of a web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and FireFox.

The benefits to this model is that the cost to the end-user is minimal compared to the cost of acquiring the software, the hardware and the support services for something such as Microsoft Office.

Note: Google Docs can handle both the import of and export to various Microsoft Office program formats.


Upload Document to Google Docs

google-docsHow do we upload a document to Google Docs? The process is actually very straightforward.

This articles describes how to upload a document in it's native format. For example, if you have a Microsoft Excel, Word or PowerPoint file, you may not want to accept the defaults (conversion to an equivalent Google Docs offering). Instead, you may want it in the same (native) format that it was saved to on your hard-drive.

This is important if you want to either share or re-open the file in the application that it was created in.

How to Upload File