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Top 10 Slack features that could improve your work

There is no doubt that Slack is one of the hottest real-time messaging apps.  Many of you probably use it at work every day.  But did you know most people only use 20% of Slack’s capabilities? Here are 10 features that could improve your work.

 

#1 INTEGRATION

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Slack allows you to integrate messaging with other services and applications. For example, you can integrate your Slack with Twitter, to keep following your favorite accounts. Or you can integrate Google Hangouts, if you need video conferencing at your work (from December 2016  you can also use  Slack Video Calls instead). All integration option are available here: slack.com/services

#2 THREADED MESSAGING

Slack Threads

With Threads, you can branch off and have discussions around a particular message without having to skip to a different channel or direct messages. If you want to follow up part of any message you can kick off a detailed discussion on that particular topic by hovering over the message and clicking Start a thread. The right sidebar in Slack will open, and you can add your reply.

Create snippet

#3 QUICK SWITCHER

Quick switcher

You can simply change one conversation/channel/group to the other just by using the quick switcher.To switch just press Ctrl+K or click the search button bellow  Direct Messages.

Quick switcher button

#4 SNIPPET

Snippet post

This is a practical feature which allows you to share bits of code or text with your team.

It’s really easy to create. Click the “+ button next to the Slack message box. Then create a snippet – enter a title, select the file type from the menu and upload your code or text. When you’re finished, click Create Snippet.

You can also share your Snippet outside the Slack, just select “Create external link” in the More actions menu.

External link

#5 SLACKBOT

Did you know, that the Slackbot can be your private full-time assistant? There are lots of things Slackbot can help you with. Here are some examples.

You can ask Slackbot to remind you about your tasks. Simply enter /remind into the text box. If you want to schedule a reminder for a specific time enter it into text box too (for example –  in 5 minutes) or set a date using the MM/DD/YYYY format.

slackbot reminder

If your Team Admin has enabled automatic responses, you can add them to your Slackbot via  Customize Your Team. You can add unique words or phrases that  Slackbot will use to respond to your team members.There are plenty of work-related uses for this – add a custom response for your office Wi-Fi password, or use this feature to have some fun if you like to.

#6 ADVANCED SEARCH

You can find exactly what you need without wasting any time.

Search Slack for

#7 /collapse & /expand COMMANDS

By using these commands you can simply collapse files and expand them when you need. It’s very useful, especially, when your co-workers send you too many videos or GIFs.

collapse slack

#8 /away COMMAND

You can toggle between statuses using the /away command. If you have to step away from your computer – make it clear for your coworkers and change your status for /away.

away slack

#9 HIGHLIGHT WORDS

To get notified when someone mentions phrase or word, adjust your settings to enable custom notifications. How can you set the highlighted words? Just select your name on the left corner, then click “Preferences” from the menu. Next, select “Notification settings” and scroll down to “Highlight Words”. Highlight Words SlackIn the text box you can add phrases and words which when mentioned will send you notification.

Highlight Words Slack

#10 /msg COMMAND

If you want to send quick private message to your coworker, no need to drop the current conversation. Use the following command to quickly open private message /msg @user [your message]. It takes much less time then open the Direct Message conversation.

 

video intro tools

Top 4 tools for creating video intros online

How to do the intro video for your apps and/or projects, if you haven’t used any video editing tools before? We’ve tested top 4 online tools for creating videos – all of them are free, easy to use and effective.

 

1.Renderforest

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The application has a large selection of videos templates.

randerforest creator

Easy navigation allows for creating intros in 4 quick steps.

The downside is the lack of sample music for upload and in the free version – watermark Renderforest.

video intro

After few minutes your video intro is ready to publish

A big plus is an ability to embed a company logo. The application is simple, nice and easy to use.

2. Biteable

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Biteable calls himself “the world’s simplest video maker”. And there’s a reason for that:  it allows you to really easily create the online video intro. You can choose a template and create your video intro in 4 easy steps.

Biteable creator

Select scenes, colors, and music to your intro.

You could also start from scratch and create new video project by using available animations, footages, or your uploading pictures.

Pick a scene for your video

Pick a scene for your video

Without a doubt, Biteable is simplest world’s video maker!

  3. Vipid

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Vipid has an easy navigation and large selection of themed templates.

 

Vipid creator

Vipid creator

The disadvantage is the inability to see the finished video  – only the individual slides of your intro.

Vipid preview

Vipid preview

However, being easy to use and having a large selection of templates relating to the popular cinematic intros are the undoubted advantages of this app.

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Cinematic intros templates

4. Panzoid

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Panzoid gives you great possibilities when it comes to customizing videos to your expectations.

However, navigation is not so simple and obvious and requires a dedication of time to find the features you need.

 

Panzoid creator

Panzoid creator

The big advantage is the choice of templates and the ability to adapt them to your needs. That customization also that includes customizing video soundtracks.You need to download the files to see the final results.

Camera animation

Camera animation

Due to the high potential to customize, like, for example,  a camera animation,  this program is perfect video maker.

Whichever tool you choose – you can rediscover the power of video on your social media channels. Your video intro may be your calling cards, allowing you to stand out from the crowd.

 

 

 

 

social media management app

Postfity 2.0 is here! :)

Since last year we’ve been working on new, awesome version of Postfity.
We have taken into account lots of user’s suggestions and performed focus testing on both professional and amateur social media users.
This new version is now out of it’s open-beta stage – yes, it is ready!

social media management app

Some of the new features and improvements:

  • new layout – redesigned from scratch, with much better user experience in mind – makes social media management even easier and faster than before!
  • app is 30% lighter and 40% more performant when it comes to speed.
  • all connected social accounts can be now grouped, which makes browsing and choosing them much easier
  • improved post reusing option
  • new scrapper engine for better links detection
  • totally new Post Ideas module, where you get a lot of post suggestions in one place, divided by most popular social media categories.
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    New Post Ideas – content suggestions in one place

Feel free to drop us a line with your opinions about new version :)

Best,
Postfity Team

watermark posts

Add watermarks to your photos – automatically!

Watermarking is one of the best ways to protect and personalize your images. However, handling them manually on each picture you publish to Facebook or Twitter can be time consuming.

We are glad to announce that Postfity now has a feature allowing to automate the process of watermarking your images.

 

Here is quick tutorial, how to setup automatic watermarking in Postfity:

 

Open your settings page – https://panel.postfity.com/settings and follow these simple steps:

How to add watermarks - step by step

 

 

1. Scroll to “Watermark” section and activate it.

 

2 .Choose position – where you want your watermark to be placed.

 

 

3. Choose opacity – how transparent you want your watermark to be.

 

 

4. Upload your watermark file.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This way you can setup separate watermarks for each social account that you have connected to Postfity.

Watermarks are available for both Professional and Agency accounts.

social media analytics tool

Social media Analytics section in Postfity is ready!

Brand new Analytics section of Postfity is released!

Check it out at https://panel.postfity.com/analytics

Now you can get awesome insights of your social media activties – track and compare 5 different types of data –
– posts you publish
– post likes
– post shares
– comments
– links clicked (shortlink options must be enabled to track this data).

More data types and features like pdf rendering and charts for single posts will be added soon.
You can also arrange your charts in sets, different for each social account. This way Postfity will help you keep up to date with data that is most revelant to you, in form of nice, clean charts.

This section also contains “Posts” list, where you have all your previous posts arranged in clean view you already now from /create section. This view now replaces old “Archives” section.

Posts list section

Posts list section

 

Paul Walczewski
Postfity Team

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Team collaborating in social media – new feature!

Team collaborating is now available at Postfity app!

It’s very easy, yet powerful – enables Post scheduling & queueing in teams, to which you can invite your friends / co-workers and connect social profiles and pages.  Any user (even with free account!) can be invited to team, and both Proffesional account and Agency account users can create and manage teams (for more info about pricing go to https://panel.postfity.com/get_account).
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