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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more. Check back every Monday for tips on topics from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.
I'm Jess Stratton. And welcome to this addition of Monday productivity pointers. When you get a new Windows computer or laptop, arguably one of the most tedious tasks you can do is waste time installing all your favorite apps. You have to go out to each site, download the app, make sure it's the most current version, install it by clicking next for every app, maybe restart your computer, and finally launch the app. And you have to do that for every app that you need to download because on every computer you always have your favorite list of apps that you have on every machine.
Today I'm going to show you a website called Ninite.com. I'm going to bring it up right now. Ninite is a great solution. You can visit the website, and this is a free service mind you, and place check boxes beside all the apps you use that you would normally have to install individually. Now what Ninite does, is it goes out and creates one installer for you that contains all your apps, and it installs them for you one by one. And even better, it's always the most up to date versions of the apps.
So let's see it in action. I went to ninite.com, and here's the website. So if I scroll down about halfway through the page I can see the list of all the apps that I can install. Now the chances are you already have many of these on your computer right now, they're really popular apps that a lot of people like to have on every computer. It even nicely organizes them by categories so that you can find what you are looking for quickly. For example, there is anti-virus programs like Microsoft Security Essentials in the Security section.
Programs like Open Office and Acrobat Reader in the Documents section. There's all your media files, messaging, even browsers. So go through, place check boxes beside things that you want to install. I'm just going to place a few check boxes next to some quick ones. Keep in mind that the more things you check off and install, the longer the install is going to take. But when you're happy with what you got, click the green get installer button. What this is going to do is create a custom installer based on all those apps that I placed check boxes next to.
You can either run or save the installer. In this case, I'm going to run it, and I'll minimize the browser so that you can see what's going on. Then you have to decide, or get permission, to let Ninite make changes to your computer. Because after all, it's Ninite that's going to be installing these apps, not you. So click Yes, and watch it go. If I click show details I can see everything that's happening. For example, right now, Ninite has gone to the website to download the most fresh version of the All Pro browser.
And it's going to install it after that, and then it's going to move on to Yahoo. You'll see all the apps that you want installed, you'll see all the apps you want listed here in the application section. So you'll see what the status is and how they're doing. And as you can see everything is all done. It was a very short process to install both those apps, the latest version of those apps, and I didn't have to do a single thing except choose what apps I wanted. When I'm all done I can click Close. And now I'm ready to start using my apps. So that's how easy it is to move to a new computer with the help of ninite.com.
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