How to clean out, sort and organize your files

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Written by Janice
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July 24 - (7 Min Read)

It’s Friday and you just managed to finish off a work task and ready to head home for the weekend, when Ding! You just received an email from one of your colleagues, asking for a particular file that you had worked on a couple of years back. I’m pretty sure that at that point in time, your mind would be like, “Oh no! In which folder did I place it?”

Not to worry it happens to the best of us! For me, emails like these result in instances of panic, looking up old files in the hope of finding the one I really need. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always go the way I want it to, and sometimes a search that should have taken a minute, had I organized my folders, spans to hours.

The thing is, we’re so busy that we tend to brush off organizing our files for later, but then we never actually get to it. In the meantime, our files keep on accumulating. By the time we actually get to organizing our files and folders, our hard drive is stuffed to the brim with downloaded files, music, movies, duplicate files, etc. This does not only make it even harder to go through all the files and organize them, but also takes its toll on PC performance.

So how can you create order from chaos?

With the following 3 simple points or with flipping the proper switch within Ellp, you’ll find that you’ll start introducing small changes into the way you organize your files.

 

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1. Cleaning

First things first! Ideally, we start by going through all the files, deleting any duplicate files and other unwanted files. You’d be amazed by the amount of space such files take up on your hard drive.

To save yourself the ordeal of going through multiple duplicate files in the future, why not activate the Ellp card, ‘When I download the same file twice, let me know’. This way Ellp would notify you of any duplicate files and get rid of them for you.

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2. Sorting

Once you’ve cleared any duplicate and unwanted files, move each file type to its respective folder. That is if it’s a document move it to the Documents folder, if it’s a song move it to the Music folder, photos in the Pictures folder, and keep doing this for all your files.

You might say but isn’t that the obvious thing to do? Well, yes it is. But it wouldn’t be the first time that you’ve downloaded a song or document and left it in the Downloads folder. Am I right? Only saying this because I do it too!

Ellp can help you sort out your files in an easy and hassle-free manner. Simply activate the following cards, and whenever you download a document, picture, movie or song, it will save it to your preferred folder, which you specify before activating the card. Easy, no?!

  • When I download a song, save it to my preferred folder
  • When I a document, save it to my preferred folder
  • When I download a movie, save it to my preferred folder

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3. Getting organized

The last thing to do is to create folder structures. Creating folders and sub-folders helps not only to streamline your folder system but also to free up storage space, giving your PC the performance boost it so needed.

With such a neat folder system, sorting your files wouldn’t take up a lot of time, as once downloaded you can easily move it to its respective folder. Making it easier for you to locate files, as you wouldn’t have to sift through hundreds of files, but go directly to the folder you saved it to.

 

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We encourage you to make this small change in the way you sort and organize your files, as it not only simplifies your PC daily routine but also boosts PC performance. And why not get Ellp to help you out, whilst you’re at it? This way you can focus on more important tasks at hand.

If you like our Monday Productivity posts, please make sure you share this post with your friends. It only takes one click and we really appreciate every share.

Here’s to more productive days!

July Updates – Ellp just got even better!

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Written by Aneta
Online Marketing Champion


July 20 - (5 Min Read)

How many different apps are you using to keep your PC optimized? To manage your time? To stay safe online?

Three?… Four?… More?

And if you are trying to juggle work and fun on the same PC it may get even more painful and app-demanding! And quite dreading to set up and maintain.

It’s enough to make a grown-up cry!

Well, this is the whole reason why we created Ellp – to offer you some peace of mind!

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Ellp is a free PC automation tool that lets you automate your daily routine with a flip of a switch, in order to boost your productivity, maintain high performance and security and revel in entertainment.

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You don’t need to be tech savvy in order to use Ellp! All technical functionalities, even the more advanced ones, are presented to you in the form of Ellp cards, beautifully designed and easy to navigate and set up.

Cards are divided into four categories:

  • Productivity
  • Performance
  • Security
  • Entertainment

In previous articles, The story behind the Ellp categories and What are Ellp cards?, we share with you more insights on the categories and how to use the cards.

New Cards Alert!

Today, we are excited to announce that the number of free cards increased from 28 to 31!

Let us introduce the following cards to you:

When I open an application, open another one

Do you tend to listen to your favorite jam to get work done? Why not save some time and clicks by utilizing this card – simply activate it and select the apps you need opened together and enjoy the best of both worlds 😉

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When my PC is overheating, alert me

Your PC struggling to perform the most basic of tasks? Or maybe fans are running fast and making noise? These are all signs that your PC is overheating, which most of us unfortunately ignore. Don’t let your PC overheat! Download Ellp and activate this card to get notified each time your PC overheats, so that you can save your work and give your PC the TLC it needs.

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When it’s time, remind me to do something

Forgetful are we?!  It’s normal to forget things from time to time but there’s no need to stress about it as Ellp is here to help. By activating this card, and setting it up according to your needs, Ellp will remind you about your important activities, from meeting and appointment to remembering to taking your daily vitamins.

july updates-reminder-cardIf you’re not a current Ellp user and want to become one (which should be a no brainer at this point) all you need to do in order to get Ellp is click the download button below and Ellp will be yours to enjoy! 

Not convinced yet and hungry for more info? Have a look at our top 3 highest performing cards:

  1. When I’m spending too much time on Facebook, ping me.
  2. When my hard disk is getting full, free up space.
  3. When my email is involved in a data breach, alert me.

july updates-top-cardsHaving these cards activated means:

  1. Halting procrastination! We’re easily distracted, but this card will help you monitor your time on Facebook, pinging you to go back to work when you’ve spent too much time mindlessly scrolling on Facebook.
  2. That you’ll no longer be limited for space! As soon as your hard disk reaches its threshold, you’ll be notified and Ellp will get rid of unwanted files for you. Keeping the good stuff, whilst getting rid of junk files!
  3. Staying on top of your security! After all, just like you don’t want your neighbor snooping around in your back garden, I’m guessing you wouldn’t want strangers prying into your personal information.

Too many open tabs on your mind – with Ellp you need not worry about boring PC tasks as it handles that for you, letting you focus on more important things.

 

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What do we do with all your feedback?

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Written by Kristina
Customer Success


July 19 - (5 Min Read)

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Wow, we’re overwhelmed with all the feedback coming our way! The amount of ideas and suggestions that keep rolling in is absolutely phenomenal – there’s so much great stuff to work with.

So you might be asking, what do we do with the tons of feedback we receive each day on Ellp?

WE CHUCK IT ALL OUT!

No, I’m kidding – PSYCH!

Now seriously, we see each and every one! Feedback is super important to us, as this guides our next steps in building the product around your needs. This part is so crucial that there’s actually a whole process to it, with a number of different people involved at different stages along the way.

So first things first,  in order to collect the data, we need to have channels in place to allow the exchange. We get this mainly through email, the feedback option within Ellp, and our uninstall survey. After receiving this data, we compile it all into one, and then we sort these into buckets. Like so:

  • Suggestions (For new cards and product functionalities)
  • Testimonials (Feedback about the user’s experience)
  • Software issues (Bugs that we haven’t noticed – Oops!)
  • Anonymous (This is feedback we receive from anonymous recipients.)
  • Uninstall feedback (This tells us where we might be going wrong)

Ok, now let’s start drilling down into each one (I’ll also include some real life examples)

Suggestions

We are so thankful for these! Suggestions give us a clear indication about what cards and functionalities to create next. There is no better way to understand what our users want, then by simply asking them. Once we receive suggestions, the production team assess whether these cards are (1) useful to our user base, (2) in demand, and (3) doable from a development point of view – if they tick all boxes then we add them to our product line.

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Testimonials

This part is my absolute favorite! After all the time we spend trying to make Ellp awesome – and boy we spend hours at it –  it’s always great to hear we’ve done a job well done. We not only share this with our team (which really helps to boost team spirit – so big thank you for motivating the squad), we also share this on our social media pages and on our website. This way newbie’s and passers-by can read about people’s experiences with Ellp.

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Software Issues or limitations

We promise we’re human! And like other humans, it’s possible that we may miss out on things. Even with the most powerful of tools and the best testers, some glitches may not be detected. But this is exactly why feedback is so important. Unlike the original saying “what you don’t know, won’t hurt you” for us it’s the opposite – what we don’t know will definitely hurt us! So we appreciate the heads up. If you experience any software issues please do not hesitate to get in touch. Good or bad feedback,  we’re always happy to hear from our users. Hearing about an issue right away will help us get to the root of the problem faster, this way you can keep enjoying using Ellp and all its functionalities breezily.

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Anonymous

We tend to get some super interesting feedback from anonymous persons. This feedback is much appreciated. Unfortunately, there’s a drawback to marking yourself as ‘anonymous’. We are unable to get back to these users about their requests. Sometimes we receive such great ideas that we’ll be dying to get in touch to understand more about the idea, and to thank the user for taking the time to help us out. But without an address it’s impossible.

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Uninstall feedback

So some people might not think our product is so great – and that’s ok! It’s hard to create a product that will meet everyone’s expectations. If the product doesn’t suit some users needs, they may end up uninstalling. It’s sad to see some people go, but we don’t want them to stay if it’s not what they’re looking for. During the uninstall process we ask the user why they uninstalled. This feedback is crucial to us, as it helps us understand where we might be going wrong and how we can improve on Ellp.

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As you can see, we take your feedback very seriously. So no matter what your feedback is, it can only help us to make Ellp better and better. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Ellp community for all the feedback and constant support, it’s amazing that so many people want to help.  

Oh, in case you’re not a member of our Ellp community, make sure you download Ellp today and join us!

 

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You’ll be hearing more from me as we go along so stay tuned! Until next time 😉

The story behind the Ellp categories

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Written by Janice
Writer


July 13 - (4 Min Read)

Ellp’s latest update brings a number of new infrastructural changes, including a new navigation menu and a sharing facility. However, the most noteworthy of them all would be the redefined categories. So far we’ve introduced you to Ellp and its automation mechanism – the Ellp cards. Now, it’s high time that we go into detail about the Ellp categories themselves, without which Ellp would be a huge pile up of disorganized cards/ disaster in the making. It’s not the case! Yet knowing where we want to take Ellp in terms of variety of cards and functionalities, it just cannot make do without categorization.

At the beginning of it all, back in September 2016, Ellp started out with 6 categories and 8 cards which have now been redefined into 4, covering: Productivity, Performance, Security, and Entertainment, allowing for easy navigation of the cards, which now add up to almost 30 cards. This not only facilitates a better user experience but also increases the visibility of the Ellp cards you really need and want to make use of.

 

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So what do these categories cover?

Taking care of your PC, whilst handling multiple tasks at one go can be a headache at times – to say the least! We’ve all been there, I’m afraid! With the help of categories, you can have peace of mind, as you can easily find and activate the cards you need to perform the tasks for you. Let’s take a look at the 4 categories:

1. Productivity

It is so easy to get stuck wasting time on menial tasks or just wasting time in general, especially on social media. Busted! However, work still needs to be done, and the reality is that with such a busy life we lead, we all wish we could be more productive and get more done in less time. As the saying goes, time is money, so why not get Ellp to help, this way you make better use of your time and believe me, you’ll find yourself soaring through your daily tasks in no time! Here are Ellp’s top 3 productivity cards to help you declutter and increase your productivity, and stay focused:

  • When I’m spending too much time on Facebook, ping me
  • When I download the same file twice, let me know
  • When I download a document, save it to my preferred folder

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2. Performance

Sometimes your lack of productivity may not necessarily be your fault, it could be affected by your PC performance. It’s frustrating to get work done when your PC isn’t cooperating – maybe it takes longer to start up and runs slowly or takes an infinite amount of time to perform even the simplest and easiest of tasks. Don’t you worry, Ellp’s got you sorted! These are our top 3 performance cards, but there’s more from where these came from, so go ahead, download Ellp and get the full range.

  • When an application is slowing down my PC startup, alert me
  • When my hard disk is getting full, free up space
  • When it’s time, check my internet speed

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3. Security

I guess PC security and privacy is a number one priority on everyone’s list, especially considering the amount of cyber attacks the world has experienced in the past couple of months. No one wants to have their personal credentials, whether bank account details or personal emails or files circling the web for everyone to see. So if you’re worried about having your PC and online activities being compromised, why not try these 2 Ellp cards:

  • When my email is involved in a data breach, alert me
  • When it’s time, perform a privacy cleanup

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Best part – there’s no need for you to break the bank, as Ellp is completely free!

The production of security cards takes much longer as this is a more complex task. For the time being, we’ve perfected the 2 cards mentioned above and we’re working on new security cards to be released soon. Stay tuned as they’re going to be awesome!

4. Entertainment

Everyone has his or her own way of chilling out after a hectic a day – maybe a drink after work with friends just to ease that stress or simply chillax at home listening to some music or watching that last episode from your all-time favorite series. With this in mind, we came up with solutions to save you those extra minutes, and jump straight into relaxation mode! that after a busy day can make a difference.

Our reasoning behind the cards is to give the fastest access to whatever you want to do to relax, as those couple extra minutes can make a difference after a busy day!

  • When I plug in my headphones, open my favorite application
  • When I download a song, save it to my preferred folder
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This is one of those articles where we help you navigate through Ellp more effectively and proactively so that you can experience the full functionality of the product and ease your daily routine.

 

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With Ellp you don’t need to worry about boring PC tasks as it takes care of them for you, so you can focus on the things that matter most.

At times even we are surprised how creative are our users with applying these simple rules in their everyday tasks, so if you have some tips for others, feel free to share them with us. Remember to share this article with your friends, so that they can save time and money and be forever grateful to you 😉

Your best shot yet and what Ellp has to do with it aka Ellp’s Photography Contest

Written by Aneta
Marketing Champion


July 6 - (5 Min Read)

That perfect shot – where the lighting is just right, playing around the detail the way you want it. The point of focus and frame couldn’t be better. The subtle shadows and half-tones.

Capturing a moment at its perfect glory.

Everyone who truly loves the camera has experienced this amazing thrill at least once in their lifetime. The excitement of being one with the lens, with the environment, with the object. Being able to capture the image equal or better to the one in your imagination. It calls for a celebration!

Here, at Ellp, we get that! Combine that with the fact that we’ve always seen Ellp as your personal assistant. And wouldn’t it be your assistant’s task to make sure you share your best work with the world and get credit for it? Wouldn’t he or she be there for you to make it as simple and easy as possible? Making sure that you will be featured globally? This is why we decided to open one of our most popular cards to our users! How?

The card called ‘When my favorite site posts a picture, set it as desktop background’ will now feature Ellp Gallery as well! All users who have this card active may choose to see your picture instead of the one of National Geographic or NASA. Isn’t that exciting?

So, what to do to get into the Ellp Gallery, you must be asking right now. It’s easier than you think!

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Ellp Photography Contest starts now!

Starting today, 6th July 2017 Ellp Ltd. will be accepting submissions to the Ellp Photography Contest. Every two weeks, Ellp’s team will be choosing up to 14 pictures to feature within Ellp automation tool and ensure your exposure to thousands of our users. And yes, we will be linking your photo back to you and your website!

In order to participate, you must be a living photographer of adult age and all you have to do is to:

  1. Choose the shots you want to share with other Ellp users;
  2. Install Ellp on your device using the same email address that is used to enter this contest unless you are already an Ellp user;
  3. Send us the chosen shot/shots to the photographers@ellp.com using the same email address used to install Ellp (no payment required, for the time being, Ellp will be offered to you for free);
  4. Share Ellp via your social media profiles (optional yet appreciated for Ellp users) and mandatory for those of you who cannot install Ellp on their device (for instance Mac users);
  5. Share one of your photographic works on Instagram, and tag Ellp on said photograph. This is a mandatory requirement for all participants.
  6. Ensure you are the rightful owner of the photographic work you submit;
  7. Wait to hear back from us if Ellp chooses your submitted photographic work!

What we will do:

  1. Celebrate receiving your email;
  2. Indulge in the beauty of your shot;
  3. Verify whether or not your email address is in the database of Ellp users;
  4. Inform you via email if any of your photographs have been chosen by Ellp;
  5. Feature your work in the Ellp Gallery to share it with the whole world for between 1 to  7 days, attributing the photograph to you and linking back to your website.

A Mac user? Not a problem. We appreciate that you are not able to install and enjoy Ellp, therefore we give you another way in: make sure you share Ellp with your friends via your social media profiles, attach the link to your social media update and you are good to go.

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How to prepare your picture:

Below, you can find the technical requirements of the contest.

  • Format: JPEG
  • Minimum Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Orientation: Landscape
  • Photographs should be submitted with a title, date shot and location
  • Attribution: Photographer’s name to credit the picture. A website URL to link back the picture to (if applicable)
  • Photographs should not be watermarked
  • Name or title of the photographs submitted

Failing to meet the requirements as listed above eliminates your masterpiece from the contest. Please make sure you follow them step by step!

The admission closes on the 30th September 2017. To participate please read our terms and conditions.

In case you’d like to get some guidelines on how to set up Ellp on your PC to get the most of it, we have you covered. Just follow the suggestions we shared in our Top 10 Ellp Cards for Photographers blog post and enjoy your digital butler.

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One more thing before you go! Please, make sure you spread the word about Ellp Photography Contest in your circle. There is plenty of opportunities to be featured in Ellp so you are not risking anything – quite the opposite – you further establish yourself as helpful and considerate; you have a chance to build even stronger relationships with your fellow photographers and you help us make this contest as big as possible!

Just click on the Share button and tag your friends who will get really excited about this! And then, go and send us these shots! We can’t wait to see them!

 

T & C: Ellp’s Photography Contest

Written by Aneta
Online Marketing Champion


July 6 - (1 Min Read)

Terms & Conditions
Ellp™ Photography Competition
6th July 2017

 

1. Eligibility

The Ellp Photography Competition, hereinafter also referred to as the ‘Competition’, is open to any living photographer who:

Is of Adult Age (18 years and over);

  • Has installed Ellp on his/her device using the same email address that is used to enter this Competition and is an active user of the Ellp software;
  • Has shared Ellp via his/her social media profiles (Facebook, Instagram or the like). This requirement is optional for those participants who have installed Ellp on their device, but mandatory for those who cannot install Ellp on their device due to compatibility issues or otherwise;
  • Has shared one of their photographic works on Instagram, and has tagged Ellp (ellp_official) on said photograph. This is a mandatory requirement for all participants.
  • Is the rightful owner/authorized licensee of the photographic work submitted to participate in this Competition and which work does not violate any copyright regulations.

Note: No nationality / residential restrictions apply for the participants. Ellp reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all participants.

2. Competition Period

Competition starts: 6th July 2017

Competition deadline: 30th September 2017 (Ellp reserves the right to either shorten or extend this deadline at its sole discretion by amending these terms on its website www.ellp.com)

Best Photographs: Every fortnight following the 6th July 2017, starting off on the 20th July 2017, Ellp shall be selecting the best photographs which will be featured within the Ellp software on one of the Ellp cards. Ellp will expose each of the photographs chosen by attributing to them the author’s name and /or website URL of the participant (if applicable) and thus providing the participant with this exclusive exposure on the Ellp software.

3. Photo Submission Guidelines

All photographers must submit their photograph/s (there is no limit on the number of photographs to be submitted) via email to photographers@ellp.com from the same email address which was used by the photographers to download and install Ellp. Prints are not accepted as part of the Competition. Digital images submitted should meet the following specifications:

  • Format: JPEG
  • Minimum Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Orientation: Landscape
  • Photographs should be submitted with a title, date shot and location
  • Attribution: Photographer’s name to credit the picture. A website URL to link back the picture to (if applicable)
  • Photographs should not be watermarked
  • Name or title of the photographs submitted
  • All photographs must not: (a) violate the intellectual property rights of third parties; (b) be illegal under applicable national laws and international law; and (c) depict or incite hatred, defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten a specific person or social group, incite violence, contain offensive content, or conflict or otherwise violate the legal rights of third parties (including those of privacy and publicity).

4. Use and Ownership of Photographs
Copyright and all other rights remain that of the participating photographer. Any photograph used by Ellp shall carry the photographer’s attribution. Use may include publication on any Ellp social media/website/blog or on other promotional material publication. All entrants understand that any image submitted to the competition may be used by Ellp for marketing and promotional purposes directly related to the Ellp Competition, though there will not be any monetary compensation. By being chosen as a participant in the Competition you are agreeing that your name will be featured on www.ellp.com and your chosen work will be featured within the Ellp Software, website, blog, social media profiles and on other promotional material publications. The chosen participants will be entitled to use Ellp’s official Logo, on their website/blog, and state that their work is featured on Ellp. The Ellp Logo should be clickable and linkable to the official Ellp website (www.ellp.com). Details of the Ellp Logo and its licensed use will be provided to the chosen participants via an email communication.

Neither Ellp nor its associates, affiliates, or partners assume any responsibility for photographs submitted in violation of competition rules, or for those which violate copyright regulations. Ellp will investigate claims of copyright infringement to the best of its ability and will remove and disqualify images that are clearly demonstrated to violate copyright and/or Competition Terms and Conditions. Ellp will act to maintain the integrity of the Competition and its affiliated entities but is not responsible for any damages resulting from images submitted in violation of these Terms and Conditions.

5. General Terms

  • By participating and registering in this Competition in line with these terms and conditions, you are automatically agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • Ellp reserves the right to disqualify any submission which does not comply with the present Terms and Conditions.
  • Ellp is not responsible for lost, late, corrupted, mutilated or misdirected submissions, or submissions not received within the Competition deadline.
  • Participants are not allowed to use the titles, acronyms, logos, of Ellp or other branding elements on material which was produced by them.
  • By providing us with your contact details in accordance with these terms and conditions, you shall automatically be deemed to have given us your consent to retain your contact details for promotional purposes. You shall have the option to unsubscribe from receiving promotional emails at any time, by clicking on ‘Unsubscribe’ on any promotional email you receive from us.
  • All other usage of your personal information shall be governed by Ellp’s Privacy Policy.
  • Ellp reserves the right to stop, suspend, amend or otherwise alter this Competition and these Terms and Conditions at any time, by giving you prior notice.

Interview with Gilbert Camilleri, CEO at Ellp

Written by Aneta
Marketing Champion


July 5 - (6 Min Read)

In the startup world, the only thing we don’t have is time’ – is a mantra of the young CEO taking on automation in the software space. Gilbert Camilleri, CEO at Ellp, shares secrets of his new ‘old-school’ take on automation, reasons behind Ellp and what a soccer club has to do with it all.
Gilbert-Camilleri-CEO-at-Ellp-3While Silicon Valley’s most pronounced buzz words are cloud, mobile, and SaaS, we decided to stick to software, desktops, and Windows. I guess I’ve always challenged the status quo – and Ellp is doing just that. The idea behind Ellp has been a long way coming. Many of us have been working together on other software brands before and there was always that little something inside telling us that we could do bigger stuff, provide greater value and seriously introduce a breath of fresh air to software for the 400 million ‘old school’ (really?!) Windows users.

Whilst all textbooks suggest that the first question you should ask when starting up a business is – defining the market problem – we immediately nose-dived into how we’re going to be different. It is as if we wanted to make sure that all of us share some common beliefs before getting started. It took us no time to determine that the notions of quality, reliability, and simplicity would be the driving force of whatever we’ll do next. We wanted to change the perception of traditional Windows software and irrespective of what we come up with, it had to transpire that sense of ‘freshness’ and ‘coolness’ that we felt was lacking in this space.

Our experiences and research suggested that we should attempt to simplify lives by developing a new digital assistant. Whilst not many can afford to hire a butler at home, we dreamt of introducing this concept in people’s digital life. How cool would it be to have someone (or something) to do some work for you whilst you focus on what really matters?

Gilbert-Camilleri-CEO-at-Ellp-4.pngAnd here we are, 60,000 downloads later and with over 30,000 Facebook followers, in just 8 months – we present Ellp!

What was the idea behind the name Ellp?

If it hasn’t clicked yet, Ellp is intended to be a geekier version of the word ‘Help’. The process of coming up with the name was actually quite hilarious. I remember long brainstorming sessions where everyone used to fantasize about the next Google or Facebook brand. We went from inappropriate names such as Glide It (yes, it was one of my most uninspiring moments) to abstract and mind-blowing oxymorons namely, TinyElephant (Kristina will kill me for sharing this). And like most things in life, the best things happen when you least expect them to. I was actually on a holiday in Munich, when on a cultural visit at the Linderhof Castle I must have come across something that reminded me of an old project name we worked on years back, bearing the name of Ellp. I will never understand how the name came along in such a digitally uninspiring environment, but hey, why not? On my return, I proposed it to the team and it was the first time we unanimously agreed on a name.

In your own words, can you explain your role within Ellp and what is it that you do on the daily basis?

Ellp has definitely been the most exciting thing I’ve worked on over the past few years. Seeing a brand, a product and a bunch of talented people develop so rapidly in front of your own eyes gives you thrills that are very difficult to explain. I guess the most exciting moment was when we started getting the first user feedback. Our mantra was always that, to provide a ‘better device experience’ to our audience and we wanted to make sure we track that from day one. Ellp was built in a way that encourages users to send us their sentiment and comments to enable us to iterate quicker and smarter. We have actioned tens of suggestions already and recorded hundreds of uplifting comments from our fan base.

Gilbert-Camilleri-CEO-at-Ellp-5.pngI am coming from an online marketing background, and I am quite hands on in the way we communicate with our users and the overall user experience. It is something I hold to dearly and on which I want to make sure I’m never disconnected from. Obviously, the biggest responsibility lies in identifying what’s next. Why should someone choose Ellp? That is the question that I need to remind myself to ask every day. How can Ellp ease people’s lives? Sounds easy, but taking a concept and presenting it in the simplest form possible is quite stressful, to say the least. Thankfully we have an amazing team that is not only smart in developing, but also practical and user-conscious.

What hobbies/activities do you like doing outside of work?

Funnily enough, I do not consider myself as a tech geek. Even though my career always revolved around computing and the Internet, my life offline is far away from software and bugs.  My deepest passion lies within sports, which I get to follow and practice often. Sports is the drug I’m addicted to the most and I find it to be the best for both the body and mind. My flair and inclination towards marketing, branding and leading teams, in general, came about actually from a soccer club I co-founded years back, which is still alive and kicking to this very day. Now that I’m answering your questions, it just occurred to me that Ellp is not actually the first start-up I was involved in. Strange how past experiences shape both the present and future and that even the most unrelated stories mold a better you.

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On a scale from 1-10, how lucky are you in life?

I do consider myself to be lucky in the way my career developed, but I was always a firm believer that luck isn’t something that is reserved for just a few. You need to earn it, and sweat for it! I guess that I was blessed to get to spend time and work with such awesome people that believed in me so much – these are the people I will look up to forever! I found myself as a CEO at the age of 29, leading a team of around 30 people and managing a multi-million revenue company. Looking back, I realize how sticking through the toughest of times might get you to places that might seem unthinkable at the time. I was lucky to spend time with some exceptional characters and some questionable ones too. At times learning what not to do can be the biggest takeaway.

Downloads Folder Management Tips

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Written by Janice
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July 3 - (4 Min Read)

Do you ever catch yourself wondering when and for what you downloaded those now cruelly-outdated documents? Do you dwell on memories of the last great weekend trip with your friends rather than working on the report that’s due in 5 hours?

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Let me tell you – you aren’t the one to blame – your Downloads folder is!

Welcome to the first post in the new Ellp Series: Monday Productivity Boost. Each week, we will be sharing with you some small yet very powerful tips on how to boost your productivity either with introducing small changes in your routine or with flipping the proper switch within Ellp. Today, we’ll have a closer look at Downloads Folder Management. Ready?

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Mindlessly scrolling through the Downloads folder with a childlike wonder is something we are all guilty of. It’s something that can hinder our productivity in major ways:

  • We can lose our creative flow and end up stuck for hours on a project that normally would take us half an hour max;
  • We may present our boss with the outdated version of the monthly sales report without ever noticing and ‘feel’ the mistake in our wallet by the next bonus payment;
  • We miss a deadline all in all, and an important one, too!

Mindlessly scrolling through the Downloads folder is where are productivity leeks. Let’s change it!

Downloads Folder Management Tip 1 – No guilt needed, just awareness

So, let’s get real. When was the last time you went through your Downloads folder and cleared it out? No need to feel guilty if you haven’t done so in a while. The funny thing is that even if you monitor the number of files saved onto your Downloads folder, chances are that over time it will fill up to the extent that you’ll run out of space! So don’t worry about avoiding such menial tasks, I dread them too.

Unless you have some sort of preconfigured settings, all your downloaded files will be automatically saved to your Downloads folder. All work documents, your outdated resume you’ve been planning to update since last June, pictures from the company party, blurry photos of your mom’s newly renovated bathroom… No wonder you can spend ages here!

It’s a good idea to clean your Downloads folder every now and again, so as to clear out the files that are cluttering up your disk space – especially if you’re limited with storage space. After all, the Downloads folder is only a temporary space whereby all your downloaded files get downloaded to before you actually go through them and organize them into their respective folders.

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Downloads Folder Management Tip 2 – Manual Approach

The thing is that sifting through all the files within the Downloads folder and organizing or clearing them out manually may be somewhat of a tedious and boring task. Now, wouldn’t it be great if you were able to clear out the Downloads folder without the headache of having to manually clear it out yourself on a weekly or monthly basis?

Downloads Folder Management Tip 3 – Ellp’s Approach

This is where Ellp comes in handy! By simply activating this card ‘When my downloads folder is getting full, clear out the old stuff’, and setting the time limit for how long old items can stay in this folder, Ellp will notify you whenever your Downloads folder is filling up.

Full DownloadsYou can choose any period of time between as short as a week and as long as one year and seven more options to best suit your needs. Once Ellp has your approval, it will clear out the old stuff for you, allowing you to get back that valuable disk space you so desperately need!

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 I encourage you to introduce this small change in your Downloads folder management into your daily PC routine. You can choose whether to do it manually or have Ellp as your PC assistant do it for you. Knowing exactly where to find what you are looking for and not being sucked into endless scrolling through lists of files is a big time saver that results in a major productivity boost. And who wouldn’t want that?

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Here’s to better productivity through technology!

Top 10 Ellp Cards for Photographers

Written by Aneta
Marketing Champion


June 22 - (5 Min Read)

Andrew held a big mug of his favorite coffee and intensely stared at his screen. From the moment he put his headset on, he couldn’t hear anything that was happening in a small one bedroom apartment, recently adapted to a photo studio. He was preparing for an upcoming Insta session with his friends. He knows how daunting and overwhelming it can be. That’s why he needed to download several shots for inspiration.

With a simple flip of the switch, he set up Ellp to save all pictures in ‘Insta’ folder on his desktop. Now, all he needed to do was to choose the best shots. He didn’t need to worry about downloading the same file twice during his hunt for inspiration, as Ellp was there to notify him about any duplicates. Limited space on his laptop, the issue his friends experienced so many times no matter how big their drives seemed to be, was also not an issue for him. Ellp was there to free up some space on his disk, every time his disk became 85% full. Enjoying his PC assistant doing a lot of his job for him, Andrew wished that Ellp could also choose the best props for his upcoming session, too.

Cards Andrew is using:

  • When I download a picture, save it to my preferred folder
  • When I download the same file twice, let me know
  • When my hard disk is getting full, free up space

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At first, Jack didn’t want to try another free app, when Andrew recommended it to him. It didn’t take him too long though to find his favorite set of cards. New National Geographic Photo of the Day automatically set as his desktop background every day got his creative juices flowing and was a good productivity boost. Nevertheless, photo editing could become a very draining task at times. In fact, Jack had the tendency to spend more time on Facebook than adjusting lighting settings of Andrew’s shots. Until Ellp came to help. The app would ping him back to work every time he spent over 10 minutes mindlessly scrolling through his newsfeed. Plus, there would be no more fighting at the studio that he left his progressive music on when he left his desk for a moment. Ellp simply mutes the sound for him when he locks his PC.

Cards Jack is using:

  • When my favorite site posts a picture, set as desktop background
  • When I’m spending too much time on Facebook, ping me
  • When I lock my PC, mute the sound

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What Alex likes about Ellp is how the app supports his mobile lifestyle. His favorite card monitors his laptop battery level for him and notifies him if it goes down to 40%. It minimizes the risk of the battery going flat on him during meetings with clients, that he likes to hold in local coffee shops. Being notified about open WiFi spots is always a bonus. In order to stay on top of any hacking attempts, Alex uses an Ellp card that alerts him in the case of a data breach involving his email address. But he is especially proud to discover that Ellp can assist as a market researcher, too. Whenever Andrew, his brother, is tagged on a photo on FB, Ellp downloads this photo to ‘Andrew’s Best FB Pics’ folder. This way, with Ellp’s help, they can create a database with Andrew’s most popular work.

Cards Alex is using:

  • When there is a new open WiFi spot, let me know
  • When my battery is half empty, let me know
  • When my email is involved in a data breach, alert me
  • When I’m tagged in a Facebook photo, download a copy

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We wrote Top 10 Ellp Cards for Photographers article to guide you on how to set up Ellp to support your photography endeavors. We hope you find it useful. Don’t just take our word for it, see what others had to say about Ellp, on our testimonials page

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8 Ways to Boost Productivity During Exams

Written by Aneta
Marketing Champion


June 15 - (7 Min Read)

From not getting enough sleep, to completing the most dreadful study tasks in the morning, to drinking way too much coffee and – let’s be honest – hours and hours of procrastination on social media and offline, exams can be the most stressful time during your university adventure.

Constantly thinking about the exams may put a lot of pressure on you which then results in a productivity drop. Even if you put a lot of effort and time into your studies, you may not be happy with your results and miss that scholarship you are counting on. That’s why during this intense learning period, you need to create a support framework for your scholastic efforts.

From organizing your study environment, to helping you eliminate all distractions, to managing your social media time, Ellp has your back! We have prepared for you eight best ways to boost your productivity during exams. Ready, steady, go!

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1. Set goals

Of course, your main goal is to pass. Yet the learning process should be divided into a set of smaller goals that will eventually help you achieve the main goal. If you haven’t worked hard enough during the year and don’t have much time left, don’t wait for miracles, instead, set measurable goals to track your progress and ensure a positive test result.

How will you set your measurable goals? To finish revising a subject, or reading a chapter, isn’t measurable in terms of knowledge acquired. So how can you measure this more effectively? Think about exercises done, definitions known and learned. An example of measurable objectives includes: know 100% of the definitions of a chapter, know how to do 100% of the simple exercises and 80% of the difficult tasks, etc. This allows you to know exactly where you are in terms of preparation. You won’t need to go back, and you’ll have a clearer, more serene mind. Bonus: you’ll work more efficiently.

2. Organize your workplace

From picking up empty (water) bottles to keeping your PC clean, these seemingly small changes make a big difference in your productivity levels. We can’t help you with making your bed, but we can help you with cleaning your PC.

Think of Ellp as a free app for productivity, designed to make your college life easier. Need to download some materials or save a summary sent to you by a friend? Want to make sure you don’t have unnecessary duplicate files in your Downloads folder and that you can easily track what you downloaded into specific folders? But, how? Ellp has just the right cards designed specifically to do just that. You can find them in the Productivity section of the app.

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3. Stay hydrated

Most of us know that staying hydrated is important for physical performance, but did you know that this is just as essential – and perhaps even more so – for our brains? Aim to drink at least 6 glasses of water a day as dehydration can cause headaches and exhaustion. Drinking water helps stimulate the power of our brain and improves our memory. This is why staying hydrated during your exam period is so important, as it can help you succeed and boost your productivity. So be sure to bring a bottle of water when revising and even in the exam room.

4. Limit your time on social media

We are not telling you to cut your social media time to zero as we know for sure that you won’t be able to keep that up – we couldn’t do that either. Instead, make a conscious choice about how you use your social media time moment by moment. How? Here are some tips for avoiding social media and personal technology distractions (spoiler alert – we will mention Ellp again as this is the best app for productivity we know about)!

  • Turn off alerts and notifications on your phone, so that nothing tempts you away from your book
  • Check your emails maximum 3 times a day
  • Set up Ellp’s Facebook card to ping you every time you spend too much time on Facebook. Even if you discuss exams or set up a study group meeting, you may easily get sucked mindless scrolling. Let Ellp motivate you back to work. It will pay off later when you will be celebrating your results!

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5. Eat the right food

Successful exams are also prepared on the plate! Whether it’s for the revision period or the day of the tests, you have to be at your best. To do this, eating well is essential. During the exam period, you are a bit like an athlete, except that your main muscles are your neurons! To allow information to be processed, linked together and memorized, your brain consumes energy. This is why it is necessary to have a balanced diet so that you can give the best of yourself.

Interestingly, although the brain accounts for only 2% of our body mass, it absorbs 20% of the oxygen breathed and 20% of the energy consumed. Your brain may be especially greedy during exams time. There are essential foods to help the brain during exam period to enable long-term concentration, fight fatigue, and stress. To support the effort required during examinations, certain nutrients are indispensable:

  • Protein and iron: meat-preferably red, egg, fish (choose fatty fish like mackerel, sardines, salmon, tuna for additional Omega 3 boost)
  • Calcium: dairy and cheese (choose hard cheeses as they contain more calcium)
  • Vitamin C (vitamin of intellectual and physical effort): kiwi, orange, grapefruit, mango, red pepper, parsley, tomatoes

An idea to combine all of the above? Whole-grain pasta with canned tuna in olive oil with fresh tomatoes and parsley. Easy to make, nutritious and yum!

6. Change environment

Your study environment can be a big factor in how successfully you’ll learn and retain information and are able to apply it in your exams. Choosing the right place to study is almost as important as having good study skills. Changing your environment may help your brain stay focused.

Whether it would be your friend’s place, a local library, a quiet park or your favorite coffee place, you need to make sure your laptop stays charged. Since you’re going to be glued to your screen, most probably you won’t even notice that your battery level dropped! Ellp can monitor that for you and alert you the moment your battery level drops below a certain threshold – 80%, 50% or 20% – it’s totally up to you. Just make sure you give yourself enough time to grab your cable and get plugged in before any important work gets lost.

7. Be social

Exams may seem a good time to close your room doors and avoid any company, but they’re not! It’s always important to surround yourself with other people. During such an extensive study period, you just need to manage your social life much better. Join a study group, invite your friends over for an evening walk or jog, or even call your parents for extra support. Spending your time with other people prevents the feeling of separation. It’s especially important during highly stressful times like exams, as stress and lack of socialization combined may lead to depression.

8. Get some rest

The biggest mistake students can make, is to eliminate exercise, entertainment and sleep during the exams period. It’s tempting to do so, as you’d get more studying done, but in the long run, it will affect your concentration and your mode of study. Sport energizes the body, releases the mind and helps fight stress. When you’re relaxed, you gain concentration and attention, so don’t hesitate to go out for some fresh air, for a short jog of half an hour or just a few pushups every morning.

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Sleep allows you to record and determine the knowledge acquired during the day. 8 hours per night would be ideal; don’t get too distracted and procrastinate about sleeping. If you are having trouble keeping up with your rest schedule, get Ellp to help. Choose a specific time that you want to finish studying for the day so that your PC shuts down and you can take a nice warm shower and a good night’s sleep.

So, these are the 8 ways to boost your productivity during exams featuring your free digital helper Ellp, the app for productivity used by students around the globe. We hope that you find them useful and that you have already chosen a few to get going.

Good luck with your exams!

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