Ellp: A PC automation tool for everyone

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Written by Janice
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August 17 - (5 Min Read)

Remember The Jetsons?! Ok, so we’re still not flying around with our personal jetpacks and we still don’t have Rosie the Robot Maid, running around the house doing all the chores and preparing our meals for us. But, we’ve come a long way! Automation is very well out there and it is something that as of late many are relying on.

Basically, most of the devices we use day in day out, are now connected to the Internet. It’s not just our smartphones and computers, but also our speakers, home appliances, cameras, you name it. It doesn’t just stop there though, these devices now can also communicate with you, sending you information and even take in your commands. This is all thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), which basically connects any device with an ‘on’ and ‘off’ button to the Internet and other devices, and makes them responsive to your needs.

IoT is a key component of automation, from mechanical automation, to home automation, to PC automation, and much more. But what interests us the most is PC automation, because even though we live our lives on our smartphones, we are PC users as well. The thing is, most apps and services now focus more on mobile devices, and PCs are left behind – Ellp is here to restore the balance.

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But how?

There are multiple tasks that we keep on doing on a daily basis or need to be doing but never get around to do, some of which, are very time-consuming and tedious. Now wouldn’t it be great if you could automate these tasks on your Windows PC? As it happens, Ellp can help out with just one click.

With all life’s complexities, Ellp eliminates the burden of day-to-day activities by allowing you to easily automate your tasks around your specific needs. Imagine being able to set your device to automatically let you know when your email is involved in a data breach, and offering the right solutions for it. Better yet, how about being notified when your hard disk is getting full, giving you options, and guiding you on how you can regain precious space. Or even the capacity to snap you back to work when you’ve spent a lot of time mindlessly scrolling on Facebook. Wouldn’t that be swell?! Well…With Ellp, all of this and more is made available to you!

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What can Ellp really do for you?

Boosts productivity

Ellp is designed to make your daily routine easier. Need to download some materials or save a document sent over to you by a colleague or a family member? 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? Ellp takes care of this and much more. This not only increases your productivity but also lets you focus on the task at hand, with fewer worries and less stress.

Puts you in the driver’s seat

One of the main benefits of Ellp is that it provides you with more control over your PC, allowing for a better device experience. Everything is within your grasp, granting you the possibility to customize as you go along with just a flip of a switch. It allows you to set your personal preferences and personalize notifications around your specific needs. For example, if you’d like to check whether your Internet speed keeps fluctuating you can set your ideal internet speed and the time when Ellp is to check it for you.

Helps protect your online security

With significantly more time spent online, we’re bound to be exposed to the dark side of the internet and all the dangers that lie within its grasp. Thankfully, Ellp helps with that as it safely checks all your accounts linked to one email address for possible breaches. Not only that but it also safeguards your personal data (credit card numbers, medical records, even your full name and birthday) by performing a privacy cleanup every single day so that you can safely make the most of the online world with no risks at stake.

Gives you more transparency

With its very own personalization system, Ellp gives you options and the flexibility to customize the cards around your preferences. Notifications also add to the transparency element, giving you insight and keeping you up to date with what’s happening on your PC.

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So what are you waiting for? Take charge over your device experience, and simplify your life with Ellp. Get more out of your device and take comfort in knowing that once your preferences are set, Ellp will take care of the rest.

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New on Ellp this month

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Written by Janice
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August 10 - (4 Min Read)

It’s August everyone! And that means a new month that brings with it a whole lot of great updates, from the awesome product team here at Ellp. Over the past months, the team has been focusing on making your life easier just by adding a little automation to your daily routine, so that you can focus on what matters most.

So what’s new in Ellp?

Well, this time round, the latest product updates revolve around 3 categories: Productivity, Performance, and Entertainment, and therefore we present you a new card for each of the aforementioned categories. So without further ado, let me introduce you to the latest card additions.

When my battery is fully charged, let me know

Kristina spilled the beans about this card, which was inspired by Ellp users, in yesterday’s blog post! The thing with PC battery notifications, is that you’re notified when your devices’ battery is running low, however, there is no available setting to let you know when your device has been fully charged. Well, our product team has created an Ellp card just for that purpose. The ‘When my battery is fully charged, let me know’ card, which falls underneath the Performance category, once activated will notify you whenever your battery is fully charged. This will not only help you to save up on your electricity bill but also prolong your battery’s lifespan.

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When I turn on my PC, open my favorite application

Isn’t it annoying having to waste time searching for, and then clicking on your favorite application to open? Now you can get straight to the tasks that really matter, as when activating this new card, found within the Productivity category, Ellp will launch that one application that you use on a daily basis upon PC startup. Isn’t that neat?! By using this card you can rid yourself of morning mayhem and let Ellp set the right tone for the rest of your day.

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When the International Space Station passes over me, let me know

Those of you who are obsessed with Space know what the International Space Station is and what’s its purpose. For those of you who don’t, the ISS, is a large spacecraft in low orbit around the Earth. It completes 15.5 orbits a day and serves as a home for astronauts and cosmonauts. Just in case you’d like to see it, once this card is activated, Ellp will let you know when the ISS is passing overhead.

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With this latest update, now there are 34 Ellp cards made available to you, enhancing your Ellp experience. We promise you that we’ve got more up our sleeves and that more amazing updates will be available to you soon.

If you feel that Ellp is a tool that you will enjoy in months to come, make sure to download it now. It’s completely free for you to keep!

 

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July Updates – Ellp just got even better!

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Written by Aneta
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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.

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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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The story behind the Ellp categories

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Written by Janice
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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 😉

Downloads Folder Management Tips

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Written by Aneta
Ellp Evangelist


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!

5 Ways to Boost PC Performance

Written by Aneta
Ellp Evangelist


June 29 - (10 Min Read)

Do pardon my French, but does your PC need a kick in the ass? If yes, it’s safe to say that the new PC charm has worn off, and long gone are the days when you could soar through your workload without a hitch! Don’t fret! There are ways to improve PC performance, but first, you have to understand why such issues arise.

If you are not a techie person nor ever aspire to be one, you may skip the whole article and simply download Ellp. It will do all the PC maintenance for you and more than that – will help you boost your productivity and performance, too!

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Why is your PC running slow?

Over time and use, your PC tends to slow down, mostly because it’s full to the brim with your downloaded applications and software, along with other files, such as photos and videos. Other contributing factors might be bad computer habits, such as disregarding standard scheduled maintenance, running multiple programs at once and putting your PC to sleep instead of shutting it down on a daily basis. Whoops! Guilty! I do these more often than I’d like to admit.

With that said, it all boils down to the fact that, with regular use your PC tends to build up unwanted files and fragments your hard drive, resulting in a slow PC, which in turn affects your productivity. All of these problems can be easily taken care of, either by yourself if you have the time and tech knowledge, or by an automation program if you value your time and peace. Either way, they need to be addressed, because if not such issues continue to pile up, with the ultimate result being that you’re presented with a ‘new clunker’ in your life – your PC.

Below, you can find top 5 tips that we have prepared for you to guide you on how to boost your PC performance with no drama and no money involved.

1. Boot your PC and manage startup programs

We tend to brush the first one off. Why? We want to get to work as soon as possible and therefore, if we simply put our PC to sleep, all we have to do is login and not wait for it to start up. Bad call! Starting your PC after a proper shutdown or restarting your PC, helps your computer to recalibrate after a day of work. After all, everyone needs a little shut-eye!

Having multiple programs opening up upon PC startup may hinder your PC startup time. Chances are that these programs continue to run in the background well after startup, using up your PC’s memory. Ellp can help you monitor which applications are slowing your PC at startup by simply activating the ‘When an application start slowing down my PC startup, alert me’ card. When activated, Ellp will pinpoint the applications slowing down your PC startup time. This way you can access the Task Manager, and just go straight to the applications that are delaying you from getting on with your work.

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2. Clear out unused programs and applications

Programs and applications tend to take up a lot of space. If they’re used on a regular basis then it’s all well and good, however, if you no longer make use of them, then you might want to consider getting rid of them.

A Pro Tip: Only remove programs and application you recognize, so as to avoid uninstalling any important programs you might need in the future.

Follow these steps to uninstall:

  • Access the Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Programs and Features

From the list provided, simply right-click on the program or application and select Uninstall. If it doesn’t allow you to uninstall, it means that the program or application is a default program or app.

PS. Some really important programs cannot be uninstalled as they are inbuilt and part of your PC’s factory settings.

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3. Delete unwanted files

When was the last time you went through your files and cleared unneeded and unwanted files out? Most probably it’s been a while and it’s now taking its toll on PC performance. Keep in mind that the more files you accumulate, the slower and more cluttered your PC will become. Not only that, but these files also take up valuable space on your hard drive. Ellp can easily keep track of such files and your disk’s storage space by utilizing the following Ellp cards:

  • ‘When my downloads folder is filling up, clear out the old stuff’

When activated and time limit for how long old items can stay within the Downloads folder is set, Ellp will notify you whenever your Downloads folder is filling up and with your approval it will clear out the old stuff for you, allowing you to reclaim valuable space.

  • ‘When my Recycle Bin is filling up, keep it clean’

This is one of the folders that is usually packed with unwanted files, however, we never get around to clearing it. This card will do the trick, as once activated it will alert you every time your Recycle Bin is close to being overloaded with old stuff, so you can keep it clean.

  • ‘When my hard disk is getting full, free up space’

By making use of this card, Ellp will inform you whenever your hard drive is close to getting full, and will then free up space for you. Not to worry, Ellp will only delete any temporary and junk files that are no longer needed by you or your PC, so no important files will be deleted. Once such files have been cleared out, Ellp will then notify you with the amount of space regained.

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4. Defrag your Hard Disk

For some this might be a head spinner, but don’t worry – we’re here to help. Basically, it’s a way of reconfiguring all the empty spaces found on your drive, which affect the way your hard drive thinks. In the sense that, some programs and files might take longer to open up and therefore by rearranging how your drive structure, you improve your PC performance.

To defrag your drive you can do it yourself by following these steps:

  • Open File Explorer and right-click on the hard drive and select Properties. Under the Tools tab, you’ll see Optimize and defragment drive with the option to ‘Optimize’.

If you don’t feel comfortable to defrag your drive yourself you can seek the help of free defrag tools.

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5. Do regular maintenance

One of the best ways to get the most out of your PC is to schedule regular maintenance. That is, making sure that you don’t put off software updates and that you update all programs and run security scans, to check for viruses, spyware and any other kind of malware. Performing such regular check, not only improves the functionality of your system but also help patch any security glitches.

It might seem a bit of a tedious and daunting task, because let’s face it, it takes a long time to go through and action all of the above. However, by performing such tasks, you can optimize and boost PC performance along the way.

But yet again, here at Ellp, we ask ourselves this simple question: Why to do it yourself if Ellp can do it for you?

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We wrote Boost PC Performance article to guide you on how to set up Ellp to extend your PC lifetime. We hope you find it useful. If you are curious how our users rate Ellp, here is the link to Ellp’s testimonials page for you!

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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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Ellp made it to South America

Written by Aneta
Online Marketing Champion


May 25 - 1 MIN READ

Do you like surprises? We certainly do.

This week, Ellp has been featured by an Argentinian technology information point called SupraPixel. They are well known in South America for their thorough analysis of devices, tablets, hardware and apps. And guess what? They liked Ellp just as much as you do!

Please watch the video below for more information:

 

And remember, this is to go-to place to get Ellp:

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Do More with Ellp

Ellp updates
Written by Janice
Writer


April 6 - (4 Min Read)

These past 3 months flew by in the blink of an eye! I guess that’s what happens when you’re having fun creating and developing a product that people are enjoying 🙂 We can’t thank you enough for your feedback! To show you that your comments didn’t fall on deaf ears, we’ve got more updates for you.

So here’s what’s in store for you this time around:

When I’m spending too much time on Facebook, ping me

At some point in the day, your mind may wander off elsewhere instead of focusing on the task at hand. More often than not, you’ll end up wasting time scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed or snooping around other people’s profiles. Don’t worry, you’re not alone, we’re all guilty of this! Ellp has got a card to remedy this ailment. All you’d have to do is activate this card and select a timeframe, for example: ‘When I spend more than 30 minutes browsing through Facebook, ping me’. Once activated, Ellp will alert you when you’ve spent way too much time on Facebook, so you can stop procrastinating and get back to work.Ellp update - FB ping cardWhen my downloads folder is filling up, clear out the old stuff

When was the last time you went through your downloads folder and cleared it out? No need to be ashamed if you haven’t done so in quite a while, I dread it too! Unless you have some sort of preconfigured settings, all your downloaded files will be automatically saved in your Downloads folder. It would be swell if you were able to clear out the Downloads folder without the headache of having to manually take care of it yourself. No?! This is where this new Ellp card comes in handy! By simply activating this card and setting the time limit for how long old items can stay, Ellp will notify you whenever your Downloads folder is filling up. Once it 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!

Ellp update-Full Download cardWhen I plug in my headphones, open YouTube

So we already have a card that launches Spotify when you plug in your headphones or headset. However, not everyone uses Spotify, for some YouTube e is the go-to music site. So we thought, why not have a card that launches YouTube, each time you plug in your headphones? So how does this work exactly? First things first: you’ll need headphones 😉 Once that’s sorted, simply activate the card and boom, you’re all set! This way you can save time and just go straight to your favorite videos and music. Enjoy!

ellp update-YouTube cardWhen I download a movie, save it to my preferred folder

Nowadays we can simply download anything we like, we have access to an immense variety of options, from music files to movies. Meaning that you no longer have to wait till a movie is available at your local cinema to watch it, instead, you can simply purchase and download to watch it in the comfort of your own home. How sweet is that?! The only issue is that we tend to download so many files that it can be somewhat of a nightmare to stay going through all the downloads in search of that movie you’ve been so dying to watch. Now wouldn’t it be easier if you had your downloaded movies saved to a particular folder of your choice? With Ellp this is possible! All you have to do is select this card on Ellp and choose a designated folder that you’d like to have all downloaded movies saved to and voila – that’s you all set!

Ellp update-Movie Pref FolderWith this latest update, now there are 24 Ellp cards made available to you, enhancing your Ellp experience 🙂  This only marks the beginning of Ellp and we promise you that more outstanding updates will be made available to you in the upcoming months. If you have any feedback or something you’d like us to cover on our blog, please do let us know! We’re more than happy to help 😀