News, social media, shopping, videos…these apps and websites are engineered to monopolize your time and attention. With Freedom, you can easily turn off the distractions that harm your productivity and wellbeing. Freedom gives you control.
If you need to focus on your work, break a habit, or simply improve your relationship with technology, Freedom can help. By blocking distracting websites and apps, you’ll be more focused and productive. You’ll develop healthier, more intentional digital habits, that give you control over your time and attention.
Freedom is used by millions of people each day and includes companies like Google, Apple & Microsoft as well as MIT and Harvard Universities as their customers.
Why do I need to block apps or the internet?
You lose 23 minutes each time
Studies show that every time you check email, a social feed, or respond to a notification, your mind requires 23 minutes of re-focus time to get back on task
Multitasking is 40% less productive
While we may feel incredibly productive jumping around putting out a lot of fires, we’re actually 40% less productive when multitasking. This links back to re-focus time too.
Willpower is a finite resource
Ignoring distractions takes effort that results in a temporary depletion of willpower. While we try to ignore it, the digital world is designed to win the battle.
Distractions are habit-forming
It’s easy to say “just turn it off” or “just quit it”, but research shows that it’s not easy to do. Our brains crave the rewards triggered by our digital distractions.
Whether it’s Facebook, BBC News, or YouTube, block an unlimited number of distracting websites so you can focus on what matters.
Spending too much time on apps? Freedom lets you block time-wasting apps—from email clients to your favourite addicting games.
Block the Internet
When you need a break or a focus boost, block the whole internet with the click of a button. Save yourself from any distraction.
Block All Except
Create custom whitelists. Block all websites except for the ones you need to access. Keep access to websites you use for research for example.
Additional Browser Extensions
Freedom have built a number of free browser extensions that complement the main app. These extensions are currently supported on Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera. You can find the links to these extensions at the bottom of their downloads page.
Pause challenges you to momentarily pause and reflect before visiting a distracting website.
Limit allows you to limit your time spent on distracting websites.
Insight shows you where you are spending your time online.
Speechnotes is an online speech to text, designed to save time and to help turn your ideas into neat, clean notes.
Speechnotes uses the latest audio recognition technology to produce the best results in the shortest amount of time! With over 90% accuracy and one-click syncing to Google Drive, Speechnotes is perfect for your college work. It’s powered by Google’s Speech-to-Text engine and will autosave after every change, just like Google Docs.
For many of us, key-typing is slow and thus time-consuming. Speechnotes lets you type at the speed of speech (slow & clear speech).
Speechnotes lets you move from voice-typing (dictation) to key-typing seamlessly. This way, you can dictate when convenient and type when more appropriate. You can also dictate and edit your text results right away, and continue dictating. No need to go through app modes or even stop dictation.
Insert punctuation marks by speech (voice commands) or by a single click.
It works completely in your chrome browser and doesn’t require any downloads or installs to work although if you have an Android device you can get an app for your phone which includes a homepage widget to make it easier to start.
The video below from the team at Simpletivity is a great example of Speechnotes, skip forward to 1:15 to see it in action.
Use your mobile device as a vector converter to turn photos into colour themes, patterns, type, materials, brushes and shapes. Then bring those assets into your favourite desktop and mobile apps — including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dimension, XD and Photoshop Sketch — to use in all your creative projects. FAD have a quick run through on Capture that you can see here.
Find your perfect font using Adobe Capture. Take a photo of the type you like (in a magazine, on a label, a sign, anywhere!) and watch a list of similar Adobe Fonts magically appear.
Vectorize on the Go
Create vectors instantly with Shapes. Turn images into smooth, scalable vectors with 1-32 colors, for use in logos, illustration, animation, and more. Point and shoot at your drawing or upload a photo and watch it transform into clean, crisp lines.
Create Color Themes/Gradients
Designers, rejoice! Looking for customized color palettes? Find an inspiring gradient? Aim your camera at the scene that has the colors you want and capture them to use in your artwork.
Craft Intricate Patterns
Capture inspiring images and generate patterns with Capture preset geometrics. Easily create beautiful, colorful patterns that fit with your creative projects by using your vector shapes with our precision pattern builder.
Build Beautiful Digital Brushes
Can’t find the right brush? Take a photo or use an image to create digital brushes that match your creative vision. Use your brushes in Photoshop or Illustrator for rich painterly effects.
Generate 3D Textures
Generate realistic PBR materials for use in 3D design straight from the camera. Modify your materials for even more texture or blend the edges for seamless repeat tiling on your 3D objects.
Capture Light and Color
Collect light and hue to turn into beautiful color grading profiles for your images and videos with Looks. Record the magic of a sunset and transfer that feel to use in your photos and video projects.
Seamlessly Sync Creative Elements
All your assets save to Adobe Creative Cloud libraries. Instantly access your digital elements from your Creative Cloud account in all compatible applications.
ADOBE CAPTURE: HOW TO
WORKFLOW, TIPS & TRICKS
With Adobe Scan, easily capture and convert documents, forms, business cards, and whiteboards into high-quality Adobe PDFs. And with different capture modes, you can ensure that you capture the clearest scan every time.
Fast and easy signatures and form filling.
Eliminate the hassle of finding a printer, filling a form by hand, and scanning it again. Use Adobe Scan to turn paper forms into interactive digital documents you can easily fill out, sign and share.
Intelligently cleaner and clearer scans.
Using Adobe Sensei, Adobes powerful AI, Adobe Scan identifies and sharpens handwritten or printed text, while removing elements you don’t want, like glare and shadow.
Share scans from anywhere.
Scans are stored in Adobe Document Cloud so they’re easy to access, share, or upload directly into emails.
Using Adobe Scan and Google Classroom
The video below will quide you through installing the app and uploading your first scan to Google Drive, which you’ll then be able to upload to Google Classroom.
We’ll take you through the steps below too:
- Open the Adobe Scan app.
- Press the Camera icon.
- Place what you want to scan in view of your device camera.
- Wait while the app detects the page and content, when it’s done that it will automatically take an image of it.
- When the image has been taken, you can drag the borders around the page to more accurately outline a page.
- Once happy with the image, press Continue.
- Repeat steps 3-6 until you have scanned everything that you need to.
- Press the small image of your last scan in the bottom right corner.
- Scroll through the pages and make any visual adjustments you wish.
- You can crop out unwanted bits, reorder the pages or change the coloring to make it easier to read. You can also use the Cleanup feature to remove unwanted blemishes in the image.
- Once happy, press Save PDF.
- The app will now prepare the final PDF for you.
Now to upload this to Google Drive.
- On the screen with your PDF, press Share.
- Press Share a Copy.
- Locate and press Save to Drive or Google Drive.
- Enter a name for the file, select which account to save it to and where to save it then press Save.
Now to add to Google Classroom.
- Open the class you want to upload this to in Classroom.
- Locate and open your assignment.
- Click on Add or create.
- Select Google Drive.
- Locate and select your new PDF.
- If you have just uploaded it, you should find it easily in the Recent tab.
- Click Add.
- Now, if that’s all you need to do for that assignment you can hand it in.
Pomodoro is a time management technique designed to minimise anxiety and maximise your efficiency.
Basically it involves 25 minutes working sessions, followed by a 3 to 5 minutes break. After each 4 Pomodoro sessions, take a longer break of about 15 to 30 minutes. This has been scientifically proven to boost work morale/efficiency as it helps to prevent you from getting burnt out on your work and becoming distracted.
It’s a great technique and in a way it rewards you for working, you know that once you’ve done 25 minutes of work you can have a 5 minute break to play on your phone or whatever you want to do. Then once you’ve done a couple of sessions you can have a longer break.
It all started from a Tomato shaped kitchen timer that the creator used when he was in University. There are a few different websites or apps you can use for the Pomodoro Technique, or even a kitchen timer if you have one. Just start by searching ‘pomodoro’ on your device app store.
Egenda is a simple to use app, all it takes is 3 steps; Create your classes, add some assignments, hammer your homework.
All you need to do once set up is to add your homework assignment in as soon as the teacher sets it, you’ve then got a one stop location to remind yourself of what’s due soon and what you can leave for later. You can also view homework by just the class.
It’s worth us mentioning straight away that Noisli is free in your internet browser either at the website or as a Chrome Extension but the Android and iOS mobile apps do cost £1.99. So if you think Noisli could work for you, make sure you give it a good test using the browser based system before you think of spending money on it.
Anyway, Noisli allows you to create your own audible envrionment by mixing certain sounds together based on whatever relaxes you.
If a late night camping in the woods is your idea of heaven, turn up the sound of the log fire and the summer night, you’ll hear the crackling of the logs and the distant noise of crickets in the background. If something a bit busier would be better for you then maybe the noise of a coffee shop or a train, you can even add thunderstorm noises if you so desire. The actual sounds selection is Rain, Thunderstorm, Wind, Forest, Leaves, Water stream, Seaside, Water, Bonfire, Summer night, Fan, Train, Coffee Shop, White Noise, Pink Noise, Brown Noise.
If you create an account you can save your combinations and share them with friends, use a timer to remind yourself to take a break or use their built in distraction free text editor.
It’s so simple to use Photomath, just open the app and use the camera on your phone to view the equation, you’ll get an instant solution. With handwriting recognition too, you can find the answer to even the toughest math problems within seconds. Each answer will also provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to solve the equation so you can learn at the same time!