Sam uses an iPad Pro and is a web developer. Is there a good Windows version of Coda to create apps for the Windows platform? Leo says that Atom is a good one, but it creates web apps and she'll need to have a browser built into her app. It would make it cross platform, though. Electron is the language. It also uses a lot of the tools that Coda does.
Mary wants to make youtube videos and create a cookbook. Leo says there's a great cookbook menu system called Paprika, which not only allows you to create a cookbook, but you can surf recipes and save them to it. It's brilliant.
Mark has a bunch of 1TB hard drives and he wants to be able to categorize the contents on them. Leo says he'll want to be sure he indexes the contents and then he can create a master catalog that he can print out. The trick is to make them offline so he can index them that way.
Steve likes to watch streaming on TWiTCH, and one streamer was able to use his keyboard to change his voice while narrating using a device called the TC Helicon. How does he do that? Leo says that a voice changer is usually the way he'd do it. The better ones do cost more.
John recently bought a business, but the software that runs it is hard to use. Leo says that the problem with custom software is that it isn't usually documented or user friendly. Leo says that a good CRM program will serve him well. CRM stands for "Customer Relationship Management." Add in inventory control and he's looking at SalesForce.com as his best bet. It's cloud based, too. Quickbooks is good for accounting. Microsoft's CRM software is also very good.
Reb is a PC technician and he wants a piece of software that can show how custom changes can affect the system. Leo says that a Dashboard app is probably the best option. It can read data and then display it graphically. Leo says there used to be an app called Demo that used to do just that. But what Reb is looking for is likely a highly customizable app that he'd need to have written.
Roger says that when he puts his Asus laptop into hibernation, when it wakes up, it reboots. Leo says it sounds like Windows power and sleep issues, which have been a common malady in the operating system. Leo says he should look in his power settings to see what it's set for. It sounds like it turns itself off instead of going to sleep.
Jeff is having speed issues on the internet with his Linux machine. How can he check for speed? Leo says that Linux has built in utilities just for this purpose. How about something that's cross platform with Windows? Leo says that is a different issue. He can run SpeedTest.net but that will only give him the speed of his internet connection, not his computer.
Adam has a service and repair business and he's looking to replace his invoicing software. Thoughts on alternatives? Leo used to use Freshbooks. He used it for years when he was a freelancer and you can customize the invoices to your needs and even set them up to be recurring.
(Disclaimer: Freshbooks is a sponsor).