From Our Desk to Yours: How We Like to Get It Done

Organization tips and more for working remotely.

As a company with multiple products, and leadership located all across the US, we’re committed to being a business that is not only in touch with our customers but with each other. As they say, teamwork makes the dream work, right?

A successful software company doesn’t always need to operate out of an office, and for us to have the talent that makes Applian what it is today, we can’t possibly have everyone in the same place at the same time every day. That being said, there are some tricks we’ve learned to make sure that our team stays productive, no matter where they have a desk.

Email. Email. Email.

Obviously, this is the main form of communication in any office — remote or cubicle — everyone needs an effective email client. Aside from that, we also have developed some tricks to get the most out of constructing and composing our inbox.

  • Voice recognition is great for any (ahem) “slow-typers” or for those moments when you, say, slip off your bike and break a wrist? Yeah, ouch. We like Windows 7 Voice Recognition software on PC.
  • Don’t underestimate bolding, bullet-ing, and highlighting. When you are dealing with a large quantity of email every day, it is important to compose email structure with intention. If you can’t make it short, then space it all out. And don’t be afraid to highlight call-to-action for those who need to know the important stuff. Email-skimming is real, people.

Virtual filing cabinets and whiteboards.

Organizing tasks and records is just as important in a virtual office environment as it is for a physical one. Not only is it helpful to be able to reach back and find past work or finances, but it’s important that everyone else who needs to can. Thank the stars for the cloud!

  • Everyone needs a basic, overall file storing space, and as a company we like the Dropbox experience as it can sync to desktop.
  • Basecamp works great for tracking and squishing bugs, especially so the whole Customer Service Team is on the same page and our Leadership Team can follow along and get super-impressed with their awesomeness.

Talk through it.

We’re huge fans of chatting it up. Whether it’s business-related or not (okay, so usually it is). There’s a ton of tools out there to get your whole team in on the conversation, literally.

  • Skype. Of course. Most of our calls are Video. Mostly so that we can all make fun of whatever might be happening in the background. Typically, we like to record the super-important meetings with our very own Replay Telecorder or Replay Video Capture to get all the good stuff and have it on file if we need to go back to important deliverables.
  • On occasion GoToMeeting is helpful for client or business development calls. It’s just healthy to simply get up and give someone a call on the phone… talking in-person really does get things done faster and will always have a more personal touch.
  • Keep outlets open for old school! We use Onebox for those now-and-then customers who want to call in and leave a message, and (believe it or not) we even get faxes sometimes, so we take advantage of eFax for those rare cases.

Real face time.

One of the most important factors is blocking out time to have work retreats and connect with our team one-on-one. These excursions provide the necessary blend of relaxation and company-bonding to make sure everyone feels a part of Applian as a whole. Being behind a computer screen can make you forget the big picture.

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

We try to recognize that everyone has their own schedule. Some of us stay up late and code, others need a more 9 to 5 routine, and sometimes, our meetings might interfere with the whole life-work balance. It’s not too unusual for us to have a long Skype session with people dropping in and out to make an errand, attend an appointment, and (most likely) enjoy a good glass of wine. In fact, the latter tends to help when everything gets stressful and miscommunication is likely. On that note, we recommend Black Box Wines / BevMo as an alternative productivity resource and attitude refinement tool.

Whether you work from home, out of a coffee shop, or have your own corporate environment to adapt to, we know it can get tough to stay connected, productive, and inspired. Hopefully, some of those resources can help.

Have some we should know about it? Let us know in the comments below — we’d love to find out!

How to Easily Convert Audio Files with Replay Converter

The digital world has an endless supply of amazing audio to download and enjoy — from music to podcasts to audiobooks, and beyond. As you obtain these audio files bit by bit, you’ll find that each source may have a different type of file — this can make things difficult when actually trying to listen to your new media.

To solve this annoying audio file issue, we created Replay Converter, the easiest media converter on the market today. Simply select the files to convert, choose an output format, and the conversion happens automatically!

With Replay Converter, you can:

  • Convert your audio files to popular formats like MP3, WMA, WAV and FLAC.
  • Tag tracks with accurate song titles and album artwork.
  • Make more in-depth adjustments to bit rate and frames per second.
  • Drag & drop audio files for easy input and conversion.
  • Convert files in batches to get things done more quickly.
  • Convert video as well as audio files.
  • Rip and burn full, high quality CD’s.

There’s a new Mac version of Replay Converter also available.

Learn how it’s done with this short video:

 

Ready to get started converting all those pesky audio files? 

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Video of the Month: Baby Elephants Know How to Cool Off

We spend a lot of time analyzing debug logs and frequently give customers a quick video to test, which means we’re often in search of short clips that. Needless to say, we watch a lot of videos (and other types of media) and want to share them with you!


 

Summer is well on its way, and we’re definitely feeling the heat already. With hot weather (and lots more of it) on the way, we couldn’t help sharing this adorable video of a baby elephant cooling off in the afternoon.

Just makes you want to go jump in the pool, doesn’t it?

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4 Awesome Media Projects to Do with Your Replay Capture Suite

With summer quickly approaching across much of the United States, one must arm oneself with the necessary tools to start — and finish — some really fun and useful projects.

The Replay Capture Suite is the most powerful pack of media recording software available today. And with a total of 7 programs included, it has every media related tool you might need to accomplish a ton of cool and unique media-based projects this summer.

1. Expand your music collection.

Tap into popular streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and more to create your ultimate personal library of music. With Replay Music, it’s easy to perfect your playlists, bulk up catalogs of your favorite new artists and make incredible mixes for endless listening, no matter the genre.

2. Generate amazing mashup videos.

From cute animal videos and science experiments on Vimeo, to the latest YouTube fashion and prankster sensations, and every kind of video in between — mix and match all of the best clips from online sites to create any kind of video you want with Replay Media Catcher! Make them laugh with prank compilations, think deeply about social causes or cry with tear-jerker moments.

3. Capture and watch unlimited entertainment.

If it’s available to stream, it’s available to capture for your own personal use — this makes the ever-rotating catalog of movies, shows, sports events and documentaries even more valuable to take advantage of! With Replay Video Capture, you can screen record and save all your favorites from Netflix, Hulu and more — including the NBA Playoffs online — and watch them as much as you want (even after they are removed online.)

4. Record endless audio adventures.

Podcasting is more popular these days than you’d think. With amazing shows like Serial and TED Talks, this form of media has made quite the resurgence. By scheduling, recording and archiving podcasts of any genre with Replay Radio, you’ll be sure to always have a full collection of adventures and new learnings to choose from.


You can complete all of these great projects and stock up on your favorite media using the products mentioned above — all included in the full Replay Capture Suite bundle of recording software. Ready to get started?

 

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Record & Save the 2016 NBA Playoffs: How Will You Remember?

Springtime can mean a lot of things — getting organized, deep cleaning and, of course, enjoying beautiful weather. Do you know what we hear? NBA PLAYOFF SEASON.

The 2016 NBA Playoffs are kicking off this weekend for an incredible wrap up to an insane season.

If this week’s telecast of the Warriors vs. Spurs — which generated an average 2.6 million viewers and became the network’s most-viewed telecast of ALL TIME — is any indication of what’s ahead, we can’t wait. And did we even mention the game last night?! Wow.

The first round playoff schedule has been released and the excitement of postseason basketball draws closer and closer by the second.

Capture every dunk, block and rebound from the NBA Playoff games – streaming live from NBA League Pass – and store them in any format with Replay Video Capture.

With our best-selling software, NBA fans can make super high quality video recordings of every 2016 Playoff game – it’s the only software out there that can record streaming video with perfect quality and doesn’t circumvent any copy protection technology, making it 100% legal to use.

Here’s how:

What are you waiting for? Stream it. Record it. Keep it forever!

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The Best Worst Movies to Stream & Record Now

Some movies are amazingly brilliant, and some are so amazingly bad that it’s a wonder how they were ever conceptualized. Today, we’d like to honor some of those horrible, yet somehow captivating, films available online.

You can stream all of the terrible/awesome movies your heart can handle straight from your browser, then use Replay Video Capture to keep them forever. To get started, just fire up the software, start playing your top picks on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime, and start recording.

Take a look at some of our favorite worst movies to stream and save on Netflix right now:

1. Gigli

If you’ve ever wanted to see J. Lo pretend to be a “fatally gorgeous” gangster, please record and save this movie from Netflix. Ben Affleck (Gigli) also stars in this quintessentially awful/amazing movie from the early 2000’s, in which a kidnapping goes terribly awry. Sloppy, bizarre and yet somehow amazing.

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2. Killer Mermaid

Somewhat creepy and terribly written, this flick is perfect for you horror lovers – if you want to laugh rather than being scared. The general plot line involves two American women on a vacation in the Mediterranean, where they stumble upon the lair of (you guessed it) a killer mermaid. This film is available to stream on Netflix, and definitely worth it for your next movie night.

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3. Left Behind

Nicolas Cage is reason enough to watch and save this Armageddon based masterpiece from Netflix. In Left Behind, a handful of survivors are “left behind” after millions vanish; the world is plunged into chaos. And then there was Nic Cage.

(GIF via yahooentertainment.tumblr.com)

4. John Dies at the End

Comedy meets terror in this dark flick on Netflix. A new drug, referred to as Soy Sauce, promises an out-of-body experience like no other. People are scrambling for it, but there are (obviously) consequences. We won’t give you any other spoilers — this movie is perfect for livening up a boring evening.

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5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

This movie is actually pretty good if you’re into martial arts flicks, though still laughable compared to the original. Jason Scott Lee stars as a warlord hell-bent on stealing a sword from the good guys (and martial arts masters). Get a hold of this one on Netflix before your next kung fu binge!

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Rock and Roll History: New to the Hall of Fame

Music has always been one of those particularly amazing pieces of artful expression; it can bring people together, make you think, laugh, cry, and sometimes even change your life. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was established by music industry big shots over a quarter century ago to recognize, and appreciate, outstanding excellence in music.

The 31st annual ceremony will be held today (April 8, 2016) at Barclay’s Center, and aired live on HBO for those lucky viewers; we’re already feeling pretty excited about some of our favorite new inducted musicians and groups.

Check out some of the best music and performances from the 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees right here — you can use Replay Media Catcher to record every video seen below, or use Replay Music to capture all of your favorite songs online!

CHEAP TRICK

 

“Cheap Trick had perfected an extremely individual yet classic rock and roll band sound by the time it released its first album in 1977. It has never changed it much. It didn’t need to…” – RockHall.com

CHICAGO

“Fusing jazz and rock together in a time when the Beatles were still crashing onto the American shores and psychedelic rock was taking over the basements of teenagers…” – RockHall.com

DEEP PURPLE

“If there were a “Mount Rushmore Of Hard Rock” it would only have three heads: Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple…” – RockHall.com

STEVE MILLER

“With albums like Children Of The Future… Miller perfected a psychedelic blues sound that drew on the deepest sources of American roots music and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what music… could be in the years to come….” – RockHall.com

N.W.A.

“N.W.A’s improbable rise from marginalized outsiders to the most controversial and complicated voices of their generation remains one of rock’s most explosive, relevant and challenging tales…” – RockHall.com

BERT BERNS

“Bert Berns was one of the great record men of the New York rhythm and blues scene of the 60s. Berns produced 51 chart records in seven years, most of which he also wrote…” – RockHall.com

Remember: you can use Replay Music to record and keep music from all of these artists straight from YouTube, Pandora, Spotify and more!

 

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Mac Update: Enhancements to Your Favorite Recording Software

Quick announcement!

We’re happy to let you know that we’ve recently released some great new updates to some of our best-selling media recording software for Mac: Replay Media Catcher, Replay Music and Replay Converter.

These powerful pieces of software give you the ability to capture, record and save all kinds of online audio/video without a second thought!

Updates and enhancements include:

  • Improved downloading from Vimeo and BBC iPlayer
  • Even better conversations

Click below to see all of our amazing media recording products and experience the awesome improvements yourself!

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How to Stream Media Anywhere with a Secure VPN

Fans around the world rejoiced when Netflix announced it would expand service to 130 additional countries, making the streaming video giant available in almost every country (except for China).

Their bubble was soon after burst, however, when they discovered Netflix wouldn’t be including the full catalog in those countries. Content licenses are mainly to blame for the gap between countries’ catalogs, as studios and production companies stipulate where their content can be streamed. However, customers can take matters into their own hand — even before the global rollout, Netflix subscribers living abroad used VPNs (virtual private networks) to evade the geographic restrictions on streaming services like Netflix.

Why Virtual Private Networks?

VPN providers supply the software and servers needed to route an Internet connection through a proxy location, making it appear to Netflix as though the user is somewhere else. ExpressVPN is one such provider with hundreds of servers scattered across 78 countries. It offers apps, media consoles and routers with every subscription, and each server is optimized for web streaming for unlimited bandwidth.

An Imminent Ban on VPNs?

Shortly after its global roll-out, the company announced it would take steps to stop VPN users. While we’ve yet to see exactly what Netflix will do, it’s certain to be an uphill battle; the company can’t tell the difference between someone connecting from a VPN and someone connecting directly without knowing each specific VPN server’s IP address.

For Netflix, blocking VPNs will be a reluctant necessity to appease content publishers. Blocking VPN servers one by one is likely to result in a costly game of cat and mouse – Hulu attempted a similar ban in 2014 and gave up in defeat after less than a year.

Because Netflix actually gains from letting VPNs slip through the cracks, critics speculate if and when it will throw in the towel on such a profitless endeavor.

More Benefits than Just Netflix

Aside from unblocking Netflix, VPNs give users a slew of added security and other features. All traffic is encrypted and anonymous, so ISPs and hackers can’t monitor user activity. VPNs can also speed up streaming services in places that throttle bandwidth, because censors can’t identify the traffic; location restrictions on Spotify, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, and more can all be easily accessed with a VPN.

ExpressVPN goes the extra mile when it comes to user privacy by never logging or monitoring user activity. On top of that, the company is based in the British Virgin Islands, beyond the legal jurisdiction of the US, UK, and EU. The right VPN provider can significantly boost a user’s privacy protection. If you value your privacy, or even if you just want to unblock geo-restricted content, you need a VPN.

Download ExpressVPN today and protect your privacy!

Don’t Miss March Madness 2016: How to Watch

March Madness is in its final week; we might actually be going mad from anticipation and adrenaline. And, in case you missed the memo, you can live stream every tournament broadcast live on CBSSports.com with no registration required.

Combine your live stream access with Replay Video Capture’s powerful capabilities and you get production quality recordings of every remaining game! In fact, it’s the only software on the market that can record streaming video perfectly while being 100% legal to use.

Don’t miss a minute of the championships this year — capture it all seamlessly with Replay Video Capture for Mac or PC!

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