In this ‘microwave’ society, we cannot deny that everything needs to be so much faster, easier and without cost in order to, not just get our attention but to keep it. Click To Tweet

This is in large part attributable to the ease of access to information literally at our fingertips made possible by the world wide web. It begs the question, though, how did we survive without the advent of the internet? It’s almost impossible to imagine. Since its onslaught in the mid-1990s, the Internet has had a more than a radical impact on culture and norms; commerce and trade; and technology and innovation, including the rise of near-instant communication. One of the reasons our lives have become so much easier is because there is an application program (application or app for short) for just about everything. For quick reference, an app is a computer program having the objective of performing a group of systematic functions with the specific needs of the end user in mind.

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Notwithstanding the ease of access to information, there are many persons who may be unaware that there exists myriad of digital tools to make their jobs and daily tasks even easier. One only has to take a cursory scroll through the Google’s App Marketplace ranging from business to mindfulness, to health and wellness, project management and the list goes on, to realize that our already simplified lives can yet be made even more simple.

If you’re looking for a cloud-based all-in-one document and Portable Document Format (PDF) viewer and markup tool for example, oh, there’s an app for that. Let me introduce you to Kami, one of the most popular and highly rated document apps in the market. Available in the Google Marketplace, Kami works with Google Drive. If you don’t have access to the internet when you need to work on a project via the app, no need to worry as it can also run offline – all you need to do is to have it downloaded ahead of time and you can work offline at a later date.

It allows you to view, comment, share and collaborate on your files on Chrome. This is of great value especially if you have a team working with on a particular project. It works well too with Google Classroom, sending individual feedbacks to students or to collaborate as an entire classroom.

The product is poised to be the number one go-to option for persons looking to move their work to the cloud, “Kami will be the best alternative to traditional Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Reader applications”, says the Developers. Publishers give it the thumbs up too…”Kami is an affordable solution that makes collaborating on publishing materials viable within a national or international team” says Justin Steiner of Dirt Rag Magazine.

As alluded to earlier, one of the greatest benefits of this app is that it allows for collaboration with other users. The key features include: Highlighting, Adding, Underlining and Striking-through text; Adding comment; Voice annotation; Freehand drawing; Inserting Image, shapes and signatures; viewing PDF and documents, real-time collaboration; split and merge files; Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for scanned PDF files (detect text on scanned files) and Offline support.

There is a free 14-day evaluation where you can try the app to see how best it suits your need. After that, there are a variety of paid package options available depending on your need and budget. They offer 24/7 customer service support to paying customers and if you have a feature request they may also consider it. As of September 2016, they have rated the number 1 PDF tool on the Chrome Web Store.

As mentioned earlier it supports PDF; Documents (Microsoft Word, Google Docs, RTF); Powerpoint (Microsoft Powerpoint, Google Slides); Sheets (Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets); Images (.jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif).

You never have to worry about your selected browser either as it works on all types.

So the next time you have a project that requires a remote team interaction, you might want to consider Kami as a viable alternative.

Heneka Watkis-Porter is a serial-entrepreneur, IBI Ambassador, cultural ambassador, sociologist, author, speaker, fashion designer and podcaster.  She wakes up every day with a grateful heart as she lives her purpose of “life transformation through inspiration”. She is the leading lady behind Patwa Culcha International, the company that owns the authentic Jamaica clothing brand, Patwa Apparel.

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