Google Keep and Slidebean add sharing

Two apps that I use frequently — Google Keep and Slidebean — have recently added sharing options, making them immensely more useful.

Google Keep

Google Keep is a small and simple note keeping tool. My principal use is for taking notes during calls or meetings. I could use a text editor like Apple’s TextEdit, or note tool like Simplenote or Evernote, but I find the simplicity of Google Keep appealing. And, most importantly, Google Keep notes have their own URL while in edit mode, which means I can assign myself a task (in Todoist, in my case) that points back to a note. Here’s a note opened to edit, and you can see the URL in the navigation box.

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The new feature is accessed by clicking on the ‘+human’ icon at the bottom of the note, which leads to the sharing panel. Because it’s a Google tool and I use Gmail, all my contacts are accessible.

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After sharing, if another participant makes edits, that is indicated by a gradient and an edit timestamp, like this:

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And once I edit it, that gradient goes away: a simple signally mechanism that indicates the state of the note.

So, a simple sharing feature — which I only wish included the option for a specialized message at the time of the invitation to share — makes Google Keep immensely more useful.


Slidebean is a small and simple presentation tool, one that divides the formatting and the content of a presentation in a clever way. You add content first, and then select a from predefined templates that automate formatting, transitions, color scheme, and so forth. It’s similar to (the former, see is an amazingly small presentation solution), and (see Bunkr is an innovative small-and-simple social presentation solution).

Here’s a presentation I recently gave, ‘A Brief History Of The Hashtag‘. Note the warning indicators in red saying my bullets are too long.

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In the screen below, I have selected the template, colors, and font. Everything else is done by Slidebean.

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And finally the Publish step, where I also can share the presentation with coeditors. The presentation is public online, so take a look to see how different sorts of slides are treated. Here’s one as an example (note that I changed the template):

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This also shows the controls that visitors will see when viewing online, including fullscreen mode.

Slidebean’s sharing and private presentations are Advanced or Pro feature. Advanced is $119/year, Pro is $199/year. That’s a bit pricey, but I like the simplicity of the tool. And sharing is critical for people making joint or company presentations.