Despite the impressive features that Google provides within its Gmail service, there’s still room for improvement via third-party add-ons and extensions. Some of these are only available for desktop but we are now starting to see a bit more of a crossover between the desktop and Android apps. Here are some of my favourite extensions for Gmail – let us know in the comments if there are any others you think are worthy of mention.
Boomerang is a very handy tool that adds some simple yet highly effective features to Gmail. Users may schedule emails to be sent at a later date (e.g. first thing Monday rather than last thing Friday), or ‘Boomerang’ an email so that a reminder is provided if you haven’t received a response within a set time period. There is a free tier that gives you 10 message credits per month, otherwise the service costs $4.99 per month for the personal tariff or $14.99 for the business tariff.
HelloSign provides legally binding signatures in a digital format. This is a paid service for business, and free for personal accounts. Once you’ve scanned in your signature there is no need to print, sign and scan documents again. The service can be completed from your desktop or smartphone and can be synced with various cloud services.
Having to sign something manually is partly a precautionary measure against fraud, so it may be best to have your account secured with two factor authentication if you are going to use it. However, HelloSign does have a good level of security to protect against the inherent problems of eSignatures.