Use ScreenFloat to Increase Your Writing Speed and Productivity

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Sometimes the smallest apps are some of the most brilliant and this one that I’m sharing with you today is no exception!

Take a look at the video above and just watch how I can quickly increase the speed at which I can blog! Instead of switching between windows and tabs I can keep a persistent screen of the content I’m interested in writing about on top of all my other screens, including the editor!

I can quickly make the screen “disappear” with a keyboard shortcut (or mouse-over) and then even store these screencaps in a native archive via the app!


I’ve saved tons of time with this application and it was well worth the $8 bucks that I spent on it! Unfortunately it appears that it’s only available for the Mac but I do believe there are PC/Windows alternatives out there!

Remember, your goal as a writer and blogger is to find applications that increase your speed, productivity, and effectiveness! Don’t waste time with any apps that slow you down (and you’d be surprised at how many apps you use actually cause distraction rather than focus)!

ScreenFloat is one of them. Check it out here!

Of course, you can watch the official overview video here (but I think mine is much better! *smile*):

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Thoughts? Is this something you’d find useful?

  • Rob Still

    Sweet app, thanks for the tutorial. I especially liked the space heater glow. :)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      haha. ;)

  • http://wpco.de Andrew

    I like what this app does, unfortunately I don’t have an Apple to run it on. I’ll have to see if I can find a Windows equivalent.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      let me know if you find it!

  • http://todaymade.com Garrett Moon

    Wow.. great use-case for that app. I have no idea how I will make it through the week without buying it.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      let me know how you like it!

  • http://todaymade.com Garrett Moon

    Wow.. great use-case for that app. I have no idea how I will make it through the week without buying it.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      thing is awesome. ;)

  • Darius

    I use SnagIt on my work computer (PC) to do the same sort of thing… But I needed an equivalent for my Mac at home.

    Thanks, John!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      but it doesn’t keep the window on top…

      • Darius

        True… But that’s where dual monitors come in handy! ;)

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          hahah. expensive!

  • http://www.haikupedia.net Gabe Smith

    I just use dual monitors. I <3 that kind of desktop real-estate. Obviously not a good option for the on-the-go blogger, (or the empty-wallet blogger), but I like it!

    It's also good for keeping tweetdeck flowing on one screen and working on the other screen. I have so many twitter accounts, it's like watching the matrix go by! :P

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      expensive blogger…!

  • ThatGuyKC

    That is a very nifty tool!
    A somewhat more expensive solution is to have a 2nd monitor, but I don’t think you can beat $8. :)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      nope. nope.

  • http://www.geekforhim.com Matthew Snider

    I am downloading it NOW.

    I think this is HUGE for workflows for us designers.

    ONLY thing that would be nice if it could do the same for applications themselves. So I could work in Transmit while typing in code in WordPress or Coda.

    Thanks man!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      build it.!

  • Jonathan Woodward

    Looks like something I would use if I I actually blogging ideas from other sources like that.

    Usually my blogging ideas come from inspiration, or thinking about certain topics. The only time I really ever float between screens is when I am searching things on google. For instance, if I need a Bible verse, I’ll just google the words that I know in the verse. In that case, I don’t know how this particular app would help someone like me.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      yeah. perhaps not.

  • http://twitter.com/chaselivingston Chase Livingston

    Thanks for the tip John, just bought it!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      sure thing chase!

  • Ben Brandt

    Not quite related, but an app that saves me TONS of time when I’m working on stuff is Alfred (http://www.alfredapp.com/) Thought you might be interested if you haven’t heard of it already.

    Love the post, gonna have to check out this app!

    • Jonathan Woodward

      That’s something I can utilize for how I work. Downloaded.

      • http://john.do John Saddington

        wah wah!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      alfred or quiksilver?

      • http://stephenbateman.com Stephen Bateman

        Alfred is win, Quicksilver sucks. At least for me it did.

        • Jonathan Woodward

          I’ve been using alfred recently. It works great for me.

          • http://john.do John Saddington

            do you have the paid version?

            • Jonathan Woodward

              No… but the paid version is certainly appealing. It would be great if it searched not only for programs, but also within the programs. For instance, if I’m looking for a Bible verse, but I don’t remember the number, I could just type some of the words in the verse and it would find similar matches in the Bible software. THAT would be #awesome.

  • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

    Interesting. Have you heard of Ommwriter? Another great writing app.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      yeah, but it doesn’t do what this app does. i like it (and the sound effects!).

  • Eric J

    OSX doesn’t have an equivalent of aero snap?

    • http://www.geekforhim.com Matthew Snider

      That is not really the same as this in the end. Yes you can have two programs side by side, but sometimes you only need a snipet and I think this is where this works well.

      As for aero snap, there are programs out there than you can grab to mimic it. I never really understood why you need it though outside of Expose from OSX.

      • http://john.do John Saddington

        good response.

  • SomeOtherGuy

    This app rocks – thank you for bringing it to my attention.
    Just awesome!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      sure thing! where’s your gravatar?

  • Adam

    Great tool. Thanks for sharing!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      sure thing adam!

  • http://gbrenna.com Graham

    I will download this ASAP! Thanks John!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      teehee!

  • Clay Morgan

    I totally want one! Yay! But I don’t have a Mac. Eh. I’ll await the PC version. Cool post.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ;) yup yup.

  • http://tunpb.com Chad Steverson

    This should be a program you giveaway at some point! Or better yet I know you could make something similar yourself. Thanks