I use a lot of online tools for various tasks throughout the day. Most of the simplistic tools that I use (they focus on doing one thing), generally lack something that I wish they had.
Some of them do a great job, but look like they haven’t been touched since 1999. The interface is awkward/not intuitive, it’s crammed with advertisements, it’s built in Flash, and, most of the time, design, was an afterthought.
So instead of complaining, I’ve decided to re-build these tools.
This app converts text from lowercase, UPPERCASE, Sentence case, or Capitalize Case and vice-versa. You can type or paste your text, push a button, and it’ll transform your text. Try it out for yourself.
You may ask: why create something like this if it already exists elsewhere?
Because it’s fun, challenging, and educational. Not only do I get to create and use the tool I want, but I learn valuable lessons and skills along the way.
The founders of 37Signals had a similar strategy when they decided to build a project management tool for their team which we now know as Basecamp.
I think it’s important for people to build and create things they wish existed or believe they can do better. Not only for the tools that come out of it, but for the entire experience of creating.
Are there complementary tools in your industry that you could create or improve upon?
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Barr Corp, LLC.
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