Extensions are fantastic they are apps and tools that allow you to add further functionality to your Trello without needing power-ups. Here are some that I use and love unless I mention otherwise they are all free Chrome browser extensions:
Butler Butler for Trello
is a bit of a powerhouse it is available as a power-up too but why waste one of the power-ups when you can use it through the Butler page for free (the free version has limits, but it is all I will ever need). There is a little bit of a learning curve to it, but there are plenty of instructions available. Butler allows you to automate all sorts of things like copying cards and moving them between boards etc.
is an extension that I have used to create some of the visual effects. The Coloured Tags showing is also one of these features, the primary view would show a coloured tag but not the name of the label within it. There are all sorts of other features too, and it is mostly easy to understand.
List Progress Bar List Progress Bar
you can see this in both the ListView and within the Card view when you have multiple steps in a project; it shows you in percentage terms how far through you are. Sometimes this isn’t very necessary, but on other cards, it is a great motivational tool. On my Goals and Achievements Board, I have a Productivity List which includes a Card featuring a list of Productivity Books I want to read, at the moment the bar is at zero percent, every time I look at the board and see this it provides a gentle nudge. If you suffer from anxiety, this probably wouldn’t be a good idea for you, but it only has a motivational effect on me.
GTD: Trello Card Links GTD: Trello Card Links
is about getting things done quickly! I am a massive fan of GTD, but that is a separate story. What this extension does is allow you to add a web link to a card which you can see in list view without even opening the card:
On my Blog board, you can see the published list where the last two blog posts are showing each has a direct link to the post on the card.
List Layouts for Trello List Layouts for Trello
is a tiny tweak it just does one job that I love. Naturally, Trello displays lists in a row, so if you have several files, you may have to keep scrolling horizontally. With this extension installed the records fill your screen and then start a new row so you can scroll vertically, which feels much more natural.
Next Step for Trello Next Step for Trello
is responsible for showing you the next step in a list view, so instead of opening a card you can see at a glance what needs doing next and then tick it off and be shown the following step. Anything that saves clicking is good news for me.
Gmail to Trello Gmail to Trello
is excellent when the lines get blurred, as I talked about last week I use Active Inbox to stay on top of Emails and Trello to manage the rest. Sometimes they overlap, for instance, I receive an email about a blog post, this extension allows me to link an email straight to a Trello Card. As far as ActiveInbox is concerned, it is handed off to Trello and nothing further needs to be done in that system.
Parent/Child Management Parent/Child Management
allows you to create a hierarchy between cards if one card is dependant upon another you can create the links with this extension. This relationship is fantastic if you are planning a massive project with lots of lists, for instance, a Wedding!