In Pictures: 15 Chrome OS productivity apps that work offline

Chromebooks are lightweight, inexpensive and efficient - in other words, great for business travel. But can these Cloud-based laptops operate when you're off Wi-Fi? Sure they can -- here are 15 productivity apps that can work with you when you're offline.

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Sketchpad 3.5 Sketchpad 3.5 is essential if you want to work with images while offline.

Sketchpad offers the essentials, like drawing freehand or arranging geometric figures, just enough for sketching a map or converting among image formats. It has an easy-to-use pallete for selecting colors as well as the ability to add textures and gradients. I was able to doodle with the Chromebook's touchpad, but it works much better with a touch-screen system, like the Acer C720P.

The app has a variety of drawing styles, including crayon, pencil and spray paint; you can also add text boxes. I really like the eraser and the ability to undo mistakes.

When done, the drawing can be exported as a PDF or the image can be compressed in a Zip file.

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