There are over 1000 plugins available through the ChatGPT plugin store. While we cannot cover all of these options, this section is meant to highlight a few that we think may be useful for MIT Sloan faculty.
Prompting: Prompt Perfect
Prompt Perfect is a plugin with the sole purpose of aiding in the level of detail of your prompts to ChatGPT. Prompt engineering is an important determinant of how successful your ChatGPT experience is, and Prompt Perfect leverages several common tips for successful prompting, altering your inputted prompt to create a more detailed and accurate prompt to give you better results during your session. To use, simply start your prompt with “perfect” and then provide your prompt as normal. The tool will then convert your inputted prompt into a more detailed prompt, and feed this prompt to ChatGPT. If you want to see the prompt used to provide the output given by ChatGPT, simply click the drop-down button next to “Used Prompt Perfect” and it will show you the rephrased prompt. An example of this can be shown below.
- Original user prompt: “perfect tell me how most organizations are structured”
- Prompt given to ChatGPT by Prompt Perfect: “Can you please provide a thorough explanation of the typical structure that is commonly followed by the majority of organizations? Please include specific details and a well-organized overview of the various components and hierarchical levels that exist within these organizational structures.”
ChatGPT normally has several quantitative weaknesses, including inconsistent and often inaccurate responses to mathematical prompts. The Wolfram ChatGPT plugin offers integration of Wolfram’s computational knowledge engine, allowing you to perform complex calculations, and generate dynamic visualizations directly within ChatGPT conversations. This versatile plugin can be used to solve many problems, including real-time quantitative analysis, creating mathematical assignments, conducting simulations, and solving problems outside of the capabilities of traditional ChatGPT session. By blending the natural language understanding of ChatGPT with Wolfram’s computational capabilities, the plugin empowers users to solve more quantitative problems within the framework of a ChatGPT chat.
Diagrams: Show Me
“Diagrams: Show Me” is another plugin for ChatGPT that allows you to request and visualize various types of diagrams, charts, and graphs. By integrating this plugin, ChatGPT can generate visual representations based on your prompt, making the production of images and diagrams more efficient. Whether it’s a flowchart, bar graph, or mind map, the “Diagrams: Show Me” plugin can provide some assistance. This functionality is especially useful for users who prefer presenting material in a visual format.
For example, with this plugin enabled, you could ask ChatGPT “Create a simple flow chart for how an item moves through a firm’s supply chain”. Using “Diagrams: Show Me”, ChatGPT generates the following:
It will provide one output per prompt, and you can edit the diagram online by clicking the link provided in your chat below the diagram. ChatGPT will also recommend different styles upon providing the output. This is a very simple example, and the “Diagrams: Show Me” plugin can be a very versatile and efficient tool for creating visualizations to assist in your presentations.
Canva is an online tool for creating graphics and designs. Now, through ChatGPT’s Canva plugin, you can create these designs with the help of a ChatGPT prompt. Once the Canva plugin is enabled, just ask for the design you have in mind, and you will be given multiple design choices as ChatGPT’s output. Once you find one that is best for you, ChatGPT will provide a link to take you to Canva’s website where you can customize that option even further on your own. This is a potentially efficient way to create things through Canva such as graphics, presentations, logos, and more. While Canva does have templates created, for best use the prompt should relate to design choices, rather than content choices.
ChatGPT’s Canva plugin can be a good way to get started on creating visuals for course material. It is unlikely that the content of your graphic will be what you are looking for just from the ChatGPT prompt. If you want to edit it further, click the link above the provided image and it will direct you to Canva’s website where you will be able to edit and download the image after logging into a free account. ChatGPT’s Canva plugin will generally provide generic templates that suit your request. Prompting in this plugin should relate to the choice in template and design, such as “create a flowchart with 5 sections…” rather than “create a graphic about…”.
PDF Reading Plugins
There are many plugins created within ChatGPT designed to read in a PDF to ChatGPT to answer questions using it. These include AI PDF, AskYourPDF, ChatWithPDF, and more. Most of these apps require you to upload your PDF to their website, and then you will be given a link that you then upload within your prompt to ChatGPT which directs the plugin to your PDF.
While many of these PDF readers exist in the Plugins store, we have found limited success with them and recommend against using them for the time being. For users looking to have a PDF document summarized or analyzed, GPT-4 now has the ability to upload documents directly to the session, where you can interface directly with your PDFs through a traditional ChatGPT experience without the need for plugins. If this proves unsatisfactory, we also recommend using Anthropic’s Claude chatbot, which also allows for files to be directly uploaded and has been shown to be effective in understanding the uploaded document
While this article has delved into a variety of ChatGPT plugins, it’s worth noting that the landscape is vast with many more plugins available. Many well-known companies have created plugins to interface directly with their platforms, such as Expedia, Kayak, and OpenTable, which are outside the scope of this article but useful nonetheless. We encourage you to explore ChatGPT’s plugin store and identify other plugins most useful to your work, while still exercising caution due to the third-party nature of these tools.