In this mobile world, many of us often find ourselves working. Working, working, working. Well, there are a few Apps that help make all that just a little easier on us. Well, actually there are a lot of Apps, but we do have our favorites. They are those Apps you try out on a whim and fall in love with. They're the keepers.
Let's take a look at our keeper Apps in the Productivity category:
1) Evernote (free)
Evernote is a dream to work with. We have it on the iPad, iPhone and the laptop. You can use it to jot down or record ideas or even to snap photos and store them on a server for access from any of your devices. This is great for anybody who is on the move and wants to ensure that they don't lose or forget their ideas. The service is free, but ad-supported. You can pay a fee if you want to get rid of advertisements and increase bandwidth.
2) Office Plus (free )
We found this wonderful little App out of necessity. Searching for a a decent word processor on iOS was proving more difficult than we had imagined. Then this came along. It says it's free, but we ended up purchasing in-app for additional functionality. Now, we can open up .doc files, sync to Google Docs (which is exactly what we needed at the time as Google Docs didn't work with iOS when we picked this one up). In addition, this word processor is way better than trying to use Google Docs on the iPhone, because it allows you to open, create new, sync, copy and just about anything else you may need to do with a document. It also does spreadsheets, but we didn't buy that function.
3) CoverItLive (free)
This tool is a blogger's friend. While doing those evil live blogs on location, this has often been one of our favorite ways to do it. Sometimes the laptop's battery gives out, a connection isn't what you thought it would be, or a number of other things. This allows you to live blog from your iPhone. Again, if anything, it serves as a great backup if the laptop battery should give up on you at an extra-long press event.
4) iMovie ($4.99)
It's a primitive movie editor when compared to something you would find on a desktop computer, but the fact that this is on a smartphone is rather impressive. With an iPhone 4, you can literally record, edit and upload a film for viewing on YouTube thanks to this cool little App. Adding simple little effects, or transitioning between scenes on a trip to Disney is all possible on this little App. Imagine how impressed the in-laws will be when you send them a highlight video of your latest family trip…all from the comfort of your hotel room bed.
5) WordPress (Free)
Unfortunately, we don't currently have a WordPress blog, but many of us have worked with WordPress in the past and think that the iPhone App is wonderful. Managing the blog or adding quick updates, it's all possible with this. It's a great tool for editors managing their team while on the move. They can remotely access the blog and schedule publish times, etc.
Some We Didn't Include…
There are a few Apps out there we think are great, but just didn't have the space or time to include. Then there's others, like Pages, that are okay, but still don't seem as great as some of the third-party Apps we've encountered. We also take price into consideration. Some Apps just make more sense in that respect.
If you're the busy iOS user, many of these Apps may become your best friends. Especially those of you who commute and may want to make the best of that time.