One of the best things about smartphones and tablets is the ability to work on the go. If you have the right app, you iPhone or iPad can become an extremely important tool to help boost your productivity. You can still play Angry Birds or Temple Run on these devices, but smartphones and tablets are at their most useful when they are helping you get work done. Here are 6 extremely useful iOS apps that help boost productivity.
Gone are the days when taking notes would involve pulling out a little notebook and then frantically searching for a pen. Although there are quite a few note-taking apps in the iTunes App Store, Evernote is definitely the best of the lot. Since it is available for a wide range of platforms and supports cloud storage, Evernote ensures that your notes are up-to-date across all your devices. Take down a note in the cafeteria on your iPhone and resume work on it when you get back to your PC in the office. You can even share your notes via Facebook and Twitter. One of the premium features allows others to make changes and edit your notebook, which can really help people brainstorm and collaborate.
One of the downsides about the iPhone and the iPad early on was the inability to open or edit MS Word and Excel files. However, that issue was soon addressed thanks to Documents to Go, a brilliant app by the developers at DataViz. In a nutshell, Documents 2 Go allows users to view, create and edit Word documents, Excel sheets, and PowerPoint presentations. Unlike other document editing apps, Documents 2 Go has a wide range of editing tools for users to play with and makes full use of the iPad's massive screen.
For long now, Dropbox has been the undisputed king of cloud storage. The reason for Dropbox's success lies in the fact that the cloud storage service has apps for pretty much very platform you can think of. However, Dropbox seems to have finally met its match with Google Drive. Not only do you get more free storage space with Google Drive, sharing files and documents is also a lot easier than Dropbox. The app automatically backs up anything on your device that is synched with it and helps you ensure that the right documents get to the right people, on time.
If you are looking for an all-in-one app that can really boost your productivity, then GoodNotes Free is the perfect app for your needs. GoodNotes Free is more than just a standard note-taking app. Besides creating, editing and sharing notes, the app is also a very good PDF reader and mark-up tool. Imagine marking up an entire PDF manuscript while waiting in line to use the paper shredders or photocopiers. However, it does have a downside. Since it is feature-packed, it suffers from a case of 'jack of all trades, master of none.' Evernote may be a better note-taking app, but GoodNotes Free is definitely the far better all-rounder.
Preparing invoices is one of tasks that people dislike; they think of it as a job that uses up valuable time that could have been spent on something important. So, why not spend the time making money and then use your spare time to generate the invoices? Invoice2go Plus gives you the power to create estimates, invoices, and bills on the go. The app integrates with your email so that you can directly mail the invoice to the client as soon as it is generated. Users can create separate accounts, for various suppliers and clients, which really helps streamline the invoicing process.
Creating and executing campaigns from scratch are generally quite challenging, and even more so when you are dealing with email and newsletter and marketing campaigns. This is where MailChimp enters the picture. MailChimp gives you complete control over newsletter campaigns and mailing lists, including the ability to add subscribers, create new campaigns and dispatch them, all from the ease of your iPhone. You also get access to MailChimp's performance reports and have the numbers by your side at any given time.
There is no lack of productivity apps for the iPhone and iPad. However, these 6 apps are definitely the best of the lot.
This article is authored by Lisa Harris, a customer executive at Paper Savers Limited, leading providers of paper shredding services in Toronto. Lisa loves arts and dedicates time to canvas paintings on weekend.