Every week a few of us from team TiPb will bring you our current favorite, most fun and useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they’re iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch related, they’re fair game.
To see what we picked, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!
As much as I love productivity apps, if you spend all your time playing with them, well, you're not being very productive, are you? That's the main reason I try to keep things as simple and streamlined as possible. And since my email inbox is very often a makeshift to-do list by necessity, there's a handful of apps out there that extend that metaphor. One that I'm currently using and liking is Captio.
Captio does one thing and it does it really nicely. Open the app, type something you want to remember, and hit send. A few seconds later, an email shows up in your inbox, from Captio, subject line: exactly what you wrote. It's lightning fast, and as I've said before - for me, capturing information quickly and in a way in which it can be easily accessed in the future is of primary importance.
The app's design is pretty simple, which adds to its convenience. There aren't a million settings and switches to configure. In fact, the only thing you have to do is add an email address to send to. The app also archives sent tasks for one month, so if you need to look back a few days and see something, it's there, at least for a while. There's an option to bypass the Gmail server it uses by default with IMAP, which allows you to enter your own outgoing server information for extra security, if that's important to you. I didn't even bother, since my messages are never anything that sensitive. Certainly there are bigger prizes for nefarious packet sniffers than "place amazon order".
And if you really want to get fancy, Captio allows you to attach an image to the message, which is very cool, and very handy in case you want to add just one more piece of memory to your quick note. Overall, there's not much to it, and that's exactly why I like it as much as I do.
[Captio - $1.99 - App Store link]
I use QuickBooks online to run our business. I've always preferred the online version because I can use it from anywhere and from any computer. QuickBooks Mobile only makes my life even easier. I can create invoices on the go, see who owes me what money, and who I owe. The interface is easy to understand and to use.
If your'e familiar with QuickBooks you'll be right at home. You can easily access your existing customer lists and vendors lists with just a few taps as well.
The app is free to download and use for all QuickBooks online users. Just sign in and go. If you just have a standard license to QuickBooks as opposed to paying the monthly online fee, you'll need to sign up to use it via Intuit for an additional fee.
[Free - App Store Link]
I love me some Dropbox powered text editors and this week connoisseurs such as myself (and I'm guessing that brilliant SOB @sethclifford as well) got a fantastic update in the form of Elements 2.0. Like all good things, Elements is simple and elegant. It lets you write and easily preview plain text, or in my case Markdown, and automagically syncs that text to any and all other devices and apps linked to your Dropbox account. With full search, word, line, and character counts, a scratchpad, and... wait for it... TextExpander touch App Store link support.
(Elements 2.0 will also export your work as HTML or PDF files, including to Evernote, iTunes (sigh) or Email, if you really have to.)
It's universal, so you can get to your text on the go on your iPhone, or put your feet up and produce away on the big iPad screen. You can also open and edit the files on your desktop with your tool(s) of choice. (Mine are current BBEdit Mac App Store link and Marked Mac App Store link, the latter of which has also just gotten a terrific update.
It will be interesting to see what kind of new and updated iOS text editors come out after iCloud launches this October, but Dropbox editors like Elements 2.0 have set the bar very, very high.
[$4.99 - App Store link
As the fall semester approaches, I am preparing for classes and writing my syllabi for the courses I will be teaching. Writing a syllabus is never fun, but writing it with Pages on the iPad does make it a little less painful.
I used iTunes Connect to import my syllabus from last semester and edited it to be specific for the classes I'm teaching this semester. It was easy, painless, and - dare I say - relaxing.
[$9.99 - App Store link]
C25K is a fantastic program for those of us who want to start running but need someone to help us succeed. The program was developed in 1996 by Josh Clark and has quickly gained popularity as an excellent way to get into running.
The app gives you a daily workout that starts on W1D1 and continues for nine weeks. You cannot skip days in the app but you can go back and repeat a day - making this a great program regardless of your pace/fitness level. You can listen to your own iTunes library while the program gives audio prompts for transitions between warm up, walking, jogging and cool down. Enable GPS and you can track your route, pace and calories burned. Want to share your progress and inspire others? Tweet your progress and/or post to Facebook. Thanks to multitasking in iOS4, now you can also listen to Pandora while you follow the program and still get the audio prompts from the app.
Whether you have never run a day in your life or you're looking to start training for a 5k, 10k or marathon, start with the C25K app and you won't be disappointed!
[$2.99 - App Store link]
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