These apps help you stay connected and productive
With more than 100,000 apps and two billion downloads, the App Store has truly reached critical mass. Both consumers and business professionals alike have come to expect that there is an app to solve almost any need that arises. Here is a look at some of the best iPhone apps available to improve your business productivity.
An app for almost anything
In truth, there’s not an iPhone app for everything just yet. But the collection of iPhone apps for business continues to grow rapidly. We’re at the point of critical mass now; the number of apps available through the App Store is exploding.
I guess this is the future of commerce: whip out your iPhone to accept a credit card payment wherever you are. And simply wave your iPhone to make a payment when you're buying something. TransSF Card Terminal is a free app that lets you accept credit card payments on your iPhone. The app claims to be the only one that works with any gateway and any credit card processor.
If you've been paying close attention, as most developers do, to the App Store, you may have noticed some changes.
- New Releases only show BRAND NEW apps, i.e. version 1.0
- Updates are not included in the New Releases
This is potentially a good thing for users but there are some downsides.
The good news is, you won't have to search through old apps to find new gems. It might also discourage developers from submitting minor updates just to be featured on the New Releases page. That will also cut down on approval time as fewer apps need to be reviewed.
Apple recently announced a major shift in how they treat free apps and I have been mulling over what it means to developers, in addition to end users.
In the past, "In-App Purchases", or the ability to add features to an app, were only available for paid apps. Free apps could not be upgraded, short of purchasing the paid version separately. Now, users of these free apps can purchase upgrades.
On one hand, more choices are a good thing. But I have some concerns.
My boyfriend likes to read the Wall Street Journal and has a subscription. While we are on the road, he can read the paper using the WSJ app. It lets you read full articles, get market reports, and even e-mail articles to friends.
Mobile Office Suite and Documents To Go let you view, edit, and create documents wherever you are
I’m a naval architect and salvage engineer, and my job requires that I have the ability to view, edit, and create Word and Excel documents on the go. Recently, two highly trusted and experienced mobile software development companies recently launched Office-compatible applications for the iPhone. Both of these developers—Quickoffice and DataViz—have provided mobile Office software suites for years on a variety of mobile platforms. I have used their products in the past and was very excited when I heard they were working on iPhone versions. After purchasing and using both suites, I found that both products are better than I expected. However, each has slightly different ways of functioning, and each has its strengths and weaknesses.
Quickoffice lets you edit or create Microsoft Word and Excel documents on the iPhone. To edit a document, transfer it to your device via e-mail or a wireless network. You can then open it from within the app and add, delete, and format content. I was a little disappointed that the app does not support more document formats such as WordPerfect, Google docs, etc. However, it’s great to be able to work with Word and Excel. In one stroke, this app has turned the iPhone into a serious contender for the business market.
"TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2009) - Polar Mobile (www.polarmobile.com) today announced that applications built using the company's SMART(TM) content and advertising platform are now being used by more than 1 million people around the world. Media publishers are using the proprietary SMART push-publishing platform to launch custom-branded mobile applications so their readers can access content from their favorite brands much faster than browsing through traditional mobile websites.
A business card scanner, such as SnaBiz, makes transferring contact information from business cards to your address book both quick and easy.
WebEx has become synonymous with online meetings and Web conferencing, and this iPhone app truly takes the WebEx experience to the next level. At first glance, you might not realize how practical it is, but once you get into a situation where you need it, you’ll see how valuable it is to be able to log into your meeting from wherever you are—whether you’re walking through an airport or standing in line at Starbucks. The app lets you view the presentation as well as simultaneously participate in the voice conference call.