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Apps: Productivity

Free Apps to Help You Find Great Apps

The App Store's massive success does not make it any easier to find good apps. Where do you turn for help? Fortunately, "there's an app for that!" In fact, there are quite a few apps that will help you find the app you're looking for, and most of them are free. Here's a quick rundown of a few of the best apps and services that I've used to help me find worthwhile apps and also share my app recommendations with others:

Appsfire

Free, app2.me/2846


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Apps that Help You Stay Organized

Recently, I tested three inexpensive productivity apps and liked them so much I decided to keep them all!

Awesome Note (+Todo)

$3.99, free "Lite"  version also available, app2.me/220;

AwesomeNote11: Main ScreenThis aptly named program has a variety of features that help you organize your life, including a calendar view to record daily activities, tasks, and ideas you have during the day.

The Awesome Note main screen (left) is easy to navigate. The main notes screen (right) is well laid out and organized.


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Best Web Browsers for iOS devices

The mobile version of Safari Web browser is not only capable, it's much better than anything built into other mobile platforms. However, it has a few limitations, the biggest of which is the lack of a real full-screen viewing mode. The implications of this are annoying, especially in landscape orientation where a great deal of the screen is taken up by the status bar on the top in the iPad version and the bottom on the iPhone.


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5 Great Apps to Help You Get Things Done!

Selecting the five best task management apps for the iPhone and iPad presents quite a challenge. A simple to-do list may be the best fit for one user, but woefully inadequate for someone who wants to implement a more robust task management system like the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology developed by David Allen. Rather than focus on one end of the spectrum to the detriment of the other, I chose the five best apps in order of increasing functionality. Whether you only want to keep a simple list of tasks or need an app that can keep track of every detail of your life, you will find the perfect app among the following.


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Filemaker Go - Ever Improving

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FileMaker, Inc. today announced version 1.1 of FileMaker Go for iPhone and FileMaker Go for iPad.

Users can now produce PDFs directly from FileMaker Go and either save them on their mobile devices or email them. This feature lets mobile users easily save and distribute reports, create invoices, and share project status directly from their iPad or iPhone.



Keep Your Life In Order

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ToDo (by Appigo, $4.99) has become one of my most used apps for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, , I have a tendency to forget things. Second, my todo's are synced to my iPad, iPod Touch and desktop. ToDo uses a web based task organizer called ToodleDo to complete this magic.



iCircuit Review

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Readers of my reviews may recall my enthusiastic review of Electronic Toolbox HD.  While that product provided a good deal of depth on basic electronic parts and calculations, it lacked a simulator to assemble such parts into a functional design.  iCircuit fulfills this need exceptionally well.



ListPro for iPhone...a Must Have App!

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I'm a ListPro user from way back in the day (see my comprehensive Windows Mobile review on our sister blog here). Even posted up some of my own custom lists to the free exchange years ago (an MS VB Script Repository). You want to stay organized and be able to find stuff, ListPro is a good way to do it.



This Contact Manager is a Keeper

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This contacts manager is an app that will stay for ever on your iPhone once you try it. After you open it up you will see that the developer was thinking about the you and what you'd want to do.

Within each contact you can e-mail or text with one tap....and it will keep a history of them within that contact. So if you want to know, or document, when you sent a text, e-mail or phone call to a particular person, all you have to do is pull them up and look under the History tab.



Keep Up With What's New In The App World

If you're like me you are constantly checking to see what's new in the iPhone/iPad app world. I love it when new apps come out that help me enjoy my devices more.....and do things more efficiently. There are two apps that make my searching much easier. One is Appshopper which keeps an updated list of new apps. You can search by iPhone or iPad, review price history, look for only free apps and a whole lot more. You can add apps to a wish list so at any point you can see if they have dropped in price. But if you are really looking for a way to catch a deal as soon as it happens Appsniper is for you. This is not a universal app but still works on the iPad.



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