Being that we're developers, we know the power of an app to make our lives a little easier and more enjoyable. Check out our team's list of apps we’re using now, and see if it can introduce you to a new way to work (or play).
Tracking your mileage on paper gets real old real fast, and it's unlike us digital people to rely on paper anyway. So when we found the MileIQ app, its functions seemed miraculous because it tracks your business miles and places value on them for you! With smart drive-detection technology you set your locations for work and home so it knows where you're heading and classifies your drives for deductions and reimbursements. You can also set the hours you normally drive for work and MileIQ will automatically classify all drives outside of those hours as personal. For Android and iOS. Free with in-app upgrades. Learn more about MileIQ here.
We've tried many project management software systems, and have landed on Wrike as our favorite. We use the web-based service on our desktops, but the app is still just as functional when we're on the go with clients. It's a comprehensive system, and ideal if you need to manage 5 or more users. You can assign and schedule tasks for your team, quickly access folders and projects from your phone, and track time spent on tasks. Basically we need to be able to manage our projects no matter where we are, and Wrike does it.
For Android and iOS. Free with your Wrike subscription level.
Euchre by Karman
Ok, so we call need to relax sometime, and when we need a break, chances are we're playing card games. Euchre used to be tops over Bridge, and is still well known in the States. If you play a lot of euchre and want a very easy-to-use app, start here. The game is best for four participants, playing two against two as partners, and here you play against the computer or other online players. Highly recommended to keep your brain active!
For Android. Free with in-app purchases.
We truly can not live without LastPass password manager. We started using it as an extension for our Chrome browsers, and quickly downloaded the app to our phones as well. You never need waste time fiddling with your logins and passwords ever again -- it's a password vault, strong password generator and browser all rolled into a single mobile app. Users can sync their password vaults, and then have the LastPass browser automatically fill in forms and login details when surfing the Web and accessing sites, either through the in-app browser, Safari or Chrome. For Android and iOS. Free with your LastPass subscription level (free or premium).
We've tried many ways to communicate with our team, needing a solution between email (clunky for groups) and texting (too casual), and we've come to love Slack. For desktop and mobile, communicate with our team. Slack covers your IM basics with real-time messaging synced across devices. It also supports file sharing, direct and group messaging tools. In addition, the app features a system of chat channels, allowing you to quickly set up subgroups for task or topic-oriented discussions. Slack archives your communications, allowing you to search through old messages, channels and shared files, and includes integration with a variety of services such as cloud storage, Asana, Zendesk and more. Premium plans provide more features, such as expanded file storage and better app integration. For Android and iOS. Free with your Slack subscription level.
A lot of our days are spent helping our clients with custom integrations and developments to automate their tasks. So we were excited to be introduced to IFTTT (If This Then That). If you find yourself wasting a lot of time with repetitive internet tasks, or just want to automate tasks on your phone, the app comes with a variety of pre-built "applets" that automate tasks -- like backing up photos to cloud accounts, messaging your roommate or family if you're near the grocery, or having your smart lights turn themselves on when you return home from work. In addition to the pre-built applets, users can also build custom tasks from these applets and services, combining multiple tasks and triggers in an "If This, Then That" structure.
For Android and iOS. Free.
We are Podcast lovers, and can appreciate some extra functionality for a few bucks with an app we spend a lot of time on. We know what you’re asking: why bother paying for a third-party podcast app when iPhones already have one built-in? More features, that’s why! We appreciate some of Pocket Casts advantages over Apple’s software, such as customizable skip intervals, Chromecast and Sonos support, the ability to boost voices over background noise, and even a selection of themes. For Android and iOS. $3.99.
Paper by Fifty Three
Drawing apps aren't just for kids! We found this solution for one of our clients, and fell in like with it ourselves. It may have started life as a drawing and notebook app, but it's since expanded its functions to include checklists, photo annotations and general note-taking, all while retaining the app's expressive drawing engine and analogue feel. It has a notebook system for easy organizing of all your pieces. Once you're done, your work can be exported into PDF, Keynote or Powerpoint formats for easy use. Free, for iOS.
Ready to learn how you can work smarter, not harder by making your systems work for you? We can have a 10 minute consultation and come up with ways a custom integration can work for your business. Contact Us