Category Archives: Productivity

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Track Your Time With HoursTracker Pro

Total Score:  27.5

HoursTracker logoHoursTracker Pro can assist you with tracking time you spend on tasks/jobs.  You may need it to document billable hours, or you may just want to know how long you spend on each task to better manage your time.  If you need a record of your time, then this app is invaluable, if you are just interested in time tracking, then it is helpful.   It is easy to understand what you need to do with no complicated functions.  I have been experimenting with time tracking for about six weeks.  This is the first app that I found to meet my needs.  I’m not saying there aren’t others out there – just that this one clicked with me.

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Sleep Better With the Sleep Machine App

Total Score:  28.5

Sleep Machine logoThere is so much noise in the world we all need a little help to shut it out.  Sleep Machine app provides you with ample functionality to create white noise, show a digital clock, set an alarm and generally meet all your sleep time needs.  Give it a try to see if you get a better night’s sleep.

 

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FastCalc – Easy and Quick Calculator

Total Score:  27.5

If you are looking for a calculator that is loaded with features, FastCalc is the one for you and is available for both the iPhone and iPad.  With touch functionality, you can add numbers and change from multiplication, to division to addition easily.   Not only that, you can change the display from the plain gray and white shown in the photos to vivid and interesting colors.

 

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Piikki: Receipt Scanner & Expense Reports – Scan and Store

Total Score:  27.5

Piikki: Receipt Scanner & Expense Report app for iPad and iPhone is a cross between a scanner and a money management app.  Through scanning your receipts you can create files by expense type and view expense charts.  Not only can you save your receipts, but you can organize them for future IRS filings, company expenses, or by member of the family.

 

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IFTTT App – Create If This, Then That Scenarios

Total Score:  29.5

IFTTT app allows you to create recipes for actions.  The recipes are “if this, then that” scenarios.  If breaking news happens about your favorite sports team, you can set up a text message.You can set up text messages to warn you about weather alerts.  Since IFTTT connects to email, social media, sports, health and other apps there are a fair number of options to create “recipes” for actions for you.  I wasn’t sure I would like this, but I am getting regular emails about free Kindle books and have downloaded a fair number of them.  I’ve also passed on a number of them – but I wouldn’t have found the books without IFTTT.  And, I’m sure Amazon would appreciate this, liked the books so much that I purchased additional books by the author.

 

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NoteSuite Hits a Homerun – Best App for Notes and Tasks

Total Score:  29

NoteSuite may just be the best note-taking, task-management app I have found.  It has amazing functionality and works well on a day-to-day basis.  I know I’ve said this before, but this is my go to app.  I’ve already recommended it to a number of friends and tested in real-world situations.  As you can tell, I’m pretty impressed with this app.  Read on to find out what functionality makes this app special.

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Managing Mail Just Got Easier with the Mailbox App

Total Score:  28.5

I have to admit that I wasn’t searching for a new mailbox and was satisfied with the functionality of the one supplied by Apple.  I know there are a lot of better mailboxes out there, but I need one that combines my Google, Yahoo and POP accounts.  Why would I switch to one that only handled my Google account.  Well, the functionality of the Orchestra, Inc. iPad and iPhone Mailbox looked to be significantly improved and it promises to add other options.  With that promise, I downloaded the app and fell in love.

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Finish – Stop Procrastinating and Finish Your Tasks

Total Score:  29.5

Finish is a procrastinator’s dream – well, if your dream is to finish things.  This app allows you to see your short-term, mid-term and long-term tasks at a glance.  This app helps you stay focused on what you committed to work on during a certain time and still keeps what’s coming up visible.  You might gather from my app reviews that I have a lot of tasks and I struggle to keep up with them.  That would be completely accurate. I have tried a lot of productivity, to-do type apps and now, Finish is my go to app.

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Pixies – Fun With Photos

Total Score:  29

One of the joys of using an iPhone is the ability to take and manipulate photos.  The name of this app, Pixies – Fun with Photos really tells you all you need to know.  The only other thing you need to know is that it’s so easy.  This is one of those apps that just makes you want to go through your camera roll, add to your photos and share them.  Continue reading

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Taskboard – Simple Lists and Visual Worklow

Total Score:  29.5

I have a lot of tasks on my plate.  I continue to search for a simple way to keep track of them.  About a year ago someone told me to write my tasks on index cards and prioritize them by color.  I liked the method, but I couldn’t really keep it up because I needed to see all the tasks at once.  This app, Taskboard – Simple Lists and Visual Workflow is just what I needed.  I love the ability to see an overview of what is outstanding and the ease of moving the tasks around.  I think you will too.     Continue reading

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Organize with iPlan myTime

Total Score:  27

Having a good planning tool is a critical part of staying organized.  You should look at iPlan myTime and see if it fits your needs.  You can add projects, then tasks under projects, see them in calendar view and in a timeline view.   You can also share an image of the timeline.  Perhaps the most important to me, is cloud support. Continue reading

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Do it All with Any.DO

Total Score:  29.5

I test a lot of productivity apps because I crave organization.  I am not organized by nature, so I need a lot of help.  I want options to order reminders by date, by category, prioritize some – but not others, get reminders, add, and move them around easily.  Any.DO does all those things, and a few more.

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Listen on the Go with the Lisgo Text to Voice Reader for Web News

Total Score:  29.5

There is nothing I enjoy more than having someone read to me.  I love audio books and now can enjoy a similar experience with articles I’ve selected from the internet or news aggregators like Zite or Flipboard.  You get all of that with Lisgo Text to Speech Voice Reader for Web News.   There is also an iPad version. Continue reading

30/30 App Helps You Make the Most of Your Time

Total Score: 29.5

Most people struggle with time management.  I would certainly include myself in that group.   I have multiple projects and tasks that need to be accomplished and I sometimes spend too much time on one task and fail to leave enough for the next.  They are equally important, but I do not devote the appropriate resources to each.  That problem may just be at an end.  With the 30/30 app for iPad or iPhone, you can determine how much time you plan to spend on each task and receive a reminder when it is time to switch.  I can see that this would also help you understand how much time each task takes.  This app is so much more than a timer. Continue reading