I am a big fan of productivity apps and have tried most of the popular ones. Once I download the app, I begin by being enthused, but eventually they don’t keep me interested. I think the features and functions of the Google Keep can keep me invested in this one. The user interface is clean, the learning curve minimal and the functionality is varied to meet many needs.
I have to admit that I enjoy housework, but tend to procrastinate. My dream is to commit to a regular schedule of cleaning that doesn’t involve devoting a whole day to the process. Using the Tody for iPhone or iPad app allows you to plan your long-term and short-term cleaning projects, schedule them and get reminders. With this app I can balance my work, hobbies and responsibilities and keep a clean house. I think this is going to become one of my favorite apps.
Total Score: 29.5 Looking for a way to manage all of your passwords? Passible (for iPhone or iPad) is an elegant solution. I loaded all my passwords and have used it regularly – if not daily. I used another password manager for about a year. I found it easy to add passwords, but hard to find them. And, my previous app didn’t have the ability to export/import passwords. So, all my problems are solved and I am an evangelist for this app!
The Plunge of Icarus is a cinenovel. If you have never heard of or seen a cinenovel – you are in for a treat. You can read it like a traditional book, listen to the narrated version and add music. Leave your reality and become part of this new world. It is a classic hero novel, complete with true love. It is a cautionary tale about war. It is a sci-fi story that seems contemporary. It is hard to imagine you can pack all of that into a novel – but they did. You are immersed in the story and will not want to leave.
Want to lose weight? Log your food with Lose It. It works – all the time. There are a several top apps to log food, Lose It is one of the best. Once you have a clear idea of what you are eating, you’ll naturally adjust, limit, and then change as needed. It is colorful, easy to use, and has a few social aspects that may help you come back often. Give it a try to see what you think.
Update: Lose it has upped their game by adding Apple Watch functionality to the app. For you Watch users, you can add a complication to your watch face that gives you an indicator of how you are doing each day. You’ll see a number (the number of calories you have left in the day) and an up or down arrow. Up means you are over your mark, down means you have some room for that snack. It made this app worth another try.
Day One is the Journal app you have been looking for. It is super easy to use, combines words and photos, a reminder function and the ability to auto add location and weather. I admit to having this app installed for a long time. I just didn’t have the desire to journal or test the app. One day, after using Loop Journal for a while, I decided to try to use Day One as well. For about 30 days, I have kept both and find each to have their benefits. Loop Journal prompts you to enter your thoughts on a specific topic, Day One is more free flowing.
Total Score: 27 Loop Journal is easy to use and makes keeping track of your thoughts and ideas seamless. I have tried a number of apps with this type of functionality, but none captured my attention like this one. I look forward to the questions, and often look ahead to see the next day’s question so I can think about it. I schedule the prompt for early evening when I sit down to relax. It helps me put my day in context. I have used it for about two months. I can’t wait until it circles back next year.
There are certainly many ways to create a reminder. Photo Reminders uses all the best ways to remind yourself to do something – voice, image and text. Need peanut butter, snap a photo and send yourself a reminder when you know you are going to the grocery store. See a great pair of shoes at store. Snap a photo and send yourself a note to remind you to do an online search. You’ll think of all kinds of ways to use this app—phone calls to make, classes to attend, medicine to take, etc.
Is Italy on your bucket list? Or do you look at Italian menus and wonder what kind of sauce is going to be on your pasta? Watch a movie and wonder what they just ordered? If so, Italy Foods, is a handy translation app for translating, and learning to pronounce foods in Italian. And, of course, if you are Italian, and want to translate your favorite foods into English, then this is for you as well. Then, add to that the functionality that makes it part diary— you can capture and share your favorite dishes.
Have you always wanted an assistant who would see that you wake up in the morning. Essentially giving the responsibility to someone else. Well, this app goes a long way to granting that wish. You set the alarm, and believe me, getting the darn thing to stop ringing is a challenge. There won’t be any oversleeping when you use this app. Give Carrot Alarm – Talking Alarm Clock a try.
Back in the day (a year ago?) you had to go into the app store and purposefully update any apps. That gave you the opportunity to read the release notes and see what was new. It wasn’t exactly a burden, but Apple improved iOS and made those updates automatic. Now, you have to go to the App Store, tap updates, and then read. It’s a couple of steps, but should you do it? I think so, read on if you want to know why.
HoursTracker 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.
There 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.
PumpUp – Health & Fitness Community is the social networking equivalent of Instagram. But that’s not all it does, you can build workouts as well! You share your fitness photos and successes with your friends and get the opportunity to brag a little, along with being inspired by others. I usually share the photos I created in FitSnap.
FitSnap is a great app to capture your fitness event photos. It is motivational and sharable. It has a lot of sports options and is really easy to use. This app captions and frames your fitness photo and makes it easy to save the image and/or share it through mail, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.