Apps – November

In a constant search for the latest apps to help your business function more efficiently and safely David Dungay has been looking at some of the most innovative apps of today. If its security measures or simply handy tools for your everyday working life then you’ll find something here for you.

Office Mobile (Office 365 Subscribers)

Office Mobile is unfortunately a little on the pricey side like its big brother (desktop version). The problem is if you spend your time using Microsoft Office, which a lot of you will, then having the Mobile app is quite simply revolutionary. Creating and editing documents and then syncing it in the cloud through several devices is just a breeze.

You can view and edit MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents wherever you are and the best thing is the formatting. The documents look like they would on the desktop because it can support charts and graphics.You can make edits and share it through SkyDrive or SharePoint.

The price of Office Mobile For Office 365 varies depending on the tier that you want. The Office Mobile app works on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

TripIt – Travel Organizer

TripIt is great for frequent travellers as it makes it easier to organise and share travel itineraries. As you receive confirmation e-mails from the different services that you book with, you will need to forward them to plans@tripit.com.

TripIt can recognize reservations from over 3,000 booking sites including cruises, concerts, and restaurants. You can share trip plans through e-mail, Facebook and LinkedIn contacts.  By organizing your travel information, the TripIt app can help you avoid missing a flight, dinner reservations or even a car hire reservation. The app is free but you can get a version with no ads for just £0.69. TripIt is available on iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone.

Mint.com Personal Finance

Finances getting on top of you? Mint.com makes it easier to tracking all of your spending habits in a single place. The Mint.com app tells you where you have been spending and how you can save money. Mint.com also creates a customised budget based on your actual spending. You can use the Mint app and website to track your bank, credit, loans, mortgages and retirement budgets. Available on iOS for free.

BillMinder 

Every business has some form of recurring expenses. Billminder helps you track these expenses through the use of reports and comprehensive graphs. The bills can be synced between devices and alerts can be set for them. Billminder can also make recommendations on where you can save money. We all have this issue and many of you will be working in SMBs where having a reminder to pay regular bills would be extremely beneficial. Available for £1.49 for iOS and Android.

Fantastical

Fantastical is an iPhone calendar app that’s ridiculously easy to use. Besides keeping you organised, the app’s best feature lets you enter simple phrases, which it will then translate into a calendar appointment automatically.

For example you can type, “meeting with Ian Hunter, Comms Business” and Fantastical will automatically handle your request. Currently costs £2.99 on iOS.

Awesome Note HD

This is not the first notes app we have featured and it probably won’t be the last. The app allows you to integrate your notes, calendars and to do lists in one place which is easy to use and reach. It’s great for keeping track of plans, thoughts and ideas. It synchronises with EverNote and iCal to be the one stop shop for everything a business owner or entrepreneur could need to keep track and plan ahead. Currently available at £2.99 on iOS and Android.

GolfLogix GPS – For Fun

Download your local course to check your location on the course via GPS as you play. You can target distances to various points on the course and through the partnership with GolfNow you can schedule tee times at 80% of the golf courses in the world. What more could you want…a calorie counter? Yes it has that too! Available on iOS and Android for free.

Quip – Editors Pick

Quip is the new kid on the block which is pitching itself directly as an alternative to Office. It is a word processing app which can be used to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations. You can also use the app to collaborate on blog posts or even manager projects.

Quip is made by Facebook’s former chief technology officer. The app also syncs to a desktop version. Currently the app is free and only available on iOS

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine
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