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Must-have iOS Apps for Businesses

Must-have iOS Apps for Businesses

When the iPhone first launched with the iOS platform almost a decade ago, there was hardly any fanfare. Keyboard-enabled PDAs and gadgets ruled the business scene, and iOS-based devices struggled to catch up with those relatively cheaper business devices at the time.

A few years later, however, Apple’s tweaks and improvements turned the iOS platform into one of the most popular areas of interest for app developers. As a result, over 1.5 million iOS applications have been developed for the App Store so far, with some of these providing businesses with the best features for staying productive and organized on-the-go.

This curated list provides an in-depth look at some of the iOS apps that will allow businesses to stay in charge of their affairs – both remotely and behind the desk.

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1. Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is one of the oldest and most popular applications for handling documents, and for good reason. The Office suite incorporates a number of different applications commonly found on desktop versions, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for your presentations. Office also comes with OneNote, which is great for playing around with your business documents from the comfort of your iPhone and iPad.

Microsoft Office allows you to create and edit documents and also integrates cloud functionality to help you share your documents with other users on different platforms, including Mac and Windows PCs.

2. Genius Scan

Genius Scan is a free iOS app that will allow you to create good-looking PDF files from images taken with your iPhone or iPad camera. Genius Scan comes with different features and settings that let you adjust lighting, zoom, and other camera settings to create the best quality images for creating professional PDF files. The PDFs you create can then be shared via email, text, Google Drive, Dropbox, and other cloud-based apps.

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3. Newton Mail

Newton Mail is a useful app developed by CloudMagic that removes the hassle of email management for your business emails. This subscription-based service comes with handy features such as push notifications for most types of emails, including Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook/Hotmail, Office 365, iCloud, and any other email accounts configured via IMAP.

Newton also allows you to pull back sent emails before they are read (preventing that huge email blunder before it’s seen), get “read” status for each email, “snooze” incoming emails, and schedule emails to be sent later.

4. Adobe Reader

Another old-schooler, Adobe Reader is an essential PDF tool that most of us can’t really do without. In fact, many device manufacturers and vendors are shipping smartphones with at least the free version of Adobe Reader, which is a testament to its importance. The free version will let you view PDF files, add notes and annotations, and share your PDF files with other users via the cloud. For advanced features, such as PDF conversion and encryption, you will have to upgrade to the annual subscription plan.

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5. Slack

Businesses that work with multiple teams will benefit greatly from Slack. With over 3 million active daily users, Slack enables teams to communicate more effectively via real-time chats, set goals, and manage tasks remotely. Getting Slack on your iPhone and tablet enables you and your team to stay even more productive remotely, and it may well replace your email provider.

6. MailChimp

If you regularly run email campaigns for your business, you might already be aware of the desktop version of MailChimp and its many wonderful abilities. Users around the world use MailChimp to send email newsletters to over 10 billion recipients every month. The iOS version of the app allows users to do the same thing on their smartphones and tablets.

Users can create, edit, and email newsletters, plus use email analytics to check whether emails were received and opened.

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7. Pocket

Pocket is a nifty little app that enables you to save articles for later reading. It can be useful for the average businessperson who wants to catch up on news articles while on the move, especially in areas without Wi-Fi or internet connectivity. You can also save videos and unlock additional features with a monthly subscription, including searching and tagging text within articles.

Conclusion

Having a couple of these apps installed on your iPhone or iPad will go a long way in helping you stay productive and organized in and out of the office. However, with hundreds of thousands of apps listed on the App Store, ensure you only install what you need to reduce distractions and possible bursts of unproductive behavior in the office.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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