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10 Fabulous Web And Mobile Apps Guaranteed To Boost Productivity

10 Fabulous Web And Mobile Apps Guaranteed To Boost Productivity

At this year’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that there are 900,000 apps in the App Store already. We can only speculate when the one millionth app will be released, but the number is still impressive nevertheless.

However, the term “app” is not reserved to iPhone or iPad only, so let’s take a broader look at the whole market of various mobile and online apps. And the apps featured here are not just an accidental set of 10 cool things. They really have the potential to introduce you to your more productive self, especially if you’re a freelancer or someone working on independent projects with various clients.

But let’s start with something general, an app that comes handy to all people who value productive work and easy access to data:

1. SugarSync

Official: SugarSync

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    Available for: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile.

    SugarSync was released as a competitor to Dropbox, which still is the most well-known solution for online data backup and synchronization. But as it turns out, SugarSync does stand apart in this niche by providing some great features. First of all, SugarSync apps are real. This means that each app allows you to do any standard operation on your files, and not just view them like in some Dropbox apps.

    Secondly, you can synchronize any folder on your computer, not just one, and you can even synchronize stuff selectively. For example, some folders can be synchronized on both your desktop and your laptop, while others can stay laptop-exclusive.

    Thirdly, it’s just as automatic and hands-free as Dropbox, so you don’t even notice it working in the background.

    2. Mailbox

    Official: Mailbox

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      Mailbox, an app with very basic sounding name, is taking the market by storm. Every day, more and more people get excited about it, and not without a reason.

      The main strength of Mailbox is that it makes email sensible again. Or in other words, it helps you be productive when working with email.

      Mailbox connects to your Gmail account (they promise to enable other providers soon) and helps you manage your inbox by adding a whole range of cool features. Just to name a few: you can swipe messages to archive or trash them, scan an entire conversation with a chat-like interface, snooze emails, postpone them for later, and many more. In some ways, Mailbox is a user interface design masterpiece.

      3. Bidsketch

      Official: Bidsketch

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        Bidsketch is a tool for any freelancer, agency, or consultant who wants to make their client proposals better, more functional and less hassle to tame.

        The tool is web-based and lets you manage your proposals from anywhere. Plus, the easy-to-use proposal creator makes it possible to build a completely new proposal and send it out in less than an hour. Compare this to the traditional method of using a combination of Word and email. The team at Bidsketch actually knows a thing or two about freelancing productively.

        Not only that, but Bidsketch also tracks every proposal and notifies you when the client views it. This is great for clients themselves too because they get to approve or decline your proposals right away, and even sign them electronically if needed.

        4. Buffer

        Official: Buffer

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          Buffer started as a simple web app for buffering your tweets to be sent out throughout the day automatically.

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          The idea was that not every part of the day is perfect to tweet, and also that sending too many tweets one after another might put off your followers. Such things don’t sound scary for personal use, but if you’re tweeting on your company’s behalf then it’s a different story.

          Buffer has grown a lot since then and now lets you manage your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, all at the same time. Plus, you get access to full analytics and click stats for every account. But the best part is that Buffer offers apps for iOS, Android, browser extensions and is even integrated into many other services across the web, like: Pocket, Feedly, Instapaper, and most recently Followerwonk.

          5. Pocket

          Official: Pocket

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            In my opinion, it’s the best app for creating and managing your own personal “read later” list.

            The way that Pocket functions is very straightforward on the user’s part. When you stumble upon something you want to read later, all you do is click a small Pocket button in your browser (or other device), which will save the article into your “read later” list. Then, whenever you have a moment, you can fire up the main Pocket list and go back to some of the articles you’ve saved.

            The power of Pocket lies in the number of available apps and platforms. You can get it as a browser extension, an app for Mac, a mobile app for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, WebOS and more.

            6. Basecamp

            Official: Basecamp

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              In short, Basecamp is THE project management tool of today. Its main interface is web-based, but there is an additional iPhone app available, so you can have a look at things on the go too.

              The power of Basecamp is that it offers a clear dashboard-like thing for any given project of yours. On this dashboard, you can view things like: discussions, to-do lists, files that have been attached to the project, text documents, and so on. The tool also features multiple user accounts for a single project/company, so you can collaborate with your colleagues to make your work more productive than ever.

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              Basecamp is premium. If you’d like a free alternative, check out Teambox.

              7. Remember The Milk (RTM)

              Official: Remember The Milk

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                If it’s just simple task management you’re after then RTM will provide you with all the functionality you’d need.

                What’s great about it (apart from the name itself) is that the tool is available as a web based thing, but also through multiple mobile devices running iOS, Android, or BlackBerry’s operating system. Moreover, you can integrate it with various online services like: Gmail, Google Calendar, MS Outlook, Evernote, or even Twitter (yes, you can add tasks via Twitter).

                When it comes to the user interface, there are a lot of keyboard shortcuts available, just to make your everyday work even faster.

                8. Microsoft OneNote for iOS or Evernote

                Official: OneNote and Evernote

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                  Both of these tools are meant to make note-taking easier, more accessible and functional. Microsoft’s thing is a new addition to the App Store, while Evernote has been with us for quite a while. I’m listing these tools together so you can make your own choice and pick the one that seems more suitable for your needs.

                  There are some differences between them but the core functionality is the same. You can take a note, any kind of note actually, and have it synced to the cloud automatically. Both tools support pictures, text, lists, quick notes, to-do lists and so on.

                  OneNote notes can be created on iPad and iPhone apps, as well as through the native desktop software – Microsoft OneNote. Evernote, on the other hand, offers apps for: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, BlackBerry and more, so in some cases it can be the more functional choice.

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                  Actually, my opinion is kind of biased because I’ve been using Evernote for years and am quite used to it.

                  9. TopNotes for iOS

                  Official: TopNotes

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                    Various “visual” note taking apps are very trendy nowadays. The idea is that you can work with your iPad or iPhone just like with a piece of paper. This means that you can select various pens, pencils, colors and create a great looking note incorporating your own hand-made drawings, charts, diagrams, sketches, or whatever else.

                    The only problem with most apps like this that I’ve tested is that there are simply too many in-app purchases. Usually, you get just one pen and one color, and if you want to customize your note in any way, you have to pay (sometimes insane amounts of money). This is not the case with TopNotes and that’s why it’s made the list. It offers a number of brushes right off the bat and you don’t have to pay extra for the privilege to change the color. In short, the app just works, with no hassle.

                    10. AOL Reader or Digg Reader

                    Official: AOL Reader and Digg Reader

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                      Since Google Reader is now dead, it’s about time to find a replacement. Now, most people know about Feedly, but I want to guide your attention towards two other tools that are also in this game: AOL Reader and Digg Reader.

                      They have very similar interfaces and very similar functionality. More than that, the interfaces resemble the original Google Reader’s interface, which is surely an intentional ploy by their creators.

                      Both tools have their pros and cons though. Digg has an iOS app available, but AOL gives you a more functional interface with some fine-tuning possibilities. In the end, it’s up to you which tool you’ll end up using. I personally haven’t decided yet, and I’m constantly going back and forth between them.

                      What other apps do you use to boost your productivity?

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                      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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