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8 Apps You Need To Make iPhone And Mac Perfectly Work Together

8 Apps You Need To Make iPhone And Mac Perfectly Work Together

With the upcoming release of iOS7.1 and OSX Yosemite there will be a lot more that people can do between their iPhones, iPads, and their Macs. That said, some people may not want to upgrade their devices yet and some may have devices too old to be upgraded. If either of those sound like your case then you can still get a good amount of work done between your iOS and Mac with these eight applications.

1. Notifyr

iPhone and Mac

    Notifyr is an application that allows you to get notifications on your Mac from your iPhone. That means things like text messages, emails, Whatsapp notifications, and pretty much any other notifications will pop up on your Mac so you know that they’re there. Unfortunately you cannot use Notifyr or its Mac companion app to respond to these notifications. It just lets you know that it’s there. A few issues here and there have also been reported but generally it seems to be working rather well.

    2. Knock

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    iPhone and Mac

      Knock is an interesting application that allows you to unlock your Mac using your iPhone. The premise is fairly simple. You install the application on your Mac and your iPhone and then link them. Once linked you can then hit a button on your iPhone to unlock your Mac. This can be great for people who don’t want to enter a password over and over again but still want a secured Mac. It’s simple to install and easy to use.

      3. Command-C

      iPhone and Mac

        Command-C is a simple application that allows you to copy and paste text from your Mac to your iPhone and vice versa using your local WiFi network. It’s simple to use and it doesn’t require having the application open. The only potential worry is that you must be connected to the same Wifi network as your Mac so that the app can do its job. You won’t be copying text on your iPhone at work and having someone paste it at home on your Mac or vice versa. Otherwise it works really well.

        4. Type2Phone

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        iPhone and Mac

          Type2Phone is an application that lets you type on your iPhone using the keyboard on your Mac. This can be incredibly useful if you do a lot of work at your Mac and you don’t want to undock or pick up your iPhone to answer every message. Simply click in the text box, type out your message, and then go back to work on your Mac with no worries.

          5. Dialogue

          Dialogue is an application that lets you answer phone calls on your Mac from your iPhone. When iOS7.1 and Yosemite get released, this feature will actually be a stock feature on both so this app won’t be needed much anymore. Until that time comes, this is the best alternative. Some people have had some issues and some features aren’t supported such as making calls from your Mac. It’s a little buggy but it gets the job done for the most part.

          6. iProcrastinate

          iPhone and Mac

            If you’re in the market for a task management application that works on both iOS and Mac then iProcrastinate is a great app to try. You can add tasks between platforms so if you remember something you need to do and you’re not near your Mac, you can easily add it to the app in iOS and it’ll sync over. This is great for the businessman on the go who doesn’t want to make the same edits across both platforms.

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            7. PhotoSync

            iPhone and Mac

              PhotoSync is the answer if you want to transfer photos to your Mac without using a cable or iTunes. It’s a very simple app to use. Just download it on both platforms and you can transfer your images at will. It has decent ratings and there haven’t been a lot of bugs reported. If you want better control of your image sync on both Mac and iOS then this is the way to do it.

              8. Evernote

              iPhone and Mac

                Evernote is an amazing application on any platform but it does have the capabilities to work well between Mac and iOS. When you install both apps and login in, you can sync all information between your device and Evernote. Since you can do a heap of things with Evernote, this can help you perform a lot of tasks and save a lot of things between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. You can even create an Evernote contact in your phone with your personal Evernote email and have Siri send emails to it if you want to do it that way. Millions of people use Evernote and there’s a reason. It’s pretty fantastic.

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                A lot of these apps will be rendered useless by iOS7.1 and Yosemite. Specifically ones that deal with phone calls and notifications. If you do upgrade to those, be sure to switch over to the built-in stuff because it will likely be more stable and contain more features. Until then, use these apps and enjoy a more involved experienced using your Mac and iOS together!

                Featured photo credit: Janet Tokerud via janet.tokerud.com

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                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                Joe’s Goals

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                  Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                  Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                  Daytum

                    Daytum

                    is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                    Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                    Excel or Numbers

                      If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                      What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                      Evernote

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                        I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                        Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                        Access or Bento

                          If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                          Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                          You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                          Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                          All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                          Conclusion

                          I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                          What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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