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Five Tablet Apps for Productivity

Posted March 09, 2013 12:00 AM by SavvyExacta
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Initially I said I didn't want an e-reader or a tablet. Now I have both and love using them in certain situations. The e-reader's a great alternative to carrying several books when I travel; the tablet easily makes my work much more portable than a clunky laptop.

Most importantly, the tablet helps me stay connected. There are a number of apps that I use for work, connectivity, and productivity. Here are five:

1. Splashtop - This remote desktop app allows me to connect to my PCs from anywhere. The free version allows connection to any laptop on the same network or one that you can access via VPN. I connect to my work computer by VPN and connect to my home computer from home to access certain files or software.

2. Evernote - I use Evernote to write blog posts, create lists, and brainstorm. It's a great way to save information that can be accessed anywhere, either via the website or an app on a tablet or smart phone. This is an app that I use almost every day, especially when I'm working.

3. join.me - This service allows you to share your computer screen with others. A free, easy alternative to tools like WebEx, it's great for virtual meetings and conference calls. A picture's worth 1,000 words and being able to see what someone's explaining can really help with understanding complex points in a meeting.

4. Dragon Dictation - If you're not the best typist, this app is a great one for converting speech to text. (It's also good for those who like to hear themselves talk!) I've tested it a few times and it understands me quite well; the opposite of the trouble I have with most automated phone systems!

5. HootSuite - Another tool that's available as a web-based application, HootSuite is a social media management tool. I schedule tweets for @CR4_News, respond to messages, and keep an eye on the social media conversation. It's compatible with major social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Apps I don't like? For some reason I can't get the hang of the LinkedIn app. I prefer the experience of using that social network in a web browser. Same goes for Google Reader. I've tried Feedly but I really prefer using the original Google Reader to catch up on my favorite RSS feeds.

How about you? What are your favorite apps? Any that you wish existed?

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03/11/2013 7:21 AM

Question? Are any of the apps you named available for Android? Is there an analagous app for Android?

In answer to your question, I like the several reader apps available for both Android and Ipad, that fill the functions of the whole E-Reader "clan". I use an Android pad with the Kindle software and others on it, as well as an app available for accessing public library "stacks" all over the US, which ALSO lets me download (i.e., check out) books from the library. It is called Overdrive Media. It, too, is available for both Android and I-devices.

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03/11/2013 8:23 AM

Most of them are available on Android - not sure about Dragon Dictation.

I don't use my tablet as an eReader for books because I don't like reading for long periods of time on the iPad's screen. (I read on my Kindle or a real book.) I do use my tablet to read the RSS feeds I subscribe to.

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03/11/2013 11:39 AM

Thanks. I prefer to hold a book in my hand, personally. But I find that the Tecarta Bible software works well for me, and makes it easier to carry my Bible and all my note-taking methods in one hand, since Tecarta enables copy-paste of verses, with reference.

I also like "ColorNotes" for taking notes on my Android pad or phone. It creates and edits in both text and checklist form, and let's you use the color of the note as a code for it's content, family, theme, or whatever other grouping/filing method you might choose. And notes written in ColorNotes will e-mail through your Idevice/Android e-mail handler, also.

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03/11/2013 8:59 AM

Favorite Apps (aside from the obligatory Google Maps, GMail, and Google Translate):

Pleco- Anyone who is learning Chinese, just visiting China, or just wants to have a English/Chinese Dictionary on them, Pleco is the best choice. It can go further than a quick translation, as it can also show you how you would use a particular word in a sentence, and even how to draw the character. It also has OCR (Optical Character Recognition) so you can simply hold the camera of the phone up to some Chinese text and it will translate it for you in real time.

GoodReader: Allows you to download PDF files, store them, and is an overall great PDF reader. Well worth the $5.

Beejive GT: Puts all your instant messaging apps together into one messenger (GTalk, Chat, AIM, etc)

Wordfeud: A nice "Scrabble" app that is way better than the standard Scrabble. Good for a quick shot of dopamine while waiting in line somewhere or just relaxing. PM me for my username if you're up to a challenge.

Instapaper: Allows you to save articles for reading offline later. Also formats the articles into a usually better-looking format.

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Official Swype for iPhone: There is a version called TouchPal for jailbroken iPhones and it works okay.

Also, I haven't used it yet, but I hear IFTTT is a great new way to manage social media, emails, etc.

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03/11/2013 12:45 PM

I have been considering exchanging my iPad for a Samsung note tablet, but I may reconsider after I explore the Evernote app. It seems they have a Penultimate app that you can use with the Evernote that will allow you to write, scribble and sketch easily using a pen. If it turns out to be as easy to use as the note is, I will keep my iPad and use this app with it. The Samsung note has many advantages, but I can be convinced to keep my iPad if I can find some free, or not too expensive apps, to make it work. Thanks for the info. My husband has used Dragon Dictation for years on his phone, laptop and now his new tablet and loves it. Great tool.

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