IFTTT rebrands iOS client, launches three dedicated task automation apps

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2015

IFTTT (an abbreviation of If This Than That), a popular Internet mashup service, announced in a blog post Thursday that its flagship mobile app shall be known henceforth as just “IF by IFTTT”. Available free in the App Store, it features an updated icon and a revamped new look.

In addition to it, the company has announced a trio of task focused ‘Do’ apps: Do Button, Do Camera and Do Note, each available free in the App Store.

With these dedicated apps, and more to come in the future, users can create specific on-demand workflows and tie them to buttons for quick one-tap access. Read More


OneNote for Mac gains enhanced OCR features and other goodies

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2015

After adding the ability search for words in images to OneNote for the iPhone, iPad and Mac last summer, Microsoft today refreshed the Mac client by enhancing the somewhat limited functionality of the optical character recognition (OCR) feature.

In addition, the software contains other perks such as the ability to hide author initials in shared notebooks from the View tab and close the OneNote window without quitting the app.

OneNote for the Mac, iPhone and iPad is available at no cost through the Mac App Store and App Store. Read More


New Watch apps previewed: MoneyWiz and MileWiz

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 16, 2015

Ahead of its wearable release in April, Apple invited select developers to submit their Watch apps for the inclusion in the App Store. We’ve already seen previews of Todoist, we know eBay is working on a bidding Watch app and Nimblebit even created a puzzle game for it.

And now, developer SilverWiz has posted a pair of previews of its two productivity apps for the device: the personal finance app MoneyWiz 2 and the automatic mileage tracking software MileWiz. Read More


Paperfold redesigns the way you check your emails

By Lory Gil on Feb 10, 2015

Amongst the “inbox zero” hubbub that helps you make your email mess better organized, there are people who just don’t have need for such complex features. Maybe you just want a different way to view your email, a cuter way.

Paperfold is an iPad email app for people who don’t need a lot. It doesn’t offer forwarding, filtering, or task makers. It does, however, make your emails look good. The folding animation is attractive enough to make even the toughest email user wish for the simple life. Read More


Get 67% off the Five-Star Productivity Pack featuring Evernote, LastPass, Wunderlist, Pocket and Dropbox Pro

By iDB Deals on Feb 5, 2015

The Five-Star Productivity Pack features one year of Premium subscriptions for four of the most popular apps out there: Evernote, Wunderlist, LastPass, and Pocket. Just added today, the bundle now also includes a three-month subscription to Dropbox Pro. For a limited time, you can get Premium access to all of these top tier productivity apps for just $59.99 from iDownloadBlog Deals. Valued at over $180, that’s 67% off. Read More


Pushbullet sends all of your iOS notifications to your computer

By Lory Gil on Feb 5, 2015

Just in case you weren’t hearing enough dings, pings, and beeps from your various devices, now you can add one more to the mix. You may be able to get email, chat, and Facebook notification on OS X, but there are so many more alerts you miss out on when you are away from your iPhone. Plus, if you don’t use a Mac computer, you have even less options for syncing with your iOS device.

Pushbullet is a syncing app that shows you all of the notifications you receive on your iOS devices right on your Mac or PC. Plus, it acts as a channel so you can share links, pictures, and more between devices. Read More


Shifts is a calendar app for people who work irregular hours

By Lory Gil on Feb 3, 2015

If you know you have to be at work every weekday morning at 8 o’clock and are off at 5 o’clock, it is not difficult to remember your schedule. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a permanent schedule.

Shifts is a calendar app specifically designed for people who work different hours all of the time. Whether you are on-call every other weekend, work the night shift twice per month, or have two jobs to juggle, this app makes keeping track of your schedule a bit easier. Read More


Todoist shows off its Apple Watch productivity app

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2015

When I think of it, the more it seems to me that the Apple Watch will be a boon to my productivity. For instance, the Watch will send me meeting reminders and calendar invitations, which beats having to pull an iPhone out of my pocket.

Todoist, a cloud-based task and project-management service, promises to do the same for to-do lists. Their Watch app is nearly finished and now developers have shared screenshots (via TechCrunch) and a video which demonstrates how Todoist will bring to-do lists and task management to the wrist. Read More


LongScreen is a great app for combining screenshots

By Sébastien Page on Jan 28, 2015

I don’t think anyone takes more screenshots than an Apple blogger. They’re particularly convenient when doing an app review where you want to illustrate the post with proper screenshots showing the app in action. Oftentimes, we like to put screenshots side by side to give an even better overview of the app, which isn’t always a straightforward task.

Up until now, my workflow consisted of AirDropping screenshots to my iMac, and using a combination of Keyboard Maestro shortcuts and Pixelmator stitching. Painful! But thanks to a new app called LongScreen, this workflow is now considerably streamlined. Read More


CommitTo3 helps you pledge accountability to stay on tasks

By Lory Gil on Jan 26, 2015

Some tasks are easy to complete on your own, like washing dishes or feeding the cat. Others are harder and sometimes you need extra help to stick to them, like quitting smoking or exercising everyday. One way to stay on track is to ask your friends and family to hold you accountable to your goals.

CommitTo3 is a goal creation app that lets you work with teams to complete tasks. Whether it is a group-oriented project, or a personal goal that you need help staying committed to, you can gather your posse and get started. Read More


Getting things done all in one app is an easy task with Handle

By Lory Gil on Jan 23, 2015

Yes, there are dozens of apps out there that feature any number of different ways to keep your productivity levels at their maximum. Some of them catch my attention because they offer some new action to help speed up the workload.

Handle: To-Dos + Email + Calendar is a productivity app that features a section for Gmail, to-do lists, and access to your Google Calendar. We’ve got a quick app review of Handle for your reading pleasure. Read More


Google Docs, Sheets and Slides gain Touch ID support and other new features

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2015

After adding a new Incoming section to Docs, Sheets and Slides iOS apps which lets you see all of the files that have been shared with you, Google on Wednesday issued another refresh to its trio of productivity applications for the iPhone and iPad.

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides now feature Touch ID support for passcode lock to keep your documents, app settings and more safe from prying eyes.

In addition to that, each app has gained a few noteworthy enhancements such as a brand new spell-checker in Docs, mentioned after the break. Read More


Dropbox buys Office document-editing app CloudOn, service shutting down in March

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2015

Dropbox has snapped up CloudOn, a cloud-based Microsoft Office document editing application. The company said in a blog post announcing the deal that its more than 30 employees will be joining the Dropbox team and confirmed shutting down the service on March 15, 2015.

The free CloudOn iOS app, which launched in 2012, has been updated today with a note confirming the service will be no longer accepting new users as a result of the deal. Read More


Microsoft now gives you first month free when you sign up for an Office 365 subscription

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 15, 2015

Microsoft’s Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for the iPhone and iPad allow anyone to edit, create and view Office files on the go at no cost, but advanced features such as a more powerful editing capability, Dropbox integration and more is locked behind a paid for Office 365 subscription.

In the hope of encouraging as many Office for iOS users as possible to move up to the subscription model, the software maker on Thursday said it’s now treating you to the first month free if you sign up for an Office 365 subscription. Read More


BlueSkyMe for iPad debuts: manage your time, relationships and projects

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2015

The App Store has some tremendously useful apps to get the most out of your busy schedule, but wouldn’t it be nice if there was a single app to manage your contacts, mails, reminders and calendars and activities instead of a fiddling with a multitude of different applications from multiple devs?

Now there is: BlueSkyMe by Dynamic Elements. The iPad productivity app gives you a comprehensive outlook of your time, relationships and projects in one place. Read More


10 apps to start the New Year off right

By Lory Gil on Jan 1, 2015

It is finally 2015 and we’ve all got big dreams and big goals for the New Year. I love setting resolutions, but hate trying to keep to them. My biggest problems are with staying fit and keeping organized. I start off with a bang, but eventually lose momentum after a few months.

Whether you are fighting to shed that “winter coat” you gained during the holidays, or are looking for a better way to get your life organized, we’ve got a list of apps to help you start the New Year off right. Read More


The best Productivity apps of 2014

By Lory Gil on Dec 29, 2014

Apple’s newest desktop and mobile operating systems have supercharged productivity in a big way. We’re not just talking about complex task lists, but new ways to create, save, and share documents and files, better access to important information, and syncing across devices better than anything in the past. This year, we submitted our favorite productivity apps to launch in 2014 and voted on them. Below is a list of the winner, the runner-ups, and our all-time best productivity app.

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The Hit List will help you organize your life in time for the New Year

By Lory Gil on Dec 23, 2014

Around this time of year, I start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. I’ll admit that I only keep about half of my resolutions, but half is better than none, right? One goal that is always on my list is to get more organized. It is also one that I fail to meet nearly every year.

The Hit List is a complex organizer for the iPhone that lets you make multiple lists, make project cards with due dates, and organize tasks by categories. Plus, sync with The Hit List for Mac to always be on top of your daily, weekly, and long-term projects. Read More


PowerPoint for iOS now works in portrait

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2014

Software maker Microsoft this morning issued a minor update to its mobile Office apps available in the App Store. Word, Excel and PowerPoint for the iPhone and iPad have received a few bug fixes and one new feature.

Specifically, PowerPoint for iOS has finally introduced support for portrait orientation so you can now view and edit your presentation no matter which way you hold your device. Read More


Readdle launches PDF Office, a new productivity suite with subscription model

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2014

Ukrainian developer Readdle today added a new flagship application to its stable of productivity software for the iPad, PDF Office. The all-in-one mobile solution is suited for demanding users who need to produce PDF files on the go, from scratch, or edit existing documents using a bunch of powerful editing and annotation tools.

With PDF Office, you can create new PDFs, jot down notes, scan documents using your iPad’s camera, create and fill out forms, convert any file, picture or even a website into a PDF document, annotate and sign PDFs, collaborate on documents and more — all in the name of going completely paperless.

Based on a subscription model, PDF Office is available free of charge with subscriptions starting at $5 per month (annual subscription will cost you $40). Read More

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