Natalie’s recommended APPS for business

Ever since I purchased my iPad, I have become slightly obsessed with it and the world of applications that it comes with. I have spent hours trawling through Apple’s App store searching for the newest apps that are entertaining, funny, productive and helpful.

After all this searching, I like to think I’ve become quite knowledgeable about which apps are good and which are bad. So I’ve put together a list of apps which I have found helpful and productive in my work.

Many of these apps allow you to be more efficient in the way you work; in fact, there are apps available to meet nearly every business need, from word processing to remote access.

Below is a list of apps (applications) available through Apple, Google and Android platforms that I have recommended to boost your business, increase your productivity and add a little fun to the office! These apps are available on iPads, iPhones, Blackberrys, Android phones and other tablets. Often they duplicate the functionality of traditional desktop applications on a computer—and the breadth of functionality continues to increase. With 45 billion applications out there, here are just a few…

Dragon Dictation Free Featuring very accurate voice transcription and the ability to share messages via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter, Naunce’s dictation app is both fun to use and immensely helpful—as long as you’re connected to the Web.

Evernote Free (Premium is £2.99 a month) Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organised, save your ideas, and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at work, or on the go.

Hootsuite Free Social Media Management dashboards – publish, monitor and measure across networks, securely. Add multiple clients to manage, add lists and streams to focus on certain aspects such as news feeds, client feeds etc.

Splashtop 2 (£3.13 on Android, £1.99 on Apple) A remote desktop application to easily access your computer from an iPad or mobile device with full audio and video support.

WorldCard Mobile (Free – Lite version, £4.99 – full version) Take a photo with the app of a business card and it takes the information and creates a contact in your phone. The closer to the information on the card you take the photo, the easier the app can read it. Save this information straight to your contacts list. It can decipher business cards in 16 different languages.

iAnnotate £6.99 Apple Use iAnnotate to read, annotate, and share PDFs. Improve your productivity, reduce your clutter, and go paperless- for those who are CSR focussed.

Dropbox Free Dropbox is a service that lets you bring all your photos, documents and videos together anywhere. Any file you save to your Dropbox is accessible from all your computers, iPhone, iPad and even the Dropbox website.

Notes Plus £5.49 Apple Add notes to documents with different styles of pens. Add text, drawing, shapes, boxes, annotate, comment and much more. Import and export files and documents- even PDF files.

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