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Every time I open Index Card for iPhone, I feel a little intimidated. That’s because it’s a different breed than the regular app; Index Card feels like a single-purpose, desktop-class productivity app. If you’re like me and you’re used to littering your wall with post-it notes or covering a cork board with actual index cards but wish you could make this part of your life a little more digital, it’s going to take you ten seconds to see Index Card as a godsend app.

If you’re not like me, you might take a little more convincing than that. That’s alright. I’m traditionally wary of making my pen-and-paper practices digital, but Index Card really does fill in a need for me that helps me look a little more sane whenever I start plotting out my latest story ideas. The only thing my post-it covered wall ever got me was a bunch of questioning looks from guests and a public display of my most secret ideas. (more…)

How are those New Year’s resolutions going? If you’re close to throwing in the towel, it might be worth taking a look at why the resolution is close to failing. Is it reasonable? Is it actually what you wanted or is it an inspiration from others? Is it trackable? While the first two questions need to be answered and reflected upon by you, I might have a solution to the trackable item.

A lot of self-help articles concur that tracking progress can be a better way to reach a successful habit. Checking an item off a list can provide enough support to keep going on the hard days. Also, seeing a non-completed item for enough days in a row might provide enough motivation to get back into the habit. Most articles might suggest keeping an Excel worksheet in order to track everything. While I see the benefit of using Excel, there is something better that is always available, which is my iPhone and Habit List. (more…)

Maybe you’ve been reading an article and a term popped out at you, but you didn’t want to stop reading for long to research it. Or you were sitting at a dinner party, and someone mentioned a movie you hadn’t heard of, but you didn’t have time to hit up IMDB or Wikipedia and read about it. I get moments like this all the time. The team behind Dunno calls them brainslaps, and they don’t want you to miss another one ever again.

Dunno is a free cloud-based app that does research for you while you wait. It’s a universal iOS app and also available on OS X. Think of it like Wunderlist or Evernote, but instead of adding things to a to-do list or jotting down some quick notes, you’re getting research done while you’re away from the Web. (more…)

It seems almost impossible to believe that just three years ago we didn’t synchronise much data between devices. Until recently, most people used just one computer to do everything. Ok, maybe two: home and work, but the fact remains that syncing data normally involved a physical device such as a USB drive.

Of course, Apple users had MobileMe to synchronise contacts and calendars between their Mac and iPhone, but this was before Apple’s Reminders app existed. Despite a whole App Store packed with countless task managers, none allowed the wireless syncing of data until 6Wunderkinder shook things up with Wunderlist and its cloud syncing across different devices. Now they’re back with Wunderlist 2 on the iPhone, but the landscape has changed, so how does it stack up? (more…)

At a few of my past (and current) jobs it’s been necessary to send large photos and videos back and forth on Dropbox, and my attempts to request photos often got lost in the shuffle. Not to mention there were a few unfortunate Dropbox deleting accidents, which effectively wiped out entire folders. If only there was an app that was super simple to send, receive and store files and didn’t require clients and the occasional contributors to log in. Oh, and it would be nice to be able to have accurate data about all of those files, like when and who added to the folders and downloaded files. If only, right? Well, as luck would have it, ShareFile is on the horizon and it’s going to make life easier.

Find out how after the jump. (more…)

Word processing and document editing is never going to be easy on the iPhone. The screen’s small, the keyboard’s smaller and you can’t insert any animated cat gifs, at least not without a lot of effort. There are some pretty spiffy writing apps for iOS, but it’s not the same as working on a desktop.

You know what, though? The iPhone is great at note-taking. Scribble out some ideas or outline your next draft — that’s where a writer can find some real use for an iPhone. Scratch, a note-taking app, is pushing those scribbles to the next level. Integration with just about everything and Markdown support really makes this little app a strong contender in the note-taking field. (more…)

PDFs are a powerful way to share formatted content without having to worry about file compatibility or conversion errors. Printing a Pages document to PDF ensures that everyone from a Linux nerd to a Windows junkie sees an identical file. While an increasing reliance on PDFs means that all users see an identical document, fixing occasional typos and errors requires that users return to the source file, fix the errors and re-export the document. A PDF-based workflow begs for a more powerful PDF tool, one that doesn’t require users to return to the original file to make one small change. There are plenty of PDF annotation apps in the App Store, but few of these have the power to edit beyond the annotation layer.

PDFpen is a popular PDF editor for the Mac that’s both powerful and affordable. Smile released its iPad version of PDFpen less than a year ago, bringing some of the desktop version’s most powerful features to the iPad. The company recently completed the device trinity with the addition of PDFpen for iPhone.

Does this pint-sized PDF editor hold up to its elder counter parts?

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Even before the launch of the App Store, people were consumed with finding ways to be more productive. Technology has both hindered and attempted to help at solving that problem. The more things we do online, the more we find that we benefit from tools to help make those things easier and take them off our minds.

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to be more productive. In fact, there are thousands of apps available on the app store dedicated to just that. One of those tools is the app Easilydo, which claims it can be your life assistant. That’s quite an impressive title to throw around. Read on to see if it lives up to that declaration. (more…)

I have been on a never-ending quest for the perfect to-do list app. I experimented with Apple’s Reminders for a little while before extensively using Wunderlist and then Cultured Code’s Things for iPhone. I ended up migrating back to Reminders simply because Things and Wunderlist didn’t make me want to use their apps; I never felt charmed by Wunderlist’s visual aesthetics or by Thing’s OCD-level of task management.

To me, a great to-do app needs to encourage and foster use. It needs to make you want to go in and take the time to write down something that needs to get done. The challenge is to make sure that there is a visual system of rewards for using the app, and that visual appeal and reckless reinvention of the digital to-do list is exactly DOOO‘s success. (more…)

There are plenty of reasons why you might want to take a screen capture of a website. While saving them as a JPEG or in a Word document is easy, nothing classes up the presentation quite like transforming an image into a PDF.

URL2PDF is the app that does that tricky task for you. Just copy and paste links and convert them into PDF files that can be shared via email or opened in programs such as Dropbox, iBooks and Google Drive.

Can URL2PDF be your new method for immortalizing Web content? Find out after the jump. (more…)

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