I think the true secret about Apps and using them effectively, is to ensure that you have a suite of Apps that work well together. In isolation they might not seem that useful, but when used in conjunction with other Apps, they are powerful. In the previous iPhone Apps for Organisation article, I made reference to some Apps that I said we would come back to, and the first of those I shall cover here.
The first one I shall discuss is ‘Genius Scan+’. I introduced it to my project team, on my most recent project, and one of my team said it has changed her life! So let’s share the magic here.
Genius Scan+ App allows you to scan (take a picture) of a document, and trim it down using a very nifty trimmer. Often when you take a picture of the document, unless your camera was directly perpendicular to the paper (which generally causes shadows), it comes out skew. Well, Genius Scan+ will correct that through the trimmer. It then optimises the page, and generally makes it more readable before making it possible to display the document in either colour or black and white. Once your document is ready, it can be emailed or saved. And more importantly, you can save directly to the camera roll or Dropbox
Again, I only found this Pin Drop App quite recently, and I love it. The idea is that you can ‘drop a pin‘ or in old fashioned language ‘ mark a point on a map’, add some additional data to it (text and images), and save it.
How would you use that in every day life? Well, the most common way I use it, is to mark a point I want to return to. For example, if I am in an unfamiliar place, and I need to return to e.g. my hotel, an office or shop, I ‘drop a pin‘, take a picture of the facade, and later on during the day, I can always return to it, using Google Maps for instructions.
Also, if you’re a shopper, it is great to mark a shop that happens to be shut when you pass it, but which you’d like to return to at a later stage. I have used this often, especially when in the car. Just pull over, ‘drop the pin’ and later when you have more time, you can return. And if you have taken a picture, it can help remind you what the area ought to look like.
Drawbacks: Although this sounds like a brilliant App to use abroad when you’re in an unfamiliar city abroad, beware of the mobile data charges when using Google Maps for directions! I once received a very nasty surprise in the form of a mobile bill. Orange charged me £8 per MB – a complete and utter rip-off! (And I think if you buy this locally it costs about 5p per MB!) And trust me, those MBs rack up quickly!
The Simple Soiree App is for party planners or anyone who either organises parties or dinner parties. It makes it so easy to keep track of: who you invited, their responses and what you’re serving. And of course you can send your invites through the App too. I find that when I invite people to dinner, I would generally like to serve them something different to the previous time they visited. (Excludes our regular curry parties, because everyone knows it will be Thai curry on the menu!) With this App, you can look back and see what you served.
If you’re planning a wedding, engagement party or other big get together, I think this Simple Soiree would be invaluable.
Of course if you don’t entertain, this one isn’t for you.
Cost: £1.49. There is a free version, but as expected, it doesn’t have all the functionality. If you’re a regular entertainer for parties larger than 10, I’d say it is worth it.
Drawbacks: I have not found any yet.
If there are any Apps you think I have left off this initial ‘getting organised’ list, I would be keen to hear about them.