Five Must have Productivity apps

Productivity-appsSo we have given you some useful fun apps in the last two weeks, now its time to get serious work done. Just kidding, but yeah this week we are bringing you five must have ‘productivity’ apps. If you are reading this article then it is safe to assume that you already do have some of the common productivity apps already like Dropbox, SwiftKey, Swype,  ES File Explorer, QuickOffice etc. if you don’t then go and install them right away! Below is our collection of popular, but not so common productivity apps.

1. CloudMagic Search

In order to keep a backup of every digital entity we own, we create copies of our images, documents, notes etc. at every possible storage place we get (One of the reason why Dropbox is so popular) So it is a common thing for people to forget what is where when they actually need something. To ease the pain of opening individual apps and websites to search for that tiny little file, we have CloudMagic.

CloudMagic searches across Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, Dropbox, Evernote, SkyDrive etc to find what you are looking for. We tried it and it is really fast as it claims to be. And besides searching and displaying the file you are looking for, it even allows you to quickly preview content and perform basic actions like open attachments, reply, forward etc.

It updates quickly, supports multiple accounts, including multiple email accounts and does everything its supposed to do. On a downside, it has limited free previews per month. Otherwise a great app for both Android and iOS.

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2. PushBullet

PushBullet gets things onto your phone from your desktop fast and right into your notifications for easy access. No it is not just another cloud storage app. This is better than sending an email to yourself to remind things and faster than uploading and downloading processes of cloud storage apps. It is basically a way to get information from your PC to your phone with the minimum hassle possible. This is just for the Android users, sorry Apple fanboys.

You can push links, and they will open right into your phone’s browser from the notification so you can get there fast, similarly you can push pictures, files, notes etc. This is another swift working app. We tried the app using its Chrome desktop plugin, the note we had sent was in the phone even before we could draw the unlock pattern.

Another cool feature about this is that you can even push stuff into your friends’ devices to share stuff with them (provided they allow you so) Happy pushing!

3. CamScanner

Many of you must have heard about this, and the rest of you are still taking poor quality pictures of documents with your phones then transferring it to your desktop to convert it in a text format, phew! CamScanner is a document management solution for individuals, small businesses, organizations, governments and schools. It is the perfect fit for those who want to scan, sync, edit, share and manage various contents on all devices, without bothering to use an actual scanner (which is hasslesome right?)

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Just click a picture of the document you want to scan and it’ll automatically convert it into a PDF file, after auto enhancing it. You could easily find keywords within PDF files with its easy search. You can share documents online and even fax them.

It is useful for lazy students who don’t want to manually copy or xerox notes, this one is from personal experience. Download it for Android and iOS for free.

4. TeamViewer for Remote Control

Tech savvy or not, you must have heard about TeamViewer already. This one is its mobile app for Android and iPhones. It lets you remotely access your computer or any other computer in the world for that matter. Although its primary purpose is to help out friends and families remotely with their systems but how cool is it to have a remote for your own desktop.

Besides having full control over remotely accessed computers, you can transfer files between your phone and computer too. You can connect only with the systems you are authorised to access, as the private network is highly secured with 256 Bit AES Session Encoding, 1024 Bit RSA Key Exchange. In short, you need not worry about your data privacy being invaded.

The app lets you sit back and relax while your trusted friends fix your computer, or use your computer as a media center with your phone as a remote.

5. DocuSign

This app is for some serious usage.  It will save you time and eliminate the need to print, fax or mail documents and forms that require a signature. “DocuSign empowers you to sign documents and get signatures from anyone, anywhere, whether they happen to be standing right next to you or are halfway around the globe.” reads its app store description.

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It happens more often than you think when an urgent signature is required and the concerned person is miles away. It is much more easier to just get a digital signature over a secure network, rather than spending time in scanning,printing and mailing documents.

With DocuSign You can sign any document from your device, fill out forms and templates, create and adopt a signature, complete face-to-face signing with multiple signers etc. Its available on both Android Playstore and Apple appstore.

To contact the author, write to sugandh.dhawan@wirefootindia.com

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  • Jitendra Gursingh

    Mac Users can use DeskConnect to quickly transfer stuff from Mac to their iPhone / Phones & vice-versa

  • Gulam Yazdani

    Your topic is interesting and educational.
    Thank you for your thorough research and clear writing.