Four Design, Business and Productivity Apps Worth Downloading Now
July 13, 2011
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Every so often an app comes along that enhances the use of your mobile device in such a way that you may wonder how you were able to ever function without it. With a multitude of apps to choose from, how do you know what’s worth the download? Artistik Magazine columnist Matthew Phillips reviews four worthy apps that pertain to design, business, productivity, and photography.
Compatibility: iPad, iPhone,
PhotoGene is a photo-editing app that offers basic editing tools like cropping and color correction. Overall, it’s a well-designed app that allows you to perform many functions quickly and easily on the majority of Apple’s mobile devices. Just launch the app, take a picture or choose from your existing photos, and begin to edit.
You can crop, rotate, add frames (where you can choose from a total of 16 still or motion frames), add symbols (graphics such as speech bubbles to your photo), filters, and adjust color. The end result leaves you with professional-looking photos edited on your mobile device.
What I like about PhotoGene is the ease of the touch interface and how real it feels to crop a photo with a swipe or pinch. You can then send your edited images to your friends and family via Multimedia Messaging or e-mail. The price of this app is $2.99, and it is only available in the iTunes App store.
Compatibility: Android, iPad,
iPhone, iPod Touch.
Do you ever wish that your iPhone or Android device had a messenger similar to BlackBerry’s BBM Messenger? Well, now an app called Beluga has made your wish come true. Beluga is a cross-platform group messaging app, as it works with your iOS or Android devices.
With Beluga, you can easily create private groups called “pods” to stay in constant communication with your friends, make plans, or share photos. This app has the ability to send and receive instant messages, location info, and photos without the text messaging fees.
When you launch Beluga for the first time, you are prompted to create an account. Once you create an account, Beluga will ask to search your Facebook account and your device's phone book for your friends who are already using the app. Once you have found your friends, you can start your own private pod with multiple users. The app is free in both the iTunes App store and the Android Marketplace.
Compatibility: Android, iPad, iPhone,
iPod Touch, Mac OSX, Windows.
Wunderlist is a cross-platform application that allows you to create to-do lists like no other. When you first launch Wunderlist, it asks you to create a user account. Creating an account is necessary because once you save a task, it automatically syncs to their servers, ensuring that whatever you save on your mobile device will show up on your computer and vice versa.
You can choose from several backgrounds to fit your taste. High-priority items can be starred and accessed from a separate tab where you can add due dates and notes. Any due dates entered in this area also show up under the “Calendar” tab. If you don’t complete them on time, those items move to the “Overdue” tab.
The design of the app is appealing to the eye, with all the necessary features that make up a useful to-do list. The app is free in the iTunes App store and Android Marketplace. You can also download the app for your computer at www.wunderlist.com.
Compatibility: iPad, iPhone,
iBluesky is a mind-mapping app that allows users to create useful visual tools for note-taking, brainstorming, visualizing, and organizing information. There is a simple and intuitive interface with three buttons on the toolbar at all times, a “plus” icon for adding a branch to the current node, a trash can for deleting, and a menu list for copying branches or emailing your project.
When you add an idea, the app automatically creates a “node,” and everything you add thereafter will branch off of the original node. You can add notes to nodes and change the node’s color, though the app automatically creates branches and sub-branches in a unique color from any other branch.
When you have finished brainstorming, you can export your ideas through a number of formats, including PDF, PNG, or OPML. iBluesky performs well on the iPhone, however I would like to see a version for the iPad. The app can only be found in the iTunes App store and although it’s priced at $9.99, it’s well worth it.