If you need to track your mileage for tax purposes then you know how import it is to have an accurate accounting of your business vs. personal miles. I’ve used other apps in the past, but they all had the same problem. With other apps you need to remember to actually start logging your miles each time you get in the car. I never think about it until after I’ve already been driving for a while or I forget completely. That means I’m missing out on deductions that I could be clamming. There is a better way/app…
Normally around this time of year we would be compiling our 100 Best Apps of 20__ list. However, in reality while there are great apps coming out all the time, there aren’t as many stellar NEW Apps that coming out on a daily basis. So instead of putting together a long exhaustive list of Apps I’ve decided to put together a list of my Top 10 Best Apps of 2015 While many of these Apps were released for the 1st time in 2015, a few of them were out before 2015, but received significant updates in 2015 that were simply too hard to ignore. Let’s count down:
10 Best Apps of 2015
10. 1Password 6
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t open 1Password on my iPhone, iPad or Mac to grab a password that I need to login to a site or another app. As cybersecurity becomes more and more of a concern each day, it’s important to use different, secure, not easy to guess passwords on each site that you have an account on. There’s no way to remember them all. That’s where the heavily encrypted 1Password comes in. It has iOS extensions so that you can use it in Safari or Chrome. It syncs the data file via Dropbox or iCloud so that you have access to the same passwords on each of your devices. It also generates new passwords for each new account you create so that you don’t have to come up with secure ones on your own.
9 PDF Expert
PDF Expert is the best iOS App for managing, digitally signing and working with PDFs on your iOS devices. It’s constantly updated with new features and works great!
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what’s a picture with words on it worth? Especially if that picture has a great design and it was EASY to create! Now you have the power to turn your pictures (or stock images) into great looking, nicely designed graphics that you can post to your favorite social media sites.
The Best Part is that…
The iPad Pro is the first iPad that has native support for a pressure sensitive stylus. The Apple Pencil is the best stylus we’ve seen for iPad bar none. The accuracy, precision and speed are simply the best. While there are several apps that take advantage of Apple Pencil on iPad Pro there’s one that promises to be a game changer. Astropad Graphics Tablet is an app for iPad and iPhone. It has preliminary (beta) support for iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Wth this App you can mirror your Mac’s display and use your iPad as a graphics tablet for your Mac. Astropad can connect to your Mac via USB or WiFi. If your Mac has multiple displays you can choose which one to mirror.
Here’s a video of how it works:
I can remember years ago booking hotels based on whether or not they offered internet in their rooms. Now we take it for granted that any hotel that we’d book has some form of internet access. They either have WiFi throughout, WiFi in common areas, ethernet in every room or all of the above. Unfortunately having the luxury of ethernet jacks in every room is becoming a thing of the past. Newly built hotels are usually built and go completely wireless. With ethernet in the room you can setup your own wireless access point and in many cases you’ll have a faster connection on the less congested ethernet connection. If you have a weak signal in your room even a wireless personal router such as this one won’t help. With more and more people bringing multiple devices with them when they travel and being more dependent on an internet connection to get work done, a decent internet connection in your hotel is very important.
I am a fan of Instagram. I use it daily as a method of sharing my photography and seeing what others are shooting/posting. I totally get why Instagram is a phone App. Most people snap pictures and videos with their smartphones. However, I can’t think of any reason why the good folks over at Instagram haven’t saw fit to release a tablet version of their app yet. I’m often browsing Instagram on long flights and typically I’m using my iPad Air 2 in this situation. It feels really silly viewing the iPhone app on the iPad. It never occurred to me to check for 3rd party Instagram iPad apps until I saw Padgram mentioned in the comments on another site. I immediately downloaded it and thought to myself “I can’t believe that I’ve been missing out this long.” This is the kind of app that I’ve been wanting. Imagine your Instagram feed on a big beautiful 10″ display.
I’ve been a long time user of Instagram. I love it because I can post pics there and not only share them with in Instagram followers, but also simultaneously post them to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Foursquare, email and even Flickr. I like Instagram a lot. It’s probably the only social media platform that I check my entire feed of people that I follow on a daily basis. However, the thing that I absolutely hated was being forced into a 1:1 “square” aspect ratio. Some pics just look better in their native portrait or landscape orientation. Sure I had work arounds and apps to allow me to fit the full photo into a square format, but it was extra work and it just didn’t look right. Doing video was even worse. Video naturally looks better “wide”.
When i’m at home I have my MacBook Pro connected to two additional displays. A Dell 4K display and a Wacom Cintiq HD 24 display/tablet. However, when I’m on the road I can’t bring those other displays with me. However, I almost always travel with my iPad Air 2. Well with the Duet Display App my iPad can serve as a second display to my Mac when I’m not using it as an iPad. I was blown away with the performance of this app. This is not the first time someone has attempted to do this. However, the previous attempts relied on WiFi and there was always a lag. With Duet Display it’s just as fluid as connecting a regular display because instead of using wireless they use the Lightning connector/USB instead. See it in action in the video demo I did: