As a frequent traveler there are times where I have no connectivity to the internet. As much progress is being made to equip planes with WiFi, I have yet to be on one that actually has a WiFi connection. Although I have a really good RSS reader on my iPhone that can cache my favorite sites, there are times when I run across articles on the web that are not in my regular feeds. These are articles of interest that I may not have the time to read right then and there. Luckily there's an App for that.
Read It Later Pro let's me take it all with me
Read It Later Pro works as a standalone App that basically allows you to download webpages and read them later offline. Simple concept and it's great that this App does that. However, Read It Later Pro goes way beyond that. My favorite way to use the App is in conjunction with my free account at readitlaterlist.com. Most times I run across sites that I just don't have time to read right then and there while I'm on my computer. So with the click of a button in my web browser toolbar I can add the page right then and there to my account on readitlaterlist.com. Once I bring up the App (say before getting on a plane) and hit the sync button, it will download all of those pages into my iPhone for reading while in flight and offline. You can even email links to the site for adding without having to go through your browser first. There are several ways to integrate this service into the different sites you already work with including Google Reader. You can add a link right in Google Reader that will send any article to Read It Later. This way you get the best of both worlds.
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DataViz has long been in the business of allow you to take your documents with you on your mobile devices. So when Apple opened the iPhone and iPod touch up to third party developers, all Office document creators turned their eyes towards DavaViz in hopes that they would bring their Documents To Go product to the iPhone platform. Of course they did, and they did it in a good way. As much as I try to avoid MS Office documents as much as possible they are a part of the business world. I do get documents that I need to edit and provide feedback on. Just the other day a partner sent me a spreadsheet with speaking slots for Photoshop World and I needed to pick a time and add my name to it. Now I can do all of that directly from my iPhone.
Documents To Go Premium does it all
I don't expect the full blown Office Suite in my iPhone. However, I do expect to be able to do the basics and that is view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. Documents To Go does that with ease, but Documents To Go Premium takes it up a notch by allowing you to do this with email attachments! Think about it! When I got that Excel document I needed to edit. He emailed it to me. So since 3rd Party Apps can't directly access those email attachments I would have had to wait til I got back to my computer anyway. However, the Premium version allows you to access your Exchange or Gmail account directly within the App and therefore allows you to get at those attachments to edit.
Tracking time on a daily basis? In my work as a web designer, tracking time that I spend on projects, traveling for clients as well keeping together all financial items in a project, is vital. On the Mac, I have long been a user of Billings, by Marketcircle. They have made an iPhone version of the app available, that also syncs with the Mac version.
Marketcircle specializes in productivity apps on the Mac with iPhone versions of the same ones. Billings is one of their big apps (with productivity suite, Daylite, being the other) and they have definitely taken to the iPhone platform and understood the function of good user interface design.
Tracking your expenses can benefit your financial planning, however it is hard to remember to save receipts for the smaller purchases you make where you perhaps do not use a card to pay. Pennies is an app that aims to help you track your expenses.
In Pennies, you have a main “money meter” as the base of the app. You set a standard monthly budget and then as you get expenses, enter these into the app (more on that later). A meter, that looks just like a gas meter in a car, clearly shows you how much you have left, in a graphical fashion. Above it is shown the actual amount. A very nice graphical touch!