I’m always on the lookout for ways to put my iPhone to better use. Below are five applications that I downloaded from the App Store and use regularly, if not every day:
- Evernote – This is my most used and favorite free app. It’s almost like a mini-filing system that I can access from an iPad, Mac, or any PC.
- TurboScan – I blogged about this software in my other March 4th post and, like Evernote, use it several times a day.
- Flixster – This is my favorite app to check movie showtimes, read reviews, and watch trailers. It has saved me on countless occasions from going to mediocre movies that I would otherwise regret paying to see.
- Twitter – I use this micro-blog to store my favorite quotes. It’s almost like a mini-journal that my daughters can look back on one day.
- Beat the Traffic – If you live in a high traffic area, this app is great because it allows you to see which roads are congested and take an alternate route. In many areas, there are cameras posted which allows users to look at the roads themselves and make real-time decisions. How cool is that?
Although I am a techie at heart, these apps are so easy to learn that even a novice could use them. I know because more times than I can count, that novice has been me. And with every mastered experience, I reached the same conclusion: When the person who is standing in the way of progress is you (or me), maybe it’s time to move; because when we step outside our comfort zone for long enough, we’ll see that we belong there.
Organizing your paper files is the type of project that goes better with a little help from friends … and a lot of user-friendly technology. For years, we used a product called NeatReceipts to create and file a digital copy of receipts and other important documents. When I migrated from my PC to a Mac computer, I decided that it was time to re-look at our options and see if a better solution existed. What I found was an iPhone application called TurboScan that scans receipts and multiple-page documents.
The software is much easier to use than our old solution and just $1.99 to download from the App Store on iTunes. My favorite feature is the ability to e-mail a PDF or JPG version of receipts directly to a folder in Evernote, which is a free web application that seamlessly synchronizes medical records, class notes, travel information and anything else I need access to. Because it works across all the devices and platforms—including Evernote for Mac, Evernote Web, and Evernote for Windows—Bill can see my scanned receipts seconds after I upload them and record the amounts in Quicken (which is another program that has worked well for our family for years).
I’ve said many times that when we make the most of what we have, God blesses us with more. In the case of putting technology to use, the gift is less clutter and more time to do the things we really want to do. What I want is to share what I know so that others can grow because your progress is my passion. And one of the best investments I will ever make is the time that I spend serving you.