A few weeks back, Mark reached out and tapped me to write a post and since I always feel compelled to give my opinion (especially when asked) I agreed. So I was tasked with providing a list of the top five apps for architects. Here I am spilling out to you, the readers here at Entrepreneur Architect, the top five apps I proclaim as the most useful to the architect inside me. Here we go…
Without a doubt this one gets the most mileage out of me. It is a very simple app that replaces your notebook, sketchbook and scratch paper all in one simple package. Now I know it is not the “best” app for sketching. But I find it a highly useful all around replacement for pen and paper. The app is a note taking app that allows for photo, video and voice input. I find its best to use with a stylus. I for one use a stylus for everything on my iPad. Now you may not be able to pack much on a single page (it depends on your writing style) but it allows an endless number of pages per notebook and unlimited number of notebooks. That is where I get the most use. I have meeting notes for all of my ongoing projects in this. So at a moment’s notice I can go back to the meeting from three months ago and verify the decision we are discussing again today. Handy! This app was purchased by Evernote in the last year and is now linked to your Evernote account and becomes part of that storage. (A close second app like this is Noteshelf.)
2. Quickoffice Pro HD **
My desktop is a PC. But my tablet is Apple. So how to bridge the gap? Well this app is my go to for that necessity. It allows me to open, edit, save, etc. any MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files directly on my iPad. This is also a highly connected app that allows me to load documents from various cloud storage locations. Also you can link via wireless IP to your desktop if you want to pull files that way. (must be in proximity) Once complete with your document, you can share via email or a few online methods. But not as many as I would like. You can also generate new documents within this app. I have started many blog posts or report within this app on flights home. I also have a few preloaded template files that I used to take notes when I was AIA chapter secretary so the minutes were complete when we left the meeting.
3. iAnnotate PDF **
Need to do redlines on the go? Want to modify details while out of the office? Need to review and edit a graphic? Need to sign a proposal? Well use this app to make overlay corrections all day long! This app is a great tool for editing PDF documents. It offers a large palette of tools, actions and options to cover almost any need you might have. The PDF format is an efficient way to manage data. This application makes it easy to review, edit and deliver. You can send out corrected PDF documents in different methods, flattened, editable, original, or just edited pages only. Also this app is of course connected to most of the cloud based storage options. I mainly use this for graphics and drawing redlines. But it has the ability to do much more. (Bluebeam Revu** is a similar app)
This one is a nice way to keep on top of your tasks. And if you are anything like me, you always have about fifty tings you need to do in one day. This app allows you to create different “lists” for activities. For instance you can have a work list, personal list and shopping list all separated in to individual lists. This is a nice feature when you are involved in a plethora of activities or just like to be organized to and OCD-like level. And each can have special icons that are included and also priority levels. It is a very clean and simple application that is aid in making you aware of your to-do list. Now if it could just ensure items could get completed…
5. Pocket **
This one is useful for reading. This app was formerly call “Read it Later” and then changed its name to “Pocket”. It is a simple way to store articles, posts, videos, basically anything on the web so that you can view it later in a simple manner. This is a small applet that runs on your browser and allows you to “pocket” it for later reading offline. One of the nicest features here is that once viewing on the iPad, this app cleans off all the extraneous parts of the webview page. So it strips it down to the article and image related to it. No ads, no banners, no garbage…only the items you want to read. It is nice to be able to essentially bookmark something to read after work that you came across while sitting at your desk. So this one is not exclusively for your tablet, but it is very useful none the less. Well, if you like to read.
** This app is available on iOS, Android and/or other platforms.Do you have a favorite app? Share YOUR thoughts below.