In this week’s tip I share three of my favorite business apps that work cross platform. I loaded these little puppies on my desktop computer, my laptop, my iPad and my Droid for easy access no matter where I am!
There seems to be some new software program, gadget or “thingamabob” coming out every day in this ever changing era of technological breakthroughs. To me, technology is kind of like a coffee pot. For instance, I use to be excited about the coffee pots you could buy that ground your coffee and brewed it on command at the touch of a button. All you had to do was take it out of the box, set it up and program it so it did it’s thing at just the right time so you could wake up to a hot cup of coffee. Now they have the one cup wonders where all you have to do is pop a disc or K-cup or pod (in every flavor and beverage choice imaginable) in the dispenser and brew a quick cup in 30-60 seconds. If you wait just a bit, there will be some other kind of coffee pot that is bigger and better and faster and … well you know, something you just have to have even though the one you just paid for still makes a great cup of coffee!
Today’s technology changes so fast and furiously that your computer is never up-to-date even though you just bought it, and that new program you just bought for $795.00 already has an upgrade that’s “absolutely necessary,” on the market for a mere $250.00. So, in this very expensive day of “now it’s up-to-date, now it’s not,” (and even more so today, with smart phones and tablets thrown into the mix to further speed up the rate of out-of-date technology), I get very excited when I find those little resource gems that are not only either inexpensive or free, but follow me around wherever I go on on multiple devices. The following three resources are just a smattering of the goodies I’ve found that I deem “must have” applications that will sync across all of my platforms at once so I have everything I need when and where I want it.
Dropbox … yes, I’m saying Dropbox again because it’s just the best darn file storage system I’ve ever found. You can get a very generous fre e version, or purchase the paid version which is a whopping $9.95 per month for up to 50 gigs of space. You can read more about it in a previous post
Evernote … ah yes, one of my absolute faves! With Evernote, you can create notebooks and fill them full of all kinds of information. I have the app on my desktop, laptop, iPad and Droid, so I can access all of my notes no matter where I am … I can even log in online if I’m not near any of my devices. I can use it to type notes directly into a notebook while at an event, email things directly to the application, or take photos with my phone and send them to Evernote. And there are even some great browser add-ons that let me save web pages and emails and all kinds of other stuff just by clicking on the little “Evernote” icon. I can’t even begin to tell you how many cool little applications there ar e that work with or can be added to Evernote. You can check this little lovely out at http://www.evernote.com. Oh … and did I say this one was free???
Kindle (for PC/iPad/Droid/whatever) … now you might think this app is just for pleasure, but have you ever wished you had a specific resource or business book with you so you could look something up when you were out somewhere, or wanted to kill time while waiting for an appointment by reading a good business book or report? Well now you can. Add the app to your various platforms then sync your books and PDFs and voila! There you have it!