I didn’t get a cell phone until I was in my mid twenties. I refused to. I was definitely not anti-technology, just anti-reach-me-anywhere-anytime! Now of course, three phones later, I love my iPhone and can’t seem to leave it at home without feeling I’m missing an index finger. A ghost limb, if you will. Or perhaps I just like shiny objects (ha ha). Seriously though, since having my iPhone now strapped to my hip, I’ve found so many actually useful iPhone apps ’cause as much as I love new shiny things, I hate excess and prefer practical additions to my life, not glossy ones with no purpose.
One such iPhone app is of course the WordPress app that let’s you update and view your WordPress blogs and create and publish posts write from your iPhone without having to login to your WordPress account through a browser. But, there are those iPhone apps that make you a better blogger because they free your mind of clutter, organize your life and thoughts, and/or make it easy for you to not only blog, but also find topics to blog about. I mean, aren’t all these things what the average blogger struggles with every day?
Serenity Now! – The “To Dos” can do you in if you’re not organized in life in away that at least you’re not constantly adding to, instead of checking off, things from your “To Do” lists
OminFocus ($19.99): Yes, this app is a whopping $20, which only seems like a lot since the average iPhone app is free or $1-$4. But, let me tell you, from one cheapo to another, it’s damn well worth it. Like most creative types out there, my mind doesn’t settle until I’m fast asleep and even then my dreams are totally wacky. So, an app like OmniFocus that pretty much helps my “crazy” by taking the chaos in my mind and organizing it, then syncing it between my iPhone and personal computer is my idea of Nirvana. The caveat, you gotta have a MAC.
EVERNOTE (Free): Another wonderful iPhone app for the overacted minds out there. With EVERNOTE you can record your notes by writing and recording your voice. You can also take snapshots. The best part, drumroll please…you can auto-synchronize your notes with your MAC and PC.
Ambiance Lite/Ambiance (Free/$.99): Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…. I love the sound or rain. Ambiance’s “Rain and Thunder,2″ will relax you, invigorate you and inspire you to blog and, hell, even sleep well! All I have to say is Ohmmmmmmmm….
Design & Dev On the Go – In the middle of the afternoon when I’m in the middle of stuffing my face, or sweating off extra calories at the gym, a client might call me with a question or I just have a need-to-know-right-now moment regarding a blog I’m designing or developing. I love iPhone apps that get me the info I need quickly so I can get back to stuffing my face or burning calories.
cliqcliq colors ($2.99): I just love this iPhone app for picking colors. Take a snapshot or choose a photo from your existing photos on your, click and tada! a color palette is created for you with the Hex, RGB, HSB, Gray and CMYK color codes. You can edit the palettes, name them and best yet, email them in both Adobe Photoshop PSD and Adobe Illustrator AI formats!
SourceViewer ($.99): This is a handy iPhone app if you want to quickly find some information about the source code behind a web page, css information, links on a web page, or eve image locations. It’s not the best app since the scrolling is spotty, but it’s handy!
“We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch. (JFK)” – Time management is one of the most important aspects of a successful blogging career, as well as a success life in general, I think. iPhone apps that can help me get my sh*t togethter are iPhone apps I love!
WorkTimer ($.99): WorkTimer is the bomb! Do people still use that term? Anyway, WorkTimer iPhone app let’s you record time you spent on projects. This is usual for all of us whose bill clients hourly and who don’t like to do work for free! You can divide your projects by client, give each project a name underneath the client’s folder, start and end clock whenever you need to and even email a report for each client, set the date range, choose to round the minutes up or not, and even choose what kind of report to send (list, detailed lis, comma delimited, etc.)
Free WiFi Finder (Free): Find Free WiFi anywhere on the go with this WiFi locator. Search by current location, zip code or even by state. When the list pops up, click on one of the locations and the app gives you the address and phone number. Click the address and it opens up in your Google maps. Click on the phone number and it calls from your phone. You cna even bookmark this each location for future reference. Is this a time saver or what!
MobileMe iDisk (Free): Keep files in sync between your PC, iPhone and Mac with MobielMe. With iDisk you can open doc, pages, pdf, excel, images, movies, and audio files on your iPhone, Mac or PC placed in your me.com account. It’s like having a desktop you can access from anywhere.
I’m sure there are quite a few other iPhone apps out there that make you more productive as a blogger, and as a person in general, but excess is not my “bag”. So, I think these are enough to play with and test and that actually work to benefit your blogging lives best.