The business apps that could change your working life

 
Steve Dinneen
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From filing your expenses to concentrating on something for more than 30 seconds – there’s an app for everything.

ZIGZAG BOARD

What is it?
A collaborative whiteboard that works on both your iPad and the web. Take notes and share them with your colleagues, with the option of saving the history so you don’t forget.

You need this if...
You’re sick of bits of paper and expended marker pens.

iOS, web; free

PAPER FOR iPAD

What is it?
A tool that allows you to create professional looking sketches on your iPad. The first “draw” tool is free, extras are available for a fee.

You need this if...
You’re in a creative industry but don’t want to carry an art box around with you.

iPad, free

POMODORO

What is it?
An app that breaks your day down into 25 minute slots, allowing you to plan and stay focused on specific tasks.

You need this if...
You end up spending half the day replying to emails or shouting at the intern.

iOS, Android; 69p

PREZI

What is it?
A tool to build interactive presentations. Use templates like the one pictured above to take your audience on a graphical journey.

You need this if...
You’re tired of PowerPoint. And, let’s face it, everyone is tired of PowerPoint.

iPad; free

TODO FOR iPAD

What is it?
A to-do list on steroids. Set alerts, make check-lists and synchronise your tasks across multiple devices.

You need this if...
You never seem to be able to quite get everything done before a big deadline. You like electronic things that look like physical things.

iOS; £2.99

CLEAR

What is it?
A remarkably simple list-building app. Create shopping lists, lists of movies to watch, guest-lists for your big conference – then look smug as you check them off.

You need this if...
You like to plan things down to the finest detail.

iOS; £1.49

EXPENSIFY

What is it?
An app that can sync with your credit cards and bank accounts to track purchases as well as create digital copies of physical receipts using the phone’s camera.

You need this if...
You’re expenses come to the same as your monthly salary.

iOS, Android; free

NUM­BERS
What is it?
A very advanced spreadsheet app that allows you to crunch data and create some impressive charts, tables and graphics. Import data from sources including Excel and email.

You need this if...
You need to create decent presentations on the go.
iOS; £6.99

HOOTSUITE

What is it?
A social media management tool that allows you to track conversations and manage the effectiveness of social campaigns.

You need this if...
You work in new media and want to make your life a whole lot easier.

iOS, Android; free with available upgrades

FLIGHT TRACK PRO

What is it?
Track flights, gates and other information at 16,000 airports worldwide. Includes zoomable maps and live updates, with a very slick interface.

You need this if...
The caretaker at Heathrow asks after your kids when you see him.

iOS, Android; free