Apps we love: our favorite productivity apps

We’ve covered a great many apps on the BizBuzz blog — everything from managing data and to-do lists to weather watching — but there are still plenty of apps that don’t fall under those umbrellas that we love and use every day, or think are worth a mention for their innovative or useful features. We’ve gathered together a short list of our favorites:

 

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1Password
Mac, Windows, iOS, Android — pricing variesModern business owners have dozens of accounts to access online, but the security risk of using one password for every service is a big one — if one password is hacked, then every account is at risk. Thankfully, apps like 1Password help keep track of multiple passwords. 1Password can also generate new, secure passwords, save bank and checking account information, store credit cards and keep secure notes, while OS and (limited) Android integration allows for your saved passwords to be entered automatically as you need them. Everything is locked away behind a master password required to access your information — the last password you’ll ever need to remember.

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Scanner Pro
​iOS – $2.99The move to a paperless society is going awfully slow, but Readdle’s Scanner Pro works as a stopgap solution, taking your smartphone’s camera and using it as a document scanner. How is it different from simply taking a photo? The app has an expert eye for what you’re scanning, automatically detecting the edges of pages and cropping excess — usually the table the document is laying on — before straightening the lines and giving you a near-perfect scan. It’s a reliable solution for everything from contracts and handouts to business cards, and thanks to the black and white and grayscale options, the scans can take significantly less space on your phone or in the cloud than a standard photo.

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Feedly
Web, iOS, Android, Kindle — Free​Keeping up with the news can be relevant to nearly any business, and Feedly is a modern RSS feed reader that simplifies the process. There are plenty of apps for both Android and iOS that support Feedly, so whether you’re using an iPhone, Droid or want to access your news on the web, you’ve got options. We find it handy as a news digest for our content marketing efforts on Facebook, but it’s a great timesaver for general news and reading usage, too.

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Pocket
Web, iOS, Android — Free (paid version available)Pocket goes hand in hand with RSS readers like Feedly by saving articles to be read later. It’s not uncommon to start the work day and log into Facebook for a quick look at what’s happening, only to end up with a dozen tabs open, each one loaded with a time-sink like photos, articles and YouTube videos. With Pocket, you can save nearly anything to the app to be read later; articles are downloaded and can be read even when you’re offline, while videos and photos get a saved link you can access when you’ve got free time and a connection. It’s a handy way to shuffle interesting (but nonessential) information away to be processed later.​What are some of your favorite productivity apps? There are plenty more out there to fill a variety of niches, and we want to know them all, so tell us in the comments below.