Smartphones as of late include office-based apps that are so out of the box that they revolutionize your dependence on a hand held device, from finances to remote control over your desktop. Here are some of my favorites:
Bills, Bills, Bills:
The Pageonce Personal Finance App, available as a free download with limited options or a $6.99 one time purchase for the premium version, is a one-stop expense application for mobile phones. Developed by Pageonce, Inc, the app allows you to securely log into multiple online service accounts, ranging from major credit cards to car insurance and even your Netflix subscription.
The app, recommended by the New York Times, CNET, and Fox News among others, offers a quick and secure way to check your accounts with real-time updates. According to their website, Pageonce is secured by Verisign, TRUSTe, McAfee Hacker Safe, and the BBB, and is designed to be used without displaying your name or any other account information. Your account log in can be set up through their website or through the app itself, and support for a lost or stolen phone can be disabled through their site as well.
Scanning on the Go:
If you’ve ever used your smartphone’s camera to quickly save a rudimentary copy of documents or other files like a document management software program would, then you may want to take a look at FinarXscan, from German company FinarX.
The $2.99 app, currently available on both Android and Apple phones, takes pictures of documents and other files and saves them in very clear and surprisingly high quality PDF files (other file formats are also available). The Android app takes some configuring for PDF support, however.
While the differences between a regular picture file on your phone versus a FinarXscan optimized image are nearly nonexistent, the real differences can be seen on larger formats such as desktop computers or printouts. In addition to improved viewing quality, the app also lets you pinpoint the areas on the picture that you want to crop into your final document. The newest version has also incorporated Google Docs support for easy uploading.
Stay tuned for two more apps in my next blog post.