These apps will help you to work remote. Alone, with others, while travelling or just to work from home and collaborate

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Pixelmator

If you want a great app for photo editting, than you must try Pixelmator. It’s great on Mac and probably one of the best photo apps for mobile devices. You can edit photos on numerous ways with filters, color adjustments, cropping, repair tools, layers and more. The iPad, and even iPhone, app is a joy to use when your on the go and it integrates with Apples default photo app. For most people Pixelmator will be the best value for money for photo editting. You will pay a one time fee with no subscription model, making it a bargain compared to Adobe.

Platforms

IOS, Mac.

Pricing

  • IOS $ 4,99.
  • Mac $ 29,99.

Pros

  • For most users this app offers all they need.
  • Cheap.

Cons

  • Only available on IOS and Mac.

Scannable

This app belongs to the Evernote house. Scannable is not unique, but it has a clear purpose for scanning documents and it does that job very well. You can save scanned documents to Evernote or your photo library. The team of Scannable did a great job with the design of the app which lets you use it without having to think about the how. Scannable enables you to have a paperless administration and that’s a nice thing to have.

Platforms

  • IOS, Android.

Pricing

  • Free.

Pros

  • Easy to use.
  • No more worries about paper receipts.

Cons

Pocket

Pocket is a great app for people who are travelling, but also when you’re not travelling. It enables you to save articles found on the web for later. Even when you’re offline. You just have to click save to pocket in your browser or app and it will be saved. Pocket also lets you add tags to articles to stay organized. It can easily become your digital archive for web content.

Platforms

IOS, Android, PC, Mac.

Pricing

  • Free and that will do it for most people.
  • There is also a premium plan for $ 4,99/month. The premium plan has advance search permanent backup and suggested tags.

Pro

  • You can read articles on the go, even without an internet conncection.
  • Tags to organize content.
  • Easy to use.

Con

AroundMe

This app helps you to find things that are nearby like an ATM, gas station and much more. AroundMe is really easy to use and has a quick guide for common places.

Platforms

IOS, Android.

Pricing

  • Free.
  • $ 2,99 for the ad free version.

Pros

Convenient when you don’t know a city.

Cons

  • Data isn’t allways up-to-date.
  • In the age of assistents you can also use apps like Google Allo.

XE Currency

Everybody recognizes it. You’re in abroad in a store with and you don’t know the price of product because you don’t know the exchange rate. With the XE Currency App, you can access live exchange rates, view historical charts, and calculate prices on your smartphone or tablet. It’s really easy to use and convenient.

Platforms

IOS, Android, Windows.

Pricing

  • Free.

Pros

  • It just works and it’s easy to use.

Cons

Note taking

Bear

Bear is a note taking app build by a tiny Italian company Shiny Frog and is a new kid on the block. It seems to do everything right from looks to function to syncing. It doesn’t have the same amount of features as some competitors. Bear uses Apple’s CloudKit to do this. This means that you don’t have to create an extra account, because it uses your Apple. It also means that your data is encrypted with Apple’s private keys and that the developers at Shiny Frog don’t have access to your credentials or data

Platforms

iOS, Mac.

Pricing

  • Free with limited features and without syncing.
  • Premium $ 14,99 annually.

Pro

  • Clean and great user interface.
  • Export notes to HTML, DOCX, PDF and more.
  • Low price.

Con

  • Only available on iOS and Mac.

You can read more about bear in our blog.

Google Keep

Google Keep is nice tool. Especially if you use Google apps a lot. It’s not the best note app, but Google did a good job on this one. For example it’s much better on mobile than OneNote and it’s user interface stands out from the crowd. It’s clearly a web with some nice animations. Google Keep offers all the common note taking features like adding images, list, labels and sharing notes. What’s not so nice, is that it sometimes feels like that are more clicks required to do certain tasks than necessary.

Platforms

IOS, Android, PC, Mac.

Pricing

  • Free.

Pros

  • Great on mobile devices.

Con

  • Not al elements in the user interface will be intuitive for all users.

Dropbox Paper

Paper is a quite a new app made by Dropbox, but it’s very promising. The web version is awesome, but the mobile apps still need some work to get some basic basic like assigning documents to folders. It has features like adding checkboxes, photos, tables and more. What makes Dropbox Paper so great is that if offers more than taking notes. You can really collaborate with this tool by sharing, adding clear comments and even lines of code. Dropbox has created an excellent mix between note taking and collaborating.

Platforms

IOS, Android, PC (browser), Mac (browser).

Pricing

  • Dropbox Paper is linked to your Dropbox account and has no additional costs.

Pro

  • It stands out from the crowd in it’s approach.

Cons

  • The mobile apps still lack some basic features.

Simplenote

This might be the best syncing note app available. It syncs blazing fast and that makes that when you share a note, others can almost read as fast as your typing. You don’t get features formatting, drawing or adding images like Evernote and OneNote. You can add tags to notes so you can organize your notes. It also has a markdown feature and that’s about it for the features. Simplenote is just focussed on taking notes and it does that very well.

Platforms

IOS, Android, PC, Mac, Linux.

Pricing

  • Free.

Pro

  • Awesome syncing.
  • Very functional.
  • Full screen mode is distraction free.

Con

  • For some users it might be too simple.

Evernote

One of the most familiar note taking apps is Evernote. It has lots of features. Some love it for that reason, but others think it has become to complicated. It’s a good app to take and to manage lots of things. There is an option for a webclipper which enables the option to save content from the directly in Evernote. This works very well and is a nice add on.

Platforms

IOS, Android, PC, Mac.

Pricing

  • Free for syncing across two devices and with limited data.
  • Plus costs $ 34,99.
  • Premium $ 69,99.

Pro

  • It’s great to organize about everything you want.
  • Third party integrations.

Con

  • Perhaps too many features.
  • A bit expensive compared to others.

OneNote

OneNote by Microsoft is a basically a good app. The integration with Windows and the Edge browser is particular nice. What isn’t very good is that the user interface isn’t consistent across different platforms and between the paid and free version. The taskbar also takes up a lot of space. Especially on mobile.

Platforms

IOS, Android, PC, Mac.

Pricing

  • Free and part of your Office365 subsription.

Pro

  • Integration with Microsoft Edge.

Con

  • UI not consistent on different platforms and versions.
  • UI is not the best compared to others.

To Do lists

Todoist

This is an app worth trying. Todoist does a lot of things right as a to do app. You can add notes, attachments, dates and more to a task. It lets you create multiple lists and you can share these lists with other users. The sharing with other users works pretty well in Todoist and perhaps better than with other to do apps. This makes it a bit more of a collaboration tool than competitors.

Todoist has a clear and well designed user interface, but there are some minor flaws. For instance the feature for displaying completed tasks. This is hidden in a menu. Apps like Wunderlist display this feature on the main screen, which makes it easier to use. But Todoist does syncing better and in the end it’s a great app.

Platforms

IOS, Android, PC, Mac, Chrome.

Pricing

  • Free.
  • $ 28.99 / year for the premium plan which adds features like labels and increases the number of people on projects.

Pros

  • Available as an app on all major platforms.
  • Syncing works fast and reliable.
  • Sharing and collaborating works very well.

Cons

  • Some features are a bit hard to find.

Wunderlist

Wunderlist is bought by Microsoft and it’s unclear what Microsoft will do with it, but Wunderlist is a great to do list app. You can create and share numerous lists. Add taks to lists, prioritize items, add notes and more. It has a clear user interface and this is how to do apps should be. There are two small issues. The first is closing an existing item after editting it. This isn’t very intuitive. The second can be a bit more annoying and that is syncing. From time to time syncing doesn’t seem to work properly between devices. Especially after updates of the app. This doesn’t happen very often and it doesn’t change the fact that Wunderlist is a great app.

Platforms

IOS, Android, PC, Mac.

Pricing

  • Free.
  • There is a premium model, but for most users the free model offers all the features they need.

Pros

  • Available as an app on all major platforms.
  • Very easy to use.

Cons

  • Wunderlist can have some occasional syncing issues.

Apple Reminders

The to do list app made by Apple. As with most Apple products it only works with Apple devices. It works fine, nothing spectacular. Apple Reminders lets you create different to do lists, add colors, share it with other people and you can easily see completed tasks. It’s strenght is perhaps that it’s just a clear to do list and it just works.

Platforms

IOS, Mac.

Pricing

  • Free.

Pros

  • It just works.

Cons

  • It is only available on Apple devices.

Trello

Trello is a tool that you can use to manage your work and projects. You can add lists and to each list you can add cards with to do items. A list can represent a stage like “To do”, “Design”, “Testing”. Each card can be suplemented with comments, attachment, team members and more. By dragging cards from one list to another you can easily track progress. It is a great tool to manage projects and to collaborate for teams who work remote. You can check progress and who is doing what or simply add a comment to a card with additional information for team members. But Trello is more that a project management tool or to do list. For example, people are also using it as a CRM tool because of it’s flexibility.

Platforms

IOS, Android, PC (browser), Mac (browser)

Pricing

  • Free.
  • There is a premium model, but for most users the free model offers all the features they need.

Pros

  • Lots of features
  • Nice drag and drop system.

Cons

  • Not all features, like filtering, are very intuïtive.

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Collaboration

Slack

Slack is a mix of team communication and collaboration in one place. It’s sort of your desk on the go. You can use Slack to chat, check off your to-do list, move your projects forward and so on. It’s still a new kid on the block, but it’s rising fast and many users love it.

Platforms

IOS, Android, PC, Mac.

Pricing

  • $8 per month per active user.
  • Free to try for smaller teams with limited features.

Pros

  • Integration with other platfroms like Twitter, Google Drive, Dropbox, Trello and more.

Cons

  • Slack is primary focussed on teams and nomads might prefer separate tools.

Trello

Trello is a tool that you can use to manage your work and projects. You can add lists and to each list you can add cards with to do items. A list can represent a stage like “To do”, “Design”, “Testing”. Each card can be suplemented with comments, attachment, team members and more. By dragging cards from one list to another you can easily track progress. It is a great tool to manage projects and to collaborate for teams who work remote. You can check progress and who is doing what or simply add a comment to a card with additional information for team members. But Trello is more that a project management tool or to do list. For example, people are also using it as a CRM tool because of it’s flexibility.

Platforms

IOS, Android, PC (browser), Mac (browser)

Pricing

  • Free.
  • There is a premium model, but for most users the free model offers all the features they need.

Pros

  • Lots of features
  • Nice drag and drop system.

Cons

  • Not all features, like filtering, are very intuïtive.

Dropbox Paper

Paper is a quite a new app made by Dropbox, but it’s very promising. The web version is awesome, but the mobile apps still need some work to get some basic basic like assigning documents to folders. It has features like adding checkboxes, photos, tables and more. What makes Dropbox Paper so great is that if offers more than taking notes. You can really collaborate with this tool by sharing, adding clear comments and even lines of code. Dropbox has created an excellent mix between note taking and collaborating.

Platforms

IOS, Android, PC (browser), Mac (browser).

Pricing

  • Dropbox Paper is linked to your Dropbox account and has no additional costs.

Pro

  • It stands out from the crowd in it’s approach.

Cons

  • The mobile apps still lack some basic features.

Cloud storage

iCloud Drive

iCloud Drive is a bit of an outsider when it comes to storage apps. It is made by Apple and it works quite well on Apple devices including an integration with apps. The latter can be convenient when your working with apps like Pixelmator. Many people will, however, use iCloud primarily for the backup of photos, phones and other things related to their Apple devices. But when you’re full into the Apple eco-system it can do the job well.

Platforms

IOS, PC, Mac.

Pricing

  • 5GB free.
  • 50GB $ 0,99 /month.
  • 200GB $ 2,99 /month.
  • 1TB $ 9,99 / month.
  • 2TB $ 19,99 / month.

Pros

  • Good integration on Apple devices and with apps.
  • It’s nice that you have several plans for storage.

Cons

  • It doesn’t feel like the same type of storage tool like Dropbox or Google Drive.
  • No download option for items on mobile devices.

Google Drive

This is one of the better cloud storage solutions. Syncing works great and Google offers very good storage (and backup) solutions for your photos with Google Drive. Just like Dropbox. Google probably assumes that you will always have an internet conncection, because it doesn’t offer an option to download option for folders on mobile devices. It is nice that Google Drive offers several plans for the amount of storage that you need.

Platforms

IOS, Android, PC, Mac.

Pricing

  • 15GB free.
  • 100GB $ 1,99 / month.
  • 1TB $ 9,99 / month.
  • 10TB $ 99,99 / month.

Pros

  • It works great with other Google services.
  • Good photo storage solutions.

Cons

  • No download option for folders on mobile devices.

Dropbox

With Dropbox you don’t have to worry about losing files and it can also backup your photos. It’s one of the best cloud storage tools around.  You can choose which folders to sync on your PC or Mac and on mobile devices you can download individual items or folders for offline use. The latter has been added recently and is a great addition to an already great tool. Dropbox is very simple to use and it just works. The company also makes Paper which is also a very promising tool.

Platforms

IOS, Android, PC, Mac.

Pricing

  • Free for starters.
  • 1TB $ 9,99 / month.

Pros

  • It just works.
  • Download option for folders on mobile devices.

Cons