App of the month: Hours Time Tracking by Tapity, Inc.
Apps are designed to make our lives simpler. No other app could boost our productivity more than Hours. Its aim is to take the pain out of time-tracking, and that it definitely does.
App of the month: Viber
Viber is a great app to use to keep in contact with people when you are overseas. The app allows you to send free messages and free calls to other Viber users. You can download it to your smartphone, or use it on desktop.
Create videos on the go with VideoBite
VideoBite makes it easy to create short movies on your smartphone—no experience necessary!
App of the month: Google Keep
At Zeald we are avid users of Google Drive. It is a great tool for business collaboration.
App of the week: Pocket
Imagine a world of websites, online articles and other tidbits that it tailored to what you want to read, free of other clutter and distractions such as banner ads. You don’t have to imagine it, there’s an app for it!
Scan your documents on the go

Have you ever been on the road and needed to send a document back to the office, and know you'll never make it before closing time? Perhaps you need to make a copy of an important document for your records or the kids need their permission slips sent immediately to the school? 

TinyScan is a great little app that can solve all these problems daily, for both business and personal use. It turns your Smartphone or Tablet into a mini scanner for documents, photos, receipts and other text. You just scan your document with your device and store or email as a PDF file. You can even upload to Google Drive or Dropbox at a touch of a button. And if you are too lazy to walk a document across the office, you can share using WiFi!

The app lets you export your documents in different pages sizes, such as A4, B5, letter etc. Your PDF files are high quality, and there are multiple scanning modes; black & white, grayscale &colour, depending on your original documents. The scanner is really simple to use, with the app automatically detecting your page borders. 

Frequently receiving 5/5 star ratings across the internet, we agree that TinyScan is a great little app that you'll actually use.

Available on Google Play and iTunes for free.

Wunderlist: App of the week

wunderlistI’ll confess I’m one of those people who have been blessed with a good memory. I’m especially good at remembering birthdays, and I always won the chocolate fish playing the memory game at birthday parties. Not so long ago I would look at people with their to-do lists with pity. Those fools who could not remember to buy milk or what time their meeting was. Then one Christmas I got an iPhone, and suddenly there was no longer a need for my brain to store all the information I normally put into it.

I had to start making lists. However, there were no scrappy bits of paper or back of envelopes for me. I wrote my lists on my phone’s notepad and could refer to them as I pleased. However, the notepad lacked the ability to satisfyingly tick or cross out what I had achieved on my list. There had to be a better way. There was, all I needed to do was add an app.

Now all my shopping lists, work tasks and appointments are neatly organised into one little app: Wunderlist. It works across Apple, Android and desktop platforms, so your list can go with you, wherever you are. It is simple to use and beautifully designed, with several choices of backgrounds and a cleanly illustrated checklist.

You can create several lists at once, which display the number of outstanding items next to each one. Priority items can be starred and accessed from a separate tab, where you can add due dates and notes with the swipe of your finger. Any due dates entered then show up under the calendar tab. If you don’t complete them on time, those items move to the overdue tab. You can also view your to-do items for tomorrow, the next seven days, or later dates and when you have an outstanding item for the day, the app icon displays a red badge (how handy!) The Wunderlist app also syncs with the free desktop application, so your lists will update when you are on the go.

Wunderlist features include:

  • Sync across all your Devices: iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, Windows and the Web
  • Shared Lists: Collaborate with your friends and teammates
  • Due Dates & Reminders: Never miss a deadline again
  • Recurring To-dos: Make   getting things done a habit
  • Star Items: Important to-dos are flagged
  • Add Notes & Images: For all-important details
  • Notifications: Stay in the loop with email, push and the Activity Centre
  • Action Bar: Sort, print and email your lists
  • Mail to Wunderlist: Turn your emails into actions

Did I mention it is free? You can upgrade to the Pro version for a small monthly fee if you want even more features, such as add files, including spreadsheets, assign to-do tasks, unlimited subtasks and conversations with collaborators. There is also a version for business, which allows teams to collaborate, transfer and store data.

If you are struggling keeping your life organised, my advice is to become a list taker and download Wunderlist for Apple or Android today. That way your brain will have room for remembering all those upcoming birthdays, unless you have an app for that too!

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