What apps one uses is a very personal thing. However, when others have shared their favorite apps it has provided me with food for thought and, at times, brings about a change in the apps that I use. I hope that my list of the apps I use daily will be of help to you.
Gospel Library – scripture study. iPhone and iPad.
Spark – email. iPhone, iPad, Mac, iWatch.
I have tried all of the third-party email apps, and I keep coming back to this one. There are so many features that draw me to this app, but the main one is how it separates my mail into different categories.
Drafts 5 – notes. iPhone, iPad and Mac, iWatch.
It is difficult to categorize this app because of its many features. The primary purpose of the app is to quickly write down your thoughts and then later decide where you are going to use them.
For example, if I am writing a text message that is more then a few lines I first compose the message in Drafts and then using one of the actions in Drafts send it to my text messaging app. The reason I do not write the message in the message app is that I have had the experience of composing a lengthily message only to lose it because I get interrupted by a phone call or a text message that requires an immediate answer. Producing the message in Drafts stays there until I have completed the message and ready to send it. I do not need to copy and paste the message, just a simple tap on the message action, add the recipient’s name, and the message is sent.
Nearly, all of my posts are composed in Drafts. This post was written using Drafts on my Mac.
Day One – journaling. iPhone, iPad, Mac, iWatch.
I have written extensively about this app. If you are serious about keeping a journal, there is no better app than Day One.
Things 3 – to do’s. iPhone, iPad, Mac, iWatch
I cannot live without a to-do list. I have tried nearly every to-do app available and found Things fits my lifestyle. If I were running a business, I would, perhaps, use a more powerful app like Omni Focus, but for me, at this point in my life, Things is my app of choice.
Evernote – document storage and retrieval. iPhone, iPad, Mac.
Evernote is a powerful app and can be used in a variety of ways. It can be used to take notes, keep a journal and a to-do list and more. But, as you can see from my above list, I prefer to use apps that are dedicated to one purpose such as creating a note, keeping a journal and having a to-do list, because they are far more potent as dedicated apps.
I use Evernote for storage of documents. All of my important papers are scanned into Evernote. Any website that has information that I might need in the future is placed in Evernote, and then, when I need something, a quick search finds what I am looking for.
1Password – password creating and storage. iPhone, iPad, Mac, iWatch.
Passwords have to be taken seriously. Using the name of your dog, cat or favorite grandchild, along with your date of birth is dangerous and, more importantly, easily breached.
1Password stores all of my passwords, currently 479, yes, 479! Also, all of my credit cards, car information (VIN, date purchased, etc.), social security numbers of myself and children and much more.
The app creates the passwords for me and when needed can, in most situations, enter my user name and password for me.
GoodNotes – hand-written notes. iPhone, iPad, Mac.
I like to use a pen and paper to draw out ideas, take notes at a lecture and as a scratch pad. Hand-written notes have an advantage over typing notes – better retention of the information. I prefer to use the digital form of pen and paper.
The main reason is I can retrieve the notes quickly through the search function (yes, it can search my handwriting) and when needed the app can convert my writing to print, which I then send to another app.
I have tried all of the apps on the market and fluctuated between GoodNotes and Notability.
I prefer the features in GoodNotes but have been using Notability. GoodNotes 5 newest version has the one thing I need – universal search capability. Until yesterday, Notability was the only app with that function. Also, the latest version of GoodNotes allows the use of a deep file structure, so I can now place folders inside folders.
I only use this app on my iPad using my Apple pencil. I have the app on my iPhone and Mac so I can locate a note should I not have my iPad with me.
AnyList – shopping list. iPhone, iPad, iWatch, Amazon Echo.
This app is fantastic. Whenever my wife or I need to add something to the shopping list all we have to do is speak, and the item is added to the list. The list is shared between the two of us. Whoever picks up the item crosses it off the list. The app will also download recipes from the internet and create a shopping list of ingredients you do not have. Go through the downloaded list and check the ones you need to add to the shopping list. The app also helps with planning meals.