After the Jump: 15 Apps I Can’t Live Without

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For this week’s radio show I decided to tackle something (recently) near and dear to my heart: Apps. As I mentioned in my ‘State of the (Blog) Union‘, I’ve been somewhat hesitant to adapt to new technology in the past, but this year I’m starting with a clean slate and open mind. Rather than being afraid of all the new tools and programs at our disposal, I’m embracing them and really enjoying experimenting with all the ways they help me get my voice and interests across. So for this week’s radio show I sat down in the booth by myself to list the top 15 apps I personally use and love. From productivity and work apps like Task Rabbit and Everest to my favorite photo programs like Instacollage, Flipagram and Time Shutter, this list is full of ideas to help you better (or more creatively) communicate your style, your brand and how you see the world.

Our current online community wants information conveyed in quick, visual way and while that doesn’t mean you need to run every photo through a filter, it’s about staying open minded and trying new tools that help you communicate more clearly and creatively. I share some ideas of my own for doing that, as well as what I see as the best qualities of each app, in today’s podcast. The key to this entire show is embracing change and new technologies in order to find ways to make them your own. I hope you’ll enjoy the show! xo, grace

LISTEN: You can download the podcast on iTunes here, or stream it here on Heritage Radio

Shelley

I loved the podcast! I have never heard of some of the apps and I will definitely be trying some of them. I am extremely interested in Task Rabbit. As a work at home mom with little ones, I can see this being a very useful and productive tool for my business. Thanks so very much for sharing! I will be tuning in next Thursday.

Kristine

Could you just list them as well? I prefer to read and research, so it would be helpful to have the list here.

Grace Bonney

Kristine

I understand your request, but I put a lot of effort into these radio shows so I don’t provide written versions of them. Sorry,

Grace

Tania

Aloha Grace! I thoroughly enjoyed the interior designer series, learned so much. Thank you. I’m looking forward to this month too and enjoyed the app podcast. I get excited about new apps as I’ve always seen them as tools. Even those apps that are social media, I see it as a link and a gateway to my other platforms, not necessarily competition. You gave me yet more photo apps to try (I’m already up to three category boxes on my iPhone!). I’m very interested in iPhoneography so I love trying new apps (my friend Shane Robinson who is an artist/photographer on Maui has had gallery showings of just iPhone images if you are interested in that type of thing, I think you may like his work too). For collages and shapes, I use Picframe. For camera I also like Camera+ and Snapseed. If you haven’t tried it yet, the Ollo Clip is a great lens attachment for your phone (3 to 4 lenses that clip into one easy to carry unit). You didn’t touch productivity as much (except for taskrabbit which sounds great). I like Things (it’s pricey but perfect for Getting Things Done methodology of task tracking), Fitbit (synchs with the souped up pedometer all the tech bloggers are into) and Habit List. Of course, evernote and dropbox too. I’ve also been selling quite a few clothes with the Poshmark app and do wish there was a similar app for home items. Glad you shared flipagram and I gave up on Vine after it continually crapped out on me after painstakingly trying to make a static shot video of events etc. After the 4th time, I bounced off and haven’t been back. Looking forward to more!

Charlie

Thanks for introducing Flipagram! Am interested in using it to create short videos for my blog.

My favorite apps are Noteshelf for taking notes on my iPad, which I then export to Evernote, an app which allows me to search through all my notes, including hand-written ones (it recognizes hand-writing). Never lose a note again!

I also like Feedly for reading blogs (like this one).

Apps help so much with productivity and saving space (mine have replaced TVs and alarm clocks – great for small space living). I like them so much that I listed all my favorites here:

http://www.workinggirlpress.com/one-ipad-10-ways-to-save-time-save-space-and-be-more-organized

Aaron

You could simply list them though. Some of us don’t have time for podcasts.

Grace Bonney

Aaron

If you don’t have time for podcasts, you don’t have to listen. I work hard on presenting this information in a certain way on purpose. I’m sure there are plenty of short-form lists on the internet of apps to download, but I prefer to present my advice in this format.

Grace

Shannon

There are many reasons to include a transcript with your podcast, the most important being accessibility for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. It’s just the professional thing to do.

Grace Bonney

Shannon

I have, and will always, provide transcripts for any hearing-impaired reader. But this is a case of someone not wanting to take the time to listen, not being physically unable to do so.

Grace

Kate

Thank you for a very interesting podcast – you covered many apps that I hadn’t heard of and that I’m very much looking forward to exploring. I have a baking business, and think Flipagram and some of the others could be very interesting ways to better show what we do. My go-to collage app is PicStitch, but I’ll definitely be playing with Fuzel and Obaby now that I know about them. :) I second Charlie’s Feedly recommendation for reading blogs, and also Evernote for keeping favorite posts, notes, and practically everything else organized and accessible.

As far as offering a list of the apps, I do think it would be very useful. As someone who didn’t know about many of these apps, it took some sleuthing to figure out spelling before I could even try them. It’s a difficult balance, since you obviously put a great deal of work into your podcasts (love the interviews!), and anyone just looking at a printed list would miss out on your insights. But a special link that you only share at the end of the podcast or even just spelling out each app as you describe it would be a big help!

Kate

Thank you for putting together this fantastic podcast, I learned so much from your descriptions of each app and ideas for ways to use them. I am amused by the comments from people that don’t have time to listen to the podcast or feel entitled to tell you how you should share information on the internet that you have put together… these people apparently don’t even have the time to click on your link and see that all the apps you discussed are listed in the “jump to segment” section. However, the podcast is certainly superior to any list.

Miriam Dema

I listened to the podcast on my evening walk. I was excited to look into some of the apps but frustrated at a lack of a list as well. I understand your need to get people to click through and listen but I do wish I could more easily follow up on them. Now I’ll have to make time to listen again but this time with pen and paper ready, as someone who does most of my listening while walking or making dinner this is a bit frustrating. I loved the content on the podcast, aside from the difficulties in being able to follow up on them you had some great tips.

Miriam Dema

Ah, I’m sorry- thanks to Kate the commenter above for mentioning where I could see the apps discussed. I listened on Downcast ( a great app for managing podcasts) and missed the details on the podcast page.

Anna

Go Grace you good thing! It’s not like you’re charging us for the advice, so I think your audience should be thrilled with what they get. I’m a bit appalled by how bossy some of your commenters are.

I for one ADORE the podcast. I listen to it on my morning jog, and it always brightens my day. Thanks for your awesome work. I love it!

Tania

Oh my, I actually popped back here to check out apps other commenters may be recommending and am surprised at the negative comments regarding the lack of a transcript. One does not sit down and make time to listen to a podcast but rather can listen while doing something else. Some activities like exercising/driving are difficult to take notes, if desired. But cooking, dining, home tasks and sitting at a desk are all opportune times to note take while listening. While a transcript is a wonderful suggestion, it should not be perceived as an obligation that you are not fulfilling on your part as the tone of some of the commenters indicate. Many podcasters do provide transcripts but podcasts are also their main form of social media/presence, their website is a side bar to their podcast, not the other way around as it is with you. I take online classes too where the instructor(s) provides some lessons in blog post format, some in video and some in podcast/audio. They do not provide transcripts because they selected the medium they felt was best for the topic at hand so I completely understand what you are saying here about your choice of presentation. Thank you again for all your generosity Grace.

Sarah

First of all, thank you so much for your blog. I have been a reader for a very long time, and always look forward to catching up on your posts every weekend (I hoard them to be a weekend treat!).

But something isn’t sitting right with me, and after some internal debate, I decided to post this comment. You see, I am Deaf, and I was going to email you privately if it would be possible to get your list of recommended apps in text form, as podcasts (and uncaptioned videos) are inaccessible to me. But then I read some of the exchanges on here between some of your readers and you, and it really bummed me out, not the least of which is being categorized by some readers as potentially being “bossy” and “negative” for wanting a transcript or at least a list of the apps you mention. I totally understand tailoring format to content and vice versa, and wanting people to listen to the podcast, but as someone who usually tries to cause as few waves as possible, it left a bad taste in my mouth. I was happy to see that there is a list of sorts in the “jump to” area of the podcast, and also happy to see that you are willing to provide transcripts for those of us who are Deaf or hard of hearing, but how much more inclusive would it be to embrace a sort of “universal design” perspective on things, so that we don’t feel like we are selfishly and bossily requesting the moon that everyone else can just pluck out of the sky without a second thought.

I don’t know if any of this made sense, but thank you again for your blog and for listening.

Grace Bonney

Sarah

I understand your point and, as I mentioned before, would be more than happy to provide anyone who is unable to hear this podcast with a transcript. But as someone who’s provided a free service 5 days a week for 10 years, it is definitely frustrating to have people criticizing me for not spending my own money (or additional time) to transcribe something I’ve already provided for free.

It may (or may not) interest people to know that I’m not paid- nor do I receive advertising profits from- by the radio station to produce my show. I’m happy to produce all of the content I produce (in print and on the radio) for free- that’s a choice I make- but for people to attack me for not spending my own money to make their (free) consumption of our content easier is disheartening.

Grace

Sarah

Oh dear, I hope that you didn’t interpret my comment as an attack on you or the formats in which you choose to produce your content. I was just trying to explain how the exchanges above made me, someone who is Deaf, feel about then requesting a transcript. (I was actually relieved to discover that I didn’t have to, as the apps were listed elsewhere.) I didn’t mean to engender any feelings of anger or resentment in you, but rather meant to explain how I feel, which includes “disheartened” on a near daily basis due to issues like this. I do apologize if my comment upset you, it wasn’t intended to.

Grace Bonney

Sarah

I hope you understand that you, as someone who has every reason and right to request a transcript, are more than welcome to ask for one (Just shoot me an email at designsponge@gmail.com and I’m happy to get you one). I have, for the past two years, paid for transcripts for many hearing impaired readers and will always gladly do so. It’s the people who can listen, but chose not to, but instead choose to chastise me for not making my free content available the way they’d prefer (not what they actually require in order to consume that content) that are frustrating to me.

Grace

Dani Kreeft

I really, truly love the hell out of this show. Thank you so much for it, Grace. Plain and simple. Xo.

david dahlson

Surely there is an app that will transcribe audio media?

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