Setting Contexts

Productivity on the iPhone

Posted in Apple, Crayon, iPhone, productivity, tools by jquig99 on September 26, 2008

It’s been almost 2 1/2 months since Apple’s AppStore debuted (and I upgraded my first gen to a 3G) and I’ve been testing out and using a number of different applications. The Productivity section of the AppStore easily had the most applications the first day and it has continued to grow steadily.

My Productivity apps

My Productivity apps

I had been a part of the OmniFocus beta test group and it was one of the best testing experiences I’ve had. A great group of people, starting with Ken Case and the whole development team – all of whom were really responsive and excited to be working on the application. So I was excited to see that OmniFocus would be available for the iPhone the first day. The iPhone version is great – especially as it used the 3G location services so effectively. Put together a shopping list and OF shows you the closest store to your current location. It still has the same capture features as the desktop app and you can take pictures, enter text and make voice notes quickly. And it syncs with the desktop version. Very intuitive and comprehensive – also a bit too much for me. But I truly love this company and it’s products.

Another iPhone application I use frequently is Jott. I’ve been a Jott user for awhile and they finally exited their beta period and have a number of tiered pricing options to choose from. And a well-featured free account, which works well with the iPhone app. I use Jott to quickly call in notes to myself (I loved when these would go to Backpack, but that seems to be not working anymore) and now the iPhone app makes it easy to do this and sync to all of the services I have associated with the account. It definitely helps me remember things when I’m traveling or just need a quick reminder.

I also hear some great things about, well, Things (which also has a desktop version).

But what do I actually use, day in and day out? I still use the web versions of my 37signals apps – Basecamp, Backpack, Campfire (which is iPhone optimized) and Highrise – and am hoping for iPhone versions to come along soon (And so not holding my breath…). My system, which I’ll update about soon, works really well for me and I love that I can have these icons on my iPhone homepage and are a tap away.

Having said that – it was the biggest disappointment that the AppStore didn’t open with any 37s apps.

Just an FYI – I have given in to putting my 37signals Affiliate Banners on here (you’ll see them on the right). These are definitely product endorsements over participation in the program. I love their products – we use them at crayon, and I have had my own accounts for years. So – feel free to use these links, I just love the company.

(Aside – I originally wrote this post over a week ago on the WordPress iPhone app, which saved it locally and then lost it. Shows that I have a post saved in Local Drafts, but nothing when you open the folder. Ouch. Also, MORE IMPORTANTLY!!! this week Apple decided that iPhone developers couldn’t talk about AppStore rejected – for any reason – applications because they are covered under the still-existing NDA. Ugly Apple. How could they treat their incredible independent developer community like this? These developers and companies are amazingly collaborative, generous and creative – Apple is should feel privileged to have the like of Daniel Jalkut, Wil Shipley, Craig Hockenberry and Brent Simmons developing for them. I’m continually impressed by the level of work and commitment all of the Apple Dev Community show and shame on Apple for not appreciating what they bring to the brand experience. Apple is just really nice hardware without them. They make Macs sing.)

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  1. Rob Clein said, on September 26, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    I also tend to prefer using the cloud for my productivity apps. Currently I’m using Toodledo syncing with Appigo Todo on my iPhone. I had Jott set up so I could Jott my tasks right into Toodledo but Jott suddenly started charging and it hasn’t worked since they disabled it for the free accounts. I also sync Notebook to Toodledo so I have everything I need all the time.

  2. […] Productivity on a iPhone? What…Another iPhone application I use frequently is Jott. I’ve been a Jott user for awhile and they finally exited their beta period and have a number of tiered pricing options to choose from. And a well-featured free account, which works well with the iPhone app. I use Jott to quickly call in notes to myself (I loved when these would go to Backpack, but that seems to be not working anymore) and now the iPhone app makes it easy to do this and sync to all of the services I have associated with the account. It definitely helps me remember things when I’m traveling or just need a quick reminder. (via setting context) […]

  3. Scott Magdalein said, on October 6, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Backpack app is coming soon. Going to be called “BackPocket” and will bring ALL functionality of web app to this native iphone app. just thought you should know before we launch it.

    Of course, this assumes that Apple won’t deny it, which is always uncertain.

  4. Jane Quigley said, on October 7, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Thanks Scott – excited to hear about it! I hope you told 37signals – they have a nice way of promoting 3rd party apps for their products.

    BTW – I beta a lot of iPhone/Mac apps – let me know if you need any help.

  5. symbo said, on November 6, 2008 at 6:14 am

    Hey, finally I found good app for my iPhone 3G!
    Mobrise – the client for Highrise. This app is available on AppStore. I’m very excited!

  6. Scott Magdalein said, on November 13, 2008 at 10:15 am

    FrontPocket (formerly BackPocket) is now in the App Store. http://frontpocketapp.com

  7. Jane Quigley said, on November 13, 2008 at 10:21 am

    @Scott – already downloaded and in use. In fact, I already reviewed it in the App Store (jquig). Really great work and I’m going to review it this week!

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  9. Kathey Mandelbaum said, on January 31, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Alot of bloggers not very pleased with this new iPad.There was too much hype regarding it and alot people got turned off.Thing is, I actually see great deal of the awesome potential uses of this gadget. Third-party applications for making music, games, newspapers and magazine and FFS books, all kinds of neat stuff, but IMHO they just didn’t really sell it right (excluding the books). It looks kind of undercooked


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