Best Productivity Apps for iOS – Jesse Heise

Smartphones and tablets have been around for years now, and apps and games are a massive part of the experience.  It’s hard to believe it but Steve Jobs initially touted the fact that the iPhone didn’t need third party apps and that people would get by with creating enhanced mobile web apps.  I imagine he turned his tune on that one when he started to see the revenue they were bringing Apple.

Personally I think apps are great, they can bring you entertainment, increased productivity and make it easier to communicate and structure your life.  I’m going to share some of my favourite iOS apps with you.


Fantasical is a replacement for the built-in iOS calendar app, it features a huge amount of added benefits over the stock apple calendar app.  The app makes it faster to read and understand your calendar, allowing you to make decisions on where to place appointments quickly on the fly.  It removes the hassle from adding events and searching for upcoming ones as well. For example you can add a calendar event by typing “Lunch with Graham @ 12:00 PM Tuesday at The Rock”.  It’ll make the event and the time, place the location for you all automatically.  It looks great as well!  You can read more about it here:


Documents and Scanner Pro

Documents and Scanner pro are made by the company Readdle.  For under $12, you can get both of these apps and throw away your paper desktop scanner.  Scanner Pro lets you use the camera on your iOS device to scan documents, multipage, in color, you name it, it does it.  It ties directly into Documents which is a document manager for iOS and allows you to keep all your scanned docs stored either locally on your iOS device or synced up to your favourite cloud storage provider.  I highly recommend this to keep track of all your important documents.  You can read more about the two products here:


You Need a Budget (YNAB)

It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, its name is true – you do need a budget.  If you spend less than you take home, you will always make more money than you need.  I can’t stress the importance of personal budgeting enough.  It reduces stress and forces you to give every dollar you make a job.  YNAB allows you to keep track of your spending and accounts on iOS and desktop.  A lot of people use Mint or perhaps iBank, however, I prefer keeping my financial data private.  You can read more about YNAB here:


Mileage Log+

Mileage Log+, is hands down one of the most feature packed and easy to use mileage trackers around. Not only can Mileage Log+ track business miles, but charity and medical miles as well. Save trips you take frequently for one tap access later, enter a beginning and end point and let Mileage Log+ do the heavy lifting by automatically calculating distance. When you need to get reimbursed, simply export your reports and send them on their way right within the app.



Evernote is one of the easier note taking apps that can sync everything you type across every device you use. They even have a Blackberry app! With Evernote you can avoid misplacing all of your notes that you currently have in a paperback, or having Word crash and losing all of the notes you just wrote from a lengthy conference call. Best of all it’s free for the basic features, and it won’t force you to upgrade after a trial period.  You can join and download Evernote here:


Do you have any apps that you love or want to share with the F12 Networkers? Let us know.  In the meantime, I hope you find value in some of these apps and give them a try!


Jesse Heise
IT Consultant

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