Productivity Apps

Do it better, do it faster, do it on-the-go! For a list of our favorite ways to get things done with our iOS devices, check out AppCraver’s Editor Picks of the Best Productivity Apps for iPhone and iPad, or read on for breaking news and reviews of productivity applications from the App Store.

Buy Groups: SMS, Mail and Manage Contacts on the App Store

Groups: Drag & Drop Contacts is a Smart Way to Manage Your Contacts

Groups: Drag & Drop Contacts Management makes sorting your contacts into groups as easy as a poking a finger into a warm apple pie. This app, from Guided Ways Technologies, does exactly what its name implies.

FCTasks by Franklin Covey Good, Not Great

FCTasks by Franklin Covey FCmobilelife is another in a long list of task management apps that is likely to get attention by brand recognition alone. Using the popular ABC-123 method of prioritization, FCTasks allows users to employ various methods of tracking and organizing their to-do lists and includes the ability to track due dates, edit and sort tasks, and change task views, as well as assign customized categories and notes.

Buy Instaviz on the App Store

Instaviz Makes Thinking in Pictures Easy

Instaviz, from Pixelglow, is designed to take your mind places it may have never been before. This app belongs to a group of applications called mind mapping, or what most people think of as flow charts.

Typing Genius Update Puts Emojis on Your iPhone or iPod touch

Typing Genius-Get Emoji is aimed at people who want to get smart about text entry on their iPhone or iPod touch. No doubt about it: Entering text into Apple's versatile and ubiquitous handheld is its biggest shortcoming.

Presentor Has More Nifty Uses Than Seen at First Glance

Zap Bang Done's Presentor is a simple, yet clever app, where you can  compile all your Web sites and blog URLs on one page. There are at least two ways I can see someone using Presentor: If you often find yourself showing prospects or clients your iPhone/iPod touch's screen — say to show them samples of your Web designs — you might not want them to be distracted by your other apps, especially ones like Pull My Finger and iJiggles Your Mom, no matter innocuous they may really be.

Buy OmniFocus for iPhone on the App Store

OmniFocus Has a Steep Learning Curve, but Mac Users Would Probably Like It

Omni Group's OmniFocus is intended to bring order to chaos; tranquility to a harried life; and organization to the items on your to-do lists. OmniFocus is a task manager designed to aid you in taking charge of your everyday chores in your work and home lives.

ReaddleDocs Has Extra Goodies for File Transferring

These days, file transfer apps are doing much more than just transferring files. Readdle's, new intro ReaddleDocs, file transfer app, does everything it's supposed to do and then some.

Buy Toodledo - To Do List on the App Store

Toodledo: Quirky Name, Easy Way to Manage To-Dos

When I first heard of Tooledo, I hadn’t heard of the Web site and while I assumed it was some sort of organization application, I still admittedly thought the name was kind of “sing-song,” like a greeting Mrs.

Buy Pinboard on the App Store

Pinboard Keeps Track of Notes Using a Familiar Interface

Every application won’t wow you. Some of them have one function and arguably do that one thing well. Pinboard is that application. Pinboard is a productivity app that lets you make notes on a virtual pinboard and drag them around the screen and arrange anyway you choose. Using it is not mentally taxing and learning to maneuver around in the app isn’t terribly difficult either.

Google Gives iPhone Users New Ways to Interact

Google has made a number of significant changes to the way iPhone users can interact with Google and its Web products such as Gmail and Calendar. Faster Gmail: Gmail is faster thanks to pre-fetching and auto-complete.

Buy iSticky on the App Store

iSticky Sticks With the Facts

If you’re super busy and with school, work or just life in general, one of your missions each day may be to try to remember everything you’re supposed to do that day. How we do this differs from person to person. Developers have come to the rescue faster than late night infomercials hawking memory pills. iSticky will help you remember it all and keep you well organized.

MyDecider Aims to Help You Make Up Your Mind

"To not decide, is to decide," according to some dude whose name I've forgotten. MyDecider, a decision-making tool from Edible Apps, is supposed to help fence sitters make up their minds about whatever concerns them.

Buy ActiveNotes on the App Store

ActiveNotes Has Some Unique Features but It's Nothing Special

There are almost as many note-taking apps in the App Store as there are fart apps. So, when a new note taker comes along, it has to be really special to stand out, and I don't mean in a stinky way.

Buy Quickoffice® Pro on the App Store

MobileFiles' Excel Editing and File Transfer Make for Potent Combo

Editor's note: MobileFiles Pro has been replaced by QuickOffice Pro. I reviewed QuickOffice's MobileFiles (the free version) file transfer app for Apple's MobileMe iDisk not too long ago and I liked it very much.

Wait for iProcrastinate to Get Better

iProcrastinate Mobile is, according to Craig Otis, its developer, "task management for the rest of us." That's not quite correct. Although the developer says in his description and on his Web site that iProcrastinate is aimed equally at students and business folks, I don't buy it.