The best new productivity apps of 2013


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It was once said of truly important inventions and ideas that “if you build it, they will come”. But the fact is that, in this era of constant innovation, which itself produces difficulties for people and organisations which are constantly looking to stay ahead of the game, it takes far more than simply having a good idea, concept or product to win over converts.

The fact is that people learn about new innovations at different stages in their development, and that can greatly affect the rate of their adoption. Even in a modestly-sized company, adoption of a new app can be affected by a variety of factors – not least the wide age spread of the people for whom it is intended.

Apps, therefore, have to be designed to be useable by all those who are likely to benefit from them – even older people who may therefore be less tech-savvy.

And with millions of app developers keen to make money by developing methods of helping people get more use from their mobile devices, there is plenty of potential for developing apps which can do things which have the capacity to make our lives so much easier.

But how do you find the best ones? Here, courtesy of, is a small selection of apps which are considered the best at helping people be more productive and do more business wherever they are:

– Quickoffice Pro: This is a way in which Microsoft Office word processing, spreadsheet and presentation documents can be edited, using even the most compact of devices running on the Android or iOS platforms. So in effect, it means users can take their work with them while they’re on the move, and even make presentations from a smartphone.

– Evernote: This is similar to having a personal assistant with you at all times, allowing you to take notes, take photos, produce to-do lists, and record voice reminders. It’s especially recommended for taking notes or pictures during a long meeting, but the most highly-lauded feature is the ability to make notes readable across a range of devices, so they can be accessed anytime, anywhere.

– CamCard Lite: No one carries a huge wedge of business cards around with them these days, especially when this app brings together the ability to take a picture of a business card, and then save the details it contains to the address book on the user’s tablet or smartphone.

All of these apps are available on a range of operating systems, but their adoption has particularly taken off among users of Apple devices – who are widely considered to be the most eager adopters of most forms of the latest technology.

– Lose It!: Finally, this is an app for those who are feeling guilty at having to sit at their desks all day, and want to keep a food diary of everything they eat. Then, they can add the details of what exercise they have taken, and the app will tot up how much of their calorie intake they have been able to work off. It might make grim reading for some – but to others it’s a compulsive aid to helping them stay healthy and, therefore, productive.

Anyone who uses apps to help them stay productive while on the go will also see the benefit of such products as Snugg iPad Mini cases, which will not only help them protect their treasured tablet or mini computers, but will also help them stand out from the crowd, and reduce the possibility of them being lost – along with all the valuable data and work aids which they contain.