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TPS10: The Best Productivity Apps on iPhone and iPad

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Here’s a list of our favorite iOS apps that we use every day to be productive. Most of them you probably don’t know or have heard of.


Links

Drafts
OmniFocus – iPhone | iPad
Drafts bullet list to OmniFocus
Evernote
Notability
Day One
Markdown
Asian Efficiency Blog
Asian Efficiency Newsletter
TextExpander
Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard
Editorial
Byword
iA Writer Pro
Notesy
PDF Expert
PDF Pen Pro 2
Dispatch
CloudMagic
MacStories
Workflow
Brett Kelly’s Awesome Save Books Workflow
Launch Center Pro
xcallback URL
Sonos
Apple Airport Express
Nest
WeMo
IFTTT
NetCam
Chamberlin MyQ
Phillips Hue lights
Homekit
Overcast
Pocket Casts
Downcast
Instacast
Kindle
Instapaper
Pocket
Unread
Reeder
Kindle Voyage
1Password
Extensions in iOS 8

Mike’s Top 5
1. Drafts
2. OmniFocus
3. Dispatch
4. Pocket Casts
5. 1Password

Thanh’s Top 5
1. 1Password
2. Kindle
3. OmniFocus
4. Evernote
5. Instapaper

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11 Comments

Posted by Jimmy  | February 20, 2015 at 9:44AM | Reply

Or the notepad app on phone

Posted by Robert  | February 15, 2015 at 8:12AM | Reply

A very interesting episode and there are a number of apps that I will review.

@Thanh – the mail app that has completely replaced the stock iOS app for me is “Outlook” (recently bought and renamed by Microsift).

I regularly use Windows, OSX, iOS and Android – as a result, I’m far more concerned with making sure my data can be accessed on multiple platforms. Evernote and Dropbox support are essential for this (as touched upon in the podcast ). However, if the app is available on all platforms then that’s OK too (Kindle, zinio, etc).

Posted by Han  | February 10, 2015 at 4:22AM | Reply

I’m not tied to any platforms but I just thought I’d point out a couple of android only alternatives that I feel would be mentioned here if there were ios alternatives (I so wish there were ios versions of these!)

Email Client – Google Inbox
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.inbox

Alternative for drafts – Google Keep
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.keep

Posted by Kevin  | February 5, 2015 at 9:28AM | Reply

Posted by Ben  | January 27, 2015 at 2:57PM | Reply

This Episode was very helpful. Just one open question on my side: Thanh, you use editorial on iOS so what are you using on Mac? I’d like to have editorial on Mac though.

Posted by Thanh Pham  | January 27, 2015 at 7:55PM

On the Mac I use Sublime Text for writing. It’s powerful text editor but I’ve made it my writing app of choice.

Posted by Aleksi  | January 14, 2015 at 1:09PM | Reply

I figured it out! You meant Ulysses. It was super hard to hear it right :).

Posted by Thanh Pham  | January 15, 2015 at 10:27AM

Woop woop glad you found it :)

Posted by Michael W. Perry  | January 14, 2015 at 10:02AM | Reply

Good lists. When it comes out, hopefully in the next few months, I hope you’ll add Scrivener for iOS to the list. The Mac and Windows versions makes book-length writing an absolute delight, the iOS version is likely to do the same for those on the go. From what I’ve heard, the only features that’ll be lacking will be those connected with exporting for publication.

And it’s valuable for anyone who writes in their daily life as a repository of those writings (i.e. of blog posts), not just working writers.

Posted by Thanh Pham  | January 15, 2015 at 10:27AM

Yeah I’m looking forward to that release. I’m sure we’ll do another show at some point about iOS apps – it’s a constant evolving topic.

Posted by Aleksi  | January 14, 2015 at 9:35AM | Reply

Hi!

What was the name of the app what other of you mentioned with the Byword app? He said he likes to write with Byword and x app. It’s a Mac app but it has iOS beta going on? Can’t find the app from the list. Really wanted to try that on Mac.

Thanks!

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