With Labor Day just around the corner it is time to get organized, and no matter the size of office these days there is bound to be paperwork that is likely causing some clutter. While the digital age had promised to free us from paper, the fact is that affordable printers have made it all too easy to print more than ever. Add in what seems like a mountain of boxes – not to mention that everything from manuals to extra cables needs to be saved – most small or home offices just begin to look like warehouses.
One solution to organize and save time when you need to find a particular folder or item in a box is to label everything. As you may have guessed, there are now some apps that can help get you organized. The DYMO Labelwriter line of printers are great for producing small apps, and now these are compatible with the iPhone “Print n Share” app from EuroSmartz Ltd. This allows users to print out labels while in the office or even on the go with the portable DYMO LabelWriter 450 or 400 models. Users can print out professional mailing labels, complete with barcodes, or use it to make name badges at a conference or trade show. No more markers for name tags! The Print n Share app is available from the Apple App Store for $6.99.
Best BlackBerry Organization Apps
BlackBerry users tend to be fairly organized people. Of course anyone who constantly checks messages on their “CrackBerry” will tend to be that way. And even if you’re not a full-blown control freak, there are some apps that can help you get a little more organized.
An organized database is surely the sign of a well-managed office, and with the BlackBerry Database Viewer Plus you can even read it on the go. This app is available for $19.95 and offers the ability to view MS Access, Excel, FoxPro, Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL databases in the palm of your hand. If you need to do some work on the go, there is the eOffice, a Microsoft Office compatible suite of apps that lets you not only view docs and spreadsheets, but even lets you do some mobile editing. This version costs $29.95, but is priceless for anyone who can do some work on their handsets. Finally, for the most diehard BlackBerry user there is eSpell, a spell checker that works on documents, but more importantly e-mails and SMS messages. At about $20, this is a great solution to help you avoid needless typos. These apps are available from the BlackBerry App World.
Fit of Mind, Fit of Body App
After you’ve managed to get your office in shape, it is time to get the rest of you there too. And just because summer is winding down doesn’t mean it is time to bulk up for the winter. TheCarrot.com can help. The life-management tracking site devoted to fitness has introduced a new iPhone app that provides more than 30 health and lifestyle trackers. Available for free download from the Apple App Store, this app offers real-time access to track histories, journal entries and the ability to search for nutritional info, plus find facts on medications and even some illness symptoms. This information can be shared with your doctor, trainer, coach or even nutritionist.
After Hours App of the Week:
Hip Hop All Star – Take a break and recharge the creative juices with I-Play’s Hip Hop All Star for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This app turns the handset into a virtual turntable, where players can scratch and spin their way to DJ stardom. You can get into the groove with 12 top-selling hip artists, with a mix of old school classic mix masters to the hottest talent from today. Players tap out notes in rhythm with the music and then virtually scratch the turntables. The game offers five different party locations and even includes a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth multi-player modes to let you challenge friends in real-time spinouts. In addition to the 12 songs that come included, new tracks will be available for download. Hip Hop All Stars will be available from the Apple App Store in September.
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