Top 5 favourite tools & apps

A quick post to share my current top 5 favourite tools & apps (this isn’t a post about new apps, more those tools I’m using a lot):

*ifttt – With the tagline: ‘Put the internet to work for you’ – is a brilliantly simple yet clever idea which automates your use of the web.  For example every time I post to Instagram, ifttt saves it to Evernote for me.  Every time I favourite a tweet, it plugs it into Instapaper.  There are some fantastic ‘recipes’ from other people you can use or you can create your own.  Which bring me on to….

*Instapaper – Save web articles to read offline.  Brilliant on the iPad and equally useful on the laptop.  I constantly come across interesting stuff on twitter and elsewhere, now I tend to store them up and read them in a bunch, and (obviously) you don’t need wifi access.

*Feedly - I still use RSS loads, to catch up on new stuff.  Feedly remains my favourite way to sort through my google reader subscriptions (although yes, Flipboard is very pretty), particularly as I can switch between views – from ‘latest’ to individual topics ‘history’ or ‘saved’ stuff.

*tweetbot – twitter client for the iPhone.  Very slick and intuitive UI.  Miles better than official iPhone (although who remembers how much we loved tweetie?)

*Evernote – Note taking on steriods.  After years of persevering, I’m finally starting to get real value out of this.  The more you use, the better it gets.  Although I still feel like I’m barely scraping the surface of all the ways I could be using it

What are your current favourite tools & apps?

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2 Responses to “Top 5 favourite tools & apps”

  1. James Stiff says:

    Great post. My current favourites:

    Trello
    Really handy project collaboration tool, great for keeping track of that growing mountain of tasks.

    Flipboard
    Your very own “social magazine”, fed by RSS, Facebook, Twitter etc.

    FreeAgent
    Headache free online accounting

    1Password
    Remembers all your passwords (and more) so you don’t have to.

    Pastebot
    Share your iPhone clipboard with your Mac

  2. Katie says:

    Great list James. Diigo (for bookmarking) is another I use loads. But that would have made it top 6 not top 5 ;-)

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