The 5 Top Apps for February 2014

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Our five recommended apps of the month:

Smart Document Scanner – PDF: scan PDFs and synchronize them with Google Drive

Mailbox: keep up with the mountains of e-mails on your iPhone

Splashtop Business by Splashtop: enable team members to access their PCs while they’re out of the office

Business Calendar Pro: manage appointments using a selection of configurations

quickLead HD: quickly enter new contacts made at exhibitions


Next page: Scan, save and share documents in PDF format

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Smart Document Scanner – PDF by Softxpert Inc.

This app allows you to scan documents of one page or more, to save them as PDFs, and even synchronize them with Google Drive so you can access them from any device. The Smart Document Scanner assists tablet or smartphone users with cropping by automatically recognizing the edges of documents. You can enhance the quality of the electronic file by converting color images to black and white and manually adjusting brightness or contrast. Thanks to text recognition, users can search through scanned documents, copy text, and insert it into other documents. Furthermore, with Smart Document Scanner, you can add notes to scanned files. In addition to using Google Drive, you can share files with colleagues by e-mail, Dropbox, Skype, and other apps.

Platform: Android

You can find the app in the Google play store.

Next page: Get a better overview of your emails

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Mailbox by Orchestra, Inc.

If you use your iPhone or iPad for professional purposes, the smaller screen compared with a conventional desktop PC gives you the feeling of being overwhelmed with mountains of e-mails. Mailbox by Orchestra can help. With a mere swipe, messages can be archived or trashed. Messages are displayed in a similar way to a chat, so that you can retain an overview of even lengthy conversations. With the tap of a button, non-urgent e-mails can be snoozed to reappear at a later time. The app is optimized for iPhone 5 and requires iOS 7.0. or later.

You can find the app on iTunes.

Next page: Access office computers on the go

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Splashtop Business by Splashtop

Splashtop has developed a business version of its app – which goes by the same name as the company – especially for professional users. The app enables team members who are often on the road to access applications and files – such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, or Outlook – on their PC or Macs via their iPad, Android tablet, or Windows tablet. Splashtop Business is fully secured end-to-end with SSL and 256-bit AES encryption. As administrators, team leads can invite, activate, and deactivate users, manage user accounts, and view the usage history and device list. To enjoy the benefits of the app, users need to install Splashtop Streamer on their PC or Mac and open a Splashtop account. System requirements are Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP, Mac OS X 10.6, or Linux. The app itself is free. The account required to use the SaaS version costs US$60 per user per year. For the Enterprise version installed on premise, interested parties should contact Splashtop for a quotation. As one of the additional functions, Splashtop Business enables the use of mobile device management from a different provider.

You can find the app in the Google play store, at iTunes, and the Windows store.

Next page: Get a clear overview of your appointments

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Business Calendar Pro by Appgenix Software

Whether you want to view a day, a week, a month, or any number of days between one and 14 – Business Calendar Pro gives you a clear picture of your appointments, configured according to your own preferences.  Functions include the option of viewing appointments either as timeline bars or event titles. Different designs are available for the agenda, day, week, and month widgets. When you add a new appointment, an overview appears displaying the other events on the day in question. If you swipe your finger over a number of days of interest in month view, this period opens in the multi-day view. More practical features include linking appointments with contacts, creating templates for appointments, and importing and exporting calendar files in iCalendar format (.ics or .ical). With a free add-on, you can manage Google Tasks and Toodledo activities. If you’d like to get a taste of the app before splashing out €4.75, you can try the free version of Business Calendar.

You can find the app in the Google play store.

Next page: Enter trade-fair contacts quickly

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quickLead HD by rabbit mobile GmbH

After meetings and discussions at trade fairs, it’s crucial to record and process information about potential new customers fast, otherwise valuable data could be lost. This is where quickLead comes into its own. You can use it to enter contact details and other information, which is stored centrally and can therefore be accessed from everywhere for further processing. The sales department can then take action right away. There’s no longer any need to fill out an old-fashioned, paper-based lead form and then type the information into the system manually. Among the functions you’ll find a completeness indicator, which shows whether important information is missing in a customer dialog. You’ll also find a business card and a QR code scanner, and you can even upload profile photos of leads.

You can find the app at iTunes.