With the coming of summer, Albert & I are working hard on getting our own mobile & work anywhere solutions set up and running. I am preparing for the arrival of a new baby which has an impact on both our schedules and productivity. Not only that, but one of the benefits of being an entrepreneur is that during the summer, we can take a random day off. One of the stresses of being an entrepreneur is that even time off = time at work! Considering both of those factors and we've both been working to find a way to make our Android tablet do as much work as we can squeeze out of it. Given that, here are my favorite FREE Android Apps for working anywhere.
1. Google Cloud Print. By far, my favorite app for working anywhere productivity is Google Cloud Print. It DOES have it's limitations. First of all, I can only print in B&W (not color, even though its a color printer). Second, I cannot print a range of pages -- it's the whole document only. If there is a way around those, I have not figured it out yet. Third, if you are on the boat and your printer is at home, so are your printed pages. BUT. If you have it set up to print to your office and the person who needs the document is in your office, this is pretty handy. You can make a document on your tablet, print it to the office and someone can pick it up, fax it, mail it, or whatever. I find that it's useful when I'm working on my tablet, I can print even while I'm not at my desk. Babies don't like desks unless you have a ball chair. And even then, the attention span is short :).
2. Evernote. I have praised Evernote before and for good reason! It does everything. In fact, they even rolled out a Business version that allows you to share documents with team members. I use Evernote to share documents & projects I am working on with Al. With it, we are able to collaborate using just the phone, or if it's handy, talking on the phone and using the Android tablet. Premium users are even able to access certain documents offline. How handy is that?
4. Dropbox. Dropbox is a great place to save files to. On my cheapo tablet, I had to email myself the link to a file I wanted to download because once I got it onto my tablet, there was no GOOD way to get it onto my main computer/file server. Dropbox can store photos, PDFs, spreadsheets and more. While I store a LOT in Evernote, it doesn't get everything.
5. Adobe Reader There are other PDF readers out there. Why not use the best?
What are your favorite free productivity apps for Android?
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