Monday 19 February 2018

Top 300 apps: Work tools

For serious stuff and the daily grind, these work apps are all business

Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler


iOS, Android; price varies per device

For heavy work-related activity, Microsoft Office is still a big draw for ordinary businesspeople, despite cloud-based alternatives. This lets you create, view, edit and share documents in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. It’s not quite as slick as the real thing on a powerful laptop, but it will keep you nicely in tune with your Microsoft Office work on a mobile device.


iPad; €8

Sometimes we need to print documents off. PrintCentral allows you to print from your iPad to most wifi-enabled printers without any other software involved.


iOS, Android; basic version free, premium version from €10

This is another full-featured office software app that allows you open, read, edit, create and share files in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Bubble Level

Android; free

For those whose work routine occasionally calls for the use of a spirit level, this ad-free app works well.

iPhone, Android; free

This app's strength lies mainly in its guidance for up-to-date information, including sector prices and inputs. Technically, this is also a ‘web app', accessible from a browser.

Olive Office

iOS, Android; free

If you’re looking for a free alternative to Documents To Go, this does a reasonable job. It allows you to open, review and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.

Teleprompt+ for iPad

iPad; €12

This app turns your iPad into a teleprompter. You cut and paste speech, hit ‘start' and it becomes a teleprompter, with scrolling text. You can also control speed and pause the text, mid-flow.

eFax for iPad

iPad; free for one month, €11 per month after

For some reason, faxes are still among us. This app lets you send and receive 150 faxes per month from (and to) your iPad.

AutoCad 360

iOS, Android; free

This is a very nice implementation of Autocad’s technical drawing application. You really need a (paid) online Autocad account to get the most from it, but it’s worth looking at.

Voice Record Pro

iPhone, iPad; free

This is a really nice voice-recording app that allows you convert audio clips to MP3 format and to share across a whole range of networks. It’s ad-supported and costs €2.70 to knock them off.

Smart Voice Recorder

Android; free

Lots of Android phones come without decent voice recorders, so if you’re in the habit of taking voice memos or interviewing people, this is a smart download. You can email or share clips.

Job Search

Android; free

This app combines a large number of Irish jobs with thousands of jobs in the UK, the US, Canada and Australia. It’s particularly useful for those in tech industries.

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