I suppose this might count as another â€˜Tooling Aroundâ€™ post. I recently got a new Android phone, and wondered immediately how I might use it to help with UnRuley Articles. So I thought Iâ€™d talk about a couple of apps that Iâ€™ve found that are already proving their worth. I plan to add to this post as and when I find apps that are useful to crafty/bloggy sorts, so if you know of any suitable apps please shout out in the comment section below.
Every blogger and every crafter ends up with a list of tasks that they need to do; ideas for pieces, ideas for posts, supplies required, etc. Misha jots these tasks in a â€˜Hello Kittyâ€™ notebook, whereas I used to scribble them on the backs of envelopes â€“ which I would then lose. But now Astrid will take care of them for me.
Astridâ€™s a fully functioned to-do list manager, but as well as keeping your tasks safer than on the backs of envelopes, she has some other cool features; notably that itâ€™s easy to allow a team to collaborate on a list of tasks, and that itâ€™s also possible to access your lists from your PC, which is handy when youâ€™ve left you phone in the charger. Astrid will also send you reminders about tasks youâ€™re late with; welcome the the 21st century, where itâ€™s your phone rather than your spouse that nags you!
There are also some social-networking type features â€“because everything nowadays needs a social-network side, apparentlyâ€“ but itâ€™s easy to ignore (the less misanthropic might even find it useful!).
Despite all this functionality, Astrid costs a very reasonable Â£0.00 â€“ there is a â€˜power packâ€™ of additional features available for Â£2.45, but I havenâ€™t felt I was missing out by sticking with the base version for now.
But the best thing about Astrid? Sheâ€™s an octopus â€“ and you know how we love octopodes on this blog.
WordPress for Android
If you do use WordPress then this is a very handy app, letting you create and edit posts and pages, and manage comments. Personally, I think submitting a full-sized post from this app would be an exercise in masochism, but what it is very useful for is day-to-day housekeeping (blog-keeping?) Even a little blog like this, with a total readership small enough to fit in a phone booth, attracts a ridiculous amount ofÂ spam â€“ and a tool like this is great for squashing it on the move.
Another great thing about this app is that itâ€™s Open Source, which â€“you might remember from my Inkscape postâ€“ Iâ€™m a big fan of. Open Source means that anyone can contribute, and that the results are free to all.
I often find that an idea for a picture or design comes to me at the most inconvenient time, usually when Iâ€™m a long way away from a pencil and paper. So this app is perfect for doodling quick images on the go. Itâ€™s actually a surprisingly complex drawing app, with the sort of layer and brush options that wouldnâ€™t be out of place in a professional PC image editing suite.
People are actually using it to create some very accomplished images; thatâ€™s a bit beyond me â€“ as the octo in the screenshot shows. Drawing with oneâ€™s finger is a bit odd, and brings back memories of pre-school, but I imagine a capacitive stylus would make things easier. However for capturingÂ visual ideas on the go, itâ€™s top notch.
Thereâ€™s a â€˜liteâ€™ Express version for free, or the full version for a massive 61 pence: well worth it, as far as Iâ€™m concerned.
Etsy for Android
Honestly, the app seems a little rough and ready at the moment, but it does the job. The appâ€™s coder seems to be keen to add new features, though it seems like Etsyâ€™s API might be holding him back.
At the price point of FREE, you canâ€™t really complain.
Okay, I know what youâ€™re thinking. How is â€˜Angry Birdsâ€™ a productivity app for the crafty blogger? Well, it isnâ€™t. In fact, something about flinging irritated avians at perfidious piggies makes it an anti-productivity tool. But the rule is that any round up of mobile apps has to include â€˜Angry Birdsâ€™. Nothing I can do about it.
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