5 Useful Apps

May 18, 2016

I always love it when other bloggers share their favorite apps, so I thought I'd mention some apps that have come in handy for me lately.

1) Cuda Sign If you find yourself frequently signing documents that have to be returned to another party, this app might be right for you. At my school, I have to sign my pay stubs each month as well as a variety of other documents here and there. I don't always have time to make a special trip across campus and hand in a signed, paper copy of these documents, so that's where Cuda Sign comes in. It's easy to use the app to open the document that requires your signature. Then, simply use your finger to sign your name. You have the option to insert the date, if you wish. Once that's done, you can use the app the e-mail the document right away. This app has really saved me a lot of time and I'm sure I'll be using it a lot next year, too.

2) Tiny Scanner I can't say I enjoy fumbling around with a scanner, and on top of that, the school I work for doesn't even have a scanner for me to use. That's why I was a bit worried when I had to scan a whole bunch of items for my trip to the Maldives. When a friend suggested that I download this app, all of my problems were solved. It's easy to just take a picture of what I need to have scanned, and then this app makes it right into .pdf file for you. Directly from the app, you are able to save it as a photo on your camera roll, add it to Evernote, or e-mail it out, to name a few options.

3) IF by IFTT This app is popular among bloggers, and I can see why. It makes it so easy to connect different social media accounts by using "recipes." I use this app to connect my Instagram to my Twitter and to my blog's Facebook page, but there are hundreds of different recipes to be made with various platforms like: Pinterest, Blogger, Buffer, Evernote, and Gmail.

4) Relax Melodies Do sounds found in nature help you to relax while working or when trying to sleep? Personally, when it's time for me to get stuff done, I cannot listen to music with lyrics. It's not that I don't enjoy the songs...quite the opposite. I like the songs too much and then stop and listen to the lyrics or sing along instead of fully focusing on my work. Thankfully, with Relax Melodies, I am able to just play instrumental music. It's ideal for me because my apartment building can get a bit noisy and so it helps to drown out those other sounds. Of course, I also use it at night time because I live right across from the boys' dormitory, and they can get pretty rowdy. It's far more pleasurable to hear soothing sounds like rain falling, wind chimes, or rivers than it is to hear a bunch of screaming students!

5) XE Currency If you travel to a foreign country, dealing with calculating the exchange rates can take a bit of time to get used to. With XE Currency, you can put in your home country, and then the app uses information about your current location to convert amounts in the local currency into the currency that you are familiar with. The cool thing about this app is that you don't have to be connected to the internet to use it! If you can't connect, the app just uses the latest rates that were available when you were last connected. I plan on using this app the next time I visit a country outside of the U.S. and China.

What apps are you finding useful at the moment?

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