Couple o’ Apps

I’m using two new-to-me iOS apps consistently for freelance work, and I thought they were worth sharing. Both are free (woo!) and both are helping me manage my kazillion different projects.


Genius Scan

Need to sign and contract and send it back to someone? No scanner? (Actually, I have a scanner but it takes 10 minutes to warm up and then another 10 minutes for me to remember how to use it.) I’ve been using this app to scan documents for about a year and it works great.

Genius Scan makes your phone work like a scanner. Take a picture of a signed document, and the app turns it into a PDF, which you can email. Need to sign and send multiple pages in one PDF? It lets you do that, too. There’s a (pay) option to fax, but do people still use fax machines? Is it 1987?

Anyway, Genius Scan rocks my socks.


This is a more recent discovery, but I really like it too. For months I’ve been trying to track how I spend my time on freelance/review projects. I’ve been doing this using pencil and paper (which is fine), but usually I have to do a little bit of math to figure out how long I devoted to each task. Boo, math.

This app lets you start a timer (online or on your phone) and label it–under project–and it keeps track of your total hours spent on each thing. If you’re tracking this kind of thing, the reports are really helpful. And you know how I enjoy a good report.

Nobody sponsored this post. I just like both of these things.


Oh, and: This isn’t something I’m using for writing, but the Pact app is sure keeping me honest (and making me go to the gym). I can recommend that one, too.

Can you recommend any good apps? I’m always looking for something new.