Check out the newest productivity apps added recently to the app stores. There’s a document scanner and a couple of task managers. There’s also an innovative text messaging app with cross-app functionality; it has convenient business-related features.

ABBYY FineScanner (Android, iOS)

This is a document scanner for mobile devices. It was previously only available on iOS, but is now available on Android. It sees text and a future document. It also converts photos to MS Word. Here are more features:

  • Save scans as JPEG or PDF
  • Recognize 193 languages including Latin, Cyrillic, and CJK alphabets
  • 12 output modes that preserve the original formatting including lists, tables, and headers. These include docx, pdf, and txt.
  • Create, edit, and enhance multi-page documents easily
  • Auto-capture of page boundaries and advanced image filters
  • Saves images with tags in app; searchable
  • Share and export results to any cloud storage including Google Drive, Box, Evernote, Dropbox, Yandex.Disk

There are two versions of the app. One includes a subscription for premium features such as OCR (optical character recognition) and ad removal. It costs $4.99 per month or $19.99 per year. The second version is a one-time purchase app that costs $39.99.

Focus Matrix (iOS)

Focus Matrix is a task manager designed around the so-called Eisenhower Method. This method breaks up tasks in several groups based on importance and urgency. Here are some of the things you can do with the app:

  • Assign due dates to tasks
  • Set reminders
  • Get automatic notifications when tasks become Urgent
  • Delegate tasks by email or messages
  • Filter tasks by tags and statuses
  • Get statistics and reports for completed tasks
  • Password protection

Tasmana (Android)

Here’s another task manager. This one can be used for personal task management or for group task management. It’s useful for time management as well. Here’s a list of features:

  • Create groups of users
  • Register with Google or Facebook accounts
  • Invite new users to a group
  • Task creators receive alerts for task assignment and progress
  • Tasks can be assigned to any member in a group
  • Ability to reject a task within a group

Use Tasmana to create lists of things-to-do, such as grocery shopping and mailing letters.

Gyst (Android)

This app combines normal texting with several other applications including calendar, contacts, and tasks. It makes texting more productive. Here’s a list of features:

  • Prioritize texts
  • Use labels to organize texts
  • Easily move a text into a to-do list in Tasks
  • Search and sort texts by labels, priority, or attachments

The pro version of the app has several more features including:

  • The ability to schedule texts for a later time
  • Send availability to easily schedule meetings
  • Attach any document including pdf, ppt, docx
  • Option to archive old texts in the cloud
Vasanth Simon

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