There’s an App for That
T WIN CIT IE S ME D I A A L L I A NCE
SPO NSOR ED BY MESLA, T HE MET R OPOLITANLIBRAR Y
S E R VICE AG E NCY
So many apps, so little time. Discover which apps
should be loaded on your smartphone or tablet to
improve productivity for your business or
organization, plus how to use and organize them.
Don’t miss this fast-paced and fun-filled session.
Bring your smart phone and/or tablet.
Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance and funded
Dropbox: Apple / Android
Store and access all your files
via Dropbox on computers,
tablets, and phones.
Free accounts give 2G of space.
Can purchase more.
Click the three dots to
organize your files.
Click on a file to open it up.
Click on this icon to share the
Click the star to add
something as a favorite.
Use these icons to go
between files, photos, and
favorites. You can also
change settings here.
In the settings you can
change things like whether or
not pictures you take are
automatically uploaded into
CloudOn: Apple / Android
Create, review, edit and share Microsoft
Word, Excel and PowerPoint
documents, spreadsheets and
presentations on your tablet or phone.
Must connect a Dropbox, Google Drive,
Box, SkyDrive, or Hightail account.
Use the cloud icon to access
settings and tutorials.
Click the A icon to make a new
Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file.
Click on a file to open it up.
When you open a document,
you’ll see the toolbars like
you’re used to seeing in
regular Word, Excel, and
Dragon Dictation: Apple only
Easy-to-use voice recognition
software. Just speak and it types
what you say. You can copy and
paste it in documents or email to
Click here to record.
Use these icons to create a new
note, delete a note, or share a note
to email and social media. You can
also just copy the text to paste
You can also click on the keyboard
icon to edit the note after you finish
SignNow: Apple / Android
Need to sign a document? Get
someone’s signature? Do it with
SignNow and forget about
printing, scanning, or faxing.
5 free signatures a month. Can pay
Click here for access to account
info, help, options, etc.
Click here to go through
documents in SignNow.
Click here to learn how to import
documents from many different
places. Sometimes you’ll import
from here, sometimes it’ll just tell
you how from other places.
When you have a document in
SignNow, tap on it to see all the
options available, like opening it to
sign it, inviting other signers,
emailing it, archiving it, deleting it,
When you open a document, tap
your finger in the center of the
screen to get the menu where you
can sign the document, insert text,
insert today’s date, or insert a check
Expensify: Apple / Android
Capture receipts, track time or
mileage, and create expense
Free for individuals. Business
plans available for a fee.
Click the Add Expense button to
see the Expense form you can fill
out. You can even tap where it asks
for the Receipt to attach a receipt
to the expense.
On the homepage you can click on
the icons at the bottom of the
screen to see the receipts you
have, to make a report, or to
change information on your
account. There is also a Help
button which may help you solve a
Click on the Add Credit Card
button to attach your credit card
to Expensify so it can monitor your
credit card spending.
Road Ninja: Apple / Android
Road Ninja is a great app for road
trips. It helps you determine what
you’ll find off certain highway exits
– restaurants, rest areas, gas
stations, and more. Make sure to
give Road Ninja access to your
Open up Road Ninja and it will
automatically determine the
closest highway/interstate near
you and nearby gas stations, fast
food, hotels, and more.
Click here to search for a certain
type of place or a place name.
Click here to see what places you
missed on the last exit you passed.
Click here for upcoming exits.
Scroll down to see all the places it found as
well as places at upcoming exits.
When you tap on the information
for a place, you’ll get a map,
directions, phone number, and, if
available, street view.
You can also scroll down to see user reviews,
add your own, see images, and, if available,
get a link to the company website.
Wi-Fi Finder: Apple / Android
Traveling and need wifi? Wi-Fi Finder
will locate free wifi from businesses,
libraries, and colleges. You can also
download information so you can
locate wifi when you have no internet
Find Public Wi-Fi Near Me – you
need wifi access for this to work,
but it will find free wifi based on
Search for Wi-Fi Worldwide allows
you to search for a location to find
Offline Wi-Fi Finder Available allows
you to download wifi information so
that this tool is available to you when
you don’t have wifi.
When you do find wifi near you, you’ll
see a map as well as a listing giving
you more information. Click on a
business to read more about it. It’s
not always perfect, it may miss some
listings, but you should have enough
to find wifi somewhere.
You can also search for other
locations and use some of the other
icons on the top of the screen to
Haiku Deck: Apple only (and now available online)
Haiku Deck makes
finding images for the
background of your
slides by using the text
you have included on
I recommend you watch the
What Is Haiku Deck slideshow
that is in your account when
Then click the + button
when you’re reading to
create your own
Type some text on your
slide and then click on the
Image button. Then select
the word that best
describes your slide and
Haiku Deck will search for
images based upon that
Select one of the images
Haiku Deck finds and it will
place it as the background
on your slide.
To add more slides, click the
There are other things you
can do to your presentation
like adding charts, changing
the theme, uploading your
own images, etc. When
you’re reading to finish and
share your creation, click
deck: Apple / Android
You give deck the
information for your
presentation, it makes the
presentation animated and
Click the + Create button to
make a new deck.
You may want to view the
Sample deck so you can get
an idea of what deck can do
before you create yours.
Click save button when you’re all done.
deck will then ask you for
some text. Click each item
to edit the text and add
Click the paintbrush to
change the theme.
Click the table of contents
icon to rearrange your points.
Click the + button to add
Click the Present button at
the top to preview your
Flipboard: Apple / Android
Create your own magazine with
information that you want to follow.
Follow news, social media, and
Add items to Flipboardby either
using the search box to search for
them or by clicking on the red flag
to find items.
Items you add will then have their
own box. You click on a box to read
the articles from that item.
If you click on the red flag to find
items, you can click on a topic, like
Business, and see the different
publications they suggest.
When you are reading stories in
Flipboard, if there is one you want
to save, you just click on the +
button. It’ll then ask you to “Flip
this into…” and that’s when you
create a magazine to add it to.
Magazines you create are
accessible under the red flag from
the Flipboard homepage.
Zite: Apple / Android
Zite is different than Flipboard in
that it makes the magazine for
you after you tell it the type of
things you like. You don’t pick the
media; you give keywords.
When you open your Zite app, it’ll
ask you for Topic areas that
interest you. I believe you have to
You can always delete or add to
these topic areas on the Zite
homepage by clicking on the Table
of Contents icon which is on the
top right-hand side of the page.
Zite then chooses the news stories for
you, and to read them you just have to
click on them.
You can tell Zite what you think about
the news story by clicking either
thumbs up or thumbs down. The more
you tell Zite what you do and don’t
like, the better your magazine will be.
If you really dislike a source Zite has
chosen to use, you can click this icon to
block that source.
Hootsuite: Apple / Android
Hootsuite is for those of you who
use a bunch of different social
media sites to promote your
business. Hootsuite helps you
organize and submit content to
multiple different sites at once:
Twitter, Facebook, Google+,
Foursquare, and more.
you can see the
feeds of multiple
networks. 5 can be
added to free
accounts. If you
need more, you can
upgrade for a fee.
OR, if you need
many people to use
networks, you can
also upgrade for a
To add different
click on the Settings
To have different
feeds from those
show up on the
screen, click the
Home button and
then the Edit button.
Swipe to the right to
see all the feeds.
What’s great about Hootsuite is that
you can post to all your social networks
from this app. Just click the compose
You then choose which network the
item will show up on. So if you have
multiple networks for your business,
you can have it show up on all three
even though you only wrote it once. It’s
a great time saver.
You can also attach images, links, and
locations to your posts by using these
Vine: Apple / Android
Create short, looping, 6-second
videos and quickly and easily share
them via Twitter and Facebook.
When you open Vine, you’ll be
asked to either sign in with
Twitter or sign up with email.
Since you’ll most likely post to
Twitter, signing in with that is a
When you open Vine,
videos of people you
follow will automatically
start to play. Just tap the
center of the screen to
Scroll down to view the
newest videos from all
the people you follow.
To find people follow, click on the
Home icon and then click on Profile.
You can then click the + button to try
to follow people from your address
book, Twitter, or to search for people.
Also when you click the Home button
you’ll see Explore, where you can see
the hottest videos on Vine. You can
click on Activity which shows your
After you click the camera icon to
make your own video, to make the
video go you have to hold your finger
in the center of the screen. To stop the
video, take your finger off the center of
the screen. You can start and stop as
many times as you need.
When you’ve recorded at least 2
seconds of video, you’ll see an arrow.
Click the arrow when you’re done with
your video to save it and share it.
Audioboo: Apple / Android
Record up to 3 minutes of audio and
share easily on the web, Twitter,
Facebook, and more.
When you enter
see featured Boos.
To record your
own, click the
Record button on
the bottom of the
page. Then click
the Record button
When you are
recording, you’ll get a
countdown. You can
also click the Pause
button to pause and
restart your recording.
Click the Publish
button when you’re
Click the tablet of contents button to
find Boos to follow, locate your Boos,
change your Settings, and more.
Click on My Boos to locate all your
Boos. From there you can find different
ways to share them.
On your My Boos page, tap on the
arrow to the right of a Boo to see this
page. This is the page where you can
listen to the Boo and where you can
get the options to share it.
Click the Share button to see these
options for how you can share the Boo.
LINE Camera: Apple / Android
LINE Camera easily allows you to
add text, filters, frames and more to
When you enter LINE Camera, it’ll
want you to either take a picture or pull
in a picture from your camera roll.
Click on the camera button to snap a
Click on the picture icon to pull in a
picture from your camera roll.
After you add a photo, you can then
change the filter on the photo. Swipe
to the right/left to see all the options
and click the one you want.
You can then select the frame button
or the T (text) button to add a frame
around your photo or to add text on
top of your photo.
When you’re adding text, you can use
the buttons to change the color, the
font, undo what you typed, or delete
You can also move the text around the
picture. Just put your finger on it and
then move it to where you want it.
Click the Save button when you’re
finished. It’ll automatically save it to
your camera roll, but you’ll also get
other options for sharing it.
Google Search: Apple / Android
Google Search app gives you quick
access to Google, but also to Google
products – Calendar, Drive, Finance,
News, and more.
Open the app and you’ll immediately
see the Google search where you can
enter keywords to find items.
Click the Apps button for access to all
the other Google products – Calendar,
Finance, Drive, News, etc.
Instead of typing your search into the
search box, you can click on this Voice
icon to search by what you say.
On the left you’ll
see what a
page looks like,
very similar to
On the right
you’ll see all the
products you can
get access to
Skype: Apple / Android
Skype allows you to have free video
conversations via connections on
computers, tablets, and phones.
Get more with paid plans.
Square Register: Apple / Android
With Square you can take credit card payments via your tablet or phone.
Just download the app, request the free Square reader where you can
swipe credit cards, and you’re ready to go.
With Square you can either pay $275/month or 2.75% per transaction.
AppsGoneFree: Apple only
Droid of the Day: Android only
Use these apps to discover free apps of all varieties. You’ll find apps for
documents, photographs, news, games, productivity, and more.
AppsGoneFree shows apps that have gone free for the day.
Droid of the Day highlights the best free apps in the Google Play Store.
Quixey: Android only (also available online)
Quixey is the app search engine. If you want to find an app that does
something, type in what you want the app to do and Quixey will find
some apps for you.