App expert Sean Endicott gets to play with all sorts of applications — here are the ten he uses every day.
Reviewing apps for Windows Central has opened my eyes to a vast number of apps, and I’m happy to say that many of them have made their way into my everyday workflow. I’ve delved into dozens and dozens of apps here on Windows Central and there are a few that have stood out. From getting work done to kicking back and relaxing, there are apps that I’ve ended up using every single day.
My laptop is primarily a work machine, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy browsing the web and getting my fix of social media. When I’m relaxing around the house or travelling, these are the apps that I use to veg out.
I’ve seen a lot of hate over the years towards Microsoft Edge, but I’ve used it as my daily browser for a long time and am more than happy with it. It’s lightweight and performs well on my relatively old Dell XPS 12. I like the layout and using it with a dark theme on my PC and am excited about its future integration with Sets.
Edge is also available on my Android phone as well as the iPad, so I can browse content on the go and then push any articles over to my PC when I get home.
I use Twitter more than any other social media platform. I have separate usernames for tech and sports and also manage the Twitter account for the American football team I used to play for. I get a deluge of information through Twitter and Tweeten makes it easy to let that information flow.
It’s based off Tweetdeck so new tweets flow in real time and I can organize my content in columns. Tweeten makes it easy to sort and filter tweets and information, and I can also add columns for any trending topics as well as having customized lists of users.
I’m cheating a bit by including this app since I don’t listen to a podcast every single day but I do listen to them quite often. Pocket Casts recently rolled out in beta formon Windows 10 and I’ve been using it ever since. It syncs my listening progress between my laptop and my Android phone and has all of the other podcast features I need such as listening to podcasts at varying speeds.
Getting work done
Most of the time when I open my laptop it’s to work. These aren’t the flashiest apps but theyre essential for communicating with my colleagues and getting work done.
Photos with Photos Companion for Android
The Photos app gained beta feature recently that allows you to instandly send photos from your Android phone using the Photos Companion app. I use this all the time to quickly forward pictures that I need for articles. It works faster than OneDrive syncing and also puts all the photos I import into a single folder.
The Photos app is built into Windows 10 but you need an app on Android to send pictures over.
Slack is the main tool that we use to chat at Mobile Nations. It’s great for group chats for different websites as well as individual chats to sort things out with coworkers. I also use Slack for another website that I write for, so it’s a great hub for all of my website-centered communications.
One of my favorite features on Slack is the ability to set notifications for specific words or phrases. I get notified any time someone uses the word “app” or “Gear VR” to make sure that I don’t miss a beat.
While we use Slack to chat at Mobile Nations, Trello is the organization beast that handles all of our article scheduling. I use it to schedule content that I’m creating and to keep my editors up to date on the progress of any articles. Trello makes it easy to keep things organized with categories, assigning users to cards, and @ notification support.
ShareX is my go-to app for capturing content on my screen. Whenever I review apps, I use my custom keyboard shortcuts to snag screenshots and pictures of parts of my screen. I also use ShareX to grab short videos to make gifs for other sites and social media.
Appy Text is my text editor of choice for writing articles while offline. It has an attractive design and doesn’t get in the way with features that I don’t need. I save all of my templates for articles in Appy Text and use it to save offline versions of articles when I’m away from WiFi or just want to be extra safe.
Making my home smart
Since buying a house last year, I’ve progressively added more and more smart devices. I have grand plans for my home of the future but at the moment only use two types of smart home devices.
Ring’s connected doorbell lets me know who is at the door and to respond to any guests or delivery people. I’m also considering adding some other Ring cameras to keep an eye on our dog when my wife and I are at work.
Phillips Hue smart lights are some of my favorite pieces of technology. I schedule the lights to turn on so my dog isn’t in the dark while we’re at work, and to turn off at night around bedtime. I’ve also used a Hue Dimmer switch to relocate a light switch in our kitchen without having to rewire the house.
hueDynamic allows me to control my smart lights from my PC and also enhances the smart lighting setup with extra features for my Hue Dimmer switch. I recently reviewed hueDynamic and was thoroughly impressed with it.
How about you?
My laptop is mostly a productivity machine but I’m curious what apps you use on a regular basis. Let me know in the comments below and get in contact through social media to share your top everyday apps.