If you wish to put your Apple Watch to give you the results you want, listed here are 5 apps—which embrace IFTTT and Microsoft PowerPoint—that make it simpler to take notes, give shows, collaborate, and extra.
An Apple Watch generally is a nice boon for busy professionals, however there are some components to think about earlier than shopping for one.
Since its debut in 2015 the Apple Watch has grow to be an trade chief, vastly surpassing the gross sales of competing smartwatches. It is easy to make use of, gives good advantages out of the field, and may have its capabilities vastly prolonged by means of apps—however the latter aren’t at all times straightforward to search out.
Health options, cellphone calls, and textual content messages all work with little person setup, nevertheless it’s left to Apple Watch homeowners to sift by means of an underdeveloped WatchOS app retailer (which is not even standalone outdoors the iOS Watch app) to search out helpful apps. The apps that are not featured within the Watch app are buried within the iOS App Retailer, which makes the search much more difficult.
Enterprise customers who embraced the Apple Watch as a brand new productiveness instrument could also be left questioning the way to use it when the apps they want are troublesome to find. You may hold digging by means of the App Retailer for Apple Watch apps to simplify your workday, or you’ll be able to check out a number of of those 5 choices. (Replace on Sept. 9, 2019: For 15 extra picks, take a look at the TechRepublic gallery titled.)
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1. Drafts 5
Till Apple releases its Voice Memos app for WatchOS, we’re left turning to third-party apps. Within the case of Drafts 5, which may be an enchancment.
Drafts 5 is a free note-taking app for iOS and WatchOS that makes note-taking in your wrist useless easy: Simply open the app, press the microphone button, dictate your be aware, faucet finished, and watch the be aware present up within the app’s inbox.
Notes may be tagged and sorted in quite a lot of methods, however these options are finest finished with the accompanying iOS app. The very best function of Drafts 5 on the Apple Watch is how easy and correct it’s—I take advantage of it frequently to make myself fast notes from my wrist and infrequently contact the iOS app to type them.
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Drafts 5 is the newer free improve to its older model, Drafts four, which prices $four.99 on the App Retailer. Lots of the options in Drafts 5 are new, however sadly some premium options that now require a subscription had been a typical a part of Drafts four’s worth.
For a lot of sorts of labor (particularly in tech) it is important to maintain observe of time, and Hours is a cross-platform time monitoring instrument that may be a boon to those that ceaselessly neglect to log their hours on specific tasks.
Utilizing the Apple Watch model successfully requires establishing Hours on iOS, however when you do it is price it: Hours will remind you to begin and cease timers if you happen to schedule sure issues for sure instances of the day, add notes to entries, and (for $7.99 a month) mechanically syncs your entries to its cloud-based server.
Hours can also be obtainable for groups, so everybody in your workplace with an Apple Watch can profit from this great tool.
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I’ve lined IFTTT for TechRepublic earlier than, however I did not point out how helpful IFTTT may be on the Apple Watch.
You will not have the ability to create workflows in your Apple Watch or use it to execute sophisticated duties; what you are able to do is set off single-tap actions similar to these within the IFTTT iOS widget, making the WatchOS model of IFTTT basically an extension of the iOS widget.
four. Microsoft PowerPoint
Should you’ve ever given a PowerPoint presentation, you know the way vital it’s to have a dependable distant to maneuver by means of your slides; you in all probability additionally know the presentation remotes may be unreliable and apt to vanish.
Microsoft’s PowerPoint app for iOS comes with a WatchOS model that makes the Apple Watch act similar to a presentation distant, permitting customers to advance and reverse slides, restart shows, or finish a slide present.
Professionals who’ve an Apple Watch and make frequent use of PowerPoint should not depart house with out this app.
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Enterprise is more and more international, and which means collaborating with folks which are usually working at very totally different instances of the day. Circa makes that simpler with its iOS and Apple Watch app.
For $three.99 Circa customers get a visible take a look at work schedules world wide: Set a metropolis, specify enterprise hours, and take a look at Circa’s clock to see in case your abroad colleagues are there while you want them.