Favorite Apps Brown Bag

At the first IT and Swem collaborative brown bag of the semester, Swem Library hosted an open mic event for faculty and staff to come and share their favorite mobile apps.  In this post I’ll do a brief overview of the apps shared and give a time-stamp from the Adobe Connect recording if you’re interested in learning more about how W&M faculty and staff use the app.


Evernote (0:05:50)

Evernote is a popular desktop application used for collecting and organizing all kinds of digital information. The desktop application is available on pretty much every platform, and there are mobile apps for Apple, Android, and Blackberry devices.  You can use it like a virtual binder to keep all your files and notes organized, and it’s useful for its tagging features.  Another app from the Evernote family is Skitch (0:09:10), an image editor.  You can take photos with your device or upload images, and edit them with your touchscreen.  Skitch also makes it easy to share photos via social networking sites and email.


Adobe Connect (0:12:05)

The Adobe Connect mobile app, available on most platforms, lets you attend an Adobe Connect meeting on your mobile device if you have a wi-fi connection.  It’s also good for making presentations from your mobile device.


Tasker (0:19:40)

Tasker is an app only available for Android users. It’s an open-ended automation tool for your phone – it works via if/then logic so that you can program your phone to do certain things automatically.  For example, if you wanted to listen to music on your phone with headphones, you could use Tasker to tell your phone to automatically turn the volume to a certain level when you plug in your headphones and open up your music player. It has almost limitless possibilities for the actions that you can choose to program.  For more ideas and how-tos, check out the Tasker Wiki.


Swype (0:31:55)

From the Swype website:

With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard, the patented technology enables users to input words faster and easier than other data input methods – at over 40 words per minute.

Swype is an app that helps you type faster with a mobile device – it’s available on most platforms.


Audio Note (0:38:45)

From the Audio Note website:

Record notes and audio synced with the best note taking app in the App Store! AudioNote combines the functionality of a notepad and voice recorder to create a powerful tool that will save you time while improving the quality of your notes! Perfect for business or students!

Audio Note is an app for iPhone, iPad, and Android that lets you record audio with your mobile device, and take notes along with the audio, syncing up your notes with the audio recording.


Touchdown (0:40:00)

Touchdown is an app that allows you to easily sync your Exchange email and calendar to your Android phone.



About Kim Mann

Kim Mann is the editor and a writer for the Academic Technology Blog. She earned her BA in English from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and her MA in American Studies from William & Mary in 2009, and her PhD in American Studies at the College in 2014. Her research is on technology, the interface, and the body in mid-twentieth century science fiction.