Brian BeamMacworld

Brian Beam is a software designer and database/system administrator at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and the owner of web development firm CommandB .

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The best timekeeping iOS apps

Time is money, and your iPhone and ipad can track the amount of hours you work. Here's a roundup of timekeeping apps that'll make sure you get paid.


Vesper: Elegant Notes review: A pleasantly simple and useful note-taking iOS app

Vesper doesn't have a lot of features, but its simplicity makes it easy to focus on your note-taking instead of fussing with the app itself.

Drafts 3.5 for iOS review: Note-taking app lets you focus on writing first

Stop fussing with what app to use when you want to write something down. Write it in Drafts first, and then send it to the app you want.

Editorial for iPad review: Text editor ideal for building custom workflows

Editorial is a text editor with an intuitive Workflow feature that helps you be more productive with your written content.

ReadQuick and Velocity review: Increase your reading speed using your iOS device

Can't seem to catch up on your reading? ReadQuick and Velocity promise to help you be a faster reader, using a technique that involves your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Review: NoteSuite a powerful note-taking app for Mac and iPad

Previously known as Projectbook for iPad, NoteSuite now has a Mac companion, making its powerful note-taking tools available on two platforms.

Review: TextExpander Touch 2 a typing timesaver for iOS

This utility lets you use keyboard shortcuts to place frequently-used text snippets into your documents.

iOS App Review: Readability provides convenience for mobile reading

Compatible with both the iPhone and the iPad, the iOS version of Readability's read-it-later offering offers a simple workflow and pleasingly minimalist design.

Twist for iPhone

This free utility tracks your location and notifies the people waiting for you of your estimated arrival time. It's a great way to avoid sending redundant emails or texts and -- more importantly -- to avoid the temptation of texting or calling when you're driving.

Projectbook for iPad

This new note-taking and task management tool offers several unique features that may appeal to productivity-minded iPad owners. The app may not quite measure up to a more mature rival like Evernote at this point, but Brian Beam thinks Projectbook is off to a good start.

DocAS for iPad

As a basic PDF reader and editor, this app is acceptable, provided you're not picky about your user experience. But rival apps handle the job better.

Remarks for iPad

This PDF reader and annotation app for the iPad is good for making quick notations on a PDF, and it's a decent note-taker as well. That said, a few additions would make a good app oh so much better.

Codosaurus 1.3 for iPhone and iPad

We revisit the iPad and iPhone code editor after a recent update that takes some small steps forward and a big step backward.

PDFpen for iPad

For iPad owners who also work with the Mac version of PDFpen, this mobile PDF editing tool is a great companion to the desktop application.

Sparrow for iPhone

The iOS version of this email client features a well-designed interface that packs in a good deal of functionality, though it's missing one key feature at this stage.