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Entering the App World

There’s always been another milepost to put between me and a smartphone. It was hard to justify the expense when my good old talk & text phone was still alive and well. I liked how I wasn’t tethered to email, and was never tempted to play with my phone when in the company of others, since accessing the internet incurred ridiculous fees.

But recently, louder grew the rumbles of man I wish I didn’t have to trek all the way home right now to check if a proposal response came through and wouldn’t it be nice to check my balance before deciding if this workshop is in the budget and, let’s face it, oh how pretty! So I succumbed to the rumble, and went and got myself an iPhone 4S.

Now that I have the phone in all its 8 megapixel iSight camera glory, I need help figuring out which photo and business-related apps I should have to make the most of it. Here’s what I have thus far:

iSmug: My personal and professional photo sites are hosted by Smugmug; with iSmug, I can browse all of my galleries, both published and unlisted. The app is $1.99.

Camera Awesome: How could I resist something that allows me to “awesomize” my photos? Camera Awesome is free, by Smugmug, and offers presets and filters ranging from $.99 to $9.99.

Minibooks: I use Freshbooks to keep track of expenses, client info and other financial essentials. Minibooks lets me access my Freshbooks account, so I can invoice and track time on projects. The free version (Minibooks Lite) only allows access to a maximum of three clients; I sprang for the full version for a whopping $14.99.

Help me build my app library – which applications (for iPhone 4S) should be on my radar? I’d love free ones, but I’ll certainly pay for a few awesome photography and business/freelance apps.

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