I just returned home from a couple of weeks on the road. While traveling, I put some new apps for my iPhone through their paces. Here are a few that I’ll be keeping.
- WordPress 2.0 for iPhone. This was absolutely amazing. I could post to my blog from my iPhone. Upload photos, edit previous posts, save drafts, publish. Everything worked just like it should. My WordPress blog is self-hosted on a private server, so I usually upload photos and documents via FTP. I was concerned that I would have trouble using the iPhone app, but I should not have worried. The app also supports WordPress.com blogs. Everything worked seamlessly. When I returned to my hotel room at night, I could go back and tweak any posts that needed something I might have left out. While I wouldn’t want to post lengthy entries, this app worked great. I could also easily edit comments and pages. The app also has a terrific user forum for support.
- Facebook for iPhone. If you use Facebook and you have an iPhone you are probably using this free app already. But, for those of you who are still accessing Facebook via the Safari web browser, please, just download the app and start using it. You’ll be glad you did.
- TweetDeck 1.1.2 for iPhone (updated while on the road). I’ve tried a few different Twitter clients and always come back to the free TweetDeck app. I think this is largely personal preference more than anything else. I like that I can still have columns on my iPhone (swiping to view different columns is very easy). When I want to cross-post to FaceBook, it’s as easy as clicking on one button. Check here for the full list of functions.
- Reeder 1.1. One thing I try to do while traveling (for business) is keep up with my blog feeds so that I am not inundated at night when I return to the hotel room. I normally use Google Reader on my laptop, and had been using the iPhone equivalent, but recently switched to Reeder. It syncs seamlessly with my Google Reader account and allows me to scroll through my feeds without having to open Safari. It cost me $1.99 but I felt it was worth it. Updated version is due to be released soon.
- PS Mobile. Most of the time I edit photos in Photoshop on my laptop. But when you are on the go, PS Mobile fits the bill for quick cropping and editing. It’s free, so what do you have to lose?
I had my solid standbys with me too–iFlipr, Things, Library (syncs with my Delicious Library), Olive Tree, and of course Koi Pond. Koi Pond is absolutely mesmorizing for distressed children sitting next to you on an airplane. Don’t hand the phone over to the child, but hold it in your hand and get them to put their finger on the pond and wait for their reaction when the fish start to “nibble” their finger. Everyone in the plane will think you are a hero.