12 Apps of Christmas: MindGenius and SimpleMind

Today is the last day of our 12 Apps of Christmas feature. We hope you’ve found some useful new apps that will help you. For our final post, we’re going to look at two apps that help you to create mind maps – MindGenius for iPad and SimpleMind. Mind maps are fantastic tools for brainstorming, helping you to visualize and plan essays and projects. If you’ve never used them before, why don’t you look at our Power Hours or contact your campus library for help getting started.

MindGenius for iPad icon

MindGenius allows you to make mind maps from scratch or by using a broad range of templates. As a companion to the MindGenius software installed on all IS supported PCs, the iPad app allows you to work on your mind maps while on the go. You can also get the full software for use on your home Windows PC.

To download the software and iPad app, follow the instructions on the IS website

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If you don’t have an iPad, there are other mind mapping apps available. One such app is SimpleMind. It is a straight forward and easy to use app that lets you build and edit mind maps on the go. There is a basic, free version and a premium version with some additional features. To compare the two, go to the website.

To download, go to:

Android: SimpleMind

iOS: SimpleMind

12 Apps of Christmas: Class Timetable

unnamedToday’s app, Class Timetable, lets you keep track of all your scheduled classes from your mobile device. Keep track of where you should be with a widget on your home screen and optional notifications before each class.

To download, go to:

Android: Class Timetable 

iOS: Class Timetable  

12 Apps of Christmas: Sonocent

Today’s app, Sonocent Recorder, allows you to take high quality audio recordings asonocentrecordernd annotate with colours, photos and text notes. Remember to always get permission before recording anyone else.

The recordings can then be transferred into Audio Notetaker for further processing.

To download, go to:

Android: Sonocent

iOS: Sonocent

12 Apps of Christmas: EverNote

Today’s app is Evernote, a great note taking app which is also available for yoevernoteur desktop or laptop PC and in your browser. With EverNote Basic you can group your notes into notebooks and share them with others. Other features include:

  • Attach documents to notes
  • Search for text inside images
  • Add information straight from webpages
  • Add a passcode to secure your notes

There are paid for versions of Evernote, Evernote Plus and Evernote Premium, which have additional features. For a comparison, visit their website.

The app is available on iOS and Android.

iPad users can also download Penultimate, a handwriting app which allows you to use a stylus to handwrite notes on the iPad.

To download, go to:

Android: Evernote

Browser: Evernote

iOS: Evernote

Other: Evernote

Penultimate: Penultimate

12 Apps of Christmas: Take a Break

Today’s app, Take a Break, is take-a-break-logodesigned to help you relax through short, guided meditation sessions. You can choose to listen to the music provided in the app or use your own.

To download, go to:

Android: Take a Break

iOS: Take a Break

12 Apps of Christmas: Quizlet

Today’s app is Quizlet, a fun online learning tool that helps you quizletstudy on the go. With Quizlet you can create flashcards and quizzes, or use ones made by other users. You can also access it in your browser at https://quizlet.com

It’s available on iOS and Android. To download, go to:

Android: Quizlet

iOS: Quizlet

12 Apps of Christmas: Scanning apps

Today marks the half way point for our 12 Apps of Christmas feature. We’re mentioning two apps today that can transform your mobile device into a portable scanner – Microsoft Office Lens and Tiny Scanner.

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This free app is great for taking pictures of documents even from awkward angles. It recognises the corners of documents and automatically crops, enhances and cleans up the image. It will save the scan as either an image or PDF file in OneNote or OneDrive. If you don’t use either of those, you can save the scan as an image on your phone to share later.

It’s available on Android, iOS and Windows mobile devices. To download, go to:

Android: Microsoft Office Lens

iOS: Microsoft Office Lens

Windows (mobile devices): Microsoft Office Lens

Tiny Scannertiny-scanner

This scanning app allows you to save documents as PDFs to a folder on your device. You can then share the document by email. It also lets you set a passcode to protect your documents if you want to. There is a paid version with more features, such as sharing straight to EverNote or other apps, also available.

It’s available on iOS and Android phones and tablets. To download, go to:

Android: Tiny Scanner

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12 Apps of Christmas: Wunderlist

Today’s app is Wunderlist, which makes getting organised easy through creating and sharing to do lists. Features include the ability to:wunderlist

  • Set due dates and reminders
  • Add notes and files to your tasks
  • Comment on shared lists
  • Create folders to group your lists
  • Forward emails to Wunderlist to turn them straight into actions
  • Use the Chrome extension to add anything straight from the web

With the free version you get 5mb of file storage, up to 25 tasks in each list and 25 assigns. It’s available on iOS, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows phones and tablets. As well as the app, there are also web and desktop versions for Windows and Macs.

For more information and to download, go to:

AndroidWunderlist

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Kindle FireWunderlist

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12 Apps of Christmas: Alarmy

Today’s app is Alarmy  (Sleep If U Can) – alarm.

alarmyIf you’re struggling to get up in time to get to lectures or exams,
then this might be the app for you.

Alarmy (Sleep If U Can) is the innovative solution for those who just can’t seem to get up on time, even with an alarm clock. This app has been cleverly designed to force you to get out of bed. You set it up by registering a photo of an area or room in your house. Then once the alarm is set, the ONLY way to make it stop ringing is to get out of bed and go take a photo of the registered area.

To get the app search for Alarmy in the app store, or follow the links below:

Android: Alarmy

iOS: Alarmy

12 Apps of Christmas: Office apps

Office apps

Not sure there is much to say on this one really – you can download the Office apps onto your phone or tablet.

Android: Office Apps

iOSOffice apps

Online apps

Alternatively, you can log into your Office 365 account and use the online apps (the ones you have access to may vary from those shown here).

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Desktop applications

And don’t forget that you can also download the full version of Office onto your desktop computer (PC or Mac)

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See Microsoft Office for free