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Black Friday 2013: Deals on iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps.

Black Friday is here again! Here you can find some great deals on essential Mac and iOS apps that I’ve found useful as a sales rep.

There are a ton of deals online, but we picked a few choice apps that we keep in our arsenal as sales reps. We took care of finding the best stuff for you!

Mac

Hardware

iOS

  • Clear+ Tasks & To-Do List: $4.99 > $2.99
  • Triage: Email First Aid: $1.99 > $0.99
  • 1Password 4 for iOS: $17.99 > $9.99
  • All Readdle apps 50%
    • Calendars 5: $6.99 > $2.99
    • Scanner Pro by Readdle: $6.99 >$2.99
    • PDF Expert: $9.99 > $4.99
    • PDF Expert (iPhone): $9.99 > $4.99
    • PDF Converter – Save Documents, Web Pages, Photos to PDF: $6.99 > $2.99

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Black Friday Deals on Essential Apps

It’s that time of year again where discounts abound and consumers go into a buying frenzy. Below are a few deals I caught for applications and software that I use on a daily basis to be productive in the field.

 

30% off PDF Expert by Readdle [iTunes link] $6.99 – My #1 iPad app for organizing, editing, and annotating PDFs and other documents. It integrates with Dropbox and is extremely useful if you need to make edits to a PDF.

30% off PDF Converter by Readdle [iTunes link] $4.99 – Another iPad app I use if I have a need to convert excel documents or word documents to PDF to make sharing and e-mailing those documents easier. In the past I’ve had to wait until I’m at my computer to convert files into PDFs but now I can do it from the road.

30% off Scanner Pro by Readdle [iTunes link] $4.99 – Have you ever found yourself in a store and wished you could scan a document to PDF right there in the store? Now you can using your iphone’s camera. Take a photo with the software and it will automatically align, optimize, and convert the image to a PDF. Truly a great app. Great for when you need to e-mail a copy of a physical document but you have no way to scan it and don’t want to look lame by sending a photo of it.

50% off 1Password by AgileBits [App Store link] [Windows Users link] $24.99 – This is probably one of my favorite apps of all-time. It’s the first thing I install on every new computer. Using the same dopey six-letter password (“123456” anyone?) for all your online accounts is an increasingly foolhardy habit in today’s hacker-infiltrated world. A better option is to buy you and your loved ones peace of mind with a password system. I’ve spoken to so many people who have to spend 10 minutes trying to figure out their username and password every time they are presented with a log-in screen. Make it easy with 1Password.

50% off 1Password Pro for iPhone/iPad by AgileBits [iTunes link] $6.99 – The iphone/ipad version of 1Password. Syncs with the desktop version so you always have your passwords and other info at-hand if you need it.

30% off Bento by Apple [App Store link] $33.99 – A great personal database program that I have used to track customer/store data. Plenty of great templates for sales reps are built-in or can be downloaded off their site.

 

Get on these as soon as you can. The Readdle apps are on sale through Saturday I believe and 1Password is on sale through Wednesday, Nov 30th.

Happy Thanksgiving!


TextExpander on sale today!

I’ve been meaning to do a post on this but until I do, you should check out TextExpander as it’s on sale at 50% off over at MacUpdate.

TextExpander allows you to create snippets of text and then create shortcuts to quickly expand those snippets. I most commonly use this when placing orders for stores through email. I always include the store name and address in email orders to ensure it gets to the right account. I’ve set up many of my store addresses in TextExpander with appropriate and easy to remember abbreviations.

For example, I have say Market of Choice no.9 set up in TextExpander with the following snippet:

Market of Choice No.9
67 W. 29th St.
Eugene OR 97405

ORDER:

This is set up to the abbreviation of MOC9. Whenever I type MOC9 anywhere on my computer, the store’s name and address automatically gets inserted along with a return and a bold “Order” text so I can immediately start typing in the order.

You can use this for products as well. Say you have to input product descriptions in your email orders and you have a product like “Vanilla Protein Powder – large”. You can include that description and its item number, price, and any other information you’d like and attach it to an abbreviation “prtnvan-L”.

As of right now it’s Mac-only. Sorry Windows users.

Textexpander is a great piece of software to add to your toolbox and helps to save time and effort in your workflow. It’s on sale for the next 10 hours so get on it!