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College Apps to Make Your School Life Easier

Getting through college is hard enough, so we've put together our favorite college apps that can help, both inside the classroom, and out!

Manage Your Documents

Whether you need to create, share, scan, or just read a document, these handy apps are just what you need.

Scan Documents - Photo Scanner to Pdf & Scan Docs

Scan Documents - Photo Scanner to Pdf & Scan Docs

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Scan Documents - Photo Scanner to Pdf & Scan Docs

For those looking for a mobile document scanner.

Turn your iPhone or iPad into full-featured powerful and fast document scanner. Scan Documents allows automatic document edge detection and perspective correction. The OCR (optical character recognition) feature extracts texts from single page for further editing or sharing. Scan Documents also has smart cropping and auto enhancing that make the texts and graphics look clear and sharp. You can edit scan perspective and borders, apply filters, correct or change the orientation. You can also email or share documents as PDF, JPEG or PNG, or save to camera roll.

Scanner Pro - PDF document scanner app with OCR

Turn your iOS device into a precise, high-quality pocket scanner.

Scanner Pro - PDF document scanner app with OCR

Scan

For anyone who dislikes dealing with paper and encounters it left, right, and center.

Scanner Pro allows you to easily scan documents, receipts, tickets, and more using your iOS device’s camera, with automatic border detection and shadow removal at that. It then lets you save or share your scans as multi-page PDF or JPEG files.

Why we love it

Scanner Pro wouldn’t have lasted for as long as it has if it didn’t offer and continually expand on a robust feature set for quick and easy mobile scanning. More than merely scanning documents, the app incorporates automatic border detection, shadow removal, distortion correction, optical character recognition, workflow integration, and other technologies to let you do more with the files you care about.

Capture and Keep Your Notes

From taking notes during class to capturing ideas on the go, a reliable note-taking app is a must for college students.

Notability

Notability is a powerful all-in-one note-taking solution.

Notability

Create smart notes on the fly

For those who need a note app that does it all

Notability - Notability's combination of numerous features, an intelligently-designed interface, a fluid, readable handwriting experience, and value is enough to make it unbeatable. Notability has virtually every feature available in other notetaking apps (aside from text conversion) and they are virtually all implemented in a highly intuitive, user-friendly manner: pencil, highlighter, a palm rest that works, a zoom mode that advances the text as you type, a typing mode with extra keys on the keyboard and the ability to type in the body of the note, a voice recording function that syncs recordings to the text typed at the same time, import from and autosync to Dropbox, any WebDAV server, or iDisk, an outline format, the option to turn and use any page in a notebook in Landscape or Portrait mode, pdf annotation, a left handed writing mode, and even the elimination of the need to turn the page by automatically adding a new page at the bottom of the last one. The one hiccup is that it hasn't been updated for the new iPad yet, but the developers have announced that an update is imminent.

Why we love it

Notability has a ton of powerful features and tools to make note-taking a breeze.

Noteshelf

Take notes, annotate, and multitask on your iPad.

Noteshelf

A plethora of PDF editing tools

For those who want beautiful notes in one place.

Noteshelf has a very smooth, responsive writing engine with little to no lag. More, Noteshelf works so effortlessly that users don't have to exert extra effort or alter their style to create notes that are readable and look like their "normal" handwriting on paper. The interface is cleverly designed and focused on the user's experience; every feature is in the logical position for its use and is implemented in an intelligent fashion (e.g., the palm rest function automatically scrolls down as you write). Noteshelf missed out on top marks by a slim margin, mainly because its handwriting is comparable to Notability, it has fewer features, and it costs more. However, if you need an app with built-in templates for paper types or the ability to use a different template for each page, Noteshelf is the one to get.

Why we love it

Noteshelf is easy to use and provides us with a ton of options for templates. No matter what we need, there will be a template for it.

Evernote - stay organized

Evernote changes the way you organize your notes & projects. Even works in iMessage

Evernote - stay organized

Choose your plan

Looking for a full-service notes app? Look no further than Evernote.

Evernote is free, universal, and an essential app to share audio recordings. Evernote now includes a 90 minute recording limit. The app even allows you to record audio in the background. Evernote can share that audio to anyone through a simple email. The audio will be instantly accessible to you on any one of your computers or devices with Evernote installed. The app also supports background playback of your audio with controls through the multitasking dock If you opt for an Evernote Premium account, you also get great tools like OCR, more storage space every month, and more. The app is simple and effective and if all you need to do is share audio recordings, then this is the app for that.

Why we love it

Evernote is what Apple's Reminder app wants to be when it grows up.

Get Where You Need to Go

Save yourself the hassle of getting through heavy traffic and then locating a parking spot. With these apps you can check out public transportation or pay someone else do the driving in your college town.

Make Your Plans

Take the guess work out of planning your social events or group project meetings. Discuss details and find out who can participate with a convenient app.

TimeTree: Shared Calendar

TimeTree: Shared Calendar

JUBILEE WORKS, Inc.

TimeTree: Shared Calendar

For those who want everyone’s schedules on one calendar.

TimeFree allows you to create separate shared calendars for the different roles you have - personal, family, couple, work, even clubs and hobbies. Notifications are delivered automatically to everyone in the group when someone creates or changes an appointment, or sends a message in the app - no need to send direct messages to everyone, or to a group chat only to have people not see it. TimeFree supports import from Google Calendar, so you can use TimeTree immediately. You can also view others’ Google Calendars if you have access. You can use your desktop at work or school and mobile on-the-go.

Why we love it

TimeTree helps you clear up miscommunication and find compromise by sharing information about events with the people in your shared calendar.

Doodle: Schedule Maker

Take the pain out of figuring out when everyone is available.

Doodle: Schedule Maker

Create polls on the go

For anyone trying to get a group of people in the same place at the same time.

Getting multiple people to meet in the same place at the same time can be tough. When you have a group of individuals – whether students or coworkers – who all have varying schedules, it can get even harder. Doodle allows you to easily send a poll to anyone asking them to indicate whether they are available or busy for set time slots, and the best part is that an account is not required for filling out polls. Doodle also offers some advanced features. For starters, you can allow users to select "if need be" times, that way you can make sure everyone is free and that it's convenient for most. Polls can optionally be set as private, so only administrators can view responses, and they can also be used as sign-up systems for events by only allowing users to choose a select amount of options, or to have a maximum number of attendees per time slot. While Doodle has been known to be web-based, the iOS app in particular allows users to create, modify, and respond to polls on the go. The best part is being able to receive notifications for when participants respond. This makes it a must-have for any Doodle user.

Why we love it

Doodle is the easiest way to find out when everyone's available, and also offers the best iOS solution for this that we've found. Being able to keep up with polls in a desktop web browser, along with in the mobile app with push notifications, makes it easy to use while balancing a busy lifestyle.

Allcal - A Shared Calendar for Events

Allcal - A Shared Calendar for Events

All Calendars, LLC

Allcal - A Shared Calendar for Events

For those looking to create interactive real-time calendars.

Allcal lets you create interactive, real-time calendars for your baseball team, nonprofit, book club, and group of friends. You can even share a public calendar of events instantly by creating a public calendar for your business, venue, or school club. Planners can create events of their own with cover photos and real-time updates, or search our public calendars to find fun events to share. The shared calendars make planning easy, keep everybody updated, and even send pop-up notifications of a new event or last-minute change.

Why we love it

It's easy to make plans quickly by searching public calendars for fun events nearby, then adding them directly on your shared calendar.

Budget Your Bucks

Making sure you have enough money for books, tuition, and entertainment does not have to be a chore. A finance and budgeting app is just the ticket to keeping an eye on your cash.

Goodbudget Budget Planner: Money & Expense Tracker
Goodbudget Budget Planner: Money & Expense Tracker

Goodbudget Budget Planner: Money & Expense Tracker

Dayspring Technologies

Goodbudget (formerly EEBA, the Easy Envelope Budget Aid) is a personal finance app for budget planning and money management. Share a budget with sync across multiple phones (and the web!)

** Leading personal finance app downloaded over 2,000,000 times AND previously featured by Apple, The New York Times, Forbes, CNET, LifeTime TV, The Boston Globe, and Lifehacker**

MANAGE MONEY WITH PEOPLE YOU LOVE
Goodbudget is perfect for sharing a budget with a spouse, family member, or friend. Sync across multiple devices including iPhones, other smartphones, and the web.

* Transactions synced with the cloud and accessible from other devices, including Goodbudget's web app!
* Stay on the same page about finances with those close to you
* Your data is automatically and securely backed up to Goodbudget's website
* Download transactions to CSV (on website)

INSIGHTFUL REPORTS
Goodbudget helps you make sense of your budgeting and spending with in-app reports.

* Know how to modify your budget after analyzing reports
* Spending by envelope report (cool-looking pie chart!)
* Income vs spending report
* Even more reports on the web

A PROVEN SYSTEM
Goodbudget is based on the envelope budgeting method. But with no physical envelopes...only virtual envelopes!

* Check envelopes balances (aka how much you have left to spend) while you're on-the-go
* Expense tracking optimized for speed
* Proven cash envelope budgeting method
* Track your bank balances in addition to envelope balances
* Live within your means
* Schedule transactions and automatic envelope fills

Ad-free, Free Forever version includes 10 regular envelopes & 10 annual envelopes. Use envelope budgeting to plan your spending, not just track it!

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* Unlimited regular envelopes
* Unlimited annual envelopes
* Sync up to 5 devices
* 5 years of transaction history
* Personal and friendly email support

If you're looking to track where your money goes, plan your spending, or create a budget that works, try us out!

Goodbudget: Budget well. Live life. Do Good.

Features, bugs? Please email us at [email protected]! We're happy to help!

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Mvelopes - Budget App & Envelope Budgeting
Mvelopes - Budget App & Envelope Budgeting

Mvelopes - Budget App & Envelope Budgeting

Finicity Corporation

Mvelopes takes the old, handy method of the envelope system and packs it neatly into an app so that you aren’t having to deal with actual envelopes. The app is crisp and clean and takes the time to walk you through set-up in four easy steps, but can be somewhat confusing initially. There are in-app upgrades available that can get pricey, but when following through with the budget you allow yourself in each envelope, it can be well worth it.

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Daily Budget Original - Saving Is Fun!
Daily Budget Original - Saving Is Fun!

Daily Budget Original - Saving Is Fun!

C Ruttinger

Daily Budget Original takes a different approach to budgeting. When you first open the app, it asks you what your monthly income is, then it’ll tell you how much you have to spend a day based on that alone. After that fun share, it’ll ask you what your expenses are. As you enter them, your daily amount to spend will lower until you are finished entering your expenses. From there, the app will ask you how much you want to save in percentage form, and of course, that bit will be taken away from your daily spending, but it’s all for a better future, isn’t it? Every time you open the app now you’ll be able to add an extra income or input an expense that takes away from your daily balance. One thing that makes this app special is the ability to set up a “Big Spendings” plan by entering the dollar amount and date you’d like to purchase the item. The app will then tell you how much money you’d need to save per day to get that item on time. There are a ton of in-app upgrades available, but for only $4.99 you can upgrade to PRO, which is well worth it.

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Visual Budget: Expense Tracking and Budget Management
Visual Budget: Expense Tracking and Budget Management

Visual Budget: Expense Tracking and Budget Management

Kiwi Objects

With Visual Budget, easily manage your personal and business accounts using powerful, advanced analysis and consolidation features.

Visual Budget can be used to handle several accounts simultaneously and sort them into different groups.

Expense/income categories are automatically created based on a standard model that fits most needs. You can of course modify this category list to suit more particular requirements for each of your accounts. Two levels of categories/sub-categories allow you to define your budget plan in an easy but precise way.

Assign a budget to every category, and accurately monitor the evolution of your income and expenses.

You can input your financial transactions manually, or automatically by importing CSV (spreadsheet) or OFX (bank standard) files with iTunes file sharing.
Check off your transactions to ensure that they match your bank statements.
Define recurring transactions, such as a monthly Internet subscription, once and for all.

Visual Budget also features Overview tools, allowing you to visualize the breakdown of your transactions and the changes in your balances in the blink of an eye, and to monitor your budgets efficiently

Several graphs (bar or pie charts) provided by the application give you a clear and synthetic view of your transactions and their breakdown into expense, income, category and budgetary changes.

The application comes with an example account featuring a dozen transactions which will allow you to quickly become familiar with it.

Freemium version, limited to 10 transactions per account. Integrated purchase unlocks unlimited transaction creation.

Universal application for iPhone/iPad, iOS 7.1 and above.
Optimized for Retina Display and iPhone 5/6 and iPad Pro.
Mac Version available on the Mac App Store.

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Money Monitor - Account, Budget & Bill Management
Money Monitor - Account, Budget & Bill Management

Money Monitor - Account, Budget & Bill Management

Maxwell Software

Get Money Monitor now, the most comprehensive personal finance management application!

You can track and organize all your transactions, accounts, budgets, bills, cash flow and payees in Money Monitor by easy operation but with powerful functions.

Money Monitor is your right choice if you want to track and control your expense and pay bills on time, it will keep all your finance at a glance, show you clearly that where the money comes from and goes. A must have app for personal budgets or business use.

Features:

Transactions
⁃ Quick add income, expense or transfer transactions with or without recurring.
⁃ Edit picture, account, budget, category and payee and note for each transaction.
⁃ Mark transaction as cleared or not.

Accounts
⁃ Eight default types of account and your can custom your own.
⁃ Track transactions of each account.
⁃ Show expense, income and balance amount of all your accounts.
⁃ Show expense, income and balance amount of each account.
⁃ Transfer amount from one account to another.

Categories
⁃ Customize Category and subcategory.
⁃ 10+ icons for categories and 40+ icons for subcategories.
⁃ Show total expense and income of all categories.
⁃ Show total expense and income of each category.

Budgets
⁃ Create unlimited income or expense budgets with or without cycles.
⁃ Set budget name, amount, type, category, date range etc.
⁃ Rollover budget amount to next cycled budget.
⁃ Transfer available budget amount to another budget.
⁃ Track transactions of each budget.
⁃ Time marker to show the status of current date at each budget.
⁃ Show statistics info of total amount, already used and available amount of each budget.

Bills
⁃ Track both income or expense bills both repeat and not.
⁃ Custom remind time, date and sound of each bill, and snooze bills reminder.
⁃ Calendar view of bills.
⁃ Add auto pay bills.
⁃ Mark payment to bills in full or in part.
⁃ Add note to each payment for the bills.

Other Features
⁃ Supports WiFi backup & restore.
⁃ Supports Dropbox backup & restore.
⁃ Search transactions.
⁃ Migrate data to full version.
⁃ World-wide currency.
⁃ Set your own week start day.
⁃ Powerful reports by pie chart to show visually all parts of your finance.
⁃ Custom unlimited reminders with any content.
⁃ Badge to show number of overdue unpaid bills and the bills which remind date are due.
⁃ Export data by email in form of CSV, HTML or PDF.
⁃ Supports AirPrint.
⁃ Supports Apple Watch version.
⁃ Supports 3D Touch function.

If you have any question or suggestion, please send email to [email protected]

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Stay Focused

When it is time to put down your device and concentrate on your work, there are apps that can help you do just that.

Forest: Stay focused, be present

Reduce procrastination and contribute to nature at the same time.

Forest: Stay focused, be present

Set an amount of time to focus within

For procrastinators who like games or the environment.

Procrastination is inevitable. You know you should be focusing on something besides your iOS device, but somehow you end up in the Facebook app yet again. Forest hopes to eliminate that distraction with a timer that can be used in a pomodoro-like way, but with an incentive. As long as the app remains open in the foreground while the timer you set counts down, a virtual tree will grow, and you will be awarded coins. The goal is to grow a tree with each timer you set by not exiting the app and, thus, not getting distracted by your phone. Over time, the virtual trees you grow will make up a virtual forest displayed in the app, and you can compete with friends in doing this as well. Finally, coins you gather by focusing can eventually be used to plant trees in the real world once you collect enough.

Why we love it

This app allows users to use timer-based techniques to focus, and actually provides a solid incentive for staying off of your iOS device.

Focus Watch: Focus Timer & Task Manager

Focus Watch: Focus Timer & Task Manager

Andrii Zborovskyi

Focus Watch: Focus Timer & Task Manager

For those who strive for optimal performance.

Focus Watch helps you in planning the tasks you need to accomplish, staying focused on them while running the sessions timer and analysing your progress with insightful charts. Focus Watch perfectly works in background mode, so you can start the timer and switch to any other app - you'll be notified with an alarm when the session ends. It also has AppleWatch support!

Why we love it

It's so easy to track your progress with insightful charts, you can see how many sessions you've spent for any separate task in any given day.