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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: Easy Scheduling

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

Doodle: Easy Scheduling

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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SUBSCRIBERS GET MORE FEATURES!
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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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Budgets for iPad Free
Budgets for iPad Free

Budgets for iPad Free

iBear LLC

Top 1 iPad overall (USA) financial app developer offers: Budgets for all your expenses and income with progress per each category. Fantastic sparkling future-oriented design (check the screenshots). Easily sync data with other iPads. Get now!

You want an application, which can handle all your budgeting needs: capable of tracking your income and expenses per each category, easy to use and suitable for personal, family and even business finances. You want to instantly see, which budgeted categories are underplanned, and which are overplanned. You want to be able to access statistics visually through different charts. And you want to be able to sync your data with other iPads. Budgets for iPad Free are here to help you with your detailed budgeting.

The way you work with the application:
Create budgeted entries, both for your income and expenses (with any periodicity and length that you want), and indicate budget limits for each entry. Start adding every transaction you have, and see progress of each category and the overall progress. You may set transactions as recurring or as one-time only. And now control your budget and see the statistics in all the main common types of charts: Pie Charts, Histograms, Pie Charts and Line Chart. Extra features: export to HTML and CSV (Excel), and set up a PIN code to protect your entries!

Design:
Fantastic design, which reminds of objects from the future, helps you to make your iPad experience unforgettable. Illuminating walls. All your charts and transactions are projected in a holographic mode above a futuristic desk. Everything is colorful and iPad oriented and sparkling. It's entertaining for your eyes and easy to work with.

Summary:
- great special iPad oriented interface design (futuristic sparkling room)
- detailed management of budgeted categories (periodicity and length)
- detailed entries (planned vs. actual, limit per each category, recurring transactions, etc.)
- a lot of options for customization
- easy export to HTML and CSV (Excel)
- PIN code available (for privacy protection)

Important! Budgets Free is limited by the number of budgets. You can unlock it with the in-app purchase.

Budgets for iPad Free are here to give your budgeting experience with iPad a new turn.
Get now!

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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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iReconcile - Checkbook, Budgeting, & Reporting
iReconcile - Checkbook, Budgeting, & Reporting

iReconcile - Checkbook, Budgeting, & Reporting

AtomicUnit Software, LLC

"Keep your finances in check!" with iReconcile™, the most advanced finance management application on the AppStore. Based on the top selling finance app Checkbook, iReconcile™ brings features never seen before in its genre.

WHATS NEW:
iReconcile is now fully compatible with iPad. 1 download = iPhone and iPad!


APP FEATURES:

★ Retina display (iPhone 4) and full iOS 5 compatible

★ Reports
Generate beautiful customizable reports
- Spending by category or payee
- Income by category or payee
- Profit & Loss
- Save report configurations
- Print/send reports as PDF

★ Budgets
The most customizable budgeting functionality on the AppStore.

★ Multiple accounts with custom groupings
Group and organize your accounts how it makes sense for you.

★ Auto-complete
Payees and Categories support autocomplete. Just start typing!

★ Split transactions
Split your transaction among several categories, keeping budgets and reports accurate.

★ Reconcile your transactions
Running balance and reconciled balance are easily visible.

★ Transfers between accounts
Transfer funds from one account to another in a single operation.

★ Search
Find transactions by their Payee or Category, and even edit them.

★ Memorized Transactions with Auto-Post
Save transactions you use often, and even schedule them to automatically post.

★ Display Customization
Choose how you want transactions and amounts to be displayed.

★ Export (CSV, QIF)
Export your data in formats common to most financial software.

★ In-App Video Tutorials
Watch tutorials right inside the app.

★ Pin Security
Secure iReconcile with a pin number.

★ Synchronization service (optional)
Keep multiple devices synchronized (see more below).

★ Backup service (optional)
Keep your data backed up and safe (see more below).

★ Beautiful, consistent, and intuitive user interface


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SYNC FEATURES (Optional Add-on):
✓ Continuous automatic backup with full restore capabilities!
✓ Use iReconcile™ on multiple devices with automatic sync!
✓ Share one or more accounts with another user, with instant sync!
✓ Manage your iReconcile™ data on iReconcile.com through the Web Portal
✓ All syncing is done continuously and automatic over WiFi, Edge, or 3G networks
✓ Sync ALL your devices with ONE account!
✓ Free to try for 30 days, and only $1.99/month or $19.99/year after that

*Note: Sync service is NOT required for app to function. All app features mentioned above work with or without the use of the synchronization services.

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BACKUP FEATURES (Optional Add-on):
✓ Backup/restore over Edge/3G/WiFi
✓ No connection to computer required
✓ Automated backup reminders
✓ Restore iReconcile without restoring your entire device
✓ Move your data to another device
✓ Free to try for 30 days, and only $2.99 for 6 months, or $4.99 for a year after that

*Note: Backup service is NOT required for the app to function. All app features mentioned above work with or without the use of the backup services


For support: [email protected]
Email us with your concerns, as we cannot properly respond to issues posted in reviews. As always, comments and suggestions are welcome too!

Visit www.iReconcile.com for:
● More App information
● Screenshots
● Video tutorials
● User Manual
● FAQ

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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.