Almost four years ago, I reviewed Echo, a prayer app. I thought it would be helpful to an individual’s prayer life. But recently, Echo was updated to include a new feature that might actually be a huge help to a church’s prayer life.
Recently, I’ve been feeling more distracted by my phone and social media noise. This led to me finally giving in and trying Forest app as one tool to help and I have to say I’ve been impressed. It’s really helped me adapt more “Deep Work” principles that I had gotten worse at. So here’s a quick review of Forest app and why you should consider giving it a go.
Back at the end of 2014, I noticed that a few apps had a radical impact on my life. So much so that it justified the title “5 apps that changed my life last year”. It was popular so it, of course, justified a follow-up article the next year. By 2016 I decided that “change my life” was no longer justified and instead I went for “had a big impact” and last year I simply did a review of “apps to start the new year right”. But this year I thought I’d share my personal top apps from 2018. These are grouped into “new” apps for me and older apps that I’m still using and are still important.
It’s worth noting that these are from an iOS perspective, but some of these apps are also available on Android.
This week, Apple held its yearly World Wide Developer Conference. It’s an event where Apple shows off what its next operating systems and changes are going to be so developers can start work updating their software so it is ready and can take advantage of the new features. This year there were a few themes and new technologies that might be interesting to those of us at Church Tech (even if you aren’t an Apple fan).
If there’s one app I have that has made more people think about getting an iPad than any other, it’s Onsong. Although there are many other apps for musicians, this one leads to my bandmates eying it with envy. It does something very simple but in such a well thought out that it blows the competition away. For various reasons, it’s not coming out on Android anytime soon. So, what is Onsong and why should you think about getting it?
If you have an iPad Pro (or an iPad for that matter) there are several great tools that can help you create graphics to use for your church social media or in services. Some of these are more powerful than others and others are simpler and easier to use, so no matter your skill level, there is probably something for you.
Let’s start with the simpler ones and move onto the more powerful.