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Nine (more) cool mobile apps for CPAs

By Brett Owens
June 17, 2011

We recently featured three cool Web apps for running your firm that were highly recommended by your accounting colleagues. Now we're going to stay on the productivity app beat and take a look at mobile devices.

Productivity apps

Evernote received some love again, this time for its mobile prowess. Tom Achor, CPA, says Evernote is his "most used app for capturing data across platforms."

Wray Rives again cites Google Apps' seamless integration as the best part of his new Android phone. And I have to concur with Rives; if you are running an Android, and you're not yet a full-time convert to Gmail, think about doing it now. The seamless integration will save you a ton of time and effort.

Basecamp user Joe Oringel raved about this company's smartphone versions, saying "they've done a great job of implementing it for mobile." Oringel's firm uses Basecamp for its project management needs--specifically for to-dos, milestones, and secure message and file storage.

Scheduling and getting things done

Scheduling app has been a hit with busy folks who need a hand coordinating openings in busy personal schedules. Oringel says Tungle is "great for letting clients and partners schedule meetings across multiple enterprises, too."

Finally, ToDo Matrix is a "great app" for task management according to Michael McGuigan—although it is currently only available on the BlackBerry platform. Mac users may want to check out Achor's recommendation Things, a GTD task management app that syncs across Apple platforms seamlessly.

Social networking on the go

Chuck Manganiello, CPA, likes the mobile version of LinkedIn for his iPhone and iPad (it also now runs on the BlackBerry and the Android phone). And Twitter's mobile app was the top pick for Becky Livingston, senior manager of online production social media at CPA2BIZ.

Personally, the Twitter for Android was a game changer for me. I stay logged in to my company's Twitter account and I've got the Droid setup to beep at me whenever @Chrometa is mentioned in a Tweet. How's that for real-time intelligence?

And one for your clients, too

Andrew Schwartz, CPA, put on his entrepreneur hat and created a mobile app for his clients. The app, UDoGood, is used by several of his clients to track their non-cash contributions. If your clients need a hand tracking their tax deductible donations, UDoGood is a great one to have them check out.

Brett Owens is chief executive and co-founder of Chrometa, a Sacramento, Calif.-based provider of time-tracking software that records activity in real time. Previously marketed to the legal community, Chrometa is branching out to accounting prospects. Gains include the ability to discover previously undocumented billable time, saving time on billing reconciliation and improving personal productivity. Brett can be reached at 916-254-0260 and


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