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8 Top Apps Every Blogger Should Have And Use
From the beginning, blogging has always been about expressing yourself and sharing your knowledge with people on the internet. Back in the good all days (today as well), blogging and writing were primarily done on laptops or notebooks. At least for text creation, the notebook is the preferred device for most of the people. With apps and services popping up from all sides, blogging has changed from a text-only medium to a multimedia process.
Android and iOS operating systems are growing fast thanks to a great number of apps that are available on Google Play Store as well as on Apple’s App Store. With constant innovation and technology advancements in the mobile phone industry, bloggers are enabled not only to blog on the go but also to perform almost all of their blogging related tasks right on their smartphones wherever they are.
Below you will find apps that could allow bloggers to blog more often, write better text, track their website or social media metrics and much more. So let’s begin!
Image to Word Converter
Whether you write on your laptop, mobile device or by hand, this app can come in really handy. To put it this way, this app will help you convert any document that is in paper form or image with text into editable MS Word format right on your mobile device. It can convert screenshots as well, which means that you can capture screenshots of the websites that don’t let you copy their text and make them editable in no time. The app has a built-in image scanner that you can use to capture images of the documents.
This is a remarkable app that allows you to do something that Apple users are able to do for a long time. It enables you to effortlessly share files among your devices. The service works on all operating systems, major browsers, Android and Apple devices. It can come in really handy when you want to send file or link from one device to another without having to sync all your files. You can also view notifications from your phone on your desktop computer or in your browser. Last but not least, you are able to send SMS messages from your computer and reply to messages from WhatsApp, Kik or Facebook Messenger.
Grammarly is undoubtedly a fundamental part of every blogger’s life. They recently released a mobile app which made a lot of people happy. Basic principles stayed the same, but on mobile, it represents a third-party keyboard which will automatically check your spelling and grammar as you type. Switching to this keyboard is as easy as switching to any other, for example, the one with emojis. This app can really make a difference to bloggers work and productivity. It will correct your spelling, grammar, punctuation and more. You can even use your native keyboard for writing, and when you are finished you can switch to Grammarly just to make sure that there are no mistakes.
PDF to JPG Converter
If you are one of the people who really care about blog design or often deal with illustrative material, this app is for you. It will help you extract images from any PDF file in no time. You must have been in a situation where you have a PDF with amazing pictures you would like to use but there is no easy way to extract them. Most of the people will simply take a screenshot and continue with their lives, but by doing that quality is not preserved and the picture may end up looking dull on your website or blog. So if you are a busy person, who wants to get a fast and quality result, this app will definitely satisfy you.
Weebly lets you create a website, store or blog right on your mobile device with incredible ease. You are able to choose various design elements, text and even upload images from your camera roll. It has all the same features as Weebly desktop which means you can customize your website with the same responsive themes as you would on the desktop version. The app has a blog post editor which lets you easily publish your thoughts. You can also quickly respond to comments on your blog and stay connected with your followers. There is a real-time activity monitor and you can also check your site traffic, orders or any other important metrics.
Google Keep App is a must have to every serious blogger. It is the official application from Google, designed to provide competition for other lifetime reminder applications, such as Evernote or Catch Notes. As such, this is a tool which lets you leave virtual notes on your Android. The application allows you to create notes both by typing them as usual and by recording a voice message, especially useful when you are in a hurry.
You can attach all kinds of pictures or lists to your notes, and, as with all Google applications, they will be synchronized between your Android and your computer or laptop. Another interesting feature, although not currently working, is the one that lets you automatically transcribe any voice you have recorded in the terminal.
Another interesting feature is that you can convert any note into a list of checkable items, making it ideal for shopping lists. Google Keep is an outstanding note-taking application, which means, hopefully, you will not forget anything, from a work appointment to a pint of milk at the supermarket, ever again.
If you are a serious blogger who takes speed into consideration, then Puffin browser is an App you must have. The wickedest browser. No other browser can match up the speed and loading time either in 2G, 3G or 4G. I have used different browsers in the past, but none can be compared to Puffin browser. It can open any page in desktop or mobile mode.
Puffin uses a proprietary compression algorithm to transmit web data to your device, and it can save up to 90% of your bandwidth on regular web browsing. This browser speeds up mobile browsing by shifting the workload from the resource-limited devices to the cloud servers, and resource-demanding webpages can run super-fast on your phones or tablets.
This app is a must-have for every blogger. This is no ordinary dictionary. In addition to being an almost infinite resource of words and what they mean, it also educates you as to how words are linked. It’s a new take on an old, but an incredibly useful concept and one that you will no doubt use every day.
This app is distinguished from the other (paper, electronic) dictionaries in many ways. Not because it contains far more words than a conventional paper dictionary, but because it uses a radically new approach and technology called WordNet.
Advanced English Dictionary shows how every word is linked to another. Type in the word “tree” and you will get not only the definition, synonyms and opposites but the hypernyms (a tree is a kind of what?), meronyms (what are the parts of a tree?) and more. You can also find a list of hundreds of trees, from yellowwood to the Tree of Knowledge, and even all words that contain the letters t-r-e-e.
This WordNet approach will help you to understand the meanings of words better. Linguists call WordNet project one of the biggest leaps for dictionaries since scholars sat down to write the epic Oxford English Dictionary
Available on: iOS
All of the mentioned apps are designed to boost your creativity and make your life a little bit easier. Are there any apps that are not mentioned here which you use on a daily basis? Do you have experience with any of the mentioned apps? We would love to hear from you so please let us know in the comments.
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Enebeli Ifeanyi is a graduate of Information science and a Counselor at Fatherprada’s blog. He loves Poetry and Philosophy but hates Mathematics. A reader by day and a writer by night. He hails from Ezionum in Ukwuani L.G.A.