A blog post from Tahoe Partners about a round table discussion at the Gartner Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit held last year highlighted one way to differentiate apps vs. applications. According to the post by David Sidwell, the expert roundtable consensus was that the difference centered around functionality.
App = Software designed for a single purpose and performs a single function.
Application = Software designed to perform a variety of functions.
So for example, I have the Yahoo! app on my phone. When I tap it on my phone, it performs the singular task of opening the Safari browser and directs me to Yahoo’s mobile-optimized website. Once on their website, I have access to the Yahoo! application, where I perform lots of different functions from searching the Internet to accessing my email.
However, form factor can play an important role. As one of our super-smart TrackVia mobile engineers pointed out to me, many “apps” today leverage a key piece of technology that’s unique to a mobile device or just more natural to use with a phone or tablet. For example, TrackVia’s mobile app is optimized to take advantage of key components of mobile devices.
Although probably a little dated, another way I’ve heard people distinguishing apps vs. applications is value. Some suggest that apps just feel less valuable — disposable even. If an app doesn’t work or you don’t need it, you simply delete it. But if an application doesn’t work, well, life becomes a little more difficult.
Apps = If an app stops working, it sucks, but life goes on.
Applications = If your application stops working, it likely causes you to stop working.
Using the Yahoo! example again, if for some reason my Yahoo! app (that opens my browser and takes me to their mobile site) stops working, no biggy. Although way less convenient, I can easily open Safari on my phone and type in Yahoo!’s URL. But if Yahoo!’s website and application go down, I lose my ability to search and check my email — and that’s not good.
This subtle and subjective distinction that apps are somehow less valuable is probably why they’re often free. In a recent report by Gartner, the analyst firm estimated that by 2017 94.5 percent of all mobile app downloads will be free. Of course, Google is mostly free and I use it for search, email, documents and a half dozen other important things at work and in my personal life. Still, I know personally that I pause when there’s a price associated with an app I’m about to download to my phone — even at $0.99. Maybe my expectations are just different. I expect apps to be free, whereas I expect to pay for applications. And if my expectations are different, then there must be some difference between apps vs. applications — real or just perceived.
Even more uncommon, I have on occasion heard debates in small circles arguing that “apps” are things that people generally use for leisure. Things like games, chatting and sharing with friends, browsing and so forth. Applications on the other hand are things that people do “real work” with. Things like sending emails, collecting or manipulating data, buying or selling. This may have been more true in the early days, but I don’t think it passes the sniff test. Still, it’s one you may hear from time to time.
Why this matters
By now, you’re probably asking yourself, “Why does this matter?” It’s a fair question. As I eluded to earlier, I think it matters because when it comes to software or technology, people’s expectations matter. Your expectations matter. Your employees’ expectations matter. Your customers’ expectations matter. And if you have similar expectations from apps and applications, you may be setting yourself up to be disappointed, frustrated, or just downright angry.
In the end, you can differentiate between apps vs. applications anyway you like. I think what matters most is to understand and do your best to clearly define what you’re trying to do, whether it’s with an app or application. Spending a little time doing this upfront will give you a clear use case. And with a clear use case in mind, you can better define what you expect your app or application to actually do.
These are just my thoughts on the topic of apps vs. applications. What do you think? Is there a difference between apps vs. applications, and does it matter? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Written by Charles Var
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Text fields – tap on the active area of the field to type in the text.
Checkbox and radio button – tap the appropriate box to make a selection.
Drop-down list – tap to reveal the list and pick the item.
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Number fields and calculation – type the appropriate numbers in the form fields and the calculations will be processed automatically.
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Add up to 4 signatures
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Tap "pencil" icon on the top to reveal annotation menu. Select "Signature" icon on the bottom. To add one more signature tap "Picture" icon and Add new Signature. Customer signature
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If any devices are shared locally and displayed in PDF Expert, you can access them to copy files.
Simply select any item and sign in (if necessary). Once you'll see a list of files, which are save on other device. Tap any file or files to save it locally. Copy files from locally shared devices Copy files via Browser Copy files via Browser.
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In both List and Thumbnail view you can arrange your files by dragging and dropping them.
Tap and hold on the file or folder you’d like to move Drag the selected item above the target folder. The folder will be highlighted with the blue background. Drop the item to move it to the folder, iCloud tab or Network, recents or favorites list
Copy files/folder: tap Copy and select the target folder
Move files/folder between folders: tap Move and select the target folder.
Rename files/folders: tap Rename. You can also rename the file by tapping its name in Thumbnail view
Delete files/folders: Tap Delete or drag the file to Drop here to delete button
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Free-hand drawing, tap and select the pen and color. Tap anywhere in the document to start drawing.
Typing comments anywhere in the document. It's possible to change color, font and size.
Add shapes, like circle, rectangle, line or arrow. Change the color, size and line thickness.
Highlight important text. Underline phases and words worth attention.Strike-out errors.
Pin yellow stickers and type a note. Select the tool and tap at any place at the document to pin a note.
Tap to undo/redo one or several actions. Tap and drag to replace the toolbar.
The sidebar with annotation tools can be easily moved from left to right, simply tap on horizontal lines at the bottom and drag it to the right place.
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PhotoMarkr lets you add your personal watermark to your iPhone and iPod touch photos and screenshots.This is a great tool for all photographers who like posting their work online. Just set it up once, and then apply your watermark to any photo with the click of a button.Features:- Create a watermark from text, or import a custom watermark as an image- Position watermark anywhere on your photo- Move, rotate and resize your watermark- Change watermark transparencyPhotoMarkr always saves a full-res original, and a full-res copy of your photo with the watermark applied.
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Creating a New Penultimate Notebook To create a new Penultimate Notebook, simply tap the + icon in the lower-right corner of the Home Screen. The new Penultimate Notebook will automatically be given a default name that you may change later, and will be opened to the first blank page. Renaming a Penultimate Notebook To rename a Penultimate Notebook, simply tap its name in either the Card view or List view, then enter the new name when your iPad's keyboard is displayed. Deleting a Penultimate Notebook To delete a Penultimate Notebook, do the following: On the Home Screen, tap the Penultimate Notebook you want to delete. Tap the Trash icon at the bottom of the screen. Tap Delete Notebook. The corresponding note in your Evernote account will also be deleted. You may restore the note from the Trash in Evernote to continue to access it; however, there is no way to restore the Penultimate Notebook for editing in Penultimate once it is deleted. Duplicating a Penultimate Notebook To duplicate a Penultimate Notebook, do the following: On the Home Screen, tap the Notebook Action icon at the bottom-center of the screen. An options menu will be displayed. Tap Duplicate. A dialog with all of your Penultimate Notebooks will be displayed. Tap the Penultimate Notebook you want to duplicate. The new notebook will have the same name as the original with a number appended.
Magic Plan MEASURES your rooms and DRAWS your floor plan just by taking pictures.You can then get your floor plan in PDF, JPG and DXF format or publish an INTERACTIVE FLOOR PLAN on the web.With Magic Plan, EVERYONE CAN CREATE A FLOOR PLAN IN FEW MINUTES ONLY.
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Board, an essential part of any creative process or presentation, allows users to effortlessly layout, collage and illustrate with a series of photos, images, sketches and annotations to generate beautiful and informative boards that are easy to share. Morpholio Board is ideal for designers, architects, photographers, artists, or members of any creative culture. It is the unique board utility that allows you to easily build custom layouts, communicate via
Color 911® helps you create your own colors, select colors from themes or photos, combine colors to create your own palettes, organize colors into folders, share or email to designers, friends or family, and so much more! Created by a recognized color consultant, there are more than 50 downloadable color themes. Each theme has 42 different colors; every theme includes colors that work together for whatever your color needs are:
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• EDIT your colors on your palettes to adjust hue, saturation or brightness. You can reorder your color selection, change color themes, lock in a color, duplicate a palette, with name modification and select colors from a photo.
• BUILD your personal palette library and create folders using the palette preview tool, which makes organization easy
Figuring out which card reader is “right” for you depends on all of the features already mentioned so far. Do you need money the moment you swipe? Do you want a discount for high-volume selling? Do you want to scan checks? Does build quality matters? These questions are just a few of the many you may ask yourself when figuring out which reader to grab, but in the end they all are solid choices for the businessperson, whether they be for once-in-a-while purchases or serious sales volume. The extra features and quick access to your cash makes PayPal Here outweigh Intuit’s GoPayment to us, but GoPayment has a solid pricing structure, too. Square’s pricing structure is a little irrelevant, and its software is pretty simplistic, but you can’t deny the iconic and easy access it offers. With all these thoughts in mind, go out and grab whichever one you feel is best for you. If you don’t like it, an alternative reader is just a simple form or rebate away! Personally, we highly recommend the PayPal Here’s versatility in software, as well as the Intuit GoPayment’s price structure and build quality. Good luck finding the right one for you! Update: 8/2/13 – It has come to our attention that Intuit has instated additional fees that are not made clear upon sign-up. If you serve a credit card that Intuit deems to be a rewards card, or an American Express Card, there may be an additional charge of up to 15 cents per transaction. These cards are classified by Intuit as “Non-Qualified” cards. Please read here for full details (scroll down to “important disclosures”). Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/square-vs-intuit-gopayment-vs-paypal-here-mobile-credit-card-processors/#ixzz2mTkPtbtsFollow us: @digitaltrends on Twitter | digitaltrendsftw on Facebook
There are 5 tools in this Carpenter tool kit:- A plumb bob, the easiest way for you to verify the verticality of lines or walls- A surface level, the best tool to level any flat surface - A bubble level bar, exactly as you can see in carpenter tool kit shops, and more beautiful!- A steel protractor, measuring angles from 0 to 180 degrees.- A steel ruler, supporting both inches and centimeters. By swiping it left and right, the ruler is capable to measure things much longer than your iPhone!- Once calibrated, the plumb bob, surface level and level bar can also be used as an inclinometer/clinometer by reading the angles on the screen.
Waterlogue- Release the Artist in You
Capitalize on the popularity of artisan looks and create watercolors of your projects without ever having to pick up a paint brush. I love what it can do to my before/after pictures and portfolio. There are a variety of ways to customize a Waterlogue image – use a variety of presets or a few key settings- to quickly and easily capture the spirit of your subject. The result is an app that can turn any snapshot into a luminous, lively watercolor sketch. And it’s highly accessible: the presets are based on painting styles. Thanks to Maison21 for turning me onto this app!
Canva new online tool that aims to lower the barrier of entry to graphic design, allowing anyone (from professional designers to novices) to design projects including business cards, presentations, blog graphics and posters, with an easy-to-use interface and a vast library of fonts and images. The twelve-person team based in Sydney, Australia, has been developing the technology over the past year leading up to the release of the public beta on August 26, and has already raised over $3million in seed funding. Critics may be concerned that Canva will devalue the work of professional designers, but the tool is not intended to replace designers, or professional design software such as Adobe Creative Suite. Rather, the platform allows users who don’t have the resources or sufficient need to purchase design software, to create more sophisticated designs than they would otherwise be able to, using (nearly) fool-proof layout tools and a library of images, fonts and graphic elements. For professional designers, the draw is the collaborative aspect, which would allow easy sharing and editing of designs which have been fine-tuned using pro software.
IAfter downloading Adornably and creating a free account, you can lay any magazine on the floor of a room and Adornably will use it to scale a virtual image of that room in your iPad. Then wait a few moments for the screen to scan over it, and see that magazine tagged with a green circle on the screen. Next, you can take photos–to be used to add furniture to at a later time–or pull some from the Adornably catalog to allow it to virtually exist in the room. So if you think that is cool… you can move the furniture around in the room with your finger! FREEkea started it; now Adornly is expanding it. Using augmented reality, this unbeleive app uses a magaizine to make different pieces of furniture appear on your iPad.
10 Apps every Designer Should Have
Apps vs. Applications
App = Software designed for a single purpose and performs a
Application = Software designed to perform a variety of
Apps = If an app stops working, it sucks, but life goes on.
Applications = If your application stops working, it likely causes
you to stop working.
0 FaceTime lets you make video calls over Wi-Fi.
0 Use the front camera to talk face-to-face; back camera to share
what you see around you.
The person you call must also have an iOS device or computer that works with FaceTime.
0 Tap icon
0 Choose contact to call
0 Rings like phone call
One of the apps that come
with the iPad.
Use like a kindle AND
• Store catalogs
• Price lists
• Floor plans
iPad Native App
0 Text fields – tap on the active area of the field to type in
0 Checkbox and radio button – tap the appropriate box
to make a selection.
0 Drop-down list – tap to reveal the list and pick the item.
0 Number fields and calculation – type the appropriate
numbers in the form fields and the calculations will be
0 Date field – tap the field with the appropriate format
and select the date from the keyboard.
0 Time field – tap the field with the appropriate format
and select the date fromthe keyboard.
0 Signature field - tap it and select a signature type you
want to use.
0 My Signature is a regular signature that is saved within
PDF Expert and can be reused later. Customer Signature
is created from the start every time you use it.
0 To create a signature you need:
0 Tap and hold on the place where
you want to place your
0 Select 'Signature' and tap 'My
0 Create own signature using your
finger and tap 'Save' button.
0 After your signature is added to
the document, you can move it,
resize or even change the color
of the signature.
Turn on Thumbnail and List for
To switch between the views:
• Swipe down from the top to
reveal the sorting toolbar
• Toggle the view mode using the
buttons in the upper right corner.
0 Free service that lets you bring
all your photos, docs, and
videos anywhere. 2 G FREE
0 Any file you save to your
Dropbox will save to all your
computers, phones with
Dropbox on it
0 Gateway to Tablets and Devices
0 If your computer has a
meltdown, your stuff is safe in
Dropbox and can be restored in
Share with Dropbox
• Team members
Don’t need to have an account
Make a link to files or folders in your Dropbox and share your photos,
docs, presentations, and videos - even if they don't have Dropbox.
Add other members to a folder
You can share any folder in your Dropbox or create a new shared
folder from the Dropbox website
#6 Pen Ultimate
• Natural note taking app, just like pen and
0 •Have as many “notebooks” as you want
0 •Print and share
0 •Store in device
• Import images
0 Keep track of your hours and
0 Set up as many jobs as you need,
then clock in and out of them and let
HoursTracker take care of the rest.
0 Or enter time worked in the past
(or future!) quickly and easily.
0 Keep tabs on your time and earnings
with built-in reports, or import your
data into a spreadsheet and crunch
some numbers your own way.
#11 Color 911
0 Color 911® helps you create your own colors, select
colors from themes or photos, combine colors to
create your own palettes, organize colors into
folders, share or email to designers, friends or family,
and so much more! Created by a recognized color
consultant, there are more than 50 downloadable
color themes. Each theme has 42 different colors;
every theme includes colors that work together for
whatever your color needs are:
0 FINDING YOUR COLORS is easy – Use designer color
themes, create your own color on the color wheel,
select colors from an Internet or from a snapshot .
0 EDIT your colors on your palettes to adjust hue,
saturation or brightness. You can reorder your color
selection, change color themes, lock in a color,
duplicate a palette, with name modification and
select colors from a photo.
0 BUILD your personal palette library and create
folders using the palette preview tool, which makes
Intuit PayPal Square
Build Quality Best Plastic-y; Doesn't fit well Better-Works with device
cases; but finicky
Features Backed by Intuit Invoice Options
Easy access to account
Access to Money 1-3 business days Instantly 1-3 business days
Fees 2.75 % on all swipes OR
Monthly plan of $13 drops
swipe rate to 1.75 %.
extra fees of up to 15 cents
per transaction if you pay
with a rewards card
2.75 % on all sales OR pay
$275 a month for 0 percent
as long as the item price
doesn’t exceed $400.
Support Offers phone and email
support, as well as a
Offers phone and email
support, as well as a
No Phone support; offers a
There are 5 tools in this Carpenter tool kit:
- A plumb bob, the easiest way for you to verify the verticality of lines or
- A surface level, the best tool to level any flat surface
- A bubble level bar, exactly as you can see in carpenter tool kit shops, and
- A steel protractor, measuring angles from 0 to 180 degrees.
- A steel ruler, supporting both inches and centimeters. By swiping it left and
right, the ruler is capable to measure things much longer than your iPhone!
- Once calibrated, the plumb bob, surface level and level bar can also be used
as an inclinometer/clinometer by reading the angles on the screen.
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