What apps/tools do you use for your business?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by gabicava83, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. gabicava83 macrumors regular

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    Hi People,

    Hope you are enjoying your Christmas !!!

    I will be starting my own business soon, providing various IT aspects for the SME market (up to 100 employees) anything ranging from technical support, to SEO and basic web design / development, including branding.

    Just wondering what tools you use for your business and how you are getting on with them, could be apple apps or online tools.

    Normally, I am a Windows guy for "business" but only because I use MS for servers and so on.

    Any info, really helpful.

    This is what I have so far;

    Freshbooks for accounting
    Basecamp for project management
    Evernote for receipts/ideas/snips of text
    Drop box for backup / online storage of documents
    Quicksilver
    Skype


    Thanks in advanced,

    G.
     
  2. shinji macrumors 65816

    shinji

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    You might want to check out Daylite for keeping track of appointments, projects, contacts, to-dos, notes, etc. Studiometry as well- both have demos.

    I think you'll find Evernote a bit limited, at least we did.
     
  3. gabicava83 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you for replying, daylite looks very good, I will look into that.

    Please can you elaborate on the limitations that you found and what alternative you used?

    Thanks again for your reply.

    G.

     
  4. shinji macrumors 65816

    shinji

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    It seemed very basic and limited...I like my notes to not be separate from everything else, but in the same app as my project management, tasks, to-do, appointments, etc.

    Daylite and Studiometry let you do all of this in one app. You can have just a general free-floating note, a note that is linked to a project, note that is linked to a project and contact, note that is part of a task in a project, etc.

    We found it a bit disorganized using lots of different apps or services to accomplish what works better in one. Especially when you later need to search for something...it's a hassle to have to search in each online service or each app for stuff related to the same concept or idea.

    And if you need syncing with a mobile device or another computer, you can do that too.

    Both Daylite and Studiometry are great apps and I think either one can be must-haves for certain small businesses.
     
  5. gabicava83 thread starter macrumors regular

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    That is excellent, great feedback there.

    I will look into this, and test it out.

    I presume for backups, you simply backup the DB?

    How does it work when you have 3 or 4 people on different machines, is there a centralised DB?

    Thanks very much,

    G.

     
  6. shinji macrumors 65816

    shinji

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    Daylite and Studiometry can run either as a server with a central DB and multiple clients or as a completely separate single-user app. FWIW, there's also a Windows version of Studiometry but I haven't used that.

    And yeah, you just backup the DB. Daylite is actually using postgresql for that...don't know what Studiometry uses.
     

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