Using your Apple iPhone for business? We've rounded up 10 apps that will ensure you can manage projects, update your team, track progress and share documents, by simply using the handset.
Keeping everyone on your team on the same page can be a hassle. Project management systems that allow tasks to be assigned, progress to be logged and milestones to be established can mean the difference between smooth sailing and a sinking ship. These applications act as front ends for popular project management tools, so being away from a computer doesn't mean you have to be idle.
Enormo's Outpost 2 app brings the popular Basecamp project management service to your iPhone with a great interface that makes managing projects easy from the small screen. With complete support for Basecamp's many features, Outpost 2 is about as full a project management tool as you can find on a mobile device.
You can add new projects and view existing ones, add and review milestones, create and check off tasks, and track the time you spend working on any given project. Tasks and projects can be assigned to team members and commented on as progress is made.
Outpost 2 also lets you access your Basecamp address book and integrate it with your iPhone contacts. You can use Basecamp's internal messaging system to communicate with team members within the context of your project or send email to any contact. An especially nice feature is the ability to manage several Basecamp accounts, making it easy to contribute to a partner's or client's project while managing your own.
Outpost 2 is £11.99. Basecamp offers a free plan for one project only with unlimited users but no file sharing; accounts that support multiple projects and file sharing start at $24 (£15) a month.
Huddle offers a fuller feature set than Basecamp, with meeting scheduling, web-conferencing and document editing integrated into the web version. Projects are organised into workspaces and focus more on workflow than task assignment, although task management is still a major part of Huddle.
The Huddle iPhone app allows you to access your workspaces, review tasks, view and approve documents and connect with your contacts. The Huddle app is free; Huddle service starts at $8 (£5) per month for a single workspace with 1GB storage.
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