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Increase meeting productivity with apps

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Let’s face it: Meetings can be a drag. Get things going at your next meeting with an app. Kit Eaton at the New York Times, suggests six apps to try at your next get-together.

1. Meetings—Notebooks for Work for iPad. This simple $4 app acts like a smart notebook. Entering the meeting name, time and date starts a meeting log that you can search later to find notes. You can add a list of attendees and agenda items before the meeting. Once you’re in the meeting, the app acts as a digital notepad. It includes shortcuts to add bullet points, time stamps, photos, action items and even the ability to assign responsibility and due dates.

2. Meeting Minutes Pro. This fast and clean $4 Android app comes with additional features like the ability to export notes in a file compatible with Microsoft Word.

3. Meeting Assistant. The complete app for planning and running meetings is similar to Meetings—Notebooks for Work but more sophisticated. The core app is $10 on iOS and free on Android. The app puts a face to your attendees with a link to social networks. Meeting Assistant’s note-taking system automates some of the formatting, and it integrates with your device’s calendar. You can also email memos to attendees from inside the app.

4. TimePal—Easy Meeting Planner Across Time Zones. If you plan conference calls or videoconferences across time zones, this simple $2 iOS app could solve your event problems. It acts as an interactive calendar with a world clock built in. Select a time window for the meeting, and email your attendees with these time options and a summary of your meeting.

5. Schedule Planner. The free, limited version iOS and Android app is a project tool, not a meeting planner. You can plan timed tasks and whole days of work, by assigning color-coded category titles to your tasks. Graphs show you how many of the tasks in each category were completed.

6. Darkroom. This iOS photo editing app offers Photoshop-like powers like adjusting the RGB (red, green, blue) curves for precise color. Free with a $3 fee to access curves editing.

—Adapted from “Tools to make meetings more productive and maybe more pleasant,” Kit Eaton, New York Times.

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