Apps! We all have them, we all love them, and we’re all slightly addicted to them. But how many truly useful apps do you have? I’m going to try and shed a little light on some apps that you might not know about, and hopefully they will help make your life at university a bit easier.
For the people in a hurry, here’s the list:
- Pushbullet (universal) – instant transfer of files or photos across devices, all notifications from your phone are also directed to your computer.
- Flux (Windows, Mac) and Twilight (Android), no iOS alternative – Screen dimming so your eyes don’t burn at night.
- Ninite (Windows, Mac) – download and install all your starting programs on a new laptop or computer.
- Dropbox & Google Drive – Cloud backups.
- Voidtools – Quick searching for windows users (don’t use it if you have Windows 8 or above).
Pushbullet is a god send. Ever taken a photo on your phone and wanted it on your computer quickly? Pushbullet does that. Did you download a file to your phone and want it on your computer? Pushbullet does it seamlessly. Do you want to be able to easily send a file to a group of people and all their devices? Pushbullet can do it. There are similar apps that you might be using, but Pushbullet makes it so easy and quick to share files and photos between devices, as well as push files to other people. As well as sharing files, it also gives you notifications that come from your phone, and allows you to send texts from your computer (useful for Windows users).
As a university student, it’s a rite of passage to be up late into the night studying for your exam the next day. Usually this means you’re spending an absurd amount of time in front of a computer screen. Flux is an application for your computer that puts an orange tinge on your screen when the sun sets. At first this is a very weird feeling, but as you get used to it your eyes will thank you. The orange tinge on your screen means your eyes won’t be burning after a few late night hours in front of a screen.
Alternatively, you might love wasting time on your phone at night scrolling through Instagram or Facebook. There is Twilight for android users, but unfortunately there is no iOS alternative that I know of.
Sweet! You’ve been saving up for a new computer or laptop and you finally bought it! Oh wait… you need to install everything again. Ninite makes this painless. You can select all the popular programs you have (Skype, Google chrome, and iTunes to name a few), and Ninite will download and install them all in one go. You just leave your computer running and wait a little while, and then you’re pretty much ready to go.
4. Dropbox/Google Drive
As seen in Sean’s blog post, “What’s so Good about Clouds Anyway?”, Dropbox and Google Drive help you have your files backed up and kept safe, so they can’t disappear on you when you need them the most.
Ever have trouble remembering where you saved a file, and end up needing to use that super slow search function? Well, if you aren’t on Windows 8 just yet, Voidtools is perfect. You can search all your files by name, and it will find them almost instantly. Especially handy if you saved something in a hurry and didn’t pay attention!
These are some of the best programs out there for university life. Hopefully you can give them a go and they make life a bit easier for you!