A recent survey of planners by Planetizen looked at mobile app that enhance public participation in local governance and planning to improve efficiency and data collection for planners. A number of fine productivity tools were mentioned in the findings, many of them can possibly be useful to some of you I’m sure! From the results… common apps mentioned include such apps as Todoist, Constant Contact, Mediafire, GoogleMaps, Dropbox, ArcGIS, GoToMeeting, and SlideShark, among others. Planners report regularly using Trulia and Zillow, which are helpful in finding information about properties.
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Some of the productivity tools that got special mention in the results include:
- CamScanner: Turns mobile devices into a scanner (Android, iOS, and Windows Phone).
- Iannotate: Allows for reading, marking, and sharing documents (Android and iOS).
- Insightly: Project management, contact management, and report generation (Android and iOS).
- Instafetch: Allows for saving complete webpages for offline reading, for example: code sections, news articles, or city webpages. (Android, BlackBerry, WindowsPhone).
- Schmoose: A secure messaging platform that sends encrypted messages (Android, iOS, Windows Phone).
- SpeedGrade: A color grading app that allows for layer based color and design tools (Android and iOS).
- Textizen: Allows for sending, receiving, and analyzing text messages. Can be used for mobile surveys (all operating systems).
- Archisketch: Set the drawing scale and then everything you sketch is to scale (iOS).
- ExitStrategyNYC: This app shows you where to stand on the subway platform to board the train and directly in front of the exit at the destination station to save time (iOS).
- I Change My City: Allows people to take pictures and report complaints in real time in Bagalore, India (Android, iOS, and Windows Phone).
- Manual: Turns a phone into a manual camera, setting focus, shutter speed, and more (iOS).
- Mind My Business: Allows small businesses to keep up with what is happening in their neighborhood, including roadway repairs and 311 neighbor complaints (iOS),
- Park Chicago: Allows users to pay for parking meters via their phone (Android and iOS),
- PostIt Plus: Captures, organizes, and shares notes (iOS),
- Shape: Allows pictures to be converted into vector shapes (iOS).
- Siga Chile: Maps accessibility of locations for those with special needs (Android and iOS).
- Simcity BuildIt: Free city building game (iOS).
- SocialCyclist: Encourages users to map route data and report road hazards and organize group rides (Android and iOS).
- Strava: This fitness tracking app used by runners and cyclists is now selling its data to local government planners. Oregon’s Department of Transportation obtained data from 20,000 bicyclists to aid in planning for the increase in bicycle traffic (Android and iOS).
- Wayper: Allows for downloading of details searchable maps of cities, to avoid data charges when on the road (iOS).
- WalkIt: Creates a route map between two points and provides information on time, calories burned, total number of steps, and carbon savings (Android and iOS).