Great apps

BizTimes asked several Milwaukee mobile web and smartphone app developers to share their insights about effective apps. They agreed a good application must be useful, it must be intuitive, it needs to have a good design and it must provide a positive user experience. The following is a list of 10 strong applications that can provide ideas for other companies seeking to develop their own apps.


A fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photograph, then choose a filter to transform the look and feel of the shot into a memory to keep around forever. “It’s a photo-sharing app for iOS devices. I love seeing people’s lives through the photos they share. A photo can tell a story in one image. I love that. It’s a clean simple design. I enjoy using it,” said Sara Santiago, president of Milwaukee-based Rollmobile.


This web app that lets you take notes, create to-do lists, search through images and share your memories. Everything is seamlessly synchronized across all the devices and platforms you use.


This app provides all the capabilities of Gmail on your web browser. The Gmail application for iOS or Android lets users compose emails and read recently read messages while offline. Auto-completion, conversation view, spam filtering and labeling also are available.


The app lets you bring all of your photos, documents, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically be accessible from the web or any device with the Dropbox application. You can read docs or flip through your albums when you’re out and about. Save photos or videos to your Dropbox and share them with friends in just a couple taps.


This iOS application allows you to keep a virtual diary of your day. Users can actively capture moments when they have time, but it can also be linked with social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and photo-sharing sites that passively update the day’s entry. A fast, effective and effortless way to record your life. “I really like this app. It aggregates your data from Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and even Instagram and puts it into calendar format. I can look back and see what activities I did yesterday and beyond. It gives me a clear day-to-day view of my interactions,” said Joe Regan, principal of Milwaukee-based Modmobile LLC.

Alien Blue

This iOS app is for browsing


This app works on iOS or Android Devices. It allows users to turn their devices into virtual teller machines. With square, devices are able to accept credit cards and cash with the free Square Card Reader. The charge to the app user is 2.75 percent of the purchase per swipe for Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Discover. No contracts, monthly fees or merchant accounts. Funds are deposited into your bank account the next day.

Facebook/Facebook Messenger

Share and stay connected with your friends with the Facebook app for iOS or Android.


Various applications are available for iOS and Android Devices.


Works for iOS and Android systems. This news editor’s choice app presents news content from NBC News and in an efficient and intuitive pinwheel on a smartphone.

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