01.10.2018

Todd’s Top Apps

A monthly review of must have, worthy of looking or just plain interesting apps that are relevant to the design industry. Compiled by Todd Pearce, MBDAV, October 2018

HUE LABS

Accessible through the Hue website – navigate through to Hue Labs. Essentially this is an advanced program centre where various recipes can be overlaid onto your existing Hue infrastructure. Being able to multi-press the same button on tap switch to stage its dimming is a handy one to free up the other 2 program buttons for other things. Sensors and switches can operate in different ways depending on the time of day or other programmable variables. Anyone in the Hue ecosystem really should look in to this as it brings quite a lot of extra functionality to already good equipment.

WRIKE

So often I get asked whether I know any really good project management tools and/ or apps. My general answer is not really. This isn’t because I don’t think there are any, but mostly as I haven’t used many in any meaningful way. The ones I have used take some time to get used to and more time to master. Additionally, I also make the comment that in order to use technology or apps to streamline your project management – you actually need to know how to manage a project (and specifically your type of project) really well before you can then get tech to help carry the load. So, I’ve done a little digging and Wrike seems to come up as one that a lot of people like. So, if you’re one of the many looking for help in this arena – Wrike may be worth a look.

ASANA

It would appear that Asana is often used as a comparison to Wrike. Both have the same intention at heart from a project management perspective but have different strengths and approaches. There is a good little comparison video on YouTube if you search for Wrike vs Asana. A little more in it than a ‘Ford vs Holden’ debate it would seem. Apart from price differences, their focusses are slightly different and levels of support also. One thing I particularly liked about the YouTube video is that they say the same thing I do about project management – you really need to map your own process first and really understand where the benefit is to you and does a particular piece of software address these needs. There’s no point in adapting your processes to fit the way a program works – you need to find a program that gives you what you need to work the way you want.

If any other members use or know any new or interesting apps,
please drop Todd a line to info@bdav.org.au
and he’ll share with other members.