Well, it’s a new year. If you’re looking to up your game in 2014, here are a few apps that might help you plan/design/interact better. IFTTT - There’s a lot this service can do. And as it grows in popularity, I’m sure they’ll add a lot more functionality to it. IFTTT (If-This-Then-That) lets you create “recipes” that can range from just-for-fun to really useful. For example, you can create a recipe that watches Instagram for photos taken at or around your church building, then texts you when it finds one, or adds it to your Facebook page. Or, keep track of your schedule in real time, by creating a recipe that adds your iOS location changes with a timestamp into a Google Docs spreadsheet. The possibilities are as numerous as they are impressive.
Decibel 10th - Quantify subjective comments about volume. If your church has a “contemporary” worship service (or just acoustic drums), chances are you’ve received complaints about volume levels. While Decibel 10th won’t help you field those complaints, it will help you figure out where your congregation’s volume threshold is. When people speak up, use this app to take note of the db, and ask your sound guy to mix it slightly quieter than that next week.
Adobe Kuler - Do you ever feel like your media looks great, but it just doesn’t seem to fit in the room you’re using it in? You can use Adobe’s Kuler app on your phone to identify color palettes in the space where you’ll be using them, then use those palettes to choose complementary graphics. They also have a website that helps you define themes.
WhatTheFont - While they stopped updating it in 2011, WhatTheFont is still a somewhat useful tool for identifying a font you like. If you see a printed font that you’d like to use in your designs, just snap a picture and run it through this app. In our experience it’s not perfect, but it will definitely get you close.
Sleep Time - If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’re one of the few who have been up for hours by the time people walk through the church doors on Sunday mornings. So waking up feeling rested is probably a rare occurrence. This app tracks your sleep cycles based on the amount you move in your sleep. You give it a must-be-awake-by time, and it wakes you up in the part of your cycle that should leave you refreshed (or at least not groggy). It even has “soundscapes” feature that plays white-noise type sounds to help you fall asleep. Now if they could just add a feature that makes being out of bed more comfortable than being under the covers...
What are some apps (or other tools) that you find indispensable?