Poll: Would you buy a mobile app to keep track of your projects?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Would you buy a mobile app to keep track of your projects?".

This poll was originally submitted by Daniel Pestana. View the poll results »



 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 07:21
Member
English to French
No Jun 18, 2016

You mean creating the need of being hooked at my beloved phone screen with wiring coming out of my ears and a glazed, bovine look? Certainly bloody not.
I'd rather buy a crosswords booklet or eat a raw lemon.

My projects don't need mobile track-keeping, because when I'm mobile, I don't work and all my projects are on hold.

Philippe


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 06:21
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
No, thanks! Jun 18, 2016

When I'm out my calls are redirected to my mobile (a very dumb phone: makes calls and sends texts!) and I always carry with me a very mini laptop to check my emails if I'm away more than 1 hour. I either work or I'm mobile, not both at the same time! Too much connectivity can be just as bad as too little and I do need to disconnect from time to time…

 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:21
English to Spanish
+ ...
And the mobile app bubble keeps expanding Jun 18, 2016

This poll reminds me of cold calling and unsolicited marketing questionnaires.

No, why would I need a mobile app to follow my projects? By definition, a mobile app has to meet these features:

1) It resides in a smartphone, tablet or similar device, iOS or Android (or Windows?)
2) Any mobile app needs a server farm to collect minimum data and store customer's data (i.e. the projects)


Considering the vast array of competing solutions, from the humble Excel sheet and pen and paper to a desktop application, I'd take a pass and keep my money.


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 07:21
Member (2003)
Danish to English
+ ...
No Jun 18, 2016

I do just fine with a lo-tec sheet of A4 for each month, with columns for all the information I need and crossing off when I reach various stages. (Client, date due, delivered, invoiced, paid.)

I keep it under my keyboard, instantly available, faster than closing files, opening browsers or whatever, swiping screens and all the electronic stuff.

I update with pen or pencil, and if I am travelling I take a backup copy and slip it in the case with my laptop.

I have never found anything more efficient - or faster!


 

Maxi Schwarz
Local time: 00:21
German to English
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Is there really that much to "keep track" of? Jun 18, 2016

I keep getting this or that being thrown at my in various advertisements along those lines. You can only accept so many projects, and can only do so many projects. We are not translation companies that throw umpteen projects at umpteen translators - we are the translators, and each project takes a fair amount of time. When there is a "lot" (maybe 5) then I use a whiteboard. It's clearly visible and handy, rather than one more thing hidden in the bowels of my computer.

 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 07:21
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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Not at all Jun 18, 2016

I do fine without

 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 07:21
Member (2006)
German to English
No Jun 18, 2016

I recon you should be able to do that without help from others?

 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 03:21
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
No chance Jun 18, 2016

Using a mobile for any professional purpose other than answering calls, messaging clients or reading e-mails when I"m away from home (and only then) is against my principles. Installing hundreds of apps in my mobile is also against my principles. I only have those that are really necessary. I am not a slave of my mobile and I'll never be. Mobiles are not working tools, whatsoever. They are communication tools.

 

Paulo Caldeira  Identity Verified
Portugal
Member
English to Portuguese
+ ...
NO but...I want apps for jobs push notifications. Jun 18, 2016

Some of the major agencies already provide apps to stay tuned along upcoming jobs.
Apps are not only for smartphones but also for tablets with keyboards and netbooks or hybrid laptops.
Only OneHourTranslation doesn't provide anything, not even rss feed.
I even can't use the app from Proz because it isn't available for Windows Phone or Windows 10 and I don't use iPhone or Android Models to my work.
But apps are here to stay and if you don't take the present in your hands now, you will loose the future.


 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:21
English to Spanish
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Client-sponsored apps Jun 18, 2016

paulocaldeira wrote:

Some of the major agencies already provide apps to stay tuned along upcoming jobs.
Apps are not only for smartphones but also for tablets with keyboards and netbooks or hybrid laptops.
Only OneHourTranslation doesn't provide anything, not even rss feed.
I even can't use the app from Proz because it isn't available for Windows Phone or Windows 10 and I don't use iPhone or Android Models to my work.
But apps are here to stay and if you don't take the present in your hands now, you will loose the future.


Your first announcement sounds intriguing. I have not heard anything about agencies providing job-announcing apps!

Maybe some apps will remain useful a few years from now, but nobody knows if we'll be using smartphones or tablets in their present form 10-20 years from now. I prefer to have my feet firmly planted on the ground, not living like an untethered kite.


 

Helen Hagon  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:21
Member (2011)
Russian to English
+ ...
No Jun 18, 2016

My notepad and pen are doing an excellent job and never need recharging, so I have no plans to replace them.

 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 14:21
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
No Jun 19, 2016

Because I have this thing called a 'brain' which is quite fully functional enough to remember what is going on and what to do and by when. Also, I move around a fair bit which makes me 'mobile.' icon_smile.gif

When the number of projects exceeds a certain capacity - i.e. too much for my grey cells to handle - then I resort to A4-size paper or A4-size paper cut in half (I use the reverse side of printouts) and that pre-Internet thang, the HB or B pencil. This has served me well and is still amazingly efficient in this age of electronic thingumybobs and whatchamacallits.


 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 07:21
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
The old fashion way Jun 19, 2016

Helen Hagon wrote:

My notepad and pen are doing an excellent job and never need recharging, so I have no plans to replace them.


My procedure along with my brain. Should they ever fail me, well, then I guess it would be time to retire.icon_biggrin.gif


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 22:21
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
No Jun 23, 2016

My Excel spreadsheet is all I really need.

If I were more mobile-savvy, I might possibly appreciate having an app to keep track of progress on long jobs so that I don't fall behind my daily quota. That would be the only application that I can imagine.


 


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