The Shed’s 11 practical picks from 40 Best Free Apps as chosen by Computeractive magazine July 8-21, 2015
Android version only so far at: www.snipca.com/17017
Convert between inches, centimetres, UK and US shoe sizes, 160 currencies and more.
Windows phone: www.snipca.com/17088
Turn your phone into a scanner – then your messy paper documents into pdfs or photos. App uses optical character recognition so you can search for text in saved scans.
All formats: www.waze.com
Co-operative driving directions if you can stay online while travelling.
Android and iOS versions at https://here.com/app
Journey planning for 40 countries, giving maps and instructions which are downloadable to use offline.
Android and iOS versions at https://iftt.com/products
An “if this, then that” programme for automating tasks like uploading and filing photos.
Online password storage vault.
Android and iOS versions at www.snipca.com/17092
Chrome Remote Desktop
Remote access to your PC from your mobile device.
Bite-sized language lessons.
All versions at www.duolingo.com/
Google Play Music
A simple playlist organiser.
Free ebook source.
Android and iOS: www.pushbullet.com
Transfer files, including big picture files, between devices and to other people, easier and quicker than emailing or using Dropbox.