Zachary Powell

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Nexus 9

Apps I use on Nexus 9

Zachary Powell - 18/12/2015

My Nexus 9 is the next most used device within my work flow. I use it a lot through-out the day, both during my free time to play games, read books and magazines. But today, I want to take a moment to look at a few of the apps I use more during a day of work.

Dropbox

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Dropbox is my file sharing/backup cloud of choice. As I’m sure you know, there are a huge range of these systems available (Google drive, Onedrive, iCloud etc), but I have found that Dropbox is the only solution that works seamlessly across Windows/OSX/Ubuntu/Android/iOS and allows me to keep backups of my files from all Operating systems.

I use dropbox on my tablet to keep photos backed up, but also easily access any of my files I might need when I’m out and about. If a client needs to see a design for example, I will always have access to it.

The tablet app is also a great example of clean simple design. No fluff, just right to your data.

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VLC

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VLC is another great example of a program I use across the board. When I need to play a video file, I know that it can be played on VLC no problem. From time to time, a client might send me a video for something and with VLC I just know it will work. Again, I love using this app because of its material design and simple easy to use layout.

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Teamviewer

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Another big use for my tablet is accessing other computers remotely. These might be my own devices or clients. Often they need me to show them how to use software I have developed or have questions about certain features. Teamviewer allows me to do this pretty seamlessly, connecting to any device on any operating system quickly. I often leave my Mac at home and might just need to run a program while I’m out, or check on the progress of a new software build.

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JuiceSSH

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As well as connection to full computers via Teamviewer, I also have a couple of headless servers, including a couple of Raspberry pi’s doing different tasks. One is a media server and another managers my local backup system. I also have a couple of remote servers for web development and other tasks. Using JuiceSSH, I can remotely connect to all of these via my tablet to easily check on them or run tasks.

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Turbo Client

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Again, just like the above two programs, I use Turbo Client to connect to servers via FTP. I have FTP servers running on my backup server and my remote servers, so if I need to access files remotely from these servers, this is the best app to use. Again it has a lovely clean design and makes accessing files very quick and easy.

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Gmail

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When I’m not out and working at my desk instead, the Nexus 9 works as a great extra screen. I tend to keep to just a couple of Apps while I’m at my desk, and most of the above apps are easier from a desktop, with far more screen space. However, what I do tend to use is either Gmail or Skype. Using Gmail on the tablet works great as a dedicated gmail terminal, as emails come in I can quickly glance down at the tablet (positioned below my main computer monitor) and read them, without stopping my current work flow. If they need a response too, I can bring up the desktop client to do such at a time that is suitable.

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Skype

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The other app I will use while at my desk is Skype. Often this is used to speak with clients via video/voice chat or even via text. If I am having a busy day on Skype, I will move this to the tablet again so it does not disrupt my main work flow.

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This is the first non development post. I will do these from time to time, explore my different work flows (what programs I use on the desktop etc), as well as reviewing hardware and software from time to time.

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