Voice Over Actors' Mobile Apps : The iOS List

Voice Over Actors' Mobile Apps : The iOS List

Voice Over Actors' Mobile Apps : The iOS List

Last updated: 2012.04.13

Are you a working voice over actor, finding you need to increasingly work while mobile? You may not be cutting auditions or jobs outside of your home studio or others' but chances are you still need to make sure you're keeping on top of the business no matter where you are when, and nowadays that means more than just making sure you're ready to pick up the phone when you get a call from your agent(s). Using mobile devices, even if just to a degree, can be a smart move even if you spend little time outside your home studio.

Here's a categorized "cheat sheet" if you will, of apps that can be handy for voice over actors as well as for many other types of potential users, to help guide you through ones to consider by use case... if you're using one or more iOS devices, anyway. If you're on Android you'll find some of these available for that, but not all.

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Communication
  • Fitness & Health
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Productivity
  • Studio
  • Travel
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      Accounting & Finance

      TimewerksTimewerks

      (iPhone)

      Bill by item or time, mobile invoicing, track payments, export data.

      PayPalPayPal

      (iPhone)

      Payments processing. Handy for quick, simple and/or international transactions.

      ExpensifyExpensify

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Expenses tracking. Your accountant / tax dude(ss) will thank you.

      MintMint

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Stay profitable. Food and shelter and good things; kinda need those.

      Communication

      SkypeSkype

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Instant Messaging / VOIP calls.

      WordPressWordPress

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Mobile blogging. One way or another, you've just oh so much to say!

      HootSuiteHootSuite

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Twitter and other networks; multi-accounts power-usage features and reports.

      LinkedInLinkedIn

      (iPhone)

      Networking without necessarily "Friending".

      FacebookFacebook

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Enter the matrix… Friend.

      PinterestPinterest

      (iPhone)

      Social scrapbooking. Porn by other names e.g. "erotica", "shoes", "hawt coutre".

      WhatsApp & TrillianWhatsApp & Trillian

      (iPhone)

      Instant Messaging; frugality and multi-accounts i.e. AIM/YIM/MSN/ICQ.

      MessagesMessages

      (iPhone / iPad)

      A good text life is important, but having too much text will injure you.

      WebExWebEx

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Online meetings can suck a bit.

      GoToMeetingGoToMeeting

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Online meetings can suck a bit less.

      Fitness & Health

      MyFitnessPal, Livestrong (et al)MyFitnessPal, Livestrong (et al)

      (iPhone / iPad)

      [(WFH) + (no screen/stage work)] ≠ Fall Apart. Find v2.4 of Livestrong if you can. v3 = FAIL.

      SleepCycleSleepCycle

      (iPhone)

      Sleep management / optimization. Scott discussed apps like these with ABC News.

      StopRSI ProStopRSI Pro

      (iPhone)

      Avoiding injury (when not behind the mic you're often at your computer).

      Marketing & Sales

      Craiglist Mobile +AlertsCraiglist Mobile +Alerts

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Because manually searching for (mostly illegit) gigs is for sux0rs.

      Actor GenieActor Genie

      (iPhone)

      Can be handy if you're in LA or NYC and also do on-camera work.

      Call Sheet by Back StageCall Sheet by Back Stage

      (iPhone)

      A Do-Not-Stalk list. Call or don't, but learn who certain playas are.

      ReelDirectoryReelDirectory

      (iPhone)

      You're in SF and maybe just blew your lunch money on Actor Genie.

      WordCountWordCount

      (iPhone)

      Review non-broadcast job scripts, calculate and send quotes on-the go.

      Productivity

      Box / DropboxBox / Dropbox

      (iPhone / iPad)

      File exchanges and collaboration. Box leans biz / enterprise user. Dropbox leans consumer / SMB.

      EvernoteEvernote

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Taking notes that stay auto-synced across desktop, mobile devices and their site.

      GoodReaderGoodReader

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Paperless scripts. OK on DOC(X), great on PDF. Annotation takes practice. Check out Pages too.

      OmniFocusOmniFocus

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Geeking Things Done. Slight learning curve but worth it. Added notes features relatively recently.

      TaskRabbitTaskRabbit

      (iPhone)

      Delegation. "Oh, these are the people in your neighborhood… In your neighborhood…"

      iFax ProiFax Pro

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Mobile faxing. Some people still fax. I know, right? Pretty faxed up.

      Studio

      ProRemote LE, ProTransportProRemote LE, ProTransport

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Remote control of select DAWs via WiFi. Can require network tweaking to work bug-free but developer's support rocks.

      HT Professional RecorderHT Professional Recorder

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Open-air in meatspace: meetings, lectures and conferences. Suprisingly good sensitivity.

      RecorderRecorder

      (iPhone)

      Record phone calls. Check yer state laws or ask your lawyer before disabling the notifier.

      Voice MemosVoice Memos

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Record notes-to-self-contained. You're not talking to yourself, just um… practicing. Yeah.

      iAuditioniAudition

      (iPhone)

      Big, dot-duh buttons that look like HAL 9000 are fun. For about 2 minutes.

      AudioTools, TwistedWave (et al)AudioTools, TwistedWave (et al)

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Use whichever you want. Good sound is more about hardware than software.

      Stitcher, Pandora, Radio.comStitcher, Pandora, Radio.com

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Follow what's trending in radio ads. Try to find streams that run decent amounts of them.

      Hulu Plus / YouTubeHulu Plus / YouTube

      (iPhone / iPad)

      You should be keeping up with what's on TV and film, commercials and promos-wise, too.

      CameraCamera

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Video capture. The animators actually want recordings of those faces you're making.

      IgnitionIgnition

      (iPhone / iPad)

      Uh-oh. You're not physically at the computer you need to get to… But wait!

      PogoplugPogoplug

      (iPhone / iPad)

      They offer hosting like Box / Dropbox / iCloud but also devices that let you self-host.

      OnavoOnavo

      (iPhone)

      Data usage (frugality). Handy compression, especially when traveling.

      Travel

      Uber / Taxi MagicUber / Taxi Magic

      (iPhone)

      Towncar in 5 minutes / Yellow cab in 30 minutes. Your choice, your ducats.

      Take Me to My CarTake Me to My Car

      (iPhone)

      Sense of direction? Psshht. Since when do voice actors regularly need so much?

      KAYAK, Hopstop (et al)KAYAK, Hopstop (et al)

      (iPhone)

      Flight and hotel planning, public transportation systems Ninjutsu.

      WeatherWeather

      (iPhone)

      LA ≠ SF ≠ NYC ≠ Chicago ≠ Toronto ≠ (etc.). Getting sick costs you money. Let's not, eh? ;)

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      There you go! If there's something missing from this list it means we either don't know about it, or we do and omitted it because it's just that unrelated and/or useless. Feel free to suggest additions, deletions or edits by getting in touch. Have fun!