Thing 22: Discovering Apps

Thing 22 explores ways to find even more apps.


Quixey is a search engine for apps (one that works better than the app store). This would be a great resource if you had a type of app you were looking for (gardening, Netflix). Quixey also has some browse functions by most popular or by category, but I found it just pulled out very common apps. You can filter your results by price/free and by mobile operating systems.

I think Quixey would be more useful in a library than the next option, Apps Gone Free, especially if you were helping someone try to find an app that serves a particular function.

Here are a few apps I found using Quixey:

app icon for InkwellInkwell for Dropbox is a writing app that is free for a limited time. This looks like a simple, streamlined app just for writing that automatically saves to Dropbox. This would be great for students who want to write on the go or for writers.

garden compass app iconGarden Compass Plant/Disease Identifier sounds really neat. If you come across a plant or plant disease you can’t identify, you take a photo of it and upload it to this app. “Expert horticultural garden advisors” will get back to you with an answer. And, as far as I can tell, this is all for free!

IWGuide for Netflix appIWGuide for Netflix is updated weekly and tells you what is new on Netflix, what is coming soon, and also what will be going away soon. Sounds like a good app for frequent Netflix users.

Apps Gone Free

Each day, Apps Gone Free highlights a few apps that usually cost money that have temporarily “gone free.” This would be less useful for discovering free apps to know about for the future, because they won’t always be free. However, it’s a great way to find good deals on apps. I plan on using this in the future, and it would be great for patrons who are always looking out for deals like this.

Here’s an app I found using Apps Gone Free:

Read Quick app iconRead Quick is an app that is normally $12.99. It is designed to help people learn to read faster. You can pull in article text from various sources. You set a reading pace, and then it flashes each word on the screen at the pace you’ve set. I tried reading one article this way. It was a bit disconcerting at first, but I could read and understand it as long as I didn’t think about how I was reading.


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