Let me be the first to admit that I find the whole ‘app’ world a little daunting. There are so many apps to choose from. There is an app for everything these days; in fact I think they have an app that tells you which app to use in any given situation. I jest, kind of.  But for every 10 apps that I download, I seem to find only 1 or 2 really useful. So in the spirit of time preservation, I’ve gone ahead and done the heavy lifting for you. Below are 4 apps I feel confident you will need and use this year.

GoodReader – $4.99

Lets face it, Apple hasn’t come up with a good solution for document storage. Yes you can use Dropbox but GoodReader is great for viewing and searching through all your documents including PDF’s, text files and images.

Moves – $2.99

What I like about Moves is that it does, what all my other fitness apps don’t do. It simply and automatically tracks everyday exercise including commuting and time spent. All you have to do is carry your phone in your pocket or bag. That’s it!

GarageBand – Free

This is a no brainer right? Everyone wants to be in a band and now through the magic of technology, you can be. GarageBand turns your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and recording studio. Literally make music anywhere. Multi-Touch gestures allow you to play the piano, organ, guitar and drums. It comes with a built-in microphone and is sure to take your skills to the next level.

Adobe Photoshop Express- Free

Lets face it; we’ve all had a picture show up on Facebook we’d rather not ever see again. But those days are over.  Use the slider bar adjustments or automatic one-touch fixes and filters. Print your pics at retailers like Walgreens and share with family and friends on Facebook, via text or email. Kiss the days of bad photos goodbye.