3 Apps For Pleasure & Productivity

16 May

Kaptur: Event-Centric Photo Albums

Quick Pitch: Kaptur lets you organize all media from an event into a single view.

Genius Idea: Create photo albums by grabbing pics and media from friends’ social media updates.

Mashable’s Take: Kaptur helps you create time-synchronized albums of photos, video and music around events using the social media content you and your friends have created.

Connect Kaptur to Facebook, create an album, add the friends that joined you in the event and then browse through their Facebook photos to select and add shots to your album. You can also later add music and videos from YouTube and Vimeo and photos from Flickr. Media is organized in chronological order, and albums can be viewed as slideshows, embedded elsewhere or shared on Facebook or Twitter.

It’s a nice idea, but Kaptur needs to be able to better discover media across more social networks and photo-sharing services — noticeably absent are Instagram and Twitter — if it wants to hook users on the experience.

LaundryLocal: Get Your Dry Cleaning Picked Up & Delivered

Quick Pitch: An online business that connects you to prescreened laundromats and dry cleaners that offer valet service.

Genius Idea: Laundry delivered.

Mashable’s Take: Your laundry and dry cleaning can be someone else’s problem this weekend. UseLaundryLocal to find prescreened laundromats and dry cleaners that will pick up your dirty delicates and return them to your doorstep fresh and clean.

The only downside is that the service is limited to users in New York and Los Angeles. If you’re in San Francisco, check out LaundryLocker.

SignNow: E-Sign In the Browser

Quick Pitch: Use SignNow to sign documents anywhere, and get documents signed online or on mobile phones.

Genius Idea: In-browser electronic signatures.

Mashable’s Take: SignNow makes electronic document signing as painless as possible. Simply upload a document and sign it yourself or send it to a business contact to sign — the receipt gets an email with a link where he can sign the document in his browser. Users are not required to create accounts and the service is free.

There’s a slew of e-signing applications available for mobile devices; most are hit or miss, but SignNow recentlyraised $500,000 in seed funding to build out its service. The startup’s mobile applications are expected later this month.

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