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OCT 2018

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Polaris Office WHAT IT IS: An office suite for mobile and desktop WHAT IT DOES: Polaris Office is a suite of tools similar to Microsoft Office that enables users to open, edit and collaborate on documents. The suite includes Word, Sheet (an Excel alternative), Slide (a PowerPoint alternative) and a PDF reading and editing tool. Users can view and edit their documents across multiple devices and operating systems, and teams can benefit from the team storage and collaborative editing features. A personal version is available for free, and a professional version can be purchased at $7.99 per license monthly or $83.88 per license annually. WHO IT'S FOR: Anyone who needs word processing and document editing capabilities WHY KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGNERS NEED IT: For small businesses, Polaris Office is a more affordable alternative to Microsoft Office, with excellent document compatibility. Solo designers can also take advantage of the free version of the app. AVAILABLE SINCE: 2012 WHO MAKES IT: Infraware PLATFORM(S): iOS, Android, Windows and Mac WHERE TO FIND IT: Polaris Office website, iTunes Store, Google Play Store FOR MORE INFO: https://www.polarisoffice.com American Hardwoods Species Guide WHAT IT IS: A reference guide for American hardwood species WHAT IT DOES: This free app enables users to view information about hardwood species, such as physical characteristics, working character- istics, availability, strength and typical applications, as well as compare species. The app also features a stain simulator, which can display each species in clear, light, medium and dark finishes. WHO IT'S FOR: Designers, homeowners and carpenters selecting hardwood spe- cies for a project WHY KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGNERS NEED IT: Designers can utilize this app to help their clients visualize finished cabinetry, flooring, moulding and more. AVAILABLE SINCE: 2018 WHO MAKES IT: The American Hardwood Information Center PLATFORM(S): iOS WHERE TO FIND IT: iTunes Store FOR MORE INFO: http://www.hardwoodinfo.com/specifying-professionals/ resource-guide/mobile-app My Minutes WHAT IT IS: A time budgeting app WHAT IT DOES: My Minutes allows users to set time goals and track their time in order to maximize their productivity. Users can allot minimum and maximum amounts of time for tasks – i.e., "at least" one hour answering backlogged emails and "at most" one hour taking a lunch break. WHO IT'S FOR: Anyone trying to maximize their productivity WHY KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGNERS NEED IT: Freelance designers are completely in charge of their own productivity, and this app can help them manage how they spend their workday. AVAILABLE SINCE: 2012 WHO MAKES IT: Earlier Labs Inc. PLATFORM(S): Mobile-friendly browser-based app WHERE TO FIND IT: My Minutes website FOR MORE INFO: http://myminutesapp.com 28 Kitchen & Bath Design News • October 2018 WHAT'S APP DESIGN, BUSINESS & PRODUCT APPS FOR KITCHEN & BATH PROS

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