My Most-Used iPad Apps

Here are the apps from my main iPad screen

My iPad allows me to add plenty of apps, but only a few are on my main screen. Here is my present screen.

My main iPad screen

My main iPad screen


Skitch – A screen capture app. It allows me to capture whatever is on my screen and edit what I capture. I can add annotations such as arrows, boxes, and text.

Digits – A calculator with big numbers. The app allows me to maintain a running tape of the numbers I have keyed in; this tape can be emailed to others. I can also type text next to a particular number.

Checkpoint – A library of accounting and auditing publications. You must pay for the publications, but Checkpoint provides powerful search capabilities.

Keynote – A slide presentation app. I use Keynote more than Powerpoint. The Keynote background slides are the best. Presentations can be saved to iCloud.

Twitter – A social communication tool. I use it to make short (less than 140 character) posts about my day, usually related to accounting and auditing. My handle: @ChasBHall.

Pandora – Music app. I can pick a channel and listen to whatever type of music I desire. There is a free version, but I pay around $5 per month for the add-free version.

Weather – Weather app. I start my day by checking the weather, and, when I’m going out of town, I check my destination’s weather before I leave.

Gmail – Email app. I use this app for most of my email.

Slack – Group email app. I use this app to communicate with my teams. I mainly use this app to chat with my Quality Control team member. The communications are stored by category (and I can set up whatever categories I like — e.g., XYZ Audit). The basic package that I use is free.

Kindle – Amazon’s book reading app. I buy most of my books from Amazon and read them here. I can highlight phrases in my books that are accessible in my Amazon account–and the highlighted information–for all my books–is searchable and can be copied and pasted.

Holy Bible – You Version Bible app. I start each day with this app. You Version is free and provides several different translations.

Evernote – Storage app. I create “notes” inside Evernote and store whatever I desire. This is my electronic library. I have saved thousands of articles and research. Several different tags can be applied to each note, so you can quickly find the information you need.

1Password – Password storage app. I store almost all of my passwords here (presently over 150). Security experts tell us to use strong, unique passwords. This app allows me to do so.

Reminders – Reminder app. I may need this app the most (especially as I get older). I place to-do items here with time and date–a notification pops up when it’s time to act.

Basecamp – Project management app. I can see all of my current projects with all the steps necessary to complete each one. I can see what my project management teams (e.g., audit teams) have completed.

Stitcher – Podcast app. I listen to podcasts as I walk each morning, gaining valuable insights. My favorite podcast: Michael Hyatt’s This is Your Life.

Audible – Audible book app. I listen to books while I’m on the road (or when I am exercising). I have a monthly plan (about $15 per month) that allows me to get one book per month.

GetResponse – Social media contact app. GetResponse is a paid app that allows me to see who has subscribed to my blog. It also provides statistical information about responses to my weekly RSS emails that I send to my blog subscribers. Subscribe below.

Zoom – Online meeting app. I can host online meetings and share information from my screen. Those in the meeting can see me as I talk with them.

Canva – Social media creation app. I use this app to create pictures and slides for sharing in my blog or presentations. I pay about $1 for each picture download, but this is a powerful app that allows your creative side to shine.

Your Thoughts?

What apps do you find most helpful?

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Date:August 17, 2015
Event:Understanding and Implementing SSARS 21
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Don’t Get Tripped by SSARS 21

Oops! An unexpected conflict

If you are performing monthly compilations, your 2015 engagement letter may conflict with SSARS 21. Why? SSARS 21 is effective for periods ending on or after December 15, 2015. So your December 2015 monthly compilation must comply with SSARS 21, not SSARS 19. Most 2015 compilation engagement letters for monthly work were created using SSARS 19 language. SSARS 19 can be used for your monthly compilations through November but not for December 2015.

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What’s the solution to this problem? Consider creating a new SSARS 21 engagement letter for thirteen months (December 2015 through December 2016). You probably want to include language in the new (SSARS 21) engagement letter stating it supersedes the prior (SSARS 19) letter for the month of December 2015. (SSARS 21 does allow for early implementation, so–if you early implement–consider how this will affect your new engagement letter.)

Another decision also needs to be made. Will you continue to issue compilations or will you provide financial statements using AR-C 70, Preparation of Financial Statements? Either way–whether you continue providing compilations or you use the new preparation service–a SSARS 21 engagement letter is required for your December 2015 financial statements.