Here are five apps for planners that are especially useful:
MagicPlan (Free; iPhone/iPad) MagicPlan is an app that measures rooms and creates floor plans from photos taken from a cell phone. Users take a picture of all the corners of a room, and the app generates a floor plan that can be saved as a PDF or JPG, or published as an interactive plan on the web for sharing.
Speedtest.net (Free; iPhone/iPad and Android) This is one of several apps available that tests Internet speeds and connection. Speedtest.net is able to check network speeds in less than 30 seconds, provides a real-time graph to show the consistency of the connection while enabling the user to share results.
Check In Easy (Free–$1,899; iPhone/iPad and Android) One of Tech-Fest 2012’s top event apps in 2012**, the registration app allows planners to upload Excel attendee lists and automatically creates a guest list and allows for on-site check-in for events of up to 20,000 guests. The web application can also be synced with iPad and iPhone.
Presentation Clock ($0.99; iPhone/iPad and Android) An app for speaker time management, the clock changes (from green to yellow to red) at the speaker’s designated times — then once the clock hits zero seconds, the color changes again and the clock begins counting upward so the speaker knows how long he or she has gone over.
Teleprompt+ ($14.99; iPad) Compatible only with the iPad, speakers can write scripts directly in the app, or import from programs like Dropbox, Google Drive, or email. It also comes with a timer and allows the user to customize aspects like scrolling speed, timer display, font size, and background color.