What are the good apps for engineers

Apps for engineers: Easier through everyday work

Today's smartphones are as powerful as small computers and can be used efficiently in everyday work. Accordingly, there are numerous apps for engineers on the market, some of which can fulfill very specific functions. The applications presented here are of interest across all industries. They only cost a few euros or can be downloaded as freeware.

Apps can simplify everyday work in many ways!

Photo: VDI e.V.

For most engineers, the calculator was a loyal companion even during their studies. Its capabilities are far behind that of a computer, but it is handy and practical. Corresponding apps for engineers can provide exactly these possibilities for the smartphone. Many will certainly remember the TI-58C calculator. Its functions and the familiar look were modeled on the corresponding TI-58C / 59 Calculator Emulator app. However, the app is only available for Android smartphones. This also applies to the app version of the HP 48. iPhone owners can switch to the HP42S for this. The e-ENGineer app for the iPhone is more special. It offers functions that are often used in electronics development, such as calculating a voltage drop or resistance values. Android users can instead download the ElectroDroid app, which contains an extensive collection of electronics tools.

Use your smartphone for organizing and as a very practical tool

Project planning is another topic that makes sense in apps for engineers. There are various offers that help you to keep track of things, set timing and share information with colleagues. In the OnSite Plan Room, for example, a gigabite web space is available in which documents in various formats can be stored. The app was developed for the Android system. The projector as an alternative for iOS is relatively expensive at just under 16 euros for an app. To do this, it also shows resources such as people and devices as well as connections between the upcoming tasks. Only the view in the timeline is a little short with a few weeks.

Most engineering apps are designed for theoretical tasks, but can't the smartphone also be used as a practical tool? After all, the phone is almost always in your pocket, while a flashlight is seldom to hand when you need it - Brightest Flashlight is an app for engineers that easily helps to find the right cable or to assign a serial number even in the darkest corners decipher. The software converts the smartphone into a flashlight by setting all lights to maximum brightness, i.e. the display, keyboard lighting and even the flash. However, the battery suffers accordingly. Brightest Flashlight is available as an Android version as well as for the iPhone.

Apps for engineers provide important technical information at any location

Nobody can have everything in their head. Apps like the dictionary (Android, iOS) are often just right for engineers. 5,000 technical terms and abbreviations are stored in it, including the German-English translation. You can also search in both languages. All information is already included in the software and can be downloaded in full with the app. The look-up also works offline.

Speaking of knowledge: WolframAlpha is a search engine that can definitely help engineers with problems. Users can enter questions or terms and thus find information or tips on calculations. The stated goal is to make mathematical knowledge available at the push of a button. It is based on the Mathematica tool. With the app for engineers, WolframAlpha can also be used on a smartphone. Both a version for Android devices and the corresponding alternative for Apple customers are available.

VDI nachrichten: A must among the apps for engineers

VDI nachrichten is Germany's opinion-forming weekly newspaper for technology, business and society. It is aimed at engineers who want to be kept informed about their industry, political developments and technical questions at all times - www.ingenieurkarriere.de is also a product of the VDI Verlag. VDI nachrichten is not only available as a print version, but also as an e-paper, with the e-paper app for iOS and Android. Logging in is thus possible on up to ten devices at the same time, the outputs can be saved and individual places can be marked using bookmarks. The articles can also be easily read on the smartphone in magnification mode. It is also possible to download the entire issue and leaf through it offline. The new edition is already available for download on Fridays at midnight.

All apps at a glance

For IPhone / IOS

 

For smartphone / Android

 

Calculator app HP425

 

Calculator App TI-58C / 59 Calculator Emulator

 

Calculator app HP425

Source: iTunes

Calculator App TI-58C / 59 Calculator Emulator

Source: Google Play Store

e-ENGineer

 

ElectroDroid

 

e-ENGineer

Source: iTunes

ElectroDroid

Source: Google Play Store

Projector

 

OnSite Plan Room

 

Projector

Source: iTunes

OnSite Plan Room

Source: Google Play Store

Flashlight app "Brightest Flashlight"

 

Flashlight app "Brightest Flashlight"

 

Flashlight app Brightest Flashlight

Source: iTunes

Flashlight app Brightest Flashlight

Source: Google Play Store

Dictionary app

 

Dictionary app

 

Dictionary app

Source: iTunes

Dictionary app

Source: Google Play Store

WolframAlpha

 

WolframAlpha

 

WolframAlpha

Source: iTunes

WolframAlpha

Source: Google Play Store

VDI nachrichten e-paper app

 

VDI nachrichten e-paper app

Source: VDI nachrichten

A contribution from:

  • Nicole gap

    Nicole L├╝cke does science journalism for research centers and universities, reports on medical congresses and looks after customer magazines for energy providers. She is a shareholder of content qualities. Your topics: energy, technology, sustainability, medicine / medical technology.

  • Thomas Kresser