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Oct 26, 2010

13 must have productivity apps for iPad and many additional resources for more:

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OK people, it's time to join forces with Google, Bing, and other giants.
I've made some searches and found many great collections of 'must have' productivity tools for iPad. I've compiled them with some of my own recommendations, and there you have it:

13 must have productivity apps for iPad and many additional resources for more:


iWork:
Pages, Numbers, Keynote… if you are not familiar with those, you should. Those are the Apple version of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint and they are great applications for iPad. Not that it's so easy to edit a complicated excel sheet without a mouse, but still, for reading, minor editing – it's great.

Must have apps for iPad.


QuickOffice HD:
Cannot compete with the usability of iWork, but it has one huge advantage: it can synchronize your documents with Google Docs. For some – this is the most important feature, and when the application is so good as well – nothing is missing! Read more about it in: How To Edit Google Docs From Your iPad?
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NewsRack:
In my opinion the best RSS/News reader for iPad. Stable, features rich, simple to use – just about right. Read the entire review to learn more about it: NewsRack - The best iPad News Reader!
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EverNote:
Evernote is a must have iPhone app as it allows you to record both voice and text memos and organize them in any manner you like.  It is great for recording student reflections or reading samples and muck like dropbox will sync with other devices without hassle.

MobileSpoon's Comment: I'm not a huge fan of EverNote, but since most of the technology blogs include it and recommends it – they must be right and I must be wrong…


Things:
I'm about to write a more detailed review about the different 'todo lists' for iPad.
I'm currently focusing on the top 3 ones which are:
Todo – great looking application, extremely popular, but I don't use it often.
Things – probably the most elegant one, and up to 1 month ago – my favorite one. It's here because I still use it, and since the collections I've searched for included it over the others.
2Do – the fanciest application ever created for iOS (extreme statement, I know, but wait until you try it!) – probably the best Todo application to date, and deserves a concentrated article about it, so stay tuned.


GoodReader:
GoodReader is hands-down, the best PDF reader for the iPhone and the iPad version is even better. What makes GoodReader special is that it can not only view local files (and you can transfer files to it from iTunes), including PDF, Word, Excel, PNG, TXT, JPEG and more, but you can download files from a URL or connect to a web server.
(Source, link)


iQue:
iQue is called FORGET on the iPhone, and it’s for forgetful people. Passwords, account numbers, personal info you don’t want to just jot down in a non-password-protected note? No problem. iQue uses associative memory, mimicking the way a normal brain remembers to help your gadget-addled version work properly.
iQue. Infomato, Inc. Free. Rating: 8/10.

MobileSpoon's Comment: I never tried that one before, but hey, this is why we are collecting those 'must have' lists – to learn something new…


GoToMeeting:
I use gotomeeting all the time in my business. Since I interact with customers and resources globally, this SaaS application has proven to be an essential tool to running my business successfully. Having this valuable tool in my iPad allows me to be more versatile and productive.
(free, Source)


Box.Net:
Box.net has updated its iPhone app to also work on the iPad and the results are pretty impressive. You can view all of your files, view activities, leave comments and more. In the future the ability to open files with other programs and integrate with other services will be added. Box.net isn’t at full speed yet, but it’s a great start.
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(Source, link)


DropBox:
It is this simple: got a PC at home, a school network drive, and maybe another laptop as well.  Dropbox will sync all of your devices seamlessly the moment you alter the file on any of the devices you use.  Never carry a flash drive again.  This is my all time best web tool after 2 years of solid use.  It has never let me down.  AND – it's Free.
Dropbox for iPad

MobileSpoon's Comment: I am using DropBox and like it very much, it's definitely a must have app for iPad.


Analytics HD:
MobileSpoon's Comment: If you own a website, you probably are using Google Analytics. Analytics HD is the ultimate tool to keep track of your visitors, statistics, trends, etc.
My only complain is that the initial loading time takes too long, other than that? PERFECT.


Free Handwriting Apps:
PogoSketch Stylus: For those of you who just have to write or draw on your ipad then for $15.00 the pogo sketch stylus and brush will allow you this option.  Pair it up with a solid handwriting app such as WritePad that will convert your scrawl to editable text and you have the best of both worlds.  A real must have for any iPad user.  Feel free to get artistic too – either way the Pogosketch Stylus is much better to write and draw with than your finger.
(Source)


Bloomberg:
If you like keeping up with your portfolio and business news throughout the day, Bloomberg offers a great iPad app to help you do so. The app offers customized news, stock quotes, company descriptions, market leaders/laggers, price charts, market trends analysis, and more
(free, Source)


Sources:
http://mashable.com/2010/04/18/ipad-apps-business/
http://www.appconsumer.com/best-ipad-apps-for-teachers/
http://bpmchat.wordpress.com/2010/07/19/my-top-10-ipad-apps-for-productivity-lifestyle-utilities-and-more/
http://www.mint.com/blog/how-to/top-budgeting-ipad-apps-07282010/
http://www.nytimes.com/external/gigaom/2010/10/26/26gigaom-7-essential-ipad-productivity-apps-29164.html
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