Tech Support Tips: 10 Best iPad Apps for Business
It's becoming common to see business people using iPads or other tablets on the go. They're lighter than laptops and typically have longer battery life. Inexpensive iPad cases with built-in keyboards make typing a cinch.
You'd be surprised by the number of useful apps that exist for the iPad. PC Magazine picked the best 100 iPad apps, and we've chosen the 10 that we think are most useful for business professionals. Many of these applications also work on the iPhone, and some even work on the iPad Touch.
Designed for iPhone and iPad, Line2 keeps your business and personal numbers separate by giving you a new number or transferring an existing number. It lets you call via WiFi, 3G/4G data, or cell networks with excellent quality -- all for free. You can even text from Line2. When your Atlanta IT consultants help you decide whether you'll use a landline, cell phone, or VoIP for your business, keep Line2 in mind.
2. iWork for iPad
Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps are $9.99 each. You must also purchase iWork software.
This app won PC Magazine's Editors' Choice Award for iPad office suites. Technically, these are three separate applications, but together they make up iWork, Apple's answer to the Microsoft Office Suite. You can easily create and edit presentations, spreadsheets, and documents from your iPad, which comes in handy when you're on the road.
This will be a favorite for busy professionals who come across more articles than they can read in one sitting. Instapaper downloads a text version of online articles, stripped of ads and other images, for reading offline. This is helpful for when you know you won't have Internet access, such as during flights. Instapaper conveniently keeps your saved articles in one place.
4. Citrix GoToMyPC
Free, Requires GoToMyPC service at $19.95/month
It's not only for PC users! This app lets you control all of your computers remotely, so you can access your files from wherever you are. The navigation is simple, and the app works on the iPhone, as well. If you need tech support tips for using the app, GoToMyPC
5. Adobe Photoshop Express
Adobe Photoshop Express is a great free online software, and this app makes using it easy on the go. You can resize a photo for your company's blog, crop photos for your website, or use filters, effects, and rotate images. Best of all, the app is free.
6. Dropbox for iPad
Dropbox is an excellent free online storage service that your Atlanta IT consultant can show you how to use efficiently. It's accessible from all of your computers, as well as the iPhone and iPad with this app. You can also share files -- even large photos and videos -- easily with other users.
One challenge of working from a laptop is the limitation of a small screen. This inexpensive app turns your iPad into a second monitor for Mac or Windows 7 PC and extends your digital workspace. Fans of tech support tips will like this workaround for viewing Flash content on the iPad: play the content through your computer and use iDisplay to view it on the iPad.
This app puts mind-mapping literally at your fingertips. Use it for brainstorming ideas, planning projects, taking notes, and setting business goals. You can even use it on your iPod Touch.
9. Note Taker HD
PC Magazine wrote of this Editors' Choice app: "Bottom Line: Affordably-priced and feature-rich, Note Taker HD is the iPad app for professionals in need of note-taking software." Write with a finger or stylus, and use Edit 2 mode to downsize your letters into a smaller size. Change the ink thickness and insert photos and keyed-in captions. Open PDFs within the app and mark them up.
10. Dragon Dictation
This remarkably accurate voice-to-text transcription app will send text messages, emails, or even status updates. It's up to five times faster than typing, so you can use it to take notes and edit them with your voice.