Office apps for iPad
In this modern world of business, taking HQ with you is becoming easier than ever before. Keep your finger firmly on the pulse of your business from virtually anywhere with the best business tools available for the iPad. From email clients to collaboration tools, you’ll never miss a beat regardless of where your work takes you. Be forewarned, you may never want to go back to your desktop again.
Evernote essentially becomes an extension of your brain, and it will be your go-to solution for every bit of information that you need to keep around for future reference. Once stored in Evernote, your notes will always be with you, and easily accessible at any time. Evernote offers a free account, which is already very robust, but signing up for a premium account will give you unlimited storage and even allow you to work with a large number of file types.
WPS Office Free: View and Edit PDFs, Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations
If you're looking for an app that allows you to create Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and Powerpoint presentations without the need to download separate apps, download WPS Office Free. The app is incredibly easy to use without losing any of its value. The ability to create, view, and edit Word and Excel documents make this app a steal at the price of free.
Being Apple's own word processor, Pages is one of the best bets in word processing for iPad, especially if you are a Mac user. It has the ability to import both Word and Pages documents, and track changes on the go. If you're someone who relies heavily on Inspector or customizing documents, Apple has made some major inroads on creating a complete toolbox even on a smaller screen.
Numbers is a very full-featured spreadsheet app for the iPad. The AirPrint feature has a page layout mode to help you pick which cells you want in each print out. The app supports importing and exporting into an Excel native format.
For creating presentations or just making last minute edits, Keynote for iPad is a great extension of the original. Even with the reduced screen real estate, the app still has the ability to create stunning presentations from virtually anywhere.
Typing can be a challenge for some on the iPad. Dragon Dictation is here to help you become a text input ninja on the iPad. The app follows all of the standard dictation input methods. This means that you can speak the word “period,” and it will enter a period. It's worth your time to learn all of the different key words that can be used in this app. The text can be copied to your clipboard or emailed straight out of the app. Dragon Dictation is completely free and a wonderful addition to any iPad.
OmniGraffle 2 should have a place in every office. This app allows users to create whatever they need: diagrams, process charts, page layouts, website wireframes, or graphic design -- this app does it all. It is your canvas for visualizing your ideas and thoughts. Anything is possible in this powerful app, which uses full multi-touch gestures to do everything like drawing shapes, dragging objects, and more. You can use the built-in shapes and stencils or draw freehand. Regardless of the industry, OmniGraffle 2 is a great way to display ideas and plans in an organized, yet appealing way.
If you're looking for the crème de la crème of task managers, download OmniFocus 2. Yes, it is on the pricier side, but it is one of the best out there. This is definitely for someone that is looking for a task manager with the "bells and whistles," with features such as organizing tasks into projects and folders, breaking up large tasks into small steps, mapping your tasks, tracking the details of your tasks, and more. It is not for someone who is just looking for a simple task manager.
ZOOM Cloud Meetings
ZOOM Cloud Meetings provides a way to run online meetings right from your iPad. The meeting can support up to 25 people and allows users to screen share with others in the meeting. The app exhibits outstanding quality in the audio and video department as well.
GoodReader is an excellent file manager that anyone wishing for a shared file system is going to enjoy. You are able to access a variety of storage services and unzip archived files. If that isn't enough, GoodReader also serves as a great PDF annotator with tons of editing tools at your fingertips.
Facilitate large file transfers from virtually anywhere with Dropbox for iOS. The app allows you to sync files with your iPhone, desktop, or web accounts, and then share files via link or invite. When your important documents are over the 25MB email limit, Dropbox is the best way to ensure they get to where they’re going.
Scanner Pro by Readdle
During a busy work week, scanning documents can be an inefficient time-waster. Scanner Pro is an easy, accurate way to scan a document and convert it into a .pdf using the iPad's camera. So long as there is somewhat decent lighting, Scanner Pro’s finished product is of equal quality to the traditional methods of scanning. From there, the user can share the document with others or save it to the device, making fully executed agreements in a snap.
PrintCentral is a reliable utility that allows users to print from any app, straight from their iPads. All you need is a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, or Network-enabled printer, and your iPad to use PrintCentral. No additional drivers are required.
You may have heard some of the hype surrounding the new Mailbox app by Orchestra that had people waiting in a virtual line to get their hands on the app. The rumors are true. Mailbox has completely rethought the way users read, process, and organize email. Swipe and tap to put an email off until later, and the email will reenter your inbox only when you’ve designated. With a clean inbox, addressing more pressing emails has never been easier. Note: Mailbox is currently only available for Gmail clients. Other platforms are coming soon.
Concur - Travel, Receipts, Expense Reports
Concur is a must-have for any business traveler. Within a single app, you can manage travel bookings, record receipts, and even submit your expense report. With Concur handling the details of the trip, you can focus on the meetings at hand instead of the trip leading up to it.