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Writer Pro is a bit bipolar. On the Mac, the app takes writing to a different level; elevating Markdown and a clean workflow into a smooth running system that is a pleasure to use. But on iOS, it’s a mess with very little reason to appear on your homescreen. And both apps cost $19.95.

And so, I’m conflicted. I like using Writer Pro, but I don’t enjoy using it on both platforms. In addition, new additional information about the developers has appeared, making me feel even worse. So should you spend $20 or $40 on the Writer Pro app system, or is it best to just walk away? Let’s find out. (more…)

Apple’s Numbers app, part of the iWork suite of apps for iOS, has often been one of the most popular apps for crunching those numbers on the go, despite some rather painful limitations. It was certainly not a perfect app, far from it, but it worked well enough and looked good enough to still be useable, especially in the absence of any form of Microsoft Office for iOS.

With the relaunch of iWork on both Mac and iOS, Numbers received a huge makeover to include some of the new, and welcome, features that have made them so popular.

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Among the (many) announcements at Apple’s October 2013 event was the updating of iWork for iOS, now free for any existing users and those who purchase a new iOS device. One of the last bastilles of leather and wood effects, iWork was completely revamped and brought in line with iOS 7.

For PowerPoint refugees and anyone wanting to easily create slick presentations that are gorgeous to watch, as well as build, Keynote is a great example of how Apple can really push the boundaries of what is possible with iOS and just cements the idea that the iPad is just as good at content creation as it is consumption.

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What does your iPad get used for? The chances are that it is used for a variety of things ranging from accessing social networks and sending emails, to watching videos and playing games. While the bulk of your iPad’s life may be dedicated to fun, it can also be used as a serious tool for work.

On a desktop computer there is one essential piece of software — the office suite. Such tools have existed on mobile platforms for some time now, but have generally left a lot to be desired. But things have evolved over the years, and we’ve now reached a stage where mobile office suites make working on the move with an iPad is easier than ever. Enter Documents To Go Premium. (more…)

There’s a great deal you can do with your iPad these days. After several years on the market there really is an app available for almost everything. However, there are some things that are best left to your desktop computer, be it a Mac or a PC, but this doesn’t mean that your iPad should just sit idle.

The idea of remote access should not be a new one; it is something that has been available in Windows for some time, and there are numerous tools available for both Pac and PC that can be used to take remote control of another system. In a nutshell, TeamViewer HD is an app that enables you to use your Mac or PC through your iPad just as if you were sitting in front of it. (more…)

Do you hate PowerPoint? Want to give your presentations a little bit of jazz and pop that just can’t be achieved with an animated spiral-in textbox? You may be in luck.

With the help of a dead simple app called Haiku Deck, you can use your iPad to create presentation content on the fly and then share it via social media. Let’s find out more, shall we? (more…)

When it comes to doing some work on the move, the iPad has pretty much got you covered. There are so many different productivity apps out there on the App Store and the sheer range of stuff you can achieve using one is quite mesmerising. Regarding iPad office suites, there are a couple of choices out there, including Apple’s popular iWork suite (with Pages, Numbers and Keynote) and there’s chatter that Microsoft is going to release Office for iPad sometime towards the end of the year.

Today we are going to have a look at QuickOffice’s offering (which was recently acquired by Google, presumably to bring some of its features into its own cloud-based Google Docs service), known as QuickOffice Pro HD. Its website promises it to be the “FIRST and ONLY full-featured Microsoft Office productivity suite for iPad,” so I managed to grab a promotional code from the app’s developers for the purposes of a thorough test drive. Let’s see how it got on. (more…)

Quite a while ago we did an article on Pages for the iPad and now we’re going to be taking a look at another program from the iWork suite — Keynote. Making high quality presentations are now a large part of many people’s lives, be it for work or school, and most of us will have had some experience that has required us to create and deliver a presentation. As a fan of Keynote on the Mac, I was eager to try out Keynote for the iPad and needless to say, it doesn’t disappoint. Read on for a more in-depth look at Keynote for iPad. (more…)

We’ve always had some way to edit text on the iPad. From the start there was Pages, and although it’s great, for those of us who work with Microsoft Office documents all the time, there are certain features that Pages just doesn’t have. High on that list is the ability to track changes in a Word document, something that lots of people need.

Office2 HD fills that need and more. It’s almost like having the complete Office suite on your iPad, with a few exceptions. Let’s get into it after the jump.  (more…)

The tablet form factor is ideally suited for so many different tasks, but it would seem particularly well adapted for use as a note-taking tool. The touchscreen, coupled with an on-screen keyboard, is ideal for both typing and scrawling, and this is something app developers have been keen to use to their advantage.

Remarks from Readdle is another app designed to transform your iPad into the ultimate notepad, but rather than focusing on typing or handwritten notes, both options are made available. With the ability to add images and annotate your files, and a helpful selection of writing and drawing tools, things look good from the word go.

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