Whether you’re a freelance designer, or the head of a multi-national corporation, it’s possible to get a great deal of work done on your iPad! It may not be your first choice, but for those occasions when taking your iMac on the train seems like a pain, having your iPad prepared will seem like an inspired move.
Dive right in to get a rundown of some of the very best business apps available! You know you need this…
I’m not going to separate these three apps out, mostly because that would waste valuable space and you already know what they do and why they’re here. If you need a word processor, spreadsheet maker, or presentation creator, then you can’t go far wrong with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.
PDF Expert is a leading app in the PDF category, a brilliant offering from Readdle that has just undergone a rather excellent update! Matthew Guay reviewed it a while ago and noted how;
When you need serious PDF tools on the iPad, PDF Expert is the app you need.
For all of you who are looking to turn your iPad into a mobile office, Office² HD is a solid choice. It combines good functionality and the ability to pull files from online services, and gives you the basic functionality to edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Developer: Byte Squared
I reviewed Ignition back in August and found it to be the best way to access your computer from your iPad. It has been invaluable several times since then, and I still hold by the statement I made at the end of the review;
LogMeIn is a stunningly powerful, and effectively intuitive, way to control and gain access to your computers from anywhere in the world!
Dictating notes to secretaries has become office folklore, yet with Dragon Dictation the iPad can transcribe your speech to text with a remarkable level of accuracy. With its clean interface this app will allow any time-poor executive to get their thoughts on paper with ease.
Developer: Nuance Communications
Due to the rather extreme price of Ignition, I though it best to also include a similar but cheaper app for those of us who don’t have piles of Benjamins hanging around. Screens is a solid VNC client that we reviewed back in July. I would say that Ignition is better, but the price differential is pretty huge and Screens does a good job.
Developer: Edovia Inc.
If remote access isn’t really your thing, but you want access to your actual files, SugarSync might be just perfect. It gives you the file management side of things, something that Ignition also does very well, but is a free service!
It’s got an intuitive interface and provides direct access to your files, if you find Dropbox doesn’t suit your workflow then perhaps SugarSync is worth a shot…
Pulse news is a great way to manage RSS feeds, and includes a list of featured sources as well as the ability to add any RSS feed you want.
It’s a great app, although not as enjoyable as Flipboard. Perhaps designate Pulse your business news reader, and save Flipboard for pleasure.
Developer: Alphonso Labs
Don’t panic! I’m not going to give you a miscellaneous list of task apps now, but rather highlight the fact that having a powerful one is good business practice. OmniFocus is the leader in this category, and has been for while, updates are regular and adaptations to new features are lightening fast (it took only a few weeks for the team to incorporate Siri functionality).
If you haven’t yet settled on a task management app, then The Ultimate Roundup of iPad Task Apps has got to be your first port of call!
Developer: The Omni Group
It’s been said before, but Evernote is pretty great. I won’t bore loyal app fans with a long entry, but for those new to their iPads, Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders – and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go.
Creative ideas require creative solutions, Bamboo Paper is a great way to jot down ideas on the move.
You can draw mind maps and diagrams on your tablet on a plain, ruled, or squared background. Sketches can then be saved to photos, emailed as a PDF, or printed using a wireless printer.
We reviewed Minimal Folio a long time ago, but the conclusion still stands;
It’s a beautifully minimalist portfolio app that provides you with a simple way to display all of your personal work.
For any creative professional who needs to present their work, Minimal Folio is a superb way to go.
Developer: Simon Heys
For anyone who needs to keep up with the financial markets, or who relies on getting the most up-to-date business news, Bloomberg is an absolute must-have.
It’s also a superbly useful app for tracking your own stock portfolio, should you be that way inclined.
We reviewed GoodReader for the iPad a long time ago, but the conclusion still stands:
GoodReader should not be missing from your iPad.
GoodReader makes it easy to read and view a wide range of different files on your iPad. You can download them directly from your Mac or PC, or connect to a wide range of different servers and sharing services.
Dictionary.com’s app offers an array of features including a dictionary/thesaurus, non-standard word uses and, most impressively, full content when offline.
Need to find just the right word for that presentation? Open up the thesaurus and blow them away…
Developer: Dictionary.com, LLC
EasySign App is a simple, and effortlessly quick, way to sign and fill documents securely from your iPhone or iPad in minutes. If you ever need to sign documents on-the-go and find yourself annoyed that your fax machine doesn’t have wheels, grab EasySign and breathe a sigh of relief…
Simply put, iThoughtsHD is a mind mapping tool for the iPad. There are a lot of tools available for the jotting down of ideas and organisation of information, but iThoughtsHD is one of the best offerings in the App Store.
Either go for this or take a look at the app below…
OmniGraffle is another superb offering from The Omni Group that simply can’t be beaten for functionality and professionalism. If you need to create a quick diagram, process chart, page layout, website wireframe, or graphic design, OmniGraffle can be your canvas.
It’s expensive, but you can write it off against tax, right?
Developer: The Omni Group
In the world of long drawn-out presentations, a picture really paints a thousand words. Roambi converts corporate information into crisp graphics that are easily interpreted. The app syncs with popular business software and transforms data automatically. The free version is compatible with Microsoft Excel, CSV and HTML.
Developer: MeLLmo Inc
Sometimes it’s extremely helpful to have a way to quickly jot down ideas and sketch out things, Penultimate gives you the fast, tactile gratification of writing on paper, with digital power and flexibility. Julia Altermann noted how;
Penultimate is an amazing App for handwriting. The rendering of the digital ink is beautiful and actually gives the feeling of truly writing on the iPad. The rendering engine is even fast enough to keep up the most hastily scribbled of notes.
Developer: Cocoa Box
Concisely put, Printer Pro allows you to wirelessly print from your iPad. You can print everything from email attachments to websites to text from the iPad’s clipboard.
We covered printing from your iPad using Printer Pro here, check it out and streamline your workflow!
Not much to say here. I thought this list should have a least one calculator, Calcbot is my pick of the bunch (and when I say bunch, there are thousands of calculator apps…).
I particularly like the intuitive interface and the inclusion of the tape, you can easily see all of your most recent calculations.
I hope you enjoyed that roundup of apps to turn your iPad into a business machine! As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below. Tell us, what iPad app is vital for your business?