The iPad is increasingly being used more often in a professional context. This evolution is due to the wide variety of productivity applications that are now available on iTunes, which help to transform the touch screen tablet into a great tool for work and business. Here is a small selection of applications for professionals who want to adapt the iPad to their needs in terms of productivity, collaboration, or intelligent information analysis.
IPad Apps for Online Storage
iCloud: it is the storage service in the cloud for Apple iOS devices and all Mac OS. It allows you to host and synchronize documents, applications, pictures, data applications calendar, mail and contacts. It can also automatically save online content and settings of the device when connected via WiFi (backup).
DropBox . The free version allows you to store up to 2GB of data. The first offer Pro ($ 9.99 / month) can store up to 50 GB.
Ubuntu One Files : The online service developed by Canonical also allows you to store and sync files online and offers up to 5 GB free.
File Management and Office Style Applications
GoodReader: This is an application that allows to read various types of files: ebooks, films, maps, images, and PDF files, and has many annotation features included, for example comments, highlighting, and drawing, It can connect to online storage services such as Dropbox, SugarSync and iCloud and will also serve as a file manager. In addition to PDF, GoodReader supports playback of iWorks (Pages, Keynote, Numbers), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point), or ZIP archives. PDF Reader Pro is another interesting application for reading and annotating PDF files.
CloudOn: Lets users edit their MS Office documents and ensures the portability of Office documents stored online. Connected to the Internet, it allows iPad users to edit their online Word, Excel and Power Point in the cloud. They are hosted on DropBox, so it will be necessary to first create a DropBox account to use the app, and then edit synchronize their files.
SlideShark: For viewing PowerPoint presentations
Taking and Managing Notes (Including Mindmapping)
More Notes: This application supports handwriting (in addition to taking notes on the virtual keyboard), audio recording.
Note Taker HD: Lets you compose and easily manage handwritten notes, diagrams, etc.. It reduces the size of the strike over to write long notes into a single page. The created documents can be organized by tags, dates, changes in the most recent favorites.
Evernote: This service application allows for storage and sharing notes online. It is fully optimized for the iPad. Besides taking notes, it can capture photos, create to-do lists, record and save audio files, and synchronize all data with the online Evernote account.
IThoughtsHD: An application that lets you create mind maps and visually organize ideas for different uses: list, brainstorming, and project planning.
Read It Later: Stay productive in non-connected mode as this application allows you to save web pages whilst navigating the web for future reference. It lets you continue to read web pages in an offline mode.
Reeder for iPad: This syncs with Google Reader RSS manager and monitors all sources of information followed in two ways: either a dashboard showing the sources or in a streaming feed, aggregating all of them. It is possible to place news in favorites for find easier at a later date.
LinkedIn for iPad
The LinkedIn application is worth a mention all by itself due to the popularity. It is optimized for iPad and allows synchronization of your activity and contacts. You can follow different flows of information and for improved readability and accessibility of information, the LinkedIn application is divided into three blocks:
- Updates and news (calendar, groups, news from your network)
- The user profile (see members who recently viewed your profile)
- Inbox, where you can receive invitations and messages.
Most of the iPad applications for business described in this article can be downloaded for free now from the iTunes store.
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