I recently bought an iPad2 to better understand how it could make our lives easier at work.
At first, I found myself downloading the same apps I had on my iPhone to later realize that iPhone apps don’t really look right on the iPad. So I was on the hunt for business-related iPad apps.
I read countless of lists by online magazines like PCMag, CNET, and Mashable to find the best business apps. After going through many apps (many that were useless), I’ve found the following apps to be the most practical.
- Penultimate and Bamboo are two apps that allow you to handwrite on the screen, forward your notes, and print your notes from your iPad. I like this app because I’m able to replace my real notebook with this virtual one. (see image at end of article for an example)
- Dragon Dictation and iTalk Recordings are the best apps out there that will either transcribe what you’ve spoken (Dragon Dictation) or simply record a live meeting (iTalk). I’ve used Dragon Dictation to send emails and more recently to speak my latest book.
Granted, it’s not perfect but if you have a thought that’s in your head and you want to capture it without having to type it out, this is a good app to use. As for iTalk, I like this app to record a meeting conversation (with the participants permission) so that I can go back and recall anything I may have missed from the interview.
- MindMeister is a great app that allows you to create as many mindmaps as needed. If you like mind mapping, the nominal investment is well worth it.
- Dropbox is an app that allows you to sync all your computers to a cloud environment. For those not familiar with the cloud, it’s basically a virtual storage area where you can have your computers, phones, tablets, etc link to information you’ve stored there. I like this app because it lets me access my documents anywhere I go.
Remote Access App
- LogMeIn is an app that allows you to access your computer through your iPad from anyplace that your located. I’ve found this handy when I was on holiday and needed to access a document I left on my harddrive. With this app, I simply went into my computer from where I was located, made my changes, saved it, and emailed it to where it needed to go all via my iPad.
Virtual Meeting Apps
- Citrix and WebEx and GoToMeeting are three apps I like. They are simply a way to access webinars or virtual meetings hosted by yourself or someone else.
Let me know how you get on with these apps and if you have others to recommend, I would like to hear them. Just reach out.