Top Productivity & Utilities iPad Apps
This clever app turns your iPad into an external wireless drive, allowing users to literally drag and drop files from their desktop onto the tablet. It supports Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, photos, PDFs, saved web pages, and more, making it easy to view files on the go. All we had to do was follow the straightforward instructions to mount our iPad as a drive in Windows 7, which involved typing in the presented IP address. You can even print files wirelessly.
A scrapbooking app on steroids, Evernote lets you capture notes and audio at the same time. Plus, you can easily add photos to notes. If you travel often, you’ll like the geo-location feature that displays your notes on a map for quick retrieval. The interface is tailor-made for the iPad; tap any note, and you’ll see a split screen with its contents in one panel and thumbnails of other notes in the other. Everything you create is synced with the cloud, so you can easily access notes from your PC, Mac, or iPhone. Handwriting support should be coming soon.
Remote access to a desktop from a cramped smart phone screen is a challenge, but blowing things up to 9.7 inches is a different story. LogMeIn Ignition lets you remotely access everything from programs and documents to photos and blogging software on your PC or Mac. Controlling your desktop involves a small learning curve; you must point the cursor where you want to go and then click. Sure, 30 bucks is steep for an iPad app, but we think Ignition is worth the premium.
We honestly don’t see a lot of people using the iPad to crunch serious numbers or create presenations (especially when you can’t output them easily to a projector). But we do see iPad owners using this tablet to take notes in class with the on-screen keyboard or create documents with the optional keyboard dock. That’s where Pages comes in. This app makes it easy to create everything from newsletters and reports to brochures and flyers, complete with 16 Apple-designed templates and the ability to move charts and images around with a finger.
Stick It: Sticky Notes with Bump
This isn’t your typical to-do list app. Stick It lets you create personalized reminders using a wide variety of styles and backgrounds. And you don’t have to open the app to access these reminders; you can load them as lockscreen wallpaper so your tasks are always just a glance away. At any time you can add notes in the form of stickies, papers, comic bubbles, and even street signs. (Caution: Don’t forget anniversary!) And if you know someone else with an iPad, you can share notes with just a tap using integrated Bump technology.
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