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Exploration of iPad Apps to Use for Work

I started writing this post as a discussion on LinkedIn and then realized I should be putting this in my too-long-neglected blog instead!

Basically, I have been exploring how to better leverage my iPad (and my iPhone) for work and have been exploring apps to support a variety of work needs. I’d very much like to hear how you use apps in your work.

Working with documents, collecting and storing information, ideating, writing, taking notes, handwriting / text / voice to text options, sketching, to do’s, etc…

 

Most recently, I’ve been using:

– QuickOffice Pro: Creating and editing office files (Word, Excel, and PPT)

– OneNote: Sync entire notebooks and edit real-time via SkyDrive to my work Windows-based laptop

– Evernote: It is my lifeline for mostly personal and some work related content. I have been exploring accessory apps to make the most of Evernote. I just discovered that they are releasing a (rather pricy) Moleskin notebook that integrates VERY nicely with Evernote. I LOVE Moleskin notebooks for my “idea” books and I’ve had the HORROR of losing one of them … of losing many months of ideas, thoughts, recommendations, etc. This is already on my Christmas list, if I can hold out that long ($25)

– Handwriting apps: I’m trying a few (PenUltimate, Notability, NotesPlus) to see which one works best for my needs.

– I have Dragon Dictation on my iPhone and have played with it a little.  If I drove more, I would use that tool more.  Don’t really think I have a heavy need for a voice-to-text tool on a regular basis.- Sketchbook (Free): This is a fantastic tool to sketch-out that stuff that I’d normally doodle on a whiteboard or on paper and then take a picture to insert into a notebook app (Evernote or OneNote). It supports layers, too. Great for process mapping, too.

– Index cards: There are a few different apps (one is called Index Cards) for just capturing ideas, then easy grab and move organizing. I like this method for initial ideating and outlining. I looked up storyboarding apps, but didn’t really find anything better for my needs than index card apps.

– Manuscript: I’m looking at a couple that help you to brainstorm, craft out aspects of a book or other written deliverable. This app seems quite robust, allowing you to have brainstorm ideas on the left as you write on the right.  I’m thinking I might be able to use an index cards app to get started and then transition to using a simple writing interface with minimal distractions (theres a few of those out there).

– TouchFire Keyboard:  I chose this one because I don’t use a keyboard for extended periods of time and this one is very portable and 1/2 the price of most.  I mostly use a keyboard while traveling for work and on airplanes and I’d rather not have a much bigger cover and clunky keyboard to add to the bulk.  It takes a little getting used to, but it’s working for me and I feel that $49 is a reasonable price point.

– To Do’s:  Anyone got a great app you love for managing to do’s?  I’d prefer one for the iPhone over the iPad. I’ve tried a few and none worth really mentioning because I’m still searching…

– Mind Mapping: I haven’t really used an app in a while, but this method of ideating is something I often go back to.  Any recommendations?

 

I’ll try to add links to apps later, but I’d love to hear your tips in the meantime!

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