Top Productivity Apps for the iPad 3

Top Productivity Apps for the iPad 3

Summary: The new iPad with the Retina Display is a good tool for getting things done. These apps are great for that purpose.

TOPICS: CXO, Apps, iPad, Mobility

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  • Crunching numbers in a spreadsheet may not be a favorite pastime, but sometimes you can't avoid it. Numbers by Apple is a Retina Display optimized app that makes spreadsheet work as easy as it can on the iPad. The app can handle many Microsoft Excel spreadsheets for those needing to work with those files.

    $9.99 in the App Store

  • When a full word processing app is the call of the day, Pages by Apple is as good as any. The app is optimized beautifully for the Retina Display of the new iPad, and is full-featured while being easy to use. It can handle most Microsoft Word documents for those needing that ability.

    $9.99 in the App Store

  • Frequent travelers will find a valuable personal assistant in TripIt Pro. The iPad app and online service work together to present good itineraries for trips with all the important information in one place. The integrated maps are a great touch, making it possible to find your way around your scheduled events in unfamiliar territory.

    $3,99 in the App Store (ad free)

    Pro service from TripIt adds push notifications for flight cancellations, etc. $49/year

Topics: CXO, Apps, iPad, Mobility

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  • Can certainly tell you're a blogger, heh

    Heh, I can certainly tell you're s blogger from your selection of apps. How many word processing and text editing apps does the average person really need anyways?
    • My thoughts exactly

      My list of productivity apps:
      Notes Plus (with the handwriting recognition in app purchase)
      Mint (debatable if this is productivity app but still)
      • Alternative to Mint . . .

        "Mint (debatable if this is productivity app but still)"

        I've been experimenting with YNAB (you need a budget), and I like it so far. Might be a good alternative to Mint. The PC app is great, although the iPhone app is just for inputting transactions while you're on the go.

        Never actually tried Mint myself - didn't like the idea of my finances being hosted by a website.

        I have Toodledo, DocsToGo, and Evernote on my iPhone, work nicely :).

        I'd also recommend Dropbox, it works nicely everywhere :).
      • An alternative to Mint or YNAB...

        We use a wonderful envelope budgeting software app called EEBA that is amazing. Nice because your information is only on your chosen devices...not a server somewhere else. Free app to budget up to 10 envelopes. Several very reasonable subscription services are also available to add the number of envelopes, devices that you can sync, and even to add account tracking to the app if you need more features. Look for the EEBA app in the app store or check it out online at . My wife and I will never use anything else. They also have very friendly and fast customer service if you should need it.
        number cruncher
      • Hmmmm

        For my task list solution, I use this program called TaskCat on the iOS. It's really fast and simple.
      • Meeting Minutes

        you can also add Meeting Minutes to your list
        try this app if u attend lots of meetings and wish to be more productive

        you can take notes during the meeting, make drawing, record all what's said and scan whatever you want to
        it's on the app store you got to try it
  • Onlive...really?

    With the recent Microsoft licensing debaucle that Onlive is facing you are recommending it as a top iPad app?!? They are going to get hammered by Microsft and will no longer be a free service, if they are around after the dust settles.
  • Office 15 on WOA

    If this is your idea of productivity than Office 15 on WOA will make one productive right out the box. Unfortunately I require much more
  • And let us never forget...

    ...most of these applications require a keyboard dock which means your tabliet is no longer a tablet it's a LAPTOP. Say it with me...lap-top.

    Now if you want to talk about a 9.7" laptop that's a different animal. :) Then you're talking about a laptop that has a gorgeous display, but lacks multitasking, has cheap (but limited) applications...

    Not saying that isn't a valid discussion, but it's not a discussion about tablets.
    • Disagree

      I have a keyboard for my iPad but I've never owned a laptop before that would let me simply lift the screen off the keyboard for those times when I have no need for a keyboard.

      The same argument can be made of any other tablet that supports keyboards. It is all about flexibility.

      But your point is well taken. Kendrick should probably point out that very few of the productivity claims he is making would be possible without spending the extra money on a keyboard. Entering anything more than a couple sentences on the touchscreen of a tablet like the iPad is a painful process. See Gorilla Arms.
  • So totally underwhelmed...

    These really apply to all iPads (most of them) and there have been many many write-ups here on the plusses and minuses of each.

    Can you make this list into New iPad only?
  • What is an iPad 3?

  • Hardly a Computer Replacement

    Like I read all the time... "Who needs a desktop computer when you have an iPad? Yeah, cool!" I guess if what you do on your computer is play games, look at pictures, tweeter and update your Facebook wall, take a few notes here and there and read books - then sure - replace your computer with an iPad. If you need to create spreadsheets or complex Word docs, do a little web developing and scripting, update the graphics on a web site, manage a network or domain, conduct meetings, manage projects, give presentations, or any of the dozens of other things that people who *Work* on the computers do - then keep the iPad as a your tablet toy, and keep your computer for the real work.
    • Proliferation of ignorance acknowledged.

      You must not be allowed to use your tablet for work, or maybe you simply do not own one and my guess are a Jr. SysAdmin that believes by stating something boldly must make it true. I assure you that will not work here. There is nothing you have stated that is factually based. It is better to ask questions on topics you are unfamiliar with than to risk ridicule for being cocky and wrong. What is a "complex" word doc anyway? I create powerpoints, excel spreadsheets, word docs etc via "quickoffice", visio diagrams via "touchdraw". Write scripts via "for:i code editor" edit webpages via "Markup" for iPad. There are a myriad of RDP and VNC apps to facilitate remote log in to your systems if required. "iSSH" for direct command line access to do any dns or network administration via ssh tunneling. Embrace technology and change, dont fight it, work to make it more viable. One last thing, my computer, by definition is my tablet.
      • Looking in the mirror, are we?

        While you can do snippets of work on the iPad, it was not designed to replace a desktop or laptop for those who actually have to do heavy work of any type.

        Of course, you can use an RDP or VNC app or LogMeIn/GoToMyPC to get access to a server or desktop do some things. And yes, you can create and possibly edit a memo, letter, spreadsheet or presentation using apps like Quickoffice or one of Apple's trio of Pages, Numbers and Keynote. And you can even edit a web site if you need to. However, as someone who owns and uses an iPad, I can honsetly say that while it is very handy tool to take care of things quickly when you're on the go (assuming you have a data plan), it cannot come close to being a primary computing tool unless its primary use is data consumption.

        By arguing that full-fledged computers can be replaced by an iPad, you are guilty of "stating something boldly (hoping to) make it true." Since you have asserted "that will not work here", consider yourself called out.
      • You must have lots of time on your hands

        I own an ipad and use it for simple things, but if you don't know what a complex word document is, I don't think I'll waste the time to explain it to you. Technically, you can do those things if you have a lot of time to move the tiny screen around, but if you actually want to see things as a whole, the Ipad will not cut it. If you actually want to type quickly, you need an external keyboard and you're getting dangerously close to simply having an under powered laptop with a small screen. I have an ipad and enjoy it for certain things, but could not imagine working 6 hours a day doing serious work on it.
    • Excuses for not doing anything...

      Your attitude seems to be "if I can't use my desktop, I just won't do the task." The fact is, everything you listed can be done on an iPad. Would it be easier to be sitting at your desktop doing those tasks? Yes. Is that always an option? Definitely not, for most of us. That's where your argument breaks down. Most folks "who Work" are constantly on the move. Carrying a desktop everywhere isn't an option. Carrying a laptop is a nuisance because we're already carrying a lot of other stuff. The iPad lets us continue to get work done, even if we're standing in line outside a conference hall. Until you have actually owned and embraced one for a length of time on a variety of tasks, you will never understand why everyone is so enthusiastic about the iPad.

      That said, I do agree that it is not a desktop replacement. It was never intended to be. It is a support device. Here is the nutshell: The iPad lets you continue to get work done while away from your desk, in the most portable way possible.

      It's pointless for you to claim that tablets are toys. Those of us using them heavily know better and it just reduces our opinion of you. Besides, nobody who is getting tons more work done by using an iPad really cares what you think. We run into people who think iPads are a gimmick every day. They're usually the ones passed over for promotions and stuck in the same position forever. They're doing the bare minimum to keep their job and they hate change. They don't care about getting more done in fewer hours by utilizing what would normally be wasted time. They don't want to learn anything new. They don't grasp that working smarter helps get you home on time while accomplishing far more. I call them "rutters" - people entrenched in old ways of doing things who must be dragged kicking and screaming into the future.

      We're seeing a paradigm shift in the way people get things done and those people are just scared that they'll have to learn something new. The same thing happened when useful laptops proliferated. It happened again when netbooks appeared. People who are always looking for better ways to do things embraced them quickly and started getting more done in the same time. The rutters just ranted about how useless they were because desktops are more powerful. History truly does repeat itself.
      • Brilliant!

        "We're seeing a paradigm shift in the way people get things done and those people are just scared that they'll have to learn something new. The same thing happened when useful laptops proliferated. It happened again when netbooks appeared. People who are always looking for better ways to do things embraced them quickly and started getting more done in the same time. The rutters just ranted about how useless they were because desktops are more powerful. History truly does repeat itself."


        Back in 1984, I landed in Brussels on a business class flight from JFK, having my head down over my Tandy 100 for the whole flight, writing away on its 40 character x 8 line screen, and occasionally saving to a tape recorder. Somewhere midflight, I became aware that several European businessmen were rather glaring at me over their cocktails. As the first mass-market such device, costing $1000 with 32K (yes, K) of static battery-backed RAM, no floppy, it was considered a toy - except it replaced the tablet pages I used to fill on such flights, then FAX back to my office...and then call back to interpret the hard-to-read parts.

        As I was standing in the pre-EU customs line, one of the glaring Europeans asked accusatively, what the **** I was doing on the flight. I just said "working" - and he replied, "Yes, and you're going to ruin it for the rest of us."

        A few weeks later, we discovered a Telcom program that we could install on our Apple IIe computer back in NY, and if I connected the 300 baud modem in the Tandy directly to the hotel phone jack with alligator clips, I could send files directly to NY from Europe.

        I withstood years of bad jokes about using overpriced "toy" computers, as I upgraded to even more expensive Tandy 200, then Toshiba 1000 and a 1992 Toshiba 386SX with a 20 megabyte hard drive (cost: $3200).

        Now, when I board a flight, I see all the laptops and iPads and iPhones in use. I see in-flight wi-fi.

        I just wish I'd been less pig-headed about staying with Windows as long as I did. Why did I switch?

        I touched an iPad.

        I immediately recognized it as having the soul of the Tandy 100 - and that it represented a paradigm shift for business. It didn't make just make laptops or desktops obsolete - it made PAPER - brochures, sales aids, product sheets - obsolete. The greatest one-on-one sales tool in the history of marketing.

        To my amazement, it was capable of serious data inputting, too. Wonderful apps like DocsToGo and Keynote - and damn, "LogMeIn Ignition" let me control my laptop in Massachusetts from a B&B in Sorrento, Italy.

        Paradigm shift? YOU BET.

        How could I be SO SURE it was a paradigm shift? When I told some IT friends of mine how impressed I was with my new iPad, they scoffed and called it "a toy."
    • Are You A Big Tweeter User?


      (I didn't actually laugh out loud, but I got a kick out of that.)
  • LifeTopix (Complete Personal Organization App)

    At $2.99, this is a must have app for personal and business life. Everything connected, all in one place, integrates with Evernote, Toodledo, Dropbox, Google Docs, iCloud, and collaboration via email, Twitter, Facebook. App store link: from