In spite of the fact that there are thousands of iPad apps available at the Apple Store, the truth is that very few of them are actually built with office productivity in mind. However, this doesn’t mean that if you want some apps to help you with your tasks around the office, you should be in despair and switch to Android tablets. While relatively few, some of the iPad business apps are very well developed, work smoothly, come in a great design and receive regular updates and fixes. Let’s review some of the apps that meet the aforementioned criteria.
Developed by Google, QuickOffice Pro is a well established and a trusty mobile office productivity suite. Even though it doesn’t include an iCloud support, it is necessary to mention that this app is the closest thing to a native Microsoft Office for iPad that Apple fans can get. The app is professionally built and has been specifically optimized for iPads, allowing users to make edits across their files with just a touch of the screen.
If your line of work implies working with spreadsheets and introducing numeric data, then Apple’s Numbers is an amazing tool to have on your device. A noteworthy feature of Numbers is the fact that the app will automatically adjust the keyboard according to the type of data you need to introduce. In addition, Numbers supports cloud storage on iCloud, Box and Dropbox, making the app very useful for professionals who need to travel a lot.
A further impressive business app from Apple, Keynote is considered one of the most powerful presentation apps for mobile devices by most. Especially built for the iPad, iPad Touch and iPhone allows you to create 3D slides, video mirroring and animated presentations that will leave even the toughest audience speechless.
If you ever tried running Windows on your iPad, then you know just how disappointing the whole experience can be. If you want to avoid all the hassle and be able to access programs such as Adobe, Excel, Word or PowerPoint directly from your iPad, then you should consider getting CloudOn. Besides allowing you to keep apps on a Windows server, you can be certain you will not encounter any compatibility issues.
While its name might indicate that this app is nothing more than a simple reader, it is necessary to mention that the tool allows you to access an impressive number of file formats. In fact, GoodReader permits you to read file formats that are not actually supported by the iOS native facility. Furthermore, users who are constantly working with archives will be happy to learn that the app can unzip those files and they don’t need another app just for this purpose. Lastly, GoodReader can act like a file management tool.
With the recent security breach in Evernote, you might be looking for a new tool to help you with your notes. If you don’t need anything fancy with an excessive number of options for this purpose, then the iPad’s built-in Notes will do just fine. However, if you want something more professional that can also store audio recordings and confer syncing options, then you should check out Notability.
In the eventuality that your job implies working with timelines, multimedia annotations, assigning chores, location-aware task lists, voice notes, image attachments and integrating events in the calendars, then OmniFocus is the tool that would make your life easier. In fact, among all the task management tools for iOS, this one is definitely the favorite choice of many project managers.
What we think: The best app that tops this list is…
Having to pick a winner from all these amazing apps is highly difficult in this case. Nonetheless, as we decided to pick the best app based on multi-functionality, the winner of the top is GoodReader. True enough, it doesn’t permit you to rotate individual pages which might make it difficult for you to apply notes to the files. On the other hand, GoodReader comes with all the markup tools of Acrobat, it responds very smoothly to hand gestures, integrates various storage services and grants a central file “warehouse” for all data you transfer via different methods.