The number of productivity and business-related apps for the Apple iPad continues to grow each day at a rate that seems almost impossible to keep up with. And because so many apps overlap and offer several of the same services, it may be a bit overwhelming for those looking for the best ones to fit their needs. Here is a list of five business apps that will help you run your business more smoothly.
- Instapaper Pro
Company: Macro Arment
This app is for the business professional who is always on the go and never has time to fully read their favorite newspapers, blogs, digital magazines, or other source of online media. With Instapaper Pro users click the Read Later button, and their literature is saved for offline viewing at a more convenient time. This eliminates the hassle of trying to remember or find the site you were viewing before being bombarded with another long workday. Instapaper Pro allows you to put pages into a folder for convenient one-touch storage, save the position on a site, adjust fonts and text sizes, share via Twitter or Tumblr, view in Dark Mode for nighttime reading, conduct dictionary lookups, and browse a special Editor’s Picks page if you’ve simply run out of time to search your favorite sites yourself.
- Dragon Dictation
Company: Nuance Communications
In the business world, the term “hands-on” doesn’t always translate into productivity. Often, the worst culprit — whether you’re texting or e-mailing with a tablet device — can be your own fingertips. For sales professionals in the field, the always-dangerous texting and driving, or having to pull over to text, can really slow you down. With Dragon Dictation and its “naturally speaking” voice-recognition technology, users simply press record, enunciate their message, and instantly see the text or e-mail message transcribed. Although there are a few button-advancing requirements and maybe some editing here and there, Dragon Dictation is much faster than actually typing out a longer text or e-mail message. Keep in mind, though, that this app does require WiFi or 3G connectivity to work. The app also allows you to update your Facebook status, send notes and reminders to yourself, or Tweet with your own voice.
- Wolfram Alpha
Company: Wolfram Alpha
Knowledge is power, and having the answer right at your fingertips can be a very comforting experience. Whether you are on a business trip and need to convert dollars into Euros, working in real estate and need to calculate the square footage of a property, or need to figure out a complex equation to get the books straight, Wolfram Alpha is your answer. Simply type a question or keyword in and watch the information flow. Think of it as a cross between search engine and almanac that crunches data to help make sense of your world. Regardless of your profession, this all-knowing app will deliver insight and understanding. Wolfram Alpha for the iPad even lets you view results offline that have been cached into the history tab. Arithmetic is computed instantly in the input field and adjustable font sizes allow for easier viewing.
- Taska for iPad
Company: Tong Liu
The “Get Things Done” or GTD line of applications is what makes the iPad so useful for everyday business. Taska for iPad is an all-in-one task manager that allows users to handle several personal or professional tasks, no matter how big or small they may be. Why not just use a calendar? For one, the highly integrated user interface allows you to easily switch between lists, contexts, or tag information with the tap of a finger, so you will always be able to find what you’re looking for quickly and efficiently. Like an Excel spreadsheet, Taska gives you advanced repeating options for arduous tasks and allows you to create smart or custom lists, as well as checklists and project lists for any type of assignment that comes up. Taska for iPad also gives you the option to share and import via e-mail, use batch editing for swift and easy changes on the go, and offers backup and system restore via the iTunes store in case of an emergency.
- Delivery Status Touch
Whether you’re selling small items out of your home or own a big business selling to the masses, you need assurance that your customers are receiving their packages on time. Delivery Status Touch allows users to track several packages at once, view where the packages are on a map, tap a button for more information, or connect to the company’s website. The app supports all of the major shipping services, as well as Canada Post, City Link, Royal Mail, and even orders from Amazon, Apple, and Google Checkout before they ship. This app also allows users to enter “other” for services not listed and, by adding the delivery date and website, it will update your iPad and let you know when the delivery status changes.