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DAILY INSIGHT: What? My iPad can do more than email and Web? iPad productivity apps

Think your iPad is only good for email and a little bit more? Think again! 
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By Steve Young, CIO Advisor

There is one device that follows me around all the time at work, when going to meetings, while traveling—and it also goes home with me each night. It is my iPad. It is my ultimate productivity tool. I see many tech directors, CIOs, principals, and superintendents carrying theirs around as well. But what often surprises me is how many leaders just use their iPad for email and Web browsing, not exploring many of the fantastic iPad productivity apps that really can make this device shine. Many great iPad productivity apps can help leaders become more organized and effective.

So I want to share many of the apps that I find very useful below in my productivity app list. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it ought to really help you get a great start on using your iPad for more than email and Web browsing.

Note: All prices are accurate as of 10/28/2012.

Stock iPad Apps

Safari

Web Browser

Included with iPad

Contacts

Syncs with Exchange (Outlook) and Google

Included with iPad

Email

Syncs with Exchange (Outlook) and Google

Included with iPad

Calendar

Syncs with Exchange (Outlook) and Google

Included with iPad

Camera

Takes pictures and video.

Included with iPad

Photos

Access, email, and share your photos.

Included with iPad

FaceTime

Real time video conference with other iOS users.

Included with iPad

Notetaking Apps

Evernote

The e-filing note cabinet of choice – use as your memory. Stores emails, text notes & audio. Syncs across many devices and web. You can easily share notes.Includes a great search feature!

Free

Notability

Any easy to use simple text, written, audio and photo note app – email or PDF notes.

$0.99

GoodReader

PDF annotation and reader software – a bit complex but very powerful, with Google Drive and Box support amongst many others.

$4.99

PDF Expert

Simple PDF annotation with WiFi transfer and Box support.

$9.99

Audio Memos Free

Voice recorder, email up to 3mb files, WiFi download.

Free

Dragon Dictation

Voice to text transcriptions.

Free

Office Apps

Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

Apple’s GREAT office apps for Word Processing, spreadsheet, and presentations. These are the apps to use if using iPad for content creation.

$9.99 each

QuickOffice Pro HD

All in one office suite – edits Microsoft Office docs and syncs with Box.net and WiFi file transfer. This more affordable suite is geared towards just editing.

$19.99

CloudOn

Cloud-Based MS Office with Box synchronization

Free

Digits Calculator

Great desktop calc with editable, comment-able eTape that can be emailed.

$1.99

Dictionary.com

Great dictionary and thesaurus.

Free

BookApps

iBooks, Nook & Kindle

eBooks from the big three.

Free

News Apps

Pulse

Incredible customizable news aggregator.

Free

FlipBoard

Another great customizable news aggregator.

Free

News360

Great news aggregator with excellent social media integration.

Free

Other Useful Apps

Box

Box is a great secure corporate level file sharing service. Use this app to synchronize files to the cloud and web browser.Can sync files between computer and iPad.

Free

Twitter

Great social networking tool to expand your PLN.

Free

iThoughtsHD

Easy mind mapping with Image & PDF export, Box, and WiFi sync.

$9.99

Skitch

Simple annotation app – take a photo and mark up ideas and notes (syncs to Evernote).

Free

Explain Everything

Annotate and narrate on screen then export video – great way to narrate presentations then share.

$2.99

VDI and Remote Desktop Clients (I use Citrix)

There are many virtual desktop clients that you can often use to access work from remote locations or which you can use at work to get a full Windows desktop on your iPad.

Vary

Steve Young is CTO of Judson ISD in Texas and founder of the San Antonio Area Technology Directors group. He blogs at CTO Technotes, where this is cross posted. Follow him on Twitter as @atemyshorts.

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