iPad for Business: 11 Inspiring Apps To Try Today

Apple wants you to use your iPad for business
Apple wants you to use your iPad for business

Are you using your iPad for business? Apple wants you to. It’s set up a new website for iPad business apps. Check it out, it may inspire you.

When I bought my first iPad, I had no intention of using it for business; for me, it was an ereader and notetaker par excellence. Last year however, I discovered that the iPad works better for some things than my iMac. Who knew?

These days, I’m as likely to use my iPad as my primary machine. It goes with me everywhere.

Here are my favorite business apps. Many of the apps are FREE. I’ve tagged those which aren’t “commercial.”

Your preference for business apps will vary, of course. It’s worth Googling your industry for iPad apps. Lawyers for example, have embraced the iPad, so there are many apps for them.

1. Evernote for EVERYTHING

Evernote is my “everything” app on all my devices. I use it for research, contacts, reminders, meetings, and client data. When combined with Trello, you can catch up with clients no matter where you are.

I’ve mentioned before that Evernote allowed me to keep working when my hard drive and cable modem died. The more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it. It really is an external brain.

2. Kindle app – read everything everywhere

The Kindle app is a gem. Not only can you read all your ebooks, but you can read other documents too – just Send to Kindle.

3. Trello – lists on the go

With Trello for iPad you can manage all your lists everywhere. They’re updated in real time. I use it for client work, as well as personal stuff. You can keep your personal and organization boards separate, so on the iPad, filter your boards to quickly find the board you want. You’re notified when someone adds something to a board.

4. Quip – collaborate on documents and projects

Quip’s a very clever social word processing app, which you can use anywhere. I like Quip on iPad because I can collaborate on clients’ documents. It’s easy to create a version of a document, and get a review and comments quickly.

5. Drafts (commercial) – quick notes to wherever you choose

Drafts is a fast note-taking app, and much more. It has Actions, which automate your workflows. For example, it’s easy to send notes to apps like Dropbox, Evernote, and Day One, and to post to Tumblr blogs and Twitter. You can create your own custom actions, of course; Drafts is completely customizable.

6. Blogsy (commercial) – blog on your sofa and at the coffee shop

No time to blog? Consider Blogsy for iPad. You can post to all the most popular plaforms: WordPress.com and WordPress.org, Typepad, Blogger, Tumblr…

7. Haiku Deck – fast presentations for lazy people: share your ideas

If you hate creating presentations you’ll love Haiku Deck. I used to consider creating presentations a punishment until I discovered Haiku Deck.

Haiku Deck is so fast and easy, it makes you look like a creative genius without effort.

8. Dropbox – take all your files with you

Do you trust your backups? You shouldn’t. I’ve always had a backup solution, and over the past couple of decades, I’ve been let down badly TWICE. And not just because I had a single backup – take it from me. Multiple backups can and do fail, at the worst possible moment.

Now, everything that’s a current work in progress gets backed up to Dropbox. Some apps (like Scrivener) do this for you automatically.

Dropbox for iPad not only allows you to access files anywhere, it also gives you peace of mind.

9. GoodReader (commercial) – read and markup with ease

I’m a big fan of Victorian novelists like Anthony Trollope, Dickens, and Elizabeth Gaskell. It’s comfort reading for me, and this makes me a Project Gutenberg fan AND a GoodReader for iPad fan too. GoodReader makes reading long text files a joy.

GoodReader also does an amazing job with PDF files. You can mark up your PDFs in many different ways, and handle enormous files with ease. Beyond PDFs, GoodReader will handle most kinds of files – MS Office, images, and audio and video too.

10. iThoughtsHD (commercial) – mind map your brain

I’m a constant mind mapper. I create them on paper, on whiteboards (snap an image of your creations into Evernote), and in various apps. Much like the never-ending search for the perfect shoes, I hunt for the perfect mind mapping app.

iThoughtsHD comes close to mind mapping perfection.

11. iWork for iPad (commercial) – prime office apps for iPad

Oddly enough, I tend to use Pages and Numbers more on my iPad than I do on my Mac. iWork for iOS is a pleasure to use. If you need MS Office compatibility, iWork is the way to go. You can work with Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on your iPad.


Article update: June 3, 2014

Are you using your iPad for business too? It’s been nine months since I compiled this list of apps. I thought I’d go through them to see what had changed — had I stopped using any of the apps? Was I using other apps?

No, and no. I’m still devoted to the same apps. If you’ve recently started using your iPad for business, I hope this list of apps inspires you, and helps to make your business life more comfortable and profitable. :-)

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Content Curation: Add to Flipboard from Your Browser

Add to Flipboard

I’ve had some questions this week about content curation with Flipboard’s new Magazines.

(If you haven’t yet downloaded Flipboard to your iOS or Android device, you can get it here.)

“Can I share from my browser?” was the most popular question. Yes, you can. Just drag the bookmarklet here to your browser’s bookmarks bar.

In the image above, I’ve just clicked the “Flip It” link on my bookmarks bar, and the Add dialogue has opened. You can add the content to one of your magazines — change the selection if you want to add it to a different magazine from your last choice — then click the blue Add button.

You can also share the content you’ve selected to a social media site; just click one of the sharing icons on the bottom of the dialogue box.

On your device, as you use Flipboard, just tap the Plus (+) button, to add the content to a magazine you’re curating.

Have fun… :-)

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New Evernote for iOS: Finger-Tip Fast Access to Your Notes


I’ve just been trying out the new version of Evernote for iOS. Notable enhancements include a better PDF viewer, which is excellent.

However, the standout enhancement for me is the new Snippets view. In Snippets, a calendar runs down the side of your screen. Tap the calendar, and you move to the notes you created on that date. This is perfect for me, because it saves so much time — I run my life with Evernote. It’s my diary, my client control center, and my knowledge base.

Formatting in notes has also been improved; I haven’t been bothered by it, so it doesn’t concern me. However, there is an option to clear formatting from notes, which will be useful.

Evernote Business gets some goodies too. You can download your complete Business Notebooks, and you can view your company’s Business Library, and sync any notebooks you choose to your device.

If the app crashes…

A warning before you update. The Evernote blog says:

If you experience a crash in this update, please uninstall and reinstall the app. That seems to resolve the issue. We’re working on a fix.

They’re not kidding about this.

After I installed, and tried to open the app, the screen flashed, then the app died. It was an easy fix.

I deleted the app and then reinstalled, and all was well. A minor inconvenience, because the new Snippets view is magic.

I use Evernote every day, on all my devices. It just keeps getting better.

Offering — Web Content Creator: Dominate the Web

SEO Content Mastery

Content beyond SEO: write it, and turn your words into cash… While Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is important — the search engines are indexing scripts after all — companies and publications are looking to social media, and rich content, to get traffic.

They need writers who are up to speed on these topics. So savvy Web writers are becoming content creators. They’re creating Facebook and Google+ pages, Twitter campaigns, writing video scripts, writing local content, and much more.