Here are 10 apps that can really improve productivity on the iPad. And why not replace your work computer with an Apple tablet?
The iPad has become for some an essential daily working tool. From receiving emails to managing calendars, writing articles, notes, or even editing videos, the iPad lets you do a lot of tasks without even having to open your computer. With the improvement of hardware and software, the possibilities increase over the years, although it will have taken almost a decade for Apple to offer it its own operating system.
But the key if you want to get the most from your iPad is having the right apps. There are of course the native Apple apps, which are essential, but there are also others, developed by third parties, which are committed to providing quality tools to iPad users.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of applications that will help you improve your productivity at work, and prevent your tablet from simply being used for browsing the web or watching Netflix.
Apple MailApple's Mail app is free and installed by default on all iPads. Recent updates have brought a lot of new things to it, and it supports the multitasking features of the new iPadOS. In particular, this allows you to compose multiple emails while searching the inbox.
There are many email applications out there, but the standard application is comprehensive enough to be satisfied. And it is of course free.
FantasticalFantastical is one of the best calendar apps available for the iPad. It combines your tasks and calendar entries in one application. It's easy to use with features like the ability to create a new entry by simply typing a single line of text. For example, if you enter “Rendezvous with David next Thursday at 3 pm”, the appointment will be created directly, without requiring any further manipulation on your part.
Downloading the application is free but you will need a subscription (€ 5.49 per month) to access all the features. The app developers are working on a big update right now, so it might be a good idea to wait a bit before purchasing the current version.
1Password1Password creates unique passwords for your online accounts, stores them all, and automatically enters them for you into apps and websites.
The application offers a free 30-day trial, after which you can purchase a monthly subscription (€ 3.99 for individuals, or € 7.49 for a family of five).
iA WriteriA Writer is a simple and straightforward text editor that supports Markdown syntax. You don't have to markup with Markdown to write, but it makes it easier to export your documents to Word, or even HTML.
You can synchronize your work afterward with iA Writer's built-in support for third-party storage services. The app costs € 9.99.
Office 365If your employer uses Office 365, Microsoft's suite of apps is available for the iPad. Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote are all great apps you can work with.
You'll need an Office 365 subscription to use apps like Word or Excel, but anyone can use Outlook as their primary email app, at no cost. If you are not convinced about using Apple's Mail app, Outlook is the best solution.
G SuiteFor those who prefer the software of the Google suite to that of Office 365, Google offers all of its basic applications on the App Store. Personally, I use Docs and Sheets every day.
The use of the Gmail application can be chaotic, however, I advise against it if it is not necessary. Indeed, it does not support multitasking, and adding attachments is more or less limited to the photo library and Google Drive.
SlackFor many, slack has become a key part of communicating with colleagues. The Slack app for iPad has the same functionality as the desktop version (app or website), with alerts when your name is mentioned, and push alerts on certain keywords.
You can mute channels, monitor your DMs, and even send GIFs to add personality to your conversations.
PDF ExpertPDF Expert is more than just a PDF reader. This unique application lets you edit PDF files, including images and text, as well as annotate and tag a document. It is very useful for signing documents, filling out forms, and opening ZIP files (it is one of the most reliable applications for opening ZIP files on iPad).
If you do a lot of work with PDFs, then PDF Expert is the ideal solution. The download is free and gives access to basic tasks, but you will need a Pro subscription (€ 52.99 per year) if you want to edit and sign the documents. Here is the list of features offered by the application.
Zoom Cloud MeetingsZoom is a simple and economical way to organize video conferences with colleagues or potential clients. The iPad app is free and lets you either joins a meeting or creates your own, and uses the front camera.
Zoom also offers a screen sharing feature, which can be useful if you need help with computer troubleshooting, for example.
SignEasySignEasy is a simplified application for signing documents or sending a document to be signed by a client or colleague. PDF Expert also has a signature feature, but SignEasy is handy if you don't need to edit PDF files.
Indeed, SignEasy has only one function, and it fulfills it well. You can download the app for free, then purchase a subscription-based on your needs, or purchase 10 signatures in advance for $ 10.99.