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20 iPad Productivity Apps

iPad is great for watching movies, sharing photos, reading books, browsing the web, and listening to music. You can also get things done with iPad. Read email, edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents, access and control a Mac or Windows PC, edit web pages and much more. Here is a list of more than 20 productivity apps for iPad.

Edit Microsoft Excel and Word Documents

Quickoffice Pro HD
Access and transfer files from your Mac or PC via Wi-Fi, iTunes File Sharing, Box.net, DropBox, Google Docs and MobileMe. Organize files with an extremely well done file manager. Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite for iPad was genuinely developed for the iPad. The controls, menus and other user-interface elements just feel right. Create and edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents. The Power Edit Mode lets you make multiple edits in a document without having to open the same menu over and over again - brilliant! Let's you view lots of popular document, image and audio file types, too. Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite for iPad - $14.99

Documents To Go Premium Office Suite
The venerable Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint editing application supports iPad’s high resolution screen for displaying and editing documents. It uses a desktop application (Mac or Windows PC) to provide 2-way file synchronization, with support for Google Docs, Box.net, DropBox, iDisk, and SugarSync. It also support iTunes File Sharing for moving files between your iPad and Mac or PC. Open email attachments, too. Documents To Go Premium Office Suite - $9.99

Office2 HD
Supports Google Docs, DropBox and MobileMe for transfer, viewing and editing of Microsoft Word and Excel documents. Also allows you to mount iPad as a drive from a Mac or Windows PC, or from a web browser. Office2 HD - $7.99

Pages
Apple's Pages is the most feature rich, easy-to-use app for creating and editing documents. Use one of the included templates, start from scratch, or import Pages ’09 or Microsoft Word files from Mail attachments, the web or iTunes file sharing. Pages - $9.99

Numbers
Apple's Numbers spreadsheet app doesn't yet match it's Mac counterpart in features. Still, it's the most powerful number crunching app for the iPad. View and edit existing documents by importing Numbers ’09 or Microsoft Excel files. Numbers - $9.99

Access and View Files

Air Sharing
Air Sharing was one of the first file access and document viewer apps for iPhone that let's you view many kinds of documents. The iPad version let's you transfer files to and from an iPad in a number of ways. Air Sharing HD let's you mount your iPad as an external drive on your Mac or PC over the network. You can also access files from remote servers, including DropBox, MobileMe, FilesAnywhere, WebDAV, FTP and SFTP servers. Air Sharing also let's you print to printers shared by a Mac. Documents transferred into Air Sharing can be opened in the iPad versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Air Sharing HD - $4.99

GoodReader for iPad
A great document viewing app with lots of nice features. Access files from many popular Internet files storage services, including MobileMe, Google Docs, box.net and DropBox. GoodReader can display a wide variety of documents, images and movies, and provides additional features for viewing PDF files. Provides easy way to manage files and provides password protection at app startup, on individual folders and individual files. Create and edit text files, too. GoodReader for iPad - $4.99

DropBox
If you're already using DropBox on your Mac or PC to sync and share files online across computers, the DropBox app will let you view those files on an iPad, too. View popular document types. Plus, export documents directly to the iPad versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote. DropBox - Free

Task management

Todo for iPad
Visually pleasing, Appigo's Todo for iPad is the best connected todo app on the iPad. Sync with iCal (on Mac), Microsoft Outlook (on Windows PC) and Toodledo.com so that you'll have access to your todo list on your computer, iPad and from any web browser. Todo for iPad - $4.99

Things for iPad
Things is the iPad version of the popular Mac task manager, combining ease of use and powerful features with an elegant user interface. Sync wirelessly with the Mac version of Things over a Wi-Fi network. Things for iPad - $19.99

Toodledo
The iPad version of Toodledo is a task manager that's great as a stand-alone app, but is even better when you sync it with Toodledo.com, a very popular online task management web site. Toodledo - $1.99

Take Notes

Evernote
The popular note-taking app and online service is available for iPad, too. Evernote let's you include images and recordings in your notes. Notes are automatically synced to the Evernote server so you can access them from your Mac, Windows PC and iPhone. Evernote - Free

PaperDesk for iPad
Type notes. Handwrite notes. Draw (in color). Doodle. PaperDesk elegantly mimics a paper notebook. You can record audio, too. And, sync notes to myPaperDesk.com. PaperDesk for iPad - $3.99

MaxJournal for iPad
Turn your iPad into a digital diary or journal. Add photos and other images to journal entries, too. Password protection keeps your journal private. You can export journal entries as text or PDF and backup your journal to your computer - Mac or PC. MacJournal for iPad - $2.99

Connect and Control Your Mac or Windows PC Remotely

iTeleport for iPad
Connect to and control your Mac or Windows PC from anywhere. iTeleport let's you see a remote Mac's screen and operate applications remotely. Access files, too. iTeleport also supports secure connections (VPN-based and SSH).
iTeleport for iPad - $19.99
 

Desktop Connect
View and control your Mac or PC as if you were sitting in front of it. Supports secure connections (VPN-based and SSH). Some versions of Windows require a free companion desktop application. Desktop Connect - $11.99

LogMeIn Ignition
Control your Mac or PC remotely. Requires a LogMeIn account and LogMeIn desktop software (Mac or Windows PC).
LogMeIn Ignition - $99.99

Web Development

Gusto
Manage and maintain multiple web sites. Download multiple files and folders at a time from an FTP server. Edit more than one file (HTML, CSS, PHP, etc.) at a time, using tabs to switch between files. Gusto let's you preview web pages locally. Then, easily upload new and changed files to the web server. Gusto - $9.99

Markup for iPad
A wonderful web development tool. Supports editing of HTML, CSS, PHP and other text files. Plus, view images (such as .png, .jpg, and .gif files), as well as PDFs and documents from iWork, Microsoft Office that are hosted on an FTP server. Markup provides a number of HTML editing conveniences: auto-closing tags and an easy way to type tabs and other special characters. Markup for iPad - $9.99

Other Productivity Apps

OmniGraffle
The best flow charting, diagramming, wire-framing tool available for iPad. Build flow charts, create org charts, draft page layouts, wire-frame a web site, and much more - the iPad version of OmniGraffle makes it easy. Smart guides and objects anchors keep things lined-up and connected as you brainstorm, fine tune ideas and move things around. OmniGraffle - $49.99

Keynote
Create awesome presentations using beautifully designed themes. Add fluid animations and eye-catching effects. Add photos and videos from the Photos app using the Media Browser. Import and edit PowerPoint (and Mac desktop Keynote) presos from email attachments and via iTunes File Sharing. Keynote - $9.99

PrintCentral for iPad
Print documents from your iPad using PrintCentral and their built-in email, document viewer and web browser apps. Supports viewing and printing of documents imported from the iPad Mail app and the iPad versions of Page, Numbers and Keynote. Access and transfer files from MobileMe, DropBox and Box.net. PrintCentral lets you to mount your iPad as a external hard disk on your Mac or PC over a Wi-Fi network, too. PrintCentral for iPad - $8.99

Bento
The iPad version of the popular personal database from FileMaker that’s so easy to use that you'll forget it's a database. Bento comes with 25 ready-to-use database templates that can easily be customized for whatever you need to organize: contacts, Cub Scout information, projects, parties, inventories, expenses and a whole lot more. Bento - $4.99

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Reader Comments (9)

Useful.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAery

Great Apps. Very useful. Thanks

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergadgets

Gusto apps is just perfect for us web developers who are always on the go.


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June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterManuel

Describing about all these apps is amazing. You have said about all the productivity of these apps. Thanks for sharing such an informative post. I appreciate your post a lot.

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMedia server

Thanks for this useful list. One of my favourites is ZoomNotes which is a handwriting app with an unlimited zoom, so you are not constrained to a 'page' like Paper Desk. I find it more intuitive and easier to use than any of the other writing apps.

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJared

Can I sync iPad and iPhone apps without tethered connections?

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJack

I've used about 5 from that list and have found some to be fantastic, and others to be really quite poor.

Those looking at business Apps should also take a look at Liquid Enterprise. It's been developed as a corporate iPad file management solution but with a few extra features. For management, it allows control of sharing and printing privileges as well as offering push notifications as a way of communicating with users. For the users of the iPad App itself, they get the ability to sign and annotate documents, as well as fill out PDF forms, zip, unzip and sort files on their device. Check it out at: http://liquidpresentations.com.au

February 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLuke H

Many services around - such as docs.com - are silverlight/flash based and therefore won't work on iPhone/iPad. I usehttp://share.kagoon.com which convert any document in 4 clicks and shares it facebook, without requiring facebook account access.

July 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdiana

Evernote App and Dropbox App are some of the best apps which people generally include in there app lists. Some goods app here. You can also include Future Scheduler and Location Alerts in this productive iPhone apps list.

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAppsicum

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