Top ten iPad apps for Business

4th Jul 2012 | 08:45

Top ten iPad apps for Business

The best iPad apps for the business user

We could have duplicated the top ten business apps for iPhone here, as nearly all of the top ten iPhone apps have iPad versions – but we do recommend that you download these apps on to your iPad anyway. But instead we've opted for the ten business apps that make best use of the high-resolution screen.

1/ Todo for iPad

Todo for iPad is a work planner that will keep you on top of all your projects and plans and uses the large screen to give even more clarity to your task list. Todo also allows you to sync your work planner across any other Apple devices via iCloud, or to other devices using Todo Online, Dropbox, iCal and Outlook.

The latest version (5.2.4) sees the return of some tasks taken out in the previous version and we're promised a whole swathe of new features in the next release see for more info.


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2/ Hootsuite

Hootsuite is the Swiss army knife of social networks. It allows you to view and participate in all of your social networks with just one interface.

Hootsuite allows you to see who's saying what on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and on other social networks. You can make posts to multiple networks, add pictures, check your popularity with its' built in analytics, and create short URLs.

Free (The free service is limited to 5 social profiles and is ad-supported, the full version gives you unlimited profiles and additional features and costs $9.99 per month - there's a 30 day free trial)

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3/ Adobe Photoshop Touch

Photoshop has been the goto application for image manipulation since it's launch. Adobe Photoshop Touch takes the power of Photoshop and puts it on to the iPad - version 2 and 3 only - and the results are spectacular..

With Photoshop Touch you can combine images, apply professional effects and transform images with standard Photoshop features such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters.

Other features include:

  • Use your iPad camera to fill an area on a layer with the unique camera fill feature.
  • Select part of an image to extract by scribbling with the Scribble Selection tool. With Refine Edge, use your fingertip to capture even hard-to-select image elements, like hair, with ease.
  • Search and acquire images with the integrated Google Image Search.
  • Share images on Facebook and view comments right within the app.
  • Browse galleries for styles and results. Then follow step-by-step tutorials to easily learn techniques the pros use for great-looking results.
  • Use AirPrint for wireless printing of Photoshop Touch projects.


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4/ Numbers

Numbers is a spread sheet app designed specifically for mobile devices.

Built from the ground up, it lets you make compelling spread sheets in minutes — with tables, charts, photos, and graphics — using just your fingers.

Choose from over 250 easy-to-use functions. Enter data and explore results with sliders, steppers, pop-ups, and intelligent keyboards. Numbers works with iCloud, so your spread sheets stay up to date across all your iOS devices — automatically. And the Retina display on the new iPad makes everything you do in Numbers even more brilliant.


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5/ ZigZag Board

ZigZag Board is a collaborative whiteboard that's great for brainstorming, block diagrams, timelines, process maps, etc either on your own or in real-time with others.

With ZigZag you and others can all work on and see the same diagram, no matter where you are in the world, and no matter what device you are on.

There's no subscription required for the people you invite to join your meeting, and that includes Mac and PC users as well as iPad users.

Free (meetings cost £1.49 to host)

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6/ Popplet

Mind-mapping tool Popplet is another iPhone app that benefits from the iPad's larger screen. Popplet is a platform for your ideas. With Popplet you can capture your ideas, sort them visually, and collaborate with others in real-time.

Popplet Lite is free but you are limited to just one popplet. The full version of Popplet lets you create an unlimited number of local popplets, which are stored on your iPad. You can also use the full version to create online popplets, which can be shared with and edited by other Popplet users, both on the web at and on via the iPad application.

Free (£2.99 for unlimited version)

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7/ Word Lens

Word Lens is an on-the-fly translation service. Point the iPads' camera at anything you need translating, like a menu, road sign, or a document, and magically the iPad translates the document into English.

You can also type directly into Word Lens and Word Lens will translate. There's no need to be connected as all the translation is done on the iPad.

Word Lens is currently limited to just French and Spanish.

Free (Translation packs are now available for £2.99 - down from £6.99 - so hurry and get your packs now)

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8/ PDF Reader Pro

PDF Reader Pro takes the standard PDF reader and adds so much more. It enables you to view large PDFs on your iPad, convert a variety of file formats directly into PDFs, and you can fill and sign PDF forms.

PDF Reader Pro also allows you to annotate PDFs with sticky notes, and sync any file, or folder, on your device through iCloud and share files on Dropbox, GoogleDocs, Sugarsync and more.

Version 2.8 now supports the iPad 3 retina display and has some speed updates and a price reduction to just £1.99 down from £3.99.


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9/ OmniGraffle

Need to create a quick diagram, process chart, page layout, website wireframe, or graphic design? With OmniGraffle, your iPad touch screen is your canvas, graph paper, whiteboard, or beer mat.

Using simple multi-touch gestures you can draw shapes, drag in objects, and style everything until it's just right. Smart guides help you organise your document in a flash, and when you're done, you can share your creations via PDF export, or open them in OmniGraffle for Mac.


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10 / Penultimate

Penultimate is the closest you can get to having a pen and paper on the iPad. With it you can take notes, keep sketches, or share your next breakthrough idea - in the office, on the go, or home on the sofa.

Penultimate can manage as many notebooks as you can create, each with an infinite number of pages. View your list in a notebook carousel - or sort and scroll in a fast grid view. When your notebooks get large, you can browse quickly through all pages, or insert, delete, duplicate, and reorganise pages within and between notebooks.

With version 3.3.1 Numbers is now updated to work with the iPad 3 high-resolution retina display


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