Check out the free Clock Weather News app … checking on all three at once will help you save time for other important things. With the post-pc world coming into a major tippping point with the introduction of the iPad and now iPad 2 along with the numerous tablets coming to the market such as the HP TouchPad with webOS, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked what are the top free office apps for iPad 2?
More often than not, I’m quick to point out that the best office app for iPad 2 you should download is Documents to Go, but that’s $9.99 and you want the top free office apps for iPad 2. Okay, okay.
The iPad, with it’s extraordinary touch interface and small, yet powerful build, made a post-pc world a reality. Since Apple introduced it, I’ve been a mobile computer iPad power user and thus have been in search of the top free office apps for iPad 2 and iPad classic.
If your wallet needs some thinning and price is no problem, be sure to check out my top office apps list that includes keyboards, sexy iPad 2 case, word processing, productivity tools, best office suite for iPad 2, etc. I use every app on the list daily and they have seriously increased my productivity and they are my mobile office apps for iPad. They’re also my getting things done iPad apps.
If you’re a bit more thrifty and want to be as productive as possible for the least amount as possible, with no further a due, I present to you the top free office apps for iPad 2 and iPad classic.
Evernote – Free – This is probably one of the most popular free office apps for iPad 2 or iPhone. It’s been covered by all the major outlets and for good reason… it works very well. Create tex, photo and audio notes, synchronize with Pac, PC and web as well as a litany of other features. Mark notes as favorites for quick access, this is great for notes, ideas, GTD, etc.
Documents – Free – Ranked #1 in 40 countries, this is the ultimate free mobile office app. It allows you to edit and manage spreadsheet and text files… while not as robust as most paid office suites for the iPad 2, this is a very good alternative and works both online and offline. The best thing about it is the option to synchronize files to your Google Documents account and then be able to open your files on PC or Mac.
FileApp – Free – One major omission from the iOS software is a proper file manager. Luckily, this app provides this very basic function in a simplistic and easy to use way. Quickly read images, PDF, MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), iWork (Pages, Numbers and Keynotes), OpenDocuments (OpenOffice), Plain Text, Rich Text, Audio, Video, Web archives, HTML, ZIP, etc. It’s very useful.
Notes or Moleskine – Free – I find that I’m not always in need of the processing power of Word. In fact, unless I’m reviewing someone’s work, I usually find myself using the simple Notes app that comes equipped with the iPad. It’s quick, reliable and with one tap of the button can be emailed off to your colleague or client. However, since I do write a lot, but still don’t need the full capabilities of Microsoft Office, I’ve started using Moleskine. Complete with color coding, customizable categories and a litany of other functions, it’s fast becoming my go-to note taker. Such a great free office apps for iPad 2.
Dragon Dictation – Free – Ever have ideas flowing through your head and nobody to listen to them or write them down for you? With this app you’ll be brain dumping in no time. In fact, I used it to write this app description. I always have a million thoughts going through my head and sometimes don’t want the typing of it to get in the way of the actual idea. Just make sure you have a hotspot and you’re ready to rock the speech to text. It’s truly amazing to see the app work.
WordPress – Free – As mentioned above, it is by far my most used top office iPad app. However, I’m a writer so therefor I’m on it constantly. The only shortcoming is the lack of quickly inserting links, which you have to do manually. Other than that, logging into your blog, writing posts, insert images, creating pages, checking stats and comments has never been easier.
Skype – Free – With travels and oversees clients, I’ve found Skype to be the industry standard for connecting on the cheap. Just think how big your phone bill would be if you had to take an hour long international conference call. No thanks. Everyone has Skype now days and it’s easy as pie to use. Better yet, it’s free.
Square – Free with transaction fees – If you’re in a position where you need to setup a mobile register, this app is just the ticket. I’ve used it multiple times to accept payments from photo clients and other new business clients. It’s like a little register in your pocket and the latest update allows you to track popular items as well as use it as an actual register. Thanks Twitter co-founder. A must have free office apps for iPad 2.
PayPal – Free with transaction fees – Since I run a few websites that have goods for sell as well as the fact that I write for a few other sites that require I use PayPal to accept payment, this app is very useful for creating invoices, requesting payments and transferring money between accounts. More importantly, it’s safe and secure.
Stickies – Free – Are you a lover of Post-Its? Do you find sometimes you wish you had a digital version of them? Well now you do with Stickies and they’re free. Type notes, select colors, rearrange on the dashboard… simple and easy.
MailChimp – Free – One of the most powerful newsletter tools. And it’s free for us small newsletter writers. The ability to manage subscribers and track your campaign performance is absolutely awesome. And as you grow so due their services, albeit with a fee, but the free version is amazing and very robust.
Jumbo Calculator – Free – Everyone is in need of a calculator every once in a while and using the small keys can be ridiculously frustrating. However, this app allows you to take up the entire iPad screen with jumbo keys for effortless calculations.
HootSuite – Free – As Twitter has grown into a must for everyone so has the amount of third-party apps to harness the marketing and communication power of the service. I’ve found Hootsuite to be the easiest platform to use. I manage multiple accounts for myself and clients and have found it easy to work between accounts without getting to confused as to which account is which. The extended version has even more power. One of the TOP free office apps for iPad 2.
What else makes you productive?
These top free office apps for iPad 2 and iPad classic will help you get things done and will offer a mostly complete mobile office solution. I’ve been working virtually for the past three years and was a laptop junkie and now that I have the iPad, I’ve been hell bent on uncovering the top free office apps for iPad 2 and iPad classic so will continue to try and update this list.
Of course, let us know if you have any free office apps for iPad 2 that should be on the list and we’ll check it out.