Documents To Go® – Office Suite – DataViz, Inc. – $9.99 or Documents To Go® Premium – Office Suite – DataViz, Inc. – $16.99 Besides its compact, sleek style and outstanding battery life, the ability to buy an app for under $10 that allows you to create, edit, save and email documents from Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as the iWork Suite) is downright awesome. Apple’s Office iWork is also a great option if you want to throw down a few more dollars.
OmniFocus – $39.99 (worth every penny) – I use this app like it’s going out of style! OmniFocus for iPad combines the in-depth task management features of a desktop app with the advanced mobile experience of the iPad. With flexible viewing options, location-aware task lists, and on-the-fly task entry with voice notes and image attachments, OmniFocus for iPad is the trusted system you need for managing everything in your busy life.
DropBox – Free – This is by far one of my most used daily apps … Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Access any file you save to your Dropbox from all your computers, iPhone, iPad and even the Dropbox website.
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.
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.
PayPal – Free – 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contracts HD – $9.99 – Since I do a lot of traveling and find myself pitching new business quite a bit, I’ve found this app very useful. It comes with 10 standard contracts (NDA, photo permission, Bill of Sale, etc.) and it’s library of other contracts makes it one of the favorite top office apps. It also allows you to auto populate your business information for quick use.
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.
In conclusion, it’s not just about the top office apps, but also the top iPad accessories that will make you one tough, iPad power user that is bound by no boundaries. You are an iPad warrior, a true pioneer with a bounty of top office apps. Go get ’em tiger.