For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found eight great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have included eight productivity apps in this week’s bundle. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best and most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis.
We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great apps and we’ll continue to look for the best apps on a weekly basis. Be sure to check them out because these apps might just be what you’re looking for.
This week’s category is: Best Productivity Apps for iPad Owners
1. GoDocs for Google Docs™ ($4.99) – Having had the pleasure of reviewing this app recently, it has become one of the most important tools in my kit. Extending Google Docs functionality to your iPad, this app allows you to store and then subsequently edit and share all of your documents, regardless of format. More advanced features like the ability to add multiple Google Docs accounts means being able to segregate your work documents from those that are personal while accessing them from the same devices.
2. OmniFocus for iPad ($39.99) – On the surface this might appear like just another task list tracking app but the truth is that it achieves a sophistication far beyond what the competition can offer. If you have a very busy life combined with a career that carries several responsibilities (and counting) then it might be time to move beyond the ‘post-it notes on the side of your computer screen’ approach to task management. Use OmniFocus to organize, prioritize and accomplish all of the projects in your life.
3. Shopping List ($2.99) – While many people pigeon-hole this app as being useful for grocery shopping, I think it takes the idea a lot further. Sure you may need or want to put groceries on your shopping list but use it for all of the errands you want to run and keep track of everything you have to pick up. I personally have a list for all of the main stores I shop at (consider: WalMart, Costco, your favorite business supplies store, your regular butcher, that place you buy your shipping materials, etc.) as well as lists for miscellaneous and ‘need to find out where to buy’ items.
4. Evernote (Free) – Not only is the price right, but the functionality is there in addition! Evernote is the virtual notepad that everybody can use, whether you want to be able to remember the things that pop into our brain or you like keeping little reminders with the little details from your busy life. Attach pictures or audio to make your notes even more useful and worthwhile and enjoy the wireless and effortless syncing of your notes between all of your devices including your desktop computers.
5. GoodReader for iPad ($4.99) – There are plenty of options when it comes to robust PDF readers and editors for the iPad, but very few are described as the “Swiss Army knife of awesome!” by Mashable, and I couldn’t agree more. Supporting most of the popular file formats even beyond just PDF and offering seamless and effortless syncing between all of the major file services, this is an app that can prove to be very useful. Should it prove useful, annotate your documents with text and drawings in a variety of styles.
6. Feeddler RSS Reader Pro ($4.99) – How many sites a day do you visit for news? Take advantage of the considerable number of RSS feeds and view them from a single source that also keeps track of what you’ve read versus what you haven’t. Feeddler hooks up to your existing Google Reader account which means you can easily add and remove feeds from your desktop with the same ease you can on your other devices. Automatic syncing will also track whether you’ve read material on other devices so you are never duplicating your efforts or wasting your time.
7. Dragon Dictation (Free) – The novelty of accurate voice transcription is a reality with Dragon Dictation. Whether you are a slow typist or you want to compose an e-mail while you are on-the-go and not able to keep your eyes (and fingers) on your screen, this app will capture everything you say and make it available to all of the other apps on your iPad. The one trick (downfall) is that it does require an active Internet connection. Built-in editing allows for the suggestion of any words that were not recognized.
8. Instapaper ($4.99) – How many times have you been linked to a great looking blog post or article that would be a good read… if only you had time. Instapaper lets you grab web content and save it for later (offine) viewing. This is especially useful for those of you with WiFi only versions of the iPad who may want to read your news and other documents on your commute home or anywhere that Internet access may be unreliable. The side-benefit is that the content you saved can be adjusted for viewing with a more comfortable font, better character spacing as well as optimization settings for reading while in the dark. If you have a large library of content, organize it into folders making it even easier to browse!
Notes: For additional information, check out the PadGadget Apps Tracker. Our tracker provides an easy way to constantly monitor the App Store to find the best iPad apps for you. If you loved these apps, be sure to check out our Weekly Series list of apps for the iPad.