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Slideshow: 10 iPad Productivity Apps

January 26, 2011
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/217943
Dropbox

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Dropbox

What it does in five words or less: Dropbox Sync, back-up, access files, folders

Price: Free

Best feature: Offline caching of favorite/most-viewed files

Could it be better?: Navigation can be tedious -- too many steps

Documents To Go

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Documents To Go

What it does in five words or less: Documents To Go Word, Excel, PowerPoint document editing

Price: $16.99 for Premium -- Office Suite, other versions vary

Best feature: Move docs from Dropbox, SugarSync, other online accounts

Could it be better?: Online sync with Google seems glitchy; Dropbox sync is fine

Evernote

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Evernote

What it does in five words or less: Organizational repository replaces your brain

Price: Free

Best feature: File tagging and bulletin board-style notebook presentation

Could it be better?: Stores photos, but will be even better when the iPad adds a camera

ServiceMax

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ServiceMax

What it does in five words or less: Tools for field employees

Price: Free

Best feature: Integrates with data from Salesforce.com

Could it be better?: If only it monitored their every move

Keynote

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Keynote

What it does in five words or less: Better looking, more useful PowerPoint

Price: $9.99

Best feature: iPad projector connectivity makes it sing for presentations

Could it be better?: No syncing with Keynote presentations created off iPad

Penultimate

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Penultimate

What it does in five words or less: iPad's best stylus note-taking app

Price: $3.99

Best feature: Accurate handwriting recognition, multiple pen styles

Could it be better?:Wrist protection doesn't work as well for southpaws

Numbers

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Numbers

What it does in five words or less: Better looking, more useful Excel

Price: $9.99

Best feature: Undo option sure helps when you are fudging your numbers

Could it be better?: Sync with existing Excel docs could be easier

Nomadesk

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Nomadesk

What it does in five words or less: Data storage, multi-device accessible

Price: Free trial, $15 per month per file server

Best feature: Can track a stolen iPad and let you remotely "shred" files

Could it be better?: Still working our way through 57-page Getting Started guide

MicroStrategy

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MicroStrategy

What it does in five words or less: Mobile Business intelligence software goes mobile

Price: Free licenses for as many as 25 users

Best feature: Can set threshold alerts for when business metrics are achieved

Could it be better?: Probably a bit much for most small businesses

ZigZag Board

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ZigZag Board

What it does in five words or less:Whiteboard in your hand<

Price: $4.99

Best feature: No squeaky pen noises or ink stains on your fingers

Could it be better?: More pen colors and ability to merge with content from other programs

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