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iPad for business: Getting started

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You love the idea of using the iPad for business, but will it really work? Here are some of the best apps to help you make the transition.

1. Office productivity

  • Pages, an Apple product, lets you create, edit and view Word documents.
  • Numbers, another one by Apple, gives you spreadsheet capability with tables, charts, photos and graphics.
  • QuickOffice offers the ability to create, edit and save Excel spreadsheets, Word docs and PowerPoint with tight integration with Dropbox.
  • GoodReader and iAnnotate allow you to look at a PDF, make comments and forward it to someone else. iBooks can also be used to load PDFs through iTunes onto the iPad.
  • Dragon Dictation is a voice-recognition app where you speak and instantly see your text or emails.
  • Evernote lets you save notes, web pages, business cards, photos and screenshots, then indexes them so you can find what you saved later.
  • Instapaper saves web pages so you can read them later.

2. Cloud storage

  • Dropbox is a cloud-storage utility that allows you to keep your files in sync among several devices and computers—your file folder in the cloud. One great feature is its ability to share folders with other Dropbox users.

3. Virtual meetings

  • GoToMeeting lets you host an online meeting with up to 15 people and share any application on your computer in real time. It's helpful for displaying presentations, demonstrating products and holding webinars.

4. Presentations

  • Keynote, by Apple, makes building a presentation a snap. Organize your presentation with the slide navigator—it shows a handy thumbnail view of your slides. Just plug the iPad into the projector and you're ready to go.

5. Printing

  • AirPrint from Apple gives you wireless printing right from the iPad. iPad automatically locates and connects to AirPrint-enabled printers on your Wi-Fi network.

6. Virtual desktop

  • Cloud Client by Leveno allows you to run virtually any desktop Windows-based application on an iPad.
  • Citrix Receiver for iPad provides iPad owners secure access to all of their corporate Windows applications and desktops.

7. Business transactions

  • Square handles business credit card transactions and provides a digital receipt, which is sent to the recipient's email address.

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