TouchMyApps » Business http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:08:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Huge sale on Polaris Office from $19.99 to $0.99 http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/11/29/huge-sale-on-polaris-office-from-19-99-to-0-99/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/11/29/huge-sale-on-polaris-office-from-19-99-to-0-99/#comments Fri, 29 Nov 2013 23:42:31 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=73414 It is that day where everyone is out buying the latest trending gadgets, clothes, and other Christmas gifts for their loved ones. However, I have opted to stay at home this Black Friday and enjoy some of the online deals that are already hitting the marketplace today before Cyber Monday even arrives. Since Black Friday … Read more]]>

It is that day where everyone is out buying the latest trending gadgets, clothes, and other Christmas gifts for their loved ones. However, I have opted to stay at home this Black Friday and enjoy some of the online deals that are already hitting the marketplace today before Cyber Monday even arrives. Since Black Friday hit early, I suppose some other big brands are also jumping in early to offer great deals online on some of the apps in iTunes. Namely, the one I am really raving about is the Polaris Office app for iPad or the iPhone.

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As someone who often travels and/or does speaking engagements, I don’t always have access to Microsoft Office from my laptop. Instead, I often have out my iPhone or iPad reviewing some of the notes I have made. The unfortunate part is that there are times I would like to edit my notes or make changes to some of the things I am writing on. The downside of using the iPad or iPhone has always been the inability to make those necessary changes. In fact, what you typically get is a picture-like image of a document. You can read it, but it’s often small print and never editable. With Polaris Office, they have made the impossible possible!

Not only can you make the necessary changes, but viewing the Microsoft Office documents is also much nicer. As noted above, a big issue was the readability of the documents themselves. The print was much too small, and when you zoom in, this required scrolling back and forth to read full length lines. The Polaris Office app now allows the documents to be viewable in a nice mobile format for quality viewing. It is the difference in viewing a website that is not mobile friendly versus one that is. It requires much less effort.

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In addition, the ability to make necessary changes has greatly increased my productivity. I still enjoy my Microsoft Office. It is a piece of software I have used for years. I intend on continuing to use it because it is what I prefer over other document creation software available. Now, with this app, I see that at times making those necessary changes has become that much easier while I’m on the go. The ability to make changes to documents while on a plane or sitting in an airport without having to pull out my laptop is absolutely of great value.

Lastly, the format of the app itself has a really clean and simple design, which is my preference. The focus is on the ability to view the document, not the app itself which gives you maximum view of the documents. Too many app designers look out for the design of the app, but they do not necessarily think about the functionality of it. I think there is a good compromise here. The functionality is the primary focus and minimalist look of the app makes it accomplish what it has set out to do, viewing and editing your Microsoft Office products on an iPad or iPhone

Get it for $0.99 instead of $19.99 for a limited time only!

Polaris Office Polaris Office - $0.99

 

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Splashtop 2 – Remote Desktop released for iPhone and iPod Touch, FREE for a limited time http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/17/splashtop-2-remote-desktop-released-for-iphone-and-ipod-touch-free-for-a-limited-time/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/17/splashtop-2-remote-desktop-released-for-iphone-and-ipod-touch-free-for-a-limited-time/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:04:16 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70322 Splashtop has consistently been one of the most popular remote access and desktop control apps for iOS, and iPhone and iPod Touch users will benefit even more now with the release of Splashtop 2. Version 2.0 was first made available for the iPad ($6.99) several months ago, now with improvements in speed, reliability, security and support for Retina … Read more]]>

Splashtop has consistently been one of the most popular remote access and desktop control apps for iOS, and iPhone and iPod Touch users will benefit even more now with the release of Splashtop 2. Version 2.0 was first made available for the iPad ($6.99) several months ago, now with improvements in speed, reliability, security and support for Retina Display hitting the iPhone. So why would you want to use such an app? Well for starters, remote access apps like Splashtop allow you to control your desktop/laptop right from the comforts of your iDevices. So even if you’re away from your computer, you can still work on that Word document, or even watch videos that are located on your hard drive.

To make the connection, you first need to install Splashtop 2 on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, then install the Splashtop Streamer on your PC or Mac. If it’s your first time using Splashtop, you’ll also need to create an account before getting started (simply follow the prompts on the screen). Once you’ve logged in via the streamer app, fire up Splashtop 2 on your iDevice and tap on the computer you wish to remotely connect to. Within seconds, the desktop environment will automagically be transported into your mobile screen.

True to their word, I’ve found Splashtop 2 snappier than before, and logging in is a breeze. For a quick test, I used my iPhone 5 to open VLC on my iMac and played an episode of American Dad. The video booted up quickly, the audio came through loud and clear via the phone’s speakers and the stream was surprisingly smooth. Graphic intensive games can be played as well according to the developers, though I have yet to give this a try.

Splashtop 2 is now FREE for a limited time, after which the price will jump to $4.99. Do note that remote access is always free under Wifi connections, though if you need to connect to your desktop via 3G/4G (basically away from home or the office), you will need to purchase the “Anywhere Access Pack” from within the app. It’s $0.99 for a month or $9.99 for the year. Rest assured that using 3G/4G to access your computer is fully secured thanks to the transfer of data using SSL with 256-bit AES encryption.

Splashtop 2 - Remote Desktop for iPhone & iPod Splashtop, Splashtop 2 – Remote Desktop for iPhone & iPod - Free

App Description

Splashtop is the easiest and fastest way to access your Mac or Windows PC from your iPhone & iPod! Over 8 million users are enjoying Splashtop apps today, and you should too!

Use Splashtop to access your computer on the local network, with best-in-class video and audio streaming performance, Micorosft Office Suite and PDF viewing and editing, full browser access with Flash / Java support (IE, Chrome, Firefox), playing 3D PC / MAC games, and access all your media library and documents. . Put your PC or Mac in your pocket!

Apple named Splashtop as “Apple’s Top 25 best-selling iPad app of All-Time” (April 2012). It’s also:
#1 iPhone business app in 62 countries
#1 iPad business app in 100+ countries

* Access all of your programs and files with 100% compatibility, including PowerPoint, Keynote, Word, Excel, Outlook, Quicken, IE, Chrome, Safari, and all other PC/Mac applications

* Use your full desktop browser (IE, Chrome, Firefox) with Flash and Java support, all of your bookmarks, and your favorite plug-ins

* Watch all the videos that are playable only on your computer, including Flash (Hulu, Youtube, etc.), DVDs, and Windows Media Player

* Listen to the music library on your computer, whatever format it’s in (WMA, RealAudio, MP3, AAC, etc.)

* Play 3D games and all the Flash games (FarmVille, CityVille, etc.)

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Optional In-App Purchase – buy Anywhere Access Pack to access your computer over 3G/4G or from across the Internet, via our global network of secure, high-performance servers:
– Access across Internet over 3G/4G and Wi-Fi
– Optimized streaming performance under varying network conditions
– Fully secured via SSL with 256-bit AES encryption
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Notes:
1. Install Splashtop Streamer on your PC (Windows 7, Vista, and XP) or Mac (Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion). Download for free from www.splashtop.com/streamer
2. A computer with dual-core CPU is strongly recommended for best performance
3. The purchase of this app includes license to access up to 5 computers
4. Compatible with iPhone 3GS and newer and iPod touch (3rd generation and later)

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PDF PROvider for iPad now free for a day http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/09/26/pdf-provider-for-ipad-now-free-for-a-day/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/09/26/pdf-provider-for-ipad-now-free-for-a-day/#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2012 18:06:12 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70017 Dar-Soft, developers of several well received printing and PDF apps for iOS has dropped the price of PDF PROvider to FREE. Previously at $6.99, this robust business app lets you convert, view, merge and manage all your PDF files in one place. So whether you’ve found a webpage or have a file in your Dropbox/email that you … Read more]]>

Dar-Soft, developers of several well received printing and PDF apps for iOS has dropped the price of PDF PROvider to FREE. Previously at $6.99, this robust business app lets you convert, view, merge and manage all your PDF files in one place. So whether you’ve found a webpage or have a file in your Dropbox/email that you want converted into a one glorious PDF file, PDF PROvider will do the trick. A recent 2.0 update also added the ability to convert maps (all done from within the app), PDF annotation tools, batch conversions and more. This price drop is only good for today, so if you’ve been looking for a capable PDF manager AND converter for your iPad, be sure to grab it now.

PDF PROvider Dar-Soft, PDF PROvider - Free

What’s New in Version 2.0.0

- Updated interface
- Improved internal browser
- Converting web pages from all popular browsers
- Maps converting capability
- PDF annotation tools
- Adding geo-illustrations to PDF documents
- Converting documents in a batch
- Converting multiple images
- Advanced file manager
- Improved Dropbox support
- Overall performance improvements

Description

PDF PROvider is being offered for free for today only thanks to AppBump in the new AppsGoneFree app
★★★ iOS 6 Compatible ★★★
★ PDF PROvider is a full-cycle portable PDF factory★

PDF PROvider is the most enhanced PDF converter, viewer, merger and manager in one pack.
Create reports, research papers, material selections from different sources, offline reading packs, etc.
It allows converting Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Pages, Numbers, Keynote files, HTML pages, Photos, Maps and Contacts and merging all types of documents and ready PDFs into a single PDF file.

✓ Convert files from different sources
Get your files from Box, Dropbox, MobileMe iDisk and via iTunes File Sharing to convert them to PDF format. Once installed PDF PROvider appears in the “Open In…” list for many popular file types. Thus you can convert attachments from Mail and documents opened with Safari. Use batch conversion to create several PDF documents with no extra taps.

✓ Convert Web content
Using the internal web browser you can surf the Internet and convert web pages to PDF format one by one from different web sources into multi-page PDF document. To save web pages when using Safari, Opera, Dolphin or any of your favourite browser, just bookmark them. Making simple settings allows you to use Bookmarks for this purpose in a convenient way. You can also change manually “http://” to “pdfpro://” in the browser address bar to launch the application.

✓ Manage documents
PDF PROvider provides handy capabilities to manage converted PDF documents. Use File Manager to view, sort, organize by folders or share your PDFs. Use advanced settings to choose the most convenient way to view converted PDFs, such as Night Reading Mode.

✓ Process PDF documents
PDF PROvider allows advanced processing of PDF documents – reorder or delete pages. You can merge several documents of any supported format into single PDF document, e.g. include text documents, Excel tables and photos into your PDF report. You can combine several previously converted PDF documents to send them as a single file and be sure that the sequence of document view will be correct. With a special Merge dialog you can define the documents sequence in the output PDF file.

✓ Enrich PDFs with illustrations
When you get the converted PDF documents you may want to annotate them before sharing to others. You can add notes, highlight text, insert stamps. PDF Provider allows you to enrich your document with additional visual content such as pictures and geo illustrations.

✓ Read and Share PDF documents
Converted PDF files could be opened in iBooks for best reading experience. Also, you can send PDFs by e-mail, open in other apps and even transfer to computer over USB using iTunes File Sharing.

Save to PDF and share:
• Pages, Numbers and Keynote documents
• Word, Excel and PowerPoint files
• Photos
• Pictures and Texts from Clipboard
• Contacts
• Web pages
• Maps

With PDF PROvider you can:
• Merge several documents of different formats into single PDF in required order
• Transfer documents from desktop computers
• Copy&Paste notes from the Notes application
• Open documents from Mail and Safari, MobileMe iDisk, Box and other cloud storage applications
• View web pages
• Synchronize documents or pictures with your Dropbox account for converting and merging.

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Parker Planner 1.4 in Review – Solid Start but Can’t Wait for 2.0 http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/08/14/parker-planner-1-4-in-review-solid-start-but-cant-wait-for-2-0/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/08/14/parker-planner-1-4-in-review-solid-start-but-cant-wait-for-2-0/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2012 20:36:56 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=69283 There are two kinds of people: one who cares about productivity apps, the other not so much. If you are among the latter, you may consider skipping this review. But if you – like me – enjoy checking out the latest attempts in raising ones productivity levels, then you may already have heard about Parker … Read more]]>

There are two kinds of people: one who cares about productivity apps, the other not so much. If you are among the latter, you may consider skipping this review. But if you – like me – enjoy checking out the latest attempts in raising ones productivity levels, then you may already have heard about Parker Planner. Ethan Parker and his team left the paper planner business in order to concentrate on creating the perfect day planning app. Let’s see how far along they are!

First Impressions

Even the Parker Planner logo is easy on the eyes

Parker Planner really looks great. While it is not the be-all and end-all, the design can definitely be a deal-breaker for many. PP uses red and white to spice up its otherwise smooth grey interface. Recently they also added the choice of a blue or green theme, and they only show on the current day/week/month views. Once you scroll ahead or backwards, the UI will turn gray. You may also elect to add a paper-like texture to the background, which I found a little rough. The main screen (which is really the main feature of the app) is the day view; it includes a timetable view on the left half of the screen, and a split right side with to-dos on the top and notes below. To me this split day view has a lot of potential, however it feels a little unpolished just yet. You will see my reasons in a second.

Color coded events in past (gray) day view

Usability

People with a busy schedule – or those without a laser sharp memory – like to start their mornings by going over the tasks and events of the day ahead. For that this split day view is a great idea, as one can see everything at a glance. Parker Planner handles all the usual Calendars and does show the color codes already set in the built-in iOS calendar. The available day/week/month/notes/to-dos views are all clear and straight forward. There are some flaws of course , though none of which would not be too hard to fix.

Day View – Calendars, To-dos, Notes

Events are displayed in separate rows, which result in a great overview. But on the flip side, we can only see up to six rows (events or breaks) at a time. No matter what time of the day it is, day view always shows the timetable from 8AM even when it’s already 6PM. I would definitely welcome the option to change this default value, or at least have it start from the present time. It would also be great if one could zoom in and out for either more details or events to be displayed on screen. While adding a new item is easy (just click on an empty time slot), such new events will always start at :00 minutes and last for one hour. If you want anything else, you first have to create an event and after tapping it again, you will be presented with the calendar.app event edit window (not Apple’s best creation) to make your changes. Quick and effective event creation is one of the most important features of scheduler apps, and this is one of the most important areas where Parker Planner needs to improve upon.

Going over to the to-dos section, you may find it very easy to add a new item: just tap on the top (blank) row and type. A done task can be checked off easily by tapping on the square next to it. Unfortunately the items cannot be reorganized (neither here nor in the Todos view) – you always see the latest unchecked on the top and only four of them are visible. No due dates, no alarms can be set. On a positive note incomplete to-dos carry over to any date.

If you decide to use Parker Planner as your go-to productivity app, the notes feature is very handy. It works smoothly – just tap and type. The box becomes scrollable if the text is larger than the area.

Today's events with notes and to-dos hidden (red theme)

Week View

Again, we get a solid overview, with all day events in the top row and the actual schedule (8:00-17:00) below. Current time is not displayed. Sadly, events cannot be added or edited from here (if you tap on an event it prompts to the day-view).

Month View

Month view to me feels like strictly a navigation point. You don’t know how many events you have on the days of the month;  you only get a sort of heat map with color coded squares. The colors reflect the calendar of the item, while the number of squares strangely stand for how busy the day is (and not the actual number of events). One can easily go to a day with a single tap, or to a week with a swipe.

Week view in blue

To-dos, Notes, List View, Jump to

In the to-dos view we can see both incomplete and completed tasks, add new ones and check off or delete anyone of them. Due dates and notification options are missing here, too. A real downer for me. Notes are nothing spectacular, just a regular list view of notes and their creation date. That said, it works well. Meanwhile, List View shows all the events (to-dos are excluded) in active calendars and you can long tap on items to edit them. You may also directly jump to any past or future date.

Month view, green theme with texture

Settings and Conclusion

To me customization is the key to having a great productivity app. Parker Planner – for now – lacks such flexibility. Other than calendar selection, choice of color theme, we don’t get much else. No preferred week start, no defining work hours, no notification options, no default calendar selection, etc. Without deep settings options Parker Planner can easily fall short for a lot of users.

And that is my main problem with this app in its current state: because of the lack of flexibility, it requires more steps than necessary. In general, it has a sort of beta-version feel to it, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it provides plenty of hope that it may still fulfill its potential. For this potential, I recommend Parker Planner for those who are consistently on the look out for promising calendar apps – if for nothing else than to review it yourself and help the enthusiastic dev team with your feedback.

Go tap it – I certainly have!

Tap It Rating - 3/5

App Summary
Title: Parker Planner Developer: Parker Planners
Reviewed Ver: Min OS Req: 5.0
Price: $0.99 App Size:
  • Nice design
  • Great overview
  • Intergration of events, to-dos and notes
  • What works works well
  • Plenty of room for improvement
  • Very few setting options
  • No due dates, no notification
  • General beta-version feeling
  • Plenty of room for improvement

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Scanner Pro 4 released, iPad support added http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/04/10/scanner-pro-4-released-ipad-support-added/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/04/10/scanner-pro-4-released-ipad-support-added/#comments Tue, 10 Apr 2012 19:17:05 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=67556 Scanner Pro, one of the most popular portable document scanner and business apps for the iPhone, is now compatible with the iPad (2nd and 3rd gen) thanks to the 4.0 update today. Redesigned from the ground up, users can finally take snap shots of their receipts, documents and notes and turn them into PDFs on … Read more]]>

Scanner Pro, one of the most popular portable document scanner and business apps for the iPhone, is now compatible with the iPad (2nd and 3rd gen) thanks to the 4.0 update today. Redesigned from the ground up, users can finally take snap shots of their receipts, documents and notes and turn them into PDFs on their iPads. Scans can also be uploaded to Dropbox, Evernote (add tags and choose notebooks) and GoogleDocs for added convenience. Also new are the revamped processing engine (image processing is even faster now), folder management and ability to search by name and date. The Scanner Pro 4 update is now available and free for those who’ve already purchased the app, or $6.99 for new users.

Scanner Pro: scan multipage documents, upload to Dropbox and Evernote Readdle, Scanner Pro - $6.99

What’s New in Version 4.0

- Universal app: Scanner Pro works great on the new iPad and iPhones
- Completely new app for iPad with revamped interface and processing engine
- Blazingly fast image processing
- Organize your scan into folders
- Search by name/date options

Please note: you have to use the new iPad to get the best results.

Description

#1 Business App in US, Italy, France, Australia, UK and 20 more countries recently!
Scanner Pro transforms iPhone and iPad into a portable scanner in your hands. It allows you to scan checks, agreements, whiteboards, pages and even multipage documents. After scanning, you can email them and even upload to Dropbox, MobileMe iDisk or any other WebDAV enabled server. Evernote integration is there too.

★ I will confess to some serious love for Scanner Pro ★
Rick Broida, CNET

★ Possibly the best of the scanner apps in the App Store ★
Patrick Clark, MacNN

Scanner Pro easily handles situations when you have a hard copy document that should be sent by email and there is no scanner nearby. The application incorporates special algorithms to enhance image quality and make it as readable as possible.

With Scanner Pro you can scan:
✓Documents
✓Business cards
✓Receipts
✓Notes
✓Whiteboards

What Scanner Pro allows you to do:

★ Scan documents
Scanner Pro handles any type of documents ranging from a receipt to multipage agreements. You can add, move, delete pages and even combine pages in landscape and portrait orientations

★ Process image smartly
Automatic edge detection and advanced image processing will help you to get great scans blazingly fast. You can adjust crop area manually, by tapping right on the screen

★ Set custom page size
Custom page size is supported to fit physical size of the original document. It is very handy for scanning receipts

★ Make Industry standard PDF files
All scanned document are produced as industry standard PDF files

★ Protect documents with password
Scanner Pro allows you to set password for PDF files you create. Only people who know the password will be able to open the document

★ Transfer documents to Mac and PC
Mount Scanner Pro as a shared network drive over Wi-Fi network to any computer and copy scanned PDF files from iPhone. No additional software is required

★ Send scans by email
Just scan any document you want and tap send button. Yes, it’s that simple

★ Preview document before sending
Built-in PDF viewer allows to preview your scans exactly the same as they will look on desktop computer

★ Upload scans to online file storage
Your documents could be uploaded to MobileMe iDisk, Box.Net, Humyo and any other WebDAV enabled online storage

★ Print via Print n Share app from EuroSmartz
Owners of both apps (Scanner Pro and Print n Share) can seamlessly scan and then print documents to any printer via a Mac or PC

Scanner Pro integrates with many products you use:
✚ Dropbox
You can easily sync scans with all your Dropbox enabled computers by copying them to your account

✚ Evernote
Upload processed images directly to your online Evernote account. You can also add tags and choose the notepad with ease

✚ GoogleDocs
Scanner Pro lets you use Google Docs OCR to convert scans into editable text files on your Google account

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10 iPhone and iPad Apps Businesses Can’t Go Without http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/08/09/10-iphone-and-ipad-apps-businesses-can%e2%80%99t-go-without/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/08/09/10-iphone-and-ipad-apps-businesses-can%e2%80%99t-go-without/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2011 16:30:13 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=56015 Whether you are an employee or business owner, having fast access to portable and reliable tools is a necessity when it comes to overall productivity. Utilizing iPhone and iPad business applications is an excellent way to manage and control your work and take advantage of the latest in wireless broadband technology. Because of the overabundance … Read more]]>

Whether you are an employee or business owner, having fast access to portable and reliable tools is a necessity when it comes to overall productivity. Utilizing iPhone and iPad business applications is an excellent way to manage and control your work and take advantage of the latest in wireless broadband technology. Because of the overabundance of iDevice apps available, choosing the right ones to have on hand can be a confusing process. Before getting lost in the world of business apps, try these 10 apps that every businessperson should have readily available in order to get the most out of their work.

10. Documents To Go® Premium 

Documents To Go Premium lets you create, view, and edit Word, Excel and powerpoint files like you would on your laptop or PC/Mac. It supports the ever popular Microsoft Office Suite (2007/2008/2010) and includes syncing capabilities with everything from documents on your computer (via free desktop apps for both Windows and Mac) to your Google Docs. A slightly cheaper version – Documents To Go® – Office Suite – is also available ($9.99 instead of $16.99), though the ability to edit PPT files is only found in the Premium app.

Documents To Go is a universal app that works on all iDevices.

Documents To Go® Premium - Office Suite DataViz, Documents To Go® Premium – Office Suite, 9.4 MB – $16.99

9. Skype

With Skype, you have the ability to make video calls and connect with your clientele or associates on another level. Being able to use the app on both Wi-Fi and 3G networks allows your business to stay in touch while on-the-go. With the recent release of Skype for iPad, you can finally carry out 2-way video chats with colleagues and clients on the iPad. And if you live in North America, a monthly $2.99 Skype subscription plan allows you to place unlimited calls to anywhere in the US and Canada.

Skype Skype Software, Skype, 16.9 MB – Free
Skype for iPad Skype Software, Skype for iPad, 16.3 MB – Free

8. Print Magic

Print Magic takes the hassle out of setting up wired connections on different printers. The ability to print out text, photos and documents directly from your iPhone or iPad via a Wi-Fi network on any printer is an excellent way to save time and be more productive. If only Apple’s AirPrint functionality worked on any printer on the market…

Print Magic Wellala, Inc., Print Magic, 2.6 MB – $2.99
Print Magic HD Wellala, Inc., Print Magic HD, 1.4 MB – $4.99

7. Todo

With Todo, task management is completed with ease and in productivity-friendly timing. Create multiple task lists and even implement David Allen’s GTD if you wish (tags and contexts are supported). Then sync your todos with Todo Online, iCal, Outlook and Toodledo to ensure that your data is always safe. The user-friendly interface is what makes this to-do app stand out, making it one of the more popular productivity apps on the App Store.

Todo Appigo, Todo (TMA Review), 5.7 MB – $4.99
Todo for iPad Appigo, Todo for iPad, 9.6 MB – $4.99

6. Keynote

Keynote is the “tap and touch” presentation creator developed (by Apple) exclusively for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The app is great for creating presentations that are world-class and include charts, graphics, animations, and simple ways of presenting your data. It also allows for full-screen view for presenting on your iPad. Keynote may even acts as a remote control for your presentation via Wi-Fi using the Keynote Remote iPhone app.

Keynote is a universal app that works on all iDevices.

Keynote Apple, Keynote, 119 MB – $9.99

5. InerTrak

If you work on multiple projects, this app helps keep you up to date with progress and productivity. Record the amount of time you spend on projects throughout the day and even create a list of separate clients, each with optional hourly rates. This time-tracking tool helps to discover constraints in your everyday processes and is ideal for professionals who charge by the hour, like lawyers, web designers and contractors.

InerTrack is a universal app that works on all iDevices.

InerTrak Inertron Software, InerTrak, 1.0 MB – $4.99

4. Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation for your iPhone/iPad is designed to quickly transcribe your message down on text or email through voice recognition at 5 times the speed of typing. Aside from using it for drafting up text messages, notes and quick emails, Dragon Dictation also allows users to update their Social Networking statuses (Facebooks and Twitter) directly from within the app. This is definitely one of the most productive apps you can have on your iPhone.

Dragon Dictation is a universal app that works on all iDevices.

Dragon Dictation Nuance Communications, Dragon Dictation, 5.40MB – Free

3. Converter

Converter allows you to instantly convert any measurement into over 200 different conversions at once (across 16 categories). You can find your intended conversion by simply scrolling down through the list. The interface is user friendly and finding that conversion is quick and painless, making this measurement converter one of the better ones around.

Converter is a universal app that works on all iDevices.

Converter - The Unit Converter UnitConvertr, Converter – The Unit Converter, 1.3 MB – $0.99

2. WorldCard Mobile

WorldCard Mobile works as the liaison for your iPhone and the hundreds of business cards many professionals will come across. Instead of holding on to business cards or punching the info into your phone manually, the app allows you to take a snapshot and save. It automatically reads the text on the card and converts the information into new contacts on your phone. WorldCard is certainly one of the best of its kind on the App Store and received a Kiss It (5/5) rating from TouchMyApps.

WorldCard Mobile - business card reader & business card scanner Penpower, WorldCard Mobile (TMA Review), 11.3 MB – $5.99

1. eWallet 

eWallet is an award winning app designed to let you virtually and securely store your passwords, credit-card information, bank accounts, and more. eWallet uses government-level security to ensure protection of your data. It also allows you to use your information securely on the web without worry about identity theft. A separate Windows or Mac can also be purchased, which can then be synced with the iDevice app. eWallet is another productivity app that scored a Kiss It rating.

eWallet - Secure Password Manager Ilium, eWallet – Secure Password Manager (TMA Review), 4.5 MB – $9.99

Having these 10 business apps on your iPhone and iPad will ensure that you are always staying productive and aren’t wasting your time and hard-earned money.

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Blake Sanders is a writer of technical interests at Australian broadband comparison site Broadband Expert, specializing in wireless broadband, mobile phones, and the latest in internet provider news and information.

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2Screens in Review – Presentation Expert for iPad http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/28/2screens-presentation/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/28/2screens-presentation/#comments Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:40:17 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=46330 For those of us in the business world, few things will raise eyebrows in wonder and envy more than plugging an iPad into an overhead projector during a meeting to show a PowerPoint presentation or render other media displayed on the screen. “Oh, anyone can do that on a laptop,” some will say. But it’s … Read more]]>

For those of us in the business world, few things will raise eyebrows in wonder and envy more than plugging an iPad into an overhead projector during a meeting to show a PowerPoint presentation or render other media displayed on the screen. “Oh, anyone can do that on a laptop,” some will say. But it’s just not as cool, trust me.

Several presentation apps are available on the App Store but 2Screens – Presentation Expert stands out in that it displays a broad range of file types concurrently and has a companion iPhone app called 2Screens Remote than can be used to control presentation slideshows.

One thing that surprises many people is that Apple’s $29 iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter (i.e., the cable adaptor) doesn’t display everything that’s on the iPad’s screen when connected to a monitor or projector. This is true. An app has to be designed to work with the cable adaptor to display anything. This was a problem 9 months ago when very few apps had this ability, but today, it’s very common to find this functionality – even id’s game RAGE HD has it.

Henry Ossawa Tanner, "The Annunciation" 1898

Therefore apps can include controls, popups, speaker notes and other features on the iPad screen that don’t get projected externally, giving the presenter more flexibility to make the most of a presentation without cluttering up the display for the attendees. You can also turn on a “laser pointer” to point out specifics on the display. Check out the angel Gabriel as a pillar of light in the slide above!

2Screens not only supports a wide variety of different media, it can also switch between them by just pressing preset tabs on the iPad screen. Just load your tabs with Powerpoint presentations, videos, pdfs, web pages, pictures, whatever you need and then flip between them as needed – without concerns of losing your connection with the projector!

Supported File Types

  • Web: HTML, PDF, TEXT, Safari WebArchive
  • Microsoft Office: Words, Excel, PowerPoint (DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX, PPS)
  • Apple iWork: Pages, Numbers, Keynote
  • Image: PNG, JPEG, BMP, TIFF, GIF, etc.
  • AV: HTML5 Video, MP3, AIFF, M4A, MOV, M4V

Document Management

The easiest way to get a document into 2Screens is to drag it over from iTunes. The developers are promising file transfer over WiFi soon. Documents can be put into folders and moved around within the app. You can also mark particular documents and pages with bookmarks for quick loading.

Operation

Then 2Screens main display on the iPad has 25 different controls to manage the projection! Syncing to an external display is simple and automatic – just plug it in and the app recognizes the external display or projector.

You can turn on whiteboard mode to annotate whatever is displayed (and dump it to a snapshots folder for later retrieval), pop up a (hidden) note to jot down ideas and feedback, display presenter notes on the iPad, plus run a slideshow.

Note that animations in Powerpoint and Keynote presentations are not preserved at this time so such presentations may need to be adapted as required for display.

2Screens Remote

The 2Screens Remote companion app connects an iPhone (or another iPad) through bluetooth to control page/slide advancement.

Setup is straightforward to sync the two devices and 2Screens holds the two devices active so neither one goes to standby . It’s nice to move around during a presentation and use your iPhone as a remote control (it does run the risk of you being labeled a complete geek by your audience, however, so be careful).

The remote control also displays the current slide and allows you to turn the laser pointer on and off and drag it around the screen. This actually works quite well with a little practice. You can toggle the display on and off as needed too.

Another nice feature of the Remote is that you can select different tabs right from the iPhone so you can jump from Powerpoint to a web browser to pdf without touching the iPad or switching apps – very cool.

An extensive User Guide (web based) is available and I highly recommend examining it thoroughly prior to operating the app.

Summary

I’ve used 2Screens on many occasions. Normally I prefer pdf files, but I have used it to diplay Powerpoint, Excel, web pages and pictures without any trouble. The app stability is very good – I’ve never had a presentation stop or crash yet. I have noticed, however, that loading lots of tabs can occasionally overload it causing a failure, but since the app is updated regularly, I expect this to be corrected soon. 2Screens Remote has had some problems losing sync over bluetooth connections prior to iOS 4.1.1, so I recommend you upgrade to the latest iOS release. It’s probably also not a good idea to walk too far away (more than 20 feet) from the iPad while using it.

Grab It - 4/5

App Summary
Title: 2Screens Presentation Expert

2Screens Remote

Developer: Edwin Lam
Reviewed Ver: 1.8.1 – Expert
1.3    - Remote
Min OS Req: 3.2
3.0
Price: $4.99 – Expert
$2.99 – Remote
App Size: Size: 2.2 MB
Size: 0.3 MB
  • Works with a wide variety of media
  • Tabs & bookmarks allow switching between several different media/files
  • Remote allows presenter to move around
  • Speaker notes, markup, laser pointer are all available as needed
  • Remote sometimes doesn’t recognize a tap to advance
  • Occasional stability problems with lots of active tabs
  • Can’t display animations from Powerpoint or Keynote

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Tap Forms Database App Now Free for limited time http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/15/tap-forms-database-app-now-free-for-limited-time/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/15/tap-forms-database-app-now-free-for-limited-time/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 18:08:17 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=48239 Tap Forms Database, an app that lets you store basically any type of personal info, is now free for a day. Similar to eWallet – Secure Password Manager (TMA Review), Tap Forms is even more versatile and allows you to create audio notes and sync with Dropbox, among many other things. We reviewed the app … Read more]]>

Tap Forms Database, an app that lets you store basically any type of personal info, is now free for a day. Similar to eWallet – Secure Password Manager (TMA Review), Tap Forms is even more versatile and allows you to create audio notes and sync with Dropbox, among many other things. We reviewed the app quite a while ago and it has since been improved with a slew of new enhancements and features.

This app is the one you need for storing all of your information, even the type that you don’t normally consider sensitive. Track inventory, list your movies or have your recipes handy, no matter where you are. Tap Forms Database is just so versatile and perfect for everyone.

You can email, take photos, adjust fonts, record and attach audio files, search or even upload and download Word and Excel files or PDF’s. Import and export all you want.

As far as storing sensitive information on your iDevice, rest easy. Tap Forms Database is completely secure. It has a strong, government approved AES-256 bit encryption, a pass code PIN and an optional auto lock/lockout function.

Previously at $6.99, anyone who wishes to keep their sensitive data from prying eyes should not miss out on this great freebie.

Tap Forms Database ClickSpace, Tap Forms Database, 11.3 MB – Free

App Description

★ Tap Forms HD for iPad Also Available ★

★ VERSION 2.0.2 UPDATE SOON
★ Fixes delete bug. For now, swipe across the record to delete it.
★ New alert system. Be notified of important events
★ New Drawing field type. Great for signatures.
★ Pick lists are beamed with the form when using the Beaming function.
★ Many-to-many relationships. Select from a set of records in a different form and link them to your record.

Securely keep your life organized like never before with the most powerful iPhone database app yet! Customizable up the wazoo and with the newly added Dropbox integration for sharing files you’ll wonder what took you so long to get this app!

“Very useful app with incredible support!” – USA Review
“Absolutely brilliant” – Australia Review
“Beats all competitors hands down. Tons of features & flexibility, beautiful UI, loads quickly, highly customisable.” – UK Review

So you’re having the best vacation of your life. At least you were until you go to pay the pub tab and discover that your credit card is missing. After a frantic search, you realize that there’s nothing for you to do but call and report the card lost or stolen. That’s bad enough but it gets a little bit worse when the credit card company asks you for your account number and you don’t know it. Even if you were home you would have to hunt around for that information, so what are you going to do when you’re so far away?

If you have the ultra secure Tap Forms Database, you can just access that account number right from your iPhone or iPod Touch, with just a couple of taps.

With Tap Forms Database, you can be prepared for any kind of emergency. It has more than 25 ready-made forms all set for you to quickly record your information into any of the 17 different information fields.

-Ready Made Forms-
• Passport information
• Security alarm codes
• Vehicle registration information
• Daily journal
• Drivers license
• Credit card numbers
• Loyalty card information
• Bank accounts
• Memberships
• Software serial numbers
• Online accounts access
• Home insurance
• Vehicle insurance
• Government health number
• Frequent flyer numbers
• Log book
• School homework tracker
• Investment account numbers
• Garage door pass code
• Important dates
• Voice recorder
• Locker combination
• Calling cards
• And more…

-Store 17 Types of Information-
• Link to Form (one-to-many relationship)
• GPS location with integrated map view
• Text
• Numbers
• Dates
• Time
• Date & Time
• Contacts
• Check marks
• Notes
• Photos
• Audio voice memos
• Website addresses
• Email addresses
• Phone numbers
• Ratings
• File Attachments

Editing any of the categories or information is a breeze and you can even create your own, unique forms with Tap Forms Database.

The features available on this app are amazing. Want to quickly check a flight or movie time? You can access websites directly from Tap Forms without having to load a browser or leave the database. There’s also a powerful search engine built right in.

You can email, take photos, adjust fonts, record and attach audio files, search or even upload and download Word and Excel files or PDF’s. Import and export all you want.

As far as storing sensitive information on your iDevice, rest easy. Tap Forms Database is completely secure. It has a strong, government approved AES-256 bit encryption, a pass code PIN and an optional auto lock/lockout function.

This app is the one you need for storing all of your information, even the type that you don’t normally consider sensitive. Track inventory, list your movies or have your recipes handy, no matter where you are. Tap Forms Database is just so versatile and perfect for everyone.

Start getting organized. Get your secure Tap Forms Database app now.

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WorldCard Mobile – business card reader & business card scanner in Review – A business card organizer that fits right inside you iPhone http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/01/worldcard-mobile-business-card-reader-busin-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/01/worldcard-mobile-business-card-reader-busin-in-review/#comments Tue, 01 Feb 2011 15:48:49 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=47474 As a Customer Facing Project Manager I get to meet a lot of people. Whether this is a new client, someone I meet at a conference, or even an occasional acquaintance on a flight, every single person I meet can play a very significant part in my future career. After all, a business man’s strength … Read more]]>

As a Customer Facing Project Manager I get to meet a lot of people. Whether this is a new client, someone I meet at a conference, or even an occasional acquaintance on a flight, every single person I meet can play a very significant part in my future career. After all, a business man’s strength is often defined by the extent of his network. And of course to this day the widely accepted way to exchange contact information is still the good old business card exchange. Then when all’s said and done, you’ll still have to spend precious time manually entering the information into your contact organizer of choice. But what if you could just snap a picture of the card and have it magically appear in your contacts? Now you can with WorldCard Mobile – business card reader & business card scanner.

WorldCard Mobile offers the unique opportunity to keep all of your business cards on you all the time. Just snap the card and after some clever mumbo-jumbo, it will appear both in the built-in virtual card holder and all nice and recognized in the contacts list. Now ain’t that a feat?

WorldCard Mobile makes turning the obsolete physical cards into easy-to-manage contacts easy, just like taking candy from a baby. It allows you either to snap a picture of a card from within the app itself, or take a previously made photo from the photo library. All of the processing is done inside the app, with no data sent to the developer’s servers. The quality is surprisingly solid, with an occasion I (that is a capital “i”) and l (that is a lowercase “L”) mixup. WorldCard does an excellent job of automatically assigning the information to the appropriate field on the contact. And if for some reason it is off track you can either adjust the field on the card and let it re-recognize the info, or simply correct it by fixing the typos in the contact section manually.

After all of the corrections are complete just hit export and the contact info will be saved with the card photo available as the contact picture. One issue I had was that you can’t select where the contact is saved and I had accidentally added some work contacts to my personal Gmail contact list instead of the Corporate Outlook one, before I noticed the default list selection in the iPhone’s core settings.

The standard version works with English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch languages with special versions available for many other ones as well, both separately (i.e. for the Russian version) and bundled (i.e. an Eastern Europe pack for Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak). And the English language is included in all of them. Why the devs couldn’t just make the various engines available as IAP is a mystery to me, so if you happen to communicate in a lot of languages, be prepared to have several icons on your iDevice. I have tried it with English, German and Spanish cards I had available on me and the performance was over 95% across the board.

In addition to the core business card OCR and export functionality, WorldCard has a couple more nifty features. One, often invaluable, is the option to parse an e-mail (or any other plain text) signature to fill out a contact. The other — in addition to exporting the data to the iPhone’s native contact list — WorldCard keeps its own copy, with a handy cover-flow like interface to browse your collection of business card, along with the plain old contact list.

In this day and age WorldCard Mobile offers an invaluable solution to anyone in the business of meeting a lot of people. It is quick, reliable and easy to use and is available in a variety of languages depending on your requirements. My only complaints are the inability to purchase new language packs via IAP and the somewhat slow focus, though that may be an issue with the camera rather than the app itself. Nevertheless, keeping all the contact information with you at all times without having to spend 30 minutes to manually type in the data is certainly a worthwhile investment for any businessman.

With this I declare WorldCard Mobile officially touched!

App Summary
Title: WorldCard Mobile – business card reader & business card scanner Developer: Penpower Technology Ltd.
Reviewed Ver: 3.1.2 Min OS Req: 3.1
Price: $5.99 App Size: 6.52MB
  • Excellent reliability
  • Export to iPhone contacts
  • Internal virtual cardholder
  • Wide selection of languages
  • E-mail signature parsing
  • Languages only available as separate apps, not IAP
  • Slow focus (possibly iPhone related)
  • No option to select the target contact list (account) for export

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Splashtop Remote Desktop Free now available, full version on sale for $0.99 http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/10/15/splashtop-remote-desktop-free-now-available-full-version-on-sale-for-0-99/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/10/15/splashtop-remote-desktop-free-now-available-full-version-on-sale-for-0-99/#comments Fri, 15 Oct 2010 18:58:05 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=41213 Splashtop Remote Desktop (TMA Review), a very capable remote access app that allows your iPad to connect to your PC, now has a Free version that will support connections of up to 5 minutes at a time. For those not familiar with Splashtop, the app gives users the ability to control their computer right from … Read more]]>

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Splashtop Remote Desktop (TMA Review), a very capable remote access app that allows your iPad to connect to your PC, now has a Free version that will support connections of up to 5 minutes at a time. For those not familiar with Splashtop, the app gives users the ability to control their computer right from the iPad. Unlike many of the competition, it even supports video and audio playback, meaning you can also play flash or windows games remotely. So long as you’re connected with relatively strong wifi signal, Splashtop works surprisingly well.

If you do decide to check out the Free version and like it, Splashtop Remote Desktop is now on sale for $0.99. At this price, you’d be hard pressed to find a similar app that will offer as much in return.

Splashtop Remote Desktop DeviceVM, Splashtop Remote Desktop (TMA Review), 6.1 MB – $0.99
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App Desciption

*** Special $0.99 limited-time promotion extended to celebrate #1 ranking in many countries. Get it now!

The highest performance remote access app bringing Windows to your iPad, for the first time featuring full video and audio support!
“Both a breakthrough and a bargain.” — The New York Times
“Splashtop Remote WINS hands down!” — Apps for iPads

* See and control your entire Windows PC as if you are in front of it

* Access all of your Windows files and programs

* Watch videos in any format (including Flash!), and listen to your entire music library

* Play advanced Windows games via patent-pending Splashtop streaming technology

* Connect to multiple PCs with the same iPad app

* Interact with Windows applications using intuitive touch controls and familiar iPad gestures

*** New features coming soon as an update:
* Support for iOS 4.2
* Seamlessly connect across a firewall, when the iPad and the PC are not on the same network

Fast and easy setup:

* One-click access to your Windows desktop with minimal setup
* Application finds your local computers automatically
* Supports all versions of Windows 7, Vista, and XP, including Home Premium. Dual-core CPU strongly recommended for best performance

What’s New in Version 1.1.1.1

* Sound support for Windows XP users!
* Support locked screensaver and UAC in Windows
* Support the upside-down landscape orientation of the iPad

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Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite for iPad in Review http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/24/quickoffice-connect-mobile-suite-for-ipad-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/24/quickoffice-connect-mobile-suite-for-ipad-in-review/#comments Tue, 24 Aug 2010 13:59:05 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=38233 Last year I was hot ‘n bothered for a mobile office app. What I got was Quickoffice, an app that went through a lengthy teething stage, but eventually became an iPhone keeper. This year’s Quickoffice Connect Mobile for the iPad is the culmination of a year’s worth of tweaks, good ol’ fashioned GUI design, and … Read more]]>

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Last year I was hot ‘n bothered for a mobile office app. What I got was Quickoffice, an app that went through a lengthy teething stage, but eventually became an iPhone keeper. This year’s Quickoffice Connect Mobile for the iPad is the culmination of a year’s worth of tweaks, good ol’ fashioned GUI design, and a glut of file support.

I’d like to start off angling Quickoffice’s good foot forward. The iPad is the productivity dilly in the iDevice line. The near full-sized keyboard can be flown over at speeds that rival or surpass a real keyboard and its large screen allows file hierarchies to be skimmed through with ease. Quickoffice makes very good use of the latter. Its file tree is instantly recognisable to any OSX user. It is simple and requires just a few clicks to get to any file. Making files and folders, too, which is enacted by the ‘+’ sign, is as easy as pay.

File Navigation

Sorting, emailing, and deleting files is just as easy: just tap and hold, then drag to either the trash, email, or other. It’s easy, if not elegant. The iPad’s screen makes navigation a breeze and Quickoffice did a good job of placing the right icons in the right places. If you work out of Google Docs, Dropbox, box, or mobileme, syncing and uploading is also a breeze. As has been the case since Quickoffice’ first iPhone suite, you can upload and download from your iPad to a computer via HTTP, and with iOS 4, upload and download within iTunes. That wealth of options is vital considering that you may not always be in the optimal place for syncing wirelessly. You can also set a cache limit on your device so that you don’t run over all 16GB or more of space on your iPad. Whew!

Quickoffice routinely saves files as you work on them for your peace of mind. As this is an automatic process, however, it can be annoying, especially when you are in the middle of typing furiously. It would be lovely if Quickoffice allowed users to turn automatic file saving off and default to the exit/save dialogue instead.

Editing

But despite its transfer bells and whistles, Quickoffice is about editing/creating. For people who work exclusively with Microsoft’s proprietary formats, it is a breeze as even rather complicated templates keep their text formatting pretty well intact. I’ve experienced loss of images on a number of files, but to be honest, I am glad: those images served only to weigh down the performance of the files even on my Mac.

In the settings menu, highlighting, font, colour, and paragraph options are all generally up to snuff though they tend to lag behind Apple’s Pages/Numbers. Bulleted lists can be added and Apple’s in-built spell-check is a life saver.

Setting alignment is actually really easy: just select your text, drag the sample between left, centre, and right; and voila! your text moves to where you want it to go. Still, a more typical icon or text-based placement system might have been easier to suss.

Excel file editing is even more straight forward; alignment, text, and formula options are easier to get to and edit. Actually, working with formulas and long lists on the touch screen is much more intuitive than working with a mouse and keyboard, though selecting to some extent, is slower.

A feature that I miss when switching back to Apple’s productivity suite is Quickoffice’s magnification zoom. Let’s face it: the iPad has a glorious screen and is great to work on, but when you have to reach a very specific pixel, even it needs help. Quickoffice calls Apple’s magnifying glass with a tap-and-hold, but also zooms the screen in so that copy/paste and select operations are easy.

Quickoffice is much more ergonomic than Pages is especially for the options: bold, underline, and italicise. You will never mistake an option to be off when it really is on. Since these functions are used especially often in essays and reviews, I’ve got a lot of respect for Quickoffice.

Issues

Quickoffice for iPad is set up very well, but it isn’t perfect. In comparison to Pages and Numbers, a few features are sorely missed. While you can edit files with tables, pictures, and charts, you cannot create them yourself. This leaves 100% iPad content creation out on the curb, as you will always need to use a computer for final clean up or relegate Quickoffice for mere editing.

The biggest letdown, however, is typing speed. In both Excel and Word formatted documents and text files, typing speed is slow. Barring mistakes, I type about as fast on the iPad as I do with a keyboard, in some places faster. In Quickoffice, letter dally along at their own pace, sometimes popping up long I am through typing. This is annoying and burns the eyes, especially if you spend a lot of time in a document. This isn’t the iPhone; if input speed is an issue, it will stick out like freshly sucked thumb in winter. For me, it kills the effectiveness of the productivity suite.

As mentioned above, there are missing fonts and fewer page setup features than Apple’s Pages or Numbers. Quickoffice evidently DID get the note: the iPad isn’t for content creation; it is for consumption. Paltry setup features are forgivable: no one expects iPad software to outdo home productivity suite, but input speed should be perfect on par with input ability. There is no excuse that forgives waiting for text to appear. Quickoffice, fix that issue and you will have a GREAT productivity app at a great price.

App Summary
Title: Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite for iPad Developer: Quickoffice, Inc.
Reviewed Ver: 1.1.0 Min OS Req:
Price: $14.99 App Size: 14.99MB
  • Good file navigation
  • All modern Microsoft formats supported
  • Good adherence to templates
  • creating multimedia files isn’t easy
  • some text/formatting options are missing
  • text input is way too slow – this is the killer

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Office² HD In Review – My 2nd portable office http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/07/07/office2-hd-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/07/07/office2-hd-in-review/#comments Wed, 07 Jul 2010 13:30:57 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=35508 Back in March I reviewed Office² for the iPhone. It was a great app that provided me with all the office tools that I used on a regular basis – word documents and spreadsheets. And recently I had the opportunity to review the latest creation from developers ByteSquared, Office² HD. As expected it’s a remake of … Read more]]>

Back in March I reviewed Office² for the iPhone. It was a great app that provided me with all the office tools that I used on a regular basis – word documents and spreadsheets. And recently I had the opportunity to review the latest creation from developers ByteSquared, Office² HD. As expected it’s a remake of their popular iPhone app, developed specifically for the iPad.

Office² HD’s layout is much different from the original app. In what is becoming a familiar iPad interface, landscape mode has a left column displaying all your files that can be separated into folders or just left as is. The right and main panel is the document viewing window. In portrait mode, the entire screen becomes the document window and the column that is viewable in landscape turns into a drop down menu available via the “open” button at the top.

A couple neat features that I really like are actually some of the smallest features within the app itself. The first one is the full screen button; when in landscape mode, you’ll notice a set of arrows at the top of the document editing area. Tapping this will hide the sidebar and extend your editing room the whole length of the screen. Great if you’re working on large spreadsheets, or just like having more room to write. The other is the help menu. In my iPhone review, I commented on how it can often be sluggish when browsing. Well thankfully that is not the case with the HD version. The help area loads super fast and really contains just about every bit of help and answer to questions that you might have or need. That said, it’d be nice if the help menu opened up on the main viewing panel, instead of from the left sidebar.

Using the HD app is just as easy as the iPhone/iPod Touch version. The benefit here of course being that with all this extra screen room, you have a lot more visible area to compose documents or work on your spreadsheets. Another great benefit of designing for the iPad is that unlike Office² for the iPhone that has to rely on popup menus to show all your editing functions, all functions in Office2 HD are displayed in a familiar toolbar format that you just slide across to access.

Office² HD also supports the ability to add documents via connection to your computer through a web browser, WebDAV, or a large variety of online storage solutions, including Dropbox, GoogleDocs and many more. Having all those options is great as it allows you to not only be productive using this app, but also be able to access files no matter where you are as long as you have them uploaded onto one of the cloud services.

Office² HD’s a perfect re-imagining of the iPhone version that takes full use of all the extra real estate thanks to the larger screen of the iPad. The app is a great choice to anyone who works mostly with documents or spreadsheets while they’re away from their main desktop or laptop. While it’s not the most complete office solution out there on the App Store, I feel that it covers the 2 most widely used office programs and does that extremely well.

App Summary
Title: Office² HD Developer: Byte Squared
Reviewed Ver: 3.3.1 Min OS Req:
Price: $7.99 App Size: 3.1 MB
  • Makes great use of iPad screen size
  • Many options available for movings files to device
  • All the great features are back from original Office²
  • Design is still bland, was hoping for some more styling
  • Help menu only opens in sidebar, not main screen area

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