Productivity Apps Abound for the iPad

Apple has completely rewritten its productivity software iWork for the iPad. Keynote contains custom graph styles, custom-designed themes, animations and effects, and brand-new features designed just for the iPad. Pages includes Apple-designed templates and formatting tools. Numbers offers over 250 formulas, flexible tables and sophisticated charts. The iPad versions of Keynote, Pages and Numbers each sell for a reasonable $9.99.

There is no shortage of third-party productivity apps ipad trade in value for the iPad. Things for iPad is a popular task manager, based on the getting things done system. Penultimate is a popular notetaking app for the iPad. Print Central for iPad allows you to print all printers, including printing directly to most WiFi/wireless printers without additional software. MindNode Is a mind mapping application for collecting organizing and outlining your thoughts. Analytics HD is a popular app for accessing Google analytics and allows you to share charts and reports in a meeting full-screen. Many or most third-party applications for the iPad are under $10, and some are free.

Dragon Dictation is a voice recognition application powered by the same company that makes the Mac version. It allows you to speak and instantly see your text in email messages or directly to your social networking applications such as FaceBook and Twitter. (It is important to note that, unlike the Mac version, the application does not run directly on the iPad but instead is sent to the Dragon servers for recognition, then converted to text and sent back to your tablet, so you must have an active Internet connection to use it.)

Want to catch up on your marketing reading? Use Apple’s e-book reading software iBooks to view your PDFs and other ebooks. iPad’s built-in Safari is a full and capable browser. The Mail application works with Mobile Me, Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, AOL, and others.

And, of course, the iPad  includes all of the same features as the iPhone, only in a larger form-video, YouTube, the iPod and iTunes, interactive satellite maps, the Notepad, a calendar completely redesigned from the ground up for the iPad, Contacts and Spotlight search.