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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Just Got an iPad? Here’s How to Use it for Work

So you got an iPad and you want to take your new toy everywhere. It’s light enough to carry on the train and less bulky than a laptop to lug around the house, but is it practical enough to use at work?
Depending on what kind of work you do, ditching the desktop entirely may not be feasible. But being able to access important documents and put in work from anywhere — particularly if your office has a BYOD policy — offers a high convenience factor.
Here are five things you can do to turn your iPad into a legitimate work device:
1. Get a Bluetooth keyboard.
The touch screen is a great option when you’re lying on the couch surfing the Internet, but if you’re planning on doing real work, you need the convenience of a real keyboard. A full size Apple keyboard is available for $69, or you can purchase a smaller Logitech keyboard that doubles as an iPad cover for $99.
 2. Install GoToMyPC .
The best way to transform your tablet into a lightweight workstation is to be able to access the contents of your desktop from anywhere. The first step is to install the GoToMyPC software ($19.95 per month) onto your Mac or PC. Then you can download the free app for iPad and log in using the username and password you created on the desktop version.
 3. Download iWork for iPad.
The iWork suite, each sold separately ($9.99) as Pages, Numbers and Keynote, is Apple’s software equivalent of Microsoft Office, which, despite rumors, has not been released (yet) for the iPad. Apple’s office apps can be accessed via iCloud, foregoing the need for external syncing services such as DropBox .
4. Google Drive and Note-taking apps.
If you don’t need a full Office-type suite, the Google Drive app is a one-stop shop for all your photos, videos, and documents.
If you want the ability to take notes, Evernote (free to $45 annually for Premium) lets you bookmark and clip text, images, audio, and video.
GoodReader ($4.99) lets you read large-file PDFs and sync them with your Google Docs.
5. Specialty Business Apps.
Depending on your line of work, you may need to access shareable scheduling documents or track your expenses.
Smartsheet app for iPad accompanies the popular web-based collaboration software, allowing you to access all your task management documents on the go.
If you need to track your business expenses, the Concur app lets you enter receipts as you collect them, simply by taking a photo of your receipts or car odometer to track mileage on your iPad.
 | Real Business

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