90524 Best Business Apps Alex Cequea iPhone Life 1528-5456 2011-10-05 2011 Buyers Guide 3 6 12 Apps


Best of the Best

#1 Keynote


($9.99, app2.me/2481)

imagePresenter notes, simple slide transitions, elegant effects, and object grouping, along with support for PDF export and AirPrint make this an essential app. It doesn't have all the features of its desktop counterpart, but it does a fantastic job of maximizing the usability of your device (especially on the iPad). Add control of your presentations from an iPhone or iPod touch with Keynote Remote ($.99, app2.me/2494), and you've got a presentation powerhouse.



2. Dragon Dictation

(Free, app2.me/111)

imageSimply tap record and speak away. Your words will transform into text for emails or personal notes. Dragon Dictation also supports Facebook and Twitter integration..

3. Splashtop Remote Desktop

(iPad only. Free version is limited to five-minute sessions: app2.me/3937; Full version: $9.99, app2.me/3730)

imageThis app is an inexpensive and efficient remote desktop solution. Access your computer from your iPad and edit presentations, watch flash video, listen to music, play 3D games and more.

4. QuickOffice Pro

($14.99, app2.me/115; iPad only version: $19.99, app2.me/2534)

imageEasily create, edit, and share Microsoft Office files. The app also supports PDF creation, AirPrint, and all the major cloud storage solutions.



Remote Desktop



1. Splashtop Remote Desktop


(See "Best of the Best" above).

2. TeamViewer HD

(Free version, app2.me/3942;

Pro version: $139 app2.me/3943)

imageThis app is super easy to set up and gives you fast and secure remote access to Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.

3. Wyse PocketCloud

(Free, app2.me/3944; Pro

Version, $14.99, app2.me/3945)

imageUse your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to access any Windows desktops over Wi-Fi and 3G/4G networks. The app has two easy options for set-up..

4. Jump Desktop

($19.99, app2.me/3946)

imageJump Desktop is compatible with both RDP and VNC, and is secure, reliable, and easy to set up on your PC or Mac.



Made for iPad


1. Air Display


($9.99, app2.me/3938)

imageAir Display turns your iPad into an additional LCD monitor that connects wirelessly to your Mac or PC.

2. OmniGraphSketcher

($14.99, app2.me/3939)

imageWith this app you can either create great-looking graphs manually, let the program generate high-quality graphs by itself, or edit a combination of the two.

3. Penultimate

($1.99, app2.me/3212)

imageUse your finger to take notes, create sketchesand organize notebooks. You can show your work as a presentation with this award-winning handwriting app.


Business Card Readers


1. CardMunch


(Free, app2.me/3941)

imageThis little app transcribes your business card contact information into your device. The best part: they have actual humans manually entering the information! Kudos for keeping it real.

2. WorldCard Mobile

(Free version, app2.me/2623; $5.99, app2.me/289)

imageThis app uses OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology to instantly transfer information from business cards to your contacts using your device's camera.

3. ScanBizCards

Business Card Reader

($3.99, app2.me/2621)

imageThis business card reader syncs across all your devices and includes cloud back up. It also includes the ability to export to Salesforce, which is very useful!

Office Docs


1. QuickOffice Pro HD


(see "Best of the Best" left).

2. DropBox

(Free, app2.me/127)

imageStore all your documents,

photos, and music in the cloud and keep them synced across all devices. IOS 5 may make this free service obsolete, but for now it's still excellent.

3. Documents Free


(Free, app2.me/3940)

imageThis app is a lightweight, mobile office suite. You can edit and manage spreadsheets online or offline, and sync with Google Docs.



Did You Know?

One of the earliest speech recognition devices was the IBM Shoebox. It debuted at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair and could recognize 16 spoken words and the numbers 0 through 9.imageimageimageimageimageimage