How do some of our PowerHouse SMART® networking and education members use their iPads to grow their business?
Here are some of the recommendations:
Darrell Katz, Impact Training Solutions:
Keynote - Apple's equivalent to PowerPoint. I build all my presentations in Keynote on my iPad and then present them from my iPad using either either the VGA (analog) connection or the HDMI (digital) connection.
iWork - allows documents (Microsoft, Apple or PDFs) to be shared on line. Clients can review and comment directly to the docs - their input and my updates are exchanged in real time. Great collaboration tool.
Print & Share - a cool app that enables the iPad to interface with any printer, wirelessly.
Penultimate - turns the iPad into a writing tablet to capture notes. Perfect app for times (such as a meeting) when using the iPad as a note pad and taking handwritten notes is more appropriate than tapping on the keyboard.
Pandora - the free music app is an indispensable tool for my management training workshops. I play music as participants arrive and during breaks. Pandora has unlimited music channels you can set up on the fly. I usually play classical music as people are gathering (calms their anxiety), jazz during morning breaks and rock or something Top 40 right after lunch.
More from Darrell:
iPad without all the toys that go with it. Here are a few:
* Digital Cable - basically the same as above, but allows the iPad to connect via an HDMI connection. Beyond showing presentations, this allows displaying anything on the iPad on a big screen. Apple calls this "mirroring." For instance, you can download a movie on the iPad and show it on a big flat screen TV in the board room, training room or your living room for everyone to watch: http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC953
* Extra Power Supply - a reserve battery for times when you need extra juice; like at the end of the day and there's no time to plug into the wall at the airport before your flight leaves. Again there are several on the market; I have the Zaqq Sparq 2.0 and it can charge my iPad and my iPhone at the same time:http://www.zagg.com/accessories/zaggsparq.php
I think if one's interest is consuming content (listening to music, surfing, reading books, playing game, etc) the iPad is perfect by itself. As you know, I use mine to create content (training programs, presentations, reports, spreadsheets, etc) and that's where the tools listed above really start to shine.
Rich Conklin, Grand Home Automation:
#1 Dropbox. This app is moving us away from the traditional network server – client system to cloud based storage. Now all the members of our team can collaborate on projects anywhere as long as they have an internet connection.
#2 Any good quality GPS app., from sales to service to installation it gets us there.
#3 Hootsuite, puts all of our social media in one place.
#4 GoodReader, Lets us view and present various documents (Excel, word, .pdf etc.)
#5 Since we are in the controls business any of the apps that let an iPad run our systems (Crestron, Lutron, Control 4)
Jim Oborny, 4 e card (Shared from his blog post):
Here are some apps that we use on our iPad.
Some are free and some cost a little.
Skype - Free
Dropbox - Free
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere.
Quickoffice Pro HD - $19.99
Create, Edit, Access & Share Microsoft® Office files. Buy Today & SAVE 20% Limited Time Sale!
Recent Updates: PowerPoint Editor, Create PDFs, Print files, Access Slideshare, Scribd,
Power Presenter from Alterme Inc. $1.99
This application is for Presentation. If you save the powerpoint as PDF file, this app will help you do the presentation on projector. If you can upload your file to a web site, it also can present that website for you. Allows you to show ppt, and has a whiteboard that you can email. Best $1.99
Note Plus $4.99
2010 Best App Ever nominated in both categories: Best Productivity and Most Innovative.
"The note-taking app you've been waiting for" - Mac|Life Magazine, January 2011
"This app brings an amazing experience to the iPad" - Appolicious.com.
These are some that we use and like alot. There are so many different apps for all different purposes.
If you have some personal recommendations on apps that you use for your business let us know!
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Wendy Cohen, Founder