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Best Business iPad Apps of 2020

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If you're looking to pick up a deal on an iPad you'll find that there are a lot of great iPad apps and even iPad games - but more importantly there are a lot of good apps you can use for business purposes.

A large list of critical business functions, like email, messaging and many administration tasks can be performed on the iPad with only its default apps. Add in a thing or two from the App Store and your iPad can become even more powerful.

iPad Air, iPad Mini or one of the Pro models. This is a collection of software which can make a real difference to your efficiency, improve your relations with customers and clients, not to mention helping you out creatively.

Try a few of them out and you might just find your iPad becoming your go-to office tool. Not that we won't permit a little bit of Candy Crush in your downtime, of course…

  1. Office 365
  2. Bitrix24
  3. Genius Scan
  4. Evernote
  5. 1Password

1. Office 365

Yes, Microsoft's Office 365 gets our top billing, for the simple reason that it's the best Office suite out there. While there are rivals, some free and some paid for, none have the breadth of functionality that Office 365 has. Additionally, some rival programs struggle to preserve formatting with office documents when converting between file types, which is a headache you really don't need with your business apps.

Better still, as a cloud-based application all your documents are not just stored in the cloud, but that you can pick up and work with the same documents across multiple devices, so long as you're logged into your Microsoft account.

The suite of apps available for the Mac is Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook. While Access and Publisher are only for the PC, these aren't business essentials and strong alternatives are available.

2. Bitrix24

Bitrix24 is a unified work space that provides a vast suite of powerful business tools: collaboration, instant messaging, telephony, project management, document handling, scheduling, employee management, and more.

If you prefer to keep things simple then you can concentrate on the excellent CRM, which is a capable system all on its own. Contacts and communications are logged, leads assigned to sales managers, emails sent, calls recorded, quotes and invoices issued. Detailed reports keep you up-to-date and there's convenient access via the mobile app.

Bitrix24's unusually generous free account supports 12 users and includes 5GB storage, but if you need more, the Plus account offers more features to up to 6 users and provides 50GB online storage for $69 per user per month.

While Bitrix24 is primarily designed for teams, it's also a great platform for a sole-trader to be able to manage many business tasks from one place themselves.

3. Genius Scan

This is a fantastic idea on the face of it. Take pictures of documents with your iPad's camera, and Genius Scan will turn them into PDFs. In practice, it's just as effective as that simple explanation suggests. Once you've snapped a document, Genius Scan attempts to draw a frame around it, which you can tweak if it's not quite bang on. Scan the document, and Genius Scan applies a transform to your photo, flattening it out and allowing you to export it as a PDF or JPG.

This is perfect for sending signed contracts on the fly, particularly if you're not near an actual hardware scanner, and it's a great idea for cataloging receipts for later expense claims without having to carry an overflowing wallet.

In fact, if you're looking to reduce any stacks of paper in your office, Genius Scan's batch scanning function could be the perfect tool – just import all that paper, process it as you go, and have it sent right to Dropbox or OneDrive. You can even protect your PDFs for extra security.

4. Evernote

Efficient projects are well-organised projects, and keeping all the information you need in one place is paramount. There's a reason so many diligent individuals rely on Evernote to manage their information streams – it's a great place to store everything from written notes to photos and web content.

Integrated sharing options and Evernote's group notebooks make team collaboration easy, and it's all entirely platform-agnostic, so anything you do on your iPad will automatically be reflected anywhere else you have access to the service.

We'd definitely recommend plumping for the Evernote Premium annual subscription option as you get bigger uploads and storage in comparison to the free version. And furthermore, you get synchronisation to unlimited devices, the ability to attach and search PDFs and Office documents, and PDF annotation tools which come in handy more often than you might think.

5. 1Password

Every business has a host of systems, and usually these aren't interconnected, meaning you'll need to remember a bunch of logins and passwords for every single one. Forget that. 1Password lets you manage all of your access credentials on your iPad, and it even integrates with Touch ID and a master password to ensure that you're the only one who can gain access to your password vault.

You can use it with many online services to make your accounts more secure – not having to remember a password means it can literally be a random jumble of characters and punctuation, something 1Password can generate for you. And the app can even automatically update your accounts with new info to avoid duplicates or insecure logins.

Everything is end-to-end encrypted to ensure you're fully secure, and the iOS app also supports 1Password for Teams, a specific version of the system with differing access levels allowing a central manager to control who can see what. You can give it a try first with a 30-day free trial.

Source: Techradar.com

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