Apps for Academic Productivity

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  1. naomired macrumors newbie

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    Complementing my other post on choosing the right iPad (or avoiding it) for academic use, I would like to seek your opinion on the Apps that can help in academic productivity.

    The (academic) activities are:

    i. managing article- and ebook- library on iPad [a file management similar to itunes for music]
    ii. preparing lectures notes and lecture slides
    iii. reading and annotating ebooks and pdf journal articles (with the capability to export the highlighted/annotated texts and comments)
    iv. taking notes while reading an article or book
    vi. idea generation/ideation / mind mapping
    vii. reading and marking MS Docs
    viii. Text editor - sophisticated, but without a steep learning curve
     
  2. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Based on what you have posted:

    Pages ( Word Processing and document production)
    Numbers ( spreadsheet and calculations )
    Keynote ( Presentation and slides

    These are sold separately or in a bundle known as iWork...I think they have all you need to get going with the iPad.
     
  3. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    You will have to create content so I recommend iWork applications like above.
    You will have a lot of reading to do and will have a lot of PDF's for which I recommend PDF Expert or Documents.
    As for notetaking, get a rubber tip stylus and get notability.
     
  4. rbarry macrumors newbie

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    For #'s iii, iv, vi and even vii, I use GoodNotes. GoodReader is a close second for PDF's, but GoodNotes will convert DOCs into PDFs for annotation, but not keep the same formatting, so I insist students submit papers in PDF format.

    For #i, I would use DropBox, pulling the document into GoodNotes for reading/annotation. This allows you to sync with a folder on your main computer, and only bring in what you need (full-resolution PDFs of medieval manuscripts can quickly add-up and max out your iPad's memory).

    For #ii, Keynote and for #viii, Pages.

    There is probably a dedicated program for #vi, but I don't do that kind of mapping, so I cannot recommend anything in particular.
     
  5. cez1 macrumors member

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    i) I use Sente both on my iPad and laptop/desktops and I can also share refs and notes with the students in my lab. It also acts as a citation manager like Endnote.

    ii) I do not use my iPad for this, but if I did Pages and Keynote would be my choice.

    iii and iv) see i.

    vi) For mindmapping I use Mindnode on both iPad/iphone and laptop/desktops. I also use Notability as a basic note pad.

    vii) This is currently evolving for me: I used to use notability, but with the new features added to Pages (track changes) I am contemplating switching.

    viii) Pages - excellent iCloud sync and very compatible with MS Word.

    Hope this helps!
     
  6. jojoba macrumors 68000

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    i. managing article- and ebook- library on iPad [a file management similar to itunes for music]

    For my research articles, I use Bookends. For ebooks, I use amazon or kobo.

    ii. preparing lectures notes and lecture slides

    Keynote.

    iii. reading and annotating ebooks and pdf journal articles (with the capability to export the highlighted/annotated texts and comments)

    I use GoodReader and iAnnotate.

    iv. taking notes while reading an article or book

    Evernote. But I mostly use my Air to take notes. I store these notes in Evernote and Circus Ponies Notebooks, which are synced to my iPad.

    vi. idea generation/ideation / mind mapping

    iThoughtsHD and OmniOutliner.

    vii. reading and marking MS Docs

    UX Writer.

    viii. Text editor - sophisticated, but without a steep learning curve

    Pages.


    I have a blog on using iPad and mac for academic purposes here, where I've written about some of these apps.
     
  7. naomired thread starter macrumors newbie

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