How Do You Use Your iPad At Work?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jw nyc, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. jw nyc macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2008
    I've been taking notes with Evernote & Penultimate but want to hear some other way that people have implemented their iPad in their daily office life.
  2. Thedeathbear macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2010
    I wish I could. I'm an EMT and the site doesn't work with mobile safari. It just says I put in an incorrect password. If I could, I'd otter box the iPad and work with it every day.
  3. tekchic macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    I'm a web developer & UX/UI designer. I use Evernote for nearly everything -- status reports, complex queries I need to run (that I forget syntax for), step-by-step production push instructions, etc.

    For meetings, I use Mental Note because i can either write with a Pogo stylus or bring my Apple keyboard and type. I can also grab a screenshot of a mockup/web page we have, pull it into Mental Note and write all over it in a meeting to document changes.

    As my general "file handler", I use GoodReader. When I need to study/highlight /annotate a programming book (PDF), I use it to launch iAnnotate.

    Dropbox for my "stuff" to get it from my Win7 desktop to my iPad for meetings. RDP software lets me remote desktop into that same Win7 box when I'm away on a weekend trip and I can run my SQL queries, restart a hung process, etc.

    All my other apps are either for pure fun, working on my pilot's license, or writing the next great American novel. :)

    Not to hijack the thread, but have you tried Atomic Web browser instead of mobile Safari? It lets you identify the browser as IE 6,7,8, Firefox, etc... maybe if you change that it would let you in?

    I went to that site in Atomic and put in a random login/pass (since I don't have one). Got a dialog that said "Safari partly supported" and then it looked like it was going to log me in, except that my username/pass was obviously invalid, heh.
  4. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    As a musician and music teacher, I use the Forscore app very regularly loaded up with PDFs; 1500 jazz tunes for gigs, and three volumes of exercises for students to warm up on.
  5. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2007
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    I use it for checking functionality on websites/pages that I've created. I also use the Moodboard App when I'm in a creative phase of development. Apart from that I use it to play music at high volume in my ears to drown out the noise of the telephone ringing with people that want to make me do more work! ;)
  6. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2010
    Some great ways to use your iPad. All those programs you use I use as well, besides Mental note (I'll have to try that out), and it makes the iPad worthy to use in the office. Big iPod touch my ass ;). I use Jump as my RDP, awesome app.
  7. antaresv macrumors newbie


    Jun 24, 2010
    I do research at a university and use Readdledocs to organize and read publications (pdf format). My experience with Readdledocs has been very positive, and the only thing missing is tabbed multi-file viewing.

    I have a couple Kindle e-books reference books. Don't really use the ipad to take notes, I did not come across any good note-taking apps yet.
  8. archi72 macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2010
    As a photographer I use it for showcasing my portfolio to my clients. The brilliant display is great for this purpose.

  9. vw195 macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2008
    I use it to surf the web so I am not surfing on company resources :p
  10. Thedeathbear macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2010
    Can that be done in the free version? I looked but couldn't find it in there. I get that same "safari partially supported" message on my MacBook, but it still works. When I put my username and password, it looks like it will login as well but then it goes back saying invalid password.
  11. tekchic macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    It looks like that's one of the things you get with the 99 cent version, but not on the free version. Have you emailed the company to see if they have plans to support mobile access? I'm hoping over the next year or two we'll see lots more companies bringing mobile access to their web apps.
  12. Thedeathbear macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2010
    I just bought it, but I'll have to test it out tomorrow. After 5 times at an unsuccessful log-in, you need your account unlocked by an admin. If Atomic browser won't work, I'll ask the company. Sad thing is that it is a tad late for the firehouse. We looked into getting iPad for every abulance and firetruck, but since they wouldn't work with the site, we with a different and more expensive option. Each firetruck has a netbook and both ambulances have toughbooks. The cost of one refurbished toughbook cost the same as 3 new iPad 3G's.
  13. burgundyyears macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
    Nearly instant access to 2500 searchable PDFs. A great decision support tool. Way better, more portable, and can be used on the move far more than a netbook or a cart full of binders.
  14. Statusnone88 macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2010
    I browse the web and watch Jackass all day. Kind of fitting thing to watch while I'm being paid to be a lazy ****.
  15. Tyler76 macrumors member


    Sep 28, 2010
    I work in a network management company, and my iPad is now a critical tool for me. Here is how iPad has improved things for me:

    Remote management: I use LogMeIn injector all the time to log in to my work laptop remotely where I run tcpdumps and analyze packets with wireshark.

    My note pad: I take my ipad with me everywhere I go to take notes when speaking with engineers. I record details on their topology and other data where I access the information on my laptop using Evernote. It's all synced. It is MUCH easier to carry around my iPad.

    My document reader: Since I carry around my iPad all the time, I use it to carry tech PDFs with me wherever I go for reference purposes. I use it to read product documentation and access network topology maps saved as PDFs or powerpoints.

    My device monitor: While connected to a work VPN, I am able to monitor device status through safari and INSTANTLY get the information I need.
  16. colmaclean macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    My current place of work takes security pretty seriously - no access to iDisk, Dropbox etc from their network (they even blocked my home IP after I accessed it!).

    Makes transferring anything from iPad to work PC pretty difficult, especially as they frown on the use of external email addresses...

    I've tried using on-line "clipboard" webapps to transfer text, but they're pretty clunky.

    Any other ideas?
  17. Kithe macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2010
    Sounds like the company security is taken seriously, maybe have a talk with the network administrative department? You would be surprised how many times they are quite friendly and helpful when they know why people do what they do. It wouldn't be the first time the IT guys are the last to know about the advancements technology has made and frown on it if it's not mentioned in the weekly BOFH newsletter. Having a talk and showing them what it is and how it works might help ease the tensions it sounds like there is.
  18. JonMPLS macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2010
    hmm, how do I use it at work . . . When the meetings get to me, I check out MacRumors via 3G connection. Also, just finished a game of Solitaire.

    Actually, I can check Lotus notes incoming mail and calender, but that's about it. I can't reply to mail, however, as it will not access the corporate email database.
  19. Hey Jude macrumors 6502a

    Hey Jude

    May 9, 2008
    This ;)
  20. Kobra macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2009
    How do you do this? We have Lotus Notes at my office :( I'd LOVE to get incoming e-mail and calendar on my iPad :)
  21. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

    Don Kosak

    Mar 12, 2010
    Hilo, Hawaii
    I use the Pages and Numbers apps a lot. (saving files on

    EverNote is very handy, especially because of the way it syncs with my phone and desktop. I also use MediaWiki a lot (so much that I ended up writing an app for that...)

    I do a lot of mockups and demos of stuff using the iPad. At client sites, I'll pass the iPad around for people to look at / play with the mockups up close and personal. It's more effective than a big static picture projected against a wall. Sometimes I wish I had 2 or 3 iPads to hand around. LOL.

    GoodReader is amazingly good at not only displaying PDF files, but also fetching them from the web or cloud. I have even used it to pull down entire websites (in .zip format) to expand and read off-line.

    I keep Skype and Google Voice (the old web app one) on my iPad not so much to make calls, but to be able to check voicemail when I'm traveling.

    The iPad has pretty much replaced my MacBook for everything but software development.
  22. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

    Don Kosak

    Mar 12, 2010
    Hilo, Hawaii
    Your Notes administrator can setup IMAP email on Notes to let you send and receive email.

    There is also the Lotus Notes Domino Web Service that allows you to access any document, database, or form on Notes from your iPhone or iPad. We had Notes at Lycos where I used to work, and I had access setup for folks with iPhones.

    Notes may be a bit dated in the world of Google Docs and's, but there were a ton of great apps written for that platform, and with Domino, you should be able to use them through the modern web.
  23. Mr. Incredible macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Southern California
    Thats tight!

    I'm currently taking an EMT class, I want to become a Firefighter, and I think if you search in the Appstore, you'd find a thing or two related to either EMT or Firefighting.
  24. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    I work as a Microsoft IT Consultant and I use my ipad for lots of things to help me work more productive:
    • I use Noterize for meeting notes. The greatest Note taking app
    • I use Notebooks for iPad to organize information about the products I support. I have created books inside the app with sub books. Using Safari I copy web pages that contain technical infos about MS products and paste them in Notebooks. I also use iDisk sync
    • I use TimesheetHD to manage my time spent in projects. Great tool!
    • Mail, Calendar and contacts connect to my company's Exchange
    • I use iTap RDP to connect to Windows Servers.
    • I use Omnifocus to manage private and business stuff.

    I find the ipad to be an extremely useful business tool (among other things :) )
  25. jw nyc thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2008
    How does noterize compare to note taker HD?

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