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<p>After you’ve downloaded Apple’s iWork suite –  "Pages," for word processing; "Numbers," for spreadsheets, and "Keynote," for presentations – you might think you’re all set to take your iPad on the road. What else could you possibly need in your digital briefcase? If you're going to travel, you'll want maps, an app to keep track of your flights and itineraries, and perhaps a handy dictation taker. All this and more is available now for the iPad.</p>

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<p> </p> <p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/readdledocs-for-ipad-pdf-viewer/id364901807?mt=8">ReaddleDocs for iPad</a> (Readdle, $4.99, released May 10 )</p> <p>Think of "ReaddleDocs" as the Swiss Army knife of file handlers. Its built-in viewer supports PDF, MS Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) and Apple iWork files. You can connect to your Mac or PC and use your iPad as a wireless drive over Wi-Fi. You can also swap files by dropping them into your free ReaddleDocs storage account or synching them with Dropbox,  MobileMe’s iDisk, Google Docs and similar storage services.</p>

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<p> </p> <p>“<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id302325893?mt=8">FlightTrack Pro Live – Live TripIt Flight Status Tracker by Mobiata</a> (Mobiata, $9.99, released April 22)</p> <p>Frequent flyers will love this app for keeping track of their flights and itineraries. The app provides live info about flights including route maps and updates for cancellations, delays, gate changes and other need-to-know happenings. Your flight cancelled because of bad weather? You can use this app to find alternate flights. You can also send an email if you need to let someone at your destination know your flight status has changed. “FlightTrack Pro” works seamlessly with <a href="http://www.tripit.com/">TripIt</a>, a site that helps you keep your travels plans in sync.</p>

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<p> </p> <p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dragon-dictation/id341446764?mt=8">Dragon Dictation</a> (Nuance Communications, Free, released April 19 )</p> <p>The first time you use "Dragon Dictation," you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.  It’s a voice-recognition app derived from Nuance’s <a href="http://www.nuance.com/naturallyspeaking/">NaturallySpeaking technology</a>. Instead of typing documents, emails, to-do lists, social media status updates and more, just say the word. The company says this app can turn spoken words into text up to five times faster than typing. Price: Free, for a limited time.</p>

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<p> </p> <p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-mobile-app/id284815942?mt=8">Google Mobile App</a> (Google, Free, released May 10)</p> <p>The iPad version of Google’s search-by-voice app is similar to its hugely popular iPhone/iPod touch app. Say aloud what you’re looking for and this app does the legwork. If you're doing a local search, there's no need to specify where you are because  “Google Mobile App” has <a href="http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2008/09/introducing-mobile-search-with-my.html">Search with My Location</a>, which means you'll automatically see search results based on your current location. Price: Free.</p>

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<p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-early-edition/id363496943?mt=8">The Early Edition</a> (Glasshouse Apps, $4.99, released April 14 )</p> <p>This app takes your <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS">RSS</a> feeds and serves them up in a  daily newspaper format. Articles can be read in newspaper view or in full-page mode. There’s an update on the way that adds support for <a href="http://www.google.com/reader">Google Reader</a>, a service that lets you subscribe to your favorite websites, says Glasshouse Apps, the developer. Price: $4.99.</p>

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<p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/printcentral-for-ipad/id366020849?mt=8">PrintCentral for iPad</a> (EuroSmartz, $9.99, released April 30 )</p> <p>Install "PrintCentral" on your iPad, <a href="http://mobile.eurosmartz.com/downloads/downloads_index.html">download the free WePrint software</a> for your Mac or PC, and you’ll be able to print emails and attachments, contacts, Web pages, text messages and whatever else you have on your iPad. The WePrint helper software will automatically find your computer’s printers and allow the iPad to select which printer to use. You can print via Wi-Fi, 3G or EDGE networks. Before you travel, put the print server software on a USB stick and use it when you want to print from someone else’s printer. Price: $9.99.</p>

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<p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adobe-ideas-1-0-for-ipad/id364617858?mt=8">Adobe Ideas 1.0 for iPad</a> (Adobe, Free, released April 23 )</p> <p>If inspiration strikes while you’re out and about, "Adobe Ideas" is a good place to scribble your notes, create diagrams and write over images stored in your Photo Album. This sketchbook app features vector-based drawing tools such as variable-sized brushes. You can zoom in for fine detailed work and zoom out for a bird’s eye view of your notes and sketches. You also have the option of saving files in PDF and emailing them to yourself for editing in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Price: Free.</p>

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<p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/todo-for-ipad/id371787147?mt=8">Todo for iPad</a> (Appigo, $4.99, released May 14 )</p> <p>Appigo, the developer of "Todo for iPad," patterned its task planner app after paper daily planners that most of us are familiar with. Tasks can be organized into binders, pockets and pages in a way that’s both intuitive and easy to manage. You can sync your tasks to Apple iCal, Microsoft Outlook or to <a href="http://www.toodledo.com/">Toodledo</a>, an online to-do list service. The interface is nice to look at and you have the option of creating your own themes for binder cover, paper color and more. Price: $4.99 for a limited time.</p>

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<p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/logmein-ignition/id299616801?mt=8">LogMeIn Ignition</a> (LogMeIn, $29.99, released April 1)</p> <p>You’re on the road and you suddenly realize that presentation you need for your boss is back at the office on your PC or Mac. No worries. Pull out your iPad and take control of your desktop computer and access all your apps and files. How do you do it? With "LogMeIn Ignition," a remote desktop access app. There are two parts to the equation: an app for your iPad and a free one you install on your desktop computer. You can also set up a free online account with <a href="https://secure.logmein.com/US/home.aspx">LogMeIn</a> where you can store and access your files from the road. Price: $29.99.</p>

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<p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quickvoice-recorder/id284675296?mt=8">QuickVoice Recorder</a> (nFinity, Free, released April 22)</p> <p>If you often find yourself having to record audio notes, reminders, meetings and so on, then you would be hard pressed to find a more capable app than this one. You can also record audio clips and email them to yourself to use as ringtones. Price: Free.</p>

 
 

10 Best iPad Apps for Road Warriors

May
19
2010
Michael Alexander, iPadNewsDaily Contributor
05:15 PM ET