The right office apps for the iPad at work
If you provide or allow employees an iPad, here are the productivity apps that you should install on themFollow @MobileGalen
The best iPad utilities most everyone should have
The iPad can't open Zip files -- an amazing omission in the iPhone and iPod Touch as well. There are several apps that can unzip files, but the best is ZipThat ($1). Its clean interface makes it easy to use.
Although the iPhone comes with a calculator app, the iPad doesn't. There are several calculator apps for the iPad, but I prefer the simple, capable Calculator Pro ($1). If you do lots of calculations and want a tape function to capture all calculations (and email that history as a file), then get the less aesthetically pleasing Calculator HD ($1).
If you view Photoshop native files, such as for page layout, Web, or presentation projects, get the AirFilesHD app ($1), which also offers Wi-Fi file sharing and basic drawing capabilities. As you can see, Wi-Fi file sharing is built into lots of apps!
The iPad's own Notes app is fine for taking notes, and its Calendar app is perfectly suitable to manage your appointments. There are tons of alternative apps for both, but I don't see the point. There are three exceptions: The PhatPad app ($10) combines free-form drawing, handwriting recognition, voice recording, and limited keyboard entry to create richer notes than what is possible on the iPad's own Notes app. The Notes Plus app ($4) lets you take handwritten notes with a stylus (such as Ten One Design's Pogo Stylus), then export them to PDF, though it doesn't convert the handwriting to text. You can also type in text and include audio recordings (which PhatPad can't do). If your notes include drawings, PhatPad or Notes Plus is the way to go. The Notability app ($5) is designed for people who take notes while recording lectures, presentations, and the like. Afterward, if you tap any text you entered, Notability will play back the audio recording from that point in time, so you can hear what was being said as you were typing. If you want a simple audio-recording app for note-taking, check out Beefon's WaveRecord ($2), which has a really important capability not found widely: It continues to record when you switch to other apps.
Beyond these broadly useful utilities, chances are some workers will also need additional apps for more specialized tasks. So I've put together a collection of such additional business apps that you might make available to employees as part of an in-house catalog or point them to as recommendations.