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iPad_Feb27_CAlmost every modern tech gadget, regardless of the manufacturer, now focuses on light programs, often referred to as apps. There’s an app for what seems like everything these days, and they really have helped usher in an era of enhanced productivity. If you have an iPad, you have no doubt installed them, and may even use them in your business. You likely use the touchscreen keyboard, but realize it’s inefficient when it comes to typing longer messages. There are apps out there that make this easier though.

Here’s two that help make typing on the iPad easier and more efficient.

Dragon Dictation
When it comes to typing on a touchscreen, many users are not keen on typing longer messages or documents. It would be a lot easier if we could just dictate our thoughts. Dragon Dictation allows users to do just that.

The idea is, you can speak naturally into the mic and it will translate this into text. You can use it to dictate text messages, emails or even longer documents like blog posts or notes. This app does require network connectivity (3G or Wi-Fi), and will work on second generation iPads and newer devices. The app is free and can be downloaded by clicking this link.

TextExpander
If you use your iPad to reply to emails, or find yourself consistently typing the same message, TextExpander is a great shortcut app that allows you to configure readymade messages that can be inserted into your text.

The way this works is you configure text shortcuts e.g., Response1, may contain an often used standard response. When you type the shortcut in a text field, the app will recognize it and input the full text.

TextExpander is a great way to make replying to messages more consistent and efficient. You just have to take the time to set up your abbreviations/shortcuts and related text. The app costs USD$4.99 and can be downloaded from iTunes, or clicking on this link (which will take you to the App Store.)

There are many productivity apps for the iPad, what are your favorites? Let us know, and if you would like to integrate the iPad into your daily routine, let us know as we have many potential solutions for your business.

Published on 4th March 2013 by Jeanne DeWitt.

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