Here at the Glen Oaks Escrow blog, we post Technology Tips designed to help you, the REALTOR®, grow your business, keep up to date on the latest technologies, and move you forward into the new era of real estate.
It’s interesting to think that just over a year ago no one had an iPad. After its release in the US in April 2010, Apple has sold more than 15 million iPads (including the just released iPad 2). With over 65,000 apps in Apple’s App Store, the iPad makes it easy and fun to work while you’re on the road. Have you considered purchasing an iPad for your business? The days of lugging around a heavy laptop are over!
There are thousands of apps to download in Apple’s App Store, but where do you begin? We took a look at some of our favorite apps for business and chose our Top 5:
With no complicated interface to learn, you can easily transfer files from your computer right to your iPad. Dropbox is the easiest way to store and share files online, without having to email anything. No matter where you are, files saved on one computer can be viewed on multiple devices, such as other computers (Macs or PCs), phones, and your iPad. When a file is updated on one computer, Dropbox will automatically save the changes on all other devices. It’s a must-have app for any real estate agent.
Apple says Keynote is “the most powerful presentation app ever designed for a mobile device”, and we’d have to agree. If you spend a lot of your time sitting down with clients, Keynote is the simplest way to run a powerful presentation. Keynote allows you to view and easily edit your presentation, share by exporting to Microsoft PP or PDF format, arrange objects on your slides by simply dragging them on the canvas, create sophistic animations, and more.
GoodReader for iPad: $4.99
The super-robust PDF reader and #1 selling non-Apple app for the iPad last year in the US. Read virtually anything, anywhere. With GoodReader for iPad, you have the ability to mark-up PDFs and sync your files with remote servers. In addition to handling PDF & TXT files, GoodReader supports MS Office, iWork, HTM and Safari web archives, hi-res images, audio and video.
HootSuite is the perfect social media tool combining Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare into one elegant and powerful interface. Spread messages, monitor conversations, and track results right from your iPad. With HootSuite, you have the ability to send and schedule Facebook and Twitter posts, manage campaigns, schedule updates, and see click-through stats for all of your social networks.
Noterize allows you to view and annotate any available PDF or PowerPoint document. The built-in web browser enables direct importing of files from the web, while integration with Box.net and Dropbox makes transferring documents between your computer and iPad as simple as can be. The app currently supports distribution via Facebook, Twitter, Google Docs, Box.net, Dropbox, and email. You can even choose which specific pages of a document you would like to share, and the order of those pages in the document.