Every business knows, there are plenty of programs to help increase productivity around the office. For a list of our favorites, check out AppCraver’s Editor Picks for Best Business Apps for iPhone and iPad, or read on for current news and reviews of iOS business applications.
Four Voice Recording Apps that Fill In for Apple's Voice Memos
Voice Memos — Apple's iPhone development people probably figured adding voice memo recording in a native app in OS 3.0 would make the iPhone seem more corporate. That's only a guess, but if I'm right, I suspect Voice Memos won't be a big hit around the water cooler.
PDF Reader Pro Could be Useful Depending on Your PDF Point of "View"
PDF Reader Pro has been updated since our initial review. For the most up-to-date information, check out our new review of PDF Reader Pro for iOS.
Truth be told, there are several iPhone applications that are designed to be .pdf readers.
TapNext Puts Presentations in your Hand
TapNext joins the crowd of presentation apps by giving you a remote control for PowerPoint, Apple's Keynote or OpenOffice.org Impress.
TapNext is nothing to shout about in terms of design, but this iPhone app gets the job done.
Spreadsheet A Major Improvement Over Original
Spreadsheet was one of the original apps of its kind to make it to the iPhone. A recent update brings an app that is much improved from the original version offering several extra features that make it worth considering if you want to be able to create and edit spreadsheets on-the-go.
iPhone Inches Up the Corporate Ladder
ChangeWave, a market research company, just released a study that tucks Apple right behind Palm and RIM as leaders in the corporate smartphone market. Although, Palm and RIM lost a few percentage points in the past quarter, and Apple picked up a few points, the iPhone has a long ways to go to rival RIM's BlackBerry in the enterprise.
JMDictate – Professional Dictation is a Good Listener for Frequent Audio Recording
JMDictate-Professional Dictation, from JOTOMI, is an industrial-strength app for people who are constantly recording notes, memos and other bright ideas and then need to store or share them by email or file transfer.
Wallet Pro Excels as a Password Manager
Wallet Pro aims to solve one of the biggest concerns I have about using my iPhone: As much as I would like to have Web logins, credit card numbers and similarly crucial information on hand, I worry what might happen should I lose my iPhone.
ocrNow! Lite Sees Characters, but Only if They're Large
I downloaded ocrNow! Lite developed by WordCraft International Limited, with a good amount of skepticism. It’s an app that is designed to convert hardcopy text into a PDF or text doc, using the iPhone’s camera for optical character recognition.
TaskData (Exchange Sync) for Outlook Tasks and Notes
Developers are increasingly introducing apps like TaskData (Exchange Sync) that attempt to bridge the gap between the iPhone and the enterprise.
TaskData (Exchange Sync), from developer Phillip Zedalis, is a productivity application for business users who operate in a Microsoft Windows environment.
QuickVoice PRO Recorder Has a Bonus
nFinity is using QuickVoice, a voice recorder for Macs and PCs, as a lure to nab buyers for its new iPhone version called QuickVoice PRO Recorder. QuickVoice is usually $15.00 but it’s free with when you buy the $0.99 app.
Quickoffice Suite For Word, Excel and File Transfer
Quickoffice Mobile Office Suite, from Quickoffice, is an overhaul of its versatile Quickoffice Mobile Pro, an app that combined Excel editing and file transfer functions.
The big news here is Quickoffice Mobile Office Suite now features the ability to view, create and edit Word documents.
DocScanner Has Some Unique Features but It's Nothing New
DocScanner, from Nofello Oy, promises more than it delivers, methinks. “Scan any document to your iPhone…” the developer said in DocScanner's description.
“Sounds good to me," I replied.
VeriSign's VIP Access App Doubles Your Security
VIP Access - If you worry about an unauthorized person accessing your PayPal, eBay or similarly sensitive account where your security is paramount, download VeriSign’s free VIP Access app.
Spell Checker for Quick Look-Up of Words on the Go
Concrete Software's Spell Checker is a competent app but it may not think fast enough to win the Great American Spelling Bee.
I prefer to use a dictionary app when I want to check the spelling of a word.
Timewerks Puts Mobile Billing Right to Work
Well-crafted billing apps for the iPhone and iPod touch are as hard to find as a sinner on Sunday, but Sorth's Timewerks: Mobile Billing is the best one I've come across.
The problem I have with most of these apps is that they are often tedious to use or lack essential features.