Productivity

1Password Pro ($14.99): Like the iPhone version of 1Password, the iPad version syncs all your passwords from the desktop app (even from Dropbox) so you have all your important passwords and login credentials with you wherever you go. 1Password will store your usernames, passwords, financial information and encrypted notes behind a series of application-level passwords independent from the passcode you may have protecting your iPad. From the app, you can log into the designated website and have all the necessary data automatically dropped into their respective fields, saving you the time and frustration of having to remember every last detail for dozens of different websites. There really is no better solution for keeping your passwords and other login data safe.

Dropbox (Free): You know Dropbox. You love Dropbox. Now it’s on the iPad and brings with it a host of features, including local caching of “favorite” files, saving of email attachments directly within the app, sharing of photos and documents, and the ability to carry any and all of your files you wherever you are.

GoodReader ($4.99): GoodReader stores files similar to how Dropbox does, but offers much more functionality. You can annotate documents and PDFs, create folders, move, copy and rename your files and read your documents in full-screen without any chrome to block your way. GoodReader syncs with iDisk, Dropbox, SugarSync and any WebDAV, FTP or SFTP server and you can sync everything at once, or individually.

Trunk Notes ($3.99): We all get that random information we want to hold onto, but can’t figure out where to keep it – snippets of code, recipes, statistics on honeybadger-related deaths in the U.S. Trunk Notes is an intriguing app that allows you to create your own wiki with any text, images, videos or sound files you have. And just like almost every other app on this list, Trunk Notes has built-in Dropbox support.

EasySign (Free*): Fax machines are quickly becoming extinct. Companies are quickly adopting email as the default method for sending forms to individuals. Unfortunately, many people still do the old song-and-dance routine of downloading the form, printing it out, signing it, scanning it back in and emailing it back to the sender.

EasySign eliminates everything between “downloading” and “emailing it back” by allowing you to apply your “digital signature” to PDFs, Word Docs and other types of documentation. Just sign your name on the iPad’s screen with your finger or stylus, save it and place it anywhere on the form. You can also add dates and custom text to documents without ever having to leave the app.

The app itself is free, but it does cost to process each document once the signatures are in place. I recommend getting the $9.99 “Unlimited” package – especially if you’re doing anything major, like buying a house.

TextExpander ($4.99): TextExpander is supported in over 100 iOS apps, which means your most-used macros can be used all over your iPad. Save code snippets, email signatures, form letters and other often-reused text with corresponding shortcuts to save time creating things like résumé pitches and webpage frameworks. TextExpander for the iPad can also sync with the desktop TextExpander over Wifi.

Audiotorium ($4.99): Audiotorium is a notetaking app with a built-in recorder, making it perfect for lectures, meetings and any situation where you might need to go back and reference your notes. Now you don’t have to struggle to remember the context of an item you jotted down three months ago – just play back the audio that corresponds with the note and you’re back in the loop. Audiotorium comes with integrated Dropbox and TextExapnder support, so your notes are always synced to the cloud and your favorite snippets can be used for quicker note-taking.

TaskPaper ($9.99): Taskpaper takes the simple idea of list building and adds in a pinch of Getting Things Done, which results in an unassuming, yet powerful universal iOS app.

You start out by creating individual lists, then adding “Projects” and “Tasks” to them. There’s a robust filtering system to show only the projects or tasks you’re interested in at the time, as well as the free SimpleText sync service that works across the Web, the iPhone, the iPad and the desktop. TaskPaper describes itself as “a magic piece of paper” that conforms to the method that works best for you. This isn’t just another “to do” app – it’s a text editor to help you get things done on your terms.

OmniFocus ($39.99): Unlike TaskPaper, OmniFocus is directed at task-management experts who want strict control over their action items. It has built-in support for Contexts (places, tools or resources necessary to complete a task), due dates, inbox reviewing and syncing across all other forms of the application. At $40, it’s a steep investment, so you might want to try the Mac trial version first to see if it fits your style.

OmniOutliner ($19.99): Another pricey one from the Omni Group, but this app focuses on outlining. OmniOutliner collects your text, images and URLs and displays them in beautiful outlines, which can be exported to OPML for use in a variety of other apps. You can collapse groups, customize text and automatically create tappable links just by typing the addresses in. If you’re going to buy OmniFocus for your task management, you’d be crazy not to grab OmniOutliner with it. A 14-day trial is available for the Mac.

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