Almost every modern tech gadget, regardless of the manufacturer, now focuses on “light programs” or what is more commonly referred to as “apps.” There is an app for what seems like every possible task these days, and they really have helped usher in an era of enhanced productivity. If you have an iPad, you have no doubt installed many apps and may even use them in your business. And as many of us who use the touchscreen iPad keyboard have realized, it is inefficient when it comes to typing longer messages. There’s an app for that!
Here are two that help make typing on the iPad easier and more efficient.
When 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 the app will translate your speech 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.
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 ready-made messages that can be inserted into your text.
The way this works is you configure text “shortcuts” that contain often used, standard response messages. 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 $4.99 and can be downloaded from iTunes, or by clicking on this link which will take you to the App Store.
There are many other outstanding productivity apps for the iPad. Which are your favorites?