Top iPad Productivity Apps

I recently discovered a Web service called It allows you to create a list, twitter it to your followers, and allow them to vote each item up or down. It even allows your followers to add new items to the list. It is a great way to crowd-source just about anything.iPad Productivity Apps

I decided to give it a try by adding a list called “The Top iPad Productivity Apps.” The service even allows me to embed the results here on my blog. The list refreshes with real-time results every time you reload the page. However, if you want to participate, you will have to go to TwtPick.In to participate.

Question: What apps would you add? What has been your experience with some listed?
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  • Morgan Harper

    Have yet to own an iPad but some of these apps are making me revisit the lack of productivity that comes out of the device! I'm not the greatest Apple fan, but this is actually intriguing to me.

  • joanna

    I don't have an iPad, but GoodReader for iPod touch was possibly my best spent dollar ever.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Yea, I really like it to.

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  • Matt Edmundson

    I have most of them! They are great. Evernote needs so formating ability. GoodReader is great for stuff and links with DropBox and you MobileMe accounts – which is fantastic for me when seeing clients. Logmein is essential for me. MobileRSS is a great reader (haven't tried the other one) and I use it loads. Great for sharing too and it integrates with all the usual twitter, facebook and instapaper which is great.

    I really hope that hootsuite and actionmethod make iPad apps very very soon!

    I've just downloaded Timing f1 app – which has nothing to do with productivity, but it is great if you are an F1 fan :D

  • BarbaraBoucher PTPhD

    My available minutes today will be spent checking out each app. Thanks for the list!

  • Erik Bledsoe

    My wife and I were just talking about phasing out our laptops as our primary use computer for ipads. What has been your experience, do you find you use it more? Thoughts?

    • Michael Hyatt

      I think the iPad is great for content consumption; however, I think it is very limited on the content creation side. I still rely on my MacBook Pro for that.

  • Shyam Subramanyan

    Michael, glad you like and thanks for the blog article. The list embed feature will continue to evolve to be more interactive. Please do let me know if you have any other thoughts/ideas/feedback.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Shyam, my only complaint is that the embedded content did not show up in my RSS feed, but that may be a limit of RSS technology; I don't. know.

      • Shyam Subramanyan

        Michael, that will be addressed when we release a WordPress specific plugin for It will make the list more interactive and RSS friendly.

  • Thomas Lancaster

    Thanks, but no thanks. Michael, you're a man with unique skills and experiences. When you talk about leadership, I listen, and I trust you. When you talk about technology, I cringe. You seem in over your head. If a guy at a party hands you a cup and says "Drink this Koolaid!", you say "No!" You don't know what's in that cup. When a guy on the Internet says "Visit this website!", You say "No!" What are the privacy policies? What are the security policies? Who's running the website? What is their track record like? Who owns the data that I create on or share to the website? Can I export data out of the system, or is it a one-way road in a one road town? What happens when they collapse or are sold? How are they monetized? What types of advertising am I exposed to? How work-safe is it? How family-friendly is it? Under what software license is the website's code covered? If you care about yourself or your readers then you should care about these issues enough to at least know the information. You don't. Your coverage of all technology is “I like this, and you should try it.” I legitimately don't get why you're so deficient when covering technology. Either you don't that you're supposed to know, or you don't care that you're supposed to care. Sadly, because people do trust and respect you, you're going to cause many readers to waste their time, their most precious resource, visiting a site that they know nothing about because you know nothing about it. I think it's great that you try to explore areas where you're very weak, but in posts like this are irresponsible, you are embarrassing yourself and hurting your readers.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your input. I am sorry you feel that way.

      • Dave Tucker

        Who upset this dude? People wasting time on the internet? That never happens. Michael I think you are way cool, I wouldn't give this guy another thought, I didn't pick up anything from his comments that I think anyone or you could find beneficial.

      • Redmond571

        I just got an iphone 4S from my son and could not wait to load Evernote which I got from you!! It keeps all my creative wanderings in one place!! I have been waiting a long time to do this and I am not disappointed, keep suggesting!! Bless you

    • Michael Hyatt

      By the way, I just noticed that your name links to the Microsoft home page. Are you a Microsoft employee?

      • Russell Lorfing

        Michael, I completely disagree with the notion that you should research every caveat of a technology resource that you recommend. THANK YOU for your simple recommendations of “I like this, and you should try it.” I have several tools that I use daily that I discovered through your blog (and many that I sampled and rejected). Do not change a thing.

    • patriciazell

      Michael, I appreciate your posts on technology. In fact, if I ever acquired some of the technical tools you mention (iPads, Kindles, etc.), I want you as my tutor. I know when I set up my blog, your posts enabled me to do a decent job of working out the details. I also enjoy the links you provide to other sites–I'm learning so much about leadership, social media, and coaching. You have been a real blessing to me. Thank you. :-)

      • Michael Hyatt

        Thanks, Patricia. I appreciate your kind words, support, and encouragement.

    • Philip Roth

      Mr. Lancaster must be in great need of attention. Mike Hyatt knows his audience, and Mr. Lancaster is not one of them.

    • devin

      Sounds like someone pissed in your koolaid!!!

  • Daniel Decker

    Wow. I am seeing a lot of application for this Twtpic service. Very cool. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Lindsey_Nobles

    My dad just got an Ipad as an early Father's Day present. You will have to teach him some basics on Saturday. Or maybe you should talk him into getting me one :)

  • David

    Mike –

    I love reading your blog. You keep us so informed on so many things. I have a question. You seem to always be searching – Productivity, Leadership, Publishing, Apple-cult info. How do you personally maximize JUST BE time. Are you able to BE. Ever consider yourself addicted to the latest and greatest way to do everything? As someone who is a recovering "stuff to always do" guy who is also recovering from a stroke – this does not seem possible to me.

    • Michael Hyatt

      For me, I have to schedule it. I spend an hour every morning, just being. I am also very intentional with my Quarterly retreat and with my vacations. In the last five years, I spend a lot of time with family and friends, just to BE and to connect with what’s important.

  • Jake Lopez

    Here is the list of the ones I recommend:
    3banana excellent note-taking application. SSL for security and syncs to account for free. I have an Android phone and I also 3banana on that. Its very nice having my notes on all 3 of them my phone, ipad and laptop. I also prefer the simple interface, it’s nice and easy to use.
    I also recommend SpiveyWorks Notes to keep notes that I access from my phone, computer or an iPad.

  • Maggie Hibma

    Matt – thanks for mentioning LogMeIn Ignition. Along with the app being optimized for the iPad, it also works on the iPhone. If anyone is interested in learning more about our app – which allows you to remote control any PC or Mac from your iPad – please find me on Twitter or Facebook.


    Social Media, LogMeIn

  • Karina

    Mike –

    I love reading your blog. You keep us so informed on so many things. I have a question. You seem to always be searching – Productivity, Leadership, Publishing, Apple-cult info. How do you personally maximize JUST BE time. Are you able to BE. Ever consider yourself addicted to the latest and greatest way to do everything? As someone who is a recovering “stuff to always do” guy who is also recovering from a stroke – this does not seem possible to me.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I actually spend a lot of time just “being.” One of the reasons I try to be as productive as I can be is so I can have as much margin as possible to enjoy just being with God, my family, and my close friends.

  • Tobi Roberts

    Michael – what is your favorite iPad app for journaling with tagging and search? I need it to replace my idea journals.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Evernote, hands down.

  • John

    You have a couple of todo list management apps on there.

    For the benefit of those that require more than just todo (like services, bill, online docs, event & trip planning, asset management, etc.) and integration across them all in a single app, I’d recommend LifeTopix.

    Plus, it’s a universal app. It’s the best bang-for-the-buck I’ve seen.

  • John Doherty

    Hey Michael, I would add Flipboard to this list. It aggregates content well, and you can pick and choose what you want it to show. Social media, Google Reader, Zagat, you name it, you can probably read it through Flipboard.

    Great article. I enjoy your writing.

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    This looks really interesting. Thanks.

  • Gracey_Wilson

    Also included in this list should
    be Agora Briefcase which allows you to
    share files automatically and securely to remote iPads.  It’s pretty
    unique and is a new approach to professional file sharing.

    AGORA allows me to send/share files
    to a group of iPad users directly on their devices.  As I upload documents
    to this virtual Briefcase, they are immediately available for download on all
    member devices, making it a simple and effective tool to send drafts to clients
    for review, distribute materials to a work team or ask for comments on a
    document.  Recipients only need to open the App and all documents are
    right there.

    While all iPad recipients can review
    the documents as long as I want them to, they don’t have actual access to the
    file itself, and therefore can’t store or redistribute them. I can delete or
    replace files off their devices at any time removing them from viewing.

    The whole setup is explained at

  • Paul

     Personally , I use my iPad for my business in my everyday life. I’m using Beesy currently,  a very good productivity app. good Todo List, note taking, calendar… a good all in one. it’s working very well