Help me turn my iPad into a work productivity tool.
Work has given me an iPad mini (16GB). I have no idea what to do with it. While I'm normally the go-to person in my family and immediate work environment when it comes to providing assistance to other people with their computer and technical issues, this thing has me stymied.
The only support IT will provide is sync'ing up e-mail. So that has been accomplished, but the rest is up to me.
What I need are good office productivity tools--things that will allow me to create and read Word documents and Excel files, and software that will allow me to view PowerPoint presentations and PDFs.
I really, really need to be able to use it to write. So while Word-compatible files would be my first choice, some type of text file would be fine (EverNote, Notability, etc.).
But, and here's where I get stuck, I need it to work when not hooked up to the cloud. I'm not always going to be in an environment that has Wi-Fi access, so things need to be saved on the device itself.
At first I thought I'd just download the Apple office apps (Pages, etc.). After repeated tries, I finally downloaded Pages, but I just don't get it. Nothing in that application makes any sense to me. I can't figure out how to do even the basics like saving a document. Now I'm sure I can find some sort of user's guide on the Internet, and will do so if using those applications is my best option, but I thought I'd look for different solutions.
After reading a bunch of different office suite for iPad reviews, I settled on hopto
. It seemed to offer all the tools I needed. So I downloaded it. But before it will let me do anything, it seems I need to create some type of cloud-based account. Is that really necessary?
So before I download anything else, I decided to ask for recommendations for good office productivity software that isn't reliant on the cloud. (I'm perfectly happy to e-mail things to myself as necessary and as I'm able to get Wi-Fi access). Of course I'm looking for free apps, as work is reluctant to pay for software.
Also, can anybody recommend a good file management/directory viewer?
And do people have suggestions for which keyboard is best?
What else do I need to add to make this a useful work tool, rather than a clunky, heavy brick in my purse?
And since I'm asking basic questions, how do I get the new applications I download to appear on the first page (with all the pre-installed and useless apps), rather than being bumped to the second page? I've already cleaned up the homepage (or whatever it's called) and put some of the icons for the pre-existing software I'm not going to use in a single bucket, so there is room for the new ones I download, but no matter what I do, I can't seem to make them reside on the main page.
I should say, along with my personal dislike for cloud-based applications, we've been getting pressure from work to avoid using Internet storage for our work data. So I really need a solution that doesn't rely upon iDrive or iCloud (or whatever Apple calls it's online storage) or Dropbox, etc.