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SlideShark for iPad

If you're a business traveler whose road show hinges heavily on PowerPoint presentations, this app -- which translates PowerPoint files into an iPad-friendly format -- is a must-have.

Notes Plus for iPad

Notes Plus distinguishes itself from other iPad note-takers with a few standout features. But its steep price tag is hard to ignore as well.

Index Card for iPad

Index Card delivers on its promise of organization by index cards, but extremely rough interface choices compromise the experience.

FileMaker Go 12 for iPad and iPhone

FileMaker Go 12 lets you seamlessly access your FileMaker Pro database from your iOS devices.

Review: FileMaker Pro 12 and FileMaker Pro Advanced 12

With new versions of its entire FileMaker product line, FileMaker, Inc. extends its dominance of the Mac OS and iOS database world by offering improvements that will be valued by every type of FileMaker user.

App Guide: iOS PDF tools

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These apps can help you mark up, sign off, and otherwise annotate PDFs directly from your iOS device.

OmmWriter Dana helps you focus when writing

It's difficult for the developer of a minimalist writing app to peg exactly what a particular user will like and which features can be removed. But if OmmWriter's interface decisions work for you, it's a solid writing tool with a couple unique features for helping you concentrate.

Merlin 2.8 is a top-tier project management application

Merlin is a top-tier project management application that has a lot to offer.

Scribbeo for iPhone and iPad

DFTI’s Scribbeo makes it possible to collaboratively annotate still images and videos, but the app has a lot of rough edges.

MagicalPad for iPad

This terrific outlining app boasts some interesting features, though it doesn't quite deliver on all the things its developer promises in MagicalPad's App Store description.

App Guide: iPad note-takers

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With any of these apps installed on your iPad, you can jot down notes as easily as you would with a pen and paper.

Clear for iPhone

This task management app employs some nonconventional iOS interface elements, which are cleverly implemented and fun to use. But the app's simplicity may hamper its overall effectiveness at helping you get things done.

Habits Pro for iPhone and iPad

There's little to recommend this habits tracker, which bogs you down into details instead of helping you meet your goals.