The tablet is often thought of as strictly a media consumption device—an easy way to browse, watch, or read. There are plenty of apps that aggregate information, connect users with content, and make sharing files over multiple platforms easy.
However, the secret weapon of the tablet user is content creation. Whether it’s putting together a presentation, updating a personal or business blog, jotting down notes, or writing an article, tablet users are increasingly getting off the sidelines and into the game with apps designed to engage and create, not just consume. Here’s a list of five apps that will turn your tablet into a tool for producing content on the go, allowing you to finally leave your laptop at home.
1. Quickoffice Pro
Quickoffice is a must-have app for anyone looking to create and edit Microsoft Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations on their tablet. While Quickoffice allows for easy content creation and editing, Quickoffice Pro’s added features makes accessing and sharing files even easier. The Pro version allows you to access DropBox, Evernote, Google Docs, Box, Huddle, SugarSync, Egnyte, and Catch files. You can also share your content using e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yammer, Slideshare, Scribd, and Docstoc.
If Microsoft Office is a big part of your life, Quickoffice Pro is an absolute must-have.
SyncSpace will turn your tablet into a collaborative drawing space to share your ideas with clients, coworkers, or customers. The app allows you to sketch ideas, add notes, and then send your drawings so that others can view and add to the drawing. When you’re finished, email the document as a PDF or post your sketches on Twitter or Facebook. A great tool for brainstorming sessions, SyncSpace’s virtual drawing space outdoes the meeting-room whiteboard.
BlogPress makes blogging simple by integrating access to all the major blogging platforms, including Tumblr and WordPress, into one app. Whichever blog site you use, you can easily upload videos, text, and pictures onto your blog from your tablet.
The ability to publish your content on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Flickr and Picasa at the swipe of a finger makes it even more enticing. BlogPress has received high praise from TapCritic, BlogHerald, and Macworld.com, which claims, “In the battle of mobile blogging tools, BlogPress wins on several fronts.”
4. Audio Memos
If you’re not a fan of typing on your tablet, try Audio Memos, a voice recorder that saves your recordings and allows for easy sharing. The simple interface, coupled with the option to set your recordings to a consistent average volume, are some of the key features. With a handful of extensions sold as in-app purchases, you can tailor your app to fit your recording needs by adding the function to trim your recording, compress the audio file, or adjust the speed. When you’re all done, you can easily email the file and upload the recordings to Dropbox or Evernote.
Taposé is a multi-functionality content creation app– a collaborative journal that supports word processing, highlighting, sticky notes, and sketches. The elegantly designed layout splits the tablet screen into a side-by-side view and makes the app even more versatile.
Integration with contacts, Google Maps, and multimedia files on your device makes this much more useful than a traditional journal. The cloud-supported collaborative features also allow multiple users to team together and share their content from Taposé.
Simply put, if you own a tablet and are looking to take your content creation to the next level, these apps should be in your toolbox. Happy creating!