This is my first post and while I am a heavy windows user I have been tasked with testing an Ipad and apps for office use. I'm not trying to start a Apple vs. Windows war, I can only speak to my experiences and look for advice to see if an Ipad is the right choice.
I work in an architecture and engineering firm and we do a lot of full time on site construction observation. There are a ton of photos and equally as many daily reports an logs. We are trying to eliminate the traditional binder and notepad/clipboard. We are also heavily dependent on Microsoft office. On any given day I will run any or all of the following applications, full versions on a windows, pen based tablet.
Some sort of Remote Access
When it comes to Word or Excel, I am aware there are many Ipad options to chose from but i have heard formatting and or excel formulas can sometimes get messed up. That could become a huge problem
Autocad and Sketchbook have Ipad apps, so I don't think that should be an issue. I need a stylus that users can sketch with accuracy, mark up existing pdf drawings and preferably not have to zoom in and out to do so. I believe the Adonit Jot stylus addresses motor control and accuracy when drawing. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
So far the biggest problem has been OneNote. I have experimented with the Ipad version of One Note, Evernote and GoFormz. Here is what I have found
OneNote replicates a traditional binder very well It allows us to send our typical forms to a page, however digital ink isn't available (at least in the free version I am testing) and it is completely lost when translating back and forth from Ipad to PC
Goformz is fantastic. It allows us to replicate our forms perfectly with text fields and areas for photos and can be sent to Evernote pretty well. The problem I have is that I may be standing 50' in the air on scaffolding and need to write notes or draw a detail on the form. Type based input can be a challenge or impractical.
Evernote doesn't seem to take accept digital note taking. Penultimate seems like a good solution, but it doesn't seem to allow us to import our standard report forms.
I haven't tried any remote desktop connection apps yet but keeping in mind we would be going through Windows based systems, I'll take any input here.
That more of less skims the surface of what I need. I think I'm in the right area, but working out the details will make or break the final decision.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.