I posted earlier today in the "new member" thread but am posting some of my questions here since they are specific to business use. I am a new iPad user, and I will also be having to help my mother learn to get more out of her iPad in her work use. She'd like to be able to stop hauling her laptop everywhere and only keep the iPad with her. Here are a couple of the specifics I'd like input for:
My mother's workplace uses Outlook and an Exchange server. Now, I haven't even looked at her iPad's built-in calendar yet to see how it does, but the catch that I will need help with is this: On her laptop, her view also includes a second calendar (a supervisor) to which she has read access. She needs to be able to see both calendars on her ipad if she is to start leaving the laptop behind. Can the built-in calendar app do this (and if so, how?) or what calendar app would be appropriate?
Editing these into a quote because they are secondary. The primary item I need to make sure to work out is the calendar.
2. remote pc access / remote file access
Since the plan is to leave her laptop in the office, we'll need to make sure that on occasion she can remotely access either it or the server where her documents are stored so she can grab a file if she needs one that she didn't copy onto the iPad. Her office has a web site she can login to for access to her laptop...they are apparently running Small Business server 2003 with a "Remote Web Workplace" offering. Only problem is that it uses ActiveX, so you can't use it from Safari on the iPad. Probably the access to focus on is access to her laptop...so that she can also run a remote session of Word/Excel as needed and copy files to her Dropbox folder. I'm fairly certain she will NOT want to pay $129.99 for LogMeIn Ignition nor will she want to pay $$ for a monthly subscription (ie. LogMeIn Pro?). But I don't think we will really need sound or HD video. Should we try the free LogMeIn or Teamviewer? or pay for Jump Desktop or Splashtop?
3. Note Taking
My mother is a list maker. LIST MAKER. So, I need an app that she can both type and handwrite into. Something that allows her to create folders for different projects. Something to put meeting minutes into. And something that will sync to her iPhone. She doesn't need to be able to edit/write from the iPhone, but she needs to be able to access/refer to her notes. So something that syncs to Dropbox or maybe even one of the options that syncs to Evernote? She does not have Evernote installed yet, but I am considering it for her.
I've been doing some reading and I think I have this figured out. We have my mom setup with Pages and Dropbox (she already bought Pages as rec'd by other people in her office), so she can open documents. But, saving back to Dropbox would be nice too. My understanding is that maybe the easiest way to do this (and I need EASY! for her) is to use a WebDAV service (DropDAV/iSEMStorage/otixo) so that she can use the WebDAV option from Pages to save back to Dropbox. Is this right? Alternately, between Docs to Go and Quick Office HD, which is the better program?