Ipad 12.9 Pro 2017-Best apps to use it as Laptop?

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  1. perseid

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    Thanks David, but my preference is not to use emai, cloud or any internet dependent method, I want to be able to work within my LAN which as I mentioned it's both wired and Wifi. I bought the lightning to USB adaptor in the hope that I'd be able to import PDF's or any other book file with a pendrive, but it's not possible, it only works with phots and videos.
     
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    The ixpand from sandisk will allow you to import that directly to your iPad. One end is a USB connector, connect to your source and download, then the other end is a lighting connector, with the app installed on your iPad import the files.
    Another choice is the LaCie Fuel it is a wifi drive:
    With 1TB of wireless storage, the LaCie Fuel drive lets you store more than a thousand movies or thousands of photos, songs, and documents, and access them on your iPad, iPhone, or Mac. The LaCie Fuel's 10-hour battery life lets you experience that content all day, with no need for Internet or cables. Simply install the LaCie Media app on your iOS device in order to access files. Also, AirPlay compatibility even makes it possible to stream movies from the LaCie Fuel onto televisions via Apple TV.
     
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    With iOS 11, comming soon, you can use the Files app, which will let you brows files directly and open in them in various app. I like using Readdle's Documents app to store files. It will open most fomats, and those it won't can be opened in other apps using the iOS 11 sharing feature, or as I mentioned by using the Files app.

    It's more complicated with iOS 10, but you can still use Document or annother general file storage/reading app.

    Documents, and most of the other apps like it, have a wi-fi Drive transfer method that works over your local network. You turn on the mode, then go to the provided (local) URL on your desktop/laptop's browser. A javascript file browser/transfer page will load.

    You should be able to use this on any computer that that has access to the files you need to transfer.

    I believe I mentioned this before, but I'll say it again. While you can replace many, even most, of a laptop's functionality with an iPad, it's not going to duplicate how the laptop works. You'll need to find new apps and workflows. They are not more difficult than using a laptop, just different. But change always seems more trouble than what we already know, so be patient and flexible. It will feel natural soon enough.

    One of the things you should consider is using cloud storage more, at least for your working files. I know it's hard to move away from the feeling of owning your files and the hardware they are on, but the greater flexibility (especially with mobile devices) is hard to duplicate with local hardware solutions.
     
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    Thanks Poet, I'm fine with having a different workflow, I can adapt and eventually feel comfortable with it. What I'm not at ease is with restrictions, not being able to have a file accessible by various apps or being able to transfer it to the Ipad the way I want is more related to freedom rather than with workflow. No wonder they call it "jailbreak" .
    The best I could do so far after experimenting is transfer my files directly from my NAS to the Ipad with iTunes using either the USB cable connected to my PC (where iTunes is installed), or via Wifi.
     
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    For me 3 apps if available on iOS, will make the devices like IPP an almost complete laptop replacement. 1. ChemDraw, this software is very powerful and popular in windows environment, owned by Perkin Elmer company. Alternative to ChemDraw on Mac and iOS is chemdoodle but I am very much used to ChemDraw interface since many years. 2. Second is origin Pro software, which for plotting multi-axis graphs, charts, converting raw data points from instruments to graphs or spectra etc. Excel and Numbers are too complicated for plotting exercises. I hope Origin on iOS, soon becomes reality. 3. And the third is reference management software such as endnote or similar, the functions like “cite while you write “ etc are just awesome to have while formatting a manuscript. These goodies are badly missed on iOS environment. If they are made available on iPad, I guess I will not be using my windows laptop anymore.

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    Not really trying to convince you to switch to an iPad. But I got curious about how close the App Store could come to what you wanted, and decided to share what I found.

    There are more chemical drawing apps in the App Store than I would have thought. I liked the look of Chirys Draw, but don’t have the experience to evaluate it. It’s the only one that shows up if you search for chemdraw; so that’s probably mentioned somewhere in the description.

    There are a huge number of charting, plotting, and graphing apps in the App Store. There is probably at least one for every kind of graph you could want, but you might end up having to get more than one to get all the features you expect. What you probably can’t do (easily) is take direct input from instruments; though you can probably import the files they generate.

    (I do remember reading about a few bluetooth sensor/devices that have iOS apps, but don’t know how capapble they are)

    Looks like there is an EndNote app on the App Store. No idea if it is feature complete enough to meet your needs.
     
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    Thanks for your time Andy help, Poet. No need to convince me to go for iPad, because I already did. My iPad Pro is coming with my friend from USA. There are some apps for structure drawing for molecules but none are close to ChemDraw, chem doodle is closest and not very expensive, I might go for it. There are many apps for plotting graphs but none is all inclusive like origin.
    BTW thanks for endnote app, heads up. It seems the truncated version of the original one and might serve the purpose. I am eager to evaluate this when my IPP arrives.

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    Make sure you have the correct plug adaptor for your iPad as the one in the box probably won’t work in your country.
     
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    I have universal socket adapter. So I guess it won’t be much problem. Thanks for heads up though.
     
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    You’re welcome.
     

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