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I have a dream of being able to use my new iPad as my workstation when I travel. Is it possible? I’m on the hunt for apps that make it possible to merge the Mac and Microsoft worlds into one machine.
Here are a few things I’ve found to help.
1. Before you purchase your iPad, it’s important to know whether you will always depend on WiFi connections or if you’ll need 4G phone connections. I chose one that will let me do both and purchased a small data plan with the phone carrier. You must make the decision of which carrier, AT&T or Verizon before purchasing the iPad.
2. I purchased a Kensington keyboard (it has shift keys on both right and left sides – some don’t) and case for my iPad. The keyboard feels like a normal keyboard and the case allows you to take out the keyboard for either touch use only or to be able to display the iPad for a presentation. I LOVE it! I will occasionally use the touch screen only, but most often just open my case and start typing!
3. Next, I looked for apps that would bridge between the two worlds. I find the LogMeIn app will allow me to log into my laptop from any location as long as I’ve left the computer on. It can be in sleep mode, but it must be on. Once logged on, I can actually see my desktop just as if I’m sitting in front of my laptop! I can work on any file. Other apps recommended to me that I’m still trying are Team Viewer and PC Anywhere. LogMeIn and Team Viewer have a free version to try that is designed for iPad, but my seasoned iPad user friends tell me TeamViewer is their choice. See a separate post for specifics on Team Viewer.
Next time I’ll share what I’ve learned about iPad apps that allow you to open word docs on the iPad itself without logging into your computer. Stay tuned!