How are you liking your iPad Pro? Me too. But that doesn't mean that it couldn't be even better. In my earlier writings, I stated that there were some tasks I do for work that I can't do on the iPad Pro. That is only partly true. I can actually do everything for work on the iPad Pro, and do.
But I have to use a couple of workarounds to make it happen. With these two powerful apps, you can raise the productivity of the iPad Pro to a whole, new level. Best yet, these apps are great even if you don't have an iPad Pro. If you use a Mac along with any other Mac or iOS device, these apps are likely for you:
Parallels is a desktop application that allows Mac users the ability to install Windows on their Mac. It works extremely well, and is perhaps the best in that category of app. Parallels Access is from the same company. But it does not do anything like that. Instead, It is a Remote Desktop app that allows you to access your Mac from your iPad.
With this app, your iPad Pro becomes a window into your desktop Mac at home. It is a little like having a laptop that has all the same stuff as your desktop. If you want to watch a video that is on your Mac, you can just play it is if it were stored locally. The sound will play over your iPad. It is a perfectly fine experience.
I started using this solution because I cannot access my work's CMS from my iPad. Now, I use Access to work with the CMS via my Mac's web browser at home. This works surprisingly well. Literally anything I can do on my Mac at home, I can access right on the iPad. And with the iPad Pros large screen, it is very nearly the same experience as using a laptop.
While the app is free, the service is not. Access will run you $19.99/Year. They have other plans for different needs. But that is probably the one most people will be interested in.
Copied is a universal clipboard manager. By "universal", I mean every iCloud-enabled device you have. That includes all of your iDevices along with your Macs. The Mac requires an additional purchase. The iOS app was in the neighborhood of $2.99. The Mac app was more like $7,99. I honestly do not see what the Mac app brings that the iOS app does not. But if you just think of it as a total of $11, it makes a lot more sense.
That is because the apps are absolutely worth it. What the app does is something that other apps have attempted in the past, but have not done very well. Anything you save on any device is available to any other device on which you can now paste. The great thing about this type of app is that it does not have to work in a linear fashion. You can plow through your last 100 saves, pull up the item you want, and paste that item when and where you want it.
I do some of my research for an article while sitting at my Mac at home. I will save a few links and snippets that I think might be useful. When I continue the work on the iPad, I can pull in any of those saves for pasting into the document on which I am working.
Copied has some special features that work well for the iPad Pro. First, it is one of the few apps with full Slide-Over and Split-View support. That means you can keep it open in a small window next to your main word processor. That makes it very convenient. Second, it has a Notification widget. You can just pull down the notification screen and grab the snippet you want to paste. Either way, the app is extremely convenient to use on an iPad Pro. Though it works on all the iOS devices.
As with all computing devices, productivity is less about the hardware, and more about what you do with it. Loading these two apps on an iPad Pro is a great way to add productivity to your Pro device.