My Most-Used iPad Apps

By Charles Hall | Technology

Aug 31

My iPad allows me to add plenty of apps, but only a few are on my main screen. Here is my present screen.

My main iPad screen

My main iPad screen

Checkpoint – A library of accounting and auditing publications. You must pay for the publications, but Checkpoint provides powerful search capabilities.

OmnifocusA high-end to-do list. It provides contextual lists, including a hotlist (to help me remember the most important things).

Keynote – A slide presentation app. I use Keynote more than Powerpoint. The Keynote background slides are the best. Presentations can be saved to iCloud.

Twitter – A social communication tool. I use it to make short (less than 140 character) posts about my day, usually related to accounting and auditing. My handle: @ChasBHall.

Pandora – Music app. I can pick a channel and listen to whatever type of music I desire. There is a free version, but I pay around $5 per month for the add-free version.

Weather – Weather app. I start my day by checking the weather, and, when I’m going out of town, I check my destination’s weather before I leave.

Gmail – Email app. I use this app for most of my email.

Slack – Group email app. I use this app to communicate with my teams. I mainly use this app to chat with my Quality Control team member. The communications are stored by category (and I can set up whatever categories I like — e.g., XYZ Audit). The basic package that I use is free.

Kindle – Amazon’s book reading app. I buy most of my books from Amazon and read them here. I can highlight phrases in my books that are accessible in my Amazon account–and the highlighted information–for all my books–is searchable and can be copied and pasted.

Holy Bible – You Version Bible app. I start each day with this app. You Version is free and provides several different translations.

Evernote – Storage app. I create “notes” inside Evernote and store whatever I desire. This is my electronic library. I have saved thousands of articles and research. Several different tags can be applied to each note, so you can quickly find the information you need.

1Password – Password storage app. I store almost all of my passwords here (presently over 150). Security experts tell us to use strong, unique passwords. This app allows me to do so.

Reminders – Reminder app. I may need this app the most (especially as I get older). I place to-do items here with time and date–a notification pops up when it’s time to act.

Basecamp – Project management app. I can see all of my current projects with all the steps necessary to complete each one. I can see what my project management teams (e.g., audit teams) have completed.

Stitcher – Podcast app. I listen to podcasts as I walk each morning, gaining valuable insights. My favorite podcast: Michael Hyatt’s This is Your Life.

Audible – Audible book app. I listen to books while I’m on the road (or when I am exercising). I have a monthly plan (about $15 per month) that allows me to get one book per month.

Zoom – Online meeting app. I can host online meetings and share information from my screen. Those in the meeting can see me as I talk with them.

Canva – Social media creation app. I use this app to create pictures and slides for sharing in my blog or presentations. I pay about $1 for each picture download, but this is a powerful app that allows your creative side to shine.

Your Thoughts?

What apps do you find most helpful?

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About the Author

Charles Hall is a practicing CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner. For the last thirty years, he has primarily audited governments, nonprofits, and small businesses.He is the author of The Little Book of Local Government Fraud Prevention and Preparation of Financial Statements & Compilation Engagements. He frequently speaks at continuing education events.Charles is the quality control partner for McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co. where he provides daily audit and accounting assistance to over 65 CPAs. In addition, he consults with other CPA firms, assisting them with auditing and accounting issues.

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Eva Schweber August 31, 2015

Hi Charles,

My name is Eva and I work for AgileBits, the folks who make 1Password. I wanted to write in and thank you for including 1Password in your list of most used iPad apps.

Keep on being awesome!

Eva Schweber
Good Witch of the Pacific Northwest @ AgileBits

Charles Hall August 31, 2015

Eva, glad to provide information about 1Password. I am definitely a fan, and you guys keep making it better. Thanks for the good work.

Allen September 1, 2015

Thanks for the list – it’s always interesting to see what others are using and there are a couple on there that I’m going to have to look into.

If you haven’t already done so, there’s another app that I’d recommend looking at – Todoist. It’s a task management / to-do list app. The free version works well, but I purchased the premium version ($29/yr) almost immediately.

By the way, I really appreciate all the postings you do. They’ve helped immensely (especially the SSARS 21 related).

Charles Hall September 1, 2015

Allen, I will check out Todoist–always love seeing new apps. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the kind comments. Have a great day!

Charles Hall September 1, 2015

I agree Chuck. The mobile devices are now a necessity (but hey, I enjoy gadgets–so that’s good thing).

chuck strand September 1, 2015

Years ago I was attending classes on possible uses of the ipad for business use, at break out sessions at the PCPS conference perhaps 10-20 people attended. How quickly it became necessary. The last PCPS conference I was at 850+ participants everyone carried an I-phone I pad or a similar devise. The seminar notes and classes are all on pdf, which you can make notes on , highlight and search. I will look at some of the apps you use that I do not certainly my calculator program is not the best. But my kindle app – the Wiley Books on Audit, Government and non profits such a low price and so much content. And if you do not want to buy them every year they still have a lot of relevance until the AU-c’s become AU’s or until the non profit rules change. But now electronic devises are indispensable tools and not simply personal devises

Charles Hall September 3, 2015

Allen, I bought the annual license for todoist. This is really nice. Thanks for suggesting.

Allen Phillips September 23, 2015

Glad to be of some use.

Charles Hall September 27, 2015

Allen, I continue to use Todoist and like it more every day. I love how it fits into Outlook.

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