Young Professionals Corner
iPad - a Tool or a Toy? Round II
John M. Adams III, SIOR, CCIM, founding principal and broker for Cornerstone CRES, a
Cushman Wakefield Alliance in Knoxville, Tennessee, is involved in the sales and leasing of
office properties. John is a long time tech enthusiast. After giving numerous presentations on
apps for iPads for C&W, CCIM, and SIOR, he has become known as "the iPad guy."
For almost two years now, I have been using the iPad with regularity. Over this period of time, and with my recent upgrade from
the original iPad to the new iPad (iPad 3), there have been a host
of new apps I have added to my regular rotation. As a follow up
to the article from the 2nd quarter 2011 Professional Report article, entitled, “iPad – a Tool or a Toy?” I will go through several
apps that I continue to use along with a few new ones.
The iPad is truly a great device, both as a toy, and as a valuable tool in my day-to-day business. I use it daily for just about
everything I do, and it has completely replaced my laptop when
traveling, or when I am away from the office. Here is a rundown
of some of my favorite apps, and their benefits as a tool, a toy,
Since I began using the iPad, DropBox , Docs ToGo , Noteshelf
have been in use on a daily basis. I also read articles on the SIOR
Professional Report app, and books on the Kindle app, and the
And now on to some of the new apps I’ve been using for business and pleasure:
The slogan for Evernote
is “remember everything,”
which comes in handy, since
I can’t remember anything.
It is without a doubt my
most-used app, and I have
it synced with my iPad,
iPhone, and my computer at
the office as a platform to take all my notes—ranging from, for
example, an alarm code, to a property, to a to-do list, or the details
of a lease negotiation. After I make the note, I save it in one of ten
categorized folders, which covers all my needs. After the note is
saved into a folder I tag the note. For example, one of my folders
is devoted to clients, and I will create a tag for each client’s name,
making it quick to organize and search for notes. Evernote also
allows you to have a private Evernote e-mail address. If I receive
an e-mail that needs to be added to Evernote, I forward it to my
Evernote e-mail address. This saves a ton of time from having to
retype or even copy and paste the note into Evernote.
This is my second most used app for the iPad. PDF
Expert serves as several apps in one by allowing you
to read PDF documents, insert text into, and even sign the docu-
ments by using a stylus. This is one of my favorite features of the
iPad. When I receive a PDF that needs my signature, I pull it up in
PDF Expert, sign and save it to Dropbox. Then I can e-mail it out.
This saves me from printing the document, signing it, scanning it,
and then saving it to Dropbox. Other features allow you to rotate
pages in a PDF, extracting pages or inserting pages to a PDF.
The Ten Eight app is a relatively new addition to my
app arsenal. This isn’t an app that you can download in the app
store, but a mobile website that is extremely user-friendly on a
mobile device. After we tour a building our client can grade each
building by lease rate, location, parking, safety, and more. After
the tour is finished we can review which building received the
highest score as well as the details of each person that participated in the tour. In the end, it helps keep each person on the tour
engaged and almost turns into a game as the tour progresses.
I recently switched from from PC to Mac. When I
did this I imported my contacts and many were duplicated. I found an app called Multi Edit, which is a
fantastic way to fix and organize your contact list. It can merge
duplicate contacts, find contacts without a phone number, and
send group SMS or e-mail to your favorite contacts.
Skitch for iPad allows you to mark up PDF’s, photos, screenshots, maps, and webpages. I use Skitch
to point out objects or locations in a photo, brainstorm design ideas on a floor plan, and identify points on a map.
Another great feature of Skitch is that it syncs with Evernote, so
once I make the “skitch” I can save it to Evernote for future use.
I have Scanner Pro loaded on my iPhone and iPad. In
my efforts to go paperless, I scan nearly every piece
of paper that comes across my desk. As you can
probably guess, the app uses the camera on your mobile device to
take a picture of, or “scan” your hard documents. Once you take
the picture, the app recognizes the border of the object and allows
you to lighten or darken the scan. Once the scan is finalized you