The best iPad Pro productivity apps

With a giant screen, processing power, and great keyboard cases, Apple’s pro-level iPad Pro has made it easier than ever to get your work done no matter where you are, and you can even substitute it for your laptop in some cases. To get the most out of it, though, you need the best productivity apps. From word processing and spreadsheets to image editing, display mirroring, and so much more, our list of the best productivity apps for the iPad Pro has everything you’ll need to get the most out of your projects.

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Things 3 for iPad ($20)

Things 3 for iPad Pro

Things 3 provides a simple, accessible interface that can serve as a basic to-do list, free of superfluous extras. You can create new projects with their own tasks and then tag and organize them however you like. It’s ideal for an at-a-glance schedule with full iOS integration, including Calendars, Split View, Action Extension, Handoff, and more. You can even add tasks via Siri. The newest version provides full support for the iPad’s new mouse cursor — connect a mouse or trackpad in Settings and click to control the app as you would on your Mac. The entire interface responds to the cursor and highlights clickable interface elements, buttons, and checkboxes as you move your mouse near them. Right-click menus add new options to share and convert. There are also updates to animations, layout, and option order. Swipe right on a to-do or project to schedule it or left to enter multi-select mode.

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Yoink ($6)

Yoink

The ability to place items from an app on a virtual shelf and then access them later makes Yoink invaluable to your workflow. Jumping between apps on an iPad used to be tricky, but Slide Over and Split View made things easier. With Yoink, you can simply drag and drop the items you need, whatever app you’re in, and open them up later to drag and drop them somewhere else. If you often copy text, URLs, or images, then you’re going to enjoy using Yoink. This app supports iCloud sync, Handoff, and Siri. There’s also a Yoink keyboard, so you can insert saved items quickly without having to open the full Yoink app. New features include an info panel that shows dimensions and durations for media files, as well as enhanced performance when dragging text-based or image files out of the app.

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Microsoft Office (from $7 per month)

Office for iPad

When it comes to word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations, Microsoft’s offerings are still universally popular. The mobile version of Microsoft Office rolls Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a single app featuring new capabilities that let you create content and accomplish tasks more intuitively. Write reports, manage your data, and dazzle your colleagues with the complete Office package. You’ll need an Office 365 subscription to get full editing access to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The $100 per year deal lets you install the software on six devices with 1TB of OneDrive storage. New versions of the app have undergone a redesign for simpler and faster operation and updated visuals.

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Code Editor by Panic ($25)

Web developers love Code Editor (formerly called Coda), a powerful text editor that supports every conceivable file format. You can work on pages with your website up in Safari at the same time, thanks to the split view support. It also allows for easy file management and transfer, handy shortcuts to speed up your coding, and even has a full-featured SSH client built-in. It’s everything you need to manage your website.

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PDF Expert by Readdle ($49 per year)

Readdle

If your job is to read, edit, and annotate PDFs, then this is the only app you need. It’s easy to use and allows you to highlight text, fill in forms, create notes, and sign documents. You can even replace images and hide sensitive data. It also supports numerous file formats, features integration with major cloud services, and provides a handy review mode that lets you track changes.

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Slack (free)

If you work on a closely-connected team, chances are you’ve used Slack on your phone and desktop. If you’re working hard on your iPad Pro, why not use it to stay in communication with the rest of your team? Slack’s split-screen support on the iPad Pro comes in especially handy, making it easier to keep in touch with your co-workers while simultaneously working on something else. It’s convenient if a colleague sends you a document since you can view it while continuing to exchange messages. It’s simpler than ever to get work done in the Slack mobile app, as recent improvements complement the new Slack desktop experience, including a new set of tabs at the bottom of the screen, the compose button, and the ability to search from anywhere.

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Duet Display ($10)

Duet

Duet Display can help expand your screen real estate by turning your iPad Pro into an extra display for a Mac or PC. Once the app is installed, your iPad performs just like a second monitor, giving you extra desktop space and making it much easier to multitask. Screen sharing is facilitated via the USB to Apple 30-pin, lightning, or USB-C connection.

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ScanPro App (free)

If you ever need to scan documents or QR codes, ScanPro (formerly ScanBot) is your best bet. This free app can create high-quality PDFs or JPEGs from any document. It doesn’t lag, so you can get your scans in a timely fashion. You can save your scan directly to the cloud via iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, and others, or even send documents directly as faxes. You can also use filters to enhance the readability of the scanned documents. ScanPro is easy to use and was honored as “Editors’ Choice” by Google Play in the past.

Subscribe to the new ScanPro+ for $7 to access all features, including cloud sync, fax features, password protection, PDF converter, and more.

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Pixelmator ($5)

Pixelmator

This app comes in handy if you ever need to edit photos on your iPad Pro. Packed with all the templates, filters, and tools you need to retouch photos, eliminate imperfections, and achieve the look you’re after, it could save you from firing up a desktop to work on your photos. It’s also one of our picks for the best iPad Pro drawing apps because it enables you to sketch, paint, and design with a full range of brushes and effects. You can create stunning digital art from the comfort of your iPad Pro with some of the best tools out there. It’s a classic layer-based image editor, supports a wide range of formats, and syncs with iCloud Drive. The most recent version enhances the files-based document browser that you can use to open and manage all Pixelmator documents and makes it easier to open and edit images in iCloud, on your device, in external locations, or even in third-party cloud storage services. The new document browser offers easy document management, while a new photo browser makes it easier to access and open images from your Photos library. It also provides users with better support for custom fonts.

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Evernote (free)

Evernote is one of the most popular productivity apps on the planet. You can annotate documents and images, dash off handwritten notes to yourself, or make quick sketches. Use it to document searchable to-do’s, photos, web pages, audio, projects, and more, and organize and share your notes with anyone. With Evernote, you can organize your work, school, or personal life the way you want — you’ll never forget a deadline again.

The Evernote app syncs info across your devices, from a smartphone to a tablet or laptop (or all three). You can access your projects, to-dos, notes, audio, and more wherever you are thanks to this feature. One thing we love the most about this app is the split-screen support. With this element, you can work simultaneously with another app on a project. We found this feature helpful for copying and pasting from various apps into Evernote, making life just a teeny bit simpler.

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