10 Tablet Apps for Commercial Real Estate
In CIRE’s September/October 2011 issue, CCIMs discussed how they use
tablets to enhance their business. Most commercial real estate professionals
who own tablets are familiar with listing-service apps such LoopNet and CoStarGo,
but we asked CCIMs to share their favorite productivity apps. Here are the 10 most-commonly
mentioned ones. What did we miss? In the comments section below, share your
Financial Calculator ($5.99) – “If the iPad saves you from having to
pull your laptop out, this app saves you from having to carry your 10BII
calculator,” says Jonathan Epstein, CCIM, of Berger-Epstein Associates. in
Dropbox (free) – Debi
Carter, CCIM, vice president of Hudson Peters Commercial in Dallas, uses the Dropbox
app to access property fliers, video, and pictures on the go. She shares files
by saving them to a public Dropbox folder and sending the download links to clients
Ignition ($29.99) – Remotely access work files and programs via an iPad
with LogMeIn. Users can also remotely log in to their desktop to view Flash
Websites, which the iPad doesn’t support. The GoToMyPC and Remoter apps offer
TheAnalyst ($9.99) – Developed
by Blyncc, a tech company co-founded by Todd Kuhlmann, CCIM, this app includes lease
vs. own analysis and investment analysis tools, financial calculators, and an environmental
risk summary report generator.
Springpad (free) – This
app organizes notes, images, and places that users want to remember and syncs
them on an iPad, iPhone, or computer. Springpad also can retrieve product
information from a barcode scan and includes location-based features like
business and restaurant searches.
Earth (free) – Commercial real estate pros can use Google Earth to
show clients aerial property images. Geo-located Wikipedia articles and
user-submitted photos provide additional location information.
GoodReader ($4.99) – “GoodReader
is an excellent app for storing and opening almost any file,” says Joseph W.
Edge, CCIM, president of Sherman & Hemstreet Real Estate in Augusta, Ga.
The app works with Microsfot Office, iWork, audio, and video files. It also can
be used to view and annotate PDF files. Office² HD ($7.99) and
To Go Premium ($16.99) have similar features, and iAnnotate
($9.99) and SignMyPad ($3.99)
include a comprehensive set of PDF tools.
Penultimate ($1.99) – With
“photorealistic” paper designs and a selection of ink colors, Penultimate
positions itself as the stylish alternative to other note taking apps. Notes
and sketches are organized into notebooks and can be shared as PDFs. For free
alternatives, try Evernote or the
previously mentioned Springpad.
CamCard ($6.99) –
Networking pays dividends in commercial real estate, and the business card is
the currency of in-person networking. CamCard digitizes and organizes those
cards and also has features for adding supplemental information. Contact
information can be exported to Excel, which makes it easy to import new
contacts to Outlook and other e-mail programs.
Air Sharing HD ($9.99) – The iPad has built-in support for
printing to any of HP’s 28 AirPrint printers. Printing to a non-AirPrint
printer is possible with Air Sharing HD. It has to be networked with a Mac OS X
or Linux computer – it’s not compatible with Windows. PrintCentral for iPad ($8.99) is an alternative to Air Sharing HD.