It's no secret that I love my iPad. And, I've been slowing moving more and more of my daily activity to the iPad. I just installed the Zipform iPad/iPhone app, and I'm giving it a test run. Already, I can see that it's well worth the $9.99 price. I can access my Zipform account online, manage transactions and forms, and even start a new transaction.
The main drawback of the app, not being able to fill in a lot of the small blanks on a contract that aren't part of the ZipForm cover sheet, was overcome with the Smartnote app. Smartnote lets me annotate PDF files. So, once I have all of the form fields done via the cover sheet info in the Zipform app, I email it to myself, and then fill in any other necessary form fields with Smartnote. It doesn't take long, but you can speed the process even more. I created template transactions in Zipforms that are filled in with the normal and frequently used deadline and other fields. When I want to start a new transaction on the iPad, I just open the Zipform app and choose a blank template transaction. I get most of the frequently-used fields already done for me, then just do the cover sheet info to get the transaction specific fields all completed.
No, it's not as fast as doing it on my netbook at my desk, or even on a netbook in the field. But, it's a lot easier to fire up the iPad than my netbook. Next week I get my new HP Web printer that has its own email address and can receive attachments to print. I'll be totally mobile then for contracts. I just fill it in on the iPad and email it to the printer in the car. Once I walk out to the car, the printer grabs my Palm Pre WiFi hotspot, receives the email and prints the documents.