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    Saturday, June 19, 2010

    My Essential iPad Apps - Part Deux..

    Like the fancy title? I thought you would.. See? I care!


    Anyways, i kept on pushing the submission of this post, because i actually had to change some of the apps i was going to recommend.. Booming markets, they never change, eh?


    If you didn't get the chance to check the first part, click here.. This is going to be the last part (for now) until some new app comes in.. Feel free to send me a tip..


    Interested to read on? Well, you CAN click the link and get on with it..


    You CAN..


    [Note: All apps (organized in no particular order) are linked to the iTunes app store, so feel free to check this list from your iPad too]



    HelvetiNote | 2.99$
    If there's anything that would fit as the perfect merger between touch-interface and old-school text input, this app is really up for the challenge.. Graphically minimal, very practical, and adds a great graphic flare to those who appreciate generic graphic design.. I think the Helvetica reference gave it away, but the colors of the notes are highly customizable, in a very DeStijil kind of way..


    iWork (Pages, Keynote & Numbers) | 9.99$ Each
    To those who look down on the iPad as a media entertainment machine, they seem to completely overlook an integral part of Apple's vision for the iPad.. Which is, simply, doing your office work on the go.. You won't have to resort to lighter versions of more complicated office documents, or a weird workaround via WiFi to read and do simple adjustments to your office work.. iWork for the iPad gives you almost the full-featured usage of the iWork suite for the Mac OS X (give or take some features to fit the machine's agenda).. Create complicated spread sheets, stunning documents and turn your iPad into an interactive keynote presentation..


    Moodboard Pro | 4.99$
    As a designer, apps dedicated for design are not abundant, but the ones that are already there are great enough to shut your designing needs for a good while.. This app happens to be one of my top favorites, enabling you to create concept sheets and mood boards in simple touch&swipe.. Completely integrates with your iPad's existing library, and has very flexible export options.. Inspiring and really does the job right.. If you're a designer (architecturally in specific) you won't regret buying this one..


    Penultimate | 2.99$
    Once you manage to properly say the apps name, you'll love the function.. Simply said, it's a quick ink-style sketch book.. There was allot of though put into the interface, with a UI similar to iWork, and ability to export neat graphic copies of your ideas.. It may be a bit annoying at first to manage with your finger tips, but its worth it.. Not willing to go through the horror of adjusting your monster-chunkie fingers? Feel free to create your own iPad Stylus..


    Popplet | 4.99$
    a great mind-mapping app that eases your brain-storming on any project, and it allows different inputs, with enough features to get those brain juices working.. Similar to OmniGraffle (annoyingly priced at 49.99$, WTF!!), it does the same job (maybe less professional, more more visually appealing and stimulating).. You can always try the Lite version for free, and then purchase if you like (just like i did, blindly)..


    Photobucket | Free
    One of the great image hosting service, right to your touch screen.. Easily browse through the massive existing collections online, update your own libraries, and download with ease.. Great for inspiration, or to waste off a big chunk of time going through endless Fail images.. Great UI and simple enough to be the number one choice for images on the go.. Not high-quality stock (still waiting for some of those to show up on the app store) but great enough.. and it's Free, so don't roll your eyes on me..


    PlantsVsZombies | 9.99$
    I know this is not a productivity app like the other apps am recommending, but it's not an app to miss, i kid you not.. If you were ever a fan of the Point-and-Click version on your Mac/PC, and think you had enough of it, you thought wrong.. The iPad version of this beautiful game really puts the gameplay into a completely new dimension.. You can MULTITOUCH for godsakes, giving it a real semi-strategic taste.. This is the only game on my iPad (i don't like portable gaming allot, especially that the PSP and DS got me covered in terms of graphics and BATTERY LIFE), but the stages are short and a real time waster (assuming you have time to waste)..


    PocketPond HD | Free
    I put my iPad on idle allot.. Either charging, or as a Twitter desk buddy, or just a picture frame screen saver.. This app gives a soothing aspect to idle.. A high quality 3D pond with those little japanese fishies.. You can opt for the a similar more-detailed HD version for 2.99$, but this is good enough for a free app.. And it's a great show-off of how many fingers your screen can register, playing around the pond..


    Pulse | 3.99$
    As i keep on saying, the iPad is proving to be an awesome news aggregator.. Although there are many equally great RSS apps on the App store, i didn't find one as gorgeous and easily used as this app.. It lacks some features when compared to the competition (the only competition so far is Reeder for 4.99$), but it's still a 1.0 app, so hopefully things will pick up.. Giving you the ability to view a text-only version, an in-app browser, and the ability to share (email, Facebook and Twitter only, though).. I know some iPad users may disagree, but i guess it depends on the way you see your RSS being displayed.. Didn't like the Reeder's grey interface, i like to see colors, thank you very much..


    Sketchbook Pro | 7.99$
    If you ever checked my iPhone app recommendations, i recommended this app.. And now, i recommend it again and again.. The most professional Sketching app on the app store, with PSD export capabilities.. If you're a hardcore Photoshop user, you might notice the similarities (and some short comings, being it's an iPad after all).. Once you get your mind (and fingers) around putting this app into good use, expect nothing but great pieces of work, with multitouch gestures of course.. (Thank you Autodesk)


    StumbleUpon | Free
    Got some time to waste? Nothing to do? Feel like digging deeper into the web? Then you might have used the StumbleUpon toolbar or web-toolbar services before.. The iPad app is no different.. Sign in and it will load all your favorite categories, and then stumble.. For hours, and hours and hours.. Couldn't find a single LolCat, though (a deal maker, or deal breaker?)..


    ToDo | 4.99$
    Allot of apps have this comical UI resembling something you find in your office.. This is your ToDo agenda (minus the cheap solar powered calculator).. Very detailed, very specific, and shows a numbered badge on the app with your remaining tasks.. What more can a task-oriented-freak ask for? Ha?!


    Twitterrific | Free
    The fight for the best twitter client is on full speed in the App store.. And it goes down to your basic preference and the way you use Twitter.. Simple updates, straight to the point tweeting and some original features with an easy colorful interface? Then look no further.. More professional, column design and a passion for black UI's? then you might want to consider TweetDeck.. A twitter freak? then get ready to cough up a couple of dollars for that one.. Either OsfooraHD (the best in paid iPad apps for far) or ShinyTweet (probably the second best after OsfooraHD)..


    Das. | Free
    Ok, so this is one buggy, heavy loading, and maybe heavy downloading (Depending on your speed) apps out there.. a Fully interactive magazine by VolksWagen.. It can be seen as a complete company showcase in a single app, or just what to expect in terms of automotive sales and campaigns.. One advice, though.. If you do decide to download this app (enjoyable to a certain extent), you might consider restarting your iPad afterwards.. So, Fanboys can easily overlook the flaws, can you?


    TheWeatherChannel | Free
    Despite the loading time at start, this is the most informative free weather app that you can find.. Giving you broadcast news from the web's leading services (one of the many, ok? esh da).. It works as a great idle app, and it gives detailed views of different satellite info.. *Winks at the Saudi meteorology day-care center*


    Weather Station Pro | 2.99$
    Not into that much detailed info and just want to know how much is it boiling outside? and presented in a nice graphic touch? You might like this one.. Very cheap, and great idle app as well..


    WebMD | Free
    This is every hypochondriac's dream fantasy app.. Pin pointing all the symptoms, giving detailed prognoses, explaining almost all of the pills doses and side-effects, giving you in-app access to their great online message board, and it sure beats googling for hours trying to know if that dot is serious, or just a careless day at the art class, and then it turns out to be "not Lupis".. Of course, this is in no way a replacement of your usual physical, but it can give you an ease of mind (or save your life, WHOA!!1!)..


    WikiPanion | Free
    If, by now, you got used the customizing your news and articles to the way you like (font and color), WikiPanion joins the team.. Offering you direct "customized" access to Wikipedia, makes reading endlessly for hours as visually pleasurable.. Fully integrates most of Wiki features in your iPad, making use of the portrait real-estate..


    PhotoPad | Free
    There are allot (and i mean ALLOT) of photo editing apps for the iPad, and all compare in features and price.. I already recommended Scissors for the on-the-go trimming and flexible rotating, but what about professional-grade editing of those photos? Well, this app does it all, and for Free.. Simple, elegant, and does the job right.. I found myself editing more photos, writing notes on them, and even scribbling on them.. And it's free.. FREE!!!




    Well, i guess that's about it.. I seriously can't wait any longer for the iOS 4.0 release, because i really need to sort those apps in folders.. 4 pages of endless swiping can be pretty confusing..


    So, until those folders show up, What's your favorite app (so far)?




    Yours,
    Lou..

    10 comments:

    1. Question,is yours a 3G?
      i dont have a favourite app yet,but will have when i get mine,i am thinking of getting a 3G sim from mobily then DIY it to micro...will that work?

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    2. No, WiFi only..

      I settled it, if i really needed an on-the-spot 3G connection to the internet, that's where my iPhone comes in to save the day.. I don't think i'll need a 10" screen to do that.. Plus, i use the iPad at home and coffee shops and the office, which all have Wifi..

      Or maybe because am a cheap bastard, who knows..

      And yes, if you get a regular SIM (and turn it into a microsi,), it will work fine with the 3G iPad..

      Here's how..

      http://www.cutmysim.com/

      http://simcut.road-works.de/en/Manual.html

      http://www.ihackintosh.com/2010/04/convert-mini-sim-in-to-micro-sim-for-ipad-3g-yourself/

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