First of all, let me just state – I love my iPad! I use it more and more as a replacement for my Macbook Pro. My iMac works perfectly as a hub for all my electronic content and of course as a workstation for all my designwork, photo handeling and creative work. However, the iPad is truly the ultimate portable device. I use it when I hold keynote presentations, which I actually make on the iPad, with transitions, animations and simple but more-than-you-need effects.
I have a cousin who got his hands on an iPad as well, and we’ve been chatting a lot about different apps, and things we find useful, interesting or just fun. So based on our conversations, I asked him to set up a list of his top 5 apps for the iPad, and I must say – I agree with him, they are pretty good. Just take a look:
The media business has been struggling for some years with respect to falling income since most people these days read news for free online. The Wired Magazine app is a take to try and redefine the magazine for the digital age. The inclusion of multimedia (clips from Toy Story 3) audio connected to articles, together with a quick way to navigate inside the magazine, really gives it a unique and sexy experience. Viva la revoluzione!
With this application you can enjoy your video collection anywhere. Air Video can stream almost any format to your iPad. In addition, you don’t need to copy your videos to the device, you can just convert them on-the-fly and watch them simultaneously. Air Video offers a bunch of features – folders sharing, live conversion, offline conversion, customization of conversion settings, zooming and cropping of video. It’s a must-have for all video enthusiasts!
Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to access some of your private or business documents on the go? Dropbox offers functionality to synchronize and share your files online and across computers. Now you can always access, for instance, your airplane tickets, CV, photos, and corporate presentations in just a few clicks. In a world full of content chaos, Dropbox is perhaps the best application to give you instant access to your favorite documents.
Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to access one of your computers, without actually being in the vicinity? With the VNC Viewer app for iPad, you can connect to a computer anywhere in the world, display its desktop, and take full control. It enables you to run applications, change settings, and access data exactly as you would be permitted to do if you were sitting in front of it, and using the keyboard or mouse.
I know that this iPad app is perhaps not the most people’s number one choice to download from the App Store. However, if you have kids that are 4 years or older, then this application may be just what you are looking for. Math Magic combines having fun and education at the same time, and can give your kids positive reinforcement to learn mathematics. All this for the price of one dollar.
Children should be read to from a young age. This will help children to develop their vocabulary, become confident early readers, and encourage them to ask questions about what they heard. The Cat in the Hat app combines professional narration, interaction, background audio and enlarged artwork, and thereby provides a better reading experience for both young children and adults.