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#1 SJS

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 06:56 PM

So... I joined a task force at work and the Dean decided we needed iPads.  Frankly I think it's swag more than it's necessary for our productivity.  We aren't getting paid anything extra for the service, so I think it was a way to reward us for our work that was quasi-justifiable.

 

Anyway, I've never been a Mac guy and I don't own a smart phone.  Appworld is new to me.  But I've already found some useful things (Skype, Calculator), some great educational things for the kids (highly recommended: NOVA's Elements app), and some fun things (a couple of mindless games).

 

Curious - what free apps out there do you recommend?  What low-priced apps are must haves?

 

I guess this thread should be like Hermie's teach me about Radiohead thread... teach me about must-have apps.  Any other tips and tricks welcome.

 

 


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#2 A Rebel and a Runner

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:02 PM

You just leapfrogged ahead of me.  I don't own a tablet PC (and only just got a smartphone 3 months ago).

The trick is to figure out what you do/find yourself doing on the go, during bus commutes, etc.  An e-reader app might be good for you if you can handle reading that kind of screen.  Check your favorite newspapers to see if they have an app so you can get news stories, etc. on the go (well, as long as you have wifi).


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:18 PM

^^^

I should have mentioned - I do have a Kindle.  I suspect I wouldn't use the iPad for books, because as you say, the brightness of the screen is unappealing compared to the ink system that Kindle uses.  On the other hand, a student showed me an app today for brain anatomy, so things like that - interactive picture books, if you will, would appeal.

 

Good idea about newspapers.


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:18 PM

I've got an andriod. But I think what i've got is available for iPhones too.

 

Pulse, is a good customizable newsreader app. It's free.

 

ESPN, if you're into sports - up to date stories,scores,stats. You can pick favorite teams - that will float to the top of your view.

 

Stellarium is pretty cheap. Sky viewing software.

 

There's the assortment of free chess and checkers, and connect 4 clones. Solitaire..... some ad supported, some not.

 

I like Evernote for productivity. It's not free, but it's neat.


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:34 PM

Dropbox is good to have if you want to move files/pictures from your desktop to your tablet.

 

I use Flipboard to read the industry blogs and feeds I follow. It displays posts/articles in a magazine format.

 

Pocket is a good app to have if you see an article/blog and want to save it for reading later.


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#6 A Rebel and a Runner

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:42 PM

I'd second Dropbox.  I use it to have access to important files.  Makes it easier to pull up stuff I worked on at home, etc.  And being able to access that on the fly with a tablet would be amazing.

 

Damnit, just for that functionality alone I'm now attracted to the idea of picking up an Android tablet.  Damn this thread.


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First our declining morals slid, bit by bit, and then our very national spirit.  Then the collapse became greater and greater, and our principles began to go, until at last, it has come to this age, in which we can bear neither our crimes nor the cure for them.

 
 

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:46 PM

Download the kindle app. It'll keep your books synced with the same pages you left off at in your kindle reading. It's good in case you feel like reading a little when you don't have your kindle.

 

Pocket is great for saving web URL's for further reading and integrates well with Evernote as mentioned above.

 

There's Netflix, and Tab Pro if you're a guitar player.


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:35 PM

Yelp for finding places when you travel. You can just about throw out your GPS.  Despite all the problems with Apple Maps, they pretty much have it figured out now.  Go on Yelp, find a place you want to go, click on "directions" and it kicks up the GPS and you're good to go.

 

Seconding Flipboard.  What a great way to follow everything you're following, in such a pleasing format.

 

Starbucks app.

 

Angry Birds

 

Netflix/Crackle/HBO Go - also check if your cable company has an app.  Mine does and you can set your DVRs and watch live TV from it.  That is often my "TV" in the house when others are watching things I don't want to watch.



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Posted 18 April 2013 - 02:10 AM

Looking forward to checking some of these out.  Will report back.

 

Dropbox I have already BTW.  I don't imagine I'll ever do much serious work on the iPad (Excel, Word, etc.), but for reading/reviewing it is nice to have Dropbox access on it.


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 02:21 AM

Looking forward to checking some of these out.  Will report back.

 

Dropbox I have already BTW.  I don't imagine I'll ever do much serious work on the iPad (Excel, Word, etc.), but for reading/reviewing it is nice to have Dropbox access on it.

 

Dropbox is good but to store things on your ipad in some way, and open them in other than the default app, you might need a filer like program.  There are lots of them.  Sometimes it's nice to have a folder/docs, etc. that is local too, and be able to manipulate them.



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Posted 18 April 2013 - 09:46 AM

Did anyone mention Dropbox?


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 09:53 AM

Have you tried the handy GovPorn app? It lists all the most popular government porno releases. Currently at #1...."IRS: Internal Rectal Service."


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Posted 20 April 2013 - 02:44 AM

These apps are all on an iPod touch, but many are available for ipad.

 

You can use the search function in the app store to explore for apps.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 02:47 AM

http://appgratis.com/

 

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 09:00 AM

Flipboard, Google Drive, Dropbox, Skype, Evernote, Pages, Podcasts, Photoshop(PS Express)

All above a free except Pages, you could probably use Google Docs (free) or Kingsoft Office (also free) instead.
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Posted 20 April 2013 - 09:06 AM

The ipad takes fantastic screenshots. Just press home and the power button at the same time and then edit the image. Hi-res but small file size, brilliant for quickly saving travel arrangements, maps, recipes, news items, pictures etc...
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Posted 20 April 2013 - 09:08 AM

Oh, and GarageBand is fantastic!
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 06:11 PM

Loving all the info.


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Posted 14 October 2015 - 04:35 PM

Oh, and GarageBand is fantastic!

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Posted 14 October 2015 - 07:24 PM

Brought back from the dead by a ghost. How appropriate.


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