ipad app help requested

Posted on September 5th, 2010 by Scraps.
Categories: Boring Posts, Stuff.

The app-store is next-to-useless, and searching on "best ipad apps" (or some variant thereof) is nearly so.

What have you found?


Pat Cadigan

Comment on September 6th, 2010.

What kind of apps are you looking for?

I have an iPad, too, and I love it.


Comment on September 7th, 2010.

Mostly productivity.

Pat Cadigan

Comment on September 8th, 2010.

Well, after decades of using Microsoft Word, I am happily using Pages. Of course, I am using a wireless external keyboard and I can email documents in word format to my desktop or laptop. Both are PCs, but I'm seriously considering changing over to Apple--we bought my son Rob an Apple MacBook Pro for his burgeoning music career. He has just come back from doing a gig in Lithuania and he says the MacBook Pro is miraculous compared to the PC laptops and desktops he has used in the past, but Macs are especially good for music and art, or so I've been told, as I'm neither a musician or an artist.:-)

Do you want something for word processing or spreadsheets or something mysterious that has no yet occurred to me? I have browsed through the App store just to "window shop" (so to speak--I'm such a girl, I can shop anywhere). I found the free DC comics app and I love that--I found out how to read comics on the iPad by isolating each frame, or each section of larger/full-page frames by tapping.

If you put the word "free" in the app store search box, you may find some things you might like. Some of the apps you have to pay for have free versions you can try out to see if you like them. They aren't all worth bothering with, but I think they're worth looking at.

I will warn you about music and/or radio apps--most of the ones I've found will not work in the background. Which is to say, if you use them, you can't use any other app or the music stops. The way around this is to use the browser instead--internet radio will play in the background if you listen to it on the webpage rather than on a dedicated app. And of course, iPod plays in the background. It will even continue to play when the screen turns off, although you probably already know this.

Sorry if I sound like a cheerleader. I've had an iPad since June and its only flaw is Apple's refusal to let it run Flash, for whatever reasons. If it ran Flash, I would sell my laptop.

One more thing I've discovered: I put a mirrored screen protector on it--it's a mirror when the screen is dark--and discovered that this helped a lot with screen glare without dimming the screen. This has substantially reduced eyestrain for me--I find it easier to write and also read. I added the Kindle app--between that and iBooks, I can carry lots of books around with me.

I don't know if any of this is at all helpful to you.


Comment on September 8th, 2010.

It is so helpful! Thanks! I too have been finding the ipad amazingly life-changing, especially with my one-handedness.

Pat Cadigan

Comment on September 9th, 2010.

You may have already heard of Read It Later. I've found it very helpful. I'm test-driving the free version. I don't know what more the pay-for version will do. On the other hand, iPad apps don't cost a fortune so if you buy one you don't like, you haven't lost much.

Glad to hear the iPad is making such a big difference for you!

Steve Gould

Comment on September 11th, 2010.

Instapaper is great. Goodreader is terrific. Dropbox is grate for moving things on and off the iPad.


Comment on September 16th, 2010.

Scraps, are you using any speech-to-text programs?


Comment on September 16th, 2010.

Pat, I haven't heard of Read It Later, but I am reading up on it now.

Steve, I have Goodreader and Dropbox. I am considering Instapaper.

Misha, yes, Dragon Dictation. I've found it less than useful, probably because I can't speak clearly enough for it.

Thanks, everybody!

Pat Cadigan

Comment on September 17th, 2010.

Have discovered the Internet Movie Database app for the iPad--and it's free. You might find it helpful for easy browsing through movie information.


Comment on September 17th, 2010.


Pat Cadigan

Comment on October 4th, 2010.

Just discovered a dedicated app for ABC News. Free. I'm going to try it out.

Pat Cadigan

Comment on December 13th, 2010.

More app stuff, although you may already know about Tunemark. Tunemark will tune in Shoutcast internet radio. You can search by name or genre. When I first got this app, it wouldn't continue to play while I used other apps (like Pages, when I was writing). Since the update to the iPad OS, it will now play in the background while I use the browser or word processor. Tunemark allows you to mark stations as favourites so you don't have to go hunting for them every time you want to listen.

The ABC news app is OK. I'll report on a number of other apps soon.

Hope you and Velma are well and happy.


Comment on December 15th, 2010.

Thanks! I will look.

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