Despite being an early adopter of the Palm Pilot (remember those?!) in the mid-90s, I have since lagged behind on mobile and PDA technology. My phone is very basic and an iPad was not on my radar until the Laundry King presented me with one as a combined birthday and anniversary present. Wow, what a revelation! Now I can’t imagine being without it. As I celebrate my first year with my iPad, it seems like a good time to share my list of favourite app:
- Flipboard – as someone who follows hundreds of blogs, I find Flipboard (in conjunction with Google Reader) the ultimate tool for managing and reading my feeds. I also use Flipboard for reading Facebook and Twitter posts. I love skimming the latest updates in an attractive magazine format and then concentrating on the posts that really grab my interest.
- Facebook – when it comes to writing status updates or uploading photos to the Serendipity Facebook Page or the Beneath the Southern Sky Facebook page, I find the free Facebook app is the easiest and most efficient way to do it on my iPad.
- Photogene– there are numerous robust free photo editing apps but I have never begrudged paying the modest extra fee for Photogene. I use a SD card reader that comes with the iPad Camera Connection Kit to transfer photos from my camera to the iPad while I am travelling. Photogene not only offers comprehensive photo editing tools, it has a resizing function that means I can optimise images file sizes for online use and sharing generally. Most of the detail shots on the Beneath the Southern Sky Facebook page (including watermarks) were prepared using Photogene.
- Trip It – with my 2012 Craft & Sewing Show guest artist assignment and teaching commitments, I have spent a great deal of time organising travel arrangements. It’s great to be able to store all my airline, rental car and accommodation details in one place and to have the facility to share my itineraries with others online.
- Dropbox is brilliant for storing key files “in the cloud” and file sharing with others. It comes with a clean, intuitive interface AND automatic folder synchronization that is fully compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. This way I can access all my teaching notes, patterns and high res quilt images even when I am on the road.
- Skype – not only can I make Skype-to-Skype calls to family and friends, I bought some Skype credit so I can phone anyone on their regular phone at very economical rates. This is ideal when I am travelling.
- Wunderlist – most time management primers highlight the importance of keeping all your appointments and action items in a single location for ready reference. I am still working on getting Pocket Informant HD, a consolidated task manager and calendar app that facilitates sharing with Outlook on other household devices, working in a meaningful way without funky synchronisation issues. In the meantime, Wunderlist is a simple, clean and useful task management tool where I keep various task lists. What’s more it’s free.
- TripView is a must-have app if, like me, you are using public transport in the greater Sydney metropolitan region and like to be punctual. Of course, it doesn’t make the bus, trains and ferries run on time but it assists me in working out the most efficient route
- Sydney Morning Heraldand New Zealand Herald – for now, at least, these apps are free and I can catch the headlines even if the Laundry King is hogging the hardcopy paper.
- ABC iview – I rarely watch TV in real time. The Laundry King does a commendable job scheduling recordings on the PVR but, if he misses something from the ABC (Australia’s public broadcaster) I can often catch up on iView.
There are many other apps that I regularly use (eg Zite and, my only game, Words with Friends) and apps that I think I should learn to use more effectively (eg Evernote) but these are my current faves. What iPad apps do you think I should check out?