Archive for iPad apps
As promised, here are some more great FREE apps for your iPad:
- Feeddler RSS Reader for iPad. If you’re already used to reading RSS feeds in Google Reader, now you can access your account from your iPad. Fast and highly customizable, you’ll never be far away from your favorite internet marketing blogs again!
- PaperDesk Lite for iPad. If you’re a multi-dimensional thinker, PaperDesk may be just what you’ve been looking for in order to keep track of your scribbles, typed words, and mumblings. You create notebooks with text, hand-drawn notes, and audio, and then you can email them to yourself as a PDF. This “lite” version restricts you to three pages per notebook.
- Calculator for the iPad+. In the years that I’ve been out of school, I’ve forgotten all but the basics of math! No need to pull out the old algebra textbooks. I can handle nearly any mathematical need with my iPad+ calculator. In portrait orientation, it’s a simple calculator, but let me just turn the screen on its side, and I’ll be forcing even the most nasty differential equation into submission in no time!
My next post will offer some options for how to combat glare on your iPad!
Isn’t it nice to know that there are plenty of goodies you can get for free on your iPad? Sure, often these are “lite” versions of a larger, more expensive program, but it’s an amazing way to test-drive the app for free before you invest a whopping $8.99 in something that may not work for you. After all, there are plenty of other things you can do with that $8.99 – like get two lattes from your favorite coffee shop.
All joking aside, here are some of the best small biz free apps I’ve found for the iPad. I haven’t included ones I’ve mentioned in previous sections, just to avoid repeating myself:
- HootSuite Lite for Twitter. A scaled-down version of the paid version, HootSuite will have you tweeting and RTing to your heart’s delight. Send and schedule tweets and Facebook status updates, track clicks, and set up columns to manage custom searches. You can manage up to three accounts in the lite version.
- Google Mobile. If you use any of Google’s office suite (Calendar, Docs, Maps, etc.) get Google Mobile to easily view and access the desired info. You’ll love the one-stop, one-click access.
- Kindle for iPad. You know how every time you log into Amazon, it seems like the prices on their Kindles just keep dropping and dropping? Yeah, that’s because of the iPad. The iPad does everything the Kindle does (pretty much) but you don’t have to carry another device with you. All you have to do is download the free app and you’re ready to read that stack of business books that had been piling up on your bedside table. (If you prefer Barnes and Noble – grab the Nook app instead. You can read free in store.
I’ll have a few more apps for you in my next post.
Here are a few more apps for your iPad:
- Ideate. ($3.99) Ideate offers a ton of pre-designed templates, so whether you’re designing a t-shirt, writing music, or planning the big defense for your five-year-old’s basketball team, you’ve got a context to work within. You then free-hand sketch your ideas on the template, or on a blank screen, adding color, lines, text, and more. You can add clips saved from the Internet or sent via email to your iPad. And then you can share the results via email, the Ideate Flickr group, etc.
- WhiteboardHD. ($4.99) Add free-form drawings or pre-made shapes and lines quickly and easily to this virtual whiteboard. Grid or lined backgrounds available, and colors and type styles add flexibility. A good basic brainstorming program.
- Trout. ($1.99) If you’re an advanced visual mapper, you may quickly adore Trout. You can capture your ideas in tons of colors, add icons and images, and record audio notes to your evolving creation. Then you can export as an image or PDF.
On the calendar front, boy, does the iPad have you covered!
- Calendar. (Included on your iPad by default.) The basic Calendar app is a super-cool journal-look calendar, to which you can easily add recurring or standalone appointments. View it as a day, week, month, or list, and interface with your desktop.
There are other options if you prefer a more specialized calendar:
- CalenGoo ($6.99) The best feature of this app is that it syncs with your Google Calendar – and it looks just like your Google Calendar screen, too. Includes an integrated task list called Google Tasks; tasks with due dates are automatically displayed on your calendar. They’ve really done a nice job on this. It can be used when you don’t have an internet connection, as well. (For instance, if you’re not near a Wi-Fi hot spot.) The changes you make to your calendar will upload the next time you’re connected to the internet.
- PocketInformant ($12.99) This app is more calendar than most people need. But if you like to be organized to a “T,” check it out. You can tag events, group tasks, send appointment meeting requests, set icons for events and tasks, and filter and search your calendar and tasks – as well as perform all the ordinary calendar functions.
As with any App (or software program, for that matter), figure out what you need your program to do before you go buy one. Don’t assume you “need” the biggest and best, when the default free version might do everything you need in a simple and easy-to-use manner.
If there’s one task most business owners need their computing devices to perform, it’s word processing. After all, you can send emails from your phone, but I definitely wouldn’t want to compose a 500-word monthly report or blog post on that tiny screen.
Thankfully, there are several options so you can use your iPad as a word processing dynamo. Here are my favorite selections:
- Notes. (Included on your iPad by default.) Notes is an app that provides you the ability to jot down thoughts, lists, ideas, and more using the iPad’s built-in touch-screen keypad. While not particularly robust (compare it to taking notes on a yellow legal pad, which is exactly what the screen looks like!) it is a quick and dirty way to capture written notes without a lot of extra bells and whistles. It’s an easy-to-use, intuitive interface and is perfect to use when you just need to jot down a note and can’t find pen or paper.
- Pages. ($9.99) At the other end of the spectrum is the Pages app, available for download from the App Store for less than $10. Want to create brochures, resumes, reports, and other graphic-intensive text documents? Pages is your answer! Most run-of-the-mill business owners may find it offers more than they need, but if you do a lot of template-based documents, it may be just what you’re looking for. Got Microsoft Word documents that you’d like to edit on the fly? You can import them into this program. Amazingly, this program not only allows you to import, but it will export your finished document in Microsoft Word or even in a PDF format. Wow. This app is so powerful it may even entice you to buy the Apple keyboard for iPad and make your iPad your main word processing tool.
- CleanWriter. ($0.99) CleanWriter is just what the name says; a clean and simple approach to creating text documents. With just a few options (three font choices, two black-and-white color themes), CleanWriter will let you create bare-bones documents quickly and easily, and save them as .txt files. You can upload and download the .txt files when synching your iPad via iTunes, and email portions of your documents as well. Their claim to fame is that their tool is so simple, minimalistic, and clutter-free that it allows you to focus on writing. The app page says “All features are hidden from sight, leaving you alone with your words.” Classic.
- Documents. ($0.99) If you want a middle-of-the-road solution, Documents may be what your heart desires. Advertised as a “full office and documents management suite,” Documents allows you to create, edit, and manage spreadsheets and text files. One killer point: You can sync files to your Google Docs account which is very cool. Once saved, files can be opened by MS Word and Excel, Open Office, and all major office suites. So, if you need spreadsheet capability and total integration with Microsoft Office or Open Office, this one might be the one that works best for you.
Because the price points on these applications are so low, we suggest you try a few to see which best fits your needs and which interface fits your working style. If none of these does it for you, keep checking the App Store as new programs are being developed all the time.