My heart went a'racing when I saw PhatWare release PhatPad ($4.99) for the iPad. The video shows how you can write on your iPad and have it recognize and transpose it into typed text.....just like my beloved Newton did.
The paid version of PocketCloud has been among the top-grossing apps in the App Store. And now a free version of PocketCloud is available that lets you access your Mac or PC remotely. The video shows how it works. The paid version adds a few features, such as a file browser.
A friend of mine has developed an app that I hope I never have to use: SpeechMaker. Seriously, I used to sort of enjoy giving public talks, especially in the early days of the Internet, when I was an evangelist for this new medium. Had I an occasion to give a talk today, I'd consider using SpeechMaker ($11.99). It sounds like an ideal tool. It gives you what you need to create, practice, hear, and give speeches. It comes with some famous speeches built in, including some with audio. The app lets you record and archive your speeches.
Here' a fine little app, Dorr Lobster (free) by Mobilaurus for Dorr Lobster Company down in Milbridge, Maine. The app is really just an extension of their retail business, so no frills, but it delivers. Literally! Want some lobster? Ayuh, they have that. How bout some crab, mussel, scallop, smoked shrimp, smoked salmon, or some wicked good organic Highland Steak? Ayuh, they got that too. Actually they have more so download their app and check it out.
Just a quick note that LogMeIn Ignition is on sale for $19.99 instead of $29.99. I paid full price and it's been worth it for me and I know several of my colleagues here at iPhone Life use it too. I use the free LogMeIn service on my macs and I can control them remotely from my iPad (or iPhone, though the smaller screen is less practical). Now that a Bluetooth keyboard is supported by iOS, this makes the iPad even more practical. Indeed, I've been able to leave the MacBook at home and travel with just an iPad and still be able to connect to my server, etc.
The iPad has been characterized as a device that's more for consuming media than for productivity. Yet there are a lot of people out there who are intent on using it as a computer. And there are an increasing number of productivity apps. Macworld has a great comparative review of office apps for the iPad.
Every time I find another note pad app, I think it’s the best one. They just keep getting better and better. UPAD is now at the top of my list for note pads (other than if you need to record a meeting at the same time – for that I still like Soundnote and Notability – I like Sound Note for it’s simplicity; Notability has a few more bells and whistles).
For just taking notes or writing down an idea or list of things, UPAD is a dream! What’s unique about UPAD is the flexibility of this note pad.
I am always scouring the web for iPad and iPhone news, tips and apps. My first stop has always been iPhoneLife.com, even before I started writing on this blog. But then my second stop has been iPad.net. They are dedicated to iPad and always have stories and information that I don't see anywhere else. They have tips, news and some of the best wallpaper images I have ever seen. If you have an iPad, you have to stop by iPad.net and see what they do. I am certain they will make it into your bookmark tab.