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Electronic Toolbox HD - iPad Edition Review

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Electronic engineers and enthusiasts seeking a comprehensive collection of electronics calculators and fundamental electronics reference materials will want to take a closer look at a new iPad application called Electronic Toolbox HD.  Based on a previous release of the utility for the iPhone, Electronic Toolbox HD contains over 20 different categories from a resistor color code calculator to a comprehensive (though not exhaustive) list of integrated circuits (ICs) and their corresponding chip diagrams.  The application covers a spectrum of electronics features:



Office Docs on Your iPad


Apps that let you view, edit, and create Office documents on your new mobile computer


In the Fall 2009 issue of iPhone Life magazine, I authored an article that looked at the two major mobile application suites that allowed iPhone users to work with Microsoft Office documents and spreadsheets (iphonelife.com/issues/Fall2009/TurningIphoneMobileOffice). With the release of the iPad, developers including Apple, have stepped up to the plate to offer a selection of apps for viewing, editing, and creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the go with the iPad. In addition, Apple included support for Bluetooth-enabled external keyboards in the iPad.


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quanp a free alternative to MobileMe, backed by Ricoh

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I like MobileMe, especially for the FindMyiPhone feature (which I've used a few times) but it could use some competition, especially in terms of price.  Ironically, before I became a full-time iPhone app developer, I worked for a software firm in the printing industry.  We partnered with Ricoh and in that capacity, I beta tested their quanp service.  Similar to MobileMe's iDisk feature, you can upload and share photos and files such as PowerPoint and PDF documents.



iBooks 1.1 out with PDF support – mini-review & full (!) comparison & feature chart

 

iBooks 1.1 out with PDF support – mini-review & full (!) comparison & feature chart

You may already have noticed that iBooks 1.1 has been released some 4-5 hours ago for iOS4-based iPhones and iPod touches (and, of course, the iPad).

 

Well, to make a long story short, I’ve expected more. FAR more. Unfortunately, the PDF support in iBooks 1.1 doesn’t really live up to my expectations – some of the third-party PDF readers (e.g., GoodReader, iAnnotator etc.) are way more powerful.

 

There are only three areas where I can only recommend iBooks 1.1:

 

  • Night-time reading: third-party apps that do support “decreasing” the backlight just make whites darker (that is, decrease the contrast of the page).


The honey-do-list meets technology

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No more notes on the refrigerator — now there’s HoneyDo for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

It’s easy, fun, and effective! Simply host a HoneyDo group and invite your spouse, kids, relatives, friends, or anyone else who will be helping with the task. (Perhaps you are remodeling your home or planning a family reunion.)



You want more time? Now there's an App for that!

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 If you ever wished for a genie to give you a longer life, there is now an App for that!  Skyclock shows you how to get your day's worth, each and every day! 

When I first saw this App I thought "So what?" but then as I started using it I rapidly discovered what a useful and rather amazing tool it was. I never thought about the daily changing skylight conditions that we take for granted. It just doesn't get light or dark at the same time every day!



Awesome Note Update

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I reviewed an app back in January 2010 (http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/3963/awesome-note) called Awesome Note. 

I still love the app.  I use it everyday and have recommended it to many of my friends and family.

They have recently added some really cool features.  I'm going to include all the screen shots from their website for those of you who are not familiar with it.  It's easier to see it, than explain it.



Penultimate - for drawings

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Penultimate is another version of a note app for the iPad and iPhone. The difference in this one is that you write with a stylus or your finger, rather than type. The big plus with this app is the Wrist Protection mode, where you can rest your wrist as you write. This makes for a much better writing experience – no stray marks! I like that.



iThoughtsHD Product Review

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I have been a big fan of mind mapping software since my good friend and former co-worker Glenn Ferrel introduced the concept to me nearly 10 years ago.  He showed me how a complex project or process with multiple relationships could be easily described and managed using the mind map approach.  This allows relationships to be clumped together to help show relationships between concepts and activities.  These ideas branch out from a centralized theme or objective and fluidly show the connections between the thoughts, ideas and objectives identified.  Unlike more strict and discrete project management tools like Gantt charts,  mind maps allow free association/disassociation as ideas formulate, shift and re-synthesize into a more crystalized state.  The best us



Whistle Phone, how it sounds

This is just a quick video demonstration of the Whistle Phone app for iPad.



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