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.
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.
I just wanted to share a great new app that I use often on my iPad.
It is called Jot! developed by the company Tabula Rasa.
You can very easily make sketches and diagrams. You can also add text to your diagrams using the onscreen keyboard.
You can share your jots by emailing them or you can save them as photos. If you email them to another person, that person can then take the jot and add their own edits.
There is a free version so it's really easy to test it out without cost. If you like it and purchase the full version, you can then save multiple jot files.I tried the free version and loved it so much that I purchased the full version for $7.99.
I have been writing, in one form or another, since I was in seventh grade. In that time, I have been convinced that there has always been a best selling novel inside me, just waiting to be discovered. Sadly, after numerous false starts, it has yet to be found. Which is where Manuscript can help. No, this app will not write the book for you…but it will do pretty much everything else as you progress through the creative process.
Update 4/11: Due to demand overwhelming their servers, Skyfire has temporarily stopped all new downloads.
From the Skyfire Blog:
"The user experience was performing well for the first few hours, but as the surge continued, the peak load on our servers and bandwidth caused the video experience to degrade.
Thus we are effectively ‘sold out’ and will temporarily not accept new purchases from the App Store.
The Apple iPad App Store is rapidly filling up with a slew of various text editing applications, each featuring their own unique approach to the job of entering and editing content. Edito is one such application optimized for the entry and interpretation of Markdown, a shorthand markup language co-created by Mac enthusiast John Gruber of Daring Fireball fame. Due to the endorsements of Markdown by notable personalities in the Mac community (Merlin Mann of 43 Folders, for example), and support of the syntax by various blogging sites and programming tools, Markdown is making its mark, so to speak, on the World Wide Web.
appbzr (pronounced "app bazaar") is quite a popular and highly rated free app for helping you to organize, discover, and share apps. You can browse for price drops, hot apps, or the worldwide top 100. It also offers push notifications when there are price drops for apps that you're interested in.