The popular language learning app Duolingo, which boasts over 25 million learners, will be updated to version 4.0 on April 24, promising big and exciting changes. You may recognize this app – it was the Free iPad App of the week on iPad Insight and was Apple’s iPhone App of The Year in 2013.
Well here’s a new iPad app that I never expected to see – WordPerfect X7, a new version of the word processing app and old-time rival of Microsoft Word.
I didn’t realize WordPerfect was still around, though I do recall my brother mentioning to me years ago that it is very popular with lawyers and law firms. Anyway, it looks as if it still going strong, and it now has a new iPad version – though it is currently a limited free trial and a ‘virtualized desktop’:
This is a free trial, available for a limited time and subject to limited availability. This virtualized desktop companion requires you to be connected to the Internet. During the trial period we recommend you connect to the internet through Wi-Fi for enhanced performance.
Here’s a bit more of the app’s description:
WordPerfect X7 ® iPad companion is designed to work with the new WordPerfect X7 ® for desktop. Availability is limited… activation is required
With WordPerfect X7 iPad Companion, you can experience a full-featured word processor which offers hassle-free, easy-to-use formatting options that help you do more with documents on an iPad.
Word Processing essentials on the go!
· Open Microsoft® Word documents
· Streamlined document creation
· Reveal Codes and other classic features
· New collaborative tools and applications
A little bit of an odd way to launch an iPad app, especially hot on the heels of the release of a full-blown version of Word and Microsoft Office for iPad, but likely still of interest for hard-core WordPerfect users.
Here’s an App Store link for WordPerfect X7 for iPad.
Do we have any WordPerfect or WordPerfect for iPad users here?
I’ve had about two months with the an LTE iPad Air now, and I’m really glad I opted for the cellular option this time around. I’ve always wondered about the kind of difference a cellular option would make, but it wasn’t until this year that I decided to make the investment. As it turns out, I’m really glad that I did. The freedom that a cellular connection provides makes the iPad feel immediately accessible, in a way that tethering to my iPhone never really did.
I have a 6GB data plan for my iPhone with Koodo, but I don’t tether much any more because Koodo’s network speeds are sub-par (2.5 Mbps down around Queen & Shaw) and iOS tethering is still too finnicky for reliable usage. The Wi-Fi hotspot on my iPhone 5S often takes half a minute to show up on the iPad, and Bluetooth tethering is just too miserably slow to use, even for surfing.
The Ziner RSS Reader iPad app has had a recent update, to Version 2.2. The update doesn’t offer any huge, attention grabbing new features, but instead a lengthy list of smaller improvements to the app and some useful bug fixes.
I just picked Ziner as our iPad App of the Week a couple of weeks ago, and I think it’s a very good option for keeping up with your RSS feeds on the iPad. While this update doesn’t have any big headline features, it’s full of just the sort of little enhancements that can greatly improve the user experience.
This week’s featured iPad painting is ‘Black Widow’ by Rafael Co.
Here’s a little background about this image, courtesy of the artist himself – note the link to the video showing the painting being made:
“Black Widow” Reference photo is from a movie poster of “The Avengers”. Drawn on the iPad using Procreate app. Here’s my work process -http://youtu.be/r34mgeg3QVY
I have never even seen any of The Avengers movies, but I still find the image striking and powerful. Another great piece from Raffy, who is another of my favorite iPad artists.
Please check out more of Raffy’s work at his Rafael Co Flickr stream.
And of course you can see lots more lovely iPad paintings in our iPad Art section.