All posts by Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

Notable New iPad Apps: Civil War: 1863 Gold

Civil War 1863 Gold iPad game

Civil War: 1863 Gold is a brand new version of the original Civil War: 1863 iPad game, with all the campaigns and downloadable content from the original game with no In-App purchases.

This new app should make a lot of users and potential users of the game happy, as you get the whole game for a one-time payment of $9.99 – which offers a good savings over buying the original at $4.99 and then paying around $12 for all the additional campaigns.

This is one of the more simple, fun strategic war games for the iPad. I did a review of Civil War: 1863 for iPad a few years back and was very impressed with it – and I remain a big fan of the iPad war games put out by Hunted Cow Studios.

Here’s a little slice of the App Store description for Civil War: 1863 Gold, and some of its content and features:

Relive iconic battles of the American Civil War. Take command of both the Union and Confederate forces in this exciting turn-based strategy game from the developers behind the international top-selling Tank Battle: 1944 and Ancient Battle: Rome.
New features for version 2.0 include combat analysis, strategic movement, map zoom and combat improvements.
Key Features:
● 8 Mission ‘First Strike’ Campaign.
● 5 Mission ‘To Arms!’ Campaign.
● 6 Mission ‘Stalemate’ Campaign.
● 8 Mission ‘Hoorah!’ Campaign.
● 8 Mission ‘Rebel Yell’ Campaign
● 8 Mission ‘Victory Road’ Campaign
● 8 Mission ‘Last Stand’ Campaign.
● 8 Mission ‘Grand Command’ Campaign.
● 8 Mission ‘Leviathan’ Campaign.
● 8 Mission ‘Arsenal’ Campaign.
● Includes battles based on historic events.
● Play the missions as either Union or Confederate.
● 8 Unique Civil War Units:
– Infantry with Muskets.
– Infantry with Rifled Muskets.
– Artillery.
– Generals.
– Wagons.
– Naval Gunboats.
– Dismounted and Mounted Cavalry.
● Changeable unit formations and tactics.
● Generals can attach to units to increase morale.
● More capable Veteran units and unreliable raw units.
● 3 difficulty settings.
● Detailed Combat Analysis.
● Flank Attacks
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● Map Zoom
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● Strategic Movement.
● Game Center Achievements and Leaderboards.
● Universal App (Works on iPhone & iPad)!
● 5 Pass & Play two player scenarios.
● Hours of Gameplay!

And here’s an App Store link for Civil War: 1863 Gold.

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iPad App of the Week: CARROT Weather – Talking Forecast Robot

Greetings Meatbag

Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is CARROT Weather – Talking Forecast Robot -  a wise-cracking, snark serving ‘weatherbot’ in the form of an iPad app.

Now there are plenty of very good iPad weather apps – from those with beautiful still and video imagery to others with copious amounts of detailed maps and comprehensive weather information. But … CARROT Weather serves up the weather with a healthy dose of sarcasm and humor – and that’s quite a nice new spin on a weather app.

Right from the first time you launch it CARROT Weather sets the tone – as you can see in the screencap above – with its ‘Greetings meatbag’ message. It follow that up by letting you know it needs just a moment while it is ‘meteorologizing’.

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iPad Art: Between Dream and Believe

Between Dream and Believe iPad painting

Today’s featured iPad painting is ‘Between Dream and Believe’ – what a great title. It was created by Hotel Midnight, aka Deborah McMillion. Here’s the brief description / backstory from the artist herself:

THE BIG BLUE

Somewhere out in the Milky way a signpost recalls another get away at the Outer or Twilight. If only to get away from the Corner of No and Where.

A loving nod to Dance inspiration.

This selection was made by my daughter, who just turned 12 this week. She is if anything an even bigger fan of Hotel Midnight’s work than I am. Can’t argue with the (sort of still) birthday girl, and also I think Between Dream and Believe is a pretty spot-on title for a 12 year old’s pick.

If you want to become a huge fan of her work too, then check out the Hotel Midnight Flickr stream.

To enjoy even more great iPad paintings, browse our own iPad Art section.

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iPad App of the Week: March Madness Live

March Madness Live iPad app

Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is March Madness Live, the 2015 version of the official iPad and iOS app for the madness that is the NCAA Mens basketball tournament.

For those of you scoring at home, this is the third year in a row I’m picking this app at around this time of year. Here’s the single feature that justifies the repeat picks and makes this a true must-have app for fans of college basketball:

Watch every game from the 2015 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament live on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

Boom. This app could have no other features at all and that’s more than enough to make it great. March Madness is arguably the most thrilling annual sporting event anywhere – with its constant stream of underdog heroics, last second buzzer-beating clutch shots, and just great basketball from start to finish.

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iPad Art: Chill Zen

Chill Zen iPad painting

Our featured iPad painting this weekend is ‘Chill Zen’, created by nini_nini.

I’m always a sucker for a painting of a handsome dog, and this one absolutely fits the bill. I love the colors of the dog’s fur and how well he or she evokes the Chill Zen feeling. It gives me a peaceful feeling to see such a content, relaxed doggie.

You can see more of this artist’s excellent work at her nini_nini Flickr stream.

And our own iPad Art section is full of wonderful iPad paintings from a number of great iPad artists.

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iPad App of the Week: Instacart

Instacart iPad app

Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is Instacart, a service which delivers groceries to your doorstep within as little as one hour. It works with orders from local stores like Whole Foods Market, Costco, Kroger, The Food Emporium, Super Fresh and others depending on the area you live in.

As someone who spends a lot of quality time in a large grocery store at least once a week, and usually on Sundays, this sort of service has huge appeal – even if it means paying a bit extra once in a while to indulge some laziness.

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New iOS 8 Keyboards Feature: Upside Down Keyboards

iPad 3rd party keyboard

This the keyboard view I had when trying to start up a new game in Football Manager Handheld on my iPad Air 2 the other night.

I had the Swype keyboard selected at the time and apparently iOS 8 wasn’t too thrilled with my choice at that time. I ended up having to quit the app, open the built-in Notes app, and swap to the built-in keyboard to get things back to normal and be able to fill in the fields to start a new game.

Yup, it’s just great to have 3rd party keyboards support on iOS 8.

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iPad Art: Johnny English

Johnny English iPad painting

Our featured iPad painting today is titled ‘Johnny English’ – based on the secret agent spoof movie character played by Rowan Atkinson.

This is the work of Álvaro Tajada Portalo, shared to our iPad Insight Flickr group.

I think this paining captures that deer in the headlights look that Atkinson is so good at.

You can see more of Álvaro Tajada Portalo’s work at his altapor Flickr stream.

And of course you can find plenty more great iPad paintings from a number of excellent iPad artists in our own iPad Art section.

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Great New App Store Collection: Pay Once & Play

Pay Once and Play

The App Store offers a wide range of featured sections and app collections to highlight some of the best and most interesting and useful apps.

One of its newer collections is Pay Once & Play – found in the Explore section this one features iPad games that do not include any In-App purchase options. Just buy the game and play it to its fullest without the need to be nickeled and dimed to get a better experience with it.

This is a great idea for an App Store collection, and one I’m sure many iPad gamers will welcome.

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iPad App of the Week: Vesper

Vesper iPad app

Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is Vesper, a simple, clean and fun to use note-taking and idea collecting app.

Vesper is the creation of John Gruber, of Daring Fireball and Markdown fame, and his colleagues at Q Branch. It’s been a popular and critically acclaimed app on the iPhone for almost two years and as of yesterday it has a lovely new iPad version.

Here’s the Vesper Intro and sort of mission statement on its App Store page

Vesper is a simple and elegant tool for collecting notes, ideas, things to do — anything you want to remember. Organize your notes whatever way comes naturally to you, without complications. Vesper’s focus is on how it feels to use.

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iPad Art: Mis árboles

Mis arboles iPad painting

Today’s featured iPad painting is ‘Mis árboles’, My Trees in English.

It is the work of Albert Viladrosa, done with the Paper by FiftyThree app on the iPad.

I always enjoy Viladrosa’s light, abstract style and especially his colors. This one is just a lovely little tree.

You can enjoy more of his iPad painting at the Albert Viladrosa Flickr Stream.

And of course you can browse through lots more incredible iPad artwork at our own iPad Art section.

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