Great apps, and unique apps that you just don’t find anywhere else, are one of the hallmark features of the iPad. They have been since Day 1, and scores of great developers and publishers continue to produce apps that are exclusively for the iPad. Even many of those who develop for other devices and platforms frequently make great efforts to optimize their apps for the iPad in particular.
Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all our picks via the link at the end of this post and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.
This week’s picks is Wordsalad – Your Salads, redefined – School Edition. That’s a heck of a long name for a heck of a nice app, which I’m just going to refer to as Wordsalad for the rest of this post.
Wordsalad is touted as ‘Word Clouds Redefined’ – and it makes it easy to create ‘salads’ of words on a particular topic.
This is a simple app that just does one thing, and does it very well. It couldn’t be easier to use. You can check out the small built-in gallery for some inspiration and just hit the + button to add a wordsalad of your own.
To create a wordsalad you just start typing in words on whatever topic you’re focused on. Or you can paste in text copied from other apps on the iPad. The more times you type a single word in the larger it will be in the rendering of the salad. So, for example, you can see in the screenshot above that I repeated the words Apps, Tablets, iPad, Nexus, and Pixels quite a bit.
If you want to make sure that two words are treated together ( like App Store) you just use the ‘join character’ which is an underscore _.
After you’ve got all your words entered you hit Start and then your salad is previewed. At that point you can start having fun adjusting fonts, color schemes, density and positioning of words.
Once you’re happy with your creation, you can save it to the Camera Roll and share it via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
My one big wish list item for this app is the ability to edit the text of a wordsalad once you’ve created it. You can’t do that right now. The best workaround for now is to try to remember to select all and copy the text just before hitting Start to generate the wordsalad.
Wordsalad is a pleasure to use and a great little app for presentations or just brainstorming and a bit of inspiration while thinking on a topic or topics.
Here’s an App Store link for Wordsalad; it’s priced at $2.99 and is a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone. There’s also a Lite / free version in the App Store.