New Desktop app lets you ‘multitask’ on the iPad
OK, so this is not real multitasking. Let’s get that out of the way right off. The new Desktop app for the iPad does not suddenly make it possible to run multiple apps at once on the iPad. But … it does let you use a series of useful widgets within the app itself that will allow you to multitask while using it.
So, for example, you can have a Maps widget open at the same time as a Calculator widget when trying to calculate a journey time. Or have a browser widget open at the same time as one for composing a new email, and copy and paste between the two and send a mail without leaving the app.
Double Up is a new browser app for the iPad, that lets you view two web pages at once.
Here’s a little more on it via its App Store description:
‘Double Up’ is the only iPad browser that offers side-by-side webpages using one, streamlined, toolbar. The minimalist design includes all the features you would expect from a modern web browser with more on the way.
Still looking for a favorite Twitter app for the iPad? Me too. If you don’t need all the bells and whistles and fancy a simple and fresh looking Twitter client, you may want to give Tweet Flow a look.
Tweet Flow is not going to match up to the everything but the kitchen sink, feature-rich Twitter apps (for iPhone and iPad) like Tweetie, Twitterrific, SimplyTweet and so on. It is a much more basic client, but with a few nice new twists and a very different sort of look to it. It’s also an iPad-only and custom built for iPad app.
Doodle Buddy is a great medium to release your inner artist on the iPad. When you first launch the app, it opens to a blank white canvas, and all your tools are located on the bottom dock. The tool dock houses all your materials and resources. I will start from the left and work my way down the tool dock. The first two icons on the dock are: Undo and Clear. On the iPad making mistakes is effortless to clear. No need to use that rubber eraser, just tap the undo arrow and your last action will be erased. Tapping the trash bin icon will clear your canvas completely. Tip: you can also shake the iPad to clear your canvas.
NetNewsWire for iPad is an RSS reader app for the iPad that provides sync with Google Reader and with a full-featured desktop app on Mac and Windows. On a Mac it syncs with NetNewsWire for Mac. On Windows the sync partner is FeedDemon. Both desktop apps are free / ad-supported.
NetNewsWire (NNW) is among the best-known apps in the RSS reader category. I’ve used it before on the Mac and the iPhone, and found it capable though at times frustrating. It was one of the very first major RSS apps to bring out a full iPad version (at or near launch day) – and I was very keen to give it a try. I’ve been using it for two weeks now, and have some thoughts on the app in general and how it lives up to its premium reputation and price.
The Lorax is the latest Dr. Seuss eBook title to come to the iPhone and the iPad. It has been released, along with two other Dr. Seuss titles from Oceanhouse Media, to coincide with Earth Day next week. It’s perfectly suited for the occasion, as the story has a strong eco message and theme.
My daughter and I got a chance to read The Lorax on the iPad last night. Both of us are big Dr. Seuss fans (who isn’t?). We’ve enjoyed the previous Dr. Seuss eBook titles on the iPhone from Oceanhouse; so we were looking forward to seeing this one. Hit the jump for some quick thoughts on The Lorax on the iPad and a few more screencaps ….
Custom Hangman is an iPhone / iPad app that gives you the classic Hangman game but with a couple of nice new twists. It’s a universal binary – one app that includes versions compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
Though it’s compatible it is not a full iPad version (it will only show up under iPhone apps in an iTunes search) – so you can either choose to run it at its standard size, which will show up small and centered on the iPad screen, or scaled up in 2X mode.
Crosswords brings you a great, and continuously updated, selection of crossword puzzles to solve on your iPad. It’s actually a ‘universal’ app – meaning that a single version of it supports the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
I’ve tried out Crosswords on the iPhone a long while back and it was a solid game – but I was hoping for more on the iPad, for something closer to the feeling of doing a crossword in an actual newspaper.
Tap Tap Radiation, created by Tapulous, delivers their successful Tap Tap franchise to the iPad. If you have ever played any of the Tap Tap game titles on the iPhone you will feel right at home. The new version for the iPad takes full advantage of the larger screen’s enhanced resolution. When you first launch the game, you are asked to complete a profile. If you have already played a Tap Tap game before you can use the same username to log in. Continue reading
There’s been a lot of talk of the iPad being a sort of ‘savior’ device for newspapers and magazines. Time is a leading magazine title – here in the US and even worldwide I believe. What better way to discover the new Time Magazine for iPad than to purchase the April 12 issue of it, with its cover leading on Steve Jobs and the iPad.
I hadn’t even realized Time were already producing individual issues just for the iPad, until this morning – and as soon as I did I grabbed up this issue (which was sold out in all the newsagents near me). I’ve spent a good amount of time with Time this morning – and have some thoughts and lots of screencaps to share below …
Let me just start by saying Minigore is one my favorite games. The developers at Mountain Sheep really have outdone themselves with the iPad version. Due to the screen size of the iPhone your game play is limited. The controls on the iPhone take up precious screen real estate and that leads to a John Gore getting killed by that unseen Furry. Now on the iPad, playing Minigore is a completely different story.