Category Archives: iPad Apps

iPad Apps I Want to See: Crosswords

Crossword iPhone app

I’m a pretty lame sort of non-gamer on the iPhone (or PCs or any other platform).  Not one for fast-paced, shootery action type games.  I tend to like lots of word games, a few sports games, and a few real-time strategy titles.

Another type of game I enjoy is crossword puzzles.  I’ve tried several different crossword apps on the iPhone but never found one that felt comfortable or compelling to use on that smaller screen, or that offered easy to get and regularly refreshed content.  Too many years of doing them in newspapers may have spoiled me or set the bar too high for any iPhone app.

The iPad should be a whole different story though.  It is perfectly sized for many activities, and I think doing crossword puzzles is one of them.  I know, crosswords don’t quite have the wow factor of some of the other great things that can be done with the iPad’s lovely big screen – but I think doing them on an iPad will be great fun and will hopefully come close to matching the experience of doing one in a newspaper.  Or maybe one or more of the newspapers bringing their titles to the iPad will even give this area some love and attention.

What do you all think?  Any other crossword fans reading here?

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Is TextExpander the First Dual iPhone / iPad App?

TextExpander iPhone and iPad app

Here’s the description of what’s new in the latest version of the TextExpander app for iPhone:

updates for iPhone OS 3.2

That’d be updates for the OS the iPad currently runs.  Hopefully this means the app’s package now contains versions optimized for both the iPhone and the iPad.  It’s quite a useful looking app for both devices as well – letting you create and use short abbreviations for commonly used phrases.

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IBM Bringing Lotus Apps to the iPad ‘as fast as possible’ [iPad Apps]

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An IBM official told Forbes that the company not only wants to reach out to the small-but-growing number of iPhone users in the enterprise, but also use the new applications as a starting point from which to build App Store software for the forthcoming iPad.

"Our customers are looking at the iPad and they’re excited about it," said Alstair Rennie, IBM’s manager of Lotus software. "No one quite knows its use patterns yet, but it’s our intention to deliver as much of our portfolio as possible on it as fast as possible."

Good news if you’re a Lotus Notes user, through your work or just for fun (???), and a soon-to-be iPad owner.  IBM is planning to release Lotus corporate collaboration software ‘sometime near the debut of the hardware’.

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Wired Magazine Coming to the iPad This Summer

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Wired Magazine Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson announced at the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference on Friday that the publication would be releasing its content for the iPad by summer.

Great stuff.  I am looking forward to getting back into reading newspapers and magazines on the iPad, as it’s something I do more and more rarely with printed publications of this kind.  And Wired is just the sort of magazine that strikes me as lending itself very well to the iPad as a publishing medium,

It should be an ideal title for taking advantage of some of the multimedia power of the iPad.

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A Good Reason Why iBooks Is Not a Built-in iPad App?

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I noticed some time back that the (very pretty looking) iBooks app is not a built-in app on the iPad, even though it was demo-ed and talked about quite a bit at the iPad launch event.  It’s a free download from the App Store instead, and like others I’d been wondering why.

I think the reason put forward in the tweet above from @perfy to John Gruber (of Daring Fireball) is a very good one.

Rather than having to wait on OS updates to tweak the iBooks app, it can be updated whenever, just like any other App Store app – except probably without rejections backed by loony tune reasons and such-like. :)

Via: Daring Fireball

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iPad Apps I Want to See: WinAdmin, Remote Access Apps

WinAdmin iPhone app

I’m spending a lot of time lately thinking about apps, and types of apps, that I’m really looking forward to seeing on the iPad.  More often than not I’m thinking about iPhone apps that would just reach a whole new level on the iPad.

Like remote access apps – those apps that allow you to remotely connect to a home computer or a server in a corporate environment if you’re a technical type.  There are a number of very good apps for the iPhone that provide this capability – from VNC apps to well-established services like LogMeIn.

My personal favorite for connecting to Windows machines running RDP (Terminal Services) is the excellent WinAdmin app.

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iPad Apps I Want to See: A Real Killer Notes App

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While the built-in iPad Contacts, Calendar, Mail, and Photos app looked new, improved, and spruced up; the Notes app didn’t look very much different to the one we know and don’t really love on the iPhone.

I just about never use the built-in Notes app on the iPhone.  Instead I use Evernote, Notes Pro and others to do notes for app reviews and everything else.  None of them has me totally convinced though.  Evernote has lots of power and features than go beyond just note-taking, but it’s interface for inputting and editing text is lousy.  Notes Pro has a far nicer input interface but it lacks a good sync solution (offering only one way export to Google Docs).

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Developers’ Thoughts on iPad – Near Unanimous Support?

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I think apps will be just as essential a factor in the iPad’s success (or failure) as they are for the iPhone.  Great apps will help to make it a great device I hope. It’s already got a big headstart in this area of course because it runs a version of the iPhone OS and nearly all the 140,000 apps currently in the iPhone App Store should run on it.

While on the one hand it’s great to see that we should be able to run most or all our iPhone favorites on the iPad, I’m even more keen to see and work with apps that are designed from scratch for the iPad. Several of the built-in apps (Contacts, Calendar, iBooks) looked great in last week’s demos, as did some of the third party apps made for the iPad.  Ever since that launch event I’ve been curious to see what developers are saying about any plans to develop for the iPad.

My impression so far is that there is near unanimous support for and excitement about developing for iPad.

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Omni Group Plans to Bring OmniFocus & 4 More Apps to the iPad [iPad Apps]

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Omni Group – publishers of several well-known and well-liked apps for Mac OSX and the iPhone – are planning to bring no less than five of their apps to the iPad. 

Yes.  Five.  We want to bring all five of our productivity apps to iPad:  OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, OmniPlan, OmniFocus, and OmniGraphSketcher.

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Citrix Receiver Coming to iPad, for Remote Access to Windows Machines [iPad Apps]

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Citrix is one of the leading names when it comes to secure remote access within corporate environments. They already have a remote access client app for the iPhone, called Citrix Receiver.

It’s good to see that they are planning to bring a version of Citrix Receiver to the iPad as well:

Well if your company has XenDesktop or XenApp you will be happy to know you will be able to use your iPad for real work as well. It turns out the 9.7 inch display on the iPad with a 1024×768 screen resolution works great for a full VDI XenDesktop. Windows applications run unmodified and securely in the data center, and even multiple applications at once. The advancements that were made for the Citrix Receiver for iPhone will carry over to the iPad, however the iPhone restrictions of screen size and small keyboards are overcome with the iPad. It’s a beautiful thing ! The iPad looks to be an ideal end point device that can empower users to be productive were ever they are and IT will be able to safely deliver company hosted virtual desktops and apps without worry.

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Evernote Will ‘Support The Hell out of’ The iPad [iPad Apps]

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Evernote is one of my most-used apps, on the iPhone and on my laptop.  It’s one of the few apps that gets use just about every day on both iPhone and desktop. So I’m very happy to hear that they’re very enthusiastic about the iPad and bringing a modified / optimized version of Evernote to it.

I was also very interested to learn – via an interesting blog post at the Evernote Blogcast site – that Evernote has a long standing history of involvement with tablet devices, and even with the much-revered Apple Newton. 

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