Category Archives: iPad Apps

iPad Apps I Want to See: Brushes

Brushes app on iPad

Brushes – the superb painting app for the iPhone – is not one that I use myself, or one that I ever will.  That’s only because I am utterly useless at drawing and art in general though – incapable of even drawing a stick figure that looks anything like a stick figure.

I enjoy art though, and have found over the last several months that I’m a huge fan of art created on the iPhone – as many established and even renowned artists round the world have taken up creating work on the iPhone, and in particular with the Brushes app.

Wonderful and amazing art has been created on the iPhone by people like David Hockney, probably Britain’s most celebrated living artist; Jorge Columbo, whose New York cityscape created with Brushes graced the cover of The New Yorker magazine last year; and many, many others.  For more examples of the stunning iPhone art being created with Brushes, see my post over at my iPhone blog site:

http://justanotheriphoneblog.com/wordpress/iphone-software/iphone-amazing-no-app-says-this-better-than-brushes/

My impression from talking with several prolific iPhone artists and following their comments online is that there is enormous enthusiasm for the iPad.  I believe it will become an incredible mobile canvas for their creations, and will lead to even more brilliant artwork.  I can’t wait to see this work.

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1Password Coming to the iPad – and Looking Very Nice

1Password on iPad

I hope it comes as no surprise that we’re planning, plotting, and otherwise scheming to bring 1Password to the iPad in a big way.

OK, so maybe I’m not surprised, but I am very happy to see this news.  1Password is one of my essential apps now on both the iPhone and my Mac laptop.  And even though the screenshots shared at the 1Password blog site are only design mockups, I have to say they’re looking pretty sweet. Another great example of how iPad apps are going to shine I think.

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Recommended: iPad Safari Video Walk-through from 9to5Mac

 

This is a quick six minute overview of the iPad version of Safari, from Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac. It’s a nice little quick tour of the app in the iPad simulator.  A couple points I noted while watching:

— He mentions that you can have up to nine pages open (he says tabs, but means the same thing I think). 

— iPad Safari presents itself as a desktop (not mobile) browser – so full versions of sites get loaded, not mobile versions.

No huge surprises in the video, but it’s a nice tour and worth a look.

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iPad Apps My Daughter Wants to See: Animal Wallpapers

Animal Wallpapers iPhone app

Animal Wallpapers is a good app for you if you’re looking for an animal themed wallpaper. It’s already pretty great app on the iPhone but it will be better on a bigger screen to see the wonderful animal wallpapers.

Animal Wallpapers has  categories for  birds,big cats,big dogs, wild life, and a favorites category. It shows lots and lots of animals, like a shark, foxes, elephants, and deer.

*** Editor’s note: this started out being a joint post written by my 6.75 year old daughter and I.  But Zoe ended up writing all of this, except this sentence here. :)

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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

iPad Notes app

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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