Category Archives: Notable New iPad Apps

Notable New iPad Apps: The Elements in Action

The Elements in Action iPad app

The Elements in Action is not just a notable new iPad app – it’s also one of those ‘wow factor’ apps that make us remember what the iPad is all about. The sort of app that just feels like the iPad is The perfect home for.

It’s a science focused app and I’m a guy who never especially enjoyed or exceled at science, but it has gripped me from the moment I opened it. I don’t know my elements from my elbows, but I’ve now learned more about quite a few of them in just a short time with the app than I ever took in back in my school days.

Here’s a bit of the App Store description for the app:

The periodic table comes to life with 79 video explorations of the weird, wonderful, and sometimes alarming properties of the elements. Filmed by BAFTA award winner Max Whitby in partnership with Theodore Gray, author of the iconic book and app The Elements, and previously available only in a few museum installations, this is the most beautifully filmed collection videos ever assembled to explore and explain what makes each element unique and fascinating.

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Notable New iPad Apps: Drippler

Drippler for iPad

Drippler is a clever new iPad app that offers up a daily set of all the latest and trending iPad news – on apps and accessories, tips, and more. Here’s a little of its App Store intro:

Discover something new for your iPhone, iPad or iPod every day and stay one step ahead with the latest iOS updates, tips, apps, accessories and much more.
What are the hottest new iPhone apps and games? How do I use the new iOS 7 features? What are the best accessories for my iPad? Drippler has the answers. Join millions of users and download Drippler today!
Features:
* Personalized tips and recommendations
* Notifications – never miss the latest updates with our daily drips
* Save your favorite drips and build your own manual
* Search for specific topics and support

This is one of the first occasions where I can say I’ve used an app on Android and I’m happy to see it come to the iPad. I’ve been using Drippler for months now on a Galaxy Note 2, an HTC One, and a Nexus 7. It’s never been my Number 1 source of news or information, but it has always proved a useful one.

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Notable New iPad Apps: Disney Animated

Disney Animated iPad app

Disney Animated is a wonderful new iPad app that takes us into the world of Disney and their great animated films. It’s a fascinating look into Disney’s fantastic animated feature films – all the way from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs right up though an early look at their next upcoming movie, Frozen.The app offers a deep dive into the methods developed and used by Disney over decades to create films that have resonated so heavily with generations of movie goers. Of course the app is brimming with fun interactive elements – from controlling a visual effects simulator to working with 3D animated characters.Here are some of the app’s most notable features:• Read about Disney animation in a way you never could before, and work with Disney characters and technologies via sophisticated interactives.
• Reveal work-in-progress animation steps and visual effects layers beneath animated scenes.
• Zoom in on concept art, painted backgrounds, and storyboards to see intricate details as never before possible.
• Rotate treasured artifacts from the locked vaults of The Walt Disney Animation Research Library as if they were in the palm of your hand.

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Notable New iPad Apps: 2013 US Open Golf Championship for iPad

2013 US Open Golf Championship for iPad

Today is the second day of this year’s US Open Golf Championship at Merion Golf Club and there’s an official iPad app for it: 2013 US Open Golf Championship for iPad.

The app offers a number of good features for helping you follow along with the second major of the year. These inlcude:

— Live Video of ‘marquee’ groups. I tuned in just a short while ago and the Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, and Rory Mcilroy group was featured. The live video is available in the US only and over cellular data as well as WiFi.

— Leaderboard – with stats leaders and some excellent breakdown views for individual players when you tap on their names.

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Notable New iPad Apps: MLB.com Home Run Derby

MLB Home Run Derby

The new MLB.com Home Run Derby iPad app is just what the name sounds like – an iPad game that lets you test your long ball hitting prowess, playing as one of the home run hitting stars from the last three MLB All-Star games.

The game lets you choose from any of the 24 sluggers who took part in the last three All-Star Home Run Derby events – though many of them require you either to collect a large number of ‘MLBucks’ as bonuses while you play or to pay up via In-App purchase. The game starts you off with 100 MLBucks, which will allow you to choose from around 9 of the sluggers who cost that much to select. Others range from 300 to 700 – for instance Robinson Cano from the 2012 Derby and Prince Fielder and David Ortiz from 2011 are 700.

Some of the other stars you can play as include Miguel Cabrera, Matt Kemp, Jose Bautista, Andrew McCutchen, and more.

There are single and multi player options and two playing modes:

ARCADE MODE: Hit as many home runs as you can before time runs out. Multiply your score with targets and combo bonuses.

DERBY MODE:Enter the authentic Home Run Derby tournament and see if you can survive against baseball’s top sluggers.

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Notable New iPad Apps: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

Beethover's 9th Symphony iPad app

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is a wonderful new iPad app celebrating this famous and loved piece of music. I’ve never been a big fan of classical music but something about the look of this app grabbed me and I decided to give it a look.

Wow, I am so glad I did. This is just a fantastic app, even for someone like me who’s not knowledgeable about the music. Here’s a bit of the App Store intro for it:

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony for iPad presents four of Deutsche Grammophon’s legendary recordings of this iconic work, with the amazing ability to switch instantly between each performance at any point in the piece. As you listen, you can watch the synchronized musical score, be guided by expert commentary, follow Beethoven’s 1825 manuscript or immerse yourself in the hypnotic graphical BeatMap of the orchestra, precisely highlighting every note. The app also includes a treasure-trove of specially filmed video interviews with musicians, writers and great conductors discussing Beethoven and his masterwork.

Here’s some of the app’s features that I’ve found gripping:

— The music itself of course. The app offers four of the ‘legendary’ performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony – and you can switch between these as you listen with just a single tap.

Ferenc Fricsay’s first stereo recording of this work from 1958 with the Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan’s famous 1962 recording with the same orchestra; the widely loved and charismatic maestro Leonard Bernstein’s video recording from 1979 with the Wiener Philharmoniker; and the ground-breaking 1992 recording on period instruments conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.
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Notable New iPad Apps: The Loop Magazine

The Loop Magazine

Today Jim Dalrymple has released The Loop Magazine for iPad and iPhone in the App Store. This magazine app is a new extension of the popular The Loop website, and will cover similar ground.

Dalrymople is known for his straight shooting approach on all things Apple, music, Heineken, and other topics. He’s not a man to use 30 words when just one will do – and he’s famous for giving his confirmation of a hot Apple rumor with just a simple ‘Yep’. Oh, and the fact that he’s nearly always right when it comes to his verdicts on these rumors doesn’t hurt either.

Here’s a little slice of Dalrymple’s Welcome post in Issue 1 of The Loop Magazine:

This magazine will serve as an extension of my interests on The Loop Web site, with articles written by some of the great authors I’ve come to know over my nearly 20 years writing about Apple. All of the articles have been written exclusively for the magazine.

Topics covered by the magazine will include music, design, technology, games, and Apple – as well as others. Issue 1 kicks off with a great piece titled ‘Enduring Design’ by Matt Gemmell. The design of the magazine is very clean and simple, much like Marco Arment’s The Magazine – which Dalrymple mentions in his Welcome post.

The Loop Magazine is a Newsstand title, that will be published twice per month. It offers a 7 day free trial and then a subscription plan at $1.99 per month.

Here’s an App Store link for The Loop Magazine. If you’re a fan of Jim Dalrymple and The Loop, or just of good writing presented in a clean and elegant magazine interface, you’re going to want to give this one a look.

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Notable New iPad Apps: Yahoo! Mail

Yahoo Mail for iPad

The Yahoo! Mail app was updated and revamped this week; it’s now a universal app with a new iPad version.

Here’s a few of the notable feature of the new Yahoo! Mail iPad app:

Especially designed for your iPad, this app lets you sit back, relax, and effortlessly sift through emails:
✔ Full screen “Reading mode”: Email with photos, newsletters, and shared articles now appear beautifully in full screen at the tap of a button. Flip through messages as in a magazine.
✔ Advanced options for message actions: Upon selection, messages are automatically grouped by sender, so you can keep your Inbox more organized. Delete unnecessary social media notifications, star messages from a friend, move messages from family into folders, all in a few taps.
New “Starred” folder: Conveniently find all your starred messages in one place. Available on both iPhone and iPad.

I have to admit, I hadn’t used Yahoo! Mail in quite a while – but I decided to give this new app a look this weekend. I think it looks good – better than I remember Yahoo! Mail looking on iOS anyway.

Do we have any Yahoo! Mail users here? If so, what do you think of the new iPad app?

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Notable New iPad Apps: What Color Is Your Parachute? Job-Hunter’s Workbook

What Color Is Your Parachute iPad app

 

What Color Is Your Parachute? Job-Hunter’s Workbook is the new iPad edition of the hugely popular job-hunting guidance book.

Here’s a bit of its App Store intro:

The most popular job-hunting guide in the world, WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE?, has sold more than 10 million copies in 27 countries. Now, for the very first time, you can work through WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? JOB-HUNTER’S WORKBOOK on your device. … Top career expert Richard N. Bolles is known as the founder of the modern career development field, and this is the first interactive tablet edition of his core suite of activities.

What Color Is Your Parachute has always been more than just a sit back and read it type book; it was always more of a workbook which requires the reader to do some thinking and some work in order to get the most out of it. This iPad edition is true to that tradition.

Step-by-step exercises will help you discover your favorite:
• Transferable skills
• Fields of knowledge
• Job environments
• Values and goals
• Working conditions
• Levels of responsibility and salary

This book was recommended to me years ago by a client. I read it and did find it very helpful at a time in my life when I was seriously considering a career change. Now I’m pretty set in that area – but I installed this app just to see what an iPad edition of it looks like. As a very quick first impression I’d say it’s still extremely useful, but I find it a pretty drab, boring design. I feel like its pages were made more interesting or just worked better in the printed book. It also works only in portrait mode – I’m never fond of this limitation in book / magazine apps for the iPad.

Here’s an App Store link for What Color Is Your Parachute?; it’s priced at $2.99 – which is listed as a limited time 50% off deal.

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Notable New iPad Apps: Status Board

Status Board iPad app

Status Board is a new iPad app that lets you take advantage of the iPad’s lovely, big screen to information from a number of sources and customize what you see and how you see it. Or, as the App Store page for the app, states:

You’ve got data. Status Board makes it beautiful.

The app uses panels to display data – 6 default panels for weather, clock, calendar, email, Twitter, and news feeds. Of course you can enable or disable any or all of these per your preferences. Pro panels let you add your own data sources in JSON, CSV, or HTML format. You can also design your own panels in HTML format.

You can customize your Status Board views in portrait or landscape mode, resize and reposition panels and choose from a few options on what’s displayed in each panel. If you want to be able to display your board to even bigger screens via HDMI or AirPlay this functionality can be added with an in-App purchase for $9.99.

I installed Status Board yesterday after seeing some praise for it from John Gruber at Daring Fireball and Federico Viticci at MacStories, and like the app so far – though I really haven’t done a whole lot with it just yet. I’ve just setup the 6 default panels and placed them where I think I like each best, but I’m sure I’ll do a lot more playing with this and look at adding some custom data to it.

Oh, and the setup walkthrough for this app, complete with cheerful elevator music (Samba de Setup)to accompany it, is as nicely done as any I’ve seen.

Here’s an App Store link for Status Board; it’s priced at $9.99.

Are any of you using Status Board on the iPad yet? Have you added any custom data sources to it yet?

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Notable New iPad Apps: Race to the Pennant

Race to the Pennant iPad app

Race to the Pennant is a nice looking new app for baseball fans on Opening Day that I spotted via a mention at Daring Fireball.  Here’s a little of its App Store description:

Race to the Pennant is a new, fun way to keep up with the pennant races all summer long! Watch your team as it advances in its division throughout the year, and – hopefully – secures a place in the playoffs. Additionally, dive into the detailed win-loss record of every team, check the latest news stories for each team, and compare the teams’ recent performance. Available as a universal app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, stay in the know with Race to the Pennant!

I installed the app a little while ago and it looks good. It’s got a very colorful, simple UI – so it’s easy to swipe around and check out how your team or any of the others are doing. Here’s one more screencap, on about the most unlikely division leader we’ll probably see all season:

Details

And here’s an App Store link for Race to the Pennant; it’s priced at $0.99.

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