Apple is promoting the iPad as a holiday gift with the slogan “From one gift come many”. It’s an excellent strapline to highlight how versatile the iPad is, and the accompanying text expands on the idea:
Let them prepare a feast. Choreograph a recital. Organize a toy drive. And take their entire songbook caroling. Give them iPad this holiday and they’ll do more than they ever imagined.
I really like this promo – the slogan is great and the very short body text for the promo mail is perfect. Looking at the image and reading that text lets you immediately think of what your child, your significant other, or a close friend could do with an iPad.
Nicely done Apple.
Is an iPad on your shopping list for anyone this year?
Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.
Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.
This week’s pick is 5 new (free) MSN apps for iPad and iOS – MSN Sports, MSN News, MSN Health & Fitness, MSN Money, and MSN Food & Drink.
It’s great to see Microsoft accelerating its efforts to bring more of its software to iOS (and Android too with these 5 new apps) – and these look like quite good little free apps.
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This week Apple has unveiled their iTunes Store awards for 2014, including their choices for Best iPad App and Best iPad Game of the year and a number of runners-up.
The Best iPad App of the year is Pixelmator, the popular photo-editing app that just came to the iPad a couple of months back. The selection for Best iPad game went to Monument Valley, a gorgeous looking game that’s had stellar reviews all round.
Among the notable runner-up apps are long-time favorite here 1Password, and two of our picks as Best iPad App of the Week this year, Storehouse and 80 Days. Others include Microsoft Word, part of the Office suite that Microsoft finally released for the iPad; Yahoo Weather; Adobe Voice; Star Walk Kids; Launch Center Pro; and quite a few more.
I know I’ll be checking out a number of the apps in the iTunes list and I’ve already gifted Monument Valley to my daughter.
You can check out the Best of 2014 Apps selections in the App Store on the iPad, in the featured section, or in iTunes on the desktop.
Comic Zeal, which is still my favourite way to read CBR or PDF comics on my iPad, was recently updated to iOS 8. This version flattened out the interface, introduced a few new themes, and vastly improved the ability to get comics into the app.
My previous go-to method for transferring files into Comic Zeal was to connect to iTunes and then drag comic files into Comic Zeal (located in the File Sharing section of the Apps tab). It was relatively fast, but it meant digging up my Lightning cable in order to sync with iTunes, and that little bit of extra effort would keep me from uploading comics very often.
Thankfully, Comic Zeal 8 has some great new wireless ways to throw comics into your library. There’s now a standard document picker for taking files from iCloud Drive, but the option I find even more convenient is AirDrop support. It’s ridiculously easy to just highlight comics in Finder on my Mac and AirDrop them en masse onto the iPad. I tried this with a few comics I had downloaded from the Humble Bundle, and it worked quite well for issues that were 20 or even 50 MB in size. A prompt comes up on the iPad after the transfer completes, and I can save the files to Comic Zeal with a single tap.
As before, comics that are similarly titled will be automatically grouped into little comic boxes. This makes establishing a digital comic collection a real breeze, and swiping right to throw issues into the powerful Slider (a way to cut and paste issues into different collections) is still handled very smoothly in version 8.
The only thing I’m not really a fan of is the new icon. It definitely has a classic comic look to it, but it also feels a little too generic. I think Comic Zeal has a much more refined feel to it than its plain icon would have you expect. However, this new change won’t stop me from using this app over the winter for my comic reading.
Before this update Comic Zeal was already the best way to enjoy DRM-free comics on the iPad, but the whole experience has gotten even better with these UI and file transfer changes. If you haven’t picked Comic Zeal up already, it’s a great purchase that works on both the iPhone and iPad.
In an independent survey recently completed at the North Pole, 9 out of 10 elves agree MOBiLE CLOTH is the Best stocking stuffer for the third year in a row.
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“Parents email us all the time asking about the best cleaning cloth for devices, I always tell them Mobile Cloth” – Alabaster Snowball
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