One of the best things about using an iPad is all the great apps that we can run on it. There are excellent apps for just about any purpose you can think of. Better still, there are lots of great free apps for the iPad. Our Best Free iPad App of the Week posts highlight these apps.
This week’s pick is UPS for iPad, which provides a number of resources for managing UPS package delivery and using their services. Here’s a bit of its App Store description:
The UPS for iPad app lets you easily manage your deliveries by tracking, nicknaming shipments, and viewing your package’s progress on a map. You can also quickly find UPS service locations via GPS. Need to reroute or reschedule a delivery? No problem! For UPS My Choice members, this app provides the flexibility to reschedule, redirect, or authorize shipment release so that UPS can leave packages when you won’t be home to sign in person.
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If you’re looking for inspiration in choosing an app or apps to gift a mom in your life for Mother’s Day, then you may want to check out the Mother’s day Gift Guide featured section in the iPad App Store today.
The gift guide is made up entirely of apps and includes 9 sub-sections including:
Gifts for Foodies: Cookbook and culinary apps
Gifts for Photographers: Photo and video editing and effects apps
Gifts that Wow: An odd,eclectic section with apps ranging from iMovie to Star Walk and others about the universe around us
Apps for Kids and Games for Kids: Perhaps with the idea that a good set of distracting apps for the kiddos is a nice gift to help Mom get some relaxation in on Mother’s Day?
Gifts for Gamers and Gifts for Hardcore Gamers: For all the Gamer Moms.
It’s a good looking collection, with a lot of range to it. Even so, I ‘d say it’d be a good idea to make sure you’ve got some other gifts in store for the important mom/s in your life tomorrow – not *only* an app.
You can find the Mother’s Day Gift Guide in the Featured section of the App Store this week, right at the top among the rotating showcase app collections.
Posts, one of the best blogging apps for the iPad, is now a a free app. It has previously been priced at $9.99 and this appears to be a permanent move to free for the app.
I say it appears to be a permanent move to free for the app because of the phrasing of the developers’ answer in this Twitter exchange:
I’ve tried out just about every iPad blogging app that has support for WordPress, and I’ve not seen any that are better than Posts – and certainly none that match its gorgeous UI.
Posts supports the WordPress (wordpress.com and self-hosted) and Blogger platforms, and some of its key features include:
- Multiple blogs support
- Post browsing – displays your latest posts, with various view options
- Writing – a clean, simple interface for creating and editing your posts
- Local Drafts
- Comment Management
- Working Offline
This app was worth every penny to me at its previous $9.99 price point; now that’s it’s available for free there should be an awful lot of happy iPad bloggers.
Here’s an App Store link for Posts.
The Netflix iPad app was updated yesterday, adding new features that are said to help us enjoy ‘binge watching’ our favorite TV shows and get the best movie recommendations.
I’m definitely on board with some binge watching when it comes to old and new TV favorites – so these new features sound good to me. Here’s the change list for this Version 4.1 update:
• Added post-play feature for iPad where, when one episode of a TV show ends, the Netflix app automatically cues and then starts the next episode
• In post-play for movies, the three best movie recommendations are displayed at the end of the movie currently being watched
• Added enhanced second screen options
That first feature – the auto cueing and starting of a TV show’s next episode – is a very handy one. I’m also intrigued by the mention of enhanced second screen options. I’m looking forward to trying out this update over the weekend.
Screens VNC, the excellent VNC client app for the iPad and iOS, is currently on sale at 50% off for a limited time. It’s available for $9.99, down from its standard $19.99.
This app has a gorgeous and very user—friendly UI, which makes it a pleasure to use. These are some of its key features:
- iCloud – Synchronize all your stored screens on all your iOS devices, including your Mac.
- Universal – Screens will run on both iPhone and iPad – one app for both devices.
- Easy to Use – Screens is the easiest, most user friendly VNC client for iOS.
- Exit Cursor – Forget the cursor. Click, drag and scroll where your fingers are, not the cursor.
- Secure – Screens can connect to your computer through a SSH Tunnel so your session is encrypted and safe.
- Dock Pull – Your Dock is hidden? No problem! Screens can make it appear with a simple flick!
- Multi-Touch – Screens supports many multi-touch features your already use on your trackpad.
- Screens Connect – Make your Mac available from anywhere, on wifi or a mobile network. Easy as flicking a switch! No messy router setup.*
- Versatile – Connects to Macs, Windows and Linux PCs.
I’ve used a number of remote access apps on the iPad – and Screens VNC is definitely one of the very best.
Here’s an App Store link for Screens VNC.