I wrote this post last year. I thought that perhaps my blog reading friends might have unwrapped an iPad under the tree and were in search of some starter apps. The list from last Christmas looked like this.
- Twitter for iPad – stay connected, listen to the Twitter stream, learn, and get advice on future applications;
- Flipboard – bring all of your reading into one place – if you’re into news, don’t get individual news apps, bring them all into Flipboard;
- TaskPad HD – we all have to-do lists – you might as well keep track of them on your iPad;
- VLC Media Player – never be stumped by a file format again;
- Google Earth – all the functionality of the desktop version but really takes advantaging of the manipulating ability of the iPad;
- Aweditorium – a totally new way to explore musical artists;
- Note Hub – if you create projects with resources from all over the place, use this application to bring all of the research components together;
- Dropbox – this popular application for sharing with your devices and potentially others comes to this device;
- fotopedia Heritage – explore UNESCO world heritage sites and their beauty comes to life on your iPad;
- Documents Free – you will need to work on your documents and spreadsheets. This one is free.
It was a good list at the time and I still stand behind the recommendations. But, it is dated. The VLC Media Player, for example, is no longer available for download but if you do a search for VLC there are a number of related applications. GoodPlayer looks interesting. I’m glad that I got my copy of VLC while it was available though.
I’m thinking this Christmas might bring some more people with their new gifts looking for ideas. Or, this might be the year where you upgrade to an iPad 2 and hand the original iPad down. Or, maybe you’ll have duelling iPads. Or, something else.
Anyway, I’ll use the premise to give you 10 more iPad applications that I think are noteworthy and should be on anyone’s list of starter applications to grab.
- Zite – Create your own personalized news magazine and find all kinds of stories based upon your interests;
- Evernote – Absolutely the best way to take notes on your iPad and synchronize them to your computer(s) via the cloud;
- Skitch for iPad – If Evernote is the best way to take notes, then Skitch has to be the best way to capture images and annotate them – and then send them to Evernote!;
- Popplet Lite – Is it a brainstorming mindmapping tool? Is it a wall to stick notes? Is it a hybrid of the two that synchronizes with your desktop? Yes to all of the above. Once you use it, you’ll want the paid upgrade version;
- Splashtop Remote Desktop for iPad – You’ll never regret paying for this application. No matter how good your iPad is and becomes part of your life, the crucial file is on your desktop. Remotely access your computer with this and so much more;
- Garageband – Even I can make music with Garageband and now I can even do it on my iPad;
- Pearltrees – Pearltrees lets you find and graphically organize resources from the web. You can even add the Pearler to Safari to cultivate as you go;
- ScreenChomp – Create your own Screencasts and share them with others. Great for instructional content or to illustrate thinking visually;
- Dolphin HD – Safari is great if all you want is a browser. But, how about a webzine reader with Twitter and Facebook access or a Speed Dial launcher just like your desktop browser;
- The Guardian Eyewitness – Access to the spectacular photograhy in The Guardian but there’s more – professional photography tips about how to get the same results by yourself.
Last year, I suggested that a great game to latch onto was the Angry Birds Lite. You still can’t go wrong with that. I’m going to add a new one – this year I’ve played many Word with Friends game. There’s a new game in the Zynga fold called Hanging with Friends. It’s a simple concept – we’ve all played Hangman as kids – this takes it online and social.
So now, there are 20 starter apps in this series. I hope that it helps and, please, if you have another idea about an application that should be installed, add it via reply. I’m sure that others will appreciate it and I’m always on the hunt for something new and inspiring.
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