It’s Productivity Month on iPad.AppStorm! Throughout July, we plan to share with you all our tips, tricks, apps and resources to help you both improve your iPad experience and work better and more productively!
We’re slowly moving towards a web app culture where a significant part of our collective creation and curation of content is done through online services rather than living solely inside native apps. With this shift, sharing content is an easy process… if you’re looking at just one or two similar types. A service like Flickr is great for sharing photos and putting together albums, but what if you want to bring in a webpage to include? If only you could have a way of presenting all the types of documents you need for a specific purpose together, as one.
That’s where Moxtra comes in — an app that presents itself as a virtual binder of content — bringing in items like photos, videos, web clips and more into a single “folder” of project content. You can then even record a narrated presentation going through the slides of your binder for even easier, enhanced sharing. Let’s take a look! (more…)
If there’s one feature that we love to use our iPad for, it’s the calendar. Whilst the calendar app might not be to everybody’s taste, what with all the fine Corinthian leather, there are hundreds of alternative calendar apps in the App Store, each with their own ideas and features. Having used many alternative calendar apps over the years on my iPad, I can’t help but feel that we’ve gotten to the point where there aren’t really any new or original features in some of these apps and are simply providing an alternative look and feel.
Calendar Alarm attempts to buck this trend, combining all the features of a traditional calendar app with a unique way of dealing with event alerts that makes it rather unique.
One of the things that has irritated me about iOS ever since its inception on the iPad back in 2010 is Apple’s seemingly lacking support for PDF files. Sure, you can open and read them from, say, an e-mail message, but without the use of third-party software, there’s absolutely no way to store them locally or edit them. This bugs me quite a lot: Preview in OS X is actually a pretty powerful program and I find myself using it on a daily basis to annotate PDFs and it even has iCloud support, so why haven’t Apple brought out a version of Preview for iOS yet? There was no mention of it in the grandiose WWDC announcement a couple of weeks back and nothing has been spotted in the developer previews as of yet, but time is the best healer and we may see something amalgamate come September-time.
Until then, iPad owners have to rely on third-party software to read and annotate PDFs, of which there is a great number — go to the App Store and type in the search box, “PDF” and you’ll see what I mean (by my last count, the search returned 2,035 results). And PDF Max Pro, by developers Mobeera is one of those. At an RRP of $9.99 (though it’s currently running a 50% off promotion) it is certainly one of the pricier offers, so let’s dive straight in and find out whether it is the go-to PDF reader for your iPad.
Note-taking apps for the iPad come at a dime a dozen. From the more popular offerings such as Evernote and Simplenote to fairly obscure ones, there’s something out there on the App Store for almost every kind of iPad user. And now, with Beesy, from French developers BeesApps the business user is also covered as well. It’s received rave reviews from publications such as MacWorld and was recently featured as an Evernote Pick — a pretty astounding achievement, especially from such a massive and well-established company.
Beesy helps to make note-taking in the workplace a simple and painless task. At $5.99, it’s certainly priced towards the business end of the market so let’s find out whether or not Beesy is the note-taking app for professional use.
I don’t know whether you’ve noticed, but we — humans, that is — often struggle to remember things. Hence, note-taking is an inherent part of any functional organizational workflow. It is little wonder, then, that numerous app developers have, over the years, attempted to ween us off the good old pen and paper, and move us over to a more technologically advanced method of thought tracking.
For a time, I was drawn in by some of these efforts. I flirted with the creative, freehand reminders which Paper makes possible. I came to the Evernote party relatively late, but I now use it every day to keep my digital life in order. As far as I’m concerned, however, it’s still the case that nothing beats the flexibility and ease of access a real-life notebook can offer. No matter how hard an app tries, it isn’t as visually available as a Post-it note, nor is any touchscreen as sensitive as a thin, bleached slice of tree. What’s more, typed text is ordered — our thoughts, generally, are not.
That is why I’m cautiously enthusiastic about Chisel. Designed to be the one and only digital note-taking app you’re ever going to need, it includes the ability to record your thoughts as text, drawings and annotations.
Can Chisel really strike a decisive blow for digital note-taking? Let the scribbling and typing commence.
There are several different methods and styles to accomplish planning. These methods can differ by the type of project being planned and by the planner’s personal preference. I use outlines and mind mapping to plan writing and personal projects but at work I needed something more. I am a CPA who works in public accounting during the day, and I find planning for audits requires something more than an outline or a mind map. Due to the size and scope of the project, I needed something more.
When searching for something more, Timeband came into my view. It allows you to create professional timelines for projects, which can include groups, milestones, and subset tasks. Once a timeline is created it can be exported to PDF for sharing and viewing. Timeband’s features intrigued me to take a look at it, but keep reading to see if it can handle planning massive projects.
Mailbox made a big splash on the email news scene back in February when version 1.0 was released. I reviewed version 1.01 on iPhone.AppStorm and was really pleased by how the app worked. Probably the most famous item Mailbox is known for was the infamous queue line, which slowly allowed users access to the app. Some people threw negativity toward the app for this style of release, but I felt it was uncharted territory for a developer to release an app along these lines. No matter what your opinion was, it did show the developer cared about the release experience and kept their servers up and running during the initial launch.
Mailbox was not finished making headlines. Just after being on the iPhone for a month, the Mailbox team announced they were joining Dropbox. Soon after joining Dropbox, Mailbox was able to remove the queue and allow anyone to bask in an empty inbox. One common complaint that has been with the app for the past few months is the lack of an iPad app. Well, Mailbox has finally delivered. Let’s look into why the app made headlines and see if the iPad version lives up to the hype.
Ideas. They make the world go round. The famous American architect and author, Frank Lloyd Wright, called ideas “salvation by imagination”, and a good idea can take you far by helping you get that promotion, make more money, or inspire others. The new app Gini is about raising the quality of ideas. According to the description it provides a methodology that provokes deeper thinking and creative engagement using a unique interface that maps the strengths and weaknesses of an idea.
As someone who is always interested in coming up with new ideas I decided to give Gini a try to see if it could really live up to that promise. Would it really help me discover new and better ideas? I was intrigued by the concept of an interface that maps ideas. Read on to see what I thought after using Gini.
Apple’s death-grip like control of the App Store has became quite legendary since it was launched in 2008. Some of you may remember in 2009 when Apple rejected the official Google Voice app, which was eventually admitted, but not without a probe first being launched by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Or perhaps you remember in 2010, when Apple took its sweet time (25 days) to finally approve the Opera Mini browser app, which, at the time, seemed as if it would never happen.
Well, 25 days is nothing in comparison to what SkyDrive — Microsoft’s cloud based storage service — users have had to endure. Having not received an update since June 1st last year, version 3.0 of SkyDrive for iOS was finally given the okay from Apple on April 3rd (the delay was caused by a disagreement regarding the 30 percent cut from revenue Apple would receive from in-app purchases). Now that the bickering has stopped, it’s time to take a look at what the newest version of SkyDrive has to offer. (more…)
If you have a local library, you may well be used to visiting and borrowing books from it. But, did you know that there are many titles available to borrow as digital works? All you need is your library card, and a little app called Overdrive Media Console.
As well as borrowing written works, you can also borrow audiobooks, just as you would in person. The main difference is that with digital borrowing the digital title will check itself back in automatically and there are never any late fees.
So, grab your library card and follow us through a little walk-through of Overdrive Media Console.