One fascinating trend that’s becoming more and more evident every step we move towards true cloud computing, is the gradual death of the save button. It’s pretty rare on an iPad to find a save button lurking in the corner of an interface, it’s simply not needed.

Games remember where you are, your notes are saved and synched the moment you’ve written them, are we moving towards an illustrious save-free future? Is this the end of the traditional floppy disk save icon?

It’s a simple poll this week, what do you think about the future of the save button?

Is the death bell tolling for this stalwart of the PC era?

As devices become more and more capable of continuously saving and backing up, the way we save is changing forever. Will this change move from iOS devices across the whole spectrum of computing? As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below!

We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in June. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, iPad, Web, or Android apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!

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While I have no qualms in paying for apps, it’s vital to support the developers who work hard to make great software, it’s always good to get something brilliant for nothing. In that very spirit I have complied a list of some of the best free apps available for the iPad. If a family member or friend gets a new iPad, all you need do is direct them here…

Without further adieu.

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Ok, let’s be honest, right up front. While we all love our families, and can agree that children are truly wonderful gifts, no one wants to go on an extended road trip with a backseat full of little ones. If they’re especially young — let’s say newborn to 3 or 4 years old — the suggestions that follow may not work for you. I know I’d hesitate to hand over my $500 device to someone under 4 years old.

But for anyone older than that — how about we say the 5 and up crowd — the iPad could truly be a tired parent’s dream-come-true. There is an absolute wealth of kid-focused apps for the iPad. From honest games that’ll kill time and keep them occupied, to more educationally stimulating offerings, the App Store has you covered. Let’s dive in, and I’ll show you some of the best of the best.

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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to The Soulmen! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

Joshua Sigstad
Matt Apperson
Barry Wallace

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

Old Competition Post

It’s great to be able to do giveaways, particular when they’re for apps that we’ve reviewed recently and love. Just over a week ago we reviewed Daedalus Touch an I’m excited to say that we have three promo codes up for grabs.

Daedalus Touch describes itself as the first truly next-gen text editor on the iPad. It has no file lists, no folders, no documents in the classic sense – just paper stacks and an infinite amount of sheets. Zach LeBar commented on how Daedalus Touch is:

An awesome text editor, beautifully crafted for the future.

Find out how to enter below, maybe give the review another read in the meantime.

How To Enter

Entering the competition is really simple – all you need to do is leave a comment on the post. That’s it! Let us know why you’d like to win, tell us a funny story, or describe the feature you’re most excited about using!

When the iPad launched, I openly mocked it as a large iPod touch and touted that Apple has gone creatively bankrupt. Strong words, but based on what I saw with the iPad 1, I stood by my declaration for about a year. Then the iPad 2 launched. It was a move in the right direction, but still didn’t look mind blowing.

Then I read about the Motorola Xoom and how awful the tablet is when compared to the iPad. Reviews like those highlighted the strengths of the iPad, but that didn’t convince me to buy one, until the launch of iPad.AppStorm. Interested in knowing how I became a believer? Do read on.

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When people I know first get their hands on an iPad, or an iPhone for that matter, the first thing they ask me is: “What good free apps should I download?”

I happily suggest a few, and then venture a number of powerful apps that cost a couple of dollars. I’m regularly met with some kind of shock, as if it would be outlandish to spend even a dollar on an app!

I can’t help but feel a little disappointed by this sentiment. While there are undoubtedly a huge number of great free apps out there, the fact that someone who has just spent $500+ dollars on a new piece of technology somehow can’t see the value in paying even a few extra dollars for quality software is beyond me.

I am perfectly happy to spend a little money on something that will greatly increase my productivity or significantly improve the functionality of my iPad – I’m even coming round to the value of quality games!

This review is for people who value quality applications, even if they happen to come at a price. djay is a beautiful example of professional quality software that appeals to music lovers of any persuasion. Read on to discover the great musical power you can have at your fingertips!

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Once It’s Gone, It’s Gone…

We’ve seen a fantastic response to the Freelance Mac App Bundle over the past week, and thousands of our readers have taken advantage of the awesome deal we put together. If you haven’t picked up your copy already, there isn’t long left! In 24 hours time, the doors will close and we’ll stop accepting any more orders.

Just as a quick reminder, for the next 24 hours, you can get your hands on all the following for the rock-bottom price of $49:

The Apps

We’re featuring eight awesome applications that can make your life easier, and more enjoyable, as a freelancer. These are:

  • Billings – Powerful time billing and invoicing for anyone (Usually $39.99)
  • TextExpander – Save time and keystrokes with frequently used “snippet” abbreviations (Usually $34.95)
  • WriteRoom – The best distraction-free writing environment (Usually $24.99)
  • Radium – The easiest way to listen to internet radio on Mac (Usually $24.99)
  • Arq – Online backup built especially for the Mac (Usually $29)
  • LittleSnapper – Build up your own versatile design scrapbook (Usually $29)
  • 1Password – Have you ever forgotten a password? Never again (Usually $39.99)
  • Alarms – Prioritise and track your daily tasks (Usually $16.80)

Marketplace Resources

In addition to the above apps, we’re also throwing in a few fantastic Envato marketplace items:

And a Free eBook!

Even if the bundle isn’t for you, anyone can grab a free copy of Smashing Magazine’s Successful Freelancing eBook, worth $9.95, just for sending out a tweet about the bundle! Head over to the bundle page to find out more, and grab your free eBook.

Don’t Miss Out! Grab the Bundle Today

This awesome offer will only be available for 24 hours, and we’d hate for you to miss out. After the timer hits zero, you’ll never see another offer of this magnitude again – don’t be kicking yourself when you realise the bundle is no longer available tomorrow!

With the iPad, the tools of music-making software have now been placed into the hands of anyone, regardless of knowledge or skill – all that is needed is an imagination and the will to create!

Carry on reading for 8 great examples of music-related iOS Apps that will encourage you to think about using your iPad to create music, no experience necessary…

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The iPad, it’s not a device for content creation, is it?

Ask many a tech pundit that question, and they’ll say, “No, it isn’t.” But, there’s a flaw in the opinion you’re receiving. You’re asking a writer if they can use the iPad to write professionally. That’s a little more specific a context than just “content” in general. Of course the writer’s answer will be “No”. They’re creations rely on words, on text, and it’s arguably easier to create text with a hardware keyboard than it is with a software one. Can it be done? Sure. I’ve written 1000+ word posts for iPad.AppStorm solely on my iPad. But it isn’t ideal.

The problem with the opinions of many a tech writer, is that they’re leaving out all of the other types of “content” we human beings can create. With its gorgeous 9.7” display, photographs look beautiful on the iPad, and there are some great photo development apps available. And while there’s nothing on par with Lightroom or Aperture currently, there’s nothing stopping someone from building an app of that caliber. Recently, with the introduction of iMovie for iPad and Garageband for iPad, we’ve seen just how wide open the possibilities are for the creation of a wide range of content.

Today we’re going to look at one of the stand-out apps in the art category. It’s another area that captured the imaginations of iPad users. With hardware this advanced, could someone finally create software that enabled an iPad to become the ultimate digital sketchbook? Autodesk has tried, bringing their legendary Sketchbook Pro franchise to iOS. Let’s see how well they’ve done.

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