We’re back! As promised at the conclusion of Pythonista 101, we’re back with a new series detailing Pythonista and the process of building useful utilities in the Python language.

Before you’re introduced to the course material for Secondary Pythonista, let us briefly review what was covered in Pythonista 101.
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How many productivity apps have you downloaded but don’t really use? Productivity apps are meant to make our lives easier, but it can take a bit of work to put a new planning and organization system in place. Many of us are using our iPads like printed books, failing to take advantage of all the useful features that can make our lives more organized and efficient. I downloaded the Paprika desktop app for Mac months ago, but it wasn’t until I purchased the iPad version that I truly utilized the capabilities of this cloud-based system for recipe collection, meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking in the kitchen.

Are you tired of being disorganized in the kitchen? Does poor meal planning result in eating out more often than you’d like? Have you been using Paprika to collect recipes that you never end up cooking?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, keep reading to learn how to use Paprika for iPad to make cooking at home more organized, efficient and enjoyable.

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This week’s sponsor is GroovBoard, an ingenious little invention that helps you to use your iPad on your knees.

AppStorm readers are entitled to a special 10% discount when ordering directly from GroovBoard! Simply use the code APPSTORM8 on the Checkout page.

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Archery, space, robots, futuristic societies, and one very sneaky, very Tiny Thief. You’ll find all that and more in this week’s collection of games.

And if where you live is currently experiencing a heat wave, like my city, these are just five more reasons to stay indoors. Actually, the same could be said for colder temps, too. Whatever your thermostat says — click “more” to start playing. (more…)

When you have millions of apps in the App Store, it takes a lot of market research and shrewdness from the developer’s part to find a successful niche. Figuring out professionals from a domain who are ready to ditch their diaries, legal pads and spiral bound notebooks for a sleek iPad is a great place to start.

Event planners have a lot of things to remember. Dates, invitations, seating arrangements, vendor contacts – there are a ton of details to stay on top of. Apps like Event Planner try to replace their event playing diary with an intuitive solution that’s far more practical than ink on paper. Time to plan an event and test the chops of Event Planner!
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With great games available for iOS and the iPad, you’d be right to automatically assume that the iPad is a quality gaming platform. On that note, gaming and iOS is the theme of this opinion piece, more specifically I’ll be discussing whether the iPad can truly be a great gaming platform or whether it’s just a toy in the realm of consoles and desktop gaming. Read on for more.

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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!

Anybody that knows me can easily attest to my “minor” app addiction. Given that I do a fair amount of writing, it’s only natural I have a stronger propensity toward writing apps. I have however reached a point where I feel I’ve seen pretty much everything there is to see in a writing app. Their features start to blend together and it becomes increasingly harder for an app to stand out in the sea of iOS text editors.

Write, with some rather unique features and extensive sharing options similar to Drafts, managed to surprise me and shows that there is still much that can be done in an already saturated field.

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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!

Quip was released today. Yes, today. And so we thought we’d get straight to work reviewing the iPad version of this freshly released app, developed by the ex-Facebook CTO and co-founder of Google Maps Bret Taylor, for your reading pleasure.

The app lets you collaborate with other users on projects that you’re working on — it’s a sort of word processor/project manager/ messaging system all rolled into one neat package. Quip also has a lot more features and uses that certainly make it worth your time checking it out. So, when you’re ready, click more to read on.

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How on earth have we become so addicted? To online video, I mean. According to comScore, Americans alone watched 41 billion videos in May 2013. This figure is remarkable on its own, but it seems even more so when you consider that the market-leader — or monopolizer, some may say — YouTube, is only eight years old.

Given the solidity of YouTube’s dominance, and the continuing growth of the online video market, it seems likely that Google‘s video goliath will continue to corner the market for some time to come. It is starting to show its age, though. We live in a world that is rapidly adopting online television as its favoured form of audiovisual entertainment, and although YouTube’s sprawling network provides diversity, it does not provide an ideal environment for the passive viewer. Equally, YouTube’s design has barely changed in years, with only a few Cosmic Panda-inspired tweaks providing some kind of refinement. Even the most hardcore YouTuber could hardly call the site, and its associated apps, pretty.

Rockpack, a new video-based iOS offering, is attempting to add a layer of its own polish on top of YouTube’s massive library of content. Within its stunning interface, Rockpack offers up YouTube’s content in a channel-focused way, as well as offering an independent, in-app video sharing network. Is a snazzy interface and a copycat network really enough to elevate Rockpack above its parent platform, though?

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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!

It happened again. Your meeting is in half an hour, you’re out of the office and you forgot to put together your presentation. Normally this would put anyone in quite the predicament, but not when you have an iPad with PublishME handy!

With lightning speed, your fingers fly across the screen using the app’s intuitive controls to create new slides with care. Text is written, media is placed and within minutes you’re feeling like the presentation pro. Feelings of misery and defeat have turned into relief and the satisfaction of a job well done! Crisis averted. So, how does PublishME fulfill its promise of presenting “on-the-go” made easy? Read on to find out.

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