One of the reasons I own a full-sized iPad is because it’s closer to the size of an 8.5“x11” sheet of paper. That has a lot of advantages: photos blown up to that size won’t look as clear as they will on an iPad mini with Retina display (not just because of the pixel density, although that does play a role, but largely thanks to the physical size of the screen), but they will appear closer to how they’d look if they were printed. That’s one huge improvement for me, particularly with clients.
But the other big reason for me to go for a full-sized iPad was so I could view PDFs. I use my iPad to keep my business as paper-free as possible. Although clients are often passing me paper to work on and I work with print layouts all the time, there are other times when the iPad has revolutionized the way I handle PDFs. This is largely thanks to apps liked PDF Expert 5, the successor to my most-used PDF app that came out recently. Read on to find out why it’s a must-have for both new users and upgrades.
Weather apps on the iPad have always been an interesting area. Apple has never shipped a stock weather app, so developers and designers haven’t had a starting point to build from as they have on iOS. Many developers have used this to creatively construct an interface that excels in showing information while still being attractive. Others have used this as an excuse to just blow up their iPhone version and call it good.
Yahoo! Weather — henceforth known as simply Yahoo Weather, without the exclamation point — is one of the more recent entrants to the weather category. Featuring a strong backend database and a unique interface that is loaded with data, is it enough to become the best weather app for the iPad? (more…)
There’s no shortage of conversion utilities available for iOS, but very few of them have a keen eye for design. Even fewer are beautifully designed while offering professionals the things they need to get their work done. So many conversion calculators are happy to be only glorified calculators, still relying too much on human measurement and inaccuracies. Vert is one of the rare few that excels at everything it does, and looks beautiful to boot.
I reviewed Vert for iPhone when it was initially released, and was thrilled when they got in touch with me to announce an iPad version. The iPad edition is everything the iPhone version was, and then a little more. Read on to find out why this might become your favourite conversion tool while you’re on the job.
Calculators on computers tend to follow one of two paths. Some are simply digital recreations of the physical object. Their number pad is made of pixels instead of plastic, and they generally are poorly made to handle anything more than a simple arithmetic operation.
The second line of calculation app can be seen in spreadsheets, which rely on the keyboard much more heavily and are also capable of significantly more advanced operations. The iPad hasn’t seen many great, pure calculation apps. Tydlig — funny name, yes — tries to prove that math can be as intuitive as Apple’s iPad. (more…)
I’m not much of a gamer on my iPad or iPhone, but I like having something to do while I watch TV or take a breather from work. My goto genre, when I’m not reviewing the latest adventure game, is the puzzler or a great word game. One of my old favourites was Circles, a memory game that relied on a cool (albeit familiar) formula and a strong multiplayer.
The latest game from Snowman, the developer behind Circles, is called Super Squares. It doesn’t have a multiplayer, but I’ve been having more fun with it than I did Circles — and that’s saying something. Read on to find out what’s hooked me with Super Squares.
Christmas is almost here, are you still trying to find a perfect gift for the foodie who seems to have every cookbook, gadget and gourmet pantry ingredient known to mankind? My pick for the ultimate foodie Christmas gift is the epic app, Modernist Cuisine at Home. This isn’t just another collection of recipes and time honored cooking techniques — it’s the cookbook of the future. This book brings what many know as “molecular gastronomy” into the home kitchen, and it’s guaranteed to blow the mind of the savviest home cook.
At a price of $79.99, people might think twice before purchasing it for themselves, which makes this app a very nice gift to give. Keep reading to learn more about why Modernist Cuisine at Home is worth every penny.
I’ve long wanted a Mario Kart-esque game for iOS, something I can play that delivers a madcap sense of karting fun without requiring a Nintendo console. So naturally, when I saw Angry Birds Go, the latest arcade thriller in the series that’s arguably the king of arcade thrills, I got really excited. Who can blame me? This looked like Mario Kart, but on my iPhone with characters that my little cousins don’t think are hopelessly outdated (sorry Nintendo).
The question is, though, despite all the hype, what are we really in for? Naturally, I have a few opinions. Read on to find out whether or not Angry Birds Go is worth getting all fast and furious over.
With the New Year coming, workout regiments will see a massive increase in popularity as people around the world promise themselves that they will get in shape.
Email clients are chief among the list of essential apps. While the protocol itself is as old as time — at least in technology — it is also one of the most reliable and omniscient ways to communicate. Corporations use it to notify us of sales and updates, friends use it to send along the funny photo of the day.
Most email apps strive to be adequate. With the surplus of different providers and standards, it’s hard for any single app to excel unless it focuses on doing one thing right. Boxer tries to combine some of the best aspects of other apps, and then bring it to the various different email providers in one app. (more…)
Squarespace is a great website builder for those of us who don’t have the time to either code our own websites or simply don’t know how. I’ve used it for both my personal blog and my professional site, and I’m largely happy with it. (Once I find time, I’ll be hand coding my own professional site, but that’s not because Squarespace isn’t adequate. It’s because I want to code it when I can find the time, simply for the joy of coding.)
That being said, anybody who uses Squarespace knows that it was a giant pain to post anything to your site from your iPhone or iPad. Unlike CMS like Tumblr or WordPress, Squarespace’s older apps were massively inconvenient. They didn’t allow you to edit any posts that had images, and you couldn’t write in Markdown or do any layout work. With Squarespace Blog, that all changes. Read on to find out more about the conveniences of a Squarespace blog on your iOS device. (more…)