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Top iPad apps going into 2014

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I have enjoyed the use of iPads since I bought the first version all the way to my iPad mini which is my default iPad now.

You can read some of the post I made about apps that I enjoyed by reading my post at: Scanner Pro; Top apps 5/16/11; 11 Favorite iPad apps going into 2011

So there are some quick links into apps from past post and now let me look into the apps that are new or still on my iPad as we go into 2014.

Let me start by saying the apps I will list with links will not include some of my apps that have always been part of my app picks since day one like: Facebook, Flipboard, HootSuite, My Bank of America app, Dropbox, Kindle, 1Password or Skype. The following are apps that are becoming part of my regular tool belt.

1. WordPress

2. Hopto

3. Notability

4. GoodReader

5. EverClip

6. Pocket

7. YNAB (You Need A Budget)

8. TED

I will stop with these because I am more interested in what you are using and find helpful. Please post in the comments here what you are using, what have made your must haves, what you may be experimenting with even.

Wednnsdays tool and gadget used in children’s ministry

It is that time again where I would like to share with you a tool that I have come to find incredibly useful. That tool would be my iPad.

I will briefly list ways that i use my iPad and by no means is this an exhaustive list. I would love to hear other ways that maybe you have found to use yours. This post could also help serve as the “push” for those of you wondering is getting an iPad an idea that would be beneficial for you.

Here is my list:
1. Secondary Desktop Display. Air Display will make your iPad a second screen for your Mac.

2. Access your mac remotely. There are a ton of services out there that allow you to do this, and will also allow you to work from your iPad to your desktop. Among many choices, I like LogMeIn Ignition ($30 if you want to configure as little as possible) and iTeleport ($25), plus VNC Viewer ($10) if you want to manually set it up. You’ll first configure the PC with a server utility (or an option built into the OS) first, then you can connect anywhere.

3. Reading books. This has become my number one way to read books, e-books. Reading this way allows me to not have extra weight of the printed book, books sync to furthest place read on all my devices, and many more reasons to make the switch. You can check out a couple more of my blogs where I talk more about ebooks, here, and here, and here.

4. Print from iPad and not have to carry big MacBook Pro around. Several apps download network or online files to the iPad and can send them to a printer. Some apps even edit documents first, but many are difficult to use.

I had the best luck with PrintCentral, one of many printing tools from the same developer. (The vendor created a chart to explain all the different offerings, but it would have been most helpful to make a single, great app.) You’ll install a print server utility on a Mac or PC, and PrintCentral uses it to reach your local or network printer.

4. Looking over web content offline. Whether you have a 3G version or not, your iPad faces certain situations where it can’t be online: planes, train tunnels, and other network-not-found destinations. You can still keep up on all of your favorite Websites with Instapaper Pro ($5). This tool manages content you want to read later and caches articles for times that you’re offline.

Instead of directly browsing content you want to save, Instapaper interfaces with several computer and iPad apps. Within those tools—Safari, Google Reader, NetNewsWire, Twitterrific, Tweetie, and more—you’ll hit a Read Later button that sends details to Instapaper.

Load Instapaper once, when you have a network connection, and it downloads all of those stories. Then, you can dig deep into those articles from any location, with or without a network. This saves me a ton of time.

5. Increased Productivity. File management–get Goodreader (misnamed horribly), which allows you to support a folder/file structure, import documents from the cloud, and open documents in appropriate applications, such as pages. TaskPro or Todo Queue for task management, iThoughtsHD–a terrific mind mapping application, Evernote and so many more apps. This area keeps changing for me all the time.

6. Connecting iPad to a projector. While traveling or going across town to speak a children’s pastor network luncheon, I find it very convenient to grab the ipad and my Apple VGA cable and hook into their projector when I get there.

7. Photo editing on the iPad. Since my iPhone and all the apps that go with it to make it a better camera has become my number one go to camera, I find that editing on my iPad is now becoming my go to editing studio. Plus with my new ipad it comes with a camera as well.

There are so many more uses that I have found to prove the reason I have picked today as my tool to mention on Gadget/Tool Wednesdays. Let me know how you may use yours?

Some top iPad apps according to me 5/16/11

I had posted my top iPhone apps last week and will now post my top iPad apps minus the dual apps that work on iPhones and iPads since I posted some of those in my iPhone app post already.

Let’s begin:

1. WordPress.
Seeing that I use WordPress for my blog I really enjoy their app. This is a great app and it’s easy to use which makes blogging from my iPad a great experience.

2. GoodReader, PDFReader Pro
Here are two great apps that allow me to read anything from books, movies, maps, pictures and more. They give the ability to mark up PDF’s. The latest version of GoodReader adds the ability to sync your files with remote servers. I can now sync with iDisk, Dropbox, Sugar Sync and WebDAV, FTP or SFTP servers. There is a lot I could write on these but I will simplify it all by just saying, you will want these two.

3. Print n Share.
This is an app that does cost, but allows you to print directly to most WiFi/Wireless printers without extra software. You can print to ALL printers and any document type via your Mac/PC. You can even print remotely over 3G and in corporate/other networks where WiFi is not available.

4. Auditorium Notes/ SoundNote
These are great note apps that allow integration with Dropbox and others along with audio recordings being able to be accomplished as well. Now it must be said that I, personally, no longer use these two apps since I have gone completely with Evernote.

5. Zite/Newsy/Taptu/Flipboard/Pulse/Early Edition/ Reader and more.
Here are all of the newsreaders and blog readers that I have used and still use in various degrees. They each have their own strengths. I could end up writing a book over these, but instead I will encourage you to look into each and see if they will be useful for you as well.

6. Kindle app
This is one of those that can be used on both iPhone and iPad but I have saved it to mention here because I use it by far the most on my iPad because of the larger screen area.

7. LogMeIn / iTeleport
Here are 2 great apps that I use to remote into any of my computers regardless of where I am. Seeing that I mainly work remotely, since I travel around a ton during the day, I have found these apps incredible to use for those times that I need something that I have not stored in the cloud. LogMeIn is the one I am beginning to use a little more now due to the fact that it doesn’t pull so much on my system.

8. FastEver
Here is an app that allows me to make a note quickly and simply in Evernote. Once I tap on the icon I can start right away. It supports all my tags, geolocation tagging, stores notes in que when offline, can insert timestamps, and more. If you use Evernote this is a must have on your iPad along with your iPhone.

9. YouVersion
Here is my Bible preference for both my iPhone and iPad. If you have not checked this out yet or have not heard of it, come on out from underneath that rock you must be under.

10. TWCable TV/ Netflex
Here are two apps that I enjoy for some blow off time. TWCable is Time Warners app that allows me to be able to watch TV on my iPad. Now I do believe you must be a Time Warner subscriber, but seeing that this is the cable service we use it is not a problem. Netflex is one that my family is excited that I have on my iPad. When I stay after church for meetings, they love to turn on the iPad, kick back, and watch movies on my iPad through Netwflex. Again this is for subcribers, which we are.

These are the 10 apps, minus those that can be used on both the iPhone and iPad that I may have previously mentioned in the iPhone app discussion.

What iPad apps would you add to this list? Come on and share.

11 favorite iPad apps going into 2011

I know how everyone is coming out with all their top 10 or 11 blog post, thoughts, jokes, goals etc as we gear up to head into another year. So I thought I would add at least one top 11 list as we head into 2011. Here is my top 11 iPad apps (I actually cheated a little here as with some I lumped them into categories instead of individual apps). Hope you enjoy, and make sure you add your own here as well.
1. 1 Password
2. WordPress
3. Print n Share
4. Insight (for use with basecamp)
5. Mover+
6. Evernote; Box.net; Dropbox; iDisk; Mobile Files; Files Lite
DocsToGo, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, gNotes, Google,
7. Goodreader, PDFReader Pro, Quickoffice
8. Audiotorium; SoundNote; Dragon Dictation;
9. Flipboard. Use to be for this type of app: Pulse News, Early   Edition, Reader
10. YouVersion and Logos
11. Hootsuite for scheduling ahead tweets for when I go on vacation and stuff. This allows me to not have to be on line Hootesuite takes care of them.

Now what about or anyone else? What are your favorite apps? For what device?

P.S.

This list just to stay as close to the 11 as possible minus the cheating I already described meant that I had to leave out others that I still truly enjoy like:

Amazon Kindle app; my magazines like Wired etc,. Plus I am not sure which ones above are truly just specifically for the iPad or made for my iPhone and it works on the iPad.

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