I did search to see if there was a thread on this already.
What iPad apps do you use/recommend to someone who just got one. I know of two I need:
1) Unzip utility - iUnarchive? 2) PDF reader - the built in one leave something to be desired - Readdle? Also looks like it facilitates file transfer.
3) PDF to e-book converter - calibre?
Here are my favorite apps for iPad. These are free except where noted. (I don't have access to iTunes at work, so I guessed on the game prices.)
Editor's Choice (New York Times)
News Pro (Thomson Reuters)
TWC Max+ (The Weather Channel)
Constitution for iPad
Pages (word processing, $9.99)
iDisk (if you use MobileMe)
GoodReader (PDF, etc.)
Abobe Ideas (sketch pad)
ArtStudio (sketch pad)
PCalc Lite (calculator)
Crosswords (New York Times)
Warheads ($0.99 updated missile command)
Blocks Classic ($1.99 or less? - also a free lite version)
Pinball HD ($1.99 or less?)
Shanghai ($0.99, just reduced from $2.99 - also free lite version)
Hold'em HD (free - also a $4.99 expanded version)
iChess Pro ($7.99)
MORE GAMES (NOT QUITE AS COOL):
SpaceBlast HD ($1.99 or less? retro arcade asteroids)
Star Pagga (free space dogfight)
PaddleFX (free retro pong)
Air Hockey (free)
"We're kind of on the level of crossword puzzle writers... And no one ever goes to them and gives them an award." ~Joe Strummer sscce.org
Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:...PDF to e-book converter - calibre? ...
I've given up on Calibre. I tried converting some Word docs and PDFs to ePub format, but the results were ridiculous -- page breaks every couple of lines, random font changes, paragraphs run together, indentation messed up... It even jumbles order by interspersing lines from different pages! I tried their help pages and some different conversion settings, but didn't get very far. I've Googled for alternatives, but haven't found anything promising (unless I want to pay more than what the iPad itself cost).
It would be terrific to get content into iBooks, because that's such a cool reader. But for now, I'm just using GoodReader for PDF files.
I've become an app addict with the iPad. Here are some new favorites in addition to what I've listed above:
Financial Times (FT), Free
Exoplanet, Free (nice complement to Planets, if you're extra geeky)
Declaration for iPad, Free (nice complement to Constitution for iPad)
Presidents of the United States, $0.99
World Factbook for iPad, $1.99
X-Plane 9 (flight simulator), $9.99
Pocket Organ C3B3, $2.99 (way cool, far beyond those goofy piano apps)
Koi Pond HD, $1.99 (because I'm easily entertained)
Isaac Newton's Gravity HD, Free for first 5 levels, then $9.99 for 95 additional levels. You can also create your own.
Paper Toss HD, $2.99 (Did I mention I'm easily entertained?)
marc weber wrote:It would be terrific to get content into iBooks, because that's such a cool reader. But for now, I'm just using GoodReader for PDF files.
I tried many PDF readers and I like FastPDF the most. It is very similar to iBooks.
And I use Air Share HD for file transfer. It can copy folders so you can get all your PDFs into iPad at once without copying files one by one.
My two favorites are:
- iThoughts (6usd): Mindmapping App - Compatible to Mindjet Mindmanager and many other products. Very good usability. Dropbox support.
- Remember the Milk: Synchronize your to-do-list with other devices.
I saw an iPad commercial where they showed a star chart application. The screen scrolled as you moved it, so effectively it just superimposed information about stars, planets, and constellations over the night sky. Does that really work? That would be the killer app for me.
This app provides the missing feature in mobile Safari to find text in a webpage*. I'm using the free lite version to try it out, but will likely upgrade to the full $1.99 version that has prev/next buttons.
* EDIT: This feature is now in Safari with iOS 4.2. Just use the regular search field to enter the string you want to search for, and "on this page" will appear as an option underneath "suggestions."
I have (and use frequently)
Read it later (offline reader)
VNC (witch I use to connect with my ubuntu computer)
Plain text (works together with drop box)
News Pro (Reuters)