Lots of people are buying iPads. Many of them ask me what my favourite iPad apps are. This Soapbox post is my response. I’ll point people to here when they ask me about good apps. It’s also worthwhile following the #goodiPadApps hashtag on Twitter.
I’ll add more explanation as to why I like these apps over time. But I’ll start with a list and links to the App Store.
Apple Pages – Word processing and page layout application. Reads and writes Pages for Macintosh files and also Microsoft Word files.
Apple Keynote – Word processing and page layout application. Reads and writes Pages for Macintosh files and also Microsoft PowerPoint files.
Apple Numbers – Word processing and page layout application. Reads and writes Pages for Macintosh files and also Microsoft Excel files.
MindJet – Mind mapping application. Just out. Seems very good.
OmniGraffle – Diagramming app. For doing network and organisational chart type diagrams.
Apple iMovie – For editing video.
OmniOutliner – For taking notes in an outliner form.
OmniGraphSketcher – If you need an app to visualise data and produce graphs, including logarithmic ones, then this is great.
Apple iBooks – eBook reader. Used for books from the Apple iBooks store. Also reads standard ePub and PDF files. I use this for most of my book and PDF reading. I do most of my reading on iPad now. Only buy paper when I can’t get a book as an eBook.
Amazon Kindle – eBook reading app for iPad that allows you to read Kindle books on iPad. I use this when I can’t get an ebook I want from iBook Store. Kindle store has a much better selection of books than iBook Store. Kindle app isn’t as nice as iBooks, but it’s fine.
Reeder – This is a great RSS news feed reading app. Sync with Google Reader. There are also Macintosh and iPhone versions that stay in sync across devices. Any app that uses Google Reader will stay in sync with Reeder.
Redshift – Astronomy – Another great astronomy app. I use this as well as Pocket Universe. I like the way Redshift allows you to virtually fly from Earth to distant stars 🙂
Solar System for iPad – An interactive eBook app that gives lots of information about the Solar System.
Exoplanet – Great app that alerts you when new extra-solar planets are discovered. Also has visual charts showing how far the new planets orbit from their stars. Plus other great data visualisations.
The Elements – An interactive Periodic Table of the Elements. From Theodore Gray of Wolfram Research. They also did Solar System for iPad above. The Elements is visually stunning. I love it 🙂
iPassword – Great secure locker for passwords. Get the Pro version if you have an iPhone as well. It runs on both devices. I had the separate iPhone version already.
Soulver – Natural language calculator. Understands commands like “$70 in £” and “38% of 237”. A brilliant app.
PCalc – The best traditional calculator app. Use the Twilight theme. Its ace.
More to follow…