And so, as promised, my favorite five apps for the iPad. As I noted in my last article, my iPad and I have become best friends over the past three months. I use it for everything from email to appointments to surfing. One of my favorite daily stops is the App Store, where I am perpetually on the lookout for the useful, intriguing, and fun. I’m no techie, and I’m not apt to try everything out there, but my tastes tend toward the eclectic.
Of course, everyone seems to be developing new iPad apps to take advantage of the flexibility and power of this new platform. Print magazines and newspapers (Time, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, to name but three), game designers, and business software mavens are churning out new apps every week. Recently I learned that House, M.D. producers used iPad to distribute scripts to the cast and crew of the hit television show via an app made specifically for film and television production.
I’ve tried a few apps just for fun; some I’ve thought might really help me with my work, my organization, my writing. I plan on sharing new apps I try as the weeks go on—and as I try them out myself. But for today, here are five apps I’ve found myself using (or playing with) pretty much every day—beyond the basics of calendar, surfing, and email.
Flickr for iPad: For years, I’ve been uploading photos to Photobucket. Over that time, the upload interface has become simpler and more user friendly and I’ve not had much to complain about. But recently I discovered that my MacBook Pro connects directly to another photo service called Flickr through the Mac’s resident photo handling software iPhoto. I had the chance to test that out not long ago and I really liked it. It made uploading and organizing of nearly 400 photographs easy and seamless. Cool, but this isn’t an article about Mac applications, but about iPad.
Imagine my delight when I noticed a free Flickr app in the iPad app store. Of course I downloaded it and assumed I’d be porting my photographs over from my Mac somehow and I’d figure that out later. The app asked for my Flickr sign in, and as soon as I signed in, lo and behold, there were my photos. Right there. A photostrip preview runs across the top of the screen, but otherwise the photographs take up much of the iPad's generous screen. Touch one of the previews to view the photo in all its glory. Sharing photos is just as easy. Flickr for iPad is a great app and I highly recommend it. It is easily the easiest photo viewing I’ve ever experienced.