A new service was released January 13 by OnLive. It’s called OnLive Desktop and it’s free! In essence it provides you a streaming ‘deskop’ session to allow you to view, edit and create word, excel and powerpoint files on your iPad. It has received pretty good ratings although some folks have commented on the slight delay they experience. I haven’t noticed the lag at all. Don’t forget to create a login.
And, again, it’s free so check it out! Here’s some more info on it….
I took a bit of a hiatus from this blog but am back and ready to go =) Lots of good stuff has come out in the last few months. I had a chance to play with a dell latitude st tablet. Pretty cool…worked very well with windows 7…can’t wait to see what it will do with windows 8. I’m a big fan of my ipad but there’s something to be said for having the nice full blown OS on a tablet format. The only thing I didn’t like was the noise the pen made on the screen when writing. That may change in further iterations of the device.
Played with the iphone 4S as well and another nifty device. Siri is pretty cool…again, looking forward to what the next version will bring us. iOS 5 has been great on my iPad. I read about all of the new features but didn’t really pay attention to the multitasking gestures feature until my toddler swiped his hand across it while I was using it and it mysteriously switched apps. It lets you do 4 or 5 finger swipe up to see task bar, swipe left or right to go between apps and my favorite, pinch to Home Screen. So, i can quickly get to the home screen without hitting the home screen button (which I still feel will eventually fail me as I’m constantly pressing it). So, if you were like me and hadn’t played around with multitasking gestures, definitely check it out on your ios 5 device.
Using a number of different chat clients to keep in touch with all of your colleagues, family and friends? imo chat is a nice tool that lets you log into all the popular chat programs. It’s available via the web as well as on android or ios devices.
Bump is a nice little tool for keeping your contact info updated. You simply bump your iphone or ipad into another ios or android device and your selected content transfers over. It isn’t just limited to contact information; you can bump and share photos/music/calendars, etc.
I’m all about the free apps whenever available so here’s another nice one for anyone interested in doing some mind mapping or flowcharting. Idea Sketch is a great tool and for free, it doesn’t hurt to try it. The current version gets great reviews as they fixed some issues they had seen with the previous iterations.
Another one that is a paid app with a free ‘lite’ version and also received some great reviews is Popplet Lite.
using a capacitive stylus with the ipad makes life much simpler in some ways (and as an added bonus keeps your screen free of those lovely finger marks). It makes ‘writing’ in those notes programs much easier than using your finger. I’ve found one in particular that works quite well and is fairly inexpensive.
Here’s a great little leather case for the ipad2 that covers the back and provides the magnetic on/off functionality with the front flap. I’ve bought several of these for folks and they work well and are less expensive than the apple smart covers…
There is such constant change in the apps marketplace and new and improved makes or ‘models’ of apps are always coming out. Some other apps I’ve found that seem to serve a good purpose:
- Documents To Go – a paid for app that allows for editing, creating and viewing word, excel and powerpoint (office 2003, 2007 and 2010) files and lets you view PDF, iWork and other files. There’s a free desktop app that allows for 2-way file sync and it also supports syncing with cloud storage including Google Docs, Dropbox, iDisk and sugarsync – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/documents-to-go-premium-office/id317107309?mt=8#
- Download Meter - a $2 app that allows you to monitor and stay within your data plan allotment. Can be very useful for the 3g equipped iPads – http://www.hedonicsoft.com/prod/iphone/download-meter/
- Flipboard – from itunes: “Named Apple’s iPad App of the Year and one of TIME’s top 50 innovations of 2010, Flipboard is a fast, beautiful way to flip through the news, photos, videos, and updates your friends are sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, Flickr, and Instagram. See your social media in a magazine layout that is easy to scan and fun to read” – http://ax.itunes.apple.com/us/app/flipboard/id358801284?mt=8#
- Notes Plus – I looked at a number of different note taking applications including Penultimate, upad, notetaker hd, etc. and really find the functionality and use of Notes Plus to be the best. It captures synced audio and provides some great writing tools. Read more about it – http://notesplusapp.com/
- more coming….
You’ve probably tried accessing Angel on your iPad and given up when you couldn’t scroll down to see the whole page. Might not be a big deal but if you have more than say 15 students in your class, you won’t be able to see the whole list. iSwifter was a good option until they switched to their monthly fee plan which is quite a downer. But, I tried a great little browser, Photon Flash Web Browser and clicked on the Streaming button and lo and behold, Angel was available and I could scroll to my heart’s content.
Worked very well on other flash items as well including Smeal home page. Check it out….http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/appsverse-photon-browser-tabbed/id430200224?mt=8
I generally love the auto-rotate functionality on the iPad but sometimes, I’m working on something and having the screen auto-rotate on me at the merest shift of the iPad can drive one crazy. You can setup the side switch to lock orientation in your settings. The default for that switch if for turning on/off audio.
I don’t like giving up that feature so an easier and nifty way to lock the orientation of the screen is to double click the Home button on the ipad. Doing this brings up a bar along the bottom showing any active apps. This in itself is useful to quickly switch from one app to another versus scrolling through all the page. But, even better, if you swipe to the right, you’ll see options appear to lock orientation, change brightness, play/forward/rewind buttons, volume and ipod shortcuts. A simple way to make those quick changes back and forth.
We’ve seen a substantial increase in the number of iPads being purchased through the college and as personal buys. Here’s a start to some blogs regarding apps that I’ve found to be helpful for work and some that are just plain fun! Please check them out and add your ‘finds’ to the list!
One of the first apps always on everybody’s list is iAnnotate. It’s an excellent and robust app but does have a $ cost associated with it. I found this lovely app named neu-annotate which does a good job at annotating and even better is free. So, if you want to try out an annotation tool check out neu.annotate…
Read and annotate PDF documents. Annotate with drawings, highlighting text, text notes, photos and stamps. Annotations are compatible with Apple Preview and Adobe Acrobat!
PDF files can be opened in neu.Annotate from any application that supports the “Open with…” menu command. This includes Mail, Safari, MobileMe iDisk, Dropbox and many others. PDF files can also be imported using iTunes File Sharing.
Annotated PDF files can be shared via email as well as exported to iTunes. Individual pages can also be shared in PNG and JPG formats, in addition to PDF.
★ Read PDF files
★ Highlight text
★ Add text notes
★ Add free-hand drawing
★ Add stamps
★ Add photos
★ Fill out and sign documents
★ Insert Blank Pages
★ Delete pages
★ Rotate page orientation
★ Organize documents using tags
★ Organize documents using tags
★ Rest your hand on the screen with the Palm Guard