On My iPad

Not entirely a post that relates to my journey, but more a tool that I use daily or in reality hourly, whilst I travel on this journey of mine.

I am a big user of my iPad and am constantly asked what applications I use. I always kept a note of these in my Evernote account to email people who asked. Then it dawned on me that others may find it useful, so I decided to post it somewhere. These are not the only apps, but they are the apps that see daily use, and have stuck around whilst others have come and gone. I have not included the built in apps such as safari, mail and calendar which as you could imagine also get constant use.

There is obviously a biase towards my interests, but for what it’s worth here is the list.

Home Screen

Dropbox – FREE – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/dropbox/id327630330?mt=8
Access files away from my PC that I have saved into my Dropbox folder. Use htttp://www.CBSA.net/dropbox to sign up for a FREE Dropbox account, or your toes will fall off.

Evernote – FREE – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/simplenote/id289429962?mt=8
Create and syncronise to cloud different notes I user for everything other then my diary which I use SimpleNote for, because Simplenote integrates TextExpander.


SimpleNote – FREE – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/simplenote/id289429962?mt=8
Create and syncronise to cloud basic text notes works with TextExpander.

GoodReader – £2.99 – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/goodreader-for-ipad/id363448914?mt=8
General Document reader. PDFs / Doc etc. Can sync to DropBox. Can annotate pdfs and now has tabs for multiple pdfs.

Calculator4 – .59p – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/calculator-4-ipad-edition/id387648188?mt=8
There is no calculator on the iPad. Free ones are available, I just like this advert and clutter free version.

Twitter – FREE – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/twitter/id333903271?mt=8
Twitter client.

Gmail Short Cut. – FREE – http://mail.google.com
The iPad version of Gmails client is great. Goto the URL in Safari. Tap on the icon at the top eft of the page that looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it. Select “Add to Home Screen”.

Facebook short cut – FREE – http://www.facebook.com
Goto the URL in Safari. Tap on the icon at the top eft of the page that looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it. Select “Add to Home Screen”.


BibleReader – .59p – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/biblereader/id287455446?mt=8
As it says from Olive Tree. Bibles in the price range of $20 comes with KJ


Bible – Free – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bible/id282935706?mt=8
More basic interface, but integrates with the great www.youversion.com. Incredibly offers versions like ESV for free offline reading. Improving all the time.

Reeder – £1.79 – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/reeder/id325502379?mt=8
Synronise with Google news feeds.

Kindle – FREE – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/kindle/id302584613?mt=8
I prefer Amazon books to iBooks.

Early Edition – £2.99 – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/the-early-edition/id363496943?mt=8
I use this to create a daily paper from news feeds.

InstaPaper – £2.99 – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/instapaper/id288545208?mt=8
Install the InstaPaper shortcut in your browser and clip websites for reading later. I mainly purchased this to support the developer. I generally pump the RSS feed from my free http://www.instapaper.com account into my RSS reader.

QuickOffice Pro HD – 8.99 – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/quickoffice-pro-hd/id376212724?mt=8
I switched to Quick Office for word, excel, powerpoint editing etc from DocsToGo slightly nicer DropBox integration and layout.


BBC iPlayer – FREE – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bbc-iplayer/id416580485?mt=8
Plays BBC content. Not offline ;-(

4oD Catch Up – FREE – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/4od-catch-up/id432494037?mt=8
Plays Channel 4 content. Not offline ;-(

ITV Player – FREE – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/itv-player/id446079916?mt=8
Plays ITV content. Not offline ;-(

BBC News FREE http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bbc-news/id377382255?mt=8
Nice front end to the BBC news site.

Downcast – £1.19 – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/downcast/id393858566?mt=8
I prefer to manage my podcasts outside of iTunes. No real reason other then I like to be able to update them away from my PC.

Games – Heads up I’m not a real games person.

Words HD – £1.79 / FREE – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/words-with-friends-hd/id364140796?mt=8
Scrabble like game.

Chess.com – FREE – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/chess.com-play-learn-chess/id329218549?mt=8
Play against online opponents for free.


Textexpander – £2.99 – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/textexpander/id326180690?mt=8
Integrates into some applications to allow macro insertion of text. Less useful for the non geeks now that IOS5 allows you to add your own corrections to the dictionary database.

LogMeIn Ignition – £17.99 – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/logmein-ignition/id299616801?mt=8
Worth every penny if you want access to your home PC whilst on the road. Get a free LogMeIn account and you can remote control your home PC, or simply access the files on it. Obviously requires your home PC to be on and a free app to be installed.

Honourable Mention (Used less these days)

QuickShot – –
Camaera apps that syncs to Dropbox. I use for document scanning into Dropxbox.

AllRecipes – FREE – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id399919379?mt=8
Fun front end for www.AllRecipes.com

Documents To Go £5.99 – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/documents-to-go-office-suite/id317117961?…
Office suite editor. I use QuickOffice more these days.

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