With the showcase of my must-have iPad apps, this series of nerdy Apple centric setups comes to an end.
The iPad is a radically different machine from my Macbook, iMac or iPhone, not just because it's an entirely different platform, but also because it has a completely different approach to productivity.
The iPad has proved to be a smart way of managing all aspects of business, whatever the scale of the operation, from solo freelancers to big companies. The device’s large screen and extensive capabilities enable users to access and control every part of their business on the move, and it's semi-mono-tasking constraint is a great productivity enhancement, allowing you to focus on one task at a time. People are often addicted to being busy, they even glorify the act of being busy. It’s an adrenalin rush but you just can’t push your body that far, it’s physically debilitating. But the iPad comes to the rescue, implementing in your life the approach of accomplishing one thing at a time.
Probably this will be my most in-depth setup description, since I'm an iPad Power User. I use the Action-based categorization of my Apps applied to my iPhone also on the iPad, but enough chit-chat now.... here are the apps I install every single time my iPad needs to be synchronized for the first time. My must-haves.
Drafts: Agile Tortoise’s Drafts, is like “Launch Center for text” – a utility that allows you to save short snippets of text – the drafts – and act on them by sharing them through a number of services or system actions. Essential!
Paper: During brainstorms, when I'm sketching websites or interfaces, I usually started on paper with a really low resolution, thick-point sharpie, allowing me to focus on ideas, instead of all the small details that just don’t matter in this phase of the project. With the iPad I can do the same thing using Paper, a simple but flawless sketching app that mimics a Moleskine notebook.
Things: Probably my favorite app of all time. Things is a delightful and easy to use task manager. You'll get started in no time, entering and organizing your to-dos. You'll discover how Things truly makes you more productive. And soon you'll realize that achieving your goals comes more naturally – one to-do at a time.
Byword: I write in plain text using Markdown in Byword. Plain text files are stored in my Dropbox folder, and accessed from my MacBook Air, iMac and iPhone using the Byword App — I’ve tried many “writing apps”, but Byword left a mark for it's focusing ability and reliability. Right now I'm writing this post with it.
Mindnode: Mind Node with it's clutter free interface lets me concentrate in generating and connecting my ideas, it evens syncs with my MacBook and iPhone making it my most used App during brainstorms.i
Adobe Proto: This wonderful Adobe app lets you create interactive wireframes and prototypes of websites and mobile apps on your tablet. Communicate and share ideas with teams and clients using a touch-based interface.
Diet Coda: This app is a life saver. Diet Coda is a web code editing app wrapped up to-go. It's packed with features, bathed in fun, ready to work. I can now take a vacation and only pack your iPad — and if an emergency occurs I can get rid of that unexpected bug and get my job done, quickly and delightfully. As Panic says: "It's so good, you might never touch your desktop again."
Ego: Ego gives you one central—and lovely—location to check web statistics that matter to you. You can quickly view the number of visits to your website (including daily, hourly and monthly numbers), how many people are following you on Twitter and more
Squarespace: Squarespace for iPad helps me manage my blog posts and comments, post photos, and check my stats, all in the palm of my hand.
iFiles: iFiles is my favorite iOs file manager, period.
1Password: 1Password for iPad can store website passwords, credit cards, secure notes, and more, and make it all available at the flick of your finger. Everything is protected with the last password you need to remember.
Zite: After six years of product development, Zite is the best news aggregator available on the App store. It's simply perfect. Zite evaluates millions of new stories every day, looking at the type of article, its key attributes and how it is shared across the web. Zite uses this information to match stories to your personal interests and then delivers them automatically to your iPhone.
Reeder: A sleek Rss client for Google Reader.
Pocket: I use Pocket when I discover an interesting article, video or web page, but I ljndon’t have time to go through it. Once it’s in Pocket, it’s on your phone, tablet, or computer. You can read an article during a flight, see a web page while you wait in line, or watch a video while relaxing at home.
Tweetbot: Tweetbot for iPhone is a full-featured Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it’s the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds & animation, or features like multiple timelines & smart gestures, there’s a lot to love about Tweetbot.
Day One: I never thought of archiving memories in an app, Day One helps me achieve this with it's non-intrusive notifications and input system that works on all my devices.
Jasmine: With Apple’s iOS 6 update, the native YouTube app is getting removed from iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches. To remedy this, you can either download Google’s new official YouTube app for the iPhone or like me, go with a gorgeous third-party alternative like Jasmine, that works flawlessly on the iPad too.
Quotebook: Since I'm a quote lover, I needed an app to store quotes on the go. Quotebook is a fun and clever way to create a portable library of memorable, inspiring or otherwise notable quotes. That list can be categorized, sorted and shared with others. Quotebook is simple and does its job.
The Fancy: The Fancy is like Pinterest for goods. A social wish list. Discover amazing stuff, collect the things you love and unlock crazy good deals. The only problem is that you get too much addicted to it.
Google Play: With the Google Play web app I can enjoy my whole music library everywhere.
Shuffler.fm: An amazing network where to discover new artists and music genres.
Adobe Photoshop Touch: With this app I can transform images freely using core Photoshop features in an app custom-built for iPad.
Snapseed: When I want to fine-edit and fix a photo on my iPhone, the selective adjustments tool in Snapseed is the best way I have to achieve a sophisticated and elaborated look on the go.
iMS-20: I simply love creating stuff on the iPad, especially music. By combining a recreation of the Korg MS-20 analog synthesizer, an analog step-style sequencer, six-part drum machine, Kaoss-style performance, and a mixer to control it all, the iMS-20 will transform your iPad into one way-cool sound studio for the modern musician – and the analog enthusiast as well!
iElectribe: For over a decade, Korg's Electribe has been go-to gear for creative musicians from around the world and across multiple electronic and dance music genres. Now, you can take the power of the Electribe with you thanks to iElectribe, Korg’s first dedicated app; bringing the fun of analog-synth style beat making to your iPad. Best of all, the iElectribe takes full advantage of iPad’s 9.7 inch multi touch display to deliver a new style of musical instrument.
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