Free App Offers TED Talks on the iPad
TED is a nonprofit group that seeks to spread good ideas through a number of talks. TED stands for Technology - Entertainment - Design, and most of the talk topics address one of those categories. TED offers hundreds of the best talks and performances at TED.com, and now the TED app is available for the iPad. You can explore using themes or tags, select talks according to how much time you have, and download talks to watch offline.
Keynote for the iPad - How to Add Presenter’s Notes to Your Slides
Apple’s Keynote presentation program for the iPad was recently updated. The update includes a number of improvements but two features are still missing - a good size slide preview and the ability to include presenter’s notes. Edwin Lam, developer of the app 2Screens - Presentation Expert, shows how you can add these features. The process requires a few steps and uses the 2Screens app rather than the Keynote app for presenting. You lose any transition effects (slides simply appear) but you gain the ability to annotate the slides while presenting. Tip - lock your screen rotation when using to help avoid crashes.
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NY Times Expanded App Free For Now with Registration
The New York Times is replacing the free Editor’s Choice app with a much expanded version in the NYTimes for iPad app. The new app has over 25 sections of content. Full, free access requires registration and is available for a limited time. Transition to a paid subscription model begins in early 2011.
Apple’s Pages App for iPad Updated
Apple recently updated the Pages word processing app for the iPad. Improvements include better font matching when opening a Pages or MS Word file, word count for a document, opening a .txt file from the iPad’s Mail application, as well as importing and exporting existing tables of contents, document sections, footnotes and endnotes. Those who have Apple’s MobileMe service now have the option to save documents to iDisk.
Apple’s Remote App Update Adds iPad Version to Control iTunes
The recent update to the free Remote app from Apple adds an iPad version that takes advantage of the iPad’s large screen. The Remote app allows you to control iTunes running on your computer over a Wi-Fi network and also works with Apple TV. The iPad interface is nearly identical to iTunes on your computer or the iPod app on the iPad. Hands-on review at ars technica.
Kindle App for iPad Updated - Gets iBooks Two Page Display
GoodReader App Update Adds PDF Annotation
I’ve mentioned the GoodReader app several times in previous posts and wrote about it specifically here. Another one of those posts discussed digital document annotation on the iPad, where iAnnotate PDF was featured. The latest update to GoodReader adds annotation and other features to what is already a capable productivity app. You can now add highlights, notes, markups and drawings to PDF documents and save them in a PDF file that should work in most PDF readers on your computer. Marked up PDF files created in other programs are now readable.
Recall that GoodReader can also display content from many types of files, including MS Office, iWork, HTML, images, audio and video. You can transfer files to your iPad via USB, Wi-Fi, from e-mail attachments, or from popular cloud-based file services such as DropBox, Google Docs or MobileMe. The app is still just 99 cents, but the revised description warns this is an “introductory price” good for only a few more days.
Free VLC Video Player Arrives in the App Store
Video files come in a variety of formats. VLC is a free, popular desktop application for playing formats that ordinarily wouldn’t play or would require conversion to be compatible (a process known as transcoding). VLC is now available for the iPad. Early reviews are mixed, but VLC is free and worth a try for those video formats you couldn’t play on the iPad before today. Pre-release review at ars technica.
Stephen Fry Autobiography App - New Ways to Explore a Book
Stephen Fry, the English entertainer, author, blogger and Twitter superstar, has just released an autobiography titled The Fry Chronicles. In addition to the standard book and audiobook formats, his autobiography is available as an iPhone/iPod touch app and (soon to be released) iPad app called myFry. The app uses a visual display index wheel for navigation and a non-linear structure to encourage exploration of the contents. Video demo by Stephen Fry. (App is currently available only in the UK store for £8, about $12.30 U.S.)
Collect and Share Your Thoughts - Free iBrainstorm Apps
A fellow ADE recommended this app, which is actually two. The iPad app is iBrainstorm and the iPhone/iPod touch app is iBrainstorm Companion. iBrainstorm is a set of collaboration tools for sharing and collecting notes. The iPad serves as a canvas for colored sticky notes and freehand drawings. Up to four handheld iDevices can create and flick notes to the the iPad’s digital, dynamic cork board. Works best on a local Wi-Fi network though Bluetooth is an option. More about these apps here as well as a demo video.
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