With the growth of the use of tablets like the Apple iPad, we have gotten frequent questions about what the best set of basic applications that one might consider that would be either free or affordable for most programs and students. What follows is a brief list of some of the iPad applications that have been used and recommended by others. Any reference to a specific product or service is not an endorsement but rather an example of the kinds of programs that are available for use. A simple $100 budget can provide a lot of functionality for an iPad.
- iWork for iPad ($9.99 per App): Pages for iPad (word processing), Numbers for iPad (spreadsheet), and Keynote for iPad (presentation) work as an integrated package but need to purchase each application separately.
- PenUltimate ($.99): iPad note taking application that is also great for sketches, especially if one uses a touch stylus like the Kensington Virtuoso ($24.99).
- QuickOffice Pro ($19.99): An integrated office suite with basic functionality.
- Adobe Photoshop Touch ($9.99): A professional level photo manipulation tool but is only available for the iPad 2.
- Bento for iPad ($9.99): A great Bento for Mac (made by Filemaker) compatible database client.
- Dragon Dictation (Free): An accurate voice transcription application for basic dictation with the basic ability to share via email, Facebook and Twitter.
- iPhoto ($4.99): Provides basic photo manipulation capabilities.
- LogMeIn Ignition (Free): This client accompanies the online remote control web service at LogMeIn.com and allows you to securely remote control a desktop or server back in your office or at home.
- Photon Flash Player Browser ($4.99): Allows you to view Flash content on web sites.
Let us know if you have found other iPad applications that have been of significant benefit to your TRIO program.