Does The iPad Have a Camera And What Can you Do with it?

Does The iPad Have a Camera

This is a question that was very popular when the iPad one came out, and for a short while after the iPad 2 became available. Does the iPad have a camera? When the iPad was first introduced, everybody kind of expected that Apple would put everything into the new tablet device. Well perhaps not everybody, because it does actually make sense for Apple to leave things to put into a second version, and a 3rd version, as part of their planned upgrade path. Apple do need to have products which will continue to be better, brighter and shinier, on just about a yearly basis.

One might have thought that Apple would have a camera in the first iPad, seeing as there was already a camera in the iPhone. Apart from the need to perhaps have a roadmap for Apple products into the future, with the iPad, they may have felt that for the price point that they wanted for the first iPad, a camera would not be possible.

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Now with iPad version 2 the answer to the question – does the iPad have a camera? – The answer is an emphatic yes! It has 2 cameras, one on the front and one on the rear. The camera on the rear of the iPad is the main camera, and the better camera of the two, and it is a camera which will recording HD video as well as record still images and photographs.

An Alternative Question to Does The iPad Have a Camera

A question that is often asked photographers is which is your best camera? And often the answer to that question is always going to be, the camera I have with me at the time. It has already been seen that the most popular camera on Flickr presently is the iPhone, despite many of the users of the iPhone already having a fancy SLR camera. It is just so easy to pull out the iPhone and take a quick snapshot, wherever you may be. Now that there are cameras in the iPad, although the iPad may be a little bit more unwieldy to use, the iPad will also become popular for taking photographs. It does at least have the advantage of having a large screen, compared to the iPhone, for being able to see what you are taking photographs of.
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So wherever you may be at the time, it is going to be easy to capture those spontaneous moments. The iPad in operation is pretty quick, so to change from another application to the camera app, takes hardly any time at all. So that there is more possibility that you will be able to capture that unbelievable moment.

The iPad 2, also has advanced rear illumination sensors, and with this is makes it possible to take photographs in lowlight conditions, without the need for a huge flash. With this camera on the rear you are able to record video at 720p at up to 30 frames per second, and also record audio with that. When you are using the camera for still photographs, you have a 5 times digital zoom.

One of the neat tricks of the software available within the iPad 2, is that you can tap an area within their photo to set the exposure. The photos and the videos you take Also can be geo-tagged over Wi-Fi, this works nicely with iPhoto and you will be able to see exactly where you shot that movie, or took that photograph.

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Instead of asking – Does The iPad Have a Camera – Ask about the tech Specs of the iPad 2

There are some people that complain about the camera that is available on the front of the iPad 2, because it is of lower quality and for the video recording or still image recording, only records up to VGA quality. When you think about it though, it’s not necessary that both cameras are of the same quality, and the camera on the front is sufficient for the purpose. The camera which is on the front is mainly for the purpose of using with Face Time, and other video conferencing software, such as Skype. The iPad 2, goes a long way to answer the question – Does the iPad have a camera?

On the Apple website for the iPad, Apple claim that the cameras maybe tiny, but are perfectly designed for face time video calling. Certainly it does seem to work very well, for a video chat, as you don’t want to have too much data having to travel across Wi-Fi and the effect being spoiled by low transfer speeds of data.

iPad Tech Specs

If you have a look at the iPad spec and check out the iPad screen dimensions, you will see that at 1024 x 768, iPad format, you have a nice sized screen. Does the iPad have a camera? Yes it does and it is a touch camera.
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Another application that is perhaps even more popular, with both children and adults alike, is Photo Booth. Without even trying, because the software does it for you you can pull funny faces and have special effects to your picture. This application certainly creates lots of laughter, with new looking like an alien, or a comic book character or when the software twists your face into a strange shape. The photos from Photo Booth are saved automatically to your photo library, where you can turn them into slide shows, or send them to your friends by e-mail. Now you know the answer. Does the iPad have a camera? It sure does and there are two of them. It is expected also that in iPad 3 the cameras will be of a higher mega-pixel quality.
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iWork iPad Applications or iWorks iPad As Some People Call Them.

Doing the Office Thing With iWork iPad Applications

There are some things that you do with the computer, that just about everybody will do with a computer. It’s kind of in the DNA of using a computer, and so there are a number of apps which have been created of a sort, to allow you to do these tasks. Of course, one all these tasks is a word processing, and for that within the iWork universe we have, Pages. Another task that you are likely to do with a computer is to deal with numbers and calculations, or that we have the spreadsheet, called Numbers. One more thing, of the applications that so many people are likely to do, there has to be included, within the group of apps called office applications, we have Keynote for making presentations.The Amazing iPad News

Choose the applications you want for iWork iPad

With the advent of the App Store application and the App Store for iPad applications as found in iTunes, Apple have pulled off a masterstroke by allowing us to buy just the apps from this group of applications, as we want them. No longer do you have to spend a whole pile of money, to get a suite of office applications, you can just buy the applications that you want. So from the iWork for Mac or the iWork iPad sets of applications, if all you do is word processing then all you need is Pages. When Apple set up iWork in this way they also reduced the prices, per application, so that if you did by all of them you would still be getting bargains, compared to buying something like MS office for iPad. By the way there is not a Microsoft Office for iPad, and for the moment, nor is there likely to be.

Why would you want to buy Pages when you can get Bean for free.


The word processor, Bean, is actually a quite capable word processor that you can get for the Mac, and it costs nothing at all. You would be able to do just about all that you needed to do, regards word processing, for free. The downside is that there is not a sister application for Bean to allow you to work on a document, in the same way on the iPad. So one of the benefits of using pages for word processing is the fact that you can learn one way of working, that will suit all the iWork iPad applications, that run on both the iOS devices and also on a Mac desktop or laptop computer.

 

Pages for iWorks iPad or The Free Bean

Pages iWorks iPad Another benefit of using Pages, over Bean, is the functionality and capabilities of the Pages application both on the OS X and also in iWork iPad. The Pages application, in my opinion is almost a full desktop publishing application, in the way that it handles text and images together.

 

Using this pair of word processing applications, Pages for the iPad along with pages on Mac OS X, will be further enhanced by iCloud. Apple are given us a service called iCloud in the autumn of 2011, which will make it really easy to work on a document in one place, say the iPad, stop, and then continue working on the same document using Pages on your desktop computer.

iCloud for Having Your Documents Everywhere

The way that iCloud will work, is that your documents will be continually saves to iCloud, as you are working on them, the document will also be then pushed out to your other iCloud enabled devices. You could have iWork on an iPhone, start a document in there, do a bit more to it in iWork iPad, finishing it off on your MacBook Pro. The best part of all this, is the fact that you don’t have to set anything up, it will do it all automatically. You will never have a problem in picking up where you left off with your work, when you are using any of the iCloud enabled applications.

Well Designed iWork iPad and OS X Applications

You will also be able to follow the same process of working, when you are using Numbers or Keynote. When you are using iWork iPad or OS X version, you will notice that the controls, dialogues and general way of working are all quite similar, so that it is easy for you to learn a new application within iWork iPad or iWork OS X.

Working With Numbers

Within iWork iPad, you have Numbers and with this you have a powerful spreadsheet application, that is also pretty. When you first open Numbers, you will 1st see a number of spreadsheets which you have, getting started information. You will learn that you can use Numbers in, either portrait or landscape mode and that it is easy to do the pinching the screen, to zoom in or out.

In Numbers there are tabs at the top of the page, touching these times will move you from one spreadsheet to another. The best thing to do with the Numbers application, is to read through the getting started information, and then play with it a little bit. Soon you’ll be able to add and remove columns, add cell content, and work with charts. When you first open the application, in landscape mode, it looks like there are only four tabs at the top of the screen, but if you touch and hold and move to the left, you will see that there are a lot more tabs, with more information about how to use Numbers for iWork iPad or iWorks iPad.

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Moving documents to the iPad to work on them, is easy and you are able to do it through iTunes, iDisk or WebDAV. You can also create new spreadsheets from within the application on the iPad. No trouble to move spreadsheet files from the iPad to your computer using the same channels of distribution. This may also become easier when iCloud is available, although it is not particularly difficult moving files to iPad now.

Using Numbers app of iWork iPad To Create Spreadsheets

To get started, creating a new spreadsheet, tap on the button with a plus symbol, top left corner, then tap on create a spreadsheet. In the next screen you will see a number of templates, to choose from, to get you started. You have templates such as budget, checklist expense report and travel planner. Open up one of these templates and start to change the cells and columns to suit your own spreadsheet needs. Double tap with your finger on a cell to be able to edit the numbers or to enter new data.

Make a presentation in Keynote of iWork iPad

To make a presentation in Keynote on the iPad, it is pretty easy. When you open Keynote you are looking at a page that is the grey effect of linen and you will have a getting started presentation, plus any other presentations you have created. You can sort them by either date or name. To start a new presentation tap the plus button and then choose create a presentation. You can also copy from iTunes iDisk and WebDAV. First of all you will choose a theme and on my iPad now, I am looking one presentation with twelve possible themes, to choose from.

After you have chosen your theme, you are presented with the first slide, which will have some instructions. It is as simple as a double tap to edit text, and you can tap on the images, which will take you to a dialogue for choosing a photo from your photo roll.

It Is All There In The Buttons

KeyNote on iPad

In the top right-hand side of the menu bar, you will see five buttons that you can tap to get information about an object on the slide, there is a button for inserting media, tables, charts and shapes. The next button is for choosing transition effects, then there is a spanner icon, which is for share and print, find, presenters notes and one for settings. The last button to the right, you tap to play your presentation.

Over on the left side you can see all of your slides, when you start you will only have one, so tap the plus button at the bottom left-hand corner to add more. You will be presented with a group of eight slide types that you can choose from. There will be some with pictures, some that are text only, variations with text and images and a blank slide.

When you have a slide with images, the pictures that are shown in the default slide are just place holders and it is easy to change the photo to one that you have in your photo albums on the iPad. All in all, Keynote on the iPad, is very easy to use and to be able to create presentations, away from your main computer.

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iWorks iPad or iWork iPad – What is in a name?

In the past there was the Works application from Apple and this is why some people mistakenly call iWork iPad, iWorks iPad. Same with the names used on the Mac OS X too. Whatever you want to call the applications, I think you will find them great for just about all office tasks. The only thing you might wish for a better application is if you want to do some heavy spreadsheet work and Numbers would not really be up to the job. Go to iWork download, otherwise known as The Apple App Store and grab yourself some Apple iWork Apps.

Note taking With Penultimate iPad App

Penultimate the handwriting and for the iPad

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Whilst I was looking at the handwriting recognition application Phatpad, I also came across another application, which is touted as the bestselling handwriting app for iPad, over the last year. But when it comes down to making a comparison between the two applications for the iPad, there are quite a lot of differences. The main difference is that Phatpad is a handwriting recognition application, whereas Penultimate is for writing and keeping it as handwriting. So if you have terrible handwriting style and you want something that will convert that illegible script of yours, into something attractive and readable, then Phatpad would be the better option.

Penultimate iPad app in the iTunes App Store

With Penultimate you can store your thoughts in a handwritten format within named notebooks, for a topic, a project or a category. There seems to be no limit on the number of notebooks that you can create, or the number of pages that you can have within a notebook. It is possible to sort your notebooks and scroll through them within a fast grid type of view. It is simple to browse through your pages, inserting, deleting, duplicating or reordering of pages as you see fit.

Penultimate iPad is in The Apple iPad App Store

The application Penultimate iPad can be found in the Apple iPad application store and it is priced at $1.99. When you get started using the Penultimate iPad application there is information stored within a welcome notebook, so that you can find out about the main features of the application. They claim that you will be scribbling and whizzing within your pages and note books very soon, after starting to use Penultimate, and in my case it certainly will be scribble.

You can send a single page image or a full notebook in the PDF format and other iPad users that have Penultimate, will be able to collaborate with you on any of your shared notebooks. It is suggested, that if you use the iPad with the VGA video adapter you will be able to will to show your notes on a screen or with a projector, I don’t think I would like to show my horrible handwriting to too many people.

Custom Paper Styles in Penultimate iPad

Within Penultimate iPad you can use colour or you may use black ink on the photorealistic paper that you will find within the application. There is also an effective eraser tool that somehow, is always the correct size to rub out any errors that you have made. You may also import images to be able to have custom paper types that you can write on and also do drawings upon. Penultimate is one of those applications that would benefit from the use of a stylus for the iPad, the Boxwave stylus would be an excellent choice to use for your writing and drawing here.

This penultimate application for the iPad in the right hands, could be an excellent tool for making sketches, taking notes, displaying ideas digitally and for working things out prior to sharing them with other people. Personally I think I will stick with Phatpad, SimpleNote, Nebulous Notes, plus one or two other note taking applications that I keep on my iPad.

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The big question – what does an iPad do?

For those in the world that are uninitiated as yet, to the uses of an iPad, a question that often occurs is – What does an iPad do? And the truthful answer to the question is, not an awful lot. Now I’m not being facetious but it is just a pile of components, metal, glass and silicon and the thing that does the work or does the real job of being an iPad, is the software. The applications and what you can do with those apps is the answer to the question of – What can the iPad do.

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What can an iPad do?

You can pick up the iPad and do whatever you like with it. It will do all sorts of weird and wonderful things, providing you have the correct applications, bought from the Apple iPad App Store. You can buy applications which will satisfy your need for tasks suited to productivity, iPad GTD, reading or writing, photography, learning stuff or playing games. So on one level you have the iPad which doesn’t do much at all, and then on another level you have the operating system which allows you to interact with the applications that do the jobs that you require it to do.

Instead of asking what does an iPad do? You might instead be asking what can’t it do. Well for sure it will never make you a cup of tea, but there are applications which will work as timers so that you can get your perfect cup of tea. There will be applications that will give you information about tea and all the paraphernalia regarding tea and the making of tea.

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Get an iPad to try out to see what it does.

So you see, the question what does an iPad do is a bit of a silly question to ask. The best solution is to try an iPad for yourself. Borrow one from a friend, just go and buy one or visit an Apple store to see what can the iPad do in store. If you are unable to get your hands on an iPad to try it out then why not read some reviews about the iPad or possibly even a book about the iPad. There are a number of books available that you will find will inform you, exactly what can be done with an iPad. Also on the Apple website you will find a whole load of information that will answer the question – What does an iPad do.

Why not start from the other end of the question and answer process, by asking yourself, what it is that you want to do with the iPad. If you are a writer then you will go to the section in the Apple iPad application store where you can you find out what writing and authors applications there are available. There are surely, a number of writers applications that will suit your purpose perfectly. Some of these authors iPad applications are free and some applications you will need to pay for. You will find that many applications are priced very reasonably, so that for a small amount of money you could try out a couple of writers applications to suit your purpose.

Scrivener for iPad

Scrivener for iPad

Unfortunately as of yet there is no Scrivener for iPad application, but there are a number of applications that will allow you to write on the iPad and be able to import into Scrivener on the Mac, really easily. SimpleNote is one of these applications and another application that I like for note-taking would be a NebulousNotes. If you read within the help files of Scrivener for the Mac, you’ll also find that there is an application for the iPad for writers, that is based on the note card idea. What you do, is to break up your writing into small parts and use the cards to rearrange the text and the ideas towards building a finished piece.

If you are a novice user of an iPad and you have asked the question – What can an iPad do? – then you could possibly be thinking along the lines of web browsing, checking your e-mail, using Facebook, using FaceTime on an iPad, to talk to family around the world. Then of course you will want to play some iPad games. Then again if you are a business person that would like to use the iPad in a corporate environment then you might like to record audio whilst in a meeting, create presentations using the Keynote application, use Numbers to make spreadsheets or use an application specifically designed for your business.

Using the iPad in education – What can the iPad do in the hands of a student?

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There are now textbooks which are available in the form of e-book’s which can be read on the iPad. The beauty of these textbooks is that they are fully multimedia and they are a much more immersive type of learning than you would find with ordinary books. The new textbooks for iPad that can be viewed on the iPad will have video, audio and also have the ability to be bookmarked and to have notes alongside the text without ruining a book.

A student will also likely want to use the iPad to enhance the learning experience by taking notes and these notes can be more useful, when combined with recorded audio notes. There is the excellent application MindNode Pro which is great for mind mapping.

There are a few iPad educational applications that will record the audio, for example, during a lecture and when you create a note at a specific time during the lecture it becomes linked to the timed audio. When you tap on the note later it will start playing the audio that was recorded at the time you made the note or if you play the audio, then the notes become highlighted, at the correct moment. You’d almost wish that you were a student again to be able to take advantage of some of the new technological advances as found in devices such as the iPad.

So what does an iPad do for gamers?

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Quite a lot actually! There are a huge number of games available ranging from the simple Angry Birds type of game to the much more immersive Infinity Blade iPad. Then there are the huge number of puzzle games, with which you can test your own abilities or play against other users, either in the same house as yourself or with other connected iPad users around the world. What does a iPad do – Gamers will also be just enjoying the iPad for all it can do, rather than asking the question – What does an iPad do? Or what can you do with an iPad?

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When You Have Pages from Apple Why Wonder If There will Be Microsoft Word For IPad

Microsoft Word for iPad – Or Pages From Apple

Pages or Microsoft Word For iPad

For the life of me, I cannot understand why so many users of computers think that when they start using the amazing iPad it is going to be necessary for them to have Microsoft Word for iPad. On the desktop computer Microsoft Word is a large application which has an unbelievable amount of bloatware. The iPad is much more refined than that, Apple has provided us with some excellent office applications and these will usually also suit the people thinking in terms of Microsoft Word for iPad.

Pages Application for iPad – A Better Alternative

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In Pages on the iPad, we have a nice and useful toolbar whether you are in landscape or portrait view. In the top left corner there is a button called Documents, this is where you’ll create new documents and open documents that you have already created. One nice feature of Pages on the iPad is that it will save your documents as you work, automatically. The next button to the right is an undo button and with the undo you can rectify something where you have made a small mistake. Also on the toolbar you can find an info button, and insert button, a tools button – which is for checking spelling and more and a full-screen button which allows you to view the application in a full-screen mode.

It is extremely easy to work with styles within your document and I have found Pages to be almost a desktop publishing application. The stylisation toolbar allows you to add style to your documents easily. If you double tap on some text you will see the style ruler. Tap on the fonts button to change how your text looks. You can change the font, the font size and the character styles. 

Adding Styles To A Paragraph

A nice little feature in Pages is where you triple tap on a paragraph to select it and then you tap the info button on the toolbar to choose a style. A small window pops up and there are style options and you can choose an option within that list to apply to your selected paragraph. I am sure that Pages is a much better application than a possible Microsoft Word for iPad.

In the iPad application, Pages, you can work with objects, moving, resizing and rotating your images. If you tap on a picture within the document there are a number of things you can do with it. With the image selected you may touch within the image and move it, or if you tap and hold down on one of the blue edge handles on the sides of the image, you can resize it. It is a pretty sweet move when you touch and hold the image with 2 fingers, wait just a moment and then turn your fingers, this will rotate the image. You will also notice that the text is wrapping around the image. You can change the way the text wraps around by tapping the info button, tapping arrange and then changing the wrap from automatic to around, or you can have it so that it does not wrap all around the object by choosing Above and Below.

All The Bells And Whistles in Pages iPad Application

Computer users that are switching to use the amazing iPad and away from the idea of using Microsoft Word for iPad, will enjoy working with objects within Pages. It is easy to add photographs, tables, shapes and charts. It is a snap to add an object to a page, all you have to do is to tap the insert button, choose your shape or chart or whatever, perhaps one of your own photographs and it will be inserted into the document. If you tap the object one more time you’ll see a pop-up menu which will allow you to do cut, copy or delete.

Pages Loupe

In Pages for iPad there is an excellent navigator which is found on the right-hand side of the document. If you press and hold down, a little loupe device pops up that looks a little bit like a magnifying glass with the numbers in it. Those numbers are the page numbers, and you can move that little navigator up and down to choose where you would like to be in your document.

Sharing your Documents

A major part of creating documents on whatever type of computer you’re using, whether it is the amazing iPad, or even a Windows computer, is sharing your work. In the iPad application Pages, it is extremely easy to share your documents with others. From within the application on the iPad you can e-mail your document or copy it to iTunes on your Mac or PC. Moving or copying files to the iPad is not as difficult as some people would like to make out.

iCloud is Coming

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In the autumn of 2011 we will also have the facility of iCloud, and with iCloud, a document created and worked on within either the iPad or on your Mac will be automatically saved and pushed to the iCloud service and then pushed to our other iCloud enabled computers. You can also use Dragon Dictate to enter the text into Pages on the iPad, it offers excellent speech to text recognition.

As would be possible with an application called Microsoft Word for iPad, if such an app is ever created, (I doubt it though) within Pages it is easy to organise your documents. Although non-iPad users believe it is not possible to create folders, it is actually quite easy to have folders on the iPad within the Pages application. To organise your created documents on the iPad into folders, all you have to do is to touch and hold any document and then drag it on top of another. So I suggest that you don’t worry about Microsoft Word iPad and stick with the Apple products.

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Is The Targus Stylus The Best iPad Stylus For iPad?

Using the ipad with a Stylus

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A number of manufacturers have made a stylus suitable for the iPad and it is even possible to make your own stylus for your iPad. There is the Boxwave stylus, Targus stylus, Acase stylus and a number of other styli that can be used for writing and drawing on the iPad. You have to try one to see if it suits you in terms of how it feels to write and draw with and also how well it works.

So how do you want to use your stylus, what is it for? Are you looking for the best iPad stylus for drawing or do you want the best iPad stylus for writing? Whichever stylus you go for, you need to look at the end or the tip of the stylus, to see if it will give you a fine enough point to do your drawing or your writing. It is possible to get a fine tip stylus for the iPad so that you can do delicate precision drawing or writing. Looks like this could be a candidate for best iPad 2 stylus,

Targus Stylus for Apple iPad 16GB, 32GB, 64GB WiFi + 3G, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod, Tablet

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The Best Stylus For iPad Writing

Obviously when you choose a stylus to do some writing in applications like PhatPad, you want to use a stylus to suit your writing style. It certainly will be good to have a stylus with a fine tip, if you need to do delicate, accurate drawing or writing and maybe have a stylus with a broader point or a broader nib that can be used in a more painterly fashion. For example if you are using ArtStudio on the iPad and creating art with your iPad stylus for drawing you might want a fatter tip on the stylus. A popular stylus for the iPad is the Targus – 3 in 1 stylus for Apple iPad 2. You can use it on the Apple iPad first generation and second generation, as well as the with the iPhone, iPod, Motorola Xoom or a Samsung Galaxy S. The three in one of the stylus name means that it can be used for drawing on the screen and it also includes a laser pointer and an ordinary ink pen.

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The ink pen part of it uses a standard refill for the ink and it also includes an extra refill. I can’t imagine why you would need to have a pen when you have iPad note-taking applications that allow you to create your notes either in a handwritten form, as a drawing or as typed in text. I suppose quite often someone that creates electronic documents with iPad will need to use a laser pointer in a class or a meeting, so that could be useful now and then.

A good thing about the Targus stylus is that it works right out of the box and requires a no drivers or downloads to be installed before you actually can use it to do your writing or drawing. It comes provided with the batteries, you just need to put them into the best stylus ipad and begin writing, scrolling, tapping and doing at whatever else you do with your iPad note taking application or drawing application.

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Is the Targus iPad stylus the best iPad stylus for writing?

The stylus allows you to type accurately so you can tap the keyboard with a stylus rather than using your finger, you may use the stylus to take notes to draw on your screen, turn pages, play games and do all of the other things with your iPad. The stylus for iPad makes it easy to do a double tap for zoom or if you need to do a slide across of an onscreen switch in one of the many dialogue boxes you will find in the various iPad applications for either note taking drawing or writing.

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Seeing as there are quite a large number of stylus devices that you can choose from to use with your iPad, what you may decide to do is to buy yourself a couple of different ones. This could be a good idea anyway, in case you lose one or you need to try out a view different styli to see which works the best for you. Apart from the Targus stylus for Apple iPad there is also a stylus available from Griffin technology. Acase is another iPad stylus and Kensington also make a stylus that will give you a soft durable stylus tip that will not scratch your screen. Other stylus products may also include pens and laser pointers but obviously these things are not really necessary for use with your iPad.

Buy an iPad Stylus or Make Your Own iPad Stylus?

The cost to buy an iPad stylus such as the Boxwave iPad stylus is not terribly expensive and there is no real reason why you should make your own iPad stylus. I suppose some people do like to make things for themselves or have something that is custom made in which case there are plenty of places where you can find out how to make your own iPad stylus. I am still working out which is the best iPad stylus for me, I do like the Targus stylus for iPad.

 

iPad Handwriting Recognition – A Look At PhatPad the iPad Handwriting App

Handwriting Recognition iPad

It seems to have been a holy grail with mobile computers we had available to us in the past, where there should be a function that would allow handwriting recognition. It seemed important that text that you wrote with the pen by hand would be turned into text that could be edited. Now when I think of this, it seems weird. More likely that we are to write with a pen and have it saved as an image of a note with scrawly horrible ugly writing than having the computer converting our handwriting on the iPad to text that can be edited. Why would we want to have a handwriting converting tool when we have keyboards that allow us to type in text very quickly. Or better still when we can use software like iPad Dragon dictation that allow us to talk to the computer and have our voice faster converted into text that can be used in various applications.

Handwriting recognition used to be a joke

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In fact in the past with mobile computing, mostly represented by devices like the Apple Newton, it was more of a joke where you’d write something and have a good laugh about what the computer spat out as text or you would be trying to guess what your handwriting actually said. Computers now are a lot more powerful and there is more memory available and generally we have computers that can do amazing things. So it’s not surprising that there are still some people that would like to see handwriting recognition for iPad and have the handwritten text that is created, using either the finger or a stylus, turned into text.

On the amazing iPad there are applications for just about everything. I have found two or three applications which actually do the handwriting recognition for iPad. We can have a look at what are the best options available for the best handwriting app for iPad. I have been quite pleased with the handwriting on ipad and the results I have got from it so far.

Evernote

Our first option for iPad handwriting recognition would be to use a drawing program or a run of the mill, note-taking program and to send the documents we create in those application into Evernote which can supposedly turn handwriting into text. In my tests of this I have not and much success and I am wondering if Evernote really does do some conversion of handwriting into text. It should at least make it so that words handwritten will be converted into searchable words but so far that eludes me. Evernote for handwriting recognition is not anywhere near what we can get from a proper iPad handwriting app.

Phatpad for handwriting recognition on the iPad

PhatPad iPad handwriting

I was lucky enough to get a redeem voucher from the makers of the app to be able to do a review of the app properly, so thanks to the developers for that. I will still be as objective as I can be about the app and if there are criticisms then I dare say they will either point out the error of my ways or tell me that they are working on fixing or upgrading something. The download is nearly 70mb to start with and when I first start it up I see first the nice blue logo and then it runs into the instructions on how to use. First ting I have to do is to turn it to portrait mode so that I can see where the arrows are pointing too. There is an instruction at the top of the page telling me to do that.

Of course the sensible thing to do is to use the app to tell the new user how to use it. So I see a colourful page with drawings and notes and I can learn from the pages what to do. First up is the pen mode. Nice that Phatpad remembers the last 50 styles of pen you have used. Very easy to start handwriting and drawing on the page with my finger. I must get my hands on a stylus to try out with the iPad.

Then there is the Tools menu with eight options from inserting pictures to setting the PhatPad app options. I was impressed the first time I chose the insert text option that I was given a screen with information on how to do it in a Quick Start Guide. Seems like it will recognise joined up writing and it will deserve a medal if it can decipher mine. There is an input panel and you have to write in between the lines. It has a dictionary to help choose the right words, and for that reason it tells you to write complete words. There are gestures to learn to put in the punctuation like a backwards capital L to give a return key push. There are also buttons to enter a space or a full stop or do a back space.

My First Attempt at Handwriting On iPad

I started with writing my name and then ‘how does this work?’ and I was impressed with its efficiency at converting my scrawl into text. I tried the backwards L and it put in the text I had written in the yellow box area which is the text input writing area. I quickly found that the writing was recognised and the text box got filled with text. The text box has a bounding area with blue dots on the corners that you use to resize the text area. It took me a while to work out how to get the menu to come up for the text I had already put in so that I could edit some more or delete or whatever.

Moving Text Around in PhatPad the Handwriting App For iPad

Text boxes can be moved to the front or to the back of other objects on the page. It is easy enough to move the text boxes around on the page, by touching the bounding box around the text and sliding the text box where you want it. You do have to get the line around and not have the dinger inside the box area, if you want to do the moving action. If you have the finger inside the area then the text inside the box will scroll. One of the options is for the style of the text, there are a number of default styles to chose from. I expect that you can create your own too.

If Phatpad gets the text wrong in the converting when you are using the yellow box to enter the text, then you can tap in the area where it is showing what it has guessed and it will sometimes give you a number of alternatives to chose from. It helps with the speed of entry as you don’t have to do a backspace gesture to delete the last letters to try writing the word again.

I thought I would be able to do a zoom in to see something closer with the classic pinch and zoom on the iPad, but that wasn’t possible. What you can do though is to select area of text you have entered already and using the bounding box around it change the size of it. At least you can make space on a page to add more notes or just insert a new page.

PhatPad Options

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I started to delve into the options for this iPad handwriting recognition app and found the help files in there too. Whist reading I found that the app is very much fully featured judging by the number of options available. Settings for the text recognition and the use of the dictionary and how it goes about putting in the text into the box, whether you want to use your own user dictionary or not. There is even a section In there to help you write in a way that it does a better job by showing good letter shapes for both capital letters and also for the lower case. PhatPad looks like it will accept even fairly flowing and flowery letter shapes. What it comes down with handwriting recognition iPad applications is how it does in real world use and lets get back to my first impressions.

Sharing and synchronisation

You can have notes sent to DropBox, to Evernote and Google Docs or you can use Email to move the notes you make into other applications so that you can use them or just access them for reading. In the email setting you can choose to send as a PDF document. In the list of documents at the bottom there is a Sync with Dropbox button that will make sure that all the docs in the list are in the PhatPad folder in DropBox. This only moves files in the PhatPad format so that they are backed up as I didn’t have an application that would open the file on my Mac. There is a good integration with Evernote as I was able to share a document nearly perfectly. It worked but I got an error message along the way. The file still opened up in EverNote as a PDF despite the message.

Back to using the PhatPad App

Handwriting iPad – Basic shape recognition for creating diagrams

Basic shape recognition is a neat trick for drawing rectangles, circles, triangles, lines and arrows with the Detect Shapes switch turned on it will convert a scabby looking hand drawn line into a perfectly straight line and the same with the other shapes. It works pretty good – great for making diagrams like flow charts quickly. Then you can use the insert picture and the clip art to add pictures into the page. Once you have the picture in from the clipart library or from your own photo gallery then you can do the resizing that you want to do to suit your page design.

Other converting handwriting to text options

If you want to write on the screen and not in the text box for text input you definitely want as text, you can write your note and then select it later to then choose to convert to text. I have tried it on some text I wrote on the screen and it worked a treat. I am getting to like PhatPad after a short while of acquainting myself with it. All you have to do is to grab the text with a marquee selection box and you immediately get the menu on screen with one of the options to convert to text, along with cut, copy, delete and change ink. Handy to be able to change the colour of the ink if you want to. You could have text the same colour as the background to have hidden text that can be selected and revealed at a later date.

Voice notes

You can record one voice note per document which is not that useful. I would have liked to see that I could record a note or more per page and access the note by tapping an icon created by the app. To delete a note you hit the record button to bring up the controls for the voice note. I wondered if I could add to a audio note I had already recorded and seems I couldn’t I had to delete what I had and start another recording. So audio note taking is quite limited in the PhatPad application but then this is not the Unique Selling Proposition for PhatPad this is for making great looking notes with images and especially having the the yucky looking handwriting that we all have now because we use a keyboard more than we use a pen and paper. Well that is true of us geeks anyway.

Multipage documents and presentations

The pages menu is tucked away in the tools menu just above the button for Presentation mode. When presenting you can tap or swipe the screen to move between pages and it is taking me some time to work out how to get back to editing mode. OK I got it you have to touch the top of the screen. It is possible to record a presentation of your handwriting on iPad and play it back but I felt that PhatPad was weak with that function. There is something to be said for doing one thing – handwriting recognition – and doing it well. If I wanted a presentation I would open up Keynote.

Overall view of PhatPad as an iPad handwriting recognition tool

I have to say I like what it does and that it does the thing that is its core function brilliantly. If you like to write then you might well prefer to get a Boxwave capacitive stylus and write your notes in the old fashioned way but with a twist. Convert the writing to text as you do it or make the notes and then convert it later. Whatever works best for you. As a note taking application I think it is a useful addition to the arsenal of note taking applications. There will be occasions when an app that is more concentrated on recording audio on the iPad alongside notes and for that you could use SoundNote or AudioNote The Dragon Dictate app only lets you convert speech to text in very small chunks and you can’t use during a lecture anyway, so you might as well forget about Dragon Dictate as an option for that type of note taking.

The question to ask yourself is ‘How much do I like writing by hand and is it quicker than typing for me?’ If you answer yes to that question then PhatPad will be the perfect handwriting to text iPad note taking application for you. Another reason for using handwriting apps for iPad is for writers that think better with a pen in the hand than they do with a keyboard in front of them. Some authors are old fashioned like that and when they have to get what they have written by hand it will be so much easier to convert it in Phatpad than it will be to have to completely rewrite when typing into the computer after that very first draft. This would be a good way to start getting the ideas out of the creative writers mind and into Scrivener.

I like to use a keyboard instead of an iPad handwriting app because my handwriting is so scrawly and ugly but Phatpad did a great job of converting what looks like a dead spider dipped in ink and dragged across the page (My handwriting) into editable text. Well done PhatPad, this type of working will not suit everyone but for quite a few people, in the right circumstances it will be just the job. For sure with PhatPad and iPad handwriting recognition you can create some attractive looking notes using images and different colours of text, you can do mind mapping or make diagrams that will be effective for learning purposes. It is easy with a Boxwave stylus to do handwriting on iPad with PhatPad, the app that gives us iPad handwriting to text.
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Is The Best iPad Office App Open Office For iPad?

What office apps are available for the iPad

Looking for the best iPad productivity apps. Of course, of the first set of applications which might grouped together, be an office suite are the Apple made apps of Pages, Numbers and Keynote which are the iWork apps and because they’re designed by the company that invented the iPad they have to be number one in the list. What about openoffice for iPad? But you do also have Office2 HD, Documents To Go and Quick Office, iPad Openoffice that are all in one suites of office applications and within you have the usual suspects included, with the processing of words, the processing of numbers with spreadsheets and of course making presentations that you’re going to show within a business environment. All of those within one single single application purchase and you have them for iPad business use.
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It seems quite obvious that you should include iWork apps as a grouping because of the way that the iPad works and you say only one application on the screen at a time so it doesn’t really matter if you have two pay for them separately whereas with the other three offerings you can buy buy them in one single purchase.

Byte Squared has Office2 HD available for the iPad

Office² HD features

As you would expect with office2 HD you’re able to create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and the Microsoft Office file formats are the default or native for the app and you may also use the new .docx or the older format of .doc as the default. Office2 will also open documents that you have created using iWork as well as letting you view PDFs. One of things that you will look out for with an iPad application that is for editing office documents will be the compatibility with the desktop applications.

For the most part, these mobile applications create documents that will arrive in the desktop application without any major changes being forced upon them by the formatting that has been applied during the creation of the document. Also when you bring in documents from the desktop application you want to be able to import documents that our complex, that might have complicated formatting, tables or charts and be able to render them just as if you are looking at them on the desktop application.

To a certain extent interface design is taken care of by the human interface design requirements of using Xcode by the developer and where things become different is in the application of ideas that are used to implement those features. You want the application behaving so that it becomes a useful app rather than an application where you feel lost and don’t know how to do things. Finding an application that is intuitive is extremely important when it is time to get some work done.

Office2 with its interface design has the application navigation in a single column menu that drops down and it’s not immediately clear that this is the way to reach the features of the application. It does take a little time to get used to how to find your way to all of the options and sometimes you might feel that there is more tapping on the screen to be done, than is really necessary.

So within Office2 HD you’ll have pretty much all of the functions and facilities that you need to work on office application files and you also have cloud support so that you can get applications files from Box.net, Google Docs, Dropbox and other web cloud accounts. Certainly Office2 HD is one office application for the iPad that it is worth looking at. Some users may even say it is one of the best apps for iPad. There is quite a large amount of choice when searching for the best iPad apps.

Documents To Go Premium

Documents To Go® Premium  Office Suite for iPhone iPod touch and iPad on the iTunes App Store

To have all of the capabilities for working with office documents on iPad you need to buy the premium version to have access to files that are for presentations and also you need premium to have full cloud support. Cloud access makes it so that you can get to your documents on the iPad with services like Dropbox and Sugarsync. Documents To Go does have its own desktop application for Windows and also for the Mac which allows you to synchronise files between the iPad application and your desktop and it does this via a Wi-Fi data connection.

DataViz, the developer of Documents To Go have been creating mobile apps for some time but some editing features are missing, that definitely should really be there. The lack of some features within this iPad office application will lead many to think about using other applications rather than Documents To Go.

Quick Office

Quick Office Pro HD

Quick Office Pro HD has a large number of services included for the for cloud connection, it works with box.net, dropbox, Huddle, Google Docs, and SugarSync and is easy to connect to each of the services or whichever WebDav services you use. Despite Quick Office Pro HD for iPad having good cloud support facilities the usage of the application leaves a lot to be desired. Quite likely it will get better over time, the same with all of these applications because the updates tend to come fairly frequently as the developers improve they offering, Quick Office Pro HD will probably be a decent iPad productivity app in time.
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For the moment you would be better off to wait and try out other iPad office applications before you lay out the cash to buy this office application. There are better ones out there, that if you buy and try, you will probably stick with.

Pages, Numbers And Keynote By Apple

These iWork applications came out at the same time as the Apple iPad was launched and the company from Cupertino have updated these softwares regularly since they were introduced. Because they are Apple applications, these applications tend to be easy to use and intuitive. The simplicity of the design and use of the menus are presented in the way that makes it easy to let you do whatever you want to do with the application.

I find it very useful, the fact that you can buy these applications separately because I use Numbers and Keynote more often than I would use Pages. Great to be able to buy just the applications that I required. Instead of using Pages I am using SimpleNote in combination with Scrivener for Mac to do the word processing that I need to do, to write my web posts and my articles.

There is a possibility though that as soon as iCloud becomes available I may start to use Apple Pages application for my writing. The text that I work on will be pushed to all my other Apple devices as I work on them rather than having to rely on any cloud services to be organise synchronisation.

Apple  Pages  Create beautiful documents with a tap

The Apple applications of course have their own extensions and file types in their own right but of course you can bring in office .doc, .XLS and the ppt file format from PowerPoint, but if you want to send work out then you will make a separate copy of your work, in as much as you will save first in the Apple format and then export to the Microsoft Office compatible file.

Seeing as I don’t have to work very often with office compatible files, with having to send those types of files to and fro between myself and other people, I don’t have any difficulty in using the Apple formats. In any case I prefer to keep things simple by using text in its most simple form in text files created in a text editor and leave the formatting to be done on the desktop computer. Are there any advantages to using a full office Suite rather than individual apps on the iPad

For most uses there are hardly any advantages to using an office suite of iPad applications rather than using the apps individually on your iPad. Unless you need to embed a spreadsheet or a table within a Word document or to be able to grab something from a presentation to put into a word processing document then I’m not sure that it is any easier by having all of the major types of application grouped into one single suite.

How do you move office files on to the iPad so they can be edited

When you are moving files on iPad in between Numbers and Excel or between Keynote and PowerPoint you will see some difference in the results of formatting, depending on where you open the application file. Despite these difficulties I think that using the Apple applications are going to work well enough for mobile computing warriors that need to create and edit documents on the go.

The other thing with the Apple applications for office on iPad is that moving files and at the moment, not quite as simple as with other applications that give you Dropbox box.net and Google Docs as cloud services. This will change once iCloud becomes available and we won’t need to even think about synchronisation, as all of our documents will automatically be saved and then pushed to iCloud, then onwards to our other Apple computing devices that we are using. We will have our files with us all of the time, wherever we are. You won’t get that in Open Office iPad.

Moving files to iPad or copying files to the iPad is actually quite simple especially if you use Dropbox which is one of the de facto ways to move files. Right now Apple would have you move files using iTunes or by email, but they say that is this is not totally the best way to do it. For that reason they are bringing out iCloud in the autumn of 2011 which will answer all of the questions and gripes of those people that are worried about how to move files to the iPad. Is there a better way to consider for working with text on the iPad and indeed with all Apple computer devices

For working with text for me there is a better way and that is to use the iPad for creation of pure text without formatting and then to have that text go to Scrivener on the Mac or it could go to Scrivener on Windows even. You are then able to manipulate and output into the file format as required which could be a Microsoft Office type of document or it could be a specific type of file such as Final Draft for playwrights or the document could just go out as straight text as required by your editor. What are the cost considerations of the various applications.

Literature and Latte  Scrivener

Cost of the iPad Productivity Apps

Quick office connect is €15.99 and Office2 HD is €5.99. While to buy apps like Pages and Numbers, you buy them separately for the price of €7.99 per application. You can also add to Keynote by buying the Keynote Remote application which can be used with an iPhone to control the presentation as you use it connected to a projector. iPad 2 office apps will keep getting better as the developers update them.

What else do you need to be a road warrior with an iPad?

So what else do you need to get on the iPad to be able to use it to best advantage while you’re out on the road working and creating office type documents? Do you really need iPad office apps? Well if you have a keyboard to go with the iPad that would be a great advantage. There are keyboards available as part of iPad cases that are particularly useful as they obviously protect your iPad and also include a keyboard to allow you create text and get your ideas out of your head into text format for consumption by your followers. Another useful thing to have would be a Dropbox account, in fact I believe a Dropbox account to be essential if you are an iPad user. This is needed for having access to your documents while you are on the move. iCloud will take over some of that functionality when it arrives in the autumn of 2011.

As a user of Scrivener on the Mac for all of my writing I would have to say that Scrivener is also an essential requirement for a writer, due to all of the things that you can with organising your writing. Whether you are a novel writer or an article writer and using Scrivener it would be good to also have a text editor for work on the iPad such as SimpleNote or NebulousNotes.

Dragon Dictation

One more tool for use with the iPad which I believe to be essential is Dragon Dictation. This is a speech to text application that you can use as I do to create articles and documents very quickly. This document has been produced by talking into DragonDictation and into a microphone connected to my iPad. It is amazing how fast you can make get the words on the page with Dragon Dictation. Nice to know that the application is also free. It has to be one of the best apps for iPad. What would your best app for iPad be? Could you make a list of iPad best apps and would Openoffice iPad be on that list?
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Digital Audio Recording Applications For iPad

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In the range of audio iPad apps we have some simple audio note takers available, then there are the specific audio note taking programs or portable digital audio recorder apps for iPad, that allow you to also write at the same time as you take audio notes. The iPad is great to use as an audio sound recorder and good for taking audio memos. Another type of the iPad audio recording applications such as Sound cloud which are for music and of course we should not forget apps like Garageband which can be used for music and also for recording podcasts. There are even mini DAW Digital audio Workstations which will do just about everything you need with audio files, from recording to editing.

Other applications that can record audio such as Evernote, allow you to insert an audio note in with the regular written notes that you put into the application. One other type of application is the social type of audio recording application which records sound and also puts it online so that it can be downloaded within the social network applications. AudioBoo is one such application.

  • Simple audio recording
  • Synchronised Audio and typed or written notes
  • Audio apps designed for musicians
  • Podcasting Application
  • Social Network biased audio recorders digital for iPad

SoundNote2SoundNote – iPad Voice Audio Recorder

You could buy yourself an mini audio recorder application such as SoundNote and it is a good way to take notes in lectures, meetings or during an interview, tracking what you type and draw at the same time as recording your audio. The good thing about an application like this is that when you are looking at your notes later, during play back, if you tap on a word within the document, SoundNote will go directly to the proper time in the audio. Obviously that makes the link between the audio and what you write perfect for your lecture note taking, so that the sound you have recorded will refer to the note you took at that exact time. The developers of this audio recording application for iPad and other iOS devices also claim it is good if you fall asleep in class, you’re actually still recording at the same time as you are snoring. You are able to tap on a note that you wrote while you were still awake and SoundNote will play the audio that will allow you to work out what was said when you were asleep.

For journalists with iPad audio apps, if you missed an important detail in an interview, you don’t have to skim all through the recording to find out what it was that you missed. All you need to do is to tap a word in a simple audio recorder, from that part of the interview and you will have the audio played back to you, so that you can be reminded of that specific point.

Fortunately the sound is recorded in the audio digital recorder in a M4a format which is highly compressed so that one hour of high quality audio will only take up about 25 MB of space. Seems to be a very useful application for iPad audio recording.

Best Microphone To Use For iPad Audio Recording

There is a microphone in the iPad that you can use with iPad audio recording, which is okay but I think you will find that an external microphone such as the iRig microphone that is available to be externally connected to the iPad will work much better and give you a clearer audio sound. I actually use the microphone from my iPhone headset to record audio. It is good for iPad audio recording as I have the mic close to my mouth. If you want more of an ambient recording or to use when the speaker is more of a distance away from the iPad microphone then you will be better with a good microphone like the iRig. I have tried iPad USB audio by connecting my microphones to the iPad using the camera connection kit which has a usb connection. First time I tried it worked but then there was an update to the iOS that broke that and I never have been able to use it again.

Dictamus

DictamusIn the Apple store there is an iPad audio recorder software application called Dictamus Free and Dictamus Pro which allow you to record and also to rewind and overwrite to let you insert anywhere within your recording more sound bites. If you’ve made a mistake while recording the audio it can be quite useful to be able to rewind and to record over the top of the part where you made a mistake. You may download these recordings and you are able to send them out as files or upload to your Dropbox account.

With the application name being Dictamus you would think that it is perhaps an application that will convert speech into editable text, but if you want to do that you will need to get Dragon Dictate which is an excellent audio recording application that really is specifically designed to convert audio into text.

Dictamus is an application like some other applications that has a voice activated sound recording function and that allows the iPad to record audio more efficiently, so that you are not left with large empty spaces in your audio file with no sound.

AudioNote – notepad and voice recorder

This is another digital voice recorder / audio sound recorder application that will record the notes and audio within the note taking application. AudioNote iPad automatically links your meetings, lectures and study notes that you make, this makes a direct link to the point where there was some audio recorded. Tap the note and you can instantly hear what was recorded at that time. If you didn’t take any written or typed notes during the meeting you can still add the notes later if you want to. When you play back the audio you’ll see that your text and drawings will be highlighted during the playback helping you to remember the context of the note.

AudioNote

Using an application like AudioNote to record during a language lesson, for example you might be learning Spanish, lets you make a note about a specific word and then you can hear that word being spoken by your language teacher and you will be able to relive the Spanish lesson at a later time. You are able to use a pen mode for making drawings or doing some handwriting type of notes or you can use the keyboard to type in some notes. Go directly to a specific part of the audio by tapping on a piece of text or a drawing. If you tap and hold then it will go to 10 seconds prior to that note and play. When you have finished recording you can export your notes and audio through e-mail or over Wi-Fi and from the iPad you can also send it out through iTunes. An excellent use of a voice audio recorder app on the iPad.

There are other audio recording utilities that are specific there is one called Internet browser and audio recorder which has a browser that has recording facilities so that you can make audio notes what you’re looking at the webpages. Then we have another one called castor which is a mobile studio for podcast this and that will be specific to were creating podcasts.

Caster – for podcasting

Caster1

Caster is a multitrack recording and editing podcast making application and has all sorts of extra facilities such as audio normalisation and there is a way form a survey included within the application fee free version has ever think that the pro version has it is a limited to 3 min of recording. Caster will also produce the RSS that you are required to build to have your podcast uploaded to a server and available for download by your podcast listeners.

If you would like a an audio recorder digital application that is a little bit more towards entertainment and you are a Star Trek fan then the Captains Log is a simple voice recorder and it resembles the pad and device from the original Star Trek series. The application stores each recording with a start date a date and a brief description. Sometimes you have to have a little bit of fun while you are recording audio.

NoteminderNoteMinder

NoteMinder has a unique selling proposition, that it is the reminder application that allows you to take your audio notes while you’re driving or other times when is it difficult or unsafe for you to type a message. Just open application and start taking a note in NoteMinder. The application is designed with simplicity in mind and is not complicated to use at all. Considering the fact that NoteMinder is very simplistic in its facilities, it might be a little bit expensive at £1.99 to buy the application.

Audio memos 2 – the voice recorder

AudioMemos2In the top features of Audio Memos 2 you can adjust the quality of the sound to suit what type of audio you are recording, the sound once recorded is loud, specially amplified, so that you are able to hear it better. The sound level might also depend on microphone that you use. Another good feature of Audio Memos 2 is the ability to do background recording. So with this application you can do swap to a different application on your iPad or iPhone and then continue making voice in recordings. That would be also useful if you wanted to surf to a website and make audio notes on what you were looking at.

Audio Memos 2 has some reasonable standard features, but they try to get more money out of you after you spend the 69p to buy the application, by selling you in app purchases. So you have to pay an extra £6.99 if you wanted all extensions or you can buy the extensions on a per extension basis. Extensions such as voice activation for 69 pence, compress recording at £1.49 and so on. I suggest that you price all the in app purchases that you would expect to want to use and to compare the full price of the application with those extras added, to other applications that perhaps could work out cheaper and have all of the facilities that you require already included.

Getting the Best Audio Recorder Software for Your iPad

You might even consider that there are a couple of portable audio recorder iPad applications that do what you want to do and use one application for instance recording notes while you are web surfing and then use a different application to be able to make written notes or drawn notes at the same time as you record the voice with the iPad voice recorder. There is no reason why you should not use several apps for different tasks if the price is right. So the best audio recorder for iPad could actually be a set of digital recorder audio iPad applications that for separate jobs do what you need.

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iPad Business Uses – Office Apps for iPad and Remote Control of Office Computer

What are the best iPad apps for business? I would think that a good start with getting some business software for iPad would be to buy some Apple business software such as Keynote and Pages for the iPad, so that at least the user would be one to start with using the iPad for business presentations and document creation.
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Pages the word processor from Apple is more than a word processor in as much as it is almost a desktop publishing application, so it can be used just for word processing where a businessman or woman could use it to turn ideas into text or business documents. And it can also be used to create fancy looking documents that can be dispersed wherever these documents have to go to. Pages is always in the list of top iPad business apps, when you are using ipad for business.

Keynote

Keynote the presentation software for Apple is much better in terms of facilities and capabilities than the presentation software from Microsoft which many businesses often use because they know no better. Keynote can be used to make some extremely fancy business presentations that will look impressive in the board room, or in any sort of meeting.

Of course, of all the iPad business applications the Numbers application will be popular due to the fact that businesses often need to deal with numbers and statistics and have charts which demonstrate what is happening with those numbers. iPad uses for business often revolve around the office style of working and there are one or two office suite type of iPad applications. In the list of best business apps in the Apple iPad store there are applications such as Quick Office Connect Mobile Suite for iPad and Office HD, to name a couple of them. To a certain extent this does not really show the full capabilities of what can be done with an iPad.

One thing that might make those office sort of applications become more useful is when iCloud and iOS 5become available in the autumn of 2011 and there is the ability to work on the iPad with Apple business applications for iPad while you are out in the field, and then when you return to the office that document is going to be at the same state and ready for further working or finishing off on the office computer also.

There is another class of iPad apps for business which is very popular for iPad and business use and those are the applications which allow you to manage your desktop machine whether it be a Mac or a Windows computer from a distance. Applications such as iTap RDP will give you complete control and fast access to your Windows desktop from wherever you are. You can manage your Windows desktop from your iPad, although that would seem rather weird.

Windows on iPad

Logmein ignition

The popular application for controlling a Mac from a distance is called LogMeIn Ignition. You are able to control either a Mac or a PC from a Wi-Fi or 3G connection, so you might perhaps be sitting on the sofa, travelling on a train or even in an aeroplane with Wi-Fi, which would let you connect to your home computer or your office computer from your iPad.

So there we have two main cases for iPad business use, one is where you are using office applications to create documents or to read documents while you are away from the office. The other use case for using the iPad in business is to be able to control your office computer over Wi-Fi from your iPad even though you could be in a different country or travelling on a train. See what your colleagues are using to get ideas for the best iPad business apps.

Although those two main uses are excellent ideas for how you could use an iPad for business use, there are more interesting possibilities when you consider that applications can be created specifically for a business, and can really emphatically enhance a business workflow by providing special capabilities and facilities for the business man or woman. There seems to be no end of bespoke iPad business applications being created and we will see more iPad uses for business.

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