Back in March I reviewed Office² for the iPhone. It was a great app that provided me with all the office tools that I used on a regular basis – word documents and spreadsheets. And recently I had the opportunity to review the latest creation from developers ByteSquared, Office² HD. As expected it’s a remake of their popular iPhone app, developed specifically for the iPad.
One of the pitfalls of any PC or Mac is usable screen space. It’s not always practical to add another monitor to your setup and in some cases, you just don’t have the room. Thankfully, with Avatron Software’s Air Display (developers of popular storage app Air Sharing) you can turn that pretty new iPad into an on-the-spot extension of any display within seconds.
Apple seems to be on a roll of late with App Store app lists. First came The Best Games You’ve Never Played, a roundup of hidden gems that haven’t quite burned up the app charts. Now they’ve released the Awesome iOS 4 Apps list, a collection of apps and games that have been updated to take advantage of iOS 4′s new features, like support for the Retina Display and Multitasking/Fast App Switching. Here are some notable that have made the list:
- Apple Inc. , iMovie – $4.99
- Element Collection , The Elements for iPhone 4 – $9.99
- Software Cellular Network Ltd, Truphone – Free
- PopCap Games, Plants vs. Zombies (TMA Review) – $2.99
- PopCap Games, Bejeweled 2 + Blitz – $2.99
- Steve Sprang, Brushes – iPhone Edition – $4.99
- Marco Arment, Instapaper (TMA Review) – $4.99
- TomTom , TomTom U.S.A. – $49.99
- Sophia Teutschler, Articles – $2.99
- Gogo Apps, Inc., Tap Tap Revenge 3 – Free
Now I haven’t tried all 42 apps on the list, but I don’t think I’d consider all of them to be awesome. I suppose it’s all a matter of personal preference and interests (and of course, apps that actually have been updated for iOS 4 already). The entire Apple roundup can be found right here on iTunes.
Reading has increasingly become a dying pastime in the current age of TV and Podcasting. Almost the only real place I can find the opportunity to enjoy it is on the commute to work and back. How great it is to enjoy a good long article from the comfort of my iDevice. And here I often run into a problem – no data coverage. Frustrated at the greedy mobile operators, stealing my only chance of broadening my horizons I set out on a quest to find an answer. And I did – Instapaper Pro!
For many users the iPhone has become not just a phone, or a gaming platform, but a tool they use in the daily business life as well. Apps like Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite make it perfectly possible to create and edit business-grade documents and share them via a multitude of means from local Wi-Fi to cloud storage. But what is you need a hard copy? Well, there’s an app for that!
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I’ve reviewed “to do” apps in the past. The thing that usually sets them apart is design and feature set. Some look rough around the edges, but offer a lot, while others are the exact opposite – great interface without much substance. Recently I was able to get my hands on 2Do: A Stunning To Do List with Push and Sync, an app that very well may have found that happy medium between form and function.
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SHAPE Services, the company behind the popular iDevice IM app IM+ (TMA Review), has just released a free, ad-supported version of their best-selling remote control application, RDM+. By utilizing both the app on your iPhone/iPod Touch and the (free) desktop RDM server, users can easily access and manage their home and office computers remotely. Chiffan reviewed RDM+ several months ago and had this to say:
To sum it all up, RDM+ is the best remote control software I’ve seen thus far on the iPhone. While it has its limitations (the single-screen access and the fixed refresh time), the ability to work through ANY firewall, the easy setup, and the excellent and ultra-fast interface make it unrivalled if you find yourself in need of putting in that extra bit of work on the PC but are out.
If remote access to your computer(s) is something you’d like to accomplish, RDM+ Lite is a great place to start, so long as you don’t mind the in-app ads. The regular and ad-free version can be purchased for $9.99 (down from original price of $19.99).
RDM+ Lite – Free
Today, there are many different “to do” apps in the App Store. Everything from a tweaked notepad app, to a full fledged list/chart/reminder/push notifications/etc type app wallows with its pushy digital brethren. Today I got my hands on something that’s a more or less in the middle. Developer IWonderPhone’s app, Voodo – Todo Magic, is an interesting todo app that incorporates a lot of great features without packing on the unnecessary garbage. From the outside looking in, Voodoo Todo itself seems promising. Read on to see if Voodo had the magic touch.
Since the default Contacts app on the iPhone/iPod Touch is pretty bare bones, there’s a market out there for apps that specialize in pimping up your contacts in both looks and functionality. If you’re one to find the default app severely lacking, you may want to check out STL Contacts Manager, now free after a price drop of $4.99. It’s essentially a poor-man’s version of the highly polished Groups: Drag & Drop Contacts Management app, but it still works quite well. Aside from the tabs interface of the app (and it’s many features), the thing I like most about STL is the ability to create groups for all your contacts, which will then be carried over to your stock Contacts as well (creating groups is not something you can do directly on iPhone).
While I’m not sure I’d actually pay $4.99 for STL Contacts Manager, the fact that it’s free at the moment makes it a pretty sweet deal. At the very least, I’ll probably be using it to sort out my contacts into groups without the need for iTunes.
ChineseLearnOnline.com, STL Contacts Manager – Free
Wouldn’t it be great to have the full power of the desktop right at your fingertips? Ok, so a full-featured virtual machine is probably a bit utopian right now – just remember how slowly Windows 95 runs on the iPad. But it is possible! Today, I’ll be reviewing LogMeIn Ignition, an excellent remote access app that allows you to control your desktop right from the comforts of your favorite iDevice.