Try to remember the good old days when there were only a few thousand applications in the App Store, and it wasn’t hard to find something really useful in that relatively small catalogue. However, then the App Store grew, and it became a challenge to find something worthwhile in the half-million list of diverse applications. Surely, the true hits make the Top 25 and have their armies of fans, but there are exceptions to this rule. It turns out that not all developers get lucky when promoting their software on this market, and high-quality, interesting projects are put on the roadside among the diversity of the App Store’s apps. Pay attention to the “heroes” of today’s review; perhaps you will find something really worth trying among these practical tools for everyday usage.
iA Writer App
Everyone whose occupation somehow involves typing on an iPad needs the most convenient application for this purpose. If the built-in “Notes” feature does not seem good enough, then try iA Writer.
The main advantage of this app lies in the well-thought-out ergonomics of the typing process. There are also a few other options worth mentioning. The application is meant for the creation of simple text files without images and formatting; it is assumed that a user will edit the notes on a PC later. Thanks to the focus mode, all elements of the interface can be removed, and the previously typed text except for the current paragraph can be shaded. And there is a minimum of counter-distractions, so your thoughts won’t scatter. But the first thing you will definitely need to get used to is the keyboard where the absence of some keys is compensated for with an additional line of symbols with brackets, inverted commas, and the shift button. Once you get used to this keyboard, typing will turn out to be as convenient as it is on a PC.
Your notes can be saved to DropBox and iCloud.
Thinking back, how many times have you forgotten to do a task that was not that important but still necessary due to your forgetfulness? And to think, all you had to do to remember this task was write it down in your iPhone. The built-in Reminders feature is not quite fitting for this purpose as a well-managed and quick organizer due to its sluggishness. Instead, you can use a great tool that combines the easy-to-use ergonomic interface and conveniences of a regular notebook: Headfinder. Unlike its most boring counterparts, the tool won’t ask you to fill in a lot of fields and check a bunch of items. Each note is added via 3 simple steps: you type a brief event description, point out the date of the event, and then type its time. If you cancel the date input, there are only 2 steps left to fill in. Easy peasy. An interesting detail is that when the task’s date is approaching, you will see a notification with the options to either delay or confirm the task. Who knows, maybe you will change your mind and decide to do nothing at all at the moment?
The interface of the application is quite logical; it is simple and nice to use. It is one of those rare cases when the paper-like graphics seem appropriate and do not look like an attempt to save money on hiring a good designer.
The Early Edition App
It is so nice to start the day with a cup of aromatic coffee and the latest newspaper, isn’t it? Would you say it is a bit old-fashioned? Maybe you have a point, but the rage is not about the printed press because we live in the era of tablets and RSS news dominance. However, The Early Edition app successfully copies the old-fashioned printed press.
The app allows you to import all saved data to the informational channels of Google Reader and then sync the read files to an iPad with your Google account. However, the best thing about this app is not its support of the popular service but in the virtual newspaper makeup of all RSS news feeds. We can debate for hours about the irrelevancy of the printed press, but it is rather hard to overcome it in the material feed’s convenience. Each note can be unfolded by simply pushing some text or an image. All news can be shared between online friends via social networking sites. Those people who prefer to read on the subway or without using the Internet will definitely appreciate the option of uploading texts with WiFi in order to read them offline later.