Found a cool and useful iPad App? Then be sure to let other members of iPadForums.net about it!
With the list of dedicated iPad Apps growing, we thought we would sticky a thread with discussions and recommendations of worth while apps.
WSJ.app - Great app for the free access to Wall Street Journal, for the news junkie!
WeatherBug.app - Awesome open source weather.
iWork suite - Touch your documents in a new and special way.
Marvel.app - Best comic reader bar none. If I could only import other cbr and cbz files.
Early Edition.app - RSS news reader shows great promise, but still needs lots of refinement to make it useful (like leveraging OPML settings from Google Reader).
iBook.app - Of course if you want to read ANY books. Best part is you can slide your own ePub files right in and start reading.
Labyrinth HD Lite.app - Fantastic ball rolling game.
Magic Piano.app - Love the random anonymous duet feature!!
Holy Bible.app and Logos.app - To keep in touch with the Messiah!
I'd like to find a good Weather app but I just don't think that WeatherBugg cuts it. First of all, it's European coverage is terrible - so, I expect that the people that love it live in America. Secondly, it's interface is really badly designed. It doesn't tell me what it's doing (when it's fetching data), so I don't know if the app has hung or not... it doesn't have any obvious 'click here' for more info buttons/icons, etc.
Overall, I find it a very amateur effort... IMHO
Has anyone used ezDesktop, Wyse PocketCloud Remote or Jump Desktop to access windows based programs on corporate network?
Weather Underground Personal Weather Station Guidelines
Leaving out network activity indicators is kind of the Mac way. Keeps the UI clean and simple. Plastering the screen with all kind of processing info is more the Windows way of doing things.
Thanks for the feedback and your suggestion.
I think you are being mischievous with your Mac-Windows comment. Giving user feedback is not a 'Mac' vs. 'Windows' thing. Providing feedback is good design, period. If an app appears to be hung but is, in fact, doing something - then the lack of feedback to the user is poor design.
I have worked on many websites, new media projects and games, etc. If you watch a user use something, they will get easily confused and frustrated if they don't know what to do next - i.e. a confusing interface and lack of feedback. 9 times out of 10, they will not take the time to figure out what's going on and they will quit.
This is my point in regards to WeatherBug. It looks to me like it isn't working, so I stopped using it.
On the Mac desktop, you see a spinning colour wheel to demonstrate that the computer is 'busy'. On the iPad and iPhone, there are spinning network indicators to tell you it is 'fetching data'. Some apps put a spinning motif in the middle of their app, when it is busy working. This is good design practice.
'Plastering the screen' is clutter on any platform. The iPhone had such small screen real-estate that 'plastering it' would be very difficult. The iPad does not... so it remains to be seen if this discipline will be adhered to. Not all app developers adhere to the same model of UI design, so this will be interesting to watch. European developers often do things differently than their American colleagues. Look at the BBC, Guardian and FT apps to see what I mean. All three are in the news business but they have very different ideas about how to present the news and do not follow a common display model.
I'd like to see an app that would sync my Blackberry calender/contacts to my iPad via Bluetooth.
Holoblog is uber cool
Check out Whitenote. It's a great note taking app with both keyboard and writing recognition as well as many other features.