Essential software for your new iPad

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  1. KevinJS

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    Looks like there is still a huge number of people who are buying iPads for the first time, so this thread aims to let you know what you need on it right off the bat.

    Since iWorks went free for new purchases a while back, may as well start off with that. Pages is a word-processor that is file-compatible with MS Word, Numbers is a spreadsheet with compatibility with Excel and Keynote replaces Powerpoint.

    Next up, you should grab iBooks. It will read .epub and .pdf files, and is your portal to ebooks in the iTunes Store. You can also download free books from a variety of sources including the Gutenberg Project and read them with iBooks.

    Remote enables you to control AppleTV and iTunes on your PC/Mac using your iPad.

    Last, have a look at iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand.

    All of the above were written by Apple for iDevices, and cannot fail to enhance your experience with your new device.

    Over to the forum. What do you consider to be essential additions to a new iPad?
     
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    PCalc Lite:

    Unlike the iPhone, the iPad does not come with a native calculator app. My favorite is PCalc. There is a free Lite version which will be more than enough for most people. You can upgrade it with in app purchases if you decide you want all the extras.
     
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    VLC, plays almost any media format.
    Flipboard, a news aggregator that's hard to beat.
    MxTube, my favorite YouTube client.
    Weblock, like Adblock for iOS, and not just for browsers.
    Find My iPhone. Get this RIGHT NOW, before your device goes missing.

    All of these are free, BTW.
     
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    Online storage in general - helps transfer files between devices; to name just a few: Box, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Sugar Sync

    Evernote - there's a lot more you can do than just take notes
    Skitch - for photos (blur, crop, write on them, ...)

    Kindle - to access and read ebooks from Amazon
     
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  5. cecilrwilliams

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    Kindle, n my book, is a great app, esp if you are an Amazon Prime member. Free books monthly.
     
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    GoodReader is great. You can create a file folder directory. I use it with Pages. I create my docs in Pages and open them in GoodReader as a PDF. This way I can utilize a file directory system. I access both of those apps everyday, numerous times.
     
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    Another good app for those who "attend" Citrix hosted Webinars is GoTo Meeting. You can "attend" the Webinar on your GoTo Meeting App. I do this for my embroidery software Webinars. I use GoTo Meeting on my iPad and can open my software on my PC and so the exercises as the presenter is doing it.

    The embroidery software I use has just switched to Citrix as a webinar provider and it is wonderful!
     
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    Don't forget the Find iPhone App!
     
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    Want to view websites and/or videos that use Flash? Use Photon as your browser instead of Safari to visit and a website that uses Flash or view that video on the website that uses Flash. I have not run across a website or video that was not compatible with Photon.

    One of the sites I purchase machine embroidery supplies from uses flash for close up views of their products for some reason, so I have to use Photon when I want to visit that site. Some people post videos that require a Flash on Facebook, so when I run across one, I use Photon instead of Safari.
     
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    I'd add Twitter to this list. It's perfect for local traffic and goings-on.
     
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