iPad App Reviews


MadPad: Transform Ordinary Sounds To Music

Smule, the creators of top ranking social music apps including Magic Piano, I Am T-Pain, Ocarina and Glee Karaoke are unveiling their latest app – MadPad. This app turns everyday sights and sounds like your car, an empty soda can, or your friends into the ultimate percussive instrument.

See it to believe it – watch a 1991 Honda transform into a mad beat boxing video soundboard: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LADgRaq3g8I

Get creative! Remix your friends, local café, or bike…the possibilities are endless. With the tap of a finger, turn your iPhone, iPod or iPad into an interactive video soundboard. Record a series of video clips to create your own set, then tap the clips to make a beat from any sound. Record your remixes and share them for the world to enjoy on YouTube.

Get a taste of the local ‘house blend’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY6xRkkaoB0


Deja iPad App Launched

Try out this new free exciting app: Deja IO.

Deja gathers all the videos your friends are sharing in a beautiful lean-back experience.

Deja launched less than a month ago as finalist at the Techcrunch Disrupt competition. Deja is currently featured #1 Staff Pick in the UK App Store.


60000: Number of iPad specific Apps

AppleInsider is reporting that the new iPad is Iconic ad from Apple claims that the number of iPad specific Apps is now 60000.

The spot, “iPad is iconic,” highlights such apps as the “fresh” djay virtual turntables, “tickets” using American Airlines’ iPad app, “news” depicting video embedded in the digital copy of the Wall Street Journal, “stories” in Apple’s own iBook shelf, “students” and “teachers” both using Pages from iWork, “hollywood” depicting the Movie Slate app, and “iconic” featuring Vanity Fair.

Within the ad, an odometer-like counter of iPad apps turns over to 60,000, a number the company hit just days ago as it approached its 10 billionth iOS app download.


PDF Expert for iPad

Today Readdle releases PDF Expert for iPad, cutting edge application for working with PDF documents. PDF Expert combines professional PDF reader, extensive annotation capabilities and powerful file management in one iPad application. It lets people read and search PDF documents, highlight text, create notes, draw with a finger and save these changes being compatible with Preview and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Odessa, Ukraine – Today Readdle releases PDF Expert for iPad, cutting edge application for working with PDF documents. PDF Expert combines professional PDF reader, extensive annotation capabilities and powerful file management in one iPad application. It lets read and search PDF documents, mark-up text, create notes, draw with a finger and save all these changes inside PDF file in a format compatible with Preview and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

PDF Expert for iPad focuses on solving various tasks that many people face daily. Managers and executives can proofread and correct PDF documents on the iPad screen; students are able to make notes and drawings right on the textbook page during the lecture; scientist can quickly review tech article and highlight important paragraphs.

To handle these tasks PDF Expert for iPad supports different types of PDF annotations. In addition to highlights and notes, user can strike-through, underline and copy text as well as draw right on the PDF page. The latter function is widely used to highlight text in scanned bitmap documents as well as for handwritten notes.

Another benefit of PDF Expert for iPad is the ability to edit PDF annotations created in Apple Preview or Adobe Acrobat Reader. The function works vice versa too, thus annotations made on iPad could be changed on the Mac or Windows computer.

“Wide popularity of the iPad among education and business customers unveils that people need Acrobat Reader equivalent on their devices. PDF Expert for iPad is the very close alternative to desktop PDF readers and with later releases we plan to extend application capabilities even further” explains Igor Zhadanov, Readdle CEO.

Online storages are perfect complement to the iPad, therefore PDF Expert for iPad can connect to Dropbox, GoogleDocs and MobileMe iDisk directly. User can download document, review, annotate it and put back online – all within several finger taps.

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later
* 6.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
PDF Expert for iPad 1.0 is offered at the introductory price of $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.

Readdle: http://readdle.com
PDF Expert for iPad 1.0: http://readdle.com/pdfexpert_ipad
Purchase and Download: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id393316844?mt=8
Screenshot: http://readdle.com/images3/screens/pdfexpert.png
App Icon: http://readdle.com/images2/appicons100/PDF%20Expert%20for%20iPad.png

Founded in 2007, Readdle provides Apple iPad and iPhone/iPod touch users with high quality applications missing in a standard application set. The company flagship products are Scanner Pro, an application which transforms the iPhone into portable scanner, and ReaddleDocs, a revolutionary file manager, document reader and attachment viewer for iPhone /iPod touch and iPad. Copyright (C) 2007-2010 Readdle. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, iPad and iTunes are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.


Control your PC from your iPad for 6.99

Splashtop Remote is an iPad app that helps you do that. This works for Windows laptops and desktops. NYTimes has a detailed report:

Splashtop Remote is an iPad app that pairs with a free Windows application to display your PC screen on your iPad, provided both are on the same wireless network. Splashtop is the name of a small quick-boot program that comes pre-installed on many PCs. You may know it as Lenovo Quick Start, Asus ExpressGate, or HP QuickWeb. Splashtop Remote is made by the same company, Device VM. The company, which employs hundreds of software engineers in the US, China and elsewhere to build, test and debug its wares, has a reputation for building small, fast, bug-free programs. Splashtop Remote is no exception.

Link here


Battery Go! Plus now available for the iOS

Cameron Banga sent us this release:

What started as a quick project to make an old app iPhone 4 ready soon evolved into a long term development, building a brand new app from the ground up. We’ve had it in beta for a couple weeks and thought it was pretty good, but our beta testers raved about it, saying that it leapfrogs other battery management apps much like Tweetie rose above all Twitter apps. The app is called Battery Go! Plus and its a universal application that works on all iOS devices. Its also available now in the App Store for only $0.99. Would love to get you a promo code, an interview, or any information you would need to run a story.

Battery Go! was the first application we ever released, just over a year ago, which we put together after only a month programming experience. The app saw huge success though, getting great reviews and recommendations from The New York Times, Macworld, PC Magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, GadgetReview, AppAdvice, and many other app review sites. In less than 36 hours after release that app reached the top 100 in the US and climbed to the top paid app spot in the Netherlands.

So using a year of development experience, we ended up rebuilding the app from the ground up to create what we’re sure is the best battery application available for iOS devices. Here’s a quick breakdown of the features.
New custom “Battery Manager”, which is something thats never been done to this detail on a battery app. Helps determine just how much time you have left you use your device more accurately than any other app by taking your device type, it’s age, your typical daily use, and screen brightness all into account.
More battery management times available. Now, you can see how much longer your device will last while using GPS, video games, iBooks, YouTube, FaceTime, and more.
Tons of new battery tips which help teach you how to properly manage your device and get every last bit of juice left before your iPhone or iPad needs a recharge.
Fun new “Doodle Art” theme, which present a fun new hand drawn way to check out your remaining battery life.
More accurate version of our beloved “slider bar” feature, which allows you to play around and see how much time you’ll have left to use your device after watching a video on a plane or listening to music on a long car ride.
It’s a universal app available for both iPhones and iPads, no need to buy a special HD version for your bigger device.
iOS 4 compatible, with retina display ready graphics
Customizable color set, so that the app can match your personal style.
New shake to refresh battery time feature lets the app check your device to make sure that it still has the most accurate battery data available.
Gotten rid of the tab bar from Battery Go!. Now, you have all the battery times you need right on the home screen.
Tons of bug fixes and other additional features.
It’s without a doubt the best application we’ve ever developed and we’re confident that this is the best battery app ever available for the iPhone and iPad. We really would love to get you a chance to try it out and would love to offer you a promo code if you’re interested. I’ll be available pretty late tonight, all day tomorrow, and this weekend to make sure you have whatever you need. If you’re interested in getting a review out, just send me an email to cbanga@9magnets.com or give me a call to 219.688.9924 and I’ll be sure to get you everything you need as quick as possible. Have a great one.

-Cameron Banga

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Tapped-In – iPad Apps for Kids


YPmobile App from AT&T Interactive

The YPmobile iPad app helps keep your life in motion. Whether you’re searching for great pizza, want to read reviews on auto mechanics, or need a dentist, YPmobile is the place to go when looking for local information.

Optimized for the iPad, YPmobile is a complementary local search app to AT&T Interactive’s industry leading local search site YELLOWPAGES.COM and YP.COM. Access millions of Yellow Pages listings for local businesses!

DISCOVER – Search millions of local Yellow Pages business listings nationwide
CONNECT – Scan comprehensive business details like phone numbers, addresses, directions, websites, service hours, ratings, reviews, video profiles, and more…
GO – Integrated maps and driving directions

Features:
· Business search: View search results and details in a split list/map view (landscape and portrait mode supported)

· Category browse: Find business listings quickly with a scrollable category carousel

· Directions: Access directions to and from businesses via Google Maps

· Add to Favorites: Save businesses for easy recall

· Add to Contacts: Quickly add key business details to your iPad Contacts


Count on YPmobile for iPad to find restaurants, bars, hotels, doctors, pharmacies, mechanics, salons, plumbers, taxis, ATMs, and more – near you or wherever you’re going – whether you’re traveling cross-country or just hopping across town.


Wired Magazine’s iPad Edition Goes Live

You can now read Wired Magazine on the iPad – in Magazine format, not just the articles we do today, on Wired.com. Its a huge step for Wired, to embrace the tablet so completely – and is definitely a big win for the iPad.

The tablet is our opportunity to make the Wired we always dreamed of. It has all the visual impact of paper, enhanced by interactive elements like video and animated infographics. We can offer you a history of Mars landings that lets you explore the red planet yourself. We can take you inside Trent Reznor’s recording studio and let you listen to snippets of his work in progress. And we can show you exactly how Pixar crafted each frame of its new movie, Toy Story 3.
To deliver this rich reading environment, we’re using new digital publishing technology developed by Adobe. The yearlong effort, spearheaded by Wired creative director Scott Dadich, will allow us to simultaneously create both the print magazine and the enhanced digital version with the same set of authoring and design tools.

The tablet is our opportunity to make the Wired we always dreamed of. It has all the visual impact of paper, enhanced by interactive elements like video and animated infographics. We can offer you a history of Mars landings that lets you explore the red planet yourself. We can take you inside Trent Reznor’s recording studio and let you listen to snippets of his work in progress. And we can show you exactly how Pixar crafted each frame of its new movie, Toy Story 3.

To deliver this rich reading environment, we’re using new digital publishing technology developed by Adobe. The yearlong effort, spearheaded by Wired creative director Scott Dadich, will allow us to simultaneously create both the print magazine and the enhanced digital version with the same set of authoring and design tools.

Source: Wired


How the iPad is changing Art and Music

Robert Scoble has couple of videos and some quick pointers on how the iPad is changing Art and Music.

He has some examples of drawing portraits and composing tunes, both part of the list of scenarios we thought the iPad would serve, purely based on its form factor. The key thing, like we had suspected,  seems to be the form factor.

Link: How the iPad is changing Art and Music