50 Must-Have iPad Apps
Weather+ ($1.99): Weather+ is a stunning dashboard weather application for the iPad that offers as much, or as little information as you need to track the weather in your area.
Temperature, wind direction and speed, humidity, five day forecasts, precipitation, pressure and visibility make up the multiple widgets found on the home screen. You can also switch between Fahrenheit/Miles and Celsius/Kilometers (you know, if you’re a metric kinda person) and change the widget layout, so you don’t have to see the information you don’t want.
Weather+ pops up on a lot of “top” lists for weather applications and once you download it, you’ll see why.
GoodReader for iPad ($4.99): A lot of people hate GoodReader’s icon, but don’t judge an app by its cover – open it up first.
GoodReader is possibly the best PDF reader on the iPad, offering users the ability to annotate PDFs with text, lines, bubbles and other drawings. Not a fan of PDFs? You can also import Office documents (.ppt, .doc, and .xls), iWork documents, HTML webarchives, hi-res images, and audio and video.
GoodReader stores all your files in folders that you can create from within the app, and you can transfer your documents through services like Google Docs, Dropbox, SugarSync and Box.net. Or you can use a standard USB cable. GoodReader is the Swiss Army knife of document reading applications and is worth every penny.
Dropbox (Free): It’s Dropbox, that ubiquitous always-available online storage service in app form. View your documents and photos from within the app, mark them as favorites to cache them locally and share them with friends. You can also send files from other apps to Dropbox, such as email attachments.
You get 2GB for free from Dropbox, but if you quickly use that up, you can pay for more storage, like 50GB and 100GB – and only the files you choose are ever stored locally on the iPad.
Agenda Calendar ($0.99): Agenda is a simple, clean, Helvetica-styled calendar app for iOS. It accesses your local and iCloud calendars and shows you the important information at a glance. For more detailed data, take advantage of the many swipe gestures available to switch between views.
There’s no faux-leather, nor any torn sheets of paper. This isn’t supposed to look like a real object, it’s supposed to look like a beautiful application…and it does. Send emails or SMS messages from the event view, keep track of tasks with the “Goal View”, set custom alerts and reminders, and view your entire week at once only on the iPad (the iPhone version doesn’t do that).
EasySign (Free): EasySign Mobile makes the annoying task of signing and faxing documents a thing of the past. Input your signature on the iPad using your finger (or a stylus), adjust the size to fit the space on the document, “sign” it and email it wherever it needs to go.
You can also type in other form data, like dates and names, so you don’t have to print the blank form, fill it out, scan it back in and digitally sign it – everything can be done through EasySign Mobile.
Note: While the app is free, you will need to pay to have the signed documents processed through the app via in-app purchase.