Typic looks like just another standard photo editor with an endless supply of colourful and vintage filters. However, delving deeper you’ll find it has so much more to offer. Swiping along the bottom of the screen will navigate you between the various options — filters, frames, text, colours and a large collection of icons.
Teachers use a lot of post-it notes in the classroom and the app Stickyboard looks to bring them into the digital era. With simple gestures and a clear interface, there’s not much of a learning curve. Especially after you’ve followed the tutorial when you first open the app.
Video Stopwatch is a simple app that helps you measure the time it takes between two points in a video. The obvious use for this is during a race where you could get the exact times for each competitor. As long as you have a recording from the start of the race and a suitable location of the finish line, the app works reasonably well.
Reference guides are an excellent type of app for the iPad as you get so much information in a portable device. The next time a butterfly passes, you can identify it from anything that you can remember — colour, size, markings, type of habitat or when and where you saw it. In addition to butterflies, the app also contains day-flying moths.
There’s no denying that Sound Board is an annoying app. It’s filled with traditional sounds effects that, once played more than once, will undoubtedly make you go slightly mad. However, it does have a use in the classroom — especially for games, quizzes or even basic video editing.
You no longer have to imagine a world without a perfect note-taking iPad app, because Notability is wonderful. It is an incredible piece of software that, even with the amount of current features, is always looking to improve and update. Whether you want to add a text note, audio recording, annotate a webpage or doodle over a photograph — Notability can do it all.
An introduction to cursive writing almost seems like it was made for a tablet. Being able to directly trace over letters, with spoken guidance, certainly makes the whole process a lot easier. In Cursive Writing Wizard you have an app that not only teaches, but makes it fun too.
Developers Touchpress are quickly becoming one of the top creators of iPad apps. The Orchestra is just another fine example of how apps should be designed and built. Although the app centres around classical music, you don’t necessarily have to enjoy classical music in order to appreciate it.
Identifying bird song with Chirp! is like having a personal bird expert with you at all times. The large database of recordings and images help you learn and remember the calls, so you’ll eventually recognise a bird without even seeing it. To make learning more efficient, the app includes quizzes to test your knowledge and memory.
With the introduction of iOS 8 in 2014, Apple unlocked the possibility for adding 3rd party keyboards which are relatively unknown to many. These keyboard extensions function in a similar way to the default keyboard, but usually with an added benefit. For example, you can speed up typing by using the swipe-to-type style SwiftKey or have the powerful search functionality of Google using their Gboard app. TextExpander looks to speed up your workflow and day-to-day life by helping you expand short abbreviations into longer sentences or phrases.
The idea for the iPad app iVisualiser is a simple, yet clever one. It displays live video from the camera that you can write or draw on to annotate. Any marks you make are recorded to the video as well as any audio commentary.
Quip is a full office suite with the added ability of realtime collaboration. By placing chat boxes next to the document viewer, users can relay ideas or discuss issues whilst the document is open.