With the end of 2011 fast approaching and Christmas even sooner I’m putting together a review looking back at what went on during what has been an incredible year.
To kick things off I thought I’d share with you what have been my most used iPad Apps of 2011; Apps that have been invaluable in helping with training/studying, time management, working with clients, reading books, keeping up to date with what’s going on in the world of Photography, Photoshop and other interests.
So here in no particular order are my Most Used iPad Apps of 2011; Apps that I’ll use every day without fail… Kelby Training An incredible teaching resource with classes from some of the best in the world of Photography & Photoshop, the App version of the website means that wherever you are you can tune in and take in some knowledge. With a great user interface and the ability to stream content to my Apple TV Kelby Training is a winner and one I use on a daily basis without fail.
•Kelby Training on iTunes [Link]
•Requires membership to Kelby Training [Link] Puffin Web Browser Think you can’t watch Flash content on your iPad? Well think again because with the Puffin Web Browser you can and it works a treat, so if you watch live streaming over the internet no longer do you have to miss your favourite shows when away from your computer; I use it regularly to tune into the weekly episode of The Grid and it works great!
•Puffin Web Browser on iTunes [Link] Moodboard To help get a clearer understanding of exactly what a new client is looking for from their photo shoot, I’ll always task them to email me pictures that they’ve found online or in magazines/newspapers that have the kind of feel they’re after. Then long with ones that I too have found I’ll create a ‘Moodboard’ of them all together using the Moodboard App. I’ve found doing this really helps when it comes to the shoot itself not just by saving time but by helping focus on exactly what it is we’re working towards achieving.
•Moodboard on iTunes [Link] Video2Brain The iPad version of Video2Brain’s website giving access to a large number of videos teaching all manner of software titles such as Photoshop with classes from world renowned creatives such as Uli Staiger, Calvin Hollywood, Steve Caplin and more…
•Video2Brain on iTunes [Link]
•Requires monthly membership or download of individual video classes [Link] 500px Quite simply THE place for folks who are serious about their Photography and the App certainly complements their wonderful site. A pleasure to use, this App is not only a great way to show your images but also gives access to images uploaded by users all around the world making it the place to go for inspiration! (Free)
•500px on iTunes [Link] Photo Manager Pro I’ve lost count how many Portfolio Apps I’ve downloaded from the App store and don’t use any of them. Up until recently I was using the iPad’s built in Photos App to show my images but the drawback was the inability to re-arrange the order of images and create folders without syncing with iTunes first. However Photo Manager Pro allows me to do all of that and more…quickly and easily right on the iPad…love it!
•Photo Manager Pro on iTunes [Link] Light It Digital Magazine Produced exclusively for the iPad, Light it Magazine from the folks over at Kelby Media sets the standard for all future digital magazines. Specifically for photographers Light It offers in App purchase of the latest editions of the magazine but where the App stands head and shoulders above the rest is the sheer quality of the imagery and how interactive it is. If you’re a photographer this is a MUST!
•Light it on iTunes [Link] Kindle for iPad Well what I can say about the Kindle App other than…love it! It’s the place I buy most of my books these days and for a whole heap of reasons: they look great, they’re always with me, they’re generally available sooner than the physical copy and so on. Now I know digital versions of books isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but for me I just love the convenience of it; however I do still buy the occasional physical book but these are generally to get signed by the author.
•Kindle on iTunes [Link] Reeder Every day I have a growing number of blogs that I like to read and keep up to date with and when I’m out and about I find Reeder a great way to do it. With a clean, simple user interface I find Reeder just does what it says on the tin..nothing fancy but it does it well by linking in with the your Google Reader account.
•Reeder on iTunes [Link] Diptic This is an App I knew nothing about until seeing it on Scott Kelby’s blog recently, so needless to say I downloaded it and love it. Diptic does a great job of arranging your images in a way that can be emailed and used in blog posts etc ands what’s more it’s just so simple and fun to use. Sure the layouts you can do in Diptic can be done in Photoshop or even Lightroom but it’s just the sheer ease and speed Diptic offers that makes it a winner!
•Diptic on iTunes [Link]
So there you have it…my Top 10 Most Used Apps of 2011, but what about you? What Apps have you been using more than others this year? Apps that have saved you time, money and maybe added a little more convenience to what you do? I’d love to hear some of your recommendation so please feel free to post them in the comments section below.
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