The tablet market may have cooled down from its heyday of several years ago, but Apple's iPad remains the must-have tablet. Its portability, massive screen and impressive specs make it a great platform for productivity apps, media players, social media tools and everything else in between. From magazine and news readers to productivity and photo editing tools, we take a look at 20 of the best iPad apps that take advantages of the tablet's massive screen space and solid specs. (Photo Credit: Denys Prykhodov/Shutterstock)
Evernote is the Internet's favorite note-taking service, and for good reason: with a powerful mix of functions, a simple and effective interface and cross-platform support, the note taker has all the tools you need to keep your ideas organized. Jot down notes or images and immediately sync them across all your devices, share the minutes of a meeting through email, send your notes straight to a printer or upload your ruminations Twitter or Facebook. Evernote's Web clipping and share sheets are easily accessible from a variety of apps, and an extremely handy notification center widget that allows you to quickly create and upload new notes, photos and more.
Moleskine may be better known for its notebooks, but the company's $6.99 Timepage calendar app for iOS does a good job at being stylish and feature-packed. A smart calendar and day planner, Timepage works with existing calendar providers like iCloud, Facebook and Google, while providing some nifty calendar views and easy event creation. The base view provides a simple timeline of the day's coming appointments, with a date tab on the side for selecting specific days of the week. A month "heatmap" view quickly shows which days are free or busy, with filters surfacing particular events or calendars. Natural language parsing for event creation, maps and weather info, and natural language support are among the other additions. This iPad version provides expanded view modes and split-screen support.
Paper by Fifty Three may have started life as a drawing and notebook app, but it's since expanded its functions to include checklists, photo annotations and general note-taking, all while retaining the app's expressive drawing engine and analogue feel. Users can easily bring together checklists, notes, and annotated photographs into a notebook system for easy organizing. Once you're done, your work can be exported into PDF, Keynote or Powerpoint formats for easy use. Whether you're looking for something to doodle with or a useful productivity tool, Paper delivers the goods, and is a joy to use on the iPad's big screen, particularly with the Apple Pencil.
Astropad Studio turns your iPad or iPad Pro into a graphics tablet for your Mac. Astropad provides a natural drawing experience and should work with any Mac out of the box. It supports a wide variety of pressure sensitive stylus brands, such as Adonit, Wacom and Apple's own Pencil. Astropad is designed to work equally well whether you're connected to your Mac wirelessly or through USB, and features color correction, palm rejection, customizable shortcuts and gesture controls. The app works on a subscription model, costing $7.99 monthly, or $64.99 annually.
PCalc Lite for iOS has a well-deserved spot on this list as a free, extremely flexible scientific calculator armed with powerful features. There are also numerous add-ons. The basic package gives you a fair amount to work with, such as trigonometric and logarithmic functions, a radian mode, undo and redo operations, as well as unit conversions and constants. Users looking for more power can buy additional features and operations through in-app purchases, or spring for the complete version for $9.99.
More than just a clever play on words, Procreate brings a fast, feature-packed digital arts studio straight into your tablet. Procreate features support for ultra-high def 4k canvases, up to 128 layers, 250 levels of undo and redo, and more than 100 customizable brushes. From transformative tools to video capture of workflow, multi-touch gesture commands and GPU accelerated filters, Procreate puts on an impressive performance. It's overkill if you're just looking for something to doodle with, but if you're in the market for a robust, professional quality art app on an iPad, Procreate deserves a look.
On the iOS front, Readdle's $9.99 PDF Expert line of apps is among the most impressive premium PDF tools available for mobile users. PDF Expert can open the full spectrum of PDF files, including password protected and form-fillable documents. The app also supports a variety of other document formats stored locally or in the cloud. Drawing tools, highlighting and other text annotation tools provide the means to mark up documents, while text search, PDF links and other navigation tools make getting to where you want a snap.
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