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Clipping is a handy way to collect and organize the most important slides from a presentation. For reading e-books on my Windows desktop, for the longest time I’ve used Adobe Digital Editions. The home screen also has links or download instructions for several public book sources, including Feedbooks, Project Gutenberg, EPubBooks, and Smashwords; there are also options for downloading from OneDrive or a local Calibre server, or opening folders from a file. But the real magic of Freda comes from the reading interface, because it has a clean interface, excellent layout control, and literally the most expansive reading options screen I’ve ever seen on any e-reader application. The settings menu has options for adjusting appearance, layout, and advanced options—and they leave bare-bones readers like Bibliovore right back in the dust. I haven’t had the chance to try this app on any mobile Windows devices yet, but given that it’s universal it should work just as well on them. So here we recommend some free Mac graphic apps for desktop publishing with multiple functions. It has powerful functions like word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. But trust us, it's worth the extra cash.Many of the best free iPhone apps cost money in their iPad incarnations, and the quality level of what's still free for the tablet is often ropey. Subscribe to the mailing list and get a daily update with the most important news about Gadgets! It is free but ad-supported, in the form of a single banner ad from the app’s home screen—nothing that shows up while you’re actually reading things.
There’s no direct integration with Dropbox yet, like Marvin and Gerty have, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he added it sooner or later. Right-clicking pulls up top and bottom status status displays, as well as a floating panel for highlighting, bookmarking, and reading aloud selected text.
You have absolute control over colors, brightness, font and size (it can use any font currently installed in Windows, including the Bookerly and Ember fonts from Amazon), line and word spacing, justification and alignment, indentation, number of columns, and much, much more. At present, hyphenation works strangely, often breaking words in mid-syllable and not taking note of hyphens that exist already in compound words. It has a few glitches, but developer Jim Chapman is working on fixing them and is open to suggestions for new features.
You can use them to make business cards, letters, booklets, advertising leaflets and magazines and so on. You can use it to create text and graphics compositions like business cards, book covers, fliers, and ads. You can use it to make page layout, paint, color and edit pictures and photos, draw vector images, use dingbat vector clipart, write rich text, create ray traced 3D text logos, and etc. A perfectly complete solution for converting, publishing, selling and viewing digital magazines on iphone, ipad. But among the dross lie rare gems - iPad apps that are so good you can't believe they're still free.
But in recent weeks I’ve found another Windows 10 e-reading application that is remarkably good. You can remove it with a $1.99 in-app purchase, which wouldn’t be a bad fee to pay for the app just as it is.
In any event, it’s just as easy for me to open books directly from my Dropbox folder, since I keep it on the same machine. If you use OneDrive, you can set it to sync your reading position across multiple computers via storing a file there. But I can definitely say that it’s a great reading solution for DRM-free titles for the desktop—so if you have a good selection of DRM-free titles available, and a Windows 10 computer, be sure to give it a try. You can use it to make almost any kind of documents, namely business cards, letters, booklets, advertising leaflets and magazines and then print them. While I’ll definitely keep ADE around for downloading e-books, I’m thinking of switching to something else for reading the DRM-free ones. Freda comes with several classic public-domain titles pinned to the homescreen, which can be downloaded and opened by clicking on them or deleted from the screen with a right-click option. You have to enable it from the “advanced” control panel, turn off hyphenation, and set the font really big and columns really narrow to see it, and it requires long words to show up, but when you do, there it is.
But if you want to choose this software, you have to spend a long time to learn how to use this professional program. Note that apps marked 'universal' will run on your iPad and iPhone, optimising themselves accordingly. E-books that you add yourself show up in the same area, with metadata displayed to the right. The one thing that had kept me from recommending it before was that until recently it hadn’t honored the non-breaking space paragraphs that Scrivener uses to separate sections—but Chapman fixed that, and now it works great.
I could wish he’d made it a bit more common, but then it never was meant to be taken seriously anyway. And it’s getting better day by day as developer Jim Chapman is open to suggestions for new features. Desktop Publisher Pro flows text around graphics; it allows you to Link text boxes and precisely place text elements, right down to the letter. Unless you've been living under a rock that itself is under a pretty sizeable rock, you'll have heard of Microsoft's hugely popular word processor.
This full-featured desktop publisher provides users Far more control over the appearance of text than ordinary word processors. What you might not realize, though, is how good it is on iPad.Fire up the app and you're greeted with a selection of handy templates, although you can of course instead use a blank canvas.
Whether your running a business, advertising a garage sale or adding the Finishing Touches to a school project, Desktop Publisher Pro lets you tinker, tweak and outright torture text, plus create headlines and special effects like the best of the big-name publishing software at a fraction of the cost. You then work with something approximating the desktop version of Word, but that's been carefully optimized for tablets. If text on a path provides the perfect visual solution, get creative with the Bezier Text Tool. Your brain keeps arguing it shouldn't exist, but it does - although things are a bit fiddly on an iPad mini.Wisely, saved documents can be stored locally rather than you being forced to use Microsoft's cloud, and they can be shared via email. You can also use the Bezier Tool to create interesting and dynamic shapes for your graphic images. In addition to standard Object Tools used to create lines, curves, circles, squares, and round-cornered rectangles, Publisher Pro offers Speech Balloons and a Star Tool. Presumably, Microsoft thinks iPad Pro owners have money to burn, though, because for free they just get a viewer. Bah.Zen Studio (universal)According to the developer's blurb, Zen Studio is all about helping children to relax and focus, by providing a kind of finger-painting that can only exist in the digital realm.
Create visually robust text for a masthead or headline, using the wide range of text tools.
Frankly, we take issue with the 'children' bit, because Zen Studio has a welcoming and pleasing nature that should ensure it's a hit with every iPad user.You start off with a grid of triangles and a column of colored paints. Tap a paint to choose your color and then tap individual triangles or drag across the grid to start drawing.
Every gesture you make is accompanied by musical notes that play over an ambient background soundtrack. Bar the atmosphere being knocked a touch by a loud squelch noise whenever a new paint tube is selected, the mix of drawing tool and musical instrument is intoxicating. When you're done, your picture can be squirted to the Photos app, ready for sharing with the world.This is, however, a limited freebie in some ways.
The problem is, most cooking apps (and indeed, traditional cookery books) make assumptions regarding people's abilities. Faced with a list of steps on a stark white page, it's easy to get halfway through a recipe, look at the stodge in front of you, reason something must have gone terribly wrong, and order a takeaway.Kitchen Stories offers firmer footing. Every step in a recipe is accompanied by a picture that shows how things should be at that point.
Additionally, some recipes provide tutorial videos for potentially tricky skills and techniques. Fancy some Vietnamese pho, but not sure how to peel ginger, prepare a chilli or thinly slice meat? Kitchen Stories has you covered.Beyond this, there's a shopping list, handy essentials guide, and some magazine-style articles to peruse.
The interface is odd (but fun) and there's a 'lifestyle' page that determines how your current local conditions might affect over 20 activities, including dog-walking and stargazing.Facebook (universal) The social networking giant has gone back-and-forth with its mobile apps, finally settling on this smart, native implementation.
The browser's bookmarks pages house massive icons, and its search is fast and to the point. With an interface that's helpful and yet stays out of your way, Opera Coast therefore becomes an excellent lean-back browser for key sites you like to spend a lot of time with, leaving Safari for hum-drum day-to-day web browsing.Beatwave (universal)Beatwave is a simplified Tenori-On-style synth which enables you to rapidly build pleasing melodies by prodding a grid. Multiple layers and various instruments provide scope for complex compositions, and you can save sessions or, handily, store and share compositions via email. Spearheaded by a wealth of creative talent, including writers Alan and Leah Moore, it's more akin to a collaborative art project that seeks to find new ways of creating and presenting comics.
The app itself is (for now) a one-off publication, with a small selection of comics to read, playing with the artform's conventions by way of structure, interaction and navigation. Like Microsoft's other iOS fare, Excel is surprisingly powerful, marrying desktop-style features with touchscreen smarts.You can get started with a blank workbook or choose from one of the bundled templates, which include budget planners, schedules, logs, and lists.


Wisely, the app has an optional custom keyboard when you're editing cells, filled with symbols, numbers, and virtual cursor keys. This won't make much odds if you're armed with a Bluetooth keyboard, but it speeds things up considerably if you only have your iPad handy.You might be wondering what the catch is, and there aren't many if you own a standard iPad or a mini. Sign in with a free Microsoft account and you're blocked from some aesthetic niceties, but can do pretty much everything else. If you're on an iPad Pro, however, Microsoft demands you have a qualifying Office 365 subscription to create and edit documents, but the app at least still functions as a viewer.Dropbox (universal)Dropbox is a great service for syncing documents across multiple devices. Those turned out to be unfounded, because here's yet another bespoke, nicely designed Google-created app for iOS. It aims to improve your writing, reading, speaking, listening and maths skills through a variety of daily challenges, which keep your brain active and test you in entertaining ways. As you'd expect from Apple, the interface is polished and usable, with handy cross-device bookmark syncing, highlighting, and various display options.
It's also a capable PDF reader, for your digital magazine collection.IM+ (universal)Although the iPad enables a certain amount of basic multi-tasking, anyone who constantly juggles a number of instant messaging services will soon be tired of leaping between apps. However, Kindle's fine for reading, and you get options to optimise your experience (including the ability to kill the naff page-turn animation and amend the page background to a pleasant sepia tone).Movies by Flixster (universal)One for film buffs, Movies figures out where you are and tells you what's showing in your local cinemas - or you can pick a film and it'll tell you where and when it's on. Apple's own Maps app has improved, but Google still outsmarts its rival when it comes to public transport, finding local businesses, and virtual tourism by way of Street View.
Google's 'OS within an OS' also affords a certain amount of cross-device sync when it comes to searches. It's a little US-centric, but can be skewed towards UK coverage via the Settings app, and it's worth downloading for a more international take on news coverage than BBC News provides.Airbnb (universal)Airbnb makes travel affordable and social, as rather than staying in a hotel you can stay in someone's house. Options range from crashing on someone's sofa to renting a private island, or if you have a spare room you could even rent your own space out. With the iPad's acres, the eBay app is a properly sit-back experience, all about huge images you can swipe, and listings you can effortlessly scroll through.
For some reason, the eBay team messes about with the interface approximately every eleven seconds, but the end result's usually for the better.Soundrop (universal)Soundrop is a minimal generative sound toy that offers an endless stream of balls, which make noises when they collide with and bounce off user-drawn lines. For more advanced features - save, multiple instruments and gravity adjustment - there's an in-app 'pro' purchase option.Kickstarter (universal)After a stint on the iPhone, Kickstarter has now arrived on Apple's slates and it's the perfect fit for it, giving you a big window into thousands of projects which you can back with a tap. Browse by categories and sub-categories, select how to sort projects or just search for a specific one.
We eagerly await delivery of our smart socks.Google Earth (universal)It's not the smoothest app in the world, and it lacks some elements from the desktop, but Google Earth is nonetheless a joy on the iPad. Touch gestures are an intuitive means of swooping around the planet, and the optional layers enable you to display as much or as little ancillary information as you wish.25.
Flickr (universal)Instagram might be the current online photo-sharing darling, but it's clear veteran Flickr remains up for a fight.
On iPad, it's a lovely app, with a refined and minimal UI that makes browsing simple and allows photography to shine. You can set videos and photos to automatically upload, and they stay private unless you choose to share them. There are compatibility issues with the most modern Apple toys as Live Photos end up as stills on Flickr. Unlike TechRadar favourite Sky Guide, there's no means to drag a finger to manually move the sky around - you must always point your iPad's display where you want to look - but there's no price-tag either. Rather than trying to provide all of the news, it instead concentrates on the latest stories, with inline video.
Categories can be rearranged, stories can be shared and the app's layout adjusts to portrait and landscape orientations.Epicurious (universal)Tens of thousands of recipes at your fingertips (as long as you have a web connection) ensure Epicurious is worth a download for the culinary-inclined. It's also handy to have installed for when your broadband goes all flaky and you need to record the figures for a subsequent moan at your ISP.Brushes Redux (universal)The original Brushes app was one of the most important in the iPhone's early days. With Jorge Colombo using it to paint a New Yorker cover, it showcased the potential of the technology, and that an iPhone could be used for production, rather than merely consumption. The app is simple, elegant and, generally speaking, provides an accurate location for devices. It also enables you to remote-lock or wipe a device.Flipboard (universal)Initially, Flipboard looked like a gimmick, trying desperately to make online content resemble a magazine.
The iPad's large display improves the app's usability, simultaneously displaying your friend list and a map.IMDB (universal)IMDB might be a wee bit US-focused at times (much like the movie industry), but the app is a great way to browse more movie-related info than you could ever hope to consume in a single lifetime.
Settings enable you to define which sites IMDB and Amazon info is taken from, and the show times finder works pretty well.Pocket (universal)Choosing between Pocket and Instapaper for your read-it-later service is a bit like trying to figure out which of your equally lovely kids is the best. Like its rival, Pocket makes it simple to stash web pages for later, stripping them of cruft, leaving only images and text.
This content can then be digested in an easy-to-view layout that's not desperately trying to punch adverts into your eyeballs. Instapaper probably has the lead on minimalism and typography, but Pocket's colourful interface is a bit more welcoming, and we prefer it when it comes to saving videos.TED (universal)TED describes itself as "riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world".
The app pretty much does as you'd expect - you get quick access to dozens of inspiring videos. However, it goes the extra mile in enabling you to save any talk for offline viewing, and also for providing hints on what to watch next if you've enjoyed a particular talk.Twitter (universal)The official Twitter app might lack some of the features found in certain third-party clients, but it does provide a sleek and simple means of using the service. Pigment is an exception, marrying a love for colouring with serious digital smarts.On selecting an illustration, there's a range of palettes and tools to explore. You can use pencils and markers, adjusting opacity and brush sizes, and work with subtle gradients. Colouring can be 'freestyle', or you can tap to select an area and ensure you don't go over the lines while furiously scribbling. It's a pity there's no one-off payment for individual books, but you do get plenty of free illustrations, and so it's hard to grumble.Dolphin Browser Safari for iPad is a great mobile browser, but if you hanker for more features, Dolphin is a decent alternative.
The browser has an Opera-like 'speed dial' that provides one-touch access to favourites, and you can create personalised action gestures.
There's also a distraction-free full-screen mode for when you really want to get into a website.Skyscanner Flights (universal) Skyscanner's website is pretty good, but the iPad app's another great example of how an app's focus can really help you speed through a task. You use the app to search over a thousand airlines, and it provides straightforward competitive journey lists and comparison graphs.
If you're planning a flight, it's an indispensable download.EtsyEvery now and again, we get a little bit twitchy at global marketplaces.
Certain online stores are getting too big, to the point they'll probably soon attempt to embed a 'buy now' button inside your brain.
Instead of polished iPad stands fresh from Jony Ive's pencil, you're more likely to find something beautiful made out of driftwood.
You can spin and explore the Earth with a fingertip, and add overlays for meteorological data you're interested in, such as temperature, precipitation and wind. Tap-hold anywhere on the map to get the current conditions, or switch to the climate view for averages. Google ads pop up every now and again, periodically obliterating the geekery, but are easily dismissed. The idea is to use a dormant iPad for displaying interesting and useful information: a clock, weather reports, calendar entries, unread email subjects, Twitter replies, and RSS feeds.
Status Board works in landscape or portrait, and there's an alternate HD layout if you want to output to, for example, a wall-mounted telly. Autodesk SketchBook provides all the tools you need for digital sketching, from basic doodles through to intricate and painterly masterpieces; and if you're wanting to share your technique, you can even time-lapse record to save drawing sessions to your camera roll. You start with a mood (which determines the scale), 'base', 'melody' and a filter (effect). You can then play your creation, or save it alongside a kind of diary entry, noting how you feel. Unlike many simple iPad music apps, Cove does enable you to create discordant output, but beyond the hippy vibe, there is the potential here to fashion great beauty. XE Currency (universal)It's as ugly as they come, but XE Currency is the best free currency app you'll find. Select a recipe and you'll see steps and ingredients, but tap 'Cook Now' and every step is adorned with a full-screen photo. It feels like the app is helping you along, through showing you how your culinary masterpiece should appear at any given moment.
Jamie even (oddly) occasionally pops up with the odd bit of sage advice.Elsewhere, video tips provide insight into cooking basics, and there's a one-tap shopping list for any recipe, which you can email to yourself if you don't fancy lugging an iPad around the supermarket.
But for free, there are always 15 featured taster recipes, which are regularly rotated.Readability (universal)The latest of the major read-it-later systems, Readability brings with it a clean interface and a lovely set of fonts. As with the likes of Instapaper, Readability strips junk from web pages, leaving only the content. The app enables you to access many thousands of free lectures and courses taught by universities and colleges, thereby learning far more than what bizarre schemes current soap characters are hatching.All 4 (universal)Despite what we said in the previous entry, the iPad is, of course, a great tool for TV. However, Google's own offering provides a superior search experience that's been specifically designed for iPad. So there's creation and social networking in there too, making it more of a podcast community than just a player. We do agree there's a lack of content compared to the US library, but Netflix is cheap and fine for catching up on older shows. Fortunately, it looks great and the tactile interface makes creating and removing items a joy.Paper (universal)For a long while, Paper was a freemium iPad take on Moleskine sketchbooks.
At some point, it went free, but now it's been transformed into something different and better. The original tools remain present and correct, but are joined by the means to add text, checklists, and photos.


One other newcomer allows geometric shapes you scribble to be tidied up, but without losing their character. So rather than only being for digital sketches, Paper's now for all kinds of notes and graphs, too. The sketchbooks, however, are gone; in their place are paper stacks that explode into walls of virtual sticky notes.
It's smarter, simpler, easier to browse, and makes Apple's own Notes look like a cheap knock-off.Adobe SlateNeed to make a newsletter, invitation, or report?
The app lets you combine text and images into a visual story that flows like the best digital magazines. Rather than purely aping paper, the developers have thought about the advantages of working with virtual documents. So while you still get a typical page view, you can pinch to collapse passages you're not interested in and also compare those that aren't adjacent.
There's a 'focus' view that shows only annotated sections, and you can even select chunks of text and drag them to the sidebar. Tap one of those cut-outs at a later point and its location will instantly be displayed in the main text.
Smartly, you can save any document in the app's native format, export it as a PDF with comments, or share just the notes as an RTF.
It provides a means to find and share inspiration, working as a place to collect and organise the things you love. There's journey planning, timetables and a location-aware 'next train home' option, along with progress tracking, so you can see when a train's likely to show up. However, if you're reliant on Gmail, Apple's own Mail is insufficient, not providing access to your entire archive nor Gmail's features.
Google's own app deals with such shortcomings and looks as good as Apple's client.Slack (universal)We're not sure whether Slack is an amazing aid to productivity or some kind of time vampire.
What we do know is that the real-time messaging system is excellent in a work environment for chatting with colleagues (publicly and privately), sharing and previewing files, and organising discussions by topic.There's smart integration with online services, and support for both the iPad Pro and the iPad's Split View function. The core app is free and comes with 100 factory presets plus 100 more once you register.But that's just a starting point, as you can edit the presets to create your own sounds, gradually building electronic soundscapes using the included 2 octave keyboard. If you get really into it there are in-app purchases to unlock even more features, but there's plenty here to be getting started with.Cloze (universal)If you ever have one of those conversations where a friend swears blind they did reply, you say you didn't get the email, and they sheepishly mutter "on Facebook", Cloze is for you. It bungs all your social communications (email, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) into a single inbox and also prioritises people who you most often deal with.
It's a great time-saver.Haiku Deck (universal)If we're honest, we rather liked the original version of Haiku Deck, which stripped back presentations, only enabling you to add to each slide a single image, a heading and a sub-heading.
The minimalism's gone (Haiku Deck now includes charts, graphs, bulleted lists and other 'improvements'), but it's still fun and easy to use, which is the main thing.Tumblr (universal)Tumblr has a perfectly serviceable mobile presence, but the Tumblr iPad app gives you a more tablet-oriented interface for using the site. It's therefore a cinch to manage your blogs, post new entries and reply to messages on your iPad. Homestyler enables you to photograph a room, then paint colours on the walls and add furniture, light fittings and accessories.Overcast (universal)Podcasts are mostly associated with small portable devices - after all, the very name is a mash-up of 'iPod' and 'broadcast'. On the left, episodes are listed, and the current podcast loads into the larger space on the right.The big plusses with Overcast, though, remain playback and podcast management. It's the one podcast app we've used that retains plenty of clarity when playback is sped up; and there are clever effects for removing dead air and boosting vocals in podcasts with lower production values. Playlists can be straightforward in nature, or quite intricate, automatically boosting favourites to the top of the list, and excluding specific episodes. The extra space enables the interface to breathe, providing plenty of room for charts, calorie breakdowns and interaction with fellow dieters.Google Drive (universal)It's curious to think how rapidly Microsoft made Office irrelevant to so many.
Most people just want a simple app for documents and spreadsheets, and that (along with a storage repository) is precisely what Google Drive provides. Here, you get 10 GB of free storage, albeit less direct integration with iOS apps than rival Dropbox provides. The Amazon Music app is smartly designed, enabling you to easily switch between content stored on your Amazon account and music stored on your device. You can also download from the former to the latter.Animatic (universal)The prospect of drawing can fill people with terror, and so the idea of animation probably sends such folks fleeing for the hills. Animatic might calm their nerves, being the friendly face of iPad animation.Start a new project and you get a small canvas and a bunch of effective and broadly realistic tools - markers, crayons, pencils, biros - for scribbling with.
Once you've composed a frame, Animatic makes use of traditional 'onion skinning' techniques to help you produce smooth motion thereafter: up to three previous frames are shown in translucent fashion behind the one you're currently drawing. Its speed can be adjusted, and you can export to video or GIF.Beyond Animatic's approachable nature, we're big fans of its flexibility. You simply return to the main 'My Animations' screen to save (which we recommend doing often with lengthy projects, because a crash can take work with it), and can later edit any frame from any animation - nothing's fixed forever. Pleasingly, Amazon also enables you to stream whatever you're watching to an Apple TV via AirPlay.SequentialWe've elsewhere mentioned Comics, but Sequential has a slightly different take on the medium.
It's an altogether more upmarket affair, aimed at graphic novels and collections of sequential art that are supposed to be taken seriously.
Therefore, this isn't so much everything but the kitchen sink, but a repository for a carefully curated selection of some of the best comics ever created.Snapseed (universal)Apple's Photos app has editing capabilities, but they're not terribly exciting - especially when compared to Snapseed. Here, you select from a number of effect types and proceed to pinch and swipe your way to a transformed image. It's media-savvy, too, enabling you to post videos and photos, the latter being automatically turned into galleries you can browse from a sidebar.ChunkyThe majority of comic-book readers on the App Store are tied to online stores, and any emphasis on quality in the actual apps isn't always placed on the reading part.
But with many more publishers embracing DRM-free downloads, having a really great reading app is essential if you're into digital comics. The interface is smart, simple and boasts plenty of settings, including the means to eradicate animation entirely when flipping pages.
This has resulted in a range of involved and impressive music-creation tools, such as Korg Gadget.
They can be manipulated, too, so your exported loops sound truly unique.TunnelBear (universal)VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) are becoming very popular, due to issues people increasingly face when browsing the web.
Such services can baffle people who aren't technically adept, but TunnelBear is all about the friendlier side of VPNs. With bears.After installing the app and profile, you'll have 500 MB of data per month to play with.
Tunnelling to a specific location is simply a case of tapping it on the map and waiting a few seconds for the bear to pop out of the ground.
Alternatively, monthly and annual paid plans exist for heavier data users.JustWatch (universal)The problem with modern telly isn't finding something you want to watch, but figuring out where to watch it.
JustWatch speeds up the process: you tell it where you live and the services you use, and it lists shows and films you might like. Various searches and filters are available, including one for price-cuts, to snag cheapo downloads and rentals. There are bugs and listing errors here and there, but for free this is a great starting point for figuring out where to find a potential new telly favourite.Instapaper (universal)If you delve into browser developer tools, the size of web pages these days is astonishing. Moreover, content is often a tiny letterbox surrounded by a sea of ads, and you might not have time to read anything right now anyway.Instapaper is designed to place content front and centre, and be there whenever you want to read it. You visit a site and send the URL to Instapaper, or share to Instapaper from the likes of a Twitter client.
The main view is stripped-back, clutter-free and very readable, with plentiful options regarding typography.
Its bite-size exercises are perfect for quickly dipping into, when you've a spare moment to tackle a bit of language-learning. On iPad, the app is basically the same, and the screen's relative acres make everything feel a touch sparse.
However, Duolingo remains the same impressive and approachable app, and the iPad's form-factor lends itself to more extended sessions, which is great for when you want to properly crack the next challenge the app throws your way. We've yet to find the catch.Yousician (universal)Learning a musical instrument isn't easy, which is probably why a bunch of people don't bother, instead pretending to be rock stars by way of tiny plastic instruments and their parent videogames.
Yousician bridges the divide, flipping a kind of Guitar Hero interface 90 degrees and using its visual and timing devices to get you playing chords and notes.
This proves remarkably effective, and your iPad merrily keeps track of your skills (or lack thereof) through its internal mic.
The difficulty curve is slight, but the app enables you to skip ahead if you're bored, through periodic 'test' rounds. Most surprisingly, for free you get access to everything, only your daily lesson time is limited.AuxyThere are loads of superb music-making apps for iPad, but Auxy is the first we've seen that effortlessly combines the immediacy of something like Novation Launchpad's loop triggers with a piano roll editor. You get four tracks, each of which can have up to ten programmable loops of between one and four bars. Auxy's selection of drums, bass and synth is geared towards electronic music, but MIDI export makes it a great download even for pros who fancy a no-nonsense scratchpad.
If you're not a dab hand at the likes of iMovie, you might struggle to get anywhere beyond a random selection of clips with some dodgy titles. You tell the app what content to use, and it within seconds spits out a movie based on a selected theme. IAPs unlock further themes, and add features like removing watermarks, trimming videos, changing focus points, adding text and music, and adjusting pacing.Khan Academy (universal)Maybe it's just our tech-addled brains, but often we find it a lot easier to focus on an app than a book, which can make learning things the old fashioned way tricky.
This free app contains lessons and guidance on dozens of subjects, from algebra, to cosmology, to computer science and beyond.As it's an app rather than a book it benefits from videos and even a few interactive elements, alongside words and pictures and it contains over 10,000 videos and explanations in all.



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