My iPad Dozen

AppsI know many of the members of the Ledyard Community Forum are iPad users. I’m often asked for a list of my favorite iPad apps so I keep my “iPad Dozen”  list updated so it is ready to be sent in an e-mail when anyone asks. I’ve owned an iPad since 2010 and as a result my list has been through a few iterations.

This is my current top 12 list in no particular order. I’m not sure how I could possibly rank them so I won’t even try!

1. Dropbox has been on my front screen since 2010. This tool gives me the ability to sync and share my files online and across computers. Since I’ve gone paperless, I carry my iPad instead of a laptop.

2. The Google app is an obvious choice for me. No, not as a search engine, but for the whole suite of products including Gmail, Calendar and Documents. I use them all and share the Calendar with my husband as well as my listing partner. With Google Drive, we can easily collaborate on a project.

3. Nozebe was a new addition in 2014. Nozbe keeps you on track with your projects, organizes your next actions and helps with a recommended weekly review.  (You will recognize these terms if you are a GTD fan.) Nozebe will work with my Google Calendar as well as Evernote and Dropbox. It also syncs with my mobile devices. Whether on my desktop, smartphone or iPad, the interface is clean and intuitive to use. I felt like a project manager in just a day or two.

4. YouMail is another new addition in 2014 and one I’m now using instead of google voice.  I’ve seen this cool tool described as “visual voicemail”. It will send voicemail to email, will block calls, share voicemail, allow you to set up personalized greetings, do auto replies and voicemail to text.

5 . One of the most useful apps on my iPad is Logmein. It gives me the ability to access my desktop computer from my iPad.  When I travel, I only carry my iPad!

6. Even though I didn’t put this list in order, Evernote is certainly in my top three favorites. Evernote is a cloud-based collection manager. My life is organized with this app!  Scannable makes Evernote even more useful although you can use it without Evernote.

7. I use several different photo apps but my favorite for the ipad is Camera+.You don’t need to be a photographer to make your  photos look professional. I’ve been using this app for several years and haven’t replaced it as my favorite yet.

8. The newest app to my iPad dozen is Facebook Groups.  This app enables you to quickly view all of your groups in one location, making them easy to reach quickly. This is especially helpful if you manage a group on Facebook but also if you are a member of multiple groups.

9. BSafe  Technically speaking this is an iPhone or Android app but I really wanted to add it to my list. This free app activates a loud SOS alarm with one tap of the red button on your screen. As the siren goes off, the app's video recording feature is activated, and all your "Guardians" (the safety net of people chosen by you), receive a text message with link to your  GPS location as well as the video your phone has recorded.

10. Thank you Pro is my favorite new app for 2015. This app allows you to create and mail a professional looking card right from your iPad for $2.99 or less including postage! Your first card is free so give it a try.

11. RoboForm is another oldie from past lists. Simply put, Roboform Everywhere saves my passwords across mobile devices.

12. Waze is a turn-by-turn GPS app with a bonus. Waze records user locations and speed and creates a constantly updated map with traffic jams and construction delays. As more people use this app, it gets better and better.

And there it is, my list of favorite apps for the iPad for 2015!

About the author:  Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 35 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.

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I have tried a number of safety apps and the clear standout in my opinion is the B-Safe App. This free app available for both iOS and Android devices activates a loud SOS alarm with one tap on the red button on your screen. As the siren goes off a  video recording starts and all your Guardians (the safety net of people chosen by you) receive a text message with link to your live trace GPS location as well as the video your phone has recorded. Download it today.

About the author:  Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 35 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.