My more-than-slightly OC husband will pretty much tell anyone with a pulse how messy I am, because it really drives him nuts….
…but the truth is I’m really not as messy as he thinks. I do have a mess threshold (mess-hold?) – after which I must restore order or freak out. And I’m only messy when it comes to the physical world. Inside my computers, I’m just as anal as my husband is. My files and apps are crazy neat and organized. I mean come on, check out my iPad. Just one screen!
Okay FINE. The truth is it didn’t look like that last week. I just recently discovered how to put apps in folders and I kind of went to town on that the other day.
But I really am neat when it comes to filing apps and other computer shiz, I swear.
Anyway, while organizing all my iPad apps, I realized that I really did have some apps I used ALL the time, and some apps I really like but rarely use. Also, the sudden bareness of my single iPad screen and all my new lovely folders made me want to acquire MORE apps!
So here goes. I’ll tell you my Top 5 apps if you tell me yours. And by “Top 5” I mean the apps I really use most, because they’re useful and relevant to my life, and not necessarily because they’re cool or popular.
Also, just to save space on the list, Iet’s not count utilities like clocks, calculators and cameras, or social media apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram because it always drives me nuts when people add those to a “Top Anything” app list. EVERYONE KNOWS THEY EXIST! STOP ADDING THEM ALREADY!!! GEEZ!
Okay. So here they are … the 5 apps I use most, not counting social media apps. Oh and by the way, they’re all free.
1. Paper by 53
Paper is the app I use to draw on my iPad, and since I doodle quite a bit (either for the blog or just for the heck of it), it’s pretty much the most abused non-social media app I own. Needless to say, I love it to bits and think everyone should have it. Here’s a quick vid I once took, to show you how it works (and how I work :)).
Paper is a free app, but if you want to unlock and use all the tools, you’ll have to shell out a bit of money (less than $10 in total though - if I remember correctly - so no prob).
Blogsy, as you can probably tell from the name, is a blogging app for the iPad. Basically you can blog straight into the app, and slide pics from your photo stream or Flickr into your post and everything, and then just upload the post to your actual blog.
I tend to use this more for drafts when I’m on the go, then I upload the draft to Tumblr and finish it off and publish on an actual computer. But if you want to you can actually do everything from your iPad on Blogsy and publish straight from there.
If you blog with a lot of photos/drawings like I do, it’s best to use this when on a good wifi connection, but I’ve actually used it to blog a few times from the hospital or the beach with just my trusty Globe Powersurf data plan and it works just fine too.
I’m all about photo collages these days because they’re so much quicker than posting whole albums on Facebook. They’re pretty neat for blog purposes too. Most importantly though, I’ve discovered that the older I get, the better I look in mini-size within a collage (as opposed to a bigass *shudder* solo high resolution shot).
So yeah, Photo Grid is my collage maker of choice. I’m sure there are tons of other good ones though, so if you know of another one with better features, let me know.
I read a lot of articles and blogs online, but I’m not a fan of most RSS feed readers because they’re pretty bare and ugly. This is why I love Flipboard. It’s like a feed reader but in the form of a gorgeous magazine. And you can even “flip” the content to create your own gorgeous magazine. Here’s a peek at my new Flipboard mag - The Fab Lab.
You can subscribe to tons of different blogs, news sites and even other user-created magazines. You can also hook up your Twitter and Facebook and view your feeds magazine-style on Flipboard.
My 5th most frequently used app - and the bane of my existence - is actually Candy Crush…
…but since everyone is probably sick to death of hearing about it by now, I’ll skip and go to #6, which is a new discovery for me – Pocket. Because there’s so much to discover on the Internet, and so little time.
As I mentioned in #4, I really do read TONS of interesting stuff online everyday, but don’t always have the time to read every single article in one sitting. So I use Pocket to save the stuff I want to read later (or save for future reference), and when I have the time, I just open up my Pocket and read! Love it.
And that’s it for me. Those are my 5 most frequently used apps. How about you? Please share your Top 5 in the comments, or if you have/write a blog post, please share the link!
Thanks in advance, and cheers!