- Comixology — comics & manga
- Day one journal
- Drag and drop between apps
- Fantastical for ipad
- Google drive
- Ia writer
- Microsoft onedrive
- Kindle reader
- Social media
- Turn multitasking features on or off
- Use gestures with ipados
- Use two apps at the same time
- Ynab (you need a budget)
- Streaming media
Comixology — comics & manga
Comic book readers will really enjoy getting their weekly fix right on their iPad. Comixology has the largest selection of comics across all distributors including majors and indies, plus get your Manga fix without having to wait for the next Anime convention.
A relative newcomer compared to the rest of the list, Bear might seem simple, but it offers a great deal of flexibility for handling text, which makes it one of the best iPad apps in our books. It’s true that Bear is good for both notes and to-do checklists, but it’s support for Markdown, a variety of themes, and simple organization makes it a great tool for many different kinds of writing. Add images, files, code blocks, and more to spice up your work and give it more context.
In terms of options, you’ve got few. Choose how to sort your documents, pick a theme, pick your font, and even control fine-grain details such as font size, line height and width, and paragraph spacing. If you’d like to sync your work between Bear on your iOS devices and Bear for Mac, you can purchase a $1.49 per month subscription to Bear Pro.
Day one journal
Every good writer knows that journaling is how you keep your skills sharp. Day One is a streamlined digital journal app for keeping daily notes, musings, and ideas in order. You can add photos and locations to your entries and create multiple journals for different themes.
For example, you could keep one journal specifically for writing song lyrics, and another for keeping track of your photoshoots. Bloom Built created an exclusive cloud storage service to keep your journal accessible across all of your devices. But, if you prefer iCloud or Dropbox, you can always use Day One Classic instead.
Drag and drop between apps
With drag and drop, you can move text, photos, and files from one app to another. For example, you can drag text from Safari into a note, an image from Photos into a an email or a calendar event into a text message:
- Open the two apps in Split View or Slide Over.
- Touch and hold the item until it lifts up. To select multiple items, touch and hold an item, drag it slightly, then continue to hold it while you tap additional items with another finger. A badge indicates the number of selected items. To drag and drop text, select the text first, then touch and hold the text until it lifts up.
- Drag the item to the other app and drop it.
Fantastical for ipad
You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who thinks that Apple’s own Calendar app is one of the best iPads apps, but Fantastical 2 is practically the polar opposite. It’s an incredibly robust app for keeping track of your daily events and keeping track of your reminders.
There are three different views, to show you your days, weeks, and months at a glance. Plus the sidebar keeps you on schedule with your events and reminders. That’s right. Fantastical also connects to your Reminders app, so if you’ve set a task to grab some milk on the way home from the store today, it’ll show up in Fantastical.
I discovered shortly after I started using Mint that it automatically creates a budget for you. After you connect your credit cards and bank accounts, the app automatically creates a budget based on average spending habits. You can increase or decrease the maximum for each budget and add or remove categories. Income and expenses are automatically added when you make purchases with your credit or bank cards. Cash transactions must be manually added.
If you don’t really need a budget, but like having one, just to see how you are doing, use Mint for the finance tracking and take advantage of the budgeting feature.
If you have a Google account, you may want to look into using the Google Drive cloud service. Similar to Dropbox, you can save all manner of files, including videos and pictures. With Google Docs, you can collaborate in real-time with others, too. The only requirement is that you must be signed up with Google, but if you are, it’s by far one of the best iPad apps we’ve used.
For bloggers and those that use plain text or Markdown to write, iA Writer is a must-have for the iPad. You can concentrate on your work by activating focus mode, use special tools to highlight such things as nouns or conjunctions, and get a preview of what your finished work should look like once it is published.
Microsoft’s cloud storage service is also the best way to transfer data between your iPad and your PC. When you sign up, like iCloud, you get 5GB of free storage. For $2 a month, you can get 50GB, and after that, you can subscribe yearly and also get Office 365 for $70 to $100 per year.
With the OneDrive app for iPad, if you have Office, you can get to work on documents right in the app, with the ability to save right in the app. Photos are automatically tagged so that you can find them easily, and you can share everything. You can even access files offline so that you can get work done when you don’t have an internet connection.
Having the Kindle Reader for iOS is like having a Kindle inside of your iPad. When you purchase a book on Amazon, you can send it to your iPad directly from the website. When you open the app, it will be there, waiting for you to download. Thanks to landscape mode, reading on the iPad feels more natural.
Notability is a note-taking app that lets you handwrite your notes instead of typing them, which is fantastic for new iPad Pro owners that also have the Apple Pencil. In any given note, you can sketch, handwrite, type, cut out a section and paste it back in, and record audio that is saved with that specific note.
Did you know that you can check out ebooks from your local library? Overdrive makes it easy to get those books onto your iPad. You can connect your local library number to check out books, read them, and even return them. You can place books on hold and get a notification when they are ready to checkout. All of this, and you don’t even have to exit Overdrive.
For creating full digital paintings, you’ll want to step into Procreate. It has dozens of highly customizable painting and drawing tools with a wide array of color options. You can paint on top of colors and blend shades for a very realistic art experience.
When it comes to online purchases, the iPad is the perfect mobile device for finding what you want. Amazon practically has every single sellable item in its online store and the mobile app makes it easy for you to find what you are looking for. You can add items to your wish list, compare items, check for daily deals, view recommended products, and of course, buy it all.
Turn multitasking features on or off
To turn Multitasking features on or off, go to Settings > Home Screen & Dock > Multitasking, then you can do the following:
- Allow Multiple Apps: Turn off if you don’t want to use Slide Over or Split View.
- Picture in Picture: Turn off if you don’t want to use Picture in Picture.
- Gestures: Turn off if you don’t want to use Multitasking gestures to see the app switcher, return to the Home screen, and more.
In Settings > Home Screen & Dock, you can turn on Show Suggested and Recent Apps in Dock to see recently used apps on the right side of the Dock.
Use gestures with ipados
Use Multitasking gestures on your iPad to quickly see the app switcher, switch to another app, or return to the Home screen:
Use two apps at the same time
The Dock makes it easy to work with multiple apps at the same time. Drag an app out of the Dock to make a Slide Over or drag it to the right or left edge of the screen to make a Split View. You can even work on multiple apps in Slide Over, view two apps in Split View, and watch a movie or use FaceTime in Picture in Picture — all on the same screen.
Ynab (you need a budget)
YNAB is a fantastic app to have on-hand for really understanding how to budget your money. It helps you evaluate your lifestyle and decide what purchases are the most important to you right now or what can be put off so you can save up. You allocate every dollar that you make to some budget.
If you can’t stream movies and shows on your big screen TV, watching them on your iPad is the next best thing. With a paid subscription to Netflix, you can access thousands of titles. If you are already a subscriber, all of your history, favorites, and queues will be waiting for your on your tablet.