Essential Tools for Your iPad

Best iPad Apps
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Your iPad is only as useful as the apps you download to it. But with thousands of apps available to download, how do you know which ones to choose?

Here’s our list of the top five essential apps for your iPad:


Dropbox replaces your iPad’s downloads folder and opens downloaded files directly in the program. It streamlines your downloads in one place so you can easily access files. Even better is Dropbox lets you open files from your cloud storage in other programs. It also gives you the ability to export PDFs to a reader of your choice, edit Word documents in any word processor and listen to mp3s stored in the cloud. The fact that this app is free makes it a no brainer for your iPad.

Adobe Ideas

The Adobe Ideas app turns your iPad into a sketchpad, ideas notebook or a place to doodle. Adobe Ideas gives you the option to save or email your finished creation. Say you want to make notes on an article about loadcell calibration. With Adobe Ideas you can draw on the webpage in any color or thickness. You can make edits on screen to documents, sign documents or just draw whenever you want. Adobe Ideas is available for free in the App Store.


Have you ever opened multiple different tabs or windows on websites you wanted to read or browse and then quickly found yourself with 20 pages open? Instapaper solves that problem instantly, letting you save pages and websites to read later. The reading interface presents just the text, making pages easy to read and navigate. Instapaper can also be integrated with other apps, making it easier than ever to save content for later. The app is available for $4.99 in the App Store.


While there are many Twitter apps available for the iPad, Twitter’s official app is arguably the best one to download. The app is highly customizable and lets you create a unique user experience. While the app can take some time to get used to after using the traditional Twitter interface, it will quickly become your preferred way to tweet and catch up on your followers. Best of all, it’s free to download in the App Store.

Reeder for iPad

Just like with Twitter, there are endless reader apps available for the iPad. But we think Reeder is the top app for the job because it’s designed especially well for the iPad. The buttons to turn a page are strategically placed where you would naturally hold the iPad, making it easy to navigate through documents. Reeder also syncs with your Google Reader feeds and makes it easy to export links to Facebook and Twitter. Reeder costs $4.99 in the App Store.

What will they think of next? I’d love if my iPad could be a scale in my kitchen – if only the iPad had a loadcell to turn it into an accurate weight measuring device.

By guest blogger Shane Jones who specializes in writing about how to get the most out of your iPad, whether you’re into loadcell manufacturing and other load cell topics or just like to enjoy a good read.

Best iPad Apps

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