If you haven’t explored apps before, think of them as mini computer programs. Instead of having a program that does a number of things (i.e., Microsoft Office), apps for an iPad are gen- erally designed to do particular tasks. All of them are available from the i Tunes App store. While some are free, often there is a charge for a full-feature version. Sometimes, there are a number of apps that purportedly do the
same thing. However, after experimenting with a number of
different apps, the following are the ones I use most often.
One of the great things about the iPad is the touch screen.
Notebook Apps are just like your yellow legal pad since they
allow you to actually “write” on the screen in your own handwriting, although the keyboard can also be used. A stylus is a
necessity to use these apps well. While the various notebook
apps have different features, my favorite is Noteshelf.
In Noteshelf, the interface is really simple. To create a new
notebook, you simply hit “New.” This opens up a screen that
allows you to name your notebook, choose the type of pages
you want, and a cover. The notebooks are easily opened by
touching the screen.
HOW I USE IT — When I meet with a client, I take my notes
using a stylus directly on the screen. If, for example, I am visiting a site, I can take pictures using the built-in camera on
the iPad and drop them into the notes. I can also drop in documents from online sources, like case law or articles. Noteshelf
links directly with Dropbox, so I can use the little binocular
icon in the upper right-hand corner to open up a screen that
There’s Gotta Be an App
iPad Tips & Tricks
by Denise Lukins