You’ve just bought an iPad and you’ve mastered all the basic functions. You love the portability and the versatility of your iPad, especially all of the apps available. Along with the apps for music and games, bloggers have a selection of useful apps that can make the iPad even more convenient for blogging. As an added bonus, many of the best apps for bloggers are free, or come with very low price tags.
Evernote is a God-send if you work with different devices. The app allows you to gather ideas from photos, browsing the web as well as jot down notes or quick reminders. Evernote allows you to gather all the material you gather from various sources into one easy-to-navigate platform. You can also create to-do lists and record voice reminders and work on them on every device you own. Best of all, Evernote is free.
If you are a multi-tasker (and what blogger isn’t?), you might be annoyed at the inability to run more than one app at a time on your iPad. Multitask gets around that limitation by combining several an RSS reader and Twitter feed on the left side of your screen and a fully-functional browser on the right side. The cost: one dollar U.S. Splitbrowser allows you to have two browser windows open on your iPad at once, either side by side or stacked one on top of the other. It’s cheap too – only $2 U.S.
The iPad can help when you’re stuck for blogging ideas – with the right app, of course. The SimpleMind+ mind mapping app comes in a free and a full edition. The free version allows you tap or drag topics into desired categories, and copy or cut to paste topics between mind maps. If you make a mistake, the undo function gives you a do-over. If you want full Wi-Fi capabilities to transfer maps from your iPad to your desktop, collapse or expand topics or perform other powerful functions, the full version of SimpleMind+ costs a whopping $4.95 U.S.
TweetDeck allows you to sort through an endless stream of tweets and organize them into manageable categories. TweetDeck is also priced right – it’s absolutely free.
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If you have a WordPress.com or self-hosted WordPress.org blog, the WordPress app allows you to create posts, insert links and add pages. You can also tag your posts and moderate comments and feedback. The app is easy to use and free of charge.
Typing on an iPad can take some getting used to if you’re used to typing on a conventional keyboard. Or maybe you’re just tired of typing. In either case, Dragon Dictate is the Mac version of the popular Dragon Naturally Speaking program designed for Windows. It’s a powerful program that allows you to multitask between word processing programs and the web. It also becomes smarter as it “learns” the particular aspects of your voice and speech patterns. At $199.99 U.S., it’s pricey but if you do a lot of typing, you can save your hands and wrists from a lot of typing fatigue.
If you’re blogging a personal diary, it might not matter if anyone else reads it, but if you’re blogging for an audience, you are always seeking new readers. The Google Analytics app won’t magically produce more readers for your blog, but it will allow you to keep track of how many visitors you have, how long they remain on each page and whether your keywords are working effectively. It’s also cheap – only $6.99 U.S.
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