When the iPad launched in April 2010, PR pros, journalists and marketers were buzzing about how the new device would benefit their job. Fast forward to today, just a year and a half later, and many of us can’t imagine our lives without one.
The hectic life a journalist, who is always on the go, can benefit greatly from an iPad. They are lighter and smaller than a computer, yet can do just about everything your laptop can do. But with thousands of Apps available, which ones are a must for journalists? Check out the ten below, and decide for yourself.
Sometimes you just don’t have room or time to type out a story, email or tweet. This is where Dragon Dictation comes in. According to their website, “Dragon Dictation allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text content for everything from email messages to blog posts on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard. You can dictate status updates directly to Facebook and Twitter, send text or email your friends, send notes and reminders to yourself … all using your voice.”
If you find yourself without access to Wi-Fi, this App is for you. A great way to keep notes, this is a journalist’s best friend. Demian Turner, a developer, and entrepreneur answered a question on Quora about the best iPad apps for journalists. Check the question on Quora for more great suggestions.
5-0 Radio HD Police Scanner
One of the best ways to stay up on breaking news is to listen to police scanners. Long gone is the day of having a bulky radio to hear the police scans. Now you can listen via your iPad, with the 5-0 Radio HD Police Scanner. One review of the app on iTunes says, “this is the best app of its kind, I use this all the time, great sound quality, great user interface, a five-year-old could understand this app and use it.”
This is a great app to have all of your newspapers and magazines you read in one place. Described as, “your social magazine,” Flipboard is a great app for any journalist needed to look up research quickly and easily.
According to MarkdownNote’s website, “MarkdownNote makes it really easy to create notes using John Gruber’s popular Markdown markup language in your Mac or iPad. Using the live preview feature, you can preview your Markdown markup syntax to HTML on writing. Sync your documents with Dropbox.com, built into MarkdownNote for iOS and using the desktop client on Mac.”
This app was built with the photojournalist in mind. “Filterstorm Pro redefines your photography workflow. Built with photojournalists’ needs in mind, Filterstorm Pro’s batch processing features let you edit, add IPTC metadata, and transmit multiple images at once,” reports the App store.
Documents to Go
It’s nice to have access to your Microsoft files when you’re out of the office. Documents to Go allows you to access these files without having to email yourself (or if you forget) the document. One review says, “I use this app multiple times a day. It’s so convenient to have all of my spreadsheets available on my iPhone, rather than having to get on the laptop. Definitely worth the $10.00.”
If your office is too small, or you’re in a tight spot and need a second monitor, this app is for you. Air Display wirelessly connects to your laptop, making your iPad your second display. This app will work for Macs or Windows OS systems.
Lugging around a dictionary can get heavy, instead just use this app. WordBook is a comprehensive, quick, and intuitive dictionary and thesaurus of the English language. It’s a great combination of comprehensive content and a fast intuitive interface.
Can’t imagine life without your iPad? What apps can you not live without? Let us know in the comments below.