My Favorite iPad/iPhone Apps
Love my iPad
I've been an avid iPad user since Apple announced the device with much fanfare. In my mind, this was an "upgrade" to the Newton PDA. The electronic organizer or personal digital assistant have a long history in mobile businesses and hold a special place in my heart.
I find the iPad, since the beginning, as been looked upon as a replacement for a laptop and I have viewed it in a similar light. However, I feel the iPad is a new device type that leads itself to a mobile business and lifestyle, more than a heavy-hitting desktop computing system. It has replaced my laptop for 90% of my daily tasks, including presenting educational programs and tethering during a commercial shoot.
Here is a list of my most useful - and used - iOS apps. Bare in mind, many of these will not work properly for both devices, some are just meant for the iPhone. I didn't want to go into a lengthy discussion on how or why I sue them, so do a little research before you purchase to be sure it's a good fit for your style.
I'm sure many of these apps have Google / Android counterparts. If not, there is a reason while iOS devices are so popular. Just saying...
My Top 15 Must Have Apps
Informant 5 - Reworked Pocket Informant and the ultimate in electronic organizer
Spark - Love your email again! Clean and simple interface to get the email done
Evernote - This will quickly become your personal Google with all your stored information
Scannable - Dump the paper, after you scan and save in Evernote
PhotoPills - Replaces ALL the previous apps for planning your photo shoot
Voxer - the BEST way to communicate with a group. I’ve been using it for over 4 years
AstroPad - Turn your iPad into a drawing tablet with lightning fast response
Dark Sky - This is the BEST weather forecast app. We use this app every day
Feedly - Central place for organizing, reading and sharing all the websites your RSS feeds
Trello - Project Management to get things planned and completed
Pages - Word processing that syncs across devices
Keynote - Presentations made easy that sync across devices
Numbers - Spreadsheets that can rock some formulas and sync across devices
CamRanger - THIS is the way to tether and has been essential for my commercial shoots.
Notability - Takes notes and record the audio at the time during a workshop
Other Important Apps
Hanx Writer - Great way to get a typewriter feel on the iPad for serious writers
iCloud Drive - View your online storage on Apple Devices. Great for backups.
DropBox - The standard for file delivery and online access
Drive - Google Drive access on your iPad. You get 15GB free storage with Google
Bitly - Convert those loooooonnnnnnnnggggggg URLs to easy to remember ones
MailChimp - Follow your mail campaigns while on the road
Penultimate - Another great note taker in your handwriting. Recommend a good stylus
NoteShelf - Create books for all your notes. Insert handwriting, pics, audio or text
GoodNotes - A little cleaner interface for handwriting notes and organizing them
Studio Pro - In person Sales on the iPad? Yes and we use it on clients LARGE TVs
Finao Designer - Design your album covers easily with clients
Easy Release - Model releases on your iPad with custom information and branding
Point of Sale - Square’s iPad to turn your iPad into a cash register
MC Subscribe - MailChimp's signup form builder. Collect emails at the event
Analytics - Official Google Analytics mobile app. Monitor your website performanceSimplyStats
Felt - Personal way to send high-quality hand written cards to family, friends, and clients
Buffer - Scheduling for social media
Alignable - Small business networking and referral place
Lightroom - You have no idea what can get done on the road and synced to your home LR catalog
AdobeFill & Sign - Fill in and sign any form.
Sylights - Lighting diagrams to share ideas with talent pool
Snapseed - Lightroom does a great job of basic editing, but there is a reason this one is still on my iPad
iBooks - the place to carry all your PDFs for reading on the go, including equipment manuals
PPA The Loop - Keep up with theLoop forums on PPA website
Airbnb - Explore and book fabulous places for relaxing or shooting.
Dark Sky Finder - Get away from the city bright lights to shoot the night sky
RadarScope - Weather app for the diehard storm watchers.
CrashPlan - Get access to your files backup online while away from the office
Chrome Remote - Securely access your computer from iOS device
AnyFont - Install TrueTypeFonts on your iPad for use in other apps
CTRL+Console - Use your iPad to control Adobe Lightroom, Premier, and Final Cut Pro
Quatro - Smart controller for Mac and Windows. One button shortcuts while using desktop
FStop - Simple way to find visual artists and talent
LightSpectrum - Use the internal camera to calculate color temperature in degree K
FocalMark - Get the best hashtags for Instagram
MyGearVault - Jared Polin created a place to store list of your gear plus MORE
Rocketbook - Write your notes, scan, and auto sent to different places
TextExpander - Get all your quick replies into a custom keyboard.
Keep it Local - Get a Keep It Local OK card and start saving money
Nikon L&E - Nikon’s Learn and Explore photography while on the go
IFTTT - Link different services to get new results with “If This, Then That”
InstaCleaner - Clean up your Instagram account. You don’t know what you don’t know.. really
RBL Status - the only multi-DNSBL checker. Find out if your site is getting blocked
Instagram - The best place to visible has a visual artist.
ProHDR - auto create full-resolution HDR images and simple tone editing
Red Dot Camera - My favorite camera app for controlling exposure
WHA - Work Hard Anywhere, help build the database or find a great place to work on the go
RainAware - Know when the rain is coming or stopping.
SkySafari 5 - newest version to explore the night sky
Geocaching - The largest treasure hunt is still alive and fun for everyone
RØDE Rec - This is the app for recording the best audio for a project
Paprika - Simple recipe management and lists. Can’t live on photography alone
Acorns - Easiest way to invest your spare change and save for ImagingUSA
Dairy Free - You would be surprised all the foods that contain dairy. For the lactose sensitive people
I would love to hear about your favorite apps and how you get the most out of your mobile devices. Please leave a comment below and feel free to share this list with your fellow friends and photographers.
Here are a few images of my iPad in use. I probably have hundreds of them, but it would take a good long while to find. I shoot roughly 800-900 a month on my iPhone. In any case, you get the idea of how important this little device is to my life.