from April 2011, iOS Applications
iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad allow users to create and edit files while on the go. These devices can be used to write down thoughts or make changes when the ideas hit as opposed to having to wait until back at the office or home.
A text editor must provide an easy way to to write down or edit thoughts as they happen. It must also have quick access to all the user's text files. Any barriers for the user and the editor could destroy the convenience of having it in the first place. These barriers could include a slow interface, buggy application, or too many buttons between the user and their text files. So lets look at the top four text editors for the iOS.
Recently a big stink over user privacy has reared its ugly head again, but this time about one of my favorite products and something I use daily, if not hourly — the iPhone. Security researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warde revealed last week that Apple was storing logs of users' geographic coordinates in a hidden file. The researchers didn't know why Apple was doing this or what it was using the data for, but they said Apple indeed is gathering this information about the whereabouts of its iPhone users.
Today's computers need a Portable Document Format (PDF) viewer as much as a Browser. This read only file format, which stores text, images, and vector graphics also meets secure legal document requirements. Printing to PDF is a great way to save web pages from the internet as it can be viewed on most platforms with a free viewer. Fortunately, Mac users have two free popular options for a PDF viewer: Adobe's Reader and Apple's Preview.
Adobe created the PDF document standard in 1993. Since then, they have provided a reader for many platforms including the Mac. This would seem the obvious choice for a PDF viewer, except Apple's own application Preview comes standard with OS X. Is it worth the effort to install Reader, or is it better to just use Apple's default Preview? Lets find out.
When the iPad 2 was announced on March 2, they also announced GarageBand as well. This is the second iLife application to be released for the iOS. The one glaring omission is iPhoto, which would make the best use of the iPad experience as it is a great photo viewing / editing device. Sadly, we still have to wait longer for iPhoto on the iPad.
Since there is no iPhoto for the iPad, other developers have stepped up to provide photo editing applications. We reviewed some of these back in December 2010. Now, it is time to do a new comparison with the two best photo management applications currently available: Photogene and Filterstorm Pro.
Some say the iPad does not need a file structure application like Finder on the Mac. That may be fine for content consumption, but not for content creation. Those that want to use the iPad as a productivity device will want to have a finder like application. Storing files in the application and syncing through iTunes is horribly slow and cumbersome at best.
Accessing stored files is a must to create content or be productive. If only one device is used, those files can easily be stored on that computer or device. A problem arises when someone starts to use more than one device. Making sure files are up-to-date on every device or computer can become a headache. This headache can be solved by using Dropbox.