Best New iPad Apps: Add videos to presentations, prioritize important tasks, search for files & manage expenses

February 18, 2013
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9Slides can liven up boring presentations

Redmond start-up 9Slides this week launched a native iPad app (free, iTunes) which allows users to show off their presentations, with the added twist of being able to add to them with audio or video commentary.

To get started, you’ll need to set up a 9Slides account and then look to upload your slides using 9Slides (desktop version required), Google Drive, Box or Dropbox.

Using the arrow keys at the top and bottom of the screen, you are able to look ahead at slides coming up, add information on the presentation and publish so that it can be shared or embedded on websites.

Adding video is as simple as touching the record button and once you’re happy with what you’ve done simply press the record option again to stop. The video can then be positioned on the screen as you see fit and will run alongside your slides in a side-by-side format.

All of this comes via a free app although you can get more features by upgrading in-app, which starts at $9.99 a month. Among the features of the Pro edition are password protection for presentations, analytics and an ad-free video player, while you can also record videos for longer (up to 15 minutes, compared to six minutes on the free version).

9Slides is a pretty useful app if you’re looking to make your presentations stand out from the crowd.

Wunderlist 2 may just been the very best task manager

German start-up 6Wunderkinder has gained rave reviews for its task management app Wunderlist over the last year, and it was to some disappointment when the firm rolled out the second version to iPhone, Mac, Android and Windows PC, but not to iPad in December.

Nonetheless, the good news is that Wunderlist 2 is now available for iPad (free, iTunes), boasting a redesigned user interface.

So, what can you do with the app? Put simply, its strength lies in giving you an overview of all tasks and also in collaborating with others.

On entering the app and registering for the service, you are then presented with the landing page, or as the developer calls it, the ‘Activity Center’.

From here, you can add tasks, set them to be private or for work, and even create your own 'wishlist' or another customized task list.

You can collaborate on tasks with iPad and email contacts or by connecting to Facebook, and set reminders to pop up when in the app or be sent out on email.

With added features for sounds playing on finishing a task and starring items that are important, Wunderlist is one of the easiest task managers out there, and also one of the best.

KiteDesk wants to bring all your documents and emails together

KiteDesk (free, iTunes) is the latest iPad app promising to hold all your information in one place, from files and calendars to your social networking activities.

Bearing some similarity to Moxtra Binder (which we reviewed at the start of the month), KiteDesk is certainly easy to set-up and use.

On opening the app, you’re asked to log in to your Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo and Dropbox accounts, all of which is simple and takes little time.

You can then dive into any of your content using KiteDesk. Of, for example, you want to view and reply to email you can hit the ‘Messages’ icon, or use the ‘Events’ bar for viewing what’s on your calendars.

‘Files’ to gives you access to Excel, Word, PowerPoint and other file formats (Jpeg images included) stored on Dropbox and at any time a ‘Search’ bar is present across these five sections (the fifth being social ‘Streams’ from Facebook and Twitter) to unearth hidden files.

Perhaps owing to this being the first version of the app, we do think that the app has potential to be even better. The user interface is rather basic, the formatting of the app doesn't lend itself well to seeing certain file formats and sometimes KiteDesk opened the wrong email.

That said, there is no doubt that KiteDesk is extremely easy to use and a handy tool for anyone wanting to find files quickly on their tablet.

QuickBooks Online is now available for the iPad

Intuit’s accounting app QuickBooks Online has been available for Android tablets since late November, but is now available as a new native version for the iPad (free,iTunes).

Available for free from the App Store, the app lets users create invoices, notes and expenses, all of which can then be synced with the subscription-based QuickBooks Online service.

One of the neater features is the ability to pull in customer contact data from local iPad contacts, Gmail or LinkedIn, while users can also use QuickBooks Online to grab a digital signature, track customer transactions or to capture and store receipts.  If you’re unsure on what a prospective business partner looks like, you can even import a picture from Facebook.

QuickBooks Online is available for free on a 30-day trial and so long as you’re happy with the service, you’ll then pay $12.99 a month on a rolling monthly contract or $124.99 for the year.

As part of this subscription, you’ll be able to view your QuickBooks account across tablet, smartphone and the web.


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