Best New iPad Apps: Read great articles, improve your knowledge with Wikipedia & annotate business files

June 14, 2013

Read relevant articles with NextStories

There is hardly a shortage of news aggregation apps for the iPad — Flipboard, Zite, Pulse and News 360 are just four of many — but one new app with a twist is NextStories, which wants to tailor your next article to what you are reading now.

Put simply, NextStories (free, iTunes) is an iPad web browser that serves up recommended articles based on your interests and reading history.

As you'd expect, there's a URL bar, forward and back buttons and the option to open web pages in Safari.

To the left of the screen, you can bring up news categories by touching on the categories icon or by swiping from the left of the screen.

And to the right, you can hit the Next Stories button or swipe to the right to bring up relevant content based on what you're reading now.

It's all pretty easy. Visiting for example saw suggested articles from Forbes, GigaOM and others and on stories from Apple's WWDC and Sony's PS4 to cyber security.

NextStories is available for free from the App Store.

Wikiweb makes Wikipedia research fun

Everyone loves to bash Wikipedia for the odd erreneous bit of information but, seriously, where would be without it? Certainly more than a few people were fretting when Wikipedia went down for a short time last year in a protest on the freedom of the web. Friends of the Web was probably among those people. The developer is behind a very neat and inituitive app called Wikiweb, which brings all Wikipedia data to your iPhone or iPad.

Available for $4.99 from the App Store, Wikiweb is exactly as the name suggests — a web of Wikipedia entries

On entering the app you simply tap to search, enter your search and then tap on that to reveal linked suggestions. For example, search for iPad and you'll see links for Apple Store, iOS jailbreaking' and 'liquid crystal display.

You can pinch-to-zoom to get a closer look, expands images and swipe to the right at any time to get rid of your search result. Another neat feature is the ability to shake your iPhone or iPad to bring up the help menu and introduction video.

Wikiweb is more than just a bit of Wikipedia fun — it's actually quick and useful if you need to use it on a regular basis.

Want to mark-up business files? iAnnotate is now better than ever before

BranchFire's iAnnotate iPad app is a big winner with business users, so much so that the app won an awards for "Best Productivity Apps" and "Best Collaboration Apps" at the Tabby Awards towards the end of last year.

A few things have changed since then with iAnnotate moving beyond a simple PDF annotation app to something which can also be used to mark your Word, PowerPoint and even image files.

Now on version 2.5, iAnnotate has been enhanced with new improvements. 

These include a useful function for documents to be automatically saved to the cloud when you close a tab or switch to the Library view, while the new two-finger scrolling technique is designed to make it easier to quickly shift between marking files and changing your view of it.

And continuing with the theme of making iAnnotate easier to use, the improved document navigation panel gives you a quick option to common actions — such as reviewing annotations or emailing documents — while adding cloud storage providers is now easier than before.

Don't worry if you're a regular user of iAnnotate, the key features remain largely the same. You can still mark-up files as you would before, add stamps, bookmarks and notes, and import image files as PDFs.


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