Best New iPad Apps: Read popular news on Zite, translate words & create and print 3D figures

November 29, 2013

Read popular stories on Zite and share them via AirDrop

I use Zite on iPad on a regular basis and, in terms of discovering new content, it edges the likes of Flipboard and Pulse.

The good news is that the app is showing no signs of slowing down. The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNN, introduced the ‘Popular’ Zite section on iPad as well as the ability to share stories via AirDrop.

The former lets readers see the most read and shared items while the latter will enable folk to share article with others, providing both devices in question support iOS Airdrop.

The company also made various bug fixes and fixed a sharing issue with LinkedIn with version 2.5 of the iOS app.

Remove the language barrier with iTranslate

SonicoMobile’s iTranslate apps have been popular on the iPhone for some time now but the good news is that its latest update now supports iPad too.

iTranslate now offers native iPad support and comes with all the features customers have come to love on the iPhone. For example, users can translate word and text in 70 different languages, while there is also built-in dictionaries and text-to-speech functionality.

The app is a universal app for both iPhone and iPad (iTunes) and has been optimized for iOS 7.

Create quirky 3D figurines with Foldify

Here’s something a little different for wannabe artists with some time – and restless children – on their hands this Thanksgiving holiday.

Foldify (iTunes) is not especially new but I spotted it after reading the story of a 14-year old boy who used the app to create a bunch of figurines for a stop motion film paying tribute to late Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

So, what is Foldify? Put simply, this universal iOS app lets your draw, create and even print 3D figures.  You will of course need an AirPrint compatible printer (although there is an alternative, see more below) and then fold your design, but artistic skills are an added bonus rather than a necessity here.

Simplicity is key to using the application. You can view every edit real-time in 3D, and there is an array of touch controls for creating the design.

You can print by using AirPrint or emailing as a PDF. Alternatively, you can share your creations with other Foldify users online or send them to Facebook and Twitter.

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