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Best New iPad Apps: Save documents to SugarSync, calculate business figures & create personalized magazines

by Doug Drinkwater

April 26 2013

Manage documents in the cloud with SugarSync

The so-called “cloud war” may be between Google (with Drive), Dropbox and Microsoft (with SkyDrive) according to headline makers, but there are other providers out there also worth paying attention to.

One of those is SugarSync, which recently announced a major design of its iPad app (free, iTunes). The app now offers a new user interface and promises a feature for searching for documents and for opening these in a number of document editing apps.

On launching SugarSync for iPad, you’ll be prompted to log-in to an existing account or to register for a free 5GB account.

You’ll quickly notice that the home-page is pretty extensive and arguably more feature-rich than the iPad apps from Google Drive and Dropbox.

For example, a left-hand side toolbar has sections for diving into cloud-stored content, photos and items that have recently been synced to SugarSync, while further drop-down menus show your contacts (using email addresses) and what items have been shared. There are further options for settings and for referring the app to a friend.

The bottom toolbar is where you take action on documents, like uploading a new or existing photo or video or creating new folders. And once a document is open, you can maximize it to take up the whole screen and then open in the likes of Quickoffice and CloudOn.

As with most other providers, SugarSync users can access these synced documents, photos, videos or even music from any computer, mobile device or from the SugarSync website itself, while you can use the iPad app to share items privately (to just a few people) or to a public audience (thereby, anyone with the URL link can access your files)

Number-crunch your business figures with MyScript Calculator

Want to calculate some sums pretty quickly, but don’t have a physical calculator to hand? No problem, you can do this on your iPad using the free MyScript Calculator app.

MyScript Calculator is a free handwriting calculator for the iPhone and iPad (iTunes) and basically lets you perform some equations by using your own handwriting.

The app is very simple to use although it is worth noting that you’re only going to get the best out of if you really know your logarithms, trigonometry and inverse trigonometry.

Getting going with MyScript Calculator is almost instant. On opening the app, you’re taken to what appears as digital graph-paper where you can scribble out your calculations, but you may want to first hit the tutorial button.

That brings out a small window in the app and this shows a short one-minute video on what to do. There’s no audio – but most of it is pretty self-explanatory.

To get started, you just scribble the numbers and mathematical equations with your finger as you see fit, but the clever bit is that the app will then transform these into hand-written notes into digital text and then deliver the end result in real-time.

As you’d expect, there are options for undoing and redoing or deleting your workings altogether. You can also share your findings with others via Mail, Twitter or by copying them to another application.

Fotopedia Reporter is for artists & photographers

I’ve seen a lot of apps which come with a premise of sharing photo collages with others and, frankly, I am rarely interested. That may be down in part to my limited artistic ability but nonetheless I find most of them pretty pointless.

The same cannot be said of the Fotopedia Reporter iPad app (free, iTunes), which I came across on the App Store this week.

It is largely aimed at photographers and artists, but that shouldn't stop others from trying their hand at it, even for just viewing the images on there. The app is free, after all.

The iPad app comes with the tag of “We are all reporters” and it is basically a way for photographers to showcase some of their best work in their own mini digital magazines.

Users can create these by signing up for a Fotopedia Reporter account before they start piecing together their work in the Drafts section.

When you’ve arrived at this point, you can add photos, a location, headline and other content, as well as even Wikipedia content to your digital magazine.

Each of these magazines must have at least six photos but once they are complete, you can publish them and send via Facebook, Twitter or email.

Fotopedia, of course, would rather you did your creating (and sharing) within its platform and so your personalized magazines can also be picked out to be viewed on the ‘featured’ front page of the app.

Readers are able to swipe through these featured magazines, tap on them to expand the image and accompanying text, and send out to friends using the traditional sharing methods. Alternatively, they can comment on these pictures, bookmark the page or follow the photographer behind the work.

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