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iPad Apps to Investigate

Dropbox - Free online storage. Get documents from any internet ready device. (computer, iOS device, Android device). Can pay for more storage monthly.
Evernote - Free note taking app; also free online storage. Can add Webpages, pictures, text. When webpage added, links still work from the evernote document. Can pay for more storage monthly.
Quickoffice Pro HD - Create, edit and share Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint files; access and manage email attachments with the most popular file formats; get to your files remotely via cloud storage services (MobileMe, Dropbox, Google® Docs,, Huddle, SugarSync, Evernote, and Catch); file support-ms office (97-2008) DOC, DOCX, TXT.
Moe's Notepad - $0.99. A notes app. Audio - trim, change volume, strip silence, reverse, change speed; visual - organize any number of images and/or videos; image - crop, resize, change brightness; drawing - rectangular box or freehand; video - trim, create thumbnail, grab frames; text - insert data from Address Book; tags - choose from list or type in new location - drag, set from Address Book; date/time.
Keynote - $10. A world-class presentation — complete with animated charts and transitions; design your own presentation using your choice of slide masters, animations, fonts, and style options; view and edit Keynote ’09 or Microsoft PowerPoint presentations or PDF format. Easily import and export them from Mail.
Pages - $10. Create beautiful letters, reports, flyers, cards, and posters; customize your document with the colors, fonts, and textures you like; view and edit Pages ’09, Microsoft Word, and plain text files. Easily import and export files through Mail.
Print n Share for advanced printing - $9. Print to ALL printers (Network/WiFi/USB/Bluetooth) via your Mac or PC or direct to most WiFi printers without additional software; print from other apps using Open in; USB & Bluetooth printers can be used with free print server software (Windows & Mac); print remotely via 3G/EDGE; print using ALL the same document formats to ALL printers used by your Mac/PC. Store documents, attachments, emails & images; View/Print PDF's Office 2007, XP, 2003 & 2008 files; Zip/Unzip files directly on your iPad/iPhone/iPod.
Pandora -  Free. Your own free personalized radio now available to stream music on your iPad. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a "station" that plays their music and more music like it.
EyeHandbook - Free. Ophthalmology reference app.
HD Ophthalmology - $0.99. Encyclopedia. And can also copy and paste the full text and graphics, or both, from device to any document or sending it by email.
Photo Transfer App - $2.99. Download multiple photos from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to your computer (Windows and Mac); select up to 100 photos to transfer at one time; transfer photos between devices over Wifi and Bluetooth; no cables or extra software required.

Voiceover Friendly Apps

 Wordweb Dictionary - Free. Dictionary database includes: 285,000 words, phrases and derived forms; 225,000 word sense definitions; 70,000 usage examples; 85,000 text pronunciations; Synonyms, similar and related words. No Internet connection is required.
Google - Free. Voice search; search by speaking into your iPad; supports American, British, Indian, Australian or South African English accents, Afrikaans, Cantonese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified and Traditional), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Zulu. Search by taking a picture with your iPad camera; Image recognition technology recognizes objects and returns relevant search results; Good at identifying barcodes, products, famous landmarks, storefronts, artwork, business cards and print ads. All Google apps available in this one app.
Spreadsheet - Free. Capabilities include formula dragging, limited graphing, and import/export of csv files over WiFi; has built-in support for the following functions: SIN, COS, TAN, ASIN, ACOS, ATAN, RADIANS, DEGREES, SUM, PROD, SUMIF, FACT, MEAN, MEDIAN, MODE, STDEV, SQRT, EXP, LN, LOG, IF, ABS, PMT.
Nebulous Notes - $4. A powerful, yet simple, text editor for note-takers, writers, and coders. Your notes are backed up and available from Dropbox. Open and edit all plain-text files (.txt, .md, .c, etc.); preview files in HTML; VoiceOver hints.
Notebooks - $10. Note taking app; multiple notebooks, multiple documents. Variable fonts and font sizes; multiple choices of colored notebook and document background. PDF, iWork, MS Word, HTML, RTF, Safari docs, photos. Syncs with Dropbox.
Vizwiz - Free. Lets blind users recruit remote sighted workers to help them with visual problems in nearly real-time. Users take a picture with their phone, speak a question, and then receive multiple spoken answers.
Sendero GPS LookAround - $5. Announces the current street, city, cross street, heading and nearby points of interest.
LookTel MoneyReader -  $2. Recognizes paper bills (from $1 to $100) instantly, and simply speaks the value aloud. What's more impressive, though, is that you don't need to hold the bill steady in front of the camera, or even have the whole thing in the frame -- even just thumbing through a stack will work.
EyeNote - Free. Money reader from US Treasury.
Dragon Dictate - Free. An easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages.
Talking Calculator($2) and Talking Scientific Calculator ($5) - Calculator speaks answers and button names aloud with its built in voice, or with a custom voice recorded directly into the iPad.
iBlink Radio - Free. Radio stations, podcasts and reading services of special interest to blind and visually impaired persons.
Ariadne GPS - $6. A talking map. If you have VoiceOver activated on your device, you will be able to know the street names and numbers that are around you by touching them. Just put your finger on the screen of your device, when showing the map and moving it you will be told the info's about the street you're touching. Your position is on the center of the screen. What's in front of you is on the top half of the screen and things behind you are on the bottom half of the screen. You can also explore a different region than the one around you by telling the app the street and the city. You can ask for information about your position at any time, also activating a function, called monitor, that will give you this info periodically. This app has also got some other useful features that might help when walking or traveling by bus, train etc. If you add your favorite points to the app database, you can be alerted when you get closer than a certain distance to one of them.

Next post will be Cause and Effect and AAC apps.

Sharon Nichols
Outreach Assistive Technology Consultant
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