My iPad in Canada colleague acinwong has a list of five great apps for back to school here. I just have two to add to the list, apps that I find indispensable as a grad student.
1. Complete Class Organizer ($4.95) has a somewhat quirky interface, but it allows you to set up your classes, write and organize lecture notes by course, and date and it can synchronize audio recordings with your typed notes. The only drawback is that the class schedule and to-dos don’t synchronize with iCal and Mail. I find it very useful both for the classes I’m taking and the class I’m teaching.
2. Papers ($14.99) finds, organizes and displays PDFs. Designed to complement its similarly named Mac cousin, it’s great for finding, downloading, reading and annotating articles from scholarly journals. Synchronization with the desktop version is seamless (except that the iPad version allows highlighting but the desktop version doesn’t and any highlights created in the former will not appear in the latter.) Reading and annotating scholarly papers on the iPad is great – you can zoom in to diagrams, highlight passages, make notes adn more. If you have a long commute by public transit to get to school, as I do, you’ll find Papers well wor the $14.99 investment.
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