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QuickOffice Pro HD: Bringing Office to the iPad

December 14, 2011

Tags: iPad, iPad Apps, Software reviews, QuickOffice, MS Office

Although not without some limitations, the iPad version of Quickoffice Ė Quickoffice Pro HD ($19.99) Ė can quickly become indispensable for storing and sharing files in the cloud, as well as for creating, editing, and viewing word processing docs, spreadsheets and presentations geared to....
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Cool iPad Accessories

December 13, 2011

Tags: iPad, Hardware reviews, Gadgets

What makes a product cool? Besides being practical or exotic or fun, the product exhibits a certain style, flair and panache. Here's a sampling of a dozen carefully selected add-ons that iPad owners might love to see under their Christmas trees or Hanukkah menorahs -- or anywhere, at any time of year....,
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Roundup of PDF Apps for the iPad

December 12, 2011

Tags: iPad, PDF, Adobe Acrobat, Apps

Roundup of PDF Apps for the iPad

We tested a number of PDF (Acrobat) apps for the iPad.
Here are our findings and recommendations on

Review of ArtRagefor the iPad Review: Painting Pictures on a Tablet

September 23, 2011

Tags: iPad, Software, Image editing, Natural media, Corel Painter, ArtRage

ArtRage for the iPad stems from a venerable heritage that stretches back to the early 1990s, when Fractal Design Painter (now known as Corel Painter) established a whole new category of software generally referred to as "natural media emulation." Essentially, natural media programs allow us to use our computer screen like a real-world painting canvas. Typically, these software apps include a whole arsenal .... Read the full review at TabletPC Review.

Finger Photo Editing
by Sally Wiener Grotta

June 23, 2011

Tags: iPad, Nik software, Color management, Silver Efex Pro, Photography, Photo editing, Spyder

Image processed in Snapseed, using combination of B&W with other filters
Iím up in the air. Literally. However, today, as I traverse the continent thousands of miles above the ground, I am no longer disconnected from my photo editing or software reviewing, thanks to my iPad. In fact, on this trip to Silicon Valley for various meetings and a photo industry conference (6Sight), I can finally catch up on testing various iPad apps that have been on my ToDo list, but had been relegated to the bottom, because of exhibits, lectures, photo shoots, grant applications and consulting projects that had much more imperative deadlines.

First on my airbound list is Snapseed , from Nik Software ($4.99). Iíve long been (more…)

E-reader roundup: 8 devices compete for the crown

October 14, 2010

Tags: Kindle, Kobo, Sony eReader, eReader, eBook, ePublishing, Alex eReader, Extaco jetBook, Apple, iPad, Libre eBook, Pandigital Novel, Hardware reviews, ComputerWorld

In ancient times, the elite read their sacred writings, histories, philosophical musings and more on materials such as clay tablets, papyrus leaves and vellum scrolls. Somewhere around the first century, the paper-and-ink book appeared, and the invention of the mechanical printing press in the 15th century brought the printed word to the masses. Now, for the first time in centuries, how we read is undergoing a revolutionary transformation..... Read the full roundup of 8 eReaders we reviewed for ComputerWorld.

Book Clubs Still Ace eBook Prices
by Daniel Grotta

June 26, 2010

Tags: eBooks, eBook, eReaders, eReader, Sony Reader, Price, Apple, Amazon, Book-of-the-Month-Club, Barnes & Noble, iPad, Kindle, iBook, ePublishing, e-Publishing, Book clubs, Daniel's entries

Today the postman brought two books that I had ordered from the Book-of-the-Month Club: David Weberís newest Honor Carrington novel, "Mission of Honor," and Dominic Lievenís acclaimed "Russia Against Napoleon." As you can correctly infer, I have an avid interest in anything and everything to do with the Napoleonic Era. Among our 5,000-plus library (more…)

Sooner Than I Thought
by Daniel Grotta

June 22, 2010

Tags: iPad, Apple, Kindle, Kindle 2, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Nook, eReaders, eReader, DRM, Digital Rights Management, Daniel's entries

Back on June 3rd, I clicked the Buy button on and purchased a Kindle 2.

For $259.

In an earlier blog, I predicted that prices on eReaders would fall rapidly and precipitously, as pressure from the iPad and next generation tablet competitors start eroding eReader market share. Only, I didnít quite realize (more…)

First Impressions of the iPad
by Daniel Grotta

June 17, 2010

Tags: iPad, Daniel's entries, Apple

We finally bit the bullet last week, went to our friendly Apple store, and ordered an iPad.

Of course, they were completely sold out, so the Apple rep accessed my iTunes account, reserved the model that I wished, and promised (more…)