Figment: Write yourself in.
like Facebook for aspiring writers – students can share their work with readers around the world. After creating a free Figment profile, students can post original short stories, poems, and novels for their classmates and others to read and review. Figment also has excerpts from new books, interviews with authors, writing contests, and discussions. Before each piece of writing is an estimate of how many minutes it will take to read.
iAnnotate PDF for iPad on the iTunes App Store
iAnnotate is an elegant PDF reader and a powerful annotation tool — and consistently one of the best-selling apps for the iPad. You can open documents from email, fill out forms, sign and send out contracts, enter notes for edits, sketch diagrams, copy text, and add highlights or underline with the drag of a finger! Join the thousands of students, researchers, lawyers, doctors, investors — and even governments — that are using iAnnotate every day to go paperless and work from anywhere.
Unlike other apps that only let users draw on top of a PDF, iAnnotate fully integrates its annotations directly into the PDF such that they will be available to any standard PDF readers like Adobe Reader or Preview. You can transfer PDFs via email, Safari, iTunes sync, and Dropbox. Marking up and emailing it right back out couldn’t be easier!
iAnnotate is designed for heavy-duty work: the thumbnail-based file manager allows you organize your PDFs by folder and instantly search the full-text of all of your PDFs to find exactly what you’re looking for. Customize your toolbars to set up the tools and colors you need, and get rid of tools you don’t use. Tabbed browsing makes it easy to work on or refer to several documents simultaneously.
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WritePad lets you take notes in your own handwriting with an iPad stylus (such as AluPen by just|mobile) or even your finger. The state-of-the-art handwriting recognition software will adapt and learn your style of writing. You can use simple gestures to select text, cut, copy, paste, and insert special characters.
WritePad has a spell checker with its own custom dictionary, a context analyzer, auto-corrector, and a Shorthand feature that fills-in words and phrases you frequently use, once entered into the Shorthand Editor.
The Civil War Today for iPad on the iTunes App Store
The Civil War Today is made up of a number of elements that are updated daily to provide you with the “latest news” 150 years later. Once the app is launched each day, you’re looking at what appears to be a newspaper front page. Considering that the telegraph and newspapers were the internet of the 1860s, this is a very convincing recreation of the news apparatus of the day. Each one of the daily newspapers has a headline article titled “This Day in Civil War History” and several side elements: the Quote of the Day, Casualties to Date, Photo of the Day, In the Headlines, A Day In The Life, The Photo Gallery, Civil War by the Numbers, a Featured Story, The North South Quiz and Battle Maps. If you have a little bit of gaming instincts in you, then The Civil War Today will gain your interest with its integration with Game Center. You can get points and unlock achievements for a number of things. There are nine separate achievements at this point, all of which are denoted by medals encased in a glass and wood case. To see how you’re doing in comparison to your friends, just tap on the Game Center icon on your iPad. The Civil War Today also has a daily quiz; the questions in the North South Quiz have you answer a history question by selecting the appropriate side in the conflict. -TUAW
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