Bon app-ètite, iPad

Sunday, 22 August 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Some of you may remember my posting from last year when I decided to switch teams. From PC to a MAC, that is. It was an excruciatingly difficult transition as I have not found the MAC to be as intuitive as the legions of MAC devotees claim it to be. Apparently, I just don't think the way the folks at Apple do. My files are a mess...

Then earlier this summer I suffered a devastating loss when my MAC hard drive suddenly melted down. No part of it was recoverable. Now ask me how often I back up. Sigh.

I lost about 10 years of my life in pictures, along with work files and the like. But, of course, it’s the missing pictures that broke my heart. I’ll never know what caused the meltdown, but I never had that happen with a PC.

 Given my experience, I surprised even myself when I ran down to my local Mac Station for the iPad. I had played with one over the summer and was intrigued. (Anything that can get 10 adults enjoying a sunny Muskoka weekend to give up waterskiing for a game of Who Wants to be a Millionaire has got something going for it.)

And now, I must say, I’m in love!

The iPad is a device that thinks like me. The size is perfect – small enough to fit in most of my handbags, and big enough to make TV and movie watching enjoyable.

And the apps! I’m quickly becoming an app junkie. Of the ones that come with the device, Pin Drop has got to be my favourite. They had me in mind when they created this one. Input any address and it brings back driving directions lickety-split. It’s a godsend for the directionally-challenged.

Then there’s the Wikipedia app that answers all questions I didn’t know I needed to ask. Fun times.

I’ve spent much of the weekend going through many of the cooking apps for sale or available for free, looking for the best. We might even shoot an episode to test one or two.

So please, dear Shopping Bags, send me names of your favourite apps. Anything to do with cooking, fashion or travel would be at the top of my list. Or anything quirky is good too, like the Drawing Pad app. It’s a great one for budding artists or those rainy Sunday afternoons when you’re feeling creative. 

 (iPad photos courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Join the conversation:

On 08 26, 2010 at 04:32:21 PM, Eugen B. said:

What I have on my iPad are GoodReader, NoteTaker HD (which is utterly amazing!), What’s On? HD, iThoughts HD, and PenUltimate. Of all of those, NoteTaker, by Dan Bricklin — the guy who put the first spreadsheet on a computer way back in the 70s — is brilliant. If you pick up an iPad stylus such as Pogo or iCooly you can easily write on the iPad as if it were, well, a pad :-). If you read a lot of PDF and other types of documents, GoodReader is fantastic as it allows you to sync them with the iPad and then read them at your leisure. As I read a lot of technical documents, this app is a godsend — and has seriously decluttered my life.

On 09 9, 2010 at 02:18:23 PM, Doug D. said:

OK here are my favourite cooking aps, although on my iPhone. Not sure if these aps are for the iPad. How to Cook Everything Best of French Cuisine Nigella Whole Foods Our Groceries Mixologist Urbanspoon

On 07 22, 2011 at 12:45:00 PM, Bri B. said:

If you don’t have Epicurious and Flipboard, they are absolutely worth downloading. Also, the Kobo app is great if you buy eBooks from their website.

On 08 3, 2011 at 05:45:41 PM, Anna Wallner. said:

Agree about Epicurious. Will have to check out Flipboard. Thanks for the tips!


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  • KikiMa17

    I know this is from a couple of years ago but I have Food Gawker in my iphone and I love it! had made several recipes from it already. Best thing is that you see the pic, you can “like” it and it will save it as a favourite so you can go back to it and it redirects you to the picture website, so you get to follow all this abundant range of blogs and people that love to cook and share recipes and food trends.

    • annaandkristina

      Thanks for the tip, we’ll have to check it out!