Wednesday, May 24, 2017

iPad App Recommendations From the Apple Users Group

Every month a group of users comes together to discuss topics related to the use of Apple products on our campus. These meetings are open to all faculty, staff, and students, and allow for users to discuss technical and usability concerns, features, and general questions related to Apple products.

During the last meeting of the group, users shared some of their favorite iPad apps with the group. Here are some of their recommendations:

Clear: ($4.99)

Clear is an app that can be used to manage to-do lists and reminders. It allows you to create separate to-do lists, and set reminders for tasks. If you are looking for an app to replace the Reminders app on your iPad, this may be a good option for you. It also syncs to your Apple Cloud account, which will allow you to sync across multiple devices. Although there is a cost for the app, it can sometimes be found on sale.

If you're doing any sort of research, you may find this app to be helpful to you. Mendeley allows users to upload pdf articles for storage and annotation, and will automatically manage the article references. Users can also review documents collaboratively, annotating papers and documents together in real-time. Mendeley also allows you to sync your work across multiple devices.

Notability is a note-taking app that allows you to combine handwriting, sketches, text, photos, and voice recordings into notes that you can store and share. Notes can sync across your iPad, iPhone, and Mac, and can shared be via Google Drive, AirDrop, Dropbox, and email.

OneNote is another great note-taking app that not only allows you to take notes on your iPad, but helps organize them as well. Users can create notebooks with sections and pages to easily organize and categorize notes. Notes can sync across multiple devices, and the app also allows you to sync notes stored in SharePoint with your iPad. 

SlideShark is an app that allows you to present and share your PowerPoint presentations. PowerPoint presentations can be uploaded via the SlideShark site, downloaded from cloud storage, or opened from email attachments. With a display adapter for the iPad, presentations can be projected from the iPad. Another great feature is the ability to control an iPad presentation with an iPhone, which allows for a presenter to move around the room freely.

TechSmith Fuse: (Free)

TechSmith Fuse is an app that will allow you to upload videos and images from your iPad to Camtasia Relay. You can even import images and videos into other Camtasia products, such as SnagIt and Camtasia Studio. There is no cost for the app, and it is also available for the iPhone.

UpToDate: (*Free)
*There is a free subscription for KUMC users. Register for an account using your KUMC credentials at

UpToDate could be described as a sort of Wikipedia for clinicians and health providers. Content is provided by leading physician authors and editors, and is great for obtaining answers to clinical questions at point of care. You can also print or email topics/graphics to others.

Let us know of some of your favorite iPad apps by posting your recommendations in the comments section. If you are interested in attending the next Apple Users Group meeting, the group will be meeting on Wednesday, February 11, 2014 from 1 - 2 pm in School of Nursing B012. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you are interested in obtaining more information about the Apple Users Group, please contact Sonny Painter at or Kelsie Nunnally at

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