Patricia Youngman has found that – as the first device of its kind on the market – the Apple iPad is the best solution to keep organized and increase productivity (especially when paired with a good portfolio-case and stylus pen). The iPad has many solutions to organize your day, week, month, and life built in, in addition to the many downloadable applications to enhance sleep, hand write notes, dictate thoughts, brain storm, set alarms and play brain training games.
Although Patricia Youngman highly recommends the iPad and iPad apps, it is important to note that the iPad is not the only device of its kind on the market anymore – the Samsung Galaxy and the Microsoft Surface have their own app solutions that are not reviewed in this resource guide.
The recommended iPad apps are divided into three categories: productivity apps, stimulating game apps, and health apps. If you browse this site from your iPad, click on an app picture and the iPad will take you to the app store to download it.
Pocket Informant (Web Information Solutions Inc.)
Pocket Informant is an all-in-one calendar and task management app that is very simple to use. This app eliminates the “app shuffle” with a powerful, fully-integrated Calendar, Task, Contacts and Notes Manager – including multiple calendar views and a fully featured task-management section that supports Franklin Covey, Getting Things Done, and Toodledo methodologies. The app syncs with Google Calendar and is highly customizable: tags, repeating tasks, alarms, icons, color coding, and many other useful features. Pocket Informant easily replaces the Calendar app included with the iPad.
Dragon Dictation (Nuance Communications)
Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. Many people with cognitive “glitches” lose focus in the middle of a task, and quickly typing coherent thoughts can sometimes be challenging. Using a dictation program can speed up the process of getting thoughts down before they get lost. It can be up to 5 times faster than typing on the keyboard. You can also use your voice to dictate status updates directly to your social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) or send notes and reminders to yourself.
Bamboo Paper Notebook (Wacom)
Bamboo Paper Notebook is a handwriting app that offers the ease of your own natural handwriting as you smoothly sketch your thoughts and ideas on digital paper using your Bamboo Stylus. The Bamboo Paper Notebook App features a number of different paper types (blank, lined, or graph), several pen thickness selections and ink color options. Create your own notebooks, manage your digital note library, and sketch ideas that can be archived for future use.
Use Your Handwriting (Gee Whiz Stuff)
UYH (Use Your Handwriting) is a handwriting application that allows you to write fast notes without having to use the popup keyboard. Although you can use your finger, it works better with a stylus.
Mindjet (Mindjet LLC)
Mindjet is a mind mapping app that enables you to see the big picture as you easily enter ideas, tasks, and meeting notes into intuitive visual maps. Mind mapping empowers you to turn brainstorming into an action plan as you organize ideas, plan projects, map tasks and time lines. Quickly organize concepts and prioritize action items. Instantly create new maps, import them and edit them. You are able to slide your finger to create a new topic, cut, paste and delete topics, and save branches as a new map.
GoodReader (Good.iWare Ltd.)
GoodReader is a robust PDF reader that enables you to read virtually anything: books, movies, maps, pictures. GoodReader is well known for the way it handles huge PDF and TXT files, manuals, large books, magazines, and renderings of greater than 100 mb with great speed, and gives you the ability to mark-up PDFs with typewriter text boxes, sticky notes, lines, arrows, and freehand drawings.
ZipList (ZipList, Inc.)
ZipList is a productivity application that allows you to create and update shopping lists, and access the most up-to-date family grocery list from your iPhone or iPad. Family members can retrieve lists, or add/remove items via the web, text message, email or instant message. It syncs with lists you create online at www.ziplist.com.
Nightstand Central (Thomas Huntington)
Nightstand Central is the ultimate “beside hub” with music alarms, a built-in sleep timer, weather info, customizable photo backgrounds, and shake-on / shake-off flashlight. Wake up to your favorite tunes and drift to sleep with a sleep timer playing right from your music library. You can also use your iPad as a photo frame with heads-up time and weather information. Almost everything about Nightstand Central can be customized: Pick wallpapers from your Photo Album. Set different music alarm play lists for different days. Slide your finger up or down to adjust the brightness. Fade in music/sound to wake up more gently.
Brain Game Apps
Set Pro HD (Set Enterprises, Inc.)
SET Pro HD enables you to find SETs at the speed of your brain. To find a SET you must recognize three cards on the game board of 12 cards in which each of the features, examined independently, are either the same on the 3 cards OR different on the 3 cards. That’s it – one deceptively simple rule, but it’s a challenge for life. Using two hands you have the same speed advantage as in typing or playing the piano. SET Pro HD can be played as a single player with up to four players. In multi-player game play, there are no turns and people can play simultaneously using both hands. The SET game has won over 25 Best Game Awards. Visit the SET Game Company site for other SET game resources.
Split-Words is a popular word game designed to improve verbal fluency. Challenge your brain by forming complete words as quickly as possible from a set of syllables in a table. Words are categorized into themes and can have 2 or 3 syllable parts. There are two game modes: Quick Challenge and Standard Game. Quick Challenge is a game with one set of syllables that can be completed in a few minutes. Standard Game mode is continuous play with increasing difficulty (up to 100 levels).
Rush Hour (Think Fun, Inc.)
Rush Hour is a puzzle game that demands visual problem solving. Your goal is to get the Red Car out of the parking lot by moving the blocking Cars and Trucks out of the way. For each challenge, your moves are measured against the minimum distance possible, and your score based on how close you came to the perfect distance. Use the HINT button in moments of frustration. If you just cannot get a challenge, use the SOLVE button to see how the puzzle comes apart. The free version of Rush Hour comes with 35 challenges, ranging from Beginner to high Expert. The full version of Rush Hour has 2,500 challenges. For the best results, pair the Rush Hour iPad app with the physical Rush Hour game.
A Clockwork Brain (Total Eclipse)
A Clockwork Brain features fast-paced, bite-sized game play where playing through each mini-game is approximately one minute of intense brain training. Sprocket the robot will be your guide as you explore a unique mix of innovative puzzles especially created to test various cognitive abilities such as visual, spatial, logic, language, and memory. While a few of the puzzles are twists of the familiar, most are completely original and you won’t find them anywhere else. A Clockwork Brain is a visually-stunning game with hand-painted art that combines elegant Victorian style with a fun Steampunk feel.
DualBrain+ (subkom GmbH)
DualBrain+ is brain training where you “compete with yourself” indifferent kinds of spatial games that stimulate both your left and your right brain hemispheres. The game features eight different time-based games with three difficulty levels for an easy start and steady progress. DualBrain+ comes with classical background music from Ludwig van Beethoven, but there is a mode for you to listen to music from your own library.
Angry Birds HD (Chillingo Ltd.)
Angry Birds features challenging physics-based game play and the unique powers of the Angry Birds. Your goal is get revenge on the greedy pigs who stole the Angry Birds’ eggs. Use the unique powers of each bird to wreak havoc and destroy the pigs’ defenses. Each level requires logic, skill and force to solve.
Cat Physics (Doughnut Games)
Cat Physics is a physics game – like Angry Birds – where you join the cats in their favorite midnight game of pass the ball. The objective is simple: Pass the ball from one cat to another using physics principles. Sounds simple, but you must take in to account flip boards, glass windows, trap doors and other obstacles. There are 100 puzzle challenges at all skill levels.
Sleep Pillow Sounds White Noise Machine (Heavy Duty Apps)
Sleep Pillow Sounds provides an advanced set of high quality, naturally-recorded ambient sounds, premixed for sleep enhancement.White noise (also called white sound) is not a “noise” – it is actually a sound frequency similar to the sound of wind rustling through trees, a waterfall, radio static or the ocean surf. Research has shown that a steady, monotonous stream of the same peaceful sound (such as white noise) can filter and mask distracting noises. This gentle continuous sound promotes a calm mood to help you relax or fall asleep. This app also has a sleep timer with a slow fade out.
3D Brain (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
3D Brain is a health application that will unlock some of the mysteries of the brain and help you understand your condition from an anatomical perspective. Use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures. Discover how each brain region functions, what happens when it is injured, and how it is involved in mental illness. Each detailed structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research.