In my family, you might have to wait your turn for the iPad. We boast a page of applications for everyone old enough to use our newest tech toy. Still, with applications galore, we always find ourselves wishing for more-here are some ideas for iPad apps they should create.
Winner of .net magazine’s Community of the Year Award, Ravelry (my favorite website) is still without an iPad app. This is definitely one iPad app they should create. Though there’s been talk and testing of a mobile app in threads on Ravelry’s forum, the release of the app still hasn’t happened. With any luck, the press brought to this small company by the .net awards will be the push needed to help the Ravelry app see the light of day. Knitters and crocheters would love being able to add photos to, update projects, and work in the forums with ease on an iPad app.
Etsy, a website devoted to the sales of all things handmade, is behind its commercial counterpart, eBay, when it comes to applications. To date, there’s no iPad or mobile app for etsy. An application that allowed individuals to browse and purchase handmade items while capitalizing on the features of the iPad would quickly become a favorite of crafty iPad users.
Farmville has finally made the transition to the mobile platform, and a FrontierVille iPad app is the next logical step for an iPad app they should create. Since the iPad isn’t Flash compatible and Zynga’s Facebook application requires Flash, iPad users aren’t able to check their frontiers without a laptop or desktop computer. As FrontierVille gains popularity and players, Zynga should seriously consider an iPad app for the game.
Open Court Reading
Open Court Reading, a popular reading program from SRA/McGraw-Hill, would be a perfect application for families with school age children. Rather than having to search for applications that are geared towards their child’s level and academic program, parents could download a reading application that is based on their child’s school reading program. Predictable readers, sight word practice, or letter/word blend games and activities have the potential to entertain and educate children in conjunction with their school programs. Other elementary school reading programs would be wise to consider similar applications, and promote those additional materials to parents and classroom teachers, too.
While you can purchase episodes of The Office of iTunes, and there are several unauthorized apps with trivia from the popular NBC sitcom, there isn’t an official iPad app from the creators of The Office. The ideal iPad app they should create would include favorite clips and sayings from the show, trivia, character and actor profiles, and episode details from current and previous seasons.
.net magazine awards; http://www.thenetawards.com/