I have a Mac, an iPhone and an iPad, and I have various apps on all of these devices to help me with blogging. In a previously published article I covered blogging apps for iPhone, and in this edition I’ll be writing about the apps that I have on my iPad to help me with the my blogging related tasks.
One reason I love the iPad is because of its functionality and the availability of its multitude of apps. 2015 is the year of mobile apps, and all popular online services are coming up with a dedicated app for the iPad. In creating this resource, I’m sharing all of the blogging apps for iPad which I’m currently using, and a few that are recommended by many other professional bloggers.
I have been using an iPad for past three years, and it’s probably one of my best investments in terms of gadgets. Initially, I used iPad for reading only, with the help of apps like Flipboard and Feedly. But beginning in 2014, I noticed a great number of services launching dedicated apps for the iPad which can help us all to get more work done in less time.
Without further ado, here is my collection of iPad apps that help me with the day-to-day process of blogging. You can read about them here in brief, and then install the ones that suit your needs. Not all of them are free, but as you know most apps are not expensive, and I can attest to the fact that these are certainly worth your money.
iP Blogging apps for iPad
This is the first app every WordPress blogger would like to have on his or her iPad. This is an official free app from the WordPress team, and it lets you do tons of things, and works great for blogging directly from your iPad. I mostly use it to reply to comments, check stats and to do a quick edit of a post. Particularly if you running a personal blog, the WordPress app on iPad will make your blogging life easier.
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One way you can become a better blogger is by staying ahead of the curve with the latest information from your industry. One way to do this is by subscribing to updates from your favorite blogs. But this is rather an old-school manner of staying abreast of current information. In 2015 you will find a lot of new blogs launching every day. A smarter way to keep yourself updated with the latest information is by using an app like Zite which shows you the latest news from the topic of your choice.
Zite is a content discovery app which is available for iPad and iPhone, and you can use it to subscribe to your topics of interest. Zite will help you to stay current on topics that you are interested in from various new sources. I have been using this app for almost 14 months, and I would recommend that you to start using it right away. This is a free app which allows you to choose your interests carefully to get the best and most relevant updates.
Flipboard for iPad:
When it comes to reading apps, Flipboard and Zite are my favorite feed readers for iPad. I have previously showcased Flipboard in another post on ShoutMeLoud. It really is a perfect app if you are planning to use your iPad to keep track of the latest news.
You can integrate Flipboard with your Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader and custom searches. The magazine-style look makes your reading experience comfortable.
SnagIt and Camtasia are two of my favorite desktop tools for image and video capturing respectively. Both of these pieces of software come from TechSmith, and I have been using them for almost three years now.
Fuse is an iOS app (iPhone & iPad) which will let you transfer photos from your iPad to SnagIt, and from there you can edit it on your desktop. Fuse is a free app, and you should use it with SnagIt.
You can learn more about SnagIt by watching this video.
You can download a free 30-day trial of SnagIt for your Windows or Mac OS here.
Download the Fuse app for iPhone or iPad here and transfer photos and screenshots quickly with it. (If you need a tutorial for this app, let me know via comments.)
Evernote and Dropbox:
These two apps need no introduction. One of the greatest advantages of Dropbox and Evernote is that they are available across platforms. Making this app available on iPad, they quickly slid into the list of must-have apps.
I have Evernote and Dropbox installed on my laptop and on my iPhone and iPad, helping me to keep everything in sync. These are two of my most used apps.
StumbleUpon is one of the top social bookmarking sites used to find interesting and popular news based on your topics of interest. If you are in the mood to learn new things, the StumbleUpon app on your iPad will be very handy. Their latest version of the app added many new features which just may make you fall in love with StumbleUpon again.
Facebook app for iPad:
Though Facebook has not released any iPad-optimized versions, if you are using a jailbroken iPad you can easily use a tweak from Cydia to get an iPad-optimized Facebook. It may be some time before we see an iPad-optimized version of Facebook, but if you have applied the tweak, you will love the Facebook app for iPad. <Download>
For any blogger, communication is key. No matter where you are traveling, you need to have something available which can quickly hook you up to chat or video chat when necessary. Skype is one such app, and I recommend it to every blogger as it is one most-used professional free messenger apps.
Since we mentioned Facebook, how can we forget Google+? In the coming weeks and months, Google+ buttons are going to be one of the top determining factors for search engine ranking. From now on, having many followers on Google+ will be very useful and helpful to you.
One simple manner of increasing your search engine rankings is to get more followers on Google+ and stay active. Keep sharing useful material and add meaningful comments on other posts. the Google+ app is not optimized for the iPad screen, but it’s good enough to get your work done on your iPad. <Download>
Twitter for iPad.
This is a dedicated iPad app from Twitter, and it is as good as any of the premium or paid Twitter apps for iPad. The Twitter app for iPad supports the management of multiple Twitter accounts, a quick tweet and a neat interface to monitor your timeline. Before you read about any premium Twitter app, I would suggest that you try the official Twitter app on your iPad. < Download >
Many more Blogging Apps for iPad:
- Google Analytics for iPad
- YouTube Capture for iPad
- Blogger app for iPad ( BlogSpot users)
- Google My Business (Manage Google+ pages from your iPad)
- Google AdSense for iPad (Check Google AdSense income report from iPad)
- Facebook Pages Manager (Manage Facebook pages from iPad)
Do let us know your favorite blogging apps for iPad. Is there an iPad blogging app which you think belongs on this list? Tell us why in the comments section below.