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How to Create Art on the iPad

I bet you had an Etch-a-Sketch when you were a kid. Those things were epic, weren’t they? I used to sit and draw with mine for hours on end. I’d probably still play with it if I had one now as a grown-up!

This is why I’m very happy to see the Mag Canvas app for the iPad. It’s a very basic app, without much variation on what you can do with it. However, I have a feeling it was designed that way on purpose. This app may be intended to keep kids occupied, but I have a feeling many parents will sneak in some drawing time of their own. This would be a great solution for keeping kids happy during a long car ride, or when you need a few moments of peace and quiet to recharge YOUR batteries.

This app should be available right at iPad launch time. Thanks to TUAW for finding this app for us.

Turn Your iPad Into a Harp

There are a lot of musical “instruments” available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. While some of them are quite good, others are mediocre at best. The bad ones are usually ones that have strings involved, such as with guitars. The small screens on those devices just don’t work well for this type of app. The iPad is changing that, though. Thanks to the large screen, apps with string instruments in them are likely going to become the new must-have musical apps.

The Air Harp is no exception. It turns your iPad into a 15-string harp. It features 15 different strings, and even comes with sheet music for you to play. The sounds are quite soothing, as well.

If you enjoy creating music, you may want to take a look at this app. It’s set to be released on April 3rd. Thanks to TUAW for surfacing this app.

How to Stay Healthy with the iPad

These days, the population is more health-conscious than ever before. Not only do we take care of ourselves better, we also take control of our healthcare. We question our providers. We research our fingers to the bone so that we understand what they’re telling us. We research to help find possible answers and treatments to suggest to our doctors.

Being able to have a wealth of health and medical knowledge at our fingertips is almost essential. That’s why the Carter’s Encyclopaedia of Health and Medicine app for the iPad is sure to be a huge hit with many adults.

The encyclopaedia was designed specifically for the iPad. It features 1,800 pages and more than 12,000 entries. The app moves beyond the limits of a physical book with a full text search, an interactive body diagram, browsing history and adjustable font size (like adjustable bed bases).

This app will cover definitions and explanations of most of the medical terms and health conditions you will likely ever need to know about. It is even detailed enough to contain most of the information a nurse or paramedical will need in their daily work life. It’s written in an easy-to-understand format so that it can be used by anyone with a basic high school education. You don’t need medical experience or training to make use of this app.

Carter’s Encyclopaedia of Health and Medicine will be available in the app store as soon as the iPad is officially released for an introductory price of $9.99. Credit to TUAW for surfacing this app.

Tweet From Your iPad With Twitepad


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I’m willing to bet that nearly everyone who ordered an iPad is on Twitter. I’d also wager that most of those people will be looking for a Twitter app as soon as their iPad is in their hot little hands. After all, how else are they going to brag to everyone that they now own an iPad?

In a few short days, the iPad will begin arriving on doorsteps all over the world. Developers have been working hard to create apps that consumers will feel they cannot live without. I have already seen several dozen different offerings and sneak peeks. TUAW discovered the above preview of the interesting Twitepad Twitter application.

Twitepad makes good use of the screen real estate on this new gadget by integrating a web browser into the client. This makes it easy to check out articles or links that appear on a Twitter timeline. Your iPad screen will be divided into two panes… one displaying your Twitter columns and one that contains the browser.

With Twitepad, you can use an unlimited number of Twitter accounts. If you are a person who doesn’t like to mix business with pleasure on Twitter, this app can accommodate all of your “personalities”.

If you have your iPad in Portrait view, you’ll have three columns in Twitepad. However, in Landscape view there are four of them. You can add, delete and rearrange all of these columns quickly by dragging them around.

I will be getting an iPad, and I am planning to try this app out for myself as soon as it’s available.

What iPad apps have come across your radar screen that you are intending to download or buy?

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What is Ship Finder?


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If you live near the sea or have a serious interest in large ships, then Ship Finder may be just the thing you’re looking for. The app provides real-time information about ships all across the globe. It’s easy to use, and is integrated into Google Maps.

The application will allow you to quickly switch between map views and details, and will pull up photos of most of the ships you’ll come across. It makes use of feeds and plots from popular ports and waterways around the world.

Ship Finder works by picking up AIS feeds used by all vessels to transmit their name, position, and destination. AIS (or Automatic Identification System) is a shipboard broadcast system that is capable of handling more than 4,500 reports per minute, and can update as often as every two seconds. By making use of the AIS feed information, Ship Finder will always have the most up-to-date information possible.

The app has been available for the iPhone for awhile now, and will be available for use on the iPad as soon as the tablet itself is released.

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