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After the 10 obvious iPad apps that I shared yesterday (the ones many people would put on without needing them to be recommended.) I thought it would be good to look at 10 not so obvious apps. These are ones that might not be perfect for everyone and have some more advance features that won’t be for everyone but they are still worth checking out no matter who you are.


Duolingo is the best language learning app that is out there at the moment. It provides practice of the different areas around a language and uses spaced repetition to help you remember the new words you are learning. It isn’t for every language yet but if you are decent at English (which I suspect you are because you’re reading this site) then you can learn some of the most common European languages. (or learn English from one of the most common languages)

Download Duolingo


Comixology is a great app for reading Comics. Not only do they get in some of the newest comics but if you get a paper version you can also download a digital version from comixology. Comics might not be for everyone but you might surprise yourself by giving them a go.

Download Comixology

Day One

Day one is an electronic journalling application that let’s you record your time, imports your location, the weather, your activity and more features, but also lets you leave notes as well as to what you did. It can be a nice tool for journalling but if you start using some other tools as well then you can really get more from it. I recommend checking out the template that Michael Hyatt uses for Journaling and also Bret Terpstra’s tools

Download Day One

Text Expander

Text expander are another tool that get more and more powerful the more you use them (like Evernote we mentioned yesterday) and the more you get used to them. Not only can they save you time from writing large amounts of text but they can also help provide frameworks that you can use in other areas such as creating a journaling templates.

Download TextExpander


Passwords are a pain! With more and more online services requiring passwords and more tools hacking your password it’s more important to use different and difficult to remember passwords across your different services. 1Password is accessed from a single password and can store all your passwords and log in information for different services. It can generate difficult to remember passwords as well as providing automatic password completion in the in app browser.

Download 1Password


Editorial is a powerful Markdown editor that can really help you if you are writing for the web. With it’s snippets, built in browser, macro support and built in python engine, it is a highly flexible and customisable app that can help you streamline your writing process and if go as far as Federico Viticci, then it can become your main writing application not out of necessity but out of choice.

Download Editorial


Drafts is a “gateway app”. No that’s not like a gateway drug, instead it is an app that starts your process. The idea of Drafts is to be your notebook on your device. If you have an idea but have no idea where it should go (create a task, add a diary entry, tweet it, add it to a Evernote note, or more) It also supports Markdown and text expander so it allows you to quickly type up messages to send else where either now or save it for later.

Download Drafts


IFTTT stands for If This Then That and is a tool for automating processes with your iPad or iPhone. For every “recipe” you set up a trigger and an action. These triggers can be things such as a new post in the RSS feed, a time, when you star a email in Gmail or even your location. After that you set an action which is what will happen afterwards. So for example, when a new blog post is published, it is added to your pocket app for you to read. Or when you arrive at work you text someone telling them you’ve arrived.

(unfortunately there is only an iPhone app at the moment, but it does work on the iPad as well.)

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PDFpen is an application suit with apps for the Mac, iPhone and most importantly today…the iPad. If you need to work with pdfs for either reading or editing then PDFped is the best application for you. Not only does it sync between iCloud to keep all the pdf’s you have handy, it also bring PDFs in from other cloud systems like dropbox and google drive.

However, the real value in PDFpen comes in it’s ability to edit and add to PDFs. You can type in information (and pdf will even recognize sections you should fill in and change them into text box automagically) or use your finger or stylus to write or draw over the document so you can add your signature.

There is also a separate scanning app that allows you to scan a document using your iPad’s (or iPhone’s) camera and then share.

Download PDF Pen
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One of the clear advantages of having the larger screen on an iPad is for a recipe book. Showing larger images along with easy to read text means that you can easily switch follow a recipe as you cook. Probably the best app for this is Paprika. Not only does it store recipes you like and sync them between any devices you have but it also has a meal planner to help you track prepare for the month and integrates with a shopping list for when you go to buy the items that you need.

However, some of the real stand out features are it’s inbuilt timers for while you cook and the ability to download recipes from websites with the click of a button. Paprika can really help you manage your cooking both as you cook and as you prepare to cook.

Download Paprika

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