In curating and compiling updates for the LDPR Digital Directory, we noticed a number of references to “Apps” and decided to include the term in our latest edition. You’ll notice the term has evolved as the world becomes increasingly mobile. There’s an app for everything!
Also FYI, we’re seeing the term “instructographic” (infographics that provide instructions) more often. Here’s a fun infographic from PBJ Publishing and Pixar that gives instructions on how to be a phenomenal storyteller. Whether you’re a parent or the life of the party, it’s worth downloading (or adding to your power-outage checklist, along with the Flashlight app below).
App, or APP, is the abbreviation for application software designed to perform a specific task (examples include enterprise software, accounting software, office suites, graphics software and media players) or applications software for mobile devices (mobile apps). Today, mainstream use of the term “app” is in reference to mobile applications.
★ ★ Flashlight
There are a number of free flashlight apps available out there, but this Flashlight caught our attention because it keeps things simple. From the folks at iHandy: “Bright. Fast. Simple. The most elegant and functional flashlight app, ever! And it’s the ONLY flashlight app that goes with a compass, giving you the direction in the darkness.”
The mobile app is priced under $5, but the bookmarklet (bookmarking button for your toolbar) is free. Instapaper is a great way to keep track of articles and store them for future reading. This web service saves articles on web browsers, Apple iOS and Android devices, and Amazon Kindle. After registering a free account, the service saves articles that users select with its “Read Later” bookmarklet and presents them in a minimal, readable text layout. The service was founded in 2008 by Marco Arment and has about 2 million users as of late 2011. It has been positively reviewed by publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, PC Magazine, Macworld and Wired.
★Springpad (styled as springpad)
Another app that’s worth exploring is Springpad, It’s a free online application and web service that allows its registered users to save, organize, and share collected ideas and information. A personal organizer and information capturing service, Springpad is designed to help its users remember content. Once added to Springpad “notebooks,” content is identified and categorized by the application after which it then generates additional snippets based on the type of object added — such as listing price comparisons for products or show times for movies. Springpad is also available as apps on the iPad, iPhone, and Android that synchronize with the web interface.
Zite is a free personalized magazine for your iPad that automatically learns what you like and gets smarter every time you use it. Zite delivers all the great news, articles, blogs, and videos you want – and helps you discover new stuff that you’ll love. Zite was acquired by CNN last year and announced CNN Trends on October 17, 2012, Zite’s first major project with its parent company CNN.
From App to Zite and much more, stay tuned for a recap of the entire 2012 LDPR Digital Directory.