App Gems: Top communication apps
Communication starts long before you open your mouth. You first have to come up with an idea, put it into words, and then present it to the world at large. Our top communication apps from the past year cover this process from start to finish.
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But what about generating ideas? We recommend you turn to the sophisticated, easy-to-use iThoughtsHD. This thoughtfully designed mind-mapping app from CMS is among the best we’ve ever tested—and not just on the iPad, but on the Mac as well. iThoughtsHD offers a number of shortcuts to help you make quick work of brainstorming sessions; once that initial work is complete, the app provides many options for formatting, manipulating, and editing your map. But, the real beauty of iThoughts HD is that you never feel that you’re sacrificing quality by creating your mind map using a tablet and not a computer.—Jeffery Battersby
Of course, ideas will only take you so far it you can’t share them with anyone. Enter Twitter, and its abundance of clients on the iOS platform. With so many fine apps to choose from, why does the iPhone-only Tweetbot from Tapbots stand out from the tweeting crowd? Because it offers a unique user experience and lots of great features. Start with a customizable interface that’s attractive and fun to use—for example, if you want to view an entire conversation, just swipe to the right any message in that conversation. In addition to the usual Twitter-client offerings, Tweetbot includes message drafts, enhanced multiple-account support, muting (of people, hashtags, or clients), notifications, username and tag auto-complete, detailed info about messages and people, Favstar integration, and more. You can choose your favorite URL-shortening, photo- and video-uploading, and read-later services, and Tweetbot can even translate tweets for you. It was also one of the first clients to incorporate the Tweet Marker service, and it’s still the only one that makes Twitter lists a front-and-center feature of your timeline. Tweetbot simply gets all the details right.—Dan Frakes