Brian BeamMacworld

Brian Beam is a software designer and database/system administrator at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and the owner of web development firm CommandB .

Codosaurus for iPhone and iPad

If you need to edit Web pages remotely, this universal iOS utility can be a handy addition to your iPhone and iPad. You will have to put up with occasional connection problems and stability issues, however.

PhatPad for iPad

This note taker promises to combine text and graphics, even if you draw them on your iPad with a finger. The reality is a bit of a mixed bag.

iMockups for iPad

This iPad app works very well to create, and present, basic wireframe models; save for a few missing features, it's practically an indispensable tool if you work with iOS apps, Web apps, or website projects.

WritePad for iPhone and iPad

Available in separate versions for the iPhone and iPad, this app does a pretty good job of taking your handwritten notes and converting them into text, though not without a few quirks.

Unpleasant Horse for iPhone and iPad

Featuring a psychotic horse that wreaks havoc on cute ponies and birds, Unpleasant Horse won't appeal to every gamer. But folks who like their games twisted will find this universal offering amusing and addicting.

Remote Conductor for iPhone

Once just available for the iPad, this excellent app for turning your iOS device into a Magic Trackpad is now available as a separate iPhone/iPod touch app. It does everything Remote Conductor HD does, only on a smaller screen.

iSSH for iPhone and iPad

Not every iOS user needs an SSH app, but those who do will appreciate this indispensable utility for iOS device-toting system administrators.

Remote Conductor for iPad

This versatile app turns your iPad into a trackpad, while also allowing you to launch and switch between applications on your computer.

MyPhoneDesktop and PasteFire for iPhone and iPad

We look at two utilities for moving information from your computer onto the pasteboard of your iOS device. MyPhoneDesktop offers a superior desktop app, handy contact management, full SMS support, and the ability to work with local images. But if you don't need a lot of features, PasteFire is a perfectly acceptable -- and free -- alternative.

Seline HD for iPad

If you enjoy making music, this quirky iPad app will provide plenty of entertainment.

GuitarToolkit for iPhone

A well-designed app that offers several useful tools, GuitarToolkit is a must-have for any iPhone-toting musician.

Ultimate Guitar Tabs and TabToolkit for iPhone and iPad

Tablature, or "tab" as it is colloquially known, is a notational system for guitar that shows notes and chords according to where they are positioned on the fingerboard rather than using a traditional musical staff. Brian Beam looks at a pair of apps that bring tablature to the iPhone and iPad.