11 Essential Apps for your Next Conference Trip

ipad apps for conferenceConference time is one of the best parts of academia! It is a time to meet old friends, make new ones, and challenge our thinking with stimulating discussions and talks.

It is also a time for your iPad to shine: these hand-picked 11 apps will help you in all aspects of the conference – from getting there, to giving your talk, to getting in and out of bed.

 

In the air

You can tell me what you want, but for me the travelling is a time to relax and to get excited about the days ahead. The only problem is: air travel is a pain in the back! And if your funding isn’t getting you anywhere close to business class travel, the next best thing you can do is to create your personal serenity bubble that shelters you from all the chaos around you. I am talking about Games and Meditation apps, my friend!

 

Relax melodiesRelax Melodies (free) is a relaxation and sleep assistant, and it is honestly the first app I open after having boarded a plane. Just pick your own combination of relaxing sounds (try Fire Camp together with Rainstorm!), put on your headphones, close your eyes, and ignore everything until a flight attendant tips you on the shoulder to prepare for take-off. [Read more…]

Add some ZEN to your desktop

When Mac OS 10.7 Lion came out, one of the most exciting features for me was Misson Control. Basically, Mission Control wants to give you an overview over all your open applications and spaces, and it also gives you easy access to your Dashboard. What does Mission Control have to do with academia? The answer is simple: With a few and easy tweaks to Mission Control, you can add some ZEN to your computing experience that might help you to focus, relax, and be more productive.

 

Meet Lion Designer

Lion Designer is a small little Mac OS 10.7 app that you can download for free and that allows you to exchange the background images in Mission Control and other Lion specific places (e.g., Dashboard, Launchpad folders, Login Screen, and some other tweaks). Don’t be irritated by the somehow cluttered design and the free price tag: Lion Designer performs well once you have figured it out, and I had no problems so far. And if you don’t like your tweaks, you can revert to the original settings. The developer accepts donations for his efforts. [Read more…]