App Recommendations

Much of the iPad's potential is only reached through the use of apps. Think of the iPad as a platform that provides the basics (portable form factor, touch interface, wireless connectivity, etc..) and apps as tools for performing specific tasks. We've organized this page according to ways in which we could envision you using your iPad. There are many more apps for any given tasks than we could possibly list on this page, so please search the app store for additional tools. This is by no means a comprehensive list of uses either, and we encourage you to try using your tablet in whichever ways make the most sense to you.

Web Browsing

Often, you don't need an app for that. Most if not all of your favorite websites are likely still available to you on the iPad. They may look exactly the same or slightly different depending on how they choose to treat mobile devices, but you should be able to find almost all of the functionality you get on your Mac or Windows machine. If you don't like the iPad's Safari web browser, you can download alternative browsers like Atomic Web or Opera which will give you a great web experience.

File Management

Stanford has contracted with to give all users:

  • Single sign-on using your Stanford SUNet ID
  • Individual permissions on documents and folders
  • Document version control
  • Document sharing and collaboration with Box users within and external to Stanford
  • 15 GB of cloud storage per user; individual file sizes up to 5 GB
  • Desktop folder synchronization with Box
  • Encryption of files at Box and over the network
  • Mobile clients for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry

Note-Taking, Document Editing and Annotation

iAnnotate and GoodReader are two popular document readers with built-in annotation tools. iAnnotate has a stronger set of tools for drawing and navigating and GoodReader is better at connecting to a greater number of document and storage sites.

QuickOffice and DocumentsToGo are both full-featured office suites that allow you to edit Word,PowerPoint and Excel documents and sync with If you use iWork for Mac, Keynote, Pages and Numbers are available for iPad as well. If you like to mindmap and want an app to brainstorm with, you might try iThoughts, Adobe Ideas or MindMeister.

For quick notes, you can use the Notes app, which can also be synced with a Google account for backup and web access. Evernote also syncs your notes (including audio and photos) to the web and your other devices, and has a more extensive feature set than the Notes app. JotNot Pro helps you capture whiteboard photos in a legible and meaningful way and is useful for grabbing a quick snapshot after a meeting or brainstorming session.

If you would like to try using your iPad for hand-written notes, apps like Penultimate, Notability and SoundNote are good places to start. Notability (suggested by a Y1 student) and SoundNote both include audio recording and ways to sync audio with written notes.

Reading, Multimedia and the Web

iAnnotate and GoodReader also make great document libraries and reading apps and both sync with your (highly recommended - but not for restricted data or patient information). They also allow you to organize files into folders and both have good navigation tools for finding what you are looking for in your library and documents.

For eBook reading, you should already have iBooks, which is a pretty standard ebook app. The Kindle app from Amazon syncs with other devices and is the leading eBook software for mobile devices. SULair (Stanford Libraries) has posted a collection of ebooks and etexts online that you may also find useful.

AVPlayer HD is a great video multitouch and variable speed video player that is much richer in features than the standard iPad video player. The lecture videos you download from Coursework can be played 1.5x speed in this app.

The iPad's Safari browser should fill most of your needs, but there are alternative browsers if you are interested in trying them. Atomic Web Browser, Opera Mini and Diigo Browser are three popular choices that provide some features Safari doesn't.


In addition to email and calendar syncing, there are many apps for the iPad meant to help you stay productive and connected. There are a number of tasklist tools available, including apps like Toodledo that sync with the web and other devices. On top of the notifications you will receive from many apps, you can also find tools with timers and alarms to help you stay on track.

Medical Apps

There are countless apps related to medicine or medical school on the App Store. A large percentage of these are for anatomy. Apps like Muscle and Bone Anatomy 3D, Radiology 2.0 and 3D Brain received positive responses from students and TA's last year, but you are encouraged to search the store and explore. is a site run by med students and physicians with reviews for apps and it's also a great resource for medical apps.

The apps mentioned here are installed on the display iPad in the LKSC lobby, so please try them out and let us know what you think.

Mobile Access to Electronic Medical Records (EMR)

Mobile devices hold great promise as tools for accessing EMR. This is a very new practice though, and currently the options are limited. Many of the sites you will go to do not have EMR or cannot provide access to EMR for mobile devices. This is something that is expected to change moving forward, but timelines for such changes are often long. Stanford Hospitals and Clinics allow access to Epic from iOS devices in two ways:

  1. iOS Apps for iPhone and iPad: Stanford Hospital's EpiCenter site provides details on how to install and configure the Haiku and Canto Epic apps for iPhone and iPad. It's worth noting that currently both apps are read-only and will display only a partial patient record. However, the apps are fairly quick and easy to use, with nicely designed interfaces that allow you to access Epic even from home.
  2. Citrix Receiver for iPad: The EpiCenter site also details how to connect to Epic through Citrix reciever in much the same way you would from a computer. While this method allows editing and access to the full record, it is fairly clunky and can be awkward to use.

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