Home Screens - Laura Swanson

This is the 16th post in a series called Home Screens. David Sparks over at MacSparky has been doing this for a long time and I thought it would be interesting to ask my friends, family, and former co-workers what is on their Home Screens!

Laura Swanson is a Writer/Editor at the Savannah College of Art and Design where she's fortunate to write about her passions for interior design, art history, international travel, emerging media and creative careers. Laura's life story is one of duplicity: she's been a farm girl who's not very agricultural, a city girl who dreams of wide-open spaces, and a student who learns more only to understand all the topics she has yet to know. She's driven the United States from coast to coast and made a point to try to the local ice cream in 12 countries. She loves color coordination, Apple key commands, baking, holiday traditions, and the proper use or regional misuse of English grammar.

What are your most interesting home screen apps?

Redbox, Lose It!, and NPR Music

What is your favorite app?

iPhoto is my favorite app because of its simplicity and efficiency. I purchased an iPad camera connection kit, and I love how quickly I can transfer photos from my digital camera to my iPad. I edit each image for color or change its shape using the crop feature, and iPhoto makes sharing my photos through Facebook, Twitter and email effortless. On the day I received my iPad, my colleague recommended the iPhoto app and said that he preferred to use iPhoto on his tablet rather than his desktop. I agree wholeheartedly, but I need to set up the iCloud feature so that my photography obsession does not overwhelm my data space.

Which app is your guilty pleasure?

The Starbucks app helps me find my morning cup of coffee, which is better known a "fuel" for a writer. I also track the rewards I accrue through my Gold Card and read nutrition information to find ways to spice up my morning mocha routine while saving my waistline.

What is the app you are still missing?

I need a simple word processing app to make blogging easier. Right now, I spend little time writing and much more time reading using the Google app's Reader application.

How many times a day do you use your iPad?

I use my iPad at least 25 times a day; it allows me to read the morning headlines, cook new recipes for dinner, come up with workout routines and relax by watching a TV show before bed. Just this week I even used my iPad in a dream. Should I seek out a medium for an interpretation of what this means in my subconscious?

What is your favorite feature of the iPad?

I love that many applications use GPS technology and my current location to help me make wise, timesaving choices. For instance, I can search for a movie on the Redbox app and learn which exact location will be nearest to me and also have the film I'm hoping to rent.

If you were in charge at Apple, what would you add or change?

Maybe I just need a lesson or two in mastering the iPad, but I find it very difficult to copy and paste a specific text selection on my tablet. This is the only time that I would prefer a mouse to a touch pad. Alright, Apple. Let's make this more user friendly.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I am slightly weather-obsessed, and The Weather Channel app for iPad is just too cool!