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5 Apps for Dads on Father’s Day

It’s Father’s Day near here in the US and in a handful of other countries around the world. To celebrate this holiday, I’ve compiled a list of five outstanding apps that are perfect for all the iPad-toting fathers out there. These titles will help your dad manage and measure potential home repair projects, watch his favorite team while on the go and serve as an all-knowing remote control for videos, music and entertainment. Here are five of the best.

iHandy Carpenter ($1.99)

If your Dad doesn’t already have this one, it’s a must buy for Father’s Day. It’s truly one handy app that combines 5 different carpenter’s tools in one application, including a bubble level, a plum bob, surface level, steel protractor, and steel ruler. Once iHandy Carpenter is correctly calibrated, its use of the accelerometer in the iPad makes it an extremely accurate 5-in-1 tool perfect for Dad’s honeydo list.

Documents to Go ($9.99)

Microsoft hasn’t yet developed a Microsoft Office app for the iPad, and Microsoft Office Web Apps functionality is glitchy at best from the iPad browser. But, with Documents To Go you can create, view, and edit Microsoft Office files from the iPad. It also acts as a handy viewer for other file types, and lets you add file attachments to e-mail on the iPad.

Remote (Free)

If your dad is tired of just flipping through the usual television options, expand his entertainment universe with this free application. Developed by Apple, Remote lets users program what appears on their Macs and Apple TVs. The Remote app is a lot more intuitive than the metal controller that comes with the Apple TV set-top box. With this on his phone, dad can type in the name of the show he wants to call up from Netflix, YouTube and a variety of other sources, rather than selecting letters one-by-one on the screen. Using Remote is also a great way to play music through iTunes. Just remember that your home’s wireless network must be turned on for Remote to work properly.

WatchESPN (Free)

As if ESPN were not already omnipresent! This WatchESPN app lets dad watch “The Total Sports Network” wherever he may travel via a connected smartphone or tablet computer. Although the app is free to download, access is limited to cable TV subscribers of Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV or Comcast (Comcast access soon to come on Google Play) who already receive ESPN as part of their TV package. The app supports four ESPN channels: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU. Verizon High Speed Internet subscribers can access ESPN3.

Netflix (Free)

Maybe your dad is the kind who isn’t a big reader, and would just rather wait for the movie. In that case, the Netflix app can give dad access to a comprehensive library of movies and TV shows ready to be streamed instantly to the iPad. Like the Kindle app, though, the Netflix app is free, but it is useless without the content to go with it. If dad doesn’t already have a Netflix account, you will need to set him up with one to go with this app.