Scanbot 4.0 rolls out with Quick-Actions, Workflows, FTP & OneNote support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

Scanbot, a powerful document and QR code scanner for iOS which sports optical character recognition and a slew of other cool features, was bumped to version 4.0 today.

Available on a freemium basis with optional paid upgrades, Scanbot 4.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad introduces Workflows and Quick-Actions, a pair of major new features aimed at increasing your productivity by automating repeating tasks such as uploading scans to cloud services. Read More

 

Spark email client gains HTML signatures, new swipe actions, aliases and other new features

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 18, 2015

Spark, my new favorite email app by Readdle (good-bye Mailbox!), launched in the App Store nearly 3 months ago.

In my initial review of Spark, I praised its gorgeous user interface, powerful productivity features and integration with popular services but cautioned mobile pros to wait until a future update brings a few commonly used features that didn’t make it into the initial release.

Spark 1.1 is here and with it come some much-needed missing features that make the app more powerful and productivity-focused. These include brand new swipe options, support for HTML signatures, email aliases and more. Read More

 

Microsoft Office apps pick up better Outlook integration with ‘Send with Outlook’ and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 12, 2015

Microsoft today issued refreshed Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad in the App Store. The new versions of these mobile productivity apps include several new features, most notably tighter integration with Microsoft’s Outlook for iOS app.

In addition to richer Outlook integration across all three apps, you can now change selected text in Word to uppercase, lowercase, sentence case and more, as well as view comments in PowerPoint next to the slide in a task pane. Read More

 

Today: Pomodoro Timer gets you focused on the task ahead

By Lory Gil on Aug 10, 2015

As a writer for iDB, sometimes, it gets difficult to stay focused on my work. I am easily distracted by chats with friends, social media, and playing games on my iPhone. The best way to combat distraction is to time my tasks and finish on deadline.

Today: Pomodoro Timer is a task manager that helps keep you focused by timing your daily tasks and giving you much needed breaks in between. You can get more done if you are aware of the time ticking away while you work. Read More

 

10 Mac Apps to make life simpler: The Pay What You Want Mac power user bundle

By iDB Deals on Aug 6, 2015

Embrace the power of your Mac with 10 useful and exciting apps. As part of this deal you’ll get full and complete access to all of these apps with a total value of $383 – and it’s up to you what you pay. It’s all part of our Pay What You Want Mac Power User Bundle.

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BitTorrent Sync update brings a major productivity element to peer-to-peer file syncing

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 4, 2015

BitTorrent Sync made its App Store debut back in August 2013, its major appeal being the underlying distributed technology that facilitates secure file syncing between devices but without a roundtrip to the cloud, thus appealing to privacy-minded customers.

The mobile component to BitTorrent’s peer-to-peer file syncing product, BitTorrent Sync for iOS is receiving a major update later today with an important productivity element added to the app: you can now save various types of files created in other apps right into a Sync folder to share with connected devices via a new Share sheet action. Read More

 

Readdle holds a massive App Store sale in celebration of its 8th birthday

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 4, 2015

Ukrainian developer Readdle is behind some of the best productivity applications for the iPhone and iPad. It’s hard to imagine that eight years have passed since Readdle released its first app in the App Store, but it has. To celebrate its eighth anniversary, the company has launched a massive App Store sale, cutting the price of some of its popular apps in half.

The promotion runs for 48 hours so now is your chance to add your favorite Readdle apps to your collection, if you don’t have them already. Here’s a quick list of apps that are available half price until Thursday, August 6 at 9am Eastern time. Read More

 

TurboScan puts the power of a high quality mobile scanner in the palm of your hand

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2015

TurboScan by Piksoft Inc., a small Bay Area company, has been available on the App Store for more than five years. Yesterday, they finally launched a free version which leaves no features behind so anyone can now experience the power of a high quality scanner in the palm of their hand, at zero cost.

Ranked #1 business app in the US App Store and with over three million existing users, this document and receipt scanner includes powerful features wrapped around an engaging interface. Read More

 

Office for iOS gains Outlook integration, easier sharing, viewing protected files and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 23, 2015

Software giant Microsoft on Thursday issued a set of updates adding several new features to its Office mobile apps on the iOS platform. For starters, the refreshed editions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for the iPhone and iPad can finally open and view protected documents.

Next, users can now easily invite others to collaborate on documents and grant permissions from within the apps, another important productivity boost. Read More

 

eMail Widget lets you view and manage your inbox from Notification Center

By Lory Gil on Jul 22, 2015

When it comes to the daily task of rummaging through email messages, I spend the first 30-minutes of my workday just trying to get my inbox under control. I can quickly delete or archive more than half of them, which helps me feel like I’ve made some progress

eMail Widget is a Notification Center app that allows users, not only to see new messages in their inbox, but perform a few basic actions in order to keep things under control without having to open a dedicated app. Read More

 

Readdle’s excellent Spark email client gains bulk actions, setting for remote images and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 9, 2015

Readdle’s Spark, my new favorite go-to mobile email client, received a big update in the App Store today. Although you couldn’t tell it from a minor version number change (1.0.1), the new version does make the app much better while fixing a plethora of user-reported issues.

For starters, you can now delete and archive emails in bulk, a tremendous productivity boost. Next, Spark now consumes less energy, which is always a good thing.

You can now empty your Trash with a single tap, as opposed to selecting multiple messages before hitting the Delete button, like before.

Security advocates will definitely appreciate a new setting to disable loading of remote images, which protects you from spammers while keeping data usage under control.

On the downside, today’s update has removed a pair of useful features due to mixed reviews, though Readdle assures us it may bring them back “someday.” Read More

 

Readdle launches Scanner Pro 6 with automatic scanning, Scan Radar feature and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2015

Ukrainian developer Readdle has a number of fine productivity apps in the App Store, among them a scanning app called Scanner Pro.

Today, Readdle released Scanner Pro 6, the next major version which adds interesting new features like automatic scanning, the ability to find documents for scanning in Photos, cool Automatic Scanning mode and more.

This update is free to existing users and they’re celebrating the launch by discounting Scanner Pro for new users to just $2.99, more than half off its regular asking price. Read More

 

iOS 9 includes a share action for saving PDFs to iBooks

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 27, 2015

There’s still no native option to print to PDF in iOS, but a new iOS 9 feature might the next best thing. Featured prominently in the share sheet of Apple’s upcoming mobile OS update, is a new Save PDF to iBooks Activity. This new option allows users to easily turn a webpage or other document into a PDF in seconds. Read More

 

iOS 9 reinvigorates iPad power users

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 15, 2015

WWDC 2015 was filled with shock and awe, at least for me, a former iPad user. In the past, I’ve tried my best to use my iPad for productivity, namely writing blog posts and the like. While this can be achieved with relative success, the iPad as we currently know it still lacks from a productivity standpoint.

The iPad that we know today doesn’t have the ability to truly multitask—i.e. run two apps at the same exact time, and interface with those two apps at the same exact time. Although some prominent bloggers, most notably Mac Stories’ Frederico Viticci, are able to aptly make due with this limitation, it’s always been something that’s pushed me back to my MacBook.

No matter how hard I’ve tried, and trust me, I’ve tried dozens of times, I always end up abandoning my plans of creating an iPad workflow that genuinely works for me. With WWDC 2015, and the release of iOS 9, I finally feel like we’re on the precipice of something great.

The iPad Air 2, in particular, heavily benefits from iOS 9, but all iPads will benefit in a major way. Here are 6 outstanding new productivity features that promise to supercharge the workflow of those of you who use the iPad as a work machine. Read More

 

Powerful task manager ‘2Do’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Jun 4, 2015

Apple has just named “2Do” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the powerful task manager for both iPhone and iPad for free—a staggering savings of $14.99.

2Do prides itself on its “completely different approach to managing your tasks.” Unlike the numerous other task management software offerings, it doesn’t force you to adopt a particular methodology. There is no wrong way to use 2Do. Read More

 

Wunderlist gets acquired by Microsoft

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2015

6Wunderkinder GmbH, the makers of Wunderlist, the popular to-do, list and tasks application for the Mac, iOS, Apple Watch and other platforms, confirmed today it’s being acquired by software giant Microsoft.

With more than thirteen million users across platforms and more than one billion to-dos created in Wunderlist, the app should seamlessly fit in Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s mobile first, cloud first vision.

But don’t fret, mobile Wunderlist apps aren’t going anywhere, at least for the time being. “As Wunderlist becomes a part of the Microsoft family, we’ll introduce a host of new features, keep adding partner integrations, and progress further in delivering Wunderlist to billions of people,” Christian Reber, 6Wunderkinder founder and CEO said Tuesday. Read More

 

Readdle launches Spark, gorgeous iPhone and Apple Watch email app to tame your inbox

By Christian Zibreg on May 29, 2015

Ukrainian developer Readdle, the maker of some of the finest productivity apps for the iPhone and iPad, today launched its most ambitious project yet, a personalized email client for the iPhone and Apple Watch conceived to help you deal with your inbox faster.

The app is called Spark, it looks neat and offers a number of compelling features, like quick replies, powerful search, fast signatures, smart notifications, attachments, cloud services support, email-to-PDF conversion, a WatchKit extension to check important messages on the wrist with an Apple Watch app and a glance, and much more. Read More

 

Todoist launches Apple Watch app with Inbox, Today view, Projects, Filters and Labels

By Christian Zibreg on May 28, 2015

Todoist, the advanced to-do list and task manager for iOS and OS X, is now available for the Apple Watch. The app delivers a number of powerful features for managing tasks to your wrist, including Inbox, Today view, Projects, Filters and Labels. A Glance view gives you a quick overview of your upcoming tasks.

You can also respond to rich notifications with natural language processing. The main app provides more details related to your tasks and projects, allowing you to review tasks and projects, create new ones using dictation and much more. Read More

 

New report details 12″ iPad with dual-app viewing mode and iOS 9 multi-user support

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2015

Apple is developing not one, but two new twelve-inch iPad models, codenamed “J98” and “J99”. Also, the firm’s doubled down on advancing productivity aspects of iOS with a much-needed dual-app multitasking mode and support for multiple users in iOS 9, a report Thursday by 9to5Mac alleged.

The same publication originally claimed side-by-side multitasking would debut in iOS 8 with the iPad Air back in 2014 so take today’s story with a grain of salt.

“Sources now say that Apple plans to show off the side-by-side feature for iOS 9 using currently available iPad models,” the article states.

Split-screen multitasking should be formally announced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference next month, with multi-user support reportedly slated to arrive later this year alongside new iPads. Read More

 

How to add images to Google Docs and Slides documents on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2015

Pictures play an important part in putting together a compelling business presentation, a detailed school report and what not. As much as I like Google’s DocsSlides and Sheets mobile productivity apps, their non-existent support for adding images to documents directly from an iOS device has been something of a deal breaker for me.

But not anymore. As announced on the official Google Docs blog, users of Google Docs and Slides application can now add images directly from their iPhone or iPad, here’s how. Read More

 
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