Duet Display, Things and other great productivity apps are 50% off right now

By Cody Lee on Jan 21, 2016

Folks in the market for a good productivity app will want to head over to the App Store as soon as possible. Apple kicked off a new “Get Productive” promotion on Thursday that takes 50% off some of the most popular titles in the category.

Among the apps included in the sale are Duet Display, which allows you to use an iPhone or iPad as an extra display, the highly respected PCalc calculator, Readdle’s PDF Expert 5, and the celebrated task, reminder and to-do list app Clear. Read More

 

Microsoft updates Office for iOS with 3D Touch features, Apple Pencil support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2016

Microsoft today rolled out updates to its mobile Office suite in the App Store: Word, ExcelPowerPoint and OneNote. Across the board these apps have gained support for 3D Touch shortcuts on the iPhone 6s/Plus.

In addition, the new ‘Annotate with Ink’ feature puts a set of cool tools on the new Draw tab for drawing, writing and highlighting things using touch, pen or Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro. Read More

 

Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard is coming to iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2016

Windows giant Microsoft is porting its excellent predictive text keyboard for Windows Phone, dubbed Word Flow, over to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

In an email to some Windows Insider testers, obtained by The Verge’s Tom Warren, Microsoft invited iPhone users to participate in a trial of the Word Flow keyboard for iOS.

On Windows Phone, the Word Flow keyboard includes a number of advanced features such as autocorrect, suggestions, gestures, multi-language support, emoticons, the ability to swipe letters like in Swype’s keyboard, and more. Read More

 

Quadro puts shortcut actions for your computer on your iPhone

By Lory Gil on Jan 15, 2016

Sometimes, when you are working on a half dozen projects on your computer, the last thing you want to do perform a bunch of actions that take up precious minutes. Maybe you’ve forgotten what shortcut key works with which application, or can’t recall where certain controls are in a program. All this eats up time.

Quadro is a workflow app that automates actions on your Mac or PC computer from your iPhone or iPad. All you have to do is tap on a button on your mobile device to trigger the action on your computer. Read More

 

Outlook for iOS gains Skype integration, Mac app updated with Split View and full-screen support

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2016

Microsoft Outlook is an excellent email client, not just for mobile devices but on desktop platforms, too. And now, it’s about to get a lot better. According to Microsoft, Outlook for Mac now now officially supports Full Screen view for OS X Yosemite and up and OS X’s native full-screen view.

On the mobile front, Outlook for iOS has received a nice little update which brings Skype integration for calendar events so users can now make any meeting a Skype call that can be launched from the calendar event in Outlook. Read More

 

Everlist review: as close as you can get to making a list with pen and paper

By Lory Gil on Jan 13, 2016

List, lists, lists. I’ve got lists coming out of my ears, at least metaphorically, since my lists are all on digital formats. My point is that I make a lot of lists. I don’t think I could get anything done if I didn’t have them. I’m always looking for ways to make my lists easier to understand and faster to access.

Everlist is about as close as you can get to making a list with pen and paper. However, it looks much better than a crumpled old note pad and does things that paper just can’t do. We’ve got an app review of Everlist for your reading pleasure right now. Read More

 

Spark for iPhone gains custom swipes in notifications, pinch-zooming and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2016

Readdle’s Spark for iPhone is an awesome email client and I can’t wait to use it on my iPad (coming soon) and the Mac (it’s in the works). Today’s update makes it even better.

In Spark 1.5 for iPhone and iPod touch, you can now customize which swipes are available in notification actions for new messages. You can also designate an email signature to be your default on a per-account basis, zoom in on HTML emails and more. Read More

 

Apple Stores to offer iPhone photography and iPad illustration workshops next year

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 30, 2015

As part of a major retail streamlining under the watchful eye of Apple’s head of online and brick-and-mortar stores, Angela Ahrendts, the company will be hosting a number of workshops next year at its stores that will take its existing and basic photography workshops to the next level.

The new workshops were designed to teach customers about the tips and tricks concerning iPhone photography, as well as drawing, painting and sketching on an iPad, with the promise of giving customers “at all skill levels” a chance to learn about more advanced image-capturing techniques, CNET said today. Read More

 

5 famous productivity apps from Readdle go half price in Christmas sale

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2015

Ukrainian developer Readdle doesn’t do sales for its productivity apps often so we thought you should definitely know about their latest promotion.

In celebration of the upcoming Christmas holiday, five of their most popular productivity apps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are currently half price, or even less, for the next 48 hours.

The sale includes apps like Scanner Pro, PDF Expert 5, Calendars 5, Printer Pro and PDF Converter. The promotion starts today, Tuesday, December 22 and ends on  Friday, December 25. Read More

 

Readdle’s Scanner Pro receives iPad Pro support and other enhancements in new update

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 21, 2015

Scanner Pro, a $0.99 document scanner for the iPhone and iPad by Ukrainian developer Readdle, was updated this morning in the App Store with several productivity-enhancing improvements and support for the iPad Pro.

You can now move and merge your scans, copy and paste pages within a document or between multiple documents, upload scanned documents to Box and much more. Read More

 

A brand new Wunderlist for iPhone and iPad is here

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2015

Just in time for the holidays, Wunderlist, a to-do, lists and tasks application that was acquired by Microsoft this summer, released a brand new experience for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad today.

The new Wunderlist 3.4 for iOS packs in full support for 3D Touch Home screen shortcuts and Peek and Pop gestures within the app. In addition, the app is simpler, more lightweight and intuitive than before and comes with iOS 9 productivity-boosting features. Read More

 

Readdle’s PDF Expert 5 for Mac picks up new features for easier document manipulation

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Ukrainian developer Readdle launched the Mac edition of PDF Expert, its popular PDF viewer app for iOS, in mid-November. Today marks the first major feature-focused refresh of the app in the Mac App Store.

The app now lets you mail a flattened copy of your PDF and rotate a page without entering the Pages mode. It will remember on what page you’ve left your document so that the next time you open the same file you can continue right where you left off. Read More

 

Facebook releases a version of Messenger that’s meant for the office

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 20, 2015

Facebook today launched a dedicated version of its mobile messaging software, Facebook Messenger, that’s meant to be used at work.

As reported on by TechCrunch, the applications is called Work Chat and available now for Android smartphones over at Google’s Play Store, while a version for iPhones is being worked on and scheduled to release soon.

The app is basically an expansion of Facebook at Work, the company’s business platform which has been in private testing for months now. Read More

 

Spark for iPhone adds Exchange support, iPad and Mac version in the works

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2015

Readdle’s incredibly efficient (and free) email client, Spark for iPhone, has just gotten a whole lot more useful with full support for Microsoft Exchange accounts in the latest update in the App Store.

This was the main feature request from thousands of people who wanted to use Spark with Exchange in the workplace, developers tell me.

Even more exciting than that, the team has confirmed that they’re hard at work putting finishing touches on Spark for iPad, which should be released “soon”. In addition, a spokesperson for the company tells me via email that their next step will be “creating the best email client for Mac.” Read More

 

New Microsoft app, Forum for iPhone, lets employees speak their mind freely

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2015

Microsoft continues releasing mobile apps for the iPhone first before they eventually trickle down to the “other” operating systems. The latest example: Forum, a new iPhone application born out of Microsoft’s Garage division responsible for skunkworks projects.

It was conceived to help employees within an organization speak their mind and state their opinion on any topic.

Fellow workers can then vote on your favorite posts (and optionally flag them) and find out what everyone else is really thinking about any given topic. Forum is a free download and available primarily to businesses. Read More

 

Readdle launches PDF Expert for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2015

Ukrainian developer Readdle has released a Mac edition of its popular PDF management app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, PDF Expert.

Available for $19.99 in the Mac App Store, this powerful app will empower your PDF workflow on the Mac and increase your productivity.

It includes such features as smooth scrolling and fast search, robust editing and annotation tools and more.

File exchange with other apps is much simplified through the Mac’s multi-purpose Share sheet and the app supports Continuity and Handoff to allow seamless switching between PDF Expert on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac, and much more. Read More

 

How to turn webpages into PDF documents on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2015

You no longer need a dedicated app to turn webpages or your photos into PDF documents on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. That’s because iOS 9 has conveniently added a new item to the system-wide Share menu which permits you to do just that, right out of the box and in seamless fashion.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to turn any webpage in Safari, or one or more photos in your Camera roll, into a PDF document and send it to iBooks. Read More

 

Microsoft refreshes Office apps for iPad Pro, with an important caveat

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2015

Windows giant Microsoft today released compatibility updates for its mobile Office app in the App Store—Word, ExcelPowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and OneDrive—aimed at lucky iPad Pro owners.

Featuring full support for iOS 9’s new Slide Over and Split View multitasking modes, these apps now take full advantage of the iPad Pro’s massive 2,732-by-2,048 pixel resolution 12.9-canvas that in landscape mode basically runs two full-sized apps concurrently. Read More

 

How to quickly trash all emails on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2015

Apple Mail in iOS 9 brings out a trio of major enhancements making the app more useful than ever: document attachments, intelligent searching with Proactive and enhanced multitasking features on the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.

Aside from these headline enhancements, Mail in iOS 9 includes a couple nice-to-haves, among them an easily overlooked feature to quickly delete all your emails in an inbox with just a few taps. This can save you a lot of time and help tame your inbox.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to trash all your messages in Mail in one go. Read More

 
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