By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016
Yesterday, Google announced a cool new feature to mark the tenth anniversary of its online calendar service: Google Calendar will now scan your calendar intelligently to find the time on your schedule to work on your personal goals.
According to Google, the updated Google Calendar app lets you add a personal goal to your calendar.
These can be things like “run three times a week” or “hit the gym every day except weekend”. After parsing your natural language input, it’ll schedule time automatically for you and help you actually stick to it. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 12, 2016
Airmail, the popular Mac email client, has made the leap to the iPhone back in February.
As of today, this powerful email application is available with a native interface on iPads, with full support for iOS 9’s Split View multitasking mode, wireless keyboards with fully customizable shortcuts, Touch ID, the ability to draw sketches within the app and much more.
“Never before has e-mail been so powerful and productive across your Apple devices,” developers told me via email. “Use the extended screen real estate to compose and communicate like never before.”
The refreshed iPhone and iPad app is available now in the App Store at no charge for existing users. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2016
After shipping Fantastical 2 for Mac a year ago with tons of new features and a revamped user interface for OS X Yosemite and later, developer Flexibits today pushed version 2.2 of its calendar, reminder and to-do productivity app on the Mac App Store.
Fantastical 2.2 for Mac brings powerful new features to the experience, starting with full support for Microsoft Exchange accounts with native account syncing, invitation responses, availability lookup, categories and people lookup.
Other enhancements include availability information in calendars, support for printing with multiple layouts and a host of other under-the-hood refinements. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 29, 2016
Your iPad is a great consumption device, but you can also create all kinds of content on it. With iFontMaker for iPad, for example, anyone can create their own hand font in minutes and start using it on their iOS devices, Mac or Windows PCs, in creative apps like Adobe CreativeSuite, Microsoft Office or in any other app that renders fonts in the TTF file format. And to think that not that long time ago creating homemade fonts used to require a full-on desktop computer or laptop and apps that cost hundreds of bucks… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 24, 2016
Apple this morning started accepting pre-orders for the new iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro in thirteen territories total. Surprisingly enough, the Apple Online Store offers iPad Pro shoppers Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions as a recommended iPad accessory.
As first noted by The Verge, Microsoft Office 365 also appears as a recommended option when purchasing other iPad models, including the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 4. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2016
Ukrainian developer Readdle today released Scanner Pro 7.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, a major new version of its award-winning document, QR code and receipt scanner that has a revamped user interface and packs in a plethora of new features.
Among other enhancements, the new version packs in advanced optical character recognition (OCR) technology which automatically extracts text from sentences, paragraphs or whole scans, making Scanner Pro 7 more competitive with Scanbot. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 14, 2016
Like your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, your Mac sports an auto-correction feature that automatically corrects any misspelled words in your chats, documents, emails and other documents that work with the system-level Auto-Correction feature.
In many OS X apps, mistakes are automatically corrected as you type. Native speakers who know their way around the grammar and spelling rules may want to revert this behavior.
In this post, you will learn how to disable OS X’s built-in Auto-Correction feature. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2016
Readdle, the Ukrainian developer of fine productivity software, has refreshed its PDF management and annotation app, PDF Expert for OS X and PDF Expert for iOS, with support for Apple’s Handoff technology.
With Handoff, PDF Expert users can start editing a PDF document on their iPhone or iPad and then continue right where they left off on their Mac, and vice versa.
In addition, today’s update includes half a dozen enhancements like the ability to select part of a document and crop or copy it. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 9, 2016
Apple’s Calendar app for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac does a fine job in helping organize your schedule and making your more productive.
Like many other people, I like to browse my calendars with week numbers enabled as this helps me better understand my events and tasks for the month.
The Calendar app does not show week numbers by default, but don’t you worry—this tutorial will teach you how to enable display of week numbers in your calendar views across iOS and OS X platforms. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 8, 2016
The Internet giant Google today refreshed its mobile productivity apps in the App Store—Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides—adding support for the iPad Pro’s 12.9-inch screen along with other minor improvements.
Although Google’s word processor, spreadsheet and presentation apps now take full advantage of the iPad Pro’s increased screen size and resolution, these apps are yet to support iOS 9’s new iPad multitasking modes, like Split View and Slide Over. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 3, 2016
Apple’s Mail app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad offers various customization options which permit you to adjust which messages you see first in the mailbox list. For instance, you can add important people to Mail’s VIP list so all their messages appear in the special VIP smart mailbox.
I’m not sure why, but Mail by default doesn’t let you see all the unread messages from all accounts in one place, and that’s quite a shame.
Thankfully, you can easily show a hidden ‘Unread’ smart folder to gather your unread messages in one place. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 1, 2016
iOS 9 includes a new Share sheet action for saving PDFs to iBooks. This is great for, say, turning a webpage or other document into a PDF form with one notable complaint—not everyone wants to read PDFs in the iBooks app. If you own an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you’re in the luck.
As it turns out, you can export a PDF to any app on your device with 3D Touch right from iOS’s Print Preview screen. This is an extremely convenient feature, but it’s unfortunate that it requires 3D Touch so owners of previous-generation and older iPhones cannot take advantage of it. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2016
Apple’s Calendar application for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac and iCloud.com makes it simple to share events and to-dos with select people, or let anyone with a link subscribe to a read-only calendar.
For example, you could share a “To Do” calendar with your significant other, create a calendar for your entire family so every member can put errands on it, invite your wife to a shared “Kids” calendar to keep parents in the loop about school activities and more.
Not only do shared calendars increase your productivity in the workplace, they help those who use them become more organized in everyday life. You can assign edit privileges to invitees, adjust how participants access the calendar and more.
Invitees have a myriad of options at their disposal to view shared calendars, including the iCloud Calendar web app, the stock Calendar app on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac or Microsoft Outlook on a Windows computer.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to share a calendar privately or publicly on iOS, OS X and iCloud.com, add or remove participants, change edit privileges, adjust calendar notifications and more. Read More
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
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2016
Microsoft today rolled out updates to its mobile Office suite in the App Store: Word, Excel, PowerPoint 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
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
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