By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2013
The search monster Google today updated its free Drive for iPhone and iPad app with the much-needed ability to sort your cloud files according to several built-in criteria. The highly requested feature finally makes it easy to access your files by last edited, last modified, title and last opened by you. Additionally, you can also find and replace in documents.
I switched from the native Microsoft Office apps to Google Docs years ago and never looked back. Google’s suite of cloud productivity apps has won me over with its ability to access, edit and share my stuff on any network-enabled computer, right in a web browser, without having to install anything… Read More
By Lory Gil on Dec 6, 2013
If you have ever tried to convert a PDF to a different type of file, like a .doc, for example, you know what a pain it is to successfully get all of the letters, graphs, and markups to show up correctly. Sure, you can turn just about anything into a PDF, but reversing the operation is another story.
PDF Wordsmith takes those pesky locked up PDFs and turns them into readable, editable, useful Word documents with a simple tap. Easily export them to another application and have full use of your new document… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2013
The Ukraine-based app maker Readdle today released a big update to its PDF management app, PDF Expert for iPad. The software makes reading, annotating or editing PDF documents on your iPad a snap, with advanced capabilities like highlighting and handwriting support, the ability to sign your PDFs digitally (useful for contracts and other legal documents), insert text and stamps and more.
PDF Expert can even merge multiple PDF documents into one so it’s much like the OS X Preview app feature-wise.
The fifth major iteration offers such enhancements as the new shared-folder capability, AirDrop sharing, a revamped file manager, iCloud storage and sync for your PDFs and lots more. The full breakdown is after the break… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2013
In keeping with its promise to bring Ember to iOS in December, Realmac today released the iPhone and iPad version as a free download in the App Store. Basically a companion for Realmac’s Ember for Mac, the iOS app features iCloud sync, photo collections with advanced natural language search, the handy ability to automatically sort screenshots imported from your iOS Camera Roll into Phone and Tablet collections, sharing via Mail, AirDrop, Messages, Twitter and Facebook, and lots more.
Jump past the fold for the full breakdown… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2013
Following a website leak yesterday, Apple subsidiary FileMaker, formerly Claris, today announced a brand new version of its namesake cross-platform relational database application for Mac and Windows PCs. FileMaker Pro 13 comes with more than fifty new features and a new pricing scheme.
The new features include stronger AES 256-bit data encryption, additional tools inside companion iOS apps that support one-step creation of iPhone and iPad database layouts, a brand new HTML5-based support for easy data entry using any standards-compliant web browser such as Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome and much, much more… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2013
FileMaker, formerly Claris and now an Apple subsidiary, has been enjoying great success with its namesake cross-platform relational database application for decades now. FileMaker 12 was released nearly two years ago for the Mac and Windows PCs. There has been a lot of talk lately about the next major upgrade, FileMaker 13, but little in terms of leaks.
Well, the online Apple Store saw to that: in several countries, placeholder URLs along with website entries went prematurely live, presumably by accident. Furthermore, some versions of FileMaker Pro 12 have been seemingly discontinued in those stores, indicating that FileMaker 13 could be easily around the corner… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2013
Ember, a digital scrapbook app from the Clear to-do app’s creator Realmac Software, arrived back in July as a rather pricey $49.99 Mac App Store download. Despite its punishing price tag, I wrote that Ember struck me as an Evernote replacement I’ve long been yearning for. The team has since added a few new features such as Smart Drawing, Colours and iCloud sync, while squashing dozens of bugs.
And now, they’ve confirmed that the iOS version will be available in December. This is great news as I can now introduce Ember into my daily workflow, hopefully being able to jot down notes, create journals and manage my notebooks on whatever device I happen to be using, be it a Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch… Read More
By Lory Gil on Nov 22, 2013
What is it about third-party email clients that send us into a frenzy? We either love them or hate them. Each person has a very specific set of requirements to establish what they think is a worthy app to house our digital correspondences.
Boxer is an email client that lets you access multiple accounts, includes Dropbox integration, Sanebox cloud storage, to-do list organization, and all manner of additional inbox-zero features. The popular email app just received an update that adds Evernote integration and finally optimizes it for the iPad… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2013
As you know, Apple earlier in the month has promised to bring back dozens of recently-removed iWork features over the course of six months. In keeping with that promise, a barrage of updates has gone live Wednesday on the App Store and Mac App Store, adding new capabilities to the iWork suite of applications on Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPods.
This is the first major refresh since last month’s downgrade stealthily removed arguably less popular though essential features in favor of cross-platform document compatibility between OS X, iOS and the web.
I’ve included full release notes and a couple of highlights right after the break… Read More
By Lory Gil on Nov 18, 2013
Sometimes you need a good list-making app. Sometimes you need a good calendar app. Other times you may need a good organizer app. Usually you need them all.
Everythink HD is an iPad app that does it all. Sync your native Calendar, Reminders Contacts, Photos, and Location Services, as well as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote in one place for total access over everything you need to get things done… Read More
By Lory Gil on Nov 16, 2013
I am not a very good note taker. I tend to focus too much on individual words and phrases instead of quickly jotting down thoughts while listening to a lecture. When I interview someone for an article, I always have a digital recorder of some kind with me because I just know I’ll miss something important in my notes.
The Livescribe Smartpen 3 lets you take notes using a physical pen and paper, while recording audio so that, later, you can playback the clips and listen to specific points in time, just by tapping the word. Maybe even more importantly, the handwritten notes automatically transfer to your iOS device, which is pretty cool, too… Read More
By Lory Gil on Nov 14, 2013
Some people just need to write down thoughts in a brainstorm-style format, or can organize their ideas with an outline. Others need a more visual way to plan, create, and develop thoughts and ideas.
Curator lets you put all of your ideas into a visual grid, complete with pictures, text, and even web links. Then, you can easily track your ideas to their original sources and never forget what you were thinking about… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 8, 2013
Seemingly responding to Apple’s recent iWork suite upgrade (or should I say downgrade?), Windows giant Microsoft has rolled out a series of improvements to Office Web Apps. Akin to iWork which now allows for collaborative editing and has full file compatibility across the web, OS X and iOS, the significant Office Web Apps refresh has enabled real-time co-authoring and brought out new formatting controls, the find and replace feature in web-based Word app and lots more.
Additionally, Bloomberg reported today that former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who is viewed as one of the candidates for the outgoing Steve Ballmer‘s CEO seat, is open to the idea of accelerating development of the full-on Office suite for competing platforms, including Apple’s iOS… Read More
By Lory Gil on Nov 5, 2013
When I was in high school, my English teacher taught me that the best way to get starting on developing an essay was to brainstorm ideas and then creating an outline. It is the ultimate way to organize your thoughts into a visual landscape where you can further create.
MagicalPad 3 HD is a productivity app for the iPad that lets you brainstorm, create outlines, mind maps, add flowcharts, make scrapbooks, and share your ideas with others… Read More
By Lory Gil on Nov 1, 2013
If your favorites contacts list is not fast enough to get you to the call you want to make when you want to make it, you may need a shortcut. Sure, you could use Launch Center Pro, but there is something even simpler (and cheaper).
Fast Dial ~ photo dialer and social app launcher for your contacts is a shortcut app that lets you quickly access and call phone numbers, send SMS messages, or email contacts with a simple swipe. Plus, you can connect to them via social networking sites without having to leave the app… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Oct 24, 2013
There’s nothing like a good dogfight between two tech titans to get your blood flowing. After a hiatus from its sniping at Apple, Microsoft is back, calling the decision to offer iWork and iLife software free “no big deal”. Sure Microsoft, whatever you say.
But Redmond didn’t stop there. In a Wednesday blog post, the software giant’s communication vice president paints Apple’s move as desperate, before launching into a rally-round-the-flag sort of promo for the new Surface tablet.
All of which reminds me of the Hamlet quote about protesting too much… Read More
By Lory Gil on Oct 23, 2013
Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be any more ways to make a list on your iPhone, another simple app launches with new and different features to make it easy for you to stay on task.
Tick – Customizable To-Do App is a list maker that is both simple and effective. Organize different tasks by category and label them with animated illustrations for quick access to what matters most… Read More
By Lory Gil on Oct 18, 2013
Remote access from mobile to desktop and laptop computers has become significantly better thanks to advancements in technology. It wasn’t that long ago that logging into your desktop from your iPad was slower than dialup.
Actions for iPad is a remote app that gives you control over actions you use on your desktop or laptop. Now, you can quickly open applications, access files, and create shortcuts to practically everything on your computer… Read More
By Lory Gil on Oct 15, 2013
There certainly are a lot of productivity apps in the App Store these days. Since the launch of iOS 7, even more developers have brought list makers, organizers, and calendars to the iOS ecosystem. Different productivity apps work better for different types of people.
Todo 7 is the newest productivity app from Appigo and it brings with it major GTD (getting things done) performances to keep you on task and on deadline. You won’t have any more excuses for finishing your project late with this productivity app… Read More
By Lory Gil on Oct 11, 2013
Families are always moving. Friends are always getting new jobs. Everyone’s lives are changing so often that it is hard to keep track. Now that mobile phones are so common, it is much easier to get in touch, but also much more difficult to stay in touch.
Sync.Me is an app that automatically syncs with your Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ accounts so you will always know your brother’s new address, your co-worker’s new job title, and your high school friend’s new last name… Read More