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

 

FileMaker 14 released with Launch Center and other Mac enhancements, revamped iOS app

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2015

FileMaker, Inc., an Apple subsidiary, on Tuesday announced a brand new version of its Mac productivity app along with a redesigned iPhone and iPad application. FileMaker 14 is the first major update since FileMaker 13, which released in December of 2013. Read More

 

Microsoft Office apps for iPhone and iPad gain iCloud document support and other perks

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2015

Microsoft’s free of charge Word, Excel and PowerPoint productivity applications for the iPhone and iPad have been updated with the ability to open, edit and save your documents to iCloud, expanding on the previously available storage options such as Microsoft’s own OneDrive cloud storage and Dropbox integration. Read More

 

Classic Notes 2007 brings back the pre-iOS 7 design of the stock Notes app

By Lory Gil on May 5, 2015

When iOS 7 dropped, many graphic designers and fans of minimalism were overjoyed at the new, flat look of our iPhones and iPads. However, not everyone was happy. In fact, some argued that the skeuomorphism of pre-iOS 7 is what made Apple stand out from the rest with a design that bucked the trend of bright colors.

Classic Notes 2007 suggests that, maybe faux realism in digital design isn’t as bad as you remember it. This throwback app returns to form, bringing you a vision from your past. Read More

 

Google confirms snapping up Timeful, iPhone-only time management and scheduling app

By Christian Zibreg on May 4, 2015

The Internet giant Google today announced via the official Gmail blog that it is buying Timeful, an iPhone-exclusive productivity application designed to help you get things scheduled so you can get them done.

The nicely designed application, positioned as your calendar and to-do list with intelligent assistance to make the most of your time, is available on the App Store for the time being but its functionality will be eventually folded into Google Apps, including Gmail, Calendar and more. Read More

 

Hours Time Tracking for Apple Watch launches, iPhone app goes free for a limited time

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 23, 2015

Hours Time Tracking, a beautifully designed time-tracking app by Apple Design Award winner Tapity that debuted on the App Store in the summer of 2014, has gone temporarily free in the App Store to celebrate the launch of Hours Time Tracking for Apple Watch.

A bona fide Apple Watch extension provided inside the refreshed iPhone app will be unlocked as soon as you get your hands on the Apple Watch, giving you access to oft-used features like starting, stopping and switching your timers, adjusting start and end times, a Glance overview of your current running timer and more. Read More

 

Glass Planner makes getting things done easier

By Lory Gil on Apr 23, 2015

Planning out your life can be a serious task. That’s probably why there are so many organization apps available in the App Store. Everyone has a different way of keeping track of projects and goals. Different features are important to people for a variety of reasons.

Glass Planner is a new task manager that combines your calendar with your to-do list so you can keep track of everything you need to do in life, every day. Don’t just make plans. Make planning work for you. Read More

 

Microsoft updates PowerPoint with remote Apple Watch functionality

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 21, 2015

Microsoft on Tuesday issued a refresh to its PowerPoint presentation software on the App Store, adding remote functionality for Apple Watch users.

The newly added PowerPoint Remote feature allows you to control slides running on your iPhone, such as starting the slideshow and easily navigating to the next and previous slides.

In addition, the Watch app provides you with an at-a-glance overview of the elapsed presentation time while putting the current slide number and total number of slides on your wrist. Read More

 

Adobe Slate review: make beautiful stories to share with others

By Lory Gil on Apr 3, 2015

Whether you are creating a Christmas newsletter to send to family or a weekly update on the progress of a project to your boss, you can make your presentation look fantastic with Adobe Slate for iPad.

Adobe’s new creativity app allows users to build their stories from specially designed templates, which are uploaded to a website so they can be shared with anyone. We’ve got an app review of Adobe Slate for you today. Read More

 

Review: Todoist 10 brings themes, gestures and plenty of new features

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2015

Todoist, a mobile app and a web service aimed at cloud-based task and project management for both personal and professional productivity, has received a thorough refresh on Tuesday.

Available free in the App Store, the new Todoist 10 for the iPhone and iPad brings dozens of new features, including support for user interface themes, several new gestures to speed up common tasks, way more powerful natural language processing, new date options and many more enhancements. Read More

 

Review: Fantastical 2 for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2015

The sequel to the popular language-parsing calendar utility for the Mac has arrived and it’s everything you’ve been hoping for! Much more than a major new update, Fantastical 2 for Mac is a whole new app that feels instantly familiar while offering productivity-boosting improvements.

In addition to the revamped appearance optimized for OS X Yosemite’s look and feel, Fantastical 2 is now a proper replacement for Apple’s stock Calendar and Reminders apps.

Fantastical 2 has its own full-blown window and gorgeous full-screen mode while its menu bar thing can now be detached and dragged anywhere on the screen. The software is packed to the gills with a bevy of new features like iCloud Reminders and time zone support, light/dark theme, birthday reminders, a more powerful and friendlier natural language parser and more.

As a whole, the app feels tighter and more streamlined. Developer Flexibits was kind enough to put me on its limited list of beta testers, this is what I was able to gather from my weeklong hands-on time with the software.

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OmniOutliner for iPad goes universal

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2015

OmniOutliner for iOS has gone universal and is now available on both the iPhone and iPad, The Omni Group announced today. Previously an iPad-only affair, Omni Outliner 2.3 now lets you work with your outlines on the iPhone and iPod touch as well.

Although developers wanted to bring the app to the Apple smartphone for years, getting a robust syncing solution in place and modernizing the iPad app took much longer than expected — hence the unfathomable delay. Read More

 

Fast Toggles 2, now with twice as many toggles and Yosemite support

By Lory Gil on Mar 19, 2015

The makers of the original productivity bundle Fast Toggles has just recently launched a brand new package with additional functions to make your daily computing actions a few steps easier.

Fast Toggles 2 is a file download package for Mac that is filled with quick button shortcuts for such things as Dark Mode, Do Not Disturb controls, and seven-pass erase for your trash folder. Read More

 
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