How to save email attachments to iPhone and iPad

By Sébastien Page on Apr 18, 2016

Downloading email attachments to your iPhone or iPad is not complicated per say, but it’s not very straightforward either. Over the course of the years, many third-party email apps have actually seen this as an opportunity and started offering easier and better ways to handle attachments. However, Apple has slowly closed the gap, and even if there is still no user-accessible file system on iOS, it is now easier than ever to save an email attachment.

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not perfect quite yet.

In this post, we’ll show you how to save attachments from emails received via the Mail app on iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

Google Calendar can intelligently find time on your schedule to work on your personal goals

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

 

Airmail gains iPad and Touch ID support, adds tons of new features in latest update

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

 

Fantastical for Mac gains native Exchange support, printing, iCloud shared calendar alerts & 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

 

This Mac app tracks how often you slack off

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 30, 2016

A lot of us use our Macs not only for our daily lives, but also for our work. The problem is, with all of the internet at our fingertips, it can be hard to stay focused when the allure of social networking, like Facebook and Twitter, as well as other things you can do to slack off, are no more than just a click away.

That’s the idea behind the creation of an awesome free app for your Mac called Escape by FocusList, which tracks how much you slack off each day and provides you with a daily report for your viewing pleasure.

In this piece, we’ll give you a look at the software and how it works; you might even find interest in trying it out for yourself! Read More

 

Draw your own typeface in minutes and use it in your favorite iOS apps with iFontMaker for iPad

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

 

Apple’s recommended iPad Pro accessory: Microsoft Office 365 subscription

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

 

Scanner Pro 7 is here: OCR, workflows, distortion correction, revamped interface & 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

 

How to disable Auto-Correction on Mac

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

 

Readdle updates PDF Expert with Handoff support and other enhancements

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

 

How to show week numbers in Calendar app

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

 

Google Docs, Slides and Sheets gain native support for iPad Pro’s 12.9-inch screen

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

 

Tip: triage your emails more easily by enabling ‘Unread’ folder in Mail for iOS

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

 

Tip: use 3D Touch to export PDFs on your iPhone 6s

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

 

Reclaim your productivity from distractions with Focus for Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 25, 2016

If you’re like me, then you probably have a hard time focusing on what needs to be done and you often multitask with fun activities when you should be focusing on homework or work. For example, instead of writing those essays due for your next class or finishing work, you might be playing around on Facebook with your friends or watching YouTube videos.

If you’re the unproductive or procrastinating type, then a useful OS X app called Focus could be just what you need to stop getting distracted by social media and other fun websites.

Focus will help ensure that you only stick to the task at hand when you need to work or complete homework, and in this piece, we’ll show you how it works. Read More

 

How to share iCloud calendars

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

 

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

 
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