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8.1 Available for Download

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You can now download iOS 8.1, the latest update. On your iOS device, tap settings > General > Software Update.

Plug your iOS device in and tap through the various terms and conditions.

The biggest addition is Apple Pay service.

Setting up iCloud Drive

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With the release of Yosemite, Apple’s latest operating system for Mac computers, a new feature/service has become available. iCloud Drive allows you to store various files, whether presentations, spreadsheets, PDFs, images or any other document. Once the materials are stored there, you can access them from your iOS devices running iOS 8. These include iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC. Some apps you have may need or rely upon the ability to store files in iCloud Drive.

The process of upgrading or updating to iCloud Drive is straightforward. You will need to turn the service on both your iOS 8 devices and your Macs running Yosemite.

Starting the Service on Your Mac

On your Mac, go to System Preferences > iCloud > iCloud Drive. Check that option to turn it on.

set up iCloud drive

You will be asked if you want to use this service. If you have other Macs that are not running Yosemite or devices that have not upgraded to iOS 8, you will not be able to access the documents stored in iCloud Drive until you have updated those devices.

You can then click on Options that will appear next to iCloud Drive and see which apps are using iCloud Drive to store information. Once set up, you will then be able to see the various folders and documents in iCloud Drive. The initial process may take a while…be patient.

iCloud Folder

It was not clear why many PDFs, Pages documents and other materials were copied into iCloud Drive from my Mac. For example, a 33 MB PDF on my computer appeared in the iCloud Preview Folder. Some of the materials may have been attachments in Mail or previously shared via iCloud –  but that is a guess. However, be prepared for large and small documents to be moved into the drive even if you did not plan on that.

At first, it was not understood why Spotlight seemed to “see” the documents on the iCloud drive. After disconnecting the internet from the Mac, it was noticed that the documents were still available. So, it appears that the documents in iCloud drive are moved to a iCloud Drive folder on your Mac for use, editing, etc.

You may need to do some initial pruning from iCloud Drive to delete or move files back to your Mac after the first set up. Make sure you have a backup or duplicate of the documents iCloud has moved in case you need that document before you delete it. You may simply want to drag the various documents moved into your documents folder on your Mac to empty your iCloud drive initially. For example, set up a folder on your Mac in the Documents folder called iCloud Moved Items. Then, move the items from your iCloud Drive into that folder for sorting. Be careful not to move other items that iOS apps may be using via iCloud folder or you will not have the materials available on your iOS devices.

Later you can set up your own folder in iCloud Drive and manually move the materials to iCloud Drive that you want to be there.

To delete files from iCloud Drive, simply select the materials to delete and move them to the trash. You may be warned that doing this will result in deleting the materials from your iOS devices too. iCloud Delete

Turning on the Service on Your iOS 8 Device

You will need to turn on the service on your iOS 8 device as well. Go to Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive > and slide to On. You may be told that non iOS8 devices you own will not be able to use iCloud Drive until they are updated to iOS 8.

After you select the option to set up the drive, it may take a few minutes to complete the update.

iCloud Drive setup

Following Set Up

Apple explains that “To upload your files to iCloud, simply drag them into the iCloud Drive on your Mac running OS X Yosemite or PC running Windows 7 or later. Or start a new document using an iCloud-enabled app on your iOS device. Then you’ll be able to access those documents from all your devices.”

Remember, this is a new service. Use Time Machine to keep back ups.

You can learn more about iCloud Drive from Apple or iCloud Drive FAQ.

iOS Productivity Apps Get Updated with Yosemite Release

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The productivity bundle of apps from Apple have just been updated with the release of Yosemite. Information about the updates and apps is below.

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Keynote for iOS.

Design tools

  • More colors to choose from
  • New custom color mixer on iPad
  • Use the color picker to sample any color in your presentation and apply it anywhere
  • New Trace animation
  • Build animations including Blinds, Fly In, Fly Out, Orbital, Pivot, Scale Big, Swoosh, Droplet, Grid, Drift, Scale, and Skid
  • Transitions including Blinds, Color Planes, Confetti, Fall, Perspective, Pivot, Swoosh, and Object Revolve

Charting

  • Control the z-order of bubble chart labels

Editing

  • Take photos and videos without leaving the app
  • Improved bidirectional support: switch direction from menu for text, lists, and tables
  • Detailed presentation import feedback

Sharing

  • “View only” setting lets you share presentations you want others to view but not edit
  • Share password-protected presentations via iCloud link
  • Support for iCloud Drive
  • Support for third-party storage providers

Microsoft PowerPoint compatibility

  • Export to PPTX format

Usability and performance

  • Use multipeer connectivity to pair nearby iOS devices
  • New Presenter Display layouts
  • Highlighter — Use your finger to illustrate slides as you present
  • Keynote Remote functionality integrated directly into Keynote app
  • Updated file format makes it easier to send presentations via services such as Gmail and Dropbox
  • Use Handoff to seamlessly switch between iPad, Mac, and iPhone
  • Column and row labels in tables
  • Print floating comments
  • Usability improvements for resizing and positioning charts
  • Improved accessibility
  • Improved bidirectional language support
  • Enhanced Presenter Display options
  • Improved animation performance
  • Search presentations by name
  • Support for iOS 8

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Numbers for iOS gets

Working with data

  • Instantly rearrange data in tables with new Transpose feature

Charting

  • Chart date and duration values
  • Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
  • Custom number formats in charts are preserved on import of Numbers ’09 and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets

Design tools

  • Take photos and videos without leaving the app
  • More colors to choose from
  • New custom color mixer on iPad
  • Use the color picker to sample any color in your spreadsheet and apply it anywhere

Sharing

  • “View only” setting lets you share spreadsheets you want others to view but not edit
  • Share password-protected spreadsheets via iCloud link
  • Support for iCloud Drive
  • Support for third-party storage providers

Microsoft Excel compatibility

  • Export password-protected spreadsheets to XLSX format
  • Improved compatibility with Microsoft Excel 2013 spreadsheets

Usability and performance

  • Updated file format makes it easier to send spreadsheets via services such as Gmail and Dropbox
  • Use Handoff to seamlessly switch between iPad, Mac, and iPhone
  • Edit spreadsheets in landscape orientation on iPhone and iPod touch
  • Search spreadsheets by name
  • Faster CSV import
  • Progress indicator for calculations
  • Support for iOS 8
  • Column and row labels in tables
  • Inter-table alignment guides
  • Print floating comments
  • Usability improvements for resizing and positioning charts
  • Improved accessibility
  • Improved bidirectional language support

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Pages for iOS gets update

Word processing

  • View character count with or without spaces
  • Start a list automatically using new special characters
  • Arabic and Hebrew templates
  • Word count for Hebrew
  • Improved support for bidirectional text
  • Create charts with date, time, and duration values
  • Improved bidirectional language support

Design tools

  • Take photos and videos without leaving the app
  • More colors to choose from
  • New custom color mixer on iPad
  • Use the color picker to sample any color in your document and apply it anywhere
  • Insert inline images in tables, headers, and footers
  • Vertical ruler
  • Customizable alignment guides
  • Delete sections from the page navigator
  • Better placement of inserted and pasted objects
  • Inline images and shapes in table cells are preserved on import
  • Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
  • Export ePub files containing video

Sharing

  • Support for iCloud Drive
  • Support for third-party storage providers
  • “View only” setting lets you share documents you want others to view but not edit
  • Share password-protected documents via iCloud link
  • Improved ePub export

Microsoft Word compatibility

  • Export password-protected documents to DOCX format
  • Custom number formats in charts are preserved on import of Pages ’09 and Microsoft Word documents
  • Improved compatibility with Microsoft Word 2013 documents

Usability and performance

  • Updated file format makes it easier to send documents via services such as Gmail and Dropbox
  • Use Handoff to seamlessly switch between iPad, Mac, and iPhone
  • Search documents by name
  • Support for iOS 8
  • Insert inline images in tables, headers, and footers
  • Inter-table alignment guides
  • Column and row labels in tables
  • Usability improvements for resizing and positioning charts
  • Improved accessibility

 

2Do Task Management App Updated

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If you are looking for an all in one task management app that has a Calendar, List maker, notifier, project manager, and more, 2Do may be for you. The iOS version of the app is standalone but can work and sync with the separate Mac version via Dropbox, Toodledo, and iCal CalDav Server.

From the developer:

2Do lets you take a completely different approach to managing your tasks. With its extremely simple-to-use interface and a comprehensive and flexible set of powerful features, it lets you focus on what’s most important to you: your life. There is no wrong way of using 2Do, and unlike other to-do apps, it won’t force you in adhering to a particular task management methodology.

2Do screenshot

You can watch the app in action below.

 

New in version 3.0

- Everything. Brand new app built from ground up with iOS 7 and 8 in mind. We’ve improved upon and introduced over 200 new features and improvements and touched every pixel of the app, whilst making the app feel light, fresh and clutter free.
– Desktop-grade task management at your finger tips. Extendable lists, tasks and tags will make your workflows shine.
– Calendar Events for iPad: View and manage your Calendar events directly from within 2Do. No need to switch between apps.
– Native ‘Inbox’ for GTD lovers: Using an Inbox list in 2Do to cover your love for the GTD workflow? 2Do now promotes your Inbox lists optionally and allows you to set it as your default collection list.
– List Groups: Create new List Groups for organizing your lists. You can collapse or expand a List group with a simple tap.
– Quick Add: Tap and hold on [+] to add one task after another
– Fluid Task Editing. We reimagined the ‘edit’ and ‘new task’ screens to make it more fun, and best of all, faster to switch between editing dates, alerts and everything else.
– Extended View: Tap on the priority button next to the task to view multiple lines of text, notes and tags in one go
– Pinch Zooming: Pinch your fingers to zoom in or zoom out of your tasks.
– Drag & drop for Quick Deferring: The new batch edit bar (below the task list) allows you to batch edit, or display a calendar that you can drag and drop tasks on to
– Keyboard Shortcuts for iPads (with external keyboards)
– New Tap-Hold Popup: Do a lot more on a task by tap-holding on it
– New and improved Search bar with search presets for easier Smart List creation.
– New and improved Sort Bar
– New and Improved Tag editing
– New and Improved Actions
– New and Improved Settings
– New and Improved Password Protection with iOS 8 fingerprint unlock support
– New and Improved Notifications with built-in actions for iOS 8
– Improved and optimized background sync
– New and Improved *everything*

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The developer even describes a way to add reminders to 2Do via Siri.

If you have 2Do setup to sync with iCloud (2Do->Settings->Sync->Sync Method->Calendar Server (CalDAV)->iCloud), you will in effect be able to sync with the Reminders app. To create a reminder in 2Do using Siri you essentially:

  1. Create a reminder using Siri e.g. “Remind me to leave a review on iTunes for 2Do at noon today”
  2. Launch 2Do and tap Sync
  3. Voila. Your newly created task using Siri will now appear in 2Do

If you’ve got multiple calendars (Home, Work, Someday etc) and wish to decide where to create the reminder when using Siri, simply instruct “Add this to my ‘Work’ list’ when it asks you to confirm (i.e. when it says “Here’s your reminder… Shall I create it?”)

 So, if you have been thinking about a task management program to help organize your life and projects, consider this one.

 

Lexis Advance HD Update

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LexisNexis Advance, an app that helps with legal research has been updated to version 4.3.

The new changes include:

•Ability to search for text within a document
•Included additional information on alert results
•Ability to deliver sections of a Table of Contents
•Option to search within titles of a Table of Contents
•Requires iOS 6.0 or above
•Other enhancements and bug fixes

Lexis Screenshot

This iPad app allows you to:

• View and annotate documents while offline with ability to sync changes!
• View alerts instantly
• Stay organized with remote access to saved files and folders
• Access previous research results quickly and search within results
• Ensure your research is “good law” with Shepard’s®

 

iOS 8.0.2 Update and Apology

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After announcing first weekend sales of over 10 Million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, Apple has released an update to their just recently released iOS8.

To perform the update on your iOS device, tap

Settings > General > Software Update when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network preferably.

Here is the full iOS 8.0.2 changelog of improvements and bug fixes, provided by Apple:

  • Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store
  • Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library
  • Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages
  • Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases
  • Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups
  • Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari

The apology basically announces the availability of the update and notes that the initial 8.0.1 update caused problems.

Bamboo Fineline Stylus

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Wacom has introduced another stylus in an attempt to address the never ending question, Can I get a better stylus to simulate writing on my iOS device?

The newest stylus, the Bamboo Fineline, is a bluetooth, USB charged, pen like device that is compatible with the latest iOS and several apps, including Bamboo Paper. When you link the new stylus to Bamboo’s Paper app, you are provided with a fineline bonus pack of extra notebooks that normally require an in app purchase.

The device is compatible with iPads featuring Bluetooth® Smart technology: iPad (3rd and 4th generation), iPad Air, iPad mini (1st and 2nd generation) – or newer.

You can watch the device in action below.

After having used the stylus, the usual concern of the slight clicking sound when the nib touches the screen comes to mind but, it is really not that big of a deal. The other option is a squishy nib that feels like you are writing with a thick wet noodle and is quiet. So, the slight tap should really not be an issue.

The nib is 1.9 mm thin and feels solid instead of squishy like the other Bamboo stylus nibs. As to the way the pen feels, it is comfortable and there is palm rejection with apps that support the pen. This rejection allows you to comfortably rest your palm on the iPad if you want.

The sensation of ink flowing from the pen nib using Bamboo’s app is pretty good. If you have bad handwriting with pen and paper, don’t expect to see any difference.

The pen is charged using a USB connector that plugs into the rear of the pen. You flip up the rubbery end piece to expose the slot where the USB plugs in. There is some concern that that piece will soon disappear or break off…We’ll see.

The stylus comes in a variety of bright metallic colors.

The cost is about $59 US. You can get a pen from the Wacom Store, Best Buy and other stores.

If you have been waiting for a stylus that feels solid and is capable of writing fine lines, you will enjoy this one.

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