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PDFpen Scan+ Scanning App

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Smilesoftware has released PDFpen Scan+ and app that allows you to use your iOS device to “scan” and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) documents. Once they are scanned, you can then share them using email, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive and with other methods.

The concept is simple. Open the app and use your camera to take a picture of the document. The app captures the image. After that, you can OCR (covert readable text into searchable text) and then store the image.

The features are as follows:

  • One-touch scanning directly from your iPhone or iPad camera
  • Scan multiple images into a single document
  • Detect page edges automatically and crop scan
  • Use OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to convert scans into searchable PDFs (OCR is performed in-app, not sent to a cloud service)
  • Copy text recognized by OCR
  • Email and share PDF documents with embedded, searchable OCR text
  • Import scans from your photo library
  • Import scans from image and PDF files via “Open In…”
  • Store documents in iCloud for sharing between devices
  • Rotate scanned pages
  • Enhance brightness/contrast of scanned pages
  • Adjust scan resolution for color, grayscale, and text
  • Print documents
  • Share documents with PDFpen for markup and editing
  • Import and Export documents using Dropbox, Evernote, Box, Alfresco, and Google Drive cloud services
  • Import and Export documents using iTunes, FTP, and WebDAV

The basic steps to capture a document are as follows:

  • Open the app
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  • Lay your receipt, page, note, etc. on a flat contrasting surface.
  • Take the picture of the document from within the app.
  • Let the app detect the edges of the document and crop automatically or adjust the edges.
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  • Adjust the resolution and select the color to preserved…black and white, grey or color.
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  • Name the document and save it.
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You can even scan in multiple pages and create a single document. Once the pages are scanned in can you can drag and drop to reorder.

You can watch a 5 minute video of the app in use here.

You can use iCloud to store documents and access them through PDFpen Scan+ on your other devices. However, you cannot access your PDFpen Scan+ documents from PDFpen for iPad or iPhone. You will need to export the document instead.

Conclusion

There are several apps that turn your iOS device into a portable scanner. Few combine all of the features offered by PDFpen Scan+ into one app. As to the OCR function, keep in mind, the better and more legible the original (not crumpled and a poor quality font) the better success with OCR.  If you are looking for an all in one app with the ability to simply scan, combine multiple pages and OCR, you should definitely check this app out.

Notes Plus 4.0 Released – Feels Like a Whole New App

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If you have been looking for a natural feeling and powerful note taking app, look no further than Notes Plus. This strong note taking app  offers lots of flexibility. You can enter notes with your finger or stylus. You can type and record audio. You can annotate your PDFs. You can even type notes and draw shapes. With an additional in app purchase, you can translate your handwriting to text.

If you are trying to create details, it offers a close-up writing mode, stroke smoothing, vector shape auto-detection, palm handling, complete folder structure, images, PDF exporting and emailing, automatic backup to Dropbox and more.

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The video below shows off many of the features and abilities of this app.

 

The developer describes the features as follows:

1. SMOOTH HANDWRITING
Close-up writing mode lets you write comfortably with your big finger or stylus just like pen on paper (refer to the screenshot). Lay your palm down comfortably on the palm pad or below the close-up box.

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2. TYPED TEXT
Mix typing with handwriting by inserting movable textboxes or full-page text in any font the iPad supports.

3. BACKGROUND RECORDING
Record audio easily while taking notes. The audio will be linked to the pages on which it was recorded for easy playback. When you switch to another app, the recording continues in the background.

4. PDF ANNOTATION
Import a PDF via iTunes File Sharing or choose “Open in Notes Plus” while it’s being viewed in another app to add it to Notes Plus library for annotating. You can add interleaved pages for more notes, or even move/copy pages from one notebook to another to create one single notebook that keeps all your related notes together!

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5. IMAGE INSERTION FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES
Enrich your notes with images from Photos, your iPad camera (iPad 2 and new iPad only), or the web. You can then rotate and resize them to your every need.

6. AUTOMATIC BACKUP WITH DROPBOX
Take notes without worrying about backing up all your important data. Just link to Dropbox, turn on “Automatic Backup and Restore” and let Notes Plus do the rest. Notes Plus will also automatically download backed-up data from Dropbox to your newly purchased or restored iPad.

7. BUILT-IN WEB BROWSER FOR QUICK REFERENCE
Enjoy the convenience of having reference materials handy while taking notes! Just flick the splitter bar aside and the web browser is ready for use. You can also drag images from the web or capture partial screenshots over to your notes. Notebooks can be opened in the browser panel as well.

8. COMPLETE FOLDER STRUCTURE FOR NOTEBOOKS
A notebook can have as many pages as you want and can be stored in folders or subfolders like in a file system. Password protection of your notebook/folders is also possible.

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9. HANDWRITING RECOGNITION (in-app purchase: $1.99)
Conveniently convert your handwriting to searchable text with MyScript™ handwriting recognition module. Notes Plus supports the same set of languages as MyScript Memo.

10. CLEAN & NATURAL USER INTERFACE
As you can see from the screenshots below, this app stands out for its clean interface. A great effort was put in to hide controls so that it would not clutter the interface. You should be able to start without a tutorial, but in case you need one, there’s a built-in Quick Start Guide. Check it out now at: http://notesplusapp.com/files/QuickStart_V4.pdf

 

Conclusion

If you want a powerful and natural feeling note taking app, look no further.

MagicalPad 3 for iPad Released

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MagicalPad for iPad has been radically updated to version 3.0 and is now free. There are in app purchases to add additional features like unlimited notebooks, mind mapping and certain sharing features.

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This freeform organizer is a great way to brainstorm. You can create lists, mind maps, draw, add photos and organize information on a whiteboard that expands to whatever size you need.

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You can organize by notebook and share your work.

Features include:

** Full-featured Note-taking & Authoring **
Features like advanced styling, outlining, diagrams / mind-maps, text-boxes, photos and drawings are the perfect tools to get the job done quickly and beautifully.

** Connected Notes **
Connect your notes handwritings, photos and ideas. Redefining the way you take, organize and view notes. Freely capture and manage content in the page or edit each note or outline item as a stand-alone note, and then close it to see the big picture. Attach multiple photos and drawings to each element. Drag and drop to freely organize any element on the page, zoom in on the details, and zoom out to see the whole story.

** Drawing doodling & handwriting **
Create retina handwritten paper notes sketches and diagrams. Draw concepts, write formulas, or quickly jot down a name and phone number. Flexible formatting and retina scale drawing; once you’re done put it in context within your page, connect it to other ideas; add notes, photos and more drawings to it. Beautiful Notes with Paper Inside®.

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** Media Insertion **
Enhance your notes by adding pictures from your photo library or from the iPad camera. Insert drawings to compliment your notes, resize, and draw on images to make them perfect. Add notes, attach related drawings and photos and connect to others.

** The most versatile All-in-One Productivity App on the App Store **
MagicalPad is the first and only free-form outliner app that marries outlining, mind mapping, note-taking, drawing and media all on the same page. Organize your notes and ideas in dynamically expanding pages and organize your projects in different customizable notebooks.

** Multiple Flexible Sharing Options **
Share your meeting notes, class notes, or just your doodles with friends and family. Share via Twitter, Facebook or email. Export multiple file formats to Evernote, Dropbox and Google Drive. Import and exchange files with other apps.
Exchanged formats include: PDF, JPEG, RTF, TXT, OPML and MagicalPad (MPX).

Watch the app in action below.

[According to the developer, prior owners should have the inapp features included in the upgrade. Before you update,  open the default notebook first in the prior version. In my own experience, this makes the update process work as expected.]

The developer also notes MagicalPad will be available for: Mac, iPhone and iPod touch this fall.

Conclusion

If you are looking for an outlining, organizational whiteboard for your iPad, get this app!

Lexis Advance HD updated

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For those who use Lexis to perform legal research, this Lexis Advance HD allows you to do your work on your iPad on the go.

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You need to have a Lexis Advance subscription and valid ID to use this app. If you do not subscribe to this service and find yourself in need of access to a library of information, you should consider the subscription.

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Version 3.8 repairs or fixes the following:

• Fixed email crash issue and other bug fixes
• Discontinued support for iOS 4.3, requires iOS 5.0 or above
• Browse through content of a statute or treatise
• Select multiple documents to email or save to folder
• Print a document directly to an iPad-compatible wireless printer
• Persist user’s delivery options from Lexis Advance when emailing documents
• Option to save offline while saving a document to folder
• Display offline document size information

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Some of the nice features of this app is the ability to highlight cases or statutes, save those to a particular client folder and access them later. You can also share your work.

You can view more about the product here.

PDFpen for iPad Update and Review

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PDFpen for iPad

A terrific app for managing, editing and reviewing your PDFs has just been updated to version 1.5.4. PDFpen for iPad is a pdf editing app and more.

Share and Organize

You can retrieve and save your PDFs with services like Dropbox, Evernote, Box and Google Docs. Pass your PDFs between your Mac and iPad using iCloud too if you purchase the Mac application via the Mac App Store.

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You can even create and drop related PDFs into folders. Sharing them via email is easy as well – tap and share via email. You can also send/share the PDFs via WebDAV, Dropbox or other similar services.

Edit

One of the neat features of this app is the ability to reorder your PDF. Simply drag and drop pages into the order you want. There are several ways to import the PDF into the app. If you receive an email with a PDF, simply tap and hold on top of the PDF and select to open with PDFpen for iPad. You can even insert new pages into your PDF, save and share.

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Annotate/Markup

There are many ways to annotate and highlight the PDF. Not only can you choose various highlighters that select the text in one of many colors you choose, but you can underline in straight or squiggly lines in many colors as well.

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You can also add notes, shapes and strike through text as well.

Fill

If you need to fill out PDF forms, job applications and leases, this app can add the changes and send them off via email.

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Overview

You can watch a screencast of the app in action done by David Sparks below.

Features include: (PDFpen for iPad require iOS 5 or later)

With PDFpen for iPad, you get the PDF editing power of PDFpen that goes where you go, including:

  • Read and edit PDF documents on your iPad
  • Store documents in iCloud and on Dropbox for sharing and synchronizing between devices
  • Add text, images and signatures to PDFs
  • Correct text in original PDF with editable text blocks
  • Move, resize, copy and delete images in original PDF
  • Import images from your Photo Library
  • Save frequently-used images, signatures, objects and text for reuse
  • Fill out PDF forms
  • Add notes, comments, and freehand scribbles
  • Draw lines, arrows, rectangles, ellipses and polygons
  • Mark up documents with highlighting, underscoring and strikethrough; proofreading symbol collection included
  • Copy, combine, rename and delete files
  • Thumbnail view sidebar for easy skimming
  • Email PDF files
  • Retrieve and save PDFs directly with Dropbox, Evernote, Box and Google Docs; share PDFs with a computer via Wi-Fi; transfer files using iTunes, FTP, and WebDAV
  • Supports Jot Touch, and Jaja Stylus and Pogo Connect pressure sensitive styluses.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a workhorse app to handle your PDFs made by responsive developers, look no further than PDFpen for iPad.

The New Digital Age Book

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A new book out today by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen The New Digital Age Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business promises to be an intriguing read.

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The authors discuss visions of the future where people are connected. The book looks at the promises and perils that are ahead with unlimited access to information that is becoming more and more available. Will governments restrict the data or will the people stay ahead of such attempts?  Will business thrive or will they wither?

You can read more about the book and watch interviews of the authors on The New Digital Age web page.

MagicalPad Free Black Friday

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If you are looking for a unique outliner, mind mapping, whiteboard, or organizational tool, try MagicalPad.

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For Black Friday, it’s free.

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The developer describes features as follows:

STRUCTURED
Focus project planning using structured lists to quickly capture and organize stakeholder input, prioritize goals and actions. Optimize your most valuable resources.
Take advantage of unlimited lists/outlines on the same workspace, freeform layout, unlimited hierarchy with expand and collapse, checkboxes, drag and drop, indent/outdent and much more. Everything is in front of your eyes, structure meets freedom.

INTUITIVE
The power of this iPad notes app is in its simplicity – your content is the ★ STAR ★. The minimalistic white design of MagicalPad lets the app get off your way, makes your content shine and lets you focus on your content. Just add a list or a note and start typing; let your imagination flow and focus on your thoughts.
Place and format your content anywhere you want, drag and drop to split or merge outlines move ideas between outlines, create checklists and format items the way you want.

BEAUTIFUL
Organize your thoughts, structure your story, outline your website content, or just jot down your ideas for the next big thing. Spark your creativity and have fun.
With formatting of each single element you can give every single idea the attention it deserves.

SHARING
Export to ** Google Docs, Evernote, Dropbox and Email ** in PDF, RTF, OPML and MPX file formats
Import RTF, TXT, OPML and MPX files from other apps, pc & mac software.
MagicalPad enables you to share your work with other users and other apps; it also allows you to import outlines and notes from other apps and desktop and mac software to continue your work, then export it back. You can also export and import RTF and OPML files from or to other apps and software such as project management, outliner or mind map software.

VIDEO MIRRORING
With Video mirroring and the Apple Digital AV Adapter (DVI)

Do not hesitate to try this app’s way of organizing your thoughts or ideas.

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