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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.

OmniFocus 2 for iPad Released

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When the built in reminders for your iOS device just doesn’t cut it and you are looking for a robust way to organize your work, school or life, OmniFocus 2 for iPad can do it. The new extension support alone is one main reason to upgrade.

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The extension support, in iOS8, gives some apps the ability to talk with OmniFocus to allow quick creation or checking off of tasks. You can even see what task you have to perform in Today from the pull down menu on your iOS device without every having to fire up OmniFocus.

The app also feels much snappier and more responsive.

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You can watch the app in action below.

 

The developer provides the following information about the new app:

• NEW Meticulously revamped user interface, designed for speed and comfort
• Reliable sync using our free service or your own server
• A flexible hierarchy: keep all your to-dos in one list or use as many levels of Folders, Projects, Groups, and Actions as you need to stay organized
• Assign contexts based on location, people, energy level—whatever you need to get the task accomplished
• Plan your day’s errands by listing nearby location-based contexts or viewing them on a map
• NEW Sharing Extension captures content from any app that has a Share button
• NEW Today Extension shows you OmniFocus items due today right in Notification Center
• Reminders Capture and OmniFocus Mail Drop for entering OmniFocus actions via Siri or email
• NEW Interactive notifications for nearby and due items let you mark complete (or snooze) without even opening the app
• NEW Edit and view estimated duration for actions
• NEW Search shows results from the current view or your entire OmniFocus database
• Add Photo and Audio attachments right on your iPad and view file attachments synced from other devices
• The sidebar’s Forecast row shows you how much is due in the next few days; open the Forecast perspective to see your due items alongside events from your iOS Calendar
• A dedicated Review perspective to make sure nothing falls through the cracks
• NEW OmniFocus syncs in the background so info you enter on other devices is ready when you are.

Starting from a solid, simple user experience, we added Pro features for customizing OmniFocus and making it even more powerful. Pro is available via In-App-Purchase and free to customers who purchased the v1 app:

• NEW Customize the sidebar to show just want you want, in the order you want it
• NEW Perspectives: save and revisit custom views for specific tasks or situations: “Show me the chores I can do in five minutes” or “What do I need to follow up on with the people from the planning meeting?”

Read that part again. If you are upgrading from V1, the Pro features are available for free as an in app purchase.

Learn more from Omni Group’s website. If you want to download the iBook user manual, click here.

1Password for iOS Free Today Only

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Do NOT miss this opportunity to pick up an indispensable tool for free.

Today only, 1Password for iOS is free from the iTunes store.

Have you ever forgotten a password? Do you reuse passwords? 1Password creates strong, unique passwords for every site, remembers them all for you, and logs you in with a single tap.

Read all about what it will do later…get it now.

New Product  Watch

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Apple Watch

 

Tim Cook Introduces Watch

Just announced…More details to follow.

 

Live Event About to Begin

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Apple Event Live

Apple has begun streaming the live event which officially begins in about 10 minutes.

 Live Video To Begin in Hours

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Apple Live Event Tease

Apple’s home page directs you to its live feed page.

That live feed page is devoted to letting the world know that a really important live event will be taking place in just hours. Will the wait will be worth it?

You can watch the live streaming of the event in just a little while.

Together – How to Fix iCloud Issues

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When Together first came out for iOS devices a few weeks ago, the promise of syncing between your Together library on your Mac via iCloud was a big incentive to get the app. Unfortunately, the syncing has not worked like expected and the App Store reviews have been not very good. Lately, there have been updates to both the Mac app and the iOS app to help resolve issues. If you are willing to give the App another try and can risk losing the initial libraries created, this method may reward your wait. The promise of your own Evernote like service can exist with Together. You can read more about the apps from the developer Reinvented Software.

In an attempt to start from scratch to see if you can get the results you want, the Together iCloud library was deleted and a new library to sync was created. This is what was done. Only try this if you are not concerned about losing the libraries you have and have made back ups.

All of this assumes you have internet access, have read the entire article first, have an iCloud account and you have it signed in from your Mac and iOS devices via System Preferences > iCloud on your Mac and System Preferences > iCloud on your iOS device.

On all of your iOS devices, quit Together after moving your iOS Together libraries to iCloud.

Then delete it by tapping and holding the app and then tapping the little x. You may receive a warning letting you know that any data from Together on your iPad may be deleted. You can reload the app in a little bit. Turn off your iOS device. Hold down on/off switch and swipe to power off. Then, turn your iOS device back on. Do this for each iOS device you have Together on.

Then, from your Mac, back up your Together iCloud library by moving it from iCloud to your Mac and then making a backup. To do this, open Together on your Mac and choose an iCloud library you want to save to your local drive. Choose File > Library > Move to Local Folder. You will be presented with a dialog box confirming the move.

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Then, store the library in a local folder. e.g. Documents. Do this for each iCloud Together library you want to move. After you have selected and moved all of the libraries you want from iCloud to the local folder, quit Together on you Mac and then delete it. You will download it again from the App store in a moment. AppDelete was used to get rid of other files associated with Together, not the library files.

Open System Preferences > iCloud on your Mac. Tap Manage at the bottom right of the window. In the left payn under Manage Storage, scroll down until you see one or more Together files. Select them and delete all of them.

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Confirm the deletion.

Now, restart your computer and reinstall the Together app on your Mac. Open App Store, search for Together and install. Open the app. You will be presented with the choice to create a Togther library.

 

Create Together Library

You will be given a choice of where to create it. Choose iCloud and name your library. e.g. Together iCloud.

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Tap continue. You will now have a Together library stored in iCloud.

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Create a new note if you wish and save.

Now, on your iOS device, download Together and open. You will be presented with something that says checking for iCloud libraries. BE PATIENT. Let it find the library. Make sure you have a good connection to the internet and iCloud on your iOS device is signed into. You will then see the library name you just created on your Mac. Tap to select that library.

The app will then Open the iCloud Library…Please Wait will be shown followed by Downloading from iCloud. Rotate your iPad to landscape and you should see the note from your Mac on the left and right after selecting it. Type a new note from your iPad. Tap the little red i at the top left and select Save.

Now open Together on your Mac. The new information in the note originally created on your Mac that you typed should be there.

You can now enter a new note from your Mac and cmd S or File>Save. While your iOS device is on and Together is running, you will see the note appear…Give it a few moments to go from Red to Black. Apparently this is when syncing is occurring. Tap on a different note and then tap on the new one. It should download the new note to your iOS device.

Now, tap on the pencil icon at the lower left on your iOS device. Create a new note and save. That new note should appear on your Mac in a matter of moments.

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You may now want to try to move your Mac Together libraries to iCloud. File > Library > Open and select the mac library to open. Then, move it to iCloud via File > Library > Move to iCloud. Repeat this for each of your old MacTogether libraries you want in iCloud. You may not want any and just work with the fresh one you created.

These steps worked for me. Results may vary. Try at your own risk…

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