MacJournal for iPad Update

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MacJournal for iPad has been updated to version 1.7.3. This journaling app has been around almost since the inception of the iPhone and available for Mac for about 9 years. This update improves Dropbox handling, contains bug fixes and improvements.

The developer describes the app as follows:

MacJournal for iPad allows users to organize, chronicle and edit any life event using the same look and feel as the desktop version. Unlike other journaling apps, MacJournal offers the ability for users to blog to many of the popular servers such as Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr and Posterous as well as being able to download existing entries. Use MacJournal on its own or share your MacJournal data over the cloud with your other Mac OS and iOS devices. Even share documents via iTunes. Whichever way, MacJournal has you covered.

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MacJournal for iPad features include:
-Create entries in multiple journals
-Attach images to your entries
-Edit styles in entries (including font sizes, styles, and colors)
-Using Dropbox, manage multiple MacJournal
documents, that can reside on your device
-Share entries to Facebook and Twitter
-Create entries in multiple journals
-Lock MacJournal to require a pass code for security
-Search or browse entries using the search field
-Customize the display of journals and entries
-Journal in either landscape or portrait mode
-Organize journals using Smart Journals

You can share data between the MacOS version 6.0.6 and higher via Dropbox or wifi sync.

If you are a collector of information, a person who diaries or journals or blogs, this app can help you organize and keep up with tasks, information and more.

Hanx Writer – Retro Typewriter App

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From the academy award winning actor Tom Hanks comes the latest in high tech typewriter apps. Hanx Writer (re)turns your iPad into a typewrite with the clickity clack sound and feel of an old typewriter.

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The app is free and offers in app purchases for different typewriters, ribbon colors and the like.

The developer describes the idea behind the app as follows:

Actor Tom Hanks and Hitcents have partnered on a new app, Hanx Writer, that recreates the experience of a manual typewriter, but with the ease and speed of an iPad. Developed in close collaboration with Tom Hanks, Hanx Writer reflects the look, feel, and sound of old-fashioned word-processing while embracing a few new-fashioned luxuries (like the DELETE key!).

Typeface creation

Personal letters, thank-you notes, office memos, to-do lists, and rough drafts of story pages come alive with the individualism only a typewriter can create. The typewriter experience not only provides tactile pleasure, but you can feel the rhythm of your work with each “SHOOK SHOOK” or “FITT-FITT!” A note drafted by a Hanx Writer has its own unique statement-making personality and with each thoughtful nuance, the Hanx Writer app recreates the typewriter experience in a way that’s never been done before.

Go into your favorite coffee shop and type away with the fun typewriter sounds.

The Golden Touch typewriter is an in app purchase.

Golden Touch image

You can read more about the project and effort taken to create the look and feel of the typewriter app.

OneNote Online Co-Authoring

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Collaboration is an important concept in many professions. With that in mind, a new “People Presence” feature of OneNote promises to help you see who else is working on the same OneNote page or is in the same notebook regardless of which OneNote client is being used. This tool can allow for better collaboration, work flow and sharing of ideas.

OneNote People Presence


On the Mac, to create a shared notebook, after creating a notebook (File > New Notebook) and storing it on OneDrive, share the link to the notebook. At the top right, click on the person+ icon > Get a Sharing Link > View and Edit…

OneNote Sharing

You will then get a link that will allow you to share your notebook.

This promises to be a good tool for collaboration with co-workers and working together with any other groups or teams.

Paper – Upgrading Pencil Firmware

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If you bought the digital stylus Pencil to work with the Paper App by 53, you may not know that it is possible to run a firmware update for the Pencil. The latest firmware update is supposed to provide automatic reconnect support and bug fixes.

Pencil Stylus

You can learn more about the process of performing the firmware update from Fifty Three.

To see which firmware version you are running, open the Paper app and tap on the 53 icon on the top right. Towards the bottom, you will see Paper 1.x.x. Make sure you are running the latest version of the Paper app 1.6.3 or newer. (The developer is awaiting Apple to post that version to the Apple Store so you may not be able to run the latest update yet.)

If you have version 1.6.3 or newer, make sure your Pencil is fully charged by plugging it into the USB to fully charge. Then, open the Paper app, tap on the 53 icon, select Pencil and connect it if it is not connected.


The developer describes the steps to upgrade the firmware are as follows:

Download the free Paper app, which you can find here or by searching the App Store for “Paper by FiftyThree.” You will need Paper version 1.6.3 or newer and currently (July 25) the developer is waiting for Apple to post this version to the App Store.

Open the Paper app and then tap the FiftyThree logo in the upper right corner of the screen. Tap “Pencil” to open the Pencil settings menu. Some supported third party apps will show you an “Upgrade Firmware” dialog and take you to this menu automatically. The option to upgrade your Pencil firmware is in this menu and can be seen in the image below.

Most updates will take less than 10 minutes. Very important! Make sure not to close the Paper app or turn your iPad off while the update is happening. You should also keep your Pencil close to your iPad.

To learn more about the Paper app and Pencil stylus, watch the video below.


Delta iPad App Update

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Delta’s iPad app has been updated to version 1.6 to allow you to stream movies, TV shows and more onboard with Delta Studio™. While you are on board, manage your travel with the Fly Delta app and delta.com on board Delta flights via in-flight Wi-Fi for free.

This iPad app allows you to do the following:

• Find, compare and book flights or rebooked canceled flights or missed connections
• View seat maps, select or change your seat, or step up to Economy Comfort™
• Never miss a beat with the What’s Next feature
• Purchase Trip Extras like in-flight Wi-Fi and Priority Boarding

• Explore the Glass Bottom Jet, which provides an amazing view of what you’re flying over through photos, landmark information and social content from your friends

• Find out what’s playing on board your flight and download Sky magazine and destination-related music and movies from iTunes
• Stream movies, TV shows and more onboard with Delta Studio™
• Manage your profile, transactions and SkyMiles® account
• Check in for domestic and international flights up to 24 hours before departure and pay for checked bags – your eBoarding pass can be sent to your phone or email
• Get terminal and gate info and check the latest flight status
• Map flights en route with an interactive flight tracker



Delta Travel map

To learn more about the app, you can watch Delta’s promotional video below.

For app support, visit this Delta mobile support site. There is a separate iPhone app too.

Word for iPad updated

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Microsoft has updated its iPad version of Word to 1.1. This 260 MB download allows you to *read* Word documents for free. To create and edit, an Office 365 subscription is needed and includes Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote.

The new update includes:

• Send PDFs: You asked, we listened. Now you can send Word files as PDFs.
• Picture Tools: Crop to focus on just the right part of a photo, or reset to undo your changes.
• Fonts: Third-party fonts are now available in the Fonts menu.

You can download the app from here.


Together for iOS Released

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If you have been using Together on your Mac, you may be glad to know that the universal iOS version of Together has been just been released. This app can work independently on your iPad or iPhone and is supposed to allow you to access your Mac App Store Together iCloud library on the go.  You can read more about the iOS version from the company web site.

If you are not familiar with Together, think of it as a high-tech scrapbook that allows you to easily clip and keep notes, documents, images, movies, thoughts, sounds, web pages and more organized and collected.

The Mac App store version allows you to store information on iCloud so you can share your library across your Macs. The difference between the Mac App store version of Together and the one available directly from the developer boils down to the Mac App store version can sync with iCloud and the other does not.

Together Screen Shot Shelf


In portrait mode on your iPad, swipe from left to right on the screen to expose the shelf after seeing the welcome page.

The promise of the universal iOS version is that now, all of the information and bits that have been gathered on Together on the Mac can be taken on the go and transferred from what you do on the go to your Mac. In my personal experience and those of others who have posted reviews on the app store, the syncing is not working as is expected. There is no doubt that the issues will be resolved by the developer soon.

If you have not checked out the Together for Mac app, do yourself a favor and do so. The ability to clip and store bits of information, notes, images and more while working on different projects in different apps is a great tool that is always available from a handy tab on the side of your screen.

The developer explains “If you’re already using Together for Mac, then Together for iPad and iPhone will look both welcomingly familiar and work as naturally as you would expect on your iPhone or iPad, with everything just a few taps away. Your library will show all your groups, folders and favorites in the Groups view, along with tags, labels and ratings in the Tags view.”

If you have the App Store version for your Mac, make sure you are running the latest version by opening App store and see if Together needs to be updated.

Together iCloud

You can even encrypt items with a password to keep information private until it is viewed then automatically encrypted again.

iCloud Sync Setup

From the Help section of Mac App Store version of  Together, you can learn how to move a library to iCloud. If you have been using Together on your Mac, as with anything you may sync for the first time, make a back up of your Together libraries first.

Next, File > Library > Move to iCloud

According to the developer – it is possible to store libraries either on your computer or in iCloud with the Mac App Store version. When stored in iCloud, libraries are synced automatically with iCloud whenever your computer is online, and will still be available when your computer is offline. Once a library is stored in iCloud, you do not need to do anything else for it to sync.

Together only opens one library at a time, but it is possible to have multiple libraries and to switch between them. To do that on your Mac, Choose File > Library from the menu.

Here you will see a list of libraries, plus options to open a library that isn’t listed, create a new library, or reveal the library in the Finder.

If you are using a version of OS X before 10.8, you cannot move libraries to iCloud. Instead you can import libraries into an iCloud library. See Importing other Together libraries for instructions.

If a library is synced with iCloud, it is possible to stop syncing it by moving it to a local folder:

Choose File > Library > Move to Local Folder from the menu

Choose a location for the library on your computer.

The developer has explained the pricing of the apps given the new introduction of the iOS app.

Pricing & Availability

Together for iPad and iPhone 1.0 requires iOS 7.1 and later and can be purchased on the App Store at the introductory price of $9.99. It’s a universal app, so the same version will work on both iPhone and iPad.

Together for Mac

Together 3.2 from the Mac App Store is required to share libraries with Together for iPad and iPhone, as only Mac App Store apps can use iCloud. Existing Together users who’ve purchased Together 3.0 or later from the Mac App Store will automatically get Together 3.2 as a free upgrade.

It is not possible to transfer licenses to the Mac App Store version, but if you have purchased Together 3 for Mac directly from Reinvented Software in the last 120 days and would like to transfer to the Mac App Store version, please get in touch.

For everyone else, Together 3.2 on the Mac App Store will be half-price at $19.99 for one month following its release.


If you have been a fan of Together for Mac, you will want this app. If you are looking for a way to keep ideas, thoughts and bits of information organized and accessible and synced, you may want to wait for the kinks to be ironed out. When this happens, this app is sure to be a welcomed addition to those not comfortable storing their lives and details on third party apps like Dropbox and Evernote because the information remains with you and on Apple iCloud.

The Together Mac app is available separately via the Mac App store (iCloud sync ability) or directly from the developer (without iCloud sync) and appears to be discounted substantially now that the iOS version has just been released.

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