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Boom2 for Mac Released

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This post has not a lot to do with an iPad. However, if you enjoy getting better sound out of your Mac, try Boom2. It is compatible with Yosemite. There is a 7 day trial period too.

As soon as it was installed, the difference in sound was apparent when playing music from iTunes.

You can review the features on the company page.

Another cool feature is the ability to run audio files through the app so they can play better on other devices like your iPad.

If you have a prior version of Boom, you can upgrade for a 50% discount. Compare the differences here.

Do yourself a favor and try the sound experience.

Penultimate App Updated

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Penultimate, a digital handwriting, sketching and drawing app for the iPad has been updated. Plus, if you are an Evernote user, the drawings can be synced and searched in your Evernote account on different devices and computers.

The latest improvements include:

- Zoom and drift improvements: resizable zoom box, writing speed responds to your handwriting, drift pauses when you stop writing
– Note page thumbnail tray: clear and delete pages, insert new pages, and find specific pages more easily in long notes
– Page break and number visible
– Automatic note titles turned on by default
– Jot Script accuracy improvements

The app works as expected – select paper, pen, color and draw. You can use a stylus or your finger. A nice feature is the ability to zoom in to write a note and have the area you are writing in drift as you draw. You do not need to be an Evernote user to use this app. However, some of the extra paper selections and handwriting searching features may not be available to you.

If you need a app to quickly jot down a sketch or idea, try this free app.

Garageband (Red) Update – Special Loops

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Along with an updated logo, Garageband has been updated to allow for special in app purchase of certain special loops. The latest update “adds the option to purchase the (GarageBand)RED Loop Pack, an exclusive collection of 300 guitar, bass, synth and drum loops in a variety of genres.”

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The in-app purchase is available only until “Dec 7, 2014 with an in-app purchase. Purchased loops will be permanently accessible from the GarageBand loop browser. 100% of the proceeds will go to (RED)’s fight against AIDS. All (RED) monies go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.”

The app turns your iOS device into Touch instruments and a recording studio. You can share your songs via email, Facebook, YouTube and more.

 

TranscriptPad 2.0 Update

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TranscriptPad 2.0 has just been released and is a great tool for anyone who needs to read, review and mark up transcripts, depositions or similar records. This app is by the same company that designed TrialPad. (There is even a 2.0.1 update already available) The improvements include:

◆ Completely redesigned for iOS 8, with a streamlined and more intuitive user interface.
◆ Runs natively on 32-bit and 64-bit devices, for optimum performance.
◆ TranscriptPad now supports transferring files to and from Box, Dropbox, Transporter and WebDAV.

One of the best tools and uses for the app is the ability to tag, flag, identify, etc. issues, concerns or things to follow up on.

Transcript Mark up

As you review through the text, you can easily select and mark up relevant text to not only help remind you about ideas, but organize them. What good is physically highlighting different depositions in different color highlighters when you can electronically accomplish the same thing and automatically organize the information?

TranscriptPad 2 report

Once you have performed the task of highlighting/marking up, you can then generate a “report” with the relevant information organized or simply review the information based on drop down lists. You can export the report into several formats including PDF, TXT, Excel and can include or omit issue codes or annotations.

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The “reports” can be sent to the client, co-counsel or simply used by you to prepare for cross-examination, trial or an appeal.

Easy Reading

Because the files imported are text files, you can convert them to various fonts to review the transcript. You are not stuck with Courier. Also, you can turn on  the Auto-Scroll feature to have the transcript scroll by and vary the rate of scroll.

Conclusion

If you are trying to improve you efficiency in organizing, processing and sharing thoughts about depositions, transcripts and similar materials, you will find this a valuable tool. There are many more features and tools to learn about. The best thing to do is to visit the developer’s website and watch several videos of the app in use here. The videos appear to use the older versions of the app but will give you a good idea about the power of this tool.

 

iOS 8.1.1 Update

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Apple has released iOS 8.1.1. This release includes bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s. For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222″ which identifies generally security updates.

To install the update, you should connect to a Wi-Fi network then tap on Settings > General > Software Update.

Battery Percentage Display – How to Turn it On

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How can you see the percentage of battery life remaining on your iOS device?

Here is the way to quickly do that.

Tap Settings > General > Usage > Battery

Slide to turn on Battery Percentage.

Battery Percentage Settings

 

Pocket Informant Update

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Pocket Informant allows you to create and edit events, notes and tasks with a clean interface. The universal iOS app is your one stop place to create and review your tasks and appointments. The app was updated to version 4.52 to make it more reliable with iOS 8.

The ability to auto populate with contacts or templates is a powerful feature.

Also, you can use geofencing to filter your calendar or task based on where you are. You can get alerts as you arrive or depart locations.

A list of some of the newest features described by the developer appears below:

  • We now search all future iOS events and 15 years prior of iOS Events in addition to all Pocket Informant native events
  • Details of events/tasks are now in a popover and have more functionality in general with tappable links
  • If we have location info for the event, we also now show weather for that location and date
  • Month View is now a vertical scrolling Rolling Month View
  • Month Detail is now docked to the bottom half of the Month View
  • Double Tap on Month Detail brings up the Day View in the Month View Docked area
  • iPad no longer uses popovers for month detail, but a docked detail
  • You can now print individual events, tasks, and any task list you see in the Task View
  • Saved Calendar Filters can now be edited, and can be activated by geofenced or iBeacon locations
  • Group by Completion in tasks view
  • Tasks cells have had a major visual change:
    • Priority is now shown on the left as a colored bar
    • Context/Project is now shown more cleanly
    • Icons on the right take up vertical space over horizontal space
    • You can now hide or show the multi-select button
  • Multi-select UI has changed by moving to an iOS 7 style under navigation bar, and the multi-select button is off by default (can be turned on in the Event/Task Display Customization settings
  • We now open a contact when you tap on an iOS Birthday event
  • Automatic backups are now enabled and user configurable
  • Reminders now support the List color directly as a folder color and the old iOS_ tags have been removed
  • Today/Calendar view now use a “new” menu for event/task/note. Templates can also be added to this list so you can create a new event or task from a template. Tasks view gets this new menu if there is a template made to show there.
  • Introduced our new recurrence engine. It should be faster and better in many ways.
  • Newest Fleksy.
  • We’ve added the ability to recur events and tasks on 5th day of the week in month
  • Rewritten handling of Pending Meeting invitations
  • Timed Multi-day events now show up much better in the Month View
  • Support for iOS 7 Dynamic Text size and more large text size options
  • Allow conflict checking is now per calendar
  • Ignore alarms of action Email/Procedure/SMS/None from Google

You can try the app and get in app purchases including upgrading to PREMIUM (one-time purchase) which provides you with the following additional abilities.
In addition to allowing unlimited calendars, Reminders and tasks, Premium includes the following:
Print your calendar/tasks (list format)
Sync with Google, Toodledo, and Evernote
• Airdrop, Email or Message your events, tasks & notes
• Rich Text Notes and Contact Management
•Task Smart Filters

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