Posted in App

iWork for iOS updated


Apple’s suite of apps for presenting, creating documents and keeping up with numbers has been updated for iOS.

Keynote has the following updates and improvements:

  • Make It Move – draw a path with your finger or Apple Pencil to animate an object across the slide
  • Animate Objects – Add emphasis to presentations with action build effects, including move, rotate, and scale animations
  • Animated GIFs – Create and share an animated GIF by exporting one or more slides
  • Edit presenter notes while presenting or rehearsing a slideshow
  • Improved performance while collaborating on presentations

Pages has the following updates and improvements:

  • Table of Contents View
  • Save and Sync Shapes
  • Create and Sync Templates

Numbers has the following updates and improvements:

  • Table Improvements – Make precise changes to table row and column counts and sizes with the Format pane
  • Sync Templates – Create templates to use as a model for new spreadsheets, and access them on any device using iCloud
  • Smart Categories Enhancements – Performance and usability improvements to Smart Categories
  • Increased maximum zoom level to 400%

To update, on your iOS device, go to App Store > Updates and select the apps to update.

 

 

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Posted in Tips

iOS 12.2 Released


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Apple has updated iOS to version 12.2. The latest version provides support for Apple News+, adds the ability for Siri to play videos from your iOS device to Apple TV, and includes four new Animoji. There are also bug fixes, improvements and security enhancements.

To check for an update for your compatible device join a WiFi internet connection, tap on Settings > General > Software Update. Of course, before updating, you should make a backup.

Posted in App

Things 3 for iPad Update Brings Dark Mode


Things 3 for iPad is a $19.99 paid app that allows you to collect and organize your thoughts to help you plan your time for all of your To-Dos.

The most recent update adds the “dark mode” appearance. In the app, tap on the gear icon > Appearance > Dark. You can also “Switch Automatically” based on the display brightness.

To learn more about Things 3, watch the video below and check out the FAQs.

Posted in App

Microsoft Lens|PDF Scan Update


Microsoft has a very good scanning app called Lens|PDF Scan. This handy iOS app allows you to use your iOS camera to scan in documents, business cards, sticky notes, receipts and whiteboards and make them readable for later use and reference.

You can even share the scan with other apps.

The app handles conversion of handwriting using OCR as well. Obviously, the better the handwriting, the better the recognition. However, the app is a great tool to capture and digitize external notes and insert them into other apps for later use.

Screencasts online has a preview screencast tip on using Lens.

If you are looking for a way to capture and digitize paper or other notes, consider Lens.

 

 

 

Posted in Accessories

Wireless AirPods and Charging Case


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Apple has announced the much anticipated AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for $199. According to Apple, “Now with more talk time, voice-activated Siri access — and a new wireless charging case — AirPods deliver an unparalleled wireless headphone experience. Simply take them out and they’re ready to use with all your devices. Put them in your ears and they connect immediately, immersing you in rich, high-quality sound. Just like magic.”

Based on Apple’s web page, the AirPods are second generation with 5 hours of listening time and up to 3 hours of talk time on one charge. If you put the AirPods in the case for 15 minutes, you get up to 3 hours of listening time and 2 hours of talk time.

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What you may not have noticed is that if you already own AirPods, you can buy just the Wireless Charging Case for $79 that should be compatible with existing AirPods.

Posted in Commentary

iCloud Issues ? Check the System Status


If you are having problems with iCloud accounts (or someone, like a family member, has called you to help them figure out why they can’t log in to iCloud) before spending a bunch of time retyping your password over and over, you may want to look at Apple’s system status page.

This could save you a bunch of time and determine that the issue is not you, but Apple’s servers.

If you are dealing with development, there is a separate page to determine the system status.