OneNote – Embed Office Documents

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Microsoft’s OneNote is a great app for capturing, sharing and organizing ideas, thoughts and various snippets. This ultimate electronic scrapbook can sync between your iOS device and your Mac version.

OneNote Screenshot with Handwriting

It takes a little while to wrap your head around the idea of the tabs and pages concept of organizing. But, once you do, it makes sense. Whether you are taking notes in class, working on a project or organizing a trip, this app allows you to store and organize the bits of stuff you need.

There is even a hand writing recognition built into the app. So, for example, you can take a picture of a hand written note, put it into OneNote and then, search or copy your hand written notes.

The experience of using this function has not been the most reliable or consistent.

This is how to use the feature, according to Microsoft:

OneNote supports Optical Character Recognition (OCR), a process that recognizes text shown in pictures. OneNote can extract the text it recognizes in pictures so you can paste it elsewhere in your notes (or into another app), where you can edit and format the text as needed. This offers a convenient way to capture useful and important information that you would otherwise have to manually retype (for example, text on a business card or on a printed purchase receipt).

Suitable pictures for text recognition include photos you’ve taken with a cell phone or other type of camera, screenshots you’ve taken on your Mac, and images you’ve scanned with a flatbed or portable scanner.

Do the following:

  1. Scan or snap a picture of the text you want to capture.
  2. Insert or paste the picture on any page in OneNote.
  3. Control-click the picture, and then click Copy Text from Picture.TIP: Depending on the complexity, legibility, and the amount of text shown in the picture you’ve inserted, this command may not be immediately available on the menu that appears when you Control-click the picture. If OneNote is still reading and converting the text in the image, wait a few moments and then try again.
  4. In your notes (or in any other app), place the cursor where you want to paste the copied text, and then press Command-V.


The success I have had with the feature does not come close to what Evernote can do. However, the ability to store and sync snippets of information as well as share with others is quite good.

iScore Baseball – Softball Scorekeeper

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If you attend baseball or softball games and have an itch to track the game or keep up with the stats, iScore is a great way to do it. Even better, you can share the game with others who may not be able to make it to the game.

The app is capable of capturing almost as much information as you can stand or as little as you want to get by.

Right now, the app is free. It is normally $9.99.

iScore Screen field

Check out iScore at the app store.

Westlaw Update Improvements

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Westlaw, an app that allows you to access your Westlaw account to perform legal research on the go, has been updated with a redesigned home screen on the iPad.

Westlaw Home Screen

Improvements include:

– Added the ability to grow the font size of documents on iPhone
– Added a filter for dockets on the Updates page
– Added intro screens for new users on iPhone
– General UI improvements and fixes

OmniFocus 2 – Updated

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OmniFocus 2 is an incredible task manager for your iOS devices. This universal iOS app with Apple Watch support, provides a flexible system for getting your ideas, projects and tasks entered, organized and checked off.

OmniFocus Collage

The latest update provides the following improvements:

• Pasteboard Format — OmniFocus now uses TaskPaper text as a pasteboard format (on iOS only, for now), which means much more metadata is available to other applications when copying and pasting. For an example, copy a repeating action that has a project and context assigned and paste into Mail or Notes.
• omnifocus:///add? URLs — Many more parameters are available for /add urls. For more information, check out the draft documentation thread on discourse.
• x-callback URLs — We now support x-callback URLS for /add, /paste, and navigation URLs like /inbox. We also support x-cancel and x-success.
• Dates and Times — Updated the parser used when processing /add URLs to be more flexible.
• Crash — Fixed a crash when trying to delete the No Context row, which is no longer possible.

If you are looking for a trusted system to enter, organize and monitor your tasks, OmniFocus 2 is a great app to look at and use.

Drafts 4

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Drafts 4 is an action note app. Open the app, get your note, thought, or idea down and then act on it. With the text you enter, you can share, email, message, create reminders, post to social media and more. The app also works with Dropbox, Evernote and Google Drive so you can append and prepend to files and notes.

If you need a customized action, you may create one or find it already exists on the Drafts Action Directory. An action is built from “steps” so you can organize, build and rearrange steps to accomplish more with your text.

The keyboard has been modified to allow you to speed up the process of entering and sharing text. Tap on the keyboard image below to see some of the other tools built into the keyboard.

Drafts 4 Keyboard

The app even works with your Apple Watch.

The most recent update includes the following improvements:

– [Change] Action importer fix.
– [Fix] Selection of “All” or “Trash” tabs not properly restored across app restarts.
– [Fix] Selection of “All” action group not properly restored across app restarts.
– [Change] Re-enable meta tag generation in MultiMarkdown processor. Broke some workflows.

Think of Drafts as a one stop shop for your text. You don’t need to open a bunch of different apps to enter your text, just put it into Drafts and then send it where you want it to go.

Paper by FiftyThree

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Paper has been updated to bring faster and more precise inks for the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro. The various tools have been optimized to be more responsive and quicker.

Using the Apple Pencil now seems to fully support pressure and angles much better. So, now, when you use a pen tool, the more pressure you apply, the heavier the ink flow. Also, when holding a pencil at an extreme angle, the shading feature works quite well.

Paper Drawing with Apple Pencil

The app now fully supports the new iPad Pro 9.7 inch model.

Apple Store App Update

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The Apple Store App has been updated. It adds 3D touch support and additional countries that can now use the app.

The app allows you to shop for Apple products and accessories. The description states “Start your order on one device and finish it on another. Have items shipped to your door or choose to pick them up in store. Browse trending products. Read reviews for hundreds of accessories. Find the nearest Apple Store and check out upcoming events. And make reservations for the Genius Bar and workshops. All from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Apple Watch.”

Day One 2 Promo

For a limited time, while using the Apple Store App, you may see a notice that allows you to download the new Day One 2 Diary Journal and Notes app for free.

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