Posted in App

Dark Sky – Weather Predictor Info App


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Dark Sky, is a really interesting weather app. Not only can it tell you the general forecast, but one of the more useful features is the precipitation predictor that tries to provide specific information for the next hour as well.

For example, you are at an outdoor sporting event for your kids and you look up and see dark clouds forming. You think its going to rain. Tap on Dark Sky.

Dark Sky Precipitation Predictor

The app, using your location, determines over the next 60 minutes when it is likely to start raining, how long and how hard. (Dark Sky is available in the US, UK and Ireland). A graphic is created which modifies itself over time. At a glance you can see it may not start raining for another 10 minutes and when it does, it will be light and over in about 30 minutes.

Dark Sky Forecast

Of course, normal forecast information is provided in a graphically pleasing way as well.

Dark Sky Radar

The graphics interface is really stunning in this app. Even the way the radar information is presented is unique and engaging. The weather animation is also very nice.

The developer describes additional features as follows:

PUSH NOTIFICATIONS
Dark Sky comes with notification options: Receive down-to-the-minute alerts before it starts raining at your exact location, get notified of government severe weather alerts (for such things as thunderstorms, flooding, hurricanes, etc), or even create your own custom notifications covering the next 24 hours for things like temperature, wind, precipitation and more. Even if you haven’t opened the app in days, Dark Sky will tell you what you need to know, when you need to know it.

TODAY WIDGET
The Dark Sky Notification Center Widget tells you at a glance what’s going to happen in the next hour, so you don’t even have to unlock your phone to quickly check the weather before heading out.

There are many other cool features like the 3D earth you can spin to see weather in that location and zoom in and out to see the details.

The app offers Apple Watch app for the iPhone as well so you can pull up similar information on your Apple Watch.

If you are looking for an interesting weather app that provides useful information in a very visually interesting way, check out Dark Sky.

Posted in App, Review

Scrivener for iOS Released


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Scrivener for iOS has been released. If you are familiar with the Mac or PC version, this universal iOS app finally brings the typewriter, ring-binder, scrapbook, and more tool to your iOS device.

If you are not familiar with this app, think of it as a word processor that helps you get your ideas down and organized more than formatting for final production. You can “compile” or export your complete document or manuscript into Word, PDF, EPUB and other formats.

If you are a person who writes, researches, or puts together written projects, this is a powerful writing and revising tool. There are a lot of features which may, at first, seem overwhelming. Remember, this app is designed to help you get your ideas down, organize them and then export them into a useful format.

Scrivener Screenshot binder

A big concept to understand about Scrivener is the idea that each project can be broken down into smaller parts like text, research, notes and trash. The app uses a notebook analogy. The binder, seen on the left above, is the place where your project is stored and can be manipulated. Tapping on one section on the left, allows you to see your working area on the right. This is where you enter your text. You can create as large a chunk of text as you want or break it down into itty bitty pieces like note cards. If you think of your manuscript as a group of notecards, you will find writing much easier.

Scrivener Corkboard

The cork board is another way to view your manuscript. These pieces of text can be moved around like note cards to help you better organize your thoughts.

scrivener overview screenshot

If you plan on using this app on your iPad, get the Apple Smart Keyboard so you can have even more screen real estate as the software keyboard will be hidden. The software keyboard has been augmented to include additional tools. Above, you can see the iPad screen without the Apple Smart Keyboard. Below is a screen shot without the keyboard attached. Another feature is the ability to pinch to zoom in and out to make the text appear larger or smaller without actually changing the actual font size set.

Scrivener Screenshot Without Apple Keyboard

When you first get the app, make sure you review the included written tutorial. The tutorial is in the form of a binder. Walk through the lesson and get familiar with the app.

The ability to sync between your computer and iOS devices is limited to Dropbox.

The search capability is very nice. Pull down on the left side to search for terms.

The developer has a screencast showing an overview of Scrivener for iOS for the iPad. You can watch it below.

Below is a list of features provided by the developer:

Get Started
• Interactive tutorial project
• Keep each manuscript and supporting materials in a self-contained project
• Import Word, RTF, Final Draft and plain text files
• Easily split imported text into separate sections

Get Writing
• Write your manuscript in sections of any size
• View all sections as a single text using the “Draft Navigator” (iPad only)
• Quickly navigate sections using the “binder” sidebar
• Format with fonts and presets
• Comments, footnotes, links and highlights
• Simple bullets and lists
• Insert images
• Pinch-zoom to resize text
• Full-screen mode (iPad only)
• Typewriter scrolling mode keeps typed text center-screen (iPad only)
• Write a screenplay using scriptwriting mode
• Live word and character counts
• Set word and character count targets
• Find and replace
• Customizable keyboard row provides quick-access buttons for formatting, navigation and punctuation
• Comprehensive keyboard shortcuts for external keyboard users

Find Your Structure
• Write in any order and reorganize later
• Write a synopsis for any text section and see it in the outline
• Expand, collapse and drill down into sections of your project
• Rearrange sections as index cards on the corkboard (iPad only)
• Project-wide search
• Track ideas using labels and status
• Apply custom icons to your sections

Refer to Research
• Import research material such as image, PDF and media flies
• View research files or other sections right alongside your writing (iPad only)
• Every section has its own notes area for jotting down ideas
• Supports multi-tasking split screen mode (supported devices only)

Share Your Work
• Compile to a single document for sharing or printing
• Use different formatting in your exported or printed document
• Export to Word, RTF, Final Draft, PDF or plain text
• Convert rich text to Markdown for sharing with Markdown apps
• Create and email zipped backups of your projects

Work Anywhere
• Use Dropbox to sync between devices and with the macOS and Windows versions of Scrivener*
• Copy projects between devices via iTunes

* Requires a Dropbox account. Scrivener is not compatible with iCloud.

Conclusion

This very rough overview post was written to get some basic information out about the app and let you know it has been released. If you have been waiting for Scrivener for your iOS device, you should not hesitate to get this app if you want to be able to take your Scrivener projects with you. Keep in mind, not all of the features of the Mac version are present.

If you are looking for an app to help you draft manuscripts, documents and other written projects, you will find this app fits your needs.

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Pixelmator Update Quick Selection Tool


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Pixelmator is an incredibly useful and full-featured image editor that also allows you to sketch or draw with layers.

The newest update includes the Quick Selection Tool, a precise Magnetic Selection Tool and other improvements and fixes.

According to the developer, the fixes and improvements include:

New:
• The advanced Quick Selection Tool lets you make incredibly accurate selections.
• The smart Magnetic Selection Tool snaps precisely to the objects you trace.
• Many small, but awesome changes improve the selection experience on iOS.

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Selection improvements:
• When making selections, you can now tap Invert to invert your selection.
• The outline of selections made with the Color Selection Tool is more precise thanks to a content-aware smoothing algorithm.
• The all-new marching ants design improves performance and has ants that actually march around your selections.
• The Color Selection Tool is now faster (especially on older devices).
• Added a Create New selection mode, which is now the default.
• A live preview of your final selection is now shown when using the Add or Subtract selection modes.
• You can now transform selections in the Arrange pane.
• Selections now snap to layers and the canvas, just like layers do (but you can turn this off by turning off Guides).
• Selections made with the Free Selection, Rectangle Selection, and Ellipse Selection tools now always snap to pixels, meaning there won’t be any unwanted, half-transparent pixels at the edges of a selection when you copy, delete, or transform it.
• The selection paths of the Free Selection Tool are now made up of twice as many points, which makes them smoother.
• When you open up Select with an already selected area, the selection tool that you were using previously will automatically become active.
• When moving a selected area, dragging inside the selection will move it, and dragging outside the selection will now pan the image.
• The selection outline that is added as you select with the Free Selection Tool now has a subtle animation.
• When making selections with the Quick Selection or Color Selection tools, the selection preview now fades into the marching ants.
• Tapping Undo after transforming a selected area sometimes used to make that area flicker. Fixed.
• When using the Free Selection Tool, quickly tapping could sometimes make really small selections instead of adding points. Fixed.

Improvements and bug fixes:
• Use a two finger double tap to zoom in or zoom to fit.
• The 9:16 aspect ratio is now in the list of ratios in Crop.
• The request to let Pixelmator access your Photos library wouldn’t appear if you tried to save to Photos before having opened an image from Photos – it does now.
• If you use Copy to Photos to save a new image to your Photos library, you’ll now be able to use Save to Photos to save over that new image.
• If you drag a layer that is not selected (the transform handles aren’t visible) and it does not fit in the screen, the layer will not be moved. To move it – first, tap to select it.
• When you hold two fingers to rotate a layer but one or both fingers are outside the currently selected layer, other layers in your image will not be selected – first tap to select the layer you want to rotate, then hold two fingers inside it to start rotating.
• Zoom animations are a little more smooth as they now have subtle ease-out transitions.

Apple Pencil improvements and bug fixes:
• When using Apple Pencil, the brush size of the Quick Selection Tool is pressure-sensitive.
• Selections made using Apple Pencil and the Free Selection Tool are now more accurate.
• The transform handle area is now smaller, giving you more precision.

Pixelmator for iPhone improvements:
• The Select and Distort tool choosers are now laid out more symmetrically.
• The selection mode in the Select tool chooser is highlighted more clearly.
• Tapping to choose a selection mode will now close the Select tool chooser.

Posted in App

DocReviewPad Update


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DocReviewPad is a tool created for iPad to allow legal professionals and others to organize, review through and mark up electronic documents.

DocReviewPad makes it easy to import documents; assign custom Bates numbers to every page; assign tags and issue codes; annotate documents with highlight, pen, and redact tools; flag documents and add notes; search for text within documents; and more.

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The developer describes the updates and fixes to version 1.3.5 as follows:
* Many performance and stability improvements for filtering and searching case contents, especially in large cases.
* Pressing and holding the back button within any folder will now let you jump multiple levels, or straight back to the Cases screen.
* Addressed an issue where search results were not being highlighted on some documents.
* Addressed an issue where backing out after viewing search results caused the app to close.
* Case folders now have color tint for better visual organization.
* Added additional support options.
* Updated User Guide (found under the Help menu).
* Other minor user interface tweaks, fixes, and improvements based on user feedback.

Posted in Specs

iOS 9.3.3 Released – How to Install


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Apple has released iOS version 9.3.3. As always, make a backup of your iOS device before performing the update.

To update, tap Settings > General > Software Update. Then tap on install. You may be required to use a Wi-Fi network.

According to Apple, the new release includes the following security fixes and improvements:

Calendar

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A maliciously crafted calendar invite may cause a device to unexpectedly restart

Description: A null pointer dereference was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4605 : Henry Feldman MD at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

CoreGraphics

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4637 : Tyler Bohan of Cisco Talos (talosintel.com/vulnerability-reports)

FaceTime

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: An attacker in a privileged network position may be able to cause a relayed call to continue transmitting audio while appearing as if the call terminated

Description: User interface inconsistencies existed in the handling of relayed calls. These issues were addressed through improved FaceTime display logic.

CVE-2016-4635 : Martin Vigo

ImageIO

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to cause a denial of service

Description: A memory consumption issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4632 : Evgeny Sidorov of Yandex

ImageIO

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4631 : Tyler Bohan of Cisco Talos (talosintel.com/vulnerability-reports)

IOAcceleratorFamily

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A local user may be able to read kernel memory

Description: An out-of-bounds read was addressed through improved bounds checking.

CVE-2016-4628 : Ju Zhu of Trend Micro

IOAcceleratorFamily

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A local user may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

Description: A null pointer dereference was addressed through improved validation.

CVE-2016-4627 : Ju Zhu of Trend Micro

IOHIDFamily

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A local user may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

Description: A null pointer dereference was addressed through improved input validation.

CVE-2016-4626 : Stefan Esser of SektionEins

Kernel

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A local user may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-1863 : Ian Beer of Google Project Zero

CVE-2016-1864 : Ju Zhu of Trend Micro

CVE-2016-4582 : Shrek_wzw and Proteas of Qihoo 360 Nirvan Team

Kernel

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A local user may be able to cause a system denial of service

Description: A null pointer dereference was addressed through improved input validation.

CVE-2016-1865 : CESG, Marco Grassi (@marcograss) of KeenLab (@keen_lab), Tencent

libxml2

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in libxml2

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-1836 : Wei Lei and Liu Yang of Nanyang Technological University

CVE-2016-4447 : Wei Lei and Liu Yang of Nanyang Technological University

CVE-2016-4448 : Apple

CVE-2016-4483 : Gustavo Grieco

CVE-2016-4614 : Nick Wellnhofer

CVE-2016-4615 : Nick Wellnhofer

CVE-2016-4616 : Michael Paddon

CVE-2016-4619 : Hanno Boeck

libxml2

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Parsing a maliciously crafted XML document may lead to disclosure of user information

Description: An access issue existed in the parsing of maliciously crafted XML files. This issue was addressed through improved input validation.

CVE-2016-4449 : Kostya Serebryany

libxslt

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in libxslt

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-1684 : Nicolas Grégoire

CVE-2016-4607 : Nick Wellnhofer

CVE-2016-4608 : Nicolas Grégoire

CVE-2016-4609 : Nick Wellnhofer

CVE-2016-4610 : Nick Wellnhofer

CVE-2016-4612 : Nicolas Grégoire

Safari

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a malicious website may lead to user interface spoofing

Description: Redirect responses to invalid ports may have allowed a malicious website to display an arbitrary domain while displaying arbitrary content. This issue was addressed through improved URL display logic.

CVE-2016-4604 : xisigr of Tencent’s Xuanwu Lab (www.tencent.com)

Sandbox Profiles

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A local application may be able to access the process list

Description: An access issue existed with privileged API calls. This issue was addressed through additional restrictions.

CVE-2016-4594 : Stefan Esser of SektionEins

Siri Contacts

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A person with physical access to a device may be able to see private contact information

Description: A privacy issue existed in the handling of Contact cards. This was addressed through improved state management.

CVE-2016-4593 : Pedro Pinheiro (facebook.com/pedro.pinheiro.1996)

Web Media

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Viewing a video in Safari’s Private Browsing mode displays the URL of the video outside of Private Browsing mode

Description: A privacy issue existed in the handling of user data by Safari View Controller. This issue was addressed through improved state management.

CVE-2016-4603 : Brian Porter (@portex33)

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may result in the disclosure of process memory

Description: A memory initialization issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4587 : Apple

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a malicious website may disclose image data from another website

Description: A timing issue existed in the processing of SVG. This issue was addressed through improved validation.

CVE-2016-4583 : Roeland Krak

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may compromise user information on the file system

Description: A permissions issue existed in the handling of the location variable. This was addressed though additional ownership checks.

CVE-2016-4591 : ma.la of LINE Corporation

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4589 : Tongbo Luo and Bo Qu of Palo Alto Networks

CVE-2016-4622 : Samuel Gross working with Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative

CVE-2016-4623 : Apple

CVE-2016-4624 : Apple

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a malicious website may lead to user interface spoofing

Description: An origin inheritance issue existed in parsing of about: URLs. This was addressed through improved validation of security origins.

CVE-2016-4590 : xisigr of Tencent’s Xuanwu Lab (www.tencent.com)

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted webpage may lead to a system denial of service

Description: A memory consumption issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4592 : Mikhail

WebKit JavaScript Bindings

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to script execution in the context of a non-HTTP service

Description: A cross-protocol cross-site scripting (XPXSS) issue existed in Safari when submitting forms to non-HTTP services compatible with HTTP/0.9. This issue was addressed by disabling scripts and plugins on resources loaded over HTTP/0.9.

CVE-2016-4651 : Obscure

WebKit Page Loading

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A malicious website may exfiltrate data cross-origin

Description: A cross-site scripting issue existed in Safari URL redirection. This issue was addressed through improved URL validation on redirection.

CVE-2016-4585 : Takeshi Terada of Mitsui Bussan Secure Directions, Inc. (www.mbsd.jp)

WebKit Page Loading

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

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Scrivener for iOS Coming Soon?


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The latest update to Scrivener for Mac has an interesting note…

“Important Update for iOS Support
Added support for reading and working with Scrivener for iOS. (You must download this version of Scrivener for Mac if you plan to use our iOS version.)”

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The home page also shows an iPhone with a big “2 DAYS” on it suggesting that something will be happening in two days.

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The blog for the company also states with the “launch of Scrivener for iOS just around the corner…” beta testers have various stories to tell.

So, if you are a fan of Scrivener for the Mac, it looks like you will not have to wait too long to get the iOS version.

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Lexis Advance – Adding Touch ID


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Lexis Advance, software for attorneys to use to perform legal research, has been updated to version 6.0. Some of the new fixes and features include:

– Added Get a Doc Assistance feature for help with retrieving a document by citation
– Expanded list of searchable document segments
– Advanced Search Form enhancements
– Updated Sign-In page design
– Other enhancements and bug fixes

Lexis Screenshot

The iPad version of the app has features like:
• View and annotate documents while offline with ability to sync changes
• View alerts instantly
• Stay organized with remote access to saved files and folders
• Access favorites, previous research results quickly and search within results
• Ensure your research is “good law” with Shepard’s®
• Browse Sources and access Table of Contents
• Highlight and annotate text within documents
• Deliver documents via email, wireless printing or one-click PDF options

Lexis Touch ID

Using TouchId to log in on devices that has this feature is easy to set up. Tap on the gear icon and toggle on the TouchID button. Now, if your device has been set up for TouchID, you can log into your Lexis account. Make sure you have your ID and Password for your Lexis Account the first time you set this up.