Pocket Informant – Calendar & Tasks Update

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Pocket Informant has been updated to version 4.62. This app helps coordinate task management and calendaring.

The improvements include:

– Simpler color management for Events and Tasks. You can now see the color an event or task is going to have by its calendar, sync account, tag, or set an individual color for that event or task.
– Fixed Informant Beacons not being saved when selected for new or edited tasks
– Improvements to support the latest iOS update
– Improvements to how our widgets communicate with each other
– Quick Entry now supports the word “due” for due dates and if you type in a time that is prior to the current time, it assumes you mean tomorrow.
– Added support for iOS 8.3 Emoji
– Improved visuals in some areas
– Updated our Helpshift support framework
– Fixed Font Settings not reloading
– Removed some over-optimizations that were causing some event changes not to be seen right away
– In progress filter on Tasks View shouldn’t show undated tasks
– Fixed interface issues with custom recurrence selector
– Improved some recurrence logic related to nth weekday recurrence rules
– Fixed an intermittent Next Action behavior for Sequential Projects
– Improved sync operation failure when network isn’t available
– Improved sync operation for keep-alive failure with Toodledo’s server
– Improved Google sync backend for a variety of edge cases
– Fix some issues with converting an event to a task
– Fixed an issue with Travel Events that have no proper color
– Fixed an issue where an event occurrence could get duplicated during cache expansion. The specific case that triggered it was a weekly repeating all day event that went from Sun to Sat.

To learn more about this app, visit the developer’s web site.

Fantastical 2 for iPad Update

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Fantastical 2 for iPad has been updated to version 2.2.7 with the following improvements:

– Fixed past events in the Today widget not dimming
– Fixed issue when editing custom repeat settings
– Better handling of snoozed recurring Reminders
– Various fixes and improvements

Fantastical iPad2 Entry

This calendar app simplifies the entry of calendar events and reminders. You can type in the entry in plain english and the app translates it into a calendar event or reminder.

For example, if when you open Fantastical and type or speak into the mic “Remind me to call Sally next Thursday at 9 in the morning” would automatically enter a reminder that properly parses your request into a reminder. The same is true with the creation of calendar events. For additional tips on using the app, check out the FAQ page from the developer.

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Fantastical 2 for iPad makes the entry of reminders and calendar events easy, fun and practical.

Apple Watch Manual

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For those who may be interested, the 96 page Apple Watch manual is available here.

The chapters include:

  • Getting Started
  • Basics
  • Watch Faces
  • Notifications
  • Glances
  • Timekeeping
  • Digital Touch
  • Mail
  • Phone Calls
  • Calendars and Reminders
  • Health and Fitness
  • Apple Pay and Passbook
  • Maps and Directions
  • Music
  • Remote Control
  • Photos
  • Camera Remote
  • Stocks
  • Weather
  • Accessibility and Related Settings
  • Safety, Handling and Support

If you wanted to read the manual for your iPad, you can click here.

Paper Update Makes Diagraming Easy

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Paper by FiftyThree is a great drawing app that just got better. Now, you can easily create flow diagrams, org charts, axis lines and wireframes. After you select the “smart pen” tool, when you hand draw a shape, Paper turns it into a geometric shape that you can tap and move.

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The “Think Kit” tools live just to the left of the tools you have been using to draw and paint. The think kit toolset is free in this version of Paper.

Also, Paper can now share with your favorite presentation apps like Powerpoint and Keynote as well as save to Dropbox and Adobe Creative Cloud.

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If you are looking for a great app to sketch or draw ideas, check out Paper.

Vitamin-R for iPad Released

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Vitamin-R Pomodoro Timer is an app designed to help you manage your time by having you work in short bursts on one focused activity for a period of time. Previously, this app worked solely with the iPhone. Now, it is a universal app that works with the iPad.

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The developer describes the app as follows:

Vitamin-R creates optimal conditions for your brain by structuring your work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly-focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflection and intuition.

The built-in task logging and analysis features create positive momentum towards productivity by providing you with visible feedback on your progress and achievements.

* Slices Up Daunting Tasks into Manageable Chunks *
Vitamin-R breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short “time slices” of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific, easily reachable and actionable objectives. During these time slices it keeps you focused on accomplishing only this one objective and provides you with mechanisms for dealing with interruptions, poor concentration, etc.

* Gets You Started *
Vitamin-R concentrates on getting you started allowing you to break through the resistance of procrastination and create a positive feedback loop of small achievements that get you closer to your ultimate aims. You will experience less stress caused by looming deadlines and a lack of clear direction, thus enabling you to enjoy guilt-free breaks that allow your intuition and creativity to emerge.

* Keeps You Focused *
Vitamin-R features an array of highly configurable visual, audio and speech notifications that get you back to your task as soon as your attention starts wandering.

* Effective Task Switching *
Task switching is a big, but often unavoidable productivity killer. So when you need to switch tasks Vitamin-R will make it as efficient as possible and help you pick up where you left off later on.

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* Productive Breaks *
Regular breaks are not for slackers. In fact, taking regular breaks is especially important for people who work with high focus. Vitamin-R’s timed breaks make sure that your renewal break does not turn into a free afternoon and the “priming” technique allows your intuition to work overtime before you even start on a time slice.

* Find Your Rhythm *
Each one of us is different. Finding out what works best for you is the key to true productivity. Vitamin-R gives you the tools to gain awareness of where you spend your time and what works for you. Armed with this new knowledge, you can eliminate unproductive work patterns and discover the work rhythm that suits you best.

* Make It Your Own *
Vitamin-R plugs into your life rather than trying to take it over. You can use it occasionally to overcome procrastination or mental blocks or re-organize your entire working life around the concepts that it embodies.

* Ideal for Pomodoro Technique *
Vitamin-R provides everything you need to implement the Pomodoro Technique: sophisticated timer, log book and analysis components.

* Syncs with Vitamin-R for Mac *
Vitamin-R for Mac has been the most comprehensive Pomodoro Technique solution on the Mac for years and you can now seamlessly sync you time slices across devices.

* Attention Deficit Disorder *
Vitamin-R was never specifically designed with ADHD “suffers” in mind, but many ADHD-ers have found Vitamin-R’s approach to focusing attention particularly valuable.

* Students *
Many students, especially at Medical School (who will also get the joke), use Vitamin-R to help them achieve their full potential.


Vitamin-R Sync

Of course, there is a Mac version of Vitamin-R 2 that works independently as well as allow the statistics t0 be synced between the apps using Dropbox.

If you are looking for apps to help you focus on one task at a time, this is a great app for that.

Microsoft Word Update


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Microsoft Word for the iPad has been updated to version 1.9.2. The 248 MB download addresses the following issues:

•New storage options: open, edit, and save your work to iCloud and other online storage services. (requires iOS 8)
•New templates: create great looking Word documents more quickly by using one of the new templates.

Together Mobile Updated

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Together Mobile is an app that allows you to collect, store and organize notes, documents, images, movies, sounds, web pages and more. It’s sort of an electronic scrap book.

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The app allows you to create labels, ratings and otherwise group bits of information to help the information be organized and found.

It has been updated to version 1.2.1 that addressed the following:

– Fixed misaligned switches in some settings and info views on iOS 8.3.
– On iPad, the group and item info popovers are now sized correctly.
– In portrait mode on iPad, the sidebar no longer overlays the compose sheet when creating new items.
– Fixed a problem of an alert appearing with no cancel button when saving the library.
– Added information about using the Share extension to the Welcome note.
– Fixed a problem where duplicate Welcome to Together files could be created in iCloud Drive.

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The iOS version of this app syncs with the Mac version of Together via iCloud. Support questions are addressed on the Together support page.

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