Things for iPad Organizer Updated

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Things for iPad is a task manager for your iPad, iPhone and Mac. The iOS version has been updated to work with iOS9 including the new slide over and split view features.

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The latest version, 2.8.1 fixes a bug related to badge counting and notifications.

This task manager app can also sync between your devices so your tasks stay synced and up to date. You can learn more at the Things for iPad website.


Paper Updated – More Compatible with iOS 9

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Paper was updated again to take care of some major bugs. Version 3.1.1 is the latest. If you are looking for a great way to capture notes, lists, drawings and more, this a one of the best apps for that.

The features include:

– Find your notes with iOS 9 Spotlight Search – only in iOS 9.
– Export to Microsoft OneNote. It even keeps your checklists.
– Undo/redo for text. Pretty happy that works now.
– New tips video for the Rewind gesture.
– Bug fixes (auto-save text, text formatting and login issues).

iOS 9 Released

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Today, Apple has released iOS 9. You can get the download on your iOS device via Settings > General > Software Update and then install the approximately 1 GB file via wifi.

As usual, you should back up your iOS device first via iCloud or iTunes.

Notable new apps include News which pulls articles from a wide variety of news sources and other publications.

Another nifty improvement has been made to Notes. You can now draw, take pictures and create checklists. You can even share from other apps information including maps, links, Pages documents and more. With iCloud, you can share your notes across all your devices.

Maps has been improved as well to include public transportation information in select cities.

There is even a wallet to store various credit card information to use Apple Pay to make purchases.

The iCloud Drive has been improved to store all of your files in one place. You can look for them via date, name or tags.

On your iPad, multitasking, picture in picture, slide over and keyboard commands have been improved with the new shortcut bar.

Learn more about all of these features at http://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/.

iWork Suite Updated

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Apple has updated three of its iPad apps: Numbers, Keynote and Pages. The improvements are probably related to the upcoming iOS 9 update to provide better compatibility. The official notes state only that the update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.

These apps allow you to create reports, presentations and work with spreadsheets. They work seamlessly with iCloud. Your documents will be up to date on all devices. You can also collaborate with others by sharing links to the documents. Others do not need to have the apps to work with the documents. They can work from a browser.

To learn more, visit Apple’s iWork for iCloud page.

Paper Update

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With the latest update, Paper is now free for both the iPad and iPhone. The update now lets you take notes, capture images and sketch.

This amazingly intuitive app allows you to get your ideas down and organized in notebooks which you can share.

The features include:

Swipe-to-style notes
Swipe on text to quickly create and rearrange checklists and headers. The fastest way to capture notes.

Photo Spotlighting
Tap on photos to instantly spotlight a detail, or draw custom areas. Write notes and draw on photos.

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Powerful tools
All of Paper’s world-class tools to draw, sketch, annotate photos, and quickly create diagrams.

Fresh perspective
Organize and make connections between your ideas in Paper’s beautiful, visual home.

Communicate clearly
Paper creates beautiful PDFs, Keynote and Powerpoint files to share your ideas.

Apple’s Event 10 am PDT Today

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Today at 10 AM PDT, Apple will be streaming a live keynote which is expected to introduce new or updated products and more information about the next iOS and OS.

The page suggests that you should ask Siri – “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” Try it and see the response. Also, the website states “See the announcement of Apple Music, get a preview of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9, and learn what’s next for Apple Watch and developers.”

You can watch the event live from Apple’s website.

Additional details will be made available from Apple as the event gets closer.

LiquidText PDF Viewer

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LiquidText – PDF and Document Reader for Annotating, Researching, Highlighting and More offers gesture based reading and annotating of documents. This app allows you to focus the relevant pages of a PDF and organize your notes. You can even share your annotations.

This PDF reader app is designed to not only help you read PDFs, but organize and highlight relevant information contained within it. Once you start using it, you will wonder how you read PDFs on an iPad without it.

This is the first public version of the app to be released. The developer describes features of the app as follows:

• Read and interact with text in a flexible environment
• Compatible with PDF, Word, and PowerPoint documents and web pages
• Import from Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Box, email, and more
• Import content from webpage or send to LiquidText directly from Safari

• Workspace area for writing notes and pulling out excerpts
• Organize and group excerpts and notes
• Tap comments and excerpts to find original source
• Pinch document to compare different sections
• Collapse text to see annotated parts side-by-side
• Collapse text to view search term(s) side-by-side
• Scroll to navigate through pages
• Scrollbar shows where highlights, comments, excerpts, and search results are located

• Highlight text, images, comments, excerpts, and notes
• Add margin notes/comments to text, images, notes, and excerpts
• Comment on two or more selections simultaneously

• Export file as notes only, highlights only, notes and highlights, or entire document with annotations
• Export as LiquidText file, PDF, or RTF (supported by most word processors)
• Send files by email or to Dropbox, iCloud, Box, and more

You can see an early version of the concept from about 5 years ago below.

If you use PDFs in work, school or for research, you should get LiquidText PDF app.

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