Easy Annotate – Side by Side PDF Annotation

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Easy Annotate Dual PDF Editor is a PDF mark up tool and more. It solves a problem that many have when reviewing PDFs for a project – the ability to see, side by side, two different PDFs.

With this app, you can read, annotate, compare and link PDFs side by side. The app offers students, business professionals and researchers the tools to read, annotate and compare PDFs side by side easily and efficiently.


Easy Annotate Screen Shot

The app also allows you to create links between PDFs.


Easy Annotate Link


You can also export and share your PDFs to DropBox, Google Drive or a WebDAV account.

You can learn more about the app from the developer’s website. Right now…it’s Free.

OneNote for iPad – OCR and Handwriting Update

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OneNote for iPad has received a major update to its abilities – Handwriting and OCR for images.

The app is used to capture and share thoughts and ideas as well as organize information. The information can be synced between your iOS devices and Mac via Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud service.

OneNote Screenshot with Handwriting

The developer describes the new features as follows:

• Handwriting – Sometimes, there’s just no substitute for putting pen to paper and sketching out your next great idea. That’s why we’re introducing handwriting to OneNote. Highlight documents, scribble notes, or just doodle until your heart’s content.
• OCR for Images – Search for text contained within images in your OneNote notebooks. OCR is now supported on new images added to OneDrive notebooks. You can even copy the image text and add it to your notes. Existing images will also become searchable soon!
• Bug fixes

Be aware that the OCR function is not instantaneous. It may take some time for the function to “decode” the image. It seems to work fairly well with type. It is not clear whether handwriting recognition is working.

In any case, OneNote has taken a major step forward against Evernote as a rival for ease of capturing ideas, information and syncing.

OneNote Update Adds OCR for Mac

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The Mac version of OneNote by Microsoft has been updated and added a feature that allows OCR to run on your image files. You can download the Mac app here.

You can even copy the text from the pictures using the steps outlined in this article which is reproduced below:

Whenever you insert a picture in your notes, OneNote is able to read any text in such images by using a feature called Optical Character Recognition (OCR). This lets you copy text from your images and paste it into your notes for editing.

For example, if someone hands you their business card, you can take a picture of it with your cell phone, insert the picture in OneNote, and then copy the information from the business card image into your notes as text.

  1. In your notes, right-click the picture that has the text you want to copy, and then click Copy Text from Picture.
  2. Click where you want the copied text to appear, and then press Ctrl+V to paste it.
  3. Check the pasted text for any errors and make any necessary corrections. If the quality of the inserted image or the legibility of its text isn’t great, then the copied text might not be 100% perfect.

    OneNote’s ability to read text in pictures also comes in handy when searching your notes. Whenever you enter a keyword or phrase in a notebook search, OneNote will look for matching text in both your notes and in any pictures you’ve inserted.



Together Updated

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Together, a universal iOS app was updated today. This app keeps things in one place. Notes, documents, images, movies, sounds, web pages and bookmarks can all be kept in Together, tagged, previewed, collected together in different ways and found again instantly.

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The app has a companion MacOS version so you can sync between your Mac and iOS device via iCloud.

The newest version adds the following:

– Share extension for importing bookmarks.
– New look for labels and tags.
– Other minor fixes and stability improvements.

Location Sharing with iOS8

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Macworld just published an article that discusses and walks through ways to share and protect yourself from sharing your location with others, apps and websites.

It covers sharing with friends, family and others. The article is here.

Pocket Informant Update

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Pocket Informant, an all in one calendar and task management app, has been updated to version 4.54.

According to the developer, the following improvements have been made:

• Toodledo Authentication and sync – you may need to sign out and then back in if you experienced and issue before
• Search View Options and performance
• Natural Language Entry now supports “/:” as a parameter for the calendar and we now only need the first few characters of the calendar title as well (2 or more)
• Add to Informant now supports events
• Performance Optimizations
• TextExpander Touch update
• Fixed a long-standing map pin drop problem
• Fixed several issues with our ETA not showing
• Next Action processing in Sequential Projects have been improved
• Completed Tasks now sort at the bottom at all times
• Exporting ICS files now works for iOS Events
• Fixed a crash deleting an event on iOS 7 devices
• Fixed a crash directly editing the date/time from an event viewer
• Updated our selection of Google Calendars to Sync
• Fixed an issue where template locations would get lost
• Fixed All Day Recurring events in the Day View not opening to the correct occurrence
• Some fixes for Dropbox
• When grouping by Completion, we now sort by completion
• Settings reorganization
• Fixed the Task Editor switching location alerts to No Alert
• Fixed editing a notebook sync account
• Converting a checklist to an event now copies the checklist items to the notes field
• Fixed an issue where editing multiple tasks and changing their sync account would not change their children
• Double Tap Day View entry now automatically uses the current filter for tag/calendar defaults
• Fixed editing a Saved Filter that contains both task and event tags
• Location Region/Beacon notifications only alert if the last alert was over 45 seconds ago
• Fixed a bug where creating an event by swiping a contact will create the event twice
• Notes editing now shows the selection buttons properly
• Other bug fixes based on reports from our support and beta teams

Paper by FiftyThree – Tools Now Free

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Paper is a drawing app that is easy and fun to use. Jot down an idea, sketch a drawing or paint something magical. The app is intuitive and easy.

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The latest version now offers the benefit of having all of the various tools, paint brush, pen, pencil, etc. for free. Previously, these were in app purchases.

Do yourself a favor and download this app to start getting down your ideas quickly and easily.

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