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iAnnotate 4.3 Adds Two Document View


One of my favorite apps for viewing and marking up PDFs iAnnotate has added a new feature with the latest update.

Now, you can view and mark up two PDFs side by side.

To invoke the function, open two PDFs. Each will have its own tab. Tap and hold on one of the tabs. One of the options will be “Two Document View.” Tap on that and the screen will split each PDF into its own half size view.

To exit this mode, tap on one of the tabs and tap on Exit Two Document View.

This feature allows you to view and independently mark up PDFs side by side.

 

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iOS 10.3.3 Released


The latest iteration of Apple’s operating system for iOS devices has been released.

To update your iOS device, tap Settings > General > Software Update. Then, tap on install.

The download and updating process will begin. Depending on your device and internet connection, the process may take several minutes.

Don’t forget, its always a good idea to back up your iOS device before beginning this process.

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Index Card App – Organize (Ideas, Stories, Papers, More)


When you see the image below, if you get what is going on, you understand the idea of Index Card 4.

The app allows you to capture ideas, draft or write out information to compile ideas. The idea is simple. Like real index cards you can capture information and ideas and then sort them to an order that makes sense. From there, you can complete your project.

The power of the app is demonstrated in the short youtube video below.

So, if you are someone who likes to organize thoughts using paper, try an electronic version. Index Card 4 can make you more efficient and productive.

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Adobe Acrobat Reader


Adobe Acrobat Reader for iOS has been updated with various bug fixes. This impressive PDF app allows you not only to access PDFs stored in Adobe’s Document Cloud but PDFs stored on iCloud Drive, Dropbox, and OS X Server. Accessing these PDFs in various locations give you tremendous flexibility in storing and updating PDFs.

The commenting feature is very robust and allows you to mark up your PDFs with notes, highlighter, text underline and mark through as well as adding text, the ink tool and create a signature. After you highlight, you can tap on the highlighted portion and choose to clear it, choose various colors, modify the opacity and adjust the portion that is highlighted in case you did not select enough or selected too little.

The various tools are located to the left.

Also, with the iOS camera, you can created PDFs by “scanning” them into Adobe Acrobat.

If you are looking for a good PDF tool and reader, consider getting Adobe Acrobat Reader.

 

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WWDC 2017 Today’s Announcements ?


Apple is holding its annual World Wide Developer Conference this week. During the keynote address today, it is expected that Apple will announce (and hopefully show) the upcoming iOS 11, MacOS 10.13 and some new hardware.

You should be able to watch it live streaming from here beginning 10 AM PDT.

Typically, shortly following the presentation, it is available to watch from the same site.

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Adobe Fill & Sign – Easy PDF Form Filler


While using Adobe Acrobat on my iPad recently, I noticed under the home icon, a tab called “Fill & Sign.” When tapping on it, the “free Adobe Fill & Sign app” is offered to turn digital files or paper documents into forms you can fill, sign and send electronically. This short video by Adobe shows the app in use on a Mac. You can learn more about the app here.

Although the app is free, it appears one needs the Adobe Cloud service to get the use out of the app. The service has a cost of a about 15$ per month and includes Acrobat Pro DC that allows you to manipulate, edit, read, mark up, OCR and more your PDFs.

The app allows you to fill in forms, including one’s that you take a picture of to send your completed form to others. It may be necessary to import certain electronic forms from another app such as Word or Pages. Adobe’s Help page provides details about the process of using the feature in Acrobat and adding information to your profile.

Once the information such as name, address, email, and phone number is added, you can easily call it up and use it to fill in parts of forms.

You can add other notations like “x”, dots, check marks, circles, etc. to forms.

You can even add a custom signature that you make using your mouse and apply it to the form.

The How-To Guide describes the process as follows:

  1. Within Acrobat, open a PDF file or click on the Create PDF tool in the right pane to convert your document to PDF.
  2. Click on the Fill & Sign tool in the right pane.
  3. Click on the text insertion tool in the toolbar at the top of the page, and then type on your form. Use the pop-up menu to change type size or save your data to use it again in the future, if desired.
  4. Click Sign in the toolbar at the top of the page.
  5. Draw or type your signature, or use an image.
  6. Click Apply and place the signature on your form.
  7. Click Send & Track in the right pane to send your form to others and get notified when recipients view it.

The key features described by the developer include:

– Scan paper forms with your camera or open a file from email
– Import files from your favorite cloud storage provider
– Tap to enter text or checkmarks in form fields
– Fill forms faster with reusable text from your autofill collection
– Easily create your signature with your finger or a stylus
– Apply your signature or initials to documents
– Save forms and send to others via email
– Export completed forms and store in the cloud

So, if you are looking for a way to expand the use of Adobe Acrobat DC and to electronically deal with forms, this app may provide you and your business a good option.

 

 

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BusyCal – Calendar


BusyCal is a useful and powerful calendar app for working with events and to dos. The app works with iCloud, Google Calendar, Exchange, Office 365 and other CalDAV Servers. This helps with coordinating and syncing all the various calendars you may have into one place.

There are different calendar views and you can even see the upcoming weather. You can use pinch gestures to zoom in and out of weeks.

To Do items are also displayed in the calendar and will remain until completed. You can sort the items in various ways like date, priority, calendar, etc. The app can even sync with Reminders on your iOS or Mac.

If you need help with the app, check out the help page.

All kinds of personalization is available to make this app a nice way to unify all your different schedules into one place. Your productivity can be greatly improved using BusyCal.