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iWork for iOS Updated


  

With the release of iOS 12, Apple has released updates for the iWork suite of apps including Keynote, Numbers, and Pages. They are all updated to version 4.2

Numbers has the following updates:

• Use Smart Categories to quickly organize and summarize tables to gain new insights.
• Group your data based on unique values and date ranges, including day of week, day, week, month, quarter, and year.
• Instantly show count, subtotal, average, maximum, and minimum values for columns in each group.
• Create charts of your summarized data.
• Easily reorder categories to see your data in a different way.
• Easily save drawings to Photos or Files, or share them with others.
• Support for Siri Shortcuts. Requires iOS 12.
• Numbers now supports Dynamic Type.
• Enhance your spreadsheets with a variety of new editable shapes.
• Performance and stability improvements.

Keynote has the following updates:

• Adjust text size in presenter notes and invert colors while presenting.
• Easily save drawings to Photos or Files, or share them with others.
• Support for Siri Shortcuts. Requires iOS 12.
• Keynote now supports Dynamic Type.
• Enhance your presentations with a variety of new editable shapes.
• Performance and stability improvements.

Pages have the following updates:

• Animate your drawings and watch them come to life in a document or book.
• When using Smart Annotation, lines connecting text to annotations in the side margins stretch and move with edits.
• Annotations now anchor to table cells.
• Easily save drawings to Photos or Files, or share them with others.
• Support for Siri Shortcuts. Requires iOS 12.
• Adjust the line spacing before and after a paragraph, and set the width for columns of text.
• Pages now supports Dynamic Type.
• Enhance your documents with a variety of new editable shapes.
• Performance and stability improvements.

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Shortcuts Now Available


Apple has released an update to Workflow, the productivity app Shortcuts will work with iOS 12 and Siri. The app allows you to create personal shortcuts or a series of steps from your favorite apps. There are over 300 built in actions that work with Contact, Calendar, Maps, Music, Photos, Camera, Reminders, Safari, Health and other apps that support Siri Shortcuts.

The Shortcuts user guide is available here.

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According to Apple, you can use the Shortcuts app to:
* Get directions home, send your ETA and start listening to the news, just by asking Siri
* Add a home screen icon that calls a loved one
* Make animated GIFs
* Make PDFs from Safari or any app with a share sheet
* Get directions to the nearest coffee shop in one tap
* Tweet the song you’re listening to
* Get all of the images on a web page
* Send a message including the last screenshot you took

The app works with iPhone and iPads that support iOS 12. To learn more about the the release, you can review Apple’s support page.

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iOS 12 Release – Today


iOS 12 is set to be released today. The update will work on select iPhones and iPads (all the way back to iPhone 5s and iPad Air) to allow you to have new features and improvements. According to Apple, performance should be improved for keyboard display and camera swipe to open.

The promised FaceTime feature with up to 32 people has been postponed to later this fall.

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With the right iPhone, you can create “Memojis” or animojis of yourself to use in Messages and FaceTime. There are also 4 new Animojis available including koala, tiger, ghost and T.rex.

Camera effects have also been improved to liven up conversations. These include filters, animated text effects, fun stickers and more.

With the right iOS devices, you will experience better Augmented Reality.

To learn more about all the available features and how to use them, check out the Apple page on iOS 12.

 

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OmniFocus 3 for iOS is Out


OmniFocus 3 is a tool to allow your mind to dump all the little reminders it has into one organized place. If you try to keep up with tasks, projects and events, OmniFocus  3 is an invaluable tool. Version 3 for iOS just launched after being available for pre-order.

The developer is offering a 2 week free trial and there are upgradeable features with in app purchases. If you bought earlier versions of OmniFocus for iOS, there are discounted prices.

“Use OmniFocus to accomplish more every day. Create projects and tasks, organize them with tags, focus on what you can do”

The app works with iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch devices.

If you already have a prior version, the below video describes some new features.