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iOS 11.1.1 Released


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Apple has released an update to iOS 11 to address an issue with the keyboard auto-correct and where “Hey Siri” stops working.

To update, connect to a Wi-Fi network and tap on Settings > Software Update and download and install. As usual, it is always best to back up your device first. You can read more about the update process here.

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Workflow Automation Tool


Workflow is an app that lets you string together steps or actions you may perform on your iOS device into a single tap. The steps allow you to manage your media, share content, create and send notes, tweets and more. The app is now an Apple product.

There are 3 basic concepts for the app. Creating, running and managing workflows.

Creating

A workflow is a series of actions that accomplish a task.

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The app allows you to organize the actions and tap once to begin them with each step like a falling domino that leads to the next until the task is complete.

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A single action could be Get Latest Photo, Edit Image or Post on Facebook. If you combine the three, you can tap once and perform all three together to get an image, crop it and then post on Facebook.

Running

You can run a workflow from within the app or from outside the app by using Spotlight, the Today Widget, your Apple Watch and more.

Managing

Each workflow is represented by a button like icon.

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You can arrange or rearrange them similar to your home screen. You can even choose to have workflows appear in the widget.

Advanced Steps

You can learn about more advanced steps, like using variables, choosing from a list or menu in the advanced workflow documentation.

The “documentation” for Workflow can be found here.

A YouTube video posted by AppChasers walks through the process in about 12 minutes.

The app had a bunch of updates recently that include:

  • Optimized for iOS 11 and iPhone X
  • Drag and drop content onto a workflow to run the workflow with that input
  • Added HEIF support to the Convert Image action
  • Added HEVC support to the Encode Media action
  • Added support for iOS 11 Health data types: Insulin Delivery, V02 Max, Waist Circumference, Resting Heart Rate, Walking Heart Rate Average, and Heart Rate Variability
  • Added the ability to retrieve and save multiple files at a time in the Get File and Save File actions
  • Added the ability to specify a default “From” address for the compose sheet in the Send Email action
  • Add TaskPaper to OmniFocus now supports adding TaskPaper under specific folders, projects, and tasks

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the Tweet and Post on Facebook actions on iOS 11
  • Fixed an issue where text items could unexpectedly be converted to image metadata dictionaries
  • Fixed an issue where granting access to Ulysses may not work
  • Fixed an issue where workflows launched from the Complication would not run on watchOS 4
  • Fixed an issue where the Text action may randomly scroll to the top while typing
  • Fixed an issue where the Send Message via WhatsApp action contact field did not work properly
  • Fixed an issue where the Convert Image action may crash in the Today Widget or Action Extension
  • Fixed an issue where the Show Directions action may not use the correct travel mode when opening Google Maps
  • Fixed an issue where messaging the attendees of an event may include yourself
  • Fixed an issue where VoiceOver may not focus on an action after it’s added to a workflow
  • Fixed an issue where the Select Photos action did not work with VoiceOver when “Select Multiple” was turned on
  • Fixed an issue where a Workflow Input variable may not be editable after being added from the variable bar
  • Fixed a crash when inserting variables into the List and Dictionary actions
  • Fixed an issue where some files may not be selectable in the Dropbox and Box file pickers
  • Fixed an issue where a ghost workflow may appear while workflows are being reordered
  • Fixed an issue where passing a comma-separated list of email addresses into the Send Email action did not work
  • Fixed an issue where the Get Contents of URL action did not support passing a JSON body in DELETE requests
  • Fixed an issue where saving a file to Dropbox when a file already exists with the same name did not properly append a number to the filename
  • Other bug fixes and minor additions
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Track Your Time with OfficeTime


If you are looking for an app to keep up with and help you bill your time, consider OfficeTime. There is an app for your iOS device and Mac that can sync. There is a free version and a paid version that costs $7.99 that allows wireless syncing.

You can create invoices and view graphs to see how your time is spent.

The developer lists the features of the pro version as follows:

* Track your time from your home screen or any app with the OfficeTime widget.
* No monthly fees.
* Increase your billables
* Know if you’re on budget
* Improve your productivity by knowing where your time goes
* Easy, intuitive, flexible.
* Pay once. Get for both iPad and iPhone
* Work offline. No need for WiFi or cell connection.
* Export to Numbers, Excel and tab delimited.
* Get cross team reports on your Mac or PC (sold separately)
* Work with cross platform offices (sold separately): PC, Mac , iPhone, iPad
* Run multiple timers
* Rapidly switch tasks
* Time in the background
* Free Apple Watch version! Quickly start and stop timers and see where your day’s at.

The Mac version costs about $47. The developer advertises a 120 day refund policy. You can learn more about the app here.

This slightly dated video gives you some idea about the app.

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Fantastical for iPad 2 – Your Digital Calendar Hub


Fantastical 2 for iPad is like a digital hub for your calendar, reminders, and contacts. This is a place where you can organize and plan events or tasks to be performed on a particular day with ease. Fantastical allows you to enter the information in plain English (or other supported language) and the event will be created in your calendar(s).

If you have not already done so, take a moment to adjust some preferences in the app. For example, in settings (the gear icon), under New Events, select default alerts you would like to receive before an event – like 1 hour and 2 hours before. Choose your default calendar there too so when you enter an event, it will automatically be placed there.

Another thing that is helpful is to turn on the Share feature. This allows you to be in another app, tap and select information and then share it with Fantastical.

To do this, in an app like Mail, select the text you want to send to Fantastical and then tap on the Share… pop up. Scroll along the apps visible and select Fantastical. If the app is not there, scroll until you see More, tap on it and slide the selector to turn on the Fantastical app. Now, Fantastical will be available to share your selections to create events, etc.

For example, lets say you get an email reminding you about a dinner meeting.

First, select the language you want to send to Fantastical.

Then, from the pop up share menu, tap Fantastical.

Then, tap Add on the top right.

Last, make any modification that may be necessary.

As seen below, Fantastical automagically, created the event, time, etc. from the selected text.

Other tips and tricks for using Fantastical 2 for iPad can be found here.

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Mind Node Update


MindNode 4 is my go to mind mapping app. One of the reasons it is great is because of the ability to sync between the MindNode Mac version and the iOS version. This allows me to work on my mind maps whether I’m in front of my computer or on the go.

The latest update adds the following:

• Fixes importing documents from Files.app
• Allow to import text files from in-app document browser

If you are wondering about what Mind Mapping is or how to use MindNode, check the below video from MindNode.

The developer has announced that MindNode 5 is coming with some new features like Top-Down-Layout and orthogonal branches.

 

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DocReviewPad – Review and Produce Documents for Litigation


DocReviewPad is designed to help you organize and review your documents for use in litigation or other legal matters.

The app allows you to import documents, assign Bates numbers, add sticky notes, tag and create issue codes.

To see this and other Lit Software litigation software for the iPad, check out their various videos on their Vimeo page.

You can purchase the ultimate litigation bundle which includes TrialPad and TranscriptPad as well from here.

This latest update to DocReviewPad addresses or adds the following:

==== NEW ====
• Added iOS 11 compatibility.
• Added Entire Document and Current Page icons for more intuitive Issue Code assignment.
• Updated User Guide under Help > User Guide.

==== IMPROVED ====
• Updated Dropbox API.
• Bates numbers alignment after export to TrialPad.
• UI color adjustments.
• UI feedback improvements.

==== FIXED ====
• Issue with exported Reports appearing blank on another platform or app.
• Issue with app closing when trying to Split certain documents.
• Issue with app closing during Report creation with certain documents.
• Issue with annotations being rotated after export.
• Issue trying to delete files from Tags / Issue Codes tab.
• Issue displaying page in Search results.
• Issue with Show Fingers switch remaining on.

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Microsoft Updates – OneNote and Word


  

Microsoft has updated to of its iOS apps, OneNote and Word with various optimizations.

OneNote is used to gather and share information, ideas, notes, snippets and more. You can even collaborate with others to work on events, homework, or projects. The app can sync between your Mac, iPhone, iPad and other devices. Whether its as simple as creating lists or drawing out ideas, this app provides powerful features. You can learn more about this powerful app here.

Word documents can be viewed on iOS devices. Most of the ways you use Word can be done with an iOS device.

The requirements to edit and create documents are as follows from the iTunes web site:

iPad Pro: To create or edit documents, you need a qualifying Office 365 subscription*, which also gives you access to the full Office experience.

iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch: To create or edit documents, sign in with a free Microsoft account. To unlock the full Office experience and to access and save documents in OneDrive for Business or on SharePoint, you need a qualifying Office 365 subscription* .

*To make an in-app purchase of an Office 365 Home or Personal subscription, open the app. In the document picker screen, tap Upgrade. Subscriptions begin at from $6.99 a month in the US, and can vary by region. With an Office 365 subscription, you get access to all features in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and you can install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote on PCs or Macs.

Office 365 subscriptions purchased from the app will be charged to your iTunes account and will automatically renew within 24 hours prior to the end of the current subscription period, unless auto-renewal is disabled beforehand. To manage your subscriptions or to disable auto-renewal, after purchase, go to your iTunes account settings. A subscription cannot be cancelled during the active subscription period.