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AirTable – Cloud Database


If you are interested in using and learning about databases that can be synced with your various devices via the cloud by using a browser on your Mac and an app on your iOS device, check out AirTable.

The feel is like a very flexible spreadsheet. However, it is really a powerful relational database. Collaboration is also possible. You can share tables, see changes, chat with teammates and more.

Content too can be integrated with services like Dropbox, Box, Evernote, Google Drive and more.

There are starter templates that allow you to get going fast. You can create your own too. The templates are set up for both personal and business functions. The template categories include: personal, sales & customers, event planning, project management, human resources, and software development.

The pricing is set up as follows: Free unlimited databases that do not exceed 1,200 rows per database and up to 2GB database / attachment space size. For $12 per user per month, you get up to 5,000 dos and up to 5GB. For $24 per user per month, you get 50,000 rows and up to 20GB of space along with priority support. There appears to be enterprise support coming soon.

According to the Airtable website “You can add as many collaborators and bases as you’d like for free, as long as each base falls below the per-base record limits described above. If any of your bases exceeds those limits, you’ll need to upgrade the team to which that base belongs (if you are a solo user, you are considered a “team” of one person).

For paid teams, you will be charged the per-user, per-month fee for each person you’ve invited to collaborate on bases belonging to that team. You will not be charged for read-only collaborators.

If you’re using Airtable for a nonprofit or an educational institution, you may qualify for a discount.”

There is a support page that addresses popular questions. You can see Airtable in action at these video pages.

To check out the iOS version of the app, click here. The Mac version is here.


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Pigment – Coloring on an iPad?

Pigment icon

While walking through a toy store, I came across coloring books for adults – that is more complicated images to color in with coloring pencils or ink pens. I wondered if digital versions of this existed and came across Pigment. This app touts itself as being a true coloring book experience for adults. It has Apple Pencil and 3D touch support too!

After downloading Pigment, you are presented with a few screens to show you how to use some of the features.

As part of your download, you have several different books with drawings included to color. Some drawings are locked and you need the premium access to access.

There are 8 different coloring tools like pencil, marker, paint brush, and fill. You can use your finger, an Apple Pencil or other 3rd party stylus devices.

Pigment Screenshot 1

There are many colors to choose from. The Apple Pencil works amazingly well with the app. The thickness and strokes vary depending on the pressure applied as you would expect with the Apple Pencil.

You can zoom in and out, undo, change the size of the drawing tip and more. With the iPad Pro and Pencil it really feels like you are coloring. The app touts the zone out or zen like relaxation benefits of taking your mind off of other matters while you color.

You can subscribe to Pigment Premium Access which is a paid subscription that gives you unlimited access to all of the designs in the Pigment Library and removes watermarks on shared and saved images. You can also print high resolution images with the service. You can get the subscription as a weekly, monthly or yearly service. Your iTunes account will be billed accordingly.

Try out Pigment and see if you too experience the relaxation and joys of getting your mind off of your work for a little while.

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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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DocReviewPad for iPad Released


DocReviewPad for iPad is the latest app from Lit Software and promises to make reviewing, bates numbering and producing documents for litigation easier and more helpful. This app is for lawyers, paralegals and others who need to organize and review electronic documents.

DocReviewPad+Organize Screenshot

The app allows you to import various documents, assign custom Bates numbers and review the documents with built in tags to help you organize the information into reports and import them directly into TrialPad, an app to help you organize and present information for trial, mediation and depositions.


You can assign custom Bates numbers, with up to 6 letters and 9 numbers, that automatically increment on every page (e.g. Smith-123456789). With each page having it’s own number it makes it easier to determine that everyone is on the same page when referencing the document at trial or in a deposition.

You can sort by Bates numbers, or perform a Search to find a page with a particular Bates range. After assigning a Bates number you can edit the location of the Bates number to eight possible positions, to making sure important information is not written over by the numbers.

You can have all your documents on your iPad in a searchable, easy to access, and organized way.

Annotation tools like highlighters and pens make marking up documents easy. Make sure to tap and hold on the Annotate button to have the highlighter colors, pens and markers appear.

You can also use the search feature to find words in documents you are looking for as well. The document will need to be a searchable PDF to search for language in the document.

Client meetings, hearings and mediations no longer require large boxes of files. You still may need to print the documents to mark as exhibits. But, carrying around all of the documents in an electronic format makes the task of finding just the right document easier.


Whether you need to create a set of documents to produce, review a documents provided to you, or export certain documents to TrialPad for a mediation or trial, this app can help. During an Export you choose to include or exclude documents based on various criteria, including whether they have been reviewed or not, have certain Tags assigned to them, or have specific Issue Codes.

DocReviewPad works with cloud services: Box, Citrix ShareFile, Dropbox, Transporter, and WebDAV. You can also use email or the File Sharing feature in iTunes to import or export your documents

To download the DocReview User guide, click here. To learn more about his and other apps from LitSoftware, visit their homepage.

If you are looking for an alternative to Adobe Acrobat DC to help you organize, mark up and bates number documents in litigation, consider DocReviewPad because it will let you organize and review on the go with ease.

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Index Card 4 – Corkboard Writing App

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Index Card 4 is an app to help you write and organize your thoughts using a familiar index card analogy. Whether you are a writer, organizer, attorney or student, this app allow you to create high tech notecards and assemble them in useful ways. Any project requiring outlining or the use of notecards to organize the project will be improved by using this app.

Index Card Screen Shot 1

Create index notecards and put information and images on the front and back.

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Once cards are created, you can organize them by stacking them by subject matter or shuffling them into an order that makes sense to you.

The notes can be viewed in different ways as well: list, notecard, or outline view.

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Once you have created your outline, you can then export it into various formats including Scrivner, OPML, PDF and more.

Index Card 4 not only has a new design but adds the ability to use images and formatted text.

The more technology advances, the more one realizes some things like using notecards to organize your thoughts can’t be beat. Index Card 4 combines the tools you are used to and technology to make an intuitive and useful app indispensable. Index Card 4 is available for a limited time at 40% off for $2.99.



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Ulysses for iPad


Ulysses for iPad is a great tool for getting text down so you can get your thoughts, ideas, or paper done. The writing app is by the The Soulmen who have been writing apps for the Mac for some time. This app and its Mac sister Ulysses are designed to work together and help you draft and create a brief, story, memo, and more. This post reviews the iPad version of the app.

Organization of Documents

Ulysses approaches document creation differently than most typical word processors. The idea of the app is simple. Focus on getting words and thoughts down even if it means doing so in discrete separate sections that can be combined later.

Ulysses Library

The Library consists of a series of “groups” which is further broken down into individual “sheets.” A sheet can represent a paragraph, a page, or even an entire chapter. However, the power of this app is that it allows you to break your document into bite size pieces to help you better organize and create without so much focus on the ultimate way the document will look in terms of formatting, page numbering, etc.

You can “nest” your groups by tapping on the + on the library panel. Then, add the name of your new group and identify the parent group that it should be nested under. To make the process easier, tap on the group you wish to create a subgroup under first. You can name the group and even assign a unique icon to help identify it.

Keyboard Plus

The keyboard features the standard iOS keys. However, just above that is a row of commonly used and needed shortcut buttons.

Ulysses Keyboard

These allow you to quickly accomplish tasks related to Markup, list making, indenting and more. If you tap and hold down on the buttons, more options become available.

Sync via iCloud

One of the most surprising features was the ease and speed at which the app syncs with the Mac version via iCloud. The set up is straight forward when you initially install and open the app. The changes made on the Mac app rapidly appear on the iPad version and vice-versa.

Personalize Themes

You can modify the default theme with others that are built in. Just tap on the gear icon. Then, tap Theme and select one of the other themes. You can also download others by scrolling down and visiting Ulysses Style Exchange within the app. Then, download a new theme and install it.

Ulysses Themes

The theme above is a built in theme iOS with Dark Mode turned on to assist in writing in darker environments.

Exporting Final Versions

After you have created your document, there are several ways to export it. You can choose from Plain Text, HTML, ePub, PDF and RTF.  You can also share your material via mail, message or simply copy it for passing into another app.

The app even allows you to edit text files created in other apps that are stored on iCloud drive or 3rd party services including Box, Dropbox, and OneDrive.

Features Galore

This app allows you to perform tasks like search, find and replace, adding images, tagging, write notes and write in full screen mode. The ability to write in portrait and landscape mode is available too.


There are very few apps that allow you to organize and write down ideas on your Mac, pick them up on your iPad on the go and provide so much flexibility in terms of output. Ulysses for iPad is one such app. If you are constantly writing or want to write better, Ulysses is a great tool for providing you with the ability to do so.

The Mac version of Ulysses allows for some additional flexibility. You can download a trial version for the Mac from the developer’s website.

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Fantastical 2 for Mac Released


Flexibits has introduced a brand new version of Fantastical. This calendar and reminder app has been known for the ease of typing in plain english and watching the app convert it into the desired event or reminder. There are many improvements in this latest version, including the big screen calendar and reminder list. No longer is the mini calendar locked to the tool bar.

For those not familiar, there are really two main categories of entries: Reminders and Calendar events. Think of an event as an appointment and a reminder as a task to be performed. This app allows you to enter this information in no time using plain text and even your voice as shown and explained below. The app also works with and syncs with your iCloud and CalDav calendars. Minimal set up is required to get the app fully loaded with existing calendar events and reminders.

As in the past, this app can sit in the toolbar ready for easy entry.


New is the full size calendar to allow easy reference to upcoming events and reminders.

Built in Integration with Existing Calendars

There is built in integration with LaunchBar and other similar apps. To create an entry using Launchbar, enter an event by invoking your LaunchBar, tapping space and then entering your event or reminder. Press return and its automatically added to Fantastical.

One of the nice new time saving features is the ability to create a default reminder set for every time event or all day event. In the preference panel of Fantastical, add as many alerts as you may want before each event so when you create an event, more than one alarm will automatically be added if you want. Apple’s iCal app limits you to a default of one alarm. Many times it is helpful to have more than one alarm. For example the day before the event and 1 hour before. In iCal, after creating an event, you have to add the additional alarms each time you enter a new event. This takes time and you may forget.

In Fantastical, go to the preferences pane and set the defaults in the Alerts section.

Fantastical Alarms

Entering Events With Your Voice

About 54 seconds into the below video, you can see what appears to be a Siri like method for entering a reminder into Fantastical with your voice on your Mac.

In order to achieve this functionality and dictate into this and other apps, follow the instructions from Apple found here. This dictation feature is part of Yosemite and can be found in the System Preferences. Note, if you choose Use Enhanced Dictation, additional files will be downloaded from Apple so an internet connection will not be required in the future to interpret your voice.

Dictation Preference Pane

There is a full collection of videos showing the app in use at the developer’s web site. Make sure to watch these to see the app in action and understand the full power and potential available.

Of course, the app works with the iPad and iPhone version of Fantastical. If you have Yosemite, the handoff feature is also available.

If you have any questions with using the app, check out the FAQ page.


This app costs $49 and is on sale for the introductory price of $39. There have been some who have commented on the price. You need to consider how much of your life depends on a reliable calendar and reminder system that is easy to use and speeds up the process of entering this information. If you save just a few minutes a day, this app will pay for itself in no time. The developer provides a download for a free 14 day trial from its website. Try it out first and see how much easier it is to get your calendar events entered and more organized you can be.