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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.


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NotesPlus – iPhone Support

Notes Plus has been updated to version 5.0. Now, the app works with the iPhone too.

If you are not familiar with this note taking app and are looking for a way to capture your written notes electronically, you should check out Notes Plus.

Not only can you write notes, you can draw shapes that are recognized and turned into vector graphic like sharp images.

Handwriting recognition is also included. That means, when you write out your notes by hand, you can convert them to text and send that to other apps.

If you need to mark up PDFs, this app can handle that too.

This note taking app has it all, handwriting recognition, shape detection, palm rejection, smooth inking, modifiable papers, and more.

To learn more about Notes Plus, watch the video below which shows a slightly older version of the app.

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OmniPlan 3 Updates and Bug Fixes

OmniPlan project manager allows for planning projects including setting up group tasks and managing resources.

The most recent update includes the following changes:

• Microsoft Project Import — Fixed a regression in our Microsoft Project import tool that could cause some .mpp files to fail to import.
• Scheduling — “Resources Work Independently” once again correctly respects earliest resource availability.
• Stability — Fixed a bug that could cause OmniPlan to crash when opening a file with external dependencies.
• Stability — Fixed a crash that could occur when attempting to undo leveling.

The app is described by the developer as follows:

OmniPlan is designed to help you visualize, maintain, and simplify your projects. Break down tasks, optimize the required resources, and monitor your entire plan—all at a glance. Visualize your project’s tasks in a Gantt chart or Network diagram. Automatically sync projects across multiple personal devices or collaborate with your colleagues and share every detail. Run Monte Carlo simulations to forecast milestone completion dates with varying levels of confidence. OmniPlan helps you manage projects that are as simple or complex as you need them to be—without the complexity.

If you are looking for an app to help you visually plan projects and create a timeline of project tasks, OmniPlan is that app.


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OneNote – HUGE Update

OneNote, Microsoft’s answer to a note capture and planning app, has been redesigned and updated to version 16.

The biggest noticeable improvement is to the layout. The tabs and sections have moved from the top to the side.  You can choose from various notebooks quite easily on the far left side which stays hidden until you are ready to use it.

OneNote has even made it possible to import your Evernote files to OneNote using a “preview” version of an importer. Basically, you download the importer and run the installed app.

The collaboration feature to allow you to invite people to share and work on a Notebook is a powerful tool.

Using this app, you can sync, capture, organize and plan from any device you can run OneNote from.

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Hanx Writer – Hi-Tech Keyboard Old School Feel

Hanx Writer is a really nifty app for those who enjoy typing or want to switch up the feel of your keyboard. Basically, the app gives you the opportunity to type using a realistic typewriter GUI. The sounds and motions of the moving parts are recreated with accuracy.

Your screen can be used as the keyboard or you can connect an extern blue tooth or Smart Keyboard to the iOS device to give you more screen room as seen below.

[The app states it is not compatible with the iPad Pro but the standard free version of the typewriter seems to work with my iPad Pro 12.9″ with Smart Keyboard.]

You get one “Free” keyboard as shown. You can use and enjoy the sites and sounds of that keyboard from within the app.

Third Party Keyboard Functionality

With an in app purchase, you can upgrade to get other typewriters or add additional functionality like working with multiple documents from within the app or hearing all of the sounds in other apps while using this third party keyboard. The least expensive upgrade costs 99¢ and includes the standard “Prime Select” keyboard.

Like other keyboard apps, you can add this third-party keyboard. Tap Settings > Keyboard > Add New Keyboard… and choose Hanx Writer. Then, tap on Allow Full Access.

Now, from your keyboard, tap and hold on the Globe at the bottom left and choose Hanx Writer.

With the in-app purchases, you can have the ability to change the font size, color, and look of your keyboard.


If you are looking for a fun way to type, jot down notes or share the fun of an old fashioned typewriter, check out Hanx Writer.