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Pixelmator Update Quick Selection Tool


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Pixelmator is an incredibly useful and full-featured image editor that also allows you to sketch or draw with layers.

The newest update includes the Quick Selection Tool, a precise Magnetic Selection Tool and other improvements and fixes.

According to the developer, the fixes and improvements include:

New:
• The advanced Quick Selection Tool lets you make incredibly accurate selections.
• The smart Magnetic Selection Tool snaps precisely to the objects you trace.
• Many small, but awesome changes improve the selection experience on iOS.

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Selection improvements:
• When making selections, you can now tap Invert to invert your selection.
• The outline of selections made with the Color Selection Tool is more precise thanks to a content-aware smoothing algorithm.
• The all-new marching ants design improves performance and has ants that actually march around your selections.
• The Color Selection Tool is now faster (especially on older devices).
• Added a Create New selection mode, which is now the default.
• A live preview of your final selection is now shown when using the Add or Subtract selection modes.
• You can now transform selections in the Arrange pane.
• Selections now snap to layers and the canvas, just like layers do (but you can turn this off by turning off Guides).
• Selections made with the Free Selection, Rectangle Selection, and Ellipse Selection tools now always snap to pixels, meaning there won’t be any unwanted, half-transparent pixels at the edges of a selection when you copy, delete, or transform it.
• The selection paths of the Free Selection Tool are now made up of twice as many points, which makes them smoother.
• When you open up Select with an already selected area, the selection tool that you were using previously will automatically become active.
• When moving a selected area, dragging inside the selection will move it, and dragging outside the selection will now pan the image.
• The selection outline that is added as you select with the Free Selection Tool now has a subtle animation.
• When making selections with the Quick Selection or Color Selection tools, the selection preview now fades into the marching ants.
• Tapping Undo after transforming a selected area sometimes used to make that area flicker. Fixed.
• When using the Free Selection Tool, quickly tapping could sometimes make really small selections instead of adding points. Fixed.

Improvements and bug fixes:
• Use a two finger double tap to zoom in or zoom to fit.
• The 9:16 aspect ratio is now in the list of ratios in Crop.
• The request to let Pixelmator access your Photos library wouldn’t appear if you tried to save to Photos before having opened an image from Photos – it does now.
• If you use Copy to Photos to save a new image to your Photos library, you’ll now be able to use Save to Photos to save over that new image.
• If you drag a layer that is not selected (the transform handles aren’t visible) and it does not fit in the screen, the layer will not be moved. To move it – first, tap to select it.
• When you hold two fingers to rotate a layer but one or both fingers are outside the currently selected layer, other layers in your image will not be selected – first tap to select the layer you want to rotate, then hold two fingers inside it to start rotating.
• Zoom animations are a little more smooth as they now have subtle ease-out transitions.

Apple Pencil improvements and bug fixes:
• When using Apple Pencil, the brush size of the Quick Selection Tool is pressure-sensitive.
• Selections made using Apple Pencil and the Free Selection Tool are now more accurate.
• The transform handle area is now smaller, giving you more precision.

Pixelmator for iPhone improvements:
• The Select and Distort tool choosers are now laid out more symmetrically.
• The selection mode in the Select tool chooser is highlighted more clearly.
• Tapping to choose a selection mode will now close the Select tool chooser.

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DocReviewPad Update


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DocReviewPad is a tool created for iPad to allow legal professionals and others to organize, review through and mark up electronic documents.

DocReviewPad makes it easy to import documents; assign custom Bates numbers to every page; assign tags and issue codes; annotate documents with highlight, pen, and redact tools; flag documents and add notes; search for text within documents; and more.

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The developer describes the updates and fixes to version 1.3.5 as follows:
* Many performance and stability improvements for filtering and searching case contents, especially in large cases.
* Pressing and holding the back button within any folder will now let you jump multiple levels, or straight back to the Cases screen.
* Addressed an issue where search results were not being highlighted on some documents.
* Addressed an issue where backing out after viewing search results caused the app to close.
* Case folders now have color tint for better visual organization.
* Added additional support options.
* Updated User Guide (found under the Help menu).
* Other minor user interface tweaks, fixes, and improvements based on user feedback.

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iOS 9.3.3 Released – How to Install


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Apple has released iOS version 9.3.3. As always, make a backup of your iOS device before performing the update.

To update, tap Settings > General > Software Update. Then tap on install. You may be required to use a Wi-Fi network.

According to Apple, the new release includes the following security fixes and improvements:

Calendar

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A maliciously crafted calendar invite may cause a device to unexpectedly restart

Description: A null pointer dereference was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4605 : Henry Feldman MD at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

CoreGraphics

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4637 : Tyler Bohan of Cisco Talos (talosintel.com/vulnerability-reports)

FaceTime

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: An attacker in a privileged network position may be able to cause a relayed call to continue transmitting audio while appearing as if the call terminated

Description: User interface inconsistencies existed in the handling of relayed calls. These issues were addressed through improved FaceTime display logic.

CVE-2016-4635 : Martin Vigo

ImageIO

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to cause a denial of service

Description: A memory consumption issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4632 : Evgeny Sidorov of Yandex

ImageIO

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4631 : Tyler Bohan of Cisco Talos (talosintel.com/vulnerability-reports)

IOAcceleratorFamily

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A local user may be able to read kernel memory

Description: An out-of-bounds read was addressed through improved bounds checking.

CVE-2016-4628 : Ju Zhu of Trend Micro

IOAcceleratorFamily

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A local user may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

Description: A null pointer dereference was addressed through improved validation.

CVE-2016-4627 : Ju Zhu of Trend Micro

IOHIDFamily

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A local user may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

Description: A null pointer dereference was addressed through improved input validation.

CVE-2016-4626 : Stefan Esser of SektionEins

Kernel

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A local user may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-1863 : Ian Beer of Google Project Zero

CVE-2016-1864 : Ju Zhu of Trend Micro

CVE-2016-4582 : Shrek_wzw and Proteas of Qihoo 360 Nirvan Team

Kernel

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A local user may be able to cause a system denial of service

Description: A null pointer dereference was addressed through improved input validation.

CVE-2016-1865 : CESG, Marco Grassi (@marcograss) of KeenLab (@keen_lab), Tencent

libxml2

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in libxml2

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-1836 : Wei Lei and Liu Yang of Nanyang Technological University

CVE-2016-4447 : Wei Lei and Liu Yang of Nanyang Technological University

CVE-2016-4448 : Apple

CVE-2016-4483 : Gustavo Grieco

CVE-2016-4614 : Nick Wellnhofer

CVE-2016-4615 : Nick Wellnhofer

CVE-2016-4616 : Michael Paddon

CVE-2016-4619 : Hanno Boeck

libxml2

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Parsing a maliciously crafted XML document may lead to disclosure of user information

Description: An access issue existed in the parsing of maliciously crafted XML files. This issue was addressed through improved input validation.

CVE-2016-4449 : Kostya Serebryany

libxslt

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in libxslt

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-1684 : Nicolas Grégoire

CVE-2016-4607 : Nick Wellnhofer

CVE-2016-4608 : Nicolas Grégoire

CVE-2016-4609 : Nick Wellnhofer

CVE-2016-4610 : Nick Wellnhofer

CVE-2016-4612 : Nicolas Grégoire

Safari

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a malicious website may lead to user interface spoofing

Description: Redirect responses to invalid ports may have allowed a malicious website to display an arbitrary domain while displaying arbitrary content. This issue was addressed through improved URL display logic.

CVE-2016-4604 : xisigr of Tencent’s Xuanwu Lab (www.tencent.com)

Sandbox Profiles

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A local application may be able to access the process list

Description: An access issue existed with privileged API calls. This issue was addressed through additional restrictions.

CVE-2016-4594 : Stefan Esser of SektionEins

Siri Contacts

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A person with physical access to a device may be able to see private contact information

Description: A privacy issue existed in the handling of Contact cards. This was addressed through improved state management.

CVE-2016-4593 : Pedro Pinheiro (facebook.com/pedro.pinheiro.1996)

Web Media

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Viewing a video in Safari’s Private Browsing mode displays the URL of the video outside of Private Browsing mode

Description: A privacy issue existed in the handling of user data by Safari View Controller. This issue was addressed through improved state management.

CVE-2016-4603 : Brian Porter (@portex33)

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may result in the disclosure of process memory

Description: A memory initialization issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4587 : Apple

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a malicious website may disclose image data from another website

Description: A timing issue existed in the processing of SVG. This issue was addressed through improved validation.

CVE-2016-4583 : Roeland Krak

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may compromise user information on the file system

Description: A permissions issue existed in the handling of the location variable. This was addressed though additional ownership checks.

CVE-2016-4591 : ma.la of LINE Corporation

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4589 : Tongbo Luo and Bo Qu of Palo Alto Networks

CVE-2016-4622 : Samuel Gross working with Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative

CVE-2016-4623 : Apple

CVE-2016-4624 : Apple

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a malicious website may lead to user interface spoofing

Description: An origin inheritance issue existed in parsing of about: URLs. This was addressed through improved validation of security origins.

CVE-2016-4590 : xisigr of Tencent’s Xuanwu Lab (www.tencent.com)

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted webpage may lead to a system denial of service

Description: A memory consumption issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4592 : Mikhail

WebKit JavaScript Bindings

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to script execution in the context of a non-HTTP service

Description: A cross-protocol cross-site scripting (XPXSS) issue existed in Safari when submitting forms to non-HTTP services compatible with HTTP/0.9. This issue was addressed by disabling scripts and plugins on resources loaded over HTTP/0.9.

CVE-2016-4651 : Obscure

WebKit Page Loading

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A malicious website may exfiltrate data cross-origin

Description: A cross-site scripting issue existed in Safari URL redirection. This issue was addressed through improved URL validation on redirection.

CVE-2016-4585 : Takeshi Terada of Mitsui Bussan Secure Directions, Inc. (www.mbsd.jp)

WebKit Page Loading

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

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Scrivener for iOS Coming Soon?


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The latest update to Scrivener for Mac has an interesting note…

“Important Update for iOS Support
Added support for reading and working with Scrivener for iOS. (You must download this version of Scrivener for Mac if you plan to use our iOS version.)”

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The home page also shows an iPhone with a big “2 DAYS” on it suggesting that something will be happening in two days.

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The blog for the company also states with the “launch of Scrivener for iOS just around the corner…” beta testers have various stories to tell.

So, if you are a fan of Scrivener for the Mac, it looks like you will not have to wait too long to get the iOS version.

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Lexis Advance – Adding Touch ID


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Lexis Advance, software for attorneys to use to perform legal research, has been updated to version 6.0. Some of the new fixes and features include:

– Added Get a Doc Assistance feature for help with retrieving a document by citation
– Expanded list of searchable document segments
– Advanced Search Form enhancements
– Updated Sign-In page design
– Other enhancements and bug fixes

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The iPad version of the app has features like:
• View and annotate documents while offline with ability to sync changes
• View alerts instantly
• Stay organized with remote access to saved files and folders
• Access favorites, previous research results quickly and search within results
• Ensure your research is “good law” with Shepard’s®
• Browse Sources and access Table of Contents
• Highlight and annotate text within documents
• Deliver documents via email, wireless printing or one-click PDF options

Lexis Touch ID

Using TouchId to log in on devices that has this feature is easy to set up. Tap on the gear icon and toggle on the TouchID button. Now, if your device has been set up for TouchID, you can log into your Lexis account. Make sure you have your ID and Password for your Lexis Account the first time you set this up.

 

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iAnnotate 4 – Improvements Galore


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iAnnotate 4 is an upgraded version of the prior PDF annotation tool and viewer. This app allows you to read, annotate, and share PDFs, Office files and web pages. You can even use the app to highlight documents and insert stamps.

iAnnotate 4 All Devices

The newest version is a universal app so you can work on all of your iOS devices.

The annotation tools allow you to use the pencil, highlighter, underline, create a note, shapes and more to mark up your PDFs. You can even use pop-up comments.

If you use the iPad Pro, you can use the app in multitasking mode, use the keyboard shortcuts with an Apple keyboard and the app has auto Apple Pencil detection. The multitasking mode allows you to do things like listen to music or work with other apps side by side. If you hold down the command button on the Apple keyboard, you can see a list of keyboard shortcuts.

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There are side toolbars that you can customize for different uses.

Webpages can be annotated by opening a web page in a tab in the app. Then, clip it to PDF and mark it up.

You can share your flattened PDFs via text message, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

The document saves its state when you switch tabs and when you close them out you will have a chance to save the changes you have made.

Cloud support includes OneDrive for business and iCloud support too. To access the extra storage options, click on the red plus sign in the bottom right corner. Then, tap on “Add Storage.” You will be presented with several cloud services you can tap on to add. Once iAnnotate is given permission to talk with the cloud service, you should see the folder structure from that service present.

Once you open a document, you can tap on the magnifying glass icon to search for words in the PDF.

The latest update introduces Offline Access, allowing you to keep files on disk for use while you’re not connected. To use this feature:

1. Select a file or folder in one of your cloud connections
2. Choose Download for Offline Access
3. The app will save a copy that you can open anytime
4. You can close the tab to save back when you get back online.

If you are looking to mark up and read PDFs, you should enjoy using iAnnotate.

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Procreate – Big Update Brings New Powers


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Procreate, a powerful art app for your iOS device allows you to sketch, paint and illustrate app. This app is highly rated on the app store and is an Apple design award winner. There are a massive amount of brushes, layers and the resolution is very nice. The app works very well with the Apple Pencil too.

The updated version fixes various issues.

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There is a 258 page guide for using Procreate available via the iBooks store. This is the official user guide and it is a great resource to learn more about the app.

If you are looking for a serious app to sketch, draw, paint, etc. check out Procreate.