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iOS 8.4 Released

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iOS 8 has been updated to version 8.4. The update is available via the usual method. On your iOS device, tap Settings > General > Software Update. The installation varies for each device but the download will be close to 225 MB. Use a Wi-Fi connection.

Aside from various improvements to the system, several security issues have been addressed. The issues are described in the Apple Security Page.  Generally, the issues relate to addressing WiFi connectivity, WebKit malicious websites, telephony issues, Safari, Mail, Certificate Trust Policies and more.

To learn more about updating your iOS device, visit this Apple website.

As usual, it is a good idea to back up your device before installing an update.

 

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.

Index Card 4 screenshot 4

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.

 

 

iTunes U Updated to Version 3

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iTunes U

Apple’s iTunes U app provides what an instructor or teacher needs to help students work together on the iPad, including building lessons with apps and materials. Teachers can grade student’s assignments, mark up PDF assignments and discuss matters.

iTunes U screenshot

The updates include:

• Students can hand in their homework assignments
• Annotate PDF assignments directly in iTunes U
• Instructors can grade and track student progress with an integrated grade book
• Private one-on-one conversations between students and instructors
• Include multiple attachments per assignment

This app is for students, instructors and allows you to view free education content.

Outline+ Now Supports iCloud Drive

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Outline+ with OneNote Compatibility has been updated to support iCloud Drive. This app is a full featured note-taking app that can be used by students, teachers, lawyers, and other professionals.

Outline Screenshot

The recent update includes the following fixes and improvements:
– Added support for two-factor authentication to OneDrive
– Highlighting of the handwritten text works more smoothly
– Fixed some issues with spellcheck behavior
– Corrected the copy-and-paste method of numbered and bulleted lists
– Fixed crash while logging in Dropbox
– Various bug fixes and improvements

The app not only works with OneNote, but its own Mac version called Outline. The Mac version of the app can be a OneNote replacement or stand alone app. If you have been looking for an that allows you to organize and capture notes, consider Outline+.

 

MindNode Updated for iPad

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MindNode for iPad has been updated to version 4.0 to work with the brand new MindNode for Mac version. There are new features as well.

Mindmapping is a great process for organizing your thoughts, projects, goals and more. These apps makes the process easy, fun and useful.

The new features include:

• Notes – a great way to add more content to your ideas
• Connection Labels – enhance your cross connections with context
• Stickers – a custom set of colored and tinted icons
• Apple Watch app – view your important documents as an outline
• New Styles and new content inspector – add shapes, borders and strokes to your nodes
• Improved Layout – Better manual layout and new Smart Layout options
• Personal Theme – makes it easier to create your personal style
• New custom user interface font

One of the helpful new features is the content inspector view, shown below. With this view, you can change various settings of the specific node you are working on.

MindNode Outline View

Another new feature that helps is the outline view, shown on the right side of the screen, that allows you to see and organize your thoughts in a more traditional way.

MindNode Outline View

Using the Cloud Service with MindNode

Now, you can use iCloud and DropBox to sync maps created with MindNode. On the iPad app, tap the gear icon and under sharing, turn on the iCloud or DropBox service. There is also a MyMindNode service as well.

On the Mac version, make sure you have your iCloud drive service on. (System Preferences > iCloud > iCloud Drive > Options and MindNode selected.) Then, when you go to save a MindNode document, make sure it is saved to the MindNode – iCloud folder.

MindNode iCloud Save

When you open the app on your iPad, you will have the option to select a cloud service at the top left of the screen. Make sure your iPad is connected to the internet via Wi-Fi or cellular service to update the data stored in the cloud.

MindNode Cloud

Tap on the appropriate selection. For example, if you want to view documents stored in iCloud, tap iCloud Drive. The documents you have saved from your Mac of prior MindNode for iPad sessions, should be available to you.

Conclusion

MindNode is one of the best mind mapping apps that easily allows you to work from your Mac or iOS device and sync the projects you are creating.

How to Shuffle Playlist in Music on iPad or iPhone

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Let’s say you’ve made your music playlist and want to listen to it shuffled instead of the alphabetical order it appears on your iOS device, How can you do that?

Go to Music > Playlists and select the Playlist you have created either on your iOS device or transferred from your computer. The name of your playlist will appear in the center. Here, it is called “Apple Watch.”

With one finger, touch the screen in the area where the names of the songs appear and pull down.

Playlist on iOS device

 

You will see Shuffle and the shuffle icon appear.

Shuffle Playlist

Tap on the shuffle icon and listen to your shuffled playlist.

 

iOS 9 Previewed at WWDC

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Apple announced some of the new features to be introduced in iOS9 to be released later this Fall. You can review many of the changes at the iOS9 page.

There many many tweaks announced. However, some of the more pleasant surprises include the ability to split the screen and have two apps running side by side. This feature may only run on the iPad Air.

Separately, in terms of usability, the keyboard will be the equivalent of a touch pad with a two finger gesture. This will allow “scrolling” of the cursor on the screen as well as the ability to select, copy and paste. The enhanced keyboard will also include additional tools for this purpose.

iOS9 Screen in Screen

Another neat feature will be the ability to have a screen in screen view of movies or streaming broadcasts while working in another app.

Of course, there are promised overall performance improvements related to Siri, notes, and a new News feature that allows you to create your own personalized news feed. Over the next several months, more information will be released.

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