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Apple Event Sept. 7th

Apple Sept 7 Keynote

Apple has announced that the next live keynote will be held September 7, 2016 at 10 am PDT.

You can visit this page to watch the presentation live.

There are many new product announcements expected as well as information about the status of the newest operating systems for the various Apple devices.

You can add the event to your calendar.

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OmniFocus – Organize Your Life

OmniFocus 2 for iPad icon

With the school year beginning, now is a good time to consider getting OmniFocus to help organize your life. The app is not just for students. This app can be used by any kind of professional, parent, teenager and more to help capture your ideas, accomplish your goals and finish your projects.

OmniFocus Screen Shot iPad

To learn more about ways to effectively use OmniFocus, check out Inside OmniFocus. There, you will see example workflows, tools & services and more.

The latest update brines the following changes:

• Encryption — Made changes to significantly reduce the likelihood of a “No Key in Slot” error. For more information on recovering from this error should it occur, please see this support article:
• Large Databases — Made changes to reduce OmniFocus’ memory footprint when reading your database from disk.
• Repetition — Fixed a problem where repeating items could be corrupted when edited on multiple devices.
• Migration — Changed the interval at which you are prompted to migrate to one week, from one day.

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FineScanner Update

FineScanner icon

In the never ending quest to find apps that can “scan” in paper, you may want to consider FineScanner. The paid version, FineScanner Pro has additional features like book copying and OCR.

FineScanner Screenshot

The basic app allows you to take pictures of documents, crop, and organize them.

The Pro version has an online OCR engine to recognize text from scans.

FineScanner Book Scan

A feature not seen in many other apps is the ability to take a picture of two pages of an open book. This particular feature was recently updated to allow faster processing.

So, if you want a quick way to scan in pages, consider the free version. If you want the more powerful OCR engine that will allow recognition of text in multiple languages as well as editing, consider the Pro version.

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Apple Store App Adds Suggestions

Apple Store App 3.7 icon

Apple’s Apple Store app has been updated to version 4.0. The new version adds the following features:

• Get recommendations and shop for new products based on what works with the Apple devices you already own.
• Manage your Apple account at a glance with the updated, easy-to-use Account tab.
• Learn about helpful workshops and exciting events happening at your nearest Apple Store.
• Stay on top of your in-store activities. Find out when your order is ready for pickup and see what time your reservation starts.
• Scan a product at a participating Apple Store to get more information, make sure it’s compatible, and buy it from your iPhone.
• Find out if a product you’ve added to Favorites is available when you visit a participating store.

Now, you can know more information about events at an Apple store near you, get recommendations for products you already own, and better manage your account.

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Ulysses Adds WordPress Support and more


Ulysses, is a powerful writing app with a fresh and clean feel. No matter what kind of writing you are doing, this app allows you to get your ideas down using it powerful text editing capabilities.

This universal app also syncs with the Mac version using iCloud so you can work on your Mac, iPad or iPhone.

Ulysses Synchronization

Version 2.6 brings the following feature enhancements and bug fixes:

WordPress Publishing
– Added publishing to and self-hosted blogs
– Publish as Markdown or HTML
– Offers post or draft, schedule, or immediate publish
– Includes excerpt, feature image, post type, slug and title link options
– Can auto-fill categories and tags based on keywords
– Can auto-fill excerpt and feature image based on note and image attachments
– Customizable preview using standard CSS

Dropbox Syncing
– You can now add Dropbox folders to your Library (similar to External Folders on Ulysses for Mac)
– Syncs sheets, filters, icons, group goals, sorting, and favorites
– Automatic background sync, so no need to press a “Sync” button
– Sync folders from multiple Dropbox accounts at once
– Share to Dropbox using Share Extension

– Ulysses is now fully accessible: Utilize the whole app using VoiceOver

Quick Open
– Quickly search your whole library
– Search for text, keywords, and group names

Typewriter Mode
– Keeps editor vertically fixed (like it does on Mac since 2003, sorry for the delay)
– Option to mark current line
– Option to highlight line, sentence or paragraph (aka Focus Mode)

Updates & Fixes
– Allow pasting images directly into editor
– Added option to duplicate groups and filters
– External sheets can now be filtered by their filename
– Allow selection of sheets using external keyboard if selection is empty
– Disabled auto-capitalization when using external keyboard
– Improved handling of X-Callback URLs
– Improved introduction, added section on Markdown XL
– Allow hiding introduction
– Reworked library view sections
– Reworked fonts section in editor settings
– Split iOS preferences into general settings and editor settings
– Can now import CSS files as HTML export style
– Updated some PDF/DOCX export styles
– PDF export: Reset page numbers after section breaks
– Re-added a simplified RTF exporter
– Glued sheets are again exported together
– Read fenced code blocks as Raw Source in external folders
– Fixed look of alerts in dark mode
– Improved legibility of filename tag in dark mode
– Fixed crash when editing keywords of an already broken sheet
– Back buttons are not broken anymore when rotating on an iPhone 6 plus

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MindNode Mind Mapping

MindNode icon

MindNode, an incredibly useful and responsive mind mapping software app has been updated.

This app allows you to visually represent your ideas. It syncs / opens documents created on the mac version as well.

Mindnode tasks birthday-party

The fixes and updates include:

• Fixes a performance issue related to tasks
• Correctly restore scroll position when returning to the app
• Correctly replace documents uploaded to MyMindNode
• Always upload the current version of a document to MyMindNode
• Adds a UTF BOM marker when exporting a CSV document (this improves compatibility with Excel)
• Fixes an undo issue related to insert new parent node

• Increase cell spacing for better readability
• Improves user notification on first launch
• Prevent repeatedly refreshing document list

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Dark Sky – Weather Predictor Info App

Dark Sky icon

Dark Sky, is a really interesting weather app. Not only can it tell you the general forecast, but one of the more useful features is the precipitation predictor that tries to provide specific information for the next hour as well.

For example, you are at an outdoor sporting event for your kids and you look up and see dark clouds forming. You think its going to rain. Tap on Dark Sky.

Dark Sky Precipitation Predictor

The app, using your location, determines over the next 60 minutes when it is likely to start raining, how long and how hard. (Dark Sky is available in the US, UK and Ireland). A graphic is created which modifies itself over time. At a glance you can see it may not start raining for another 10 minutes and when it does, it will be light and over in about 30 minutes.

Dark Sky Forecast

Of course, normal forecast information is provided in a graphically pleasing way as well.

Dark Sky Radar

The graphics interface is really stunning in this app. Even the way the radar information is presented is unique and engaging. The weather animation is also very nice.

The developer describes additional features as follows:

Dark Sky comes with notification options: Receive down-to-the-minute alerts before it starts raining at your exact location, get notified of government severe weather alerts (for such things as thunderstorms, flooding, hurricanes, etc), or even create your own custom notifications covering the next 24 hours for things like temperature, wind, precipitation and more. Even if you haven’t opened the app in days, Dark Sky will tell you what you need to know, when you need to know it.

The Dark Sky Notification Center Widget tells you at a glance what’s going to happen in the next hour, so you don’t even have to unlock your phone to quickly check the weather before heading out.

There are many other cool features like the 3D earth you can spin to see weather in that location and zoom in and out to see the details.

The app offers Apple Watch app for the iPhone as well so you can pull up similar information on your Apple Watch.

If you are looking for an interesting weather app that provides useful information in a very visually interesting way, check out Dark Sky.