Denise Olson

Mac users now have some very impressive – and affordable – alternatives to Adobe’s creative software thanks to Serif Labs. Their Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo apps provide professional quality software at a price we all can afford. The regular price for these apps are $49.99 but right now they are on sale for $39.99 each until July 23rd.

America the Beautiful

O beautiful for pilgrim feet, Whose stern impassion’d stress A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness! America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law! From America the Beautiful (1910) – lyrics by Katherine Lee Bates and music by Samuel A. Ward.    

Ulysses Update Coming

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Ulysses v. 2.1 is expected in the App Store any day now with a couple of very handy features: DOCX export to MS Word and the ability to expand/collapse groups in the sidebar.

Scanner Pro Update

Scanner Pro [iOS – $2.99] just received a huge update. It will now automatically find the edges of your document and generate the scan from that. It will even find documents in your Photos library. And, you can save one-tap shortcuts to the apps or cloud storage services you frequently use. Watch this video demonstration for more details.



Denise Olson

I just signed up for Lynn Palermo’s Family History Blog Writing class in September. Yeah I already have a family history blog and yeah it already has quite a few posts, but I’ve been a tech writer most of my adult life and I need help adjusting to creative writing. So far, Lynn’s articles posted at The Family History Writing Studio have been very useful. Now it’s time to kick it up a notch!


Yesterday, news broke that Google has been stealth downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome, and transmits audio data back to Google. Effectively, this means that Google had taken itself the right to listen to every conversation in every room that runs Chrome somewhere, without any kind of consent from the people eavesdropped on. In official statements, Google shrugged off the practice with what amounts to “we can do that”.

Details at Privacy Online News.

We pay for the mistakes of our ancestors, and it seems only fair that they should leave us the money to pay with.

~~Don Marquis

PDF Office for iPad

PDF Office [iPad – free] is an amazing tool for anything related to PDF files. It can scan, create, edit and annotate documents. It can turn a scanned form into a fillable one in seconds.

The app is free, but Readdle will soon begin a subscription service to use the app ($4.99/mo or $39.99/yr).