Interesting Updates

A couple of interesting updates for iOS devices recently … The Flickr app has some performance enhancements and a new “group card” feature that makes it easier to follow what’s going on in your favorite groups. Probably the most significant update is that you no longer need a Yahoo email address to create an account in Flickr. Any email address will do. Flickr’s new group cards as seen on an…

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Interesting Updates

A couple of interesting updates for iOS devices recently . . .

The Flickr app has some performance enhancements and a new “group card” feature that makes it easier to follow what’s going on in your favorite groups. Probably the most significant update is that you no longer need a Yahoo email address to create an account in Flickr. Any email address will do.

Flickr Group Cards
Flickr’s new group cards as seen on an iPad Mini.

Evernote 8.0 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch includes a complete redesign focused on speed and simplicity. I’ve just played with it on my iPhone for a few minutes, but it definitely is a lot easier to move around now. Other features include:

  • Evernote Shortcuts view
    Evernote Shortcuts view on iPhone

    a new notes list which makes it easy to browse through your notes

  • you can now filter notes by tags or reminders
  • the + button you see is a multi-function button which creates a new note when tapped or you can press and hold to see other options
  • search withing a notebook by tapping the search box at the top of the note list or search your entire collection from the search tab
  • text formatting options have improved too with the ability to change font size (small, medium or large), change text color and text style (bold, italics, etc.)
  • if you use shortcuts, you can access them in the tab bar.

Scrivener for iOS is REAL!

Scrivener for iOS is REAL!

It’s been so long, I’d given up hope. It looks like there really is a Scrivener for iOS in the works …

I’ve now finished the rewrite and it’s in internal alpha-testing, which is going well – in fact, I was on holiday last week, and wrote exclusively using Scrivener on my iPad Pro. As soon as it’s in beta – which shouldn’t be too far away now (really, this time) – we’ll start bringing you…

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Scrivener for iOS is REAL!

It’s been so long, I’d given up hope. It looks like there really is a Scrivener for iOS in the works . . .

I’ve now finished the rewrite and it’s in internal alpha-testing, which is going well – in fact, I was on holiday last week, and wrote exclusively using Scrivener on my iPad Pro. As soon as it’s in beta – which shouldn’t be too far away now (really, this time) – we’ll start bringing you more news. We’re incredibly proud of how it’s turned out, and I can’t wait to tell you more about it, and to get it into the hands of our users at last.

. . . via The Cellar Door.

Documents – the Swiss Army Knife of iOS

One of the most useful apps on my iPad and iPhone is Documents [iOS – free] from Readdle. It can be used to read documents (PDF, Office, text, etc.) as well as books (PDF and epub) but it can also be used to listen to music, watch videos and browse photographs. And, it has some annotation capabilities – bookmark, highlight, underline and strike thru. But what makes it really interesting is its file management functionality. You can save and open files from email attachments, just about any cloud storage platform, and even download them from the Web using the built-in browser. Create folders and build your own file system right on your device.

iOS Search
Results of an iOS search on an iPhone.

The app has been updated to take advantage of the features included with iOS 9. Now you can use the iOS search function to find files stored in Documents. In this example, a search for “FTM” found an article I had saved to Documents.

Combine Documents with another Readdle app – PDF Expert [iOS – $9.99] – and you can fill in PDF forms, add notes and draw on PDF documents from any number of sources and then forward your annotated files just about anywhere. I was able to “fill in” a PDF form that wasn’t designed to be fillable by writing the information on the document using a stylus. PDF Expert then flattens the annotation layers into a standard PDF file that can be read by Adobe Acrobat. In just a couple of minutes the form was completed and emailed back, saving me from printing then snail-mailing a paper form. Do that a couple of times and you’ve paid for the app.

Documents provides tools that bridge the gaps between your desktop and your mobile devices and will quickly become one of the most useful apps on your iPad.