DeskConnect, the missing link between your devices, now supports your workflow better than ever. Today, DeskConnect LLC is rolling out major updates to DeskConnect for Mac and DeskConnect for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. DeskConnect dissolves the barriers between devices by enabling users to instantly transfer text, images, audio, video, web pages, documents, driving directions and more.
Included in the update to DeskConnect for Mac is improved support for OS X Mavericks and OS X Snow Leopard,
compatibility with Apple iWork ’13, improved support for users dialing international phone numbers, and dozens of bug fixes. DeskConnect for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch now contains full iPad support. The full-screen, native iPad experience provides complete integration with the iPad, including improved multimedia playback. Additionally, DeskConnect for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch now includes stronger support for iOS 7, and the ability to choose a specific destination device when sending content.
DeskConnect provides unlimited transfers to an unlimited number of devices and it is a free app for both iOS and for OS X in the App Store and Mac App Store respectively.
Since releasing ActivePrint for iOS, a huge community of ActivePrint users has been created who are interested in printing from their iPads and iPhones without being limited to a select few models of printers from just one brand. This community has been a great resource for developing the new ActivePrint 10!
With ActivePrint 10 has continued the developer’s tradition of maintaining printing support for the widest variety of document types in the industry to the widest variety of printers. With ActivePrint for iOS you can print almost any content
on your iPad or iPhone. Document types that you can print with ActivePrint include all of your popular office document types such as word processor documents (including Word and Pages), spreadsheets (including Excel and Numbers), presentations (including PowerPoint and Keynote), PDF files, web pages, handwritten notes, and all of your popular image types.
Share Files With “Print To QR”
With the new ActivePrint for iOS a new feature called “Print To QR” has been added to make sharing documents and photos from iPhone or iPad easier than ever. With “Print To QR” users can securely upload their content to our servers and then a unique QR code will be displayed on the device’s screen. This QR code can be scanned by ANY device with a camera and a barcode scanning app. Once someone scans the QR code they can download and view a copy of the file. No email addresses or phone numbers.
Now with ActivePrint for iOS you can print these document types whether they’re stored on your iPad or iPhone or in your cloud storage account (Dropbox, Box, Microsoft SkyDrive). And you can print all your files to any printer whether it’s connected to a PC or it’s AirPrint enabled or Google Cloud Print enabled.
ActivePrint for iOS Basic Cloud Printing is available for $3.99 per year (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Apple App Store in the Productivity category. Or you can sign up for ActivePrint Professional Cloud Printing for $9.99 per year through an In App Purchase and gain the ability to modify your print queue and share an unlimited number files through Print To QR.
QuinnScape has announced the release and immediate availability of their Shopping Pro app, an important update to its popular shopping app (Grocery List) for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Update 1.3 gives Shopping Pro app a revamped design that more closely complements Apple’s new iOS 7 look and feel. Its flat, streamlined, modern look removes the ornamental clutter of past versions and now lets users concentrate more easily on what’s most important to them – the actual content. Besides the facelift, additional functionality and improved usability have been added to the app, just in time for the busy end-of-year holiday shopping season.
Shopping Pro is a digital shopping list that features an extensive, customizable catalog, several handy sample lists that can be used as templates, and unlimited, 100% customizable shopping lists. A host of special functions include:
* Multi-item selection from catalog for speedy list building
* Multi-item editing for easy list & catalog management
* Collapsable categories with floating headers & running item tallies
* Numerous list sorting and display options
* Bottom bar for on-list and in-cart cost totals
* Ability to set and calculate an app-wide default tax, or per-item taxes as well
* Favorites folder and functionality for quick, customized lists
* Email export for file sharing
* Wireless printing
* Fully customized device support for all sizes of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
Check out their overview video to get a good look and feel of how the Shopping Pro app works.
Think Code Release today has announced the release and immediate availability of their brand-new Simply Contacts app for iPhone and iPod touch. The Simply Contacts app is a whole new experience for everyone who needs to get the most out of their contacts. Its simple and clean user interface makes it the fastest, user-friendly contacts manager.
In just one screen you are able to search and sort your contacts, as well as phone, chat, FaceTime, email, message, share, and so much more.
Key App Features:
* Powerful and smart contacts manager
* Quick access to all supported actions
* Easily recognize contacts by their photos
* Advanced search and sorting capabilities
* View, edit and add new contacts
* Favorite contacts for easy access
* Customizable double tap action
* Shake to switch between styles
* Short name and nicknames support
* Sharing using vCard or AirDrop
* Simple and clean user interface
* Optimized for iOS 7
There was a point no so long ago that the native Contacts app was all anyone needed. Now, with every more ways that your contacts want to be reached, apps like Simply Contacts makes managing them easier and faster than the native iOS app can do.
The Simply Contacts app is $1.99 and is available now in the App Store. It does require that you be running iOS 7 or later.
Remember earlier in January of this year when we here at AlliOSNews encouraged you to take part in the Crono Kickstarter program for their new mail app for iPad? While it was a long and winding road, that Kickstarter plan evolved into MailDeck and the MailDeck app for iPad and iPad Mini has launched.
Oh it is so worth the wait!
MailDeck is touts as being a balance between beauty and robustness and in my short time of working with it, I think they have hit the mark spot on.
Here is the Press Release announcing the MailDeck app:
MailDeck, the latest and perhaps the most unique in a crowd of fresh email apps, launches today in the iPad App Store. Redesigned from the ground up, MailDeck is the product of a fine balance between beauty and robustness. In other words, this isn’t your grandma’s email client— although the founders will be quick to tell you, she could easily figure out how to
Utilizing the plethora of information contained within your inbox, MailDeck cleverly groups relevant bits of information together, bringing into view the associated contacts, messages, tasks, and attachments at the touch of a finger. The new application also employs an impressive search function with 11 available filters, effectively ending the days of generalized search terms and scrolling endlessly for a long lost email.
With the power of a desktop email client and portability and finesse of a quick moving mobile app, MailDeck has officially upgraded mobile email. Add to that the different view modes, personalized color schemes, and multi-account sharing capabilities, email starts to seem more like a charm than a chore.
MailDeck currently supports all IMAP accounts and is free to download. It is Ad supported but you can make an In-App purchase of $4.99 that removes those adverts plus gives you the ability to create custom signatures.
I’ll be working with the MailDeck app for the next few days as I prepare a review for you but don’t wait for me: Go to the App Store and download it and try it yourself.
Announcing the SmartDay app – an integrated calendar, journal, task manager, and project planner for iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers. SmartDay automatically schedules pending tasks into the free time in one’s calendar and updates them adaptively as situations change. By combining tasks and events into a single time-line view, it’s easy to see what can be accomplished by the end of the day, taking the stress out of ‘getting things done.’ SmartDay synchronizes across all Apple devices via its free cloud hub, SmartDay Online.
A Truly Integrated Calendar:
The key to the SmartDay app is an integrated calendar that displays a proposed agenda for the entire day – fixed appointments and schedules, plus prioritized tasks, even important notes. The calendar adapts effortlessly to shifting priorities, to faster or slower completion of tasks, and even to changes in one’s working day (“My afternoon meeting was cancelled – what else can I get done?”).
Notes And Journaling:
Notes can be associated with any date by dragging them into the calendar. They can also be linked to other tasks and events – for example, notes from a meeting can be linked to action items from that meeting, and to an upcoming follow-up meeting, for easy reference.
Web Information Solutions, today announces the release, and immediate availability of the latest update to their critically acclaimed application, Pocket Informant Pro. Pocket Informant is built with the simple premise of bringing everything about your day into one location, and making it beautifully simple to use. Your calendar, task list, notes and contacts all under one roof make it possible to streamline your day, thus allowing more time to do the important things of life. We realize that no two users are exactly the same, so we have made nearly everything within the app to be customizable, from how much information is shown each day to the colors of the calendars, and everything in between.
This latest update brings several exciting things to the table such as Quick Entry for events. Simply swipe down in any screen to bring up an event entry, making it easier than ever to add calendar data to Pocket Informant Pro.
Also added is greater capability within the Notes feature of Pocket Informant Pro with a “pause” button for voice recording, and drag and drop to arrange notes between folders. Sync your notes to Evernote and take full advantage of the Pocket Informant Pro features together with the Evernote function that you love.
Last week Dropbox teased a new look and feel of their app for iOS in a blog post. Today it is a reality. The Dropbox app for iOS has been updated to version 3.0 and there are a host of changes, fixes and improvements. The most obvious of those changes is the new look of iOS 7 in the app. The UI is light and airy to match the look & feel of the new OS and given this is a universal app, you get that same experience on your iPhone as well as your iPad. One thing that they did do on the iPad version was make it easy to view a file on that device. Just tap the file or photo and it will go into fullscreen viewing automagically. It is pretty slick!
Beyond this the Dropbox app for iOS has been updated performance and functionality that really address some issues they had with the app but also some improvements. Sharing and exporting of files from Dropbox has been made much easier
and much simpler to figure out (one of my personal complaints about the old app) and there is now support for AirDrop to make it super easy to share files or photos with those around you. Videos can now easily and seamlessly be saved to your library as well.
Performance speed has been a big focus for Dropbox in this release and the app, photo and video loading all are dramatically faster than in the previous release.
From a bug fixing perspective there were two main areas. First, Dropbox fixed an issue that would cause HTML to render as text when viewing a file in Dropbox. This is now gone (tested and verified myself and saw it was fixed) and some of the strange behaviours you would get viewing PDF files in Dropbox seem to have gone away as well. Overall it is must faster with PDF files but they don’t render the text weird anymore.
If you haven’t tried out Dropbox before and need cloud storage of your files that you can easily access from any device – Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android or web – Dropbox should be on your shortlist. I’ve tried many other services but always come back to Dropbox. Sure there are lesser expensive services out there but I’ve not found one yet that is as reliable as Dropbox.
The Dropbox app for iOS is free to download and available now in the App Store. A Dropbox account is required and you can get a 2GB account to try out with other plans ranging from $9.99 per month for 100GB of storage to $49.99 per month for 500GB of storage.
Tekton Technologies has announced the release of Orderly 2.3 for iOS, a major update to their productivity app that lets users manage to-dos using a unique visual interface on iPhone. Featuring a breath taking interface, flawless cloud sync, Orderly for iPhone now comes with “Location Based Reminders”, so that the users now, never miss a todo at a particular location. Orderly is designed based on how the human mind visualizes to-do lists, and interacts with users in a way that is natural for humans to deal with to-do lists, combined with the power of iPhone gestures.
Once a to-do is created, it is displayed on one of three shelves using Apple’s bookshelf metaphor: High Priority, Medium, and Low. Users can instantly view all their To-Dos, expand and contract them with pinch gestures, edit items, change their priority, mark them as complete, or swipe them to delete. The app includes two full-screen bookshelves, Home and Work, allowing users to keep To-Dos posted according to priority and location.
CatchApp, the easiest way to catch up with everything your team is working on, is now available in the App Store. Managers, freelancers, and anyone involved in teamwork spend a large part of their day on coordination and tracking. However, it’s really hard to keep an overview when work is spread out across different apps and includes multiple people. CatchApp makes this very easy by creating reports on recent team activity automatically.
CatchApp is a newsfeed for work. With lists the user can filter what is shown based on chosen criteria. These would
include certain tags, folders, notebooks, etc. Lists provide a way to organize tracking for different projects. CatchApp sends push notifications for any new update on a list. This can be toggled on or off per list.