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Apple continues to tweak and improve on the next version of iOS with their release of iOS 7.1 Beta 5 to their developer community yesterday. The latest beta comes 15 days after the release of Beta 4 and continues to focus on user experience improvements in the UI and functionality of iOS.
One of the changes for example are changes to how the Shift button looks when it is enabled, disabled and in Cap Lock. These updates are designed to give you a better visual indicator at a glance the setting of your shift key. Mac Rumors posted a great comparison shot which I’ve linked here showing you the different modes.
It’s the end of January and you might be wondering, “How am I going to keep my resolutions and make this year better?” In the middle of winter, you might want an extra hour to sleep rather than packing up for the gym and the rest of your day. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. It is reported that up to 88% of people who make resolutions are challenged to keep them. What if an app could help you keep your commitments to yourself?
Timewinder is designed to help you keep your fitness, study and productivity goals. It’s the ultimate interval timer app for Android and iOS. “We wrote Timewinder so I could stay committed to my yoga practice everyday,” says Shannon White, product creator and Widget Revolt co-founder. “I was too busy to make it down to the studio and I wanted to practice at home with the focus I had at the studio. My practice is solid. I can design my own yoga routines. I wanted to run them whenever I had downtime. That’s exactly what I have with Timewinder today. What’s exciting is that we have customers that are finding the same benefits for a wider variety of activities than I could have ever imagined.”
Take a look at a YouTube video of Timewinder to get a flavour for what it can do for you
Twitter has released a nice update to the Twitter app for iOS that almost exclusively focus’ on your ability to share photos on the social networking service. The company has provided several new features and tools within the app that make finding photos on your iPhone or iPad quicker and easier.
The most notable change in the Twitter app is the new gallery icon when you are composing a Tweet or replying to a tweet. Now when you reply to a Tweet you have a gallery icon at the bottom of the reply page which with one tap allows you to share a photo from your camera roll. Twitter has also made it easier to mention other users when you Tweet a photo.
Like many of you, I have been making purchases in iBooks for several years now and have built up quite a collection. The free eReader app from Apple has continued to improve and the selection in the iBooks store is outstanding. One of the side effects of building such a reading collection however is, like in the real world, organisation of my virtual bookshelves. In a previous AlliOSNews How To we showed you how to organise your iBooks books using Collections. In this How To we are going to show you how to show or hide your purchases in iBooks for iOS so that you can further organise your collection. By enabling or disabling this feature, you will either see or hid the Purchased collection in iBooks for iOS. It is a simple thing but it can make swiping between your different collections quicker on your iPhone or iPad.
For this How To I am assuming that you have iBooks for iOS installed on your iPhone or iPad. If you do not, you can get it free in the App Store.
If this is your first time to use iBooks, take a look around. You will see a lot of free books available, especially literary classics.
Apple has released a significant update to all of their iWork apps across all of their platforms – Mac OS X, iOS and iCloud. The updates impact all three of the apps that comprise iWork and each of the apps – Keynote, Numbers and Pages – have all seen some significant enhancements and changes. It is not uncommon for Apple to release updates for the iWork apps for Mac and iOS in tandem given the much tighter integration that we see between the platform now in these apps. However this is the first time that iCloud has been included in the updates.
Each of the updates regardless of platform provide an initial splash page that highlight all of the changes in the apps which is a nice way of seeing what has changed but also is a reminder of sorts that an update has happened if you have auto-update enabled on your Mac and iOS devices.
Keynote for Mac has been updated to version 6.1 and includes the following updates:
- New transitions including Droplet and Grid
- Enhanced presenter display options
- Share password-protected presentations via iCloud link
- Custom number formats in charts are preserved on import of Keynote ’09 and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations
- Create charts with date, time, and duration values
- Improved compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 presentations
- Bug fixes and stability improvements
Keynote for iOS is now up to version 2.1 and includes all of the same features as the Mac update but also adds the
ability to remotely control a Keynote presentation on another device. This means that the standalone Keynote Remote app has been retired as the functionality is now baked into Keynote for iOS directly. It isn’t a surprising change given that the Keynote Remote app was essentially the last app that Apple had not updated with the transition to iOS 7. It all makes sense now.
Interestingly with the old Keynote Remote app you essentially could use your iPhone to control a Keynote from your Mac. In the new update you can control not only your Mac Keynote presentation but also a presentation from your iPad or iPod Touch. It is truly a universal remote for Keynote and speaks volumes to Apple’s continued drive to make iOS not only a consumption device but a creative and productive device (but we already knew that, right?)
Apple has released an update for each of the iWork apps today and it includes updates to both the iOS versions of the apps as well as those for OS X. The updates brings new features and bring fixes to Keynote (presentations), Pages (word processing) and Numbers (spreadsheets). The updates for both platforms include the same new features so you can use them as you work on files on either your Mac or your iPhone or iPad.
As a side note, if you have not tried out these apps you should. The syncing between Macs and iOS is fantastic in these apps.
Keynote brings new features including:
• New transitions including Blinds, Color Planes, Confetti, Fall, Perspective, Pivot, and Swoosh
• New builds including Blinds, Fly in, Fly out, Orbital, Pivot, Scale Big, and Swoosh
• Stability improvements and bug fixes
For Keynote for Mac you have all these same new features and fixes but also have the ability to now customise the toolbar with your most commonly used tools.
For the spreadsheet app Numbers, the only changes for iOS are stability improvements and fixes. For the Mac version there are several new features including:
• Customize the toolbar with your most important tools
• Window size and placement preserved on Save
• Set default zoom in Preferences
Finally, the word processing app Pages, much like Numbers, there are not really any changes on the iOS version, only stability improvements and fixes. For the Mac version you have three new key features:
• Customize the toolbar with your most important tools
• Center and edge guides are on by default
• Stability improvements and bug fixes
If you are looking for a Microsoft Office alternative then you should consider the iWork apps. In our opinion the apps are just as powerful as their Office competitors with the notable exception of Numbers. Excel still is the class of the field if you need to do serious formula editing. Pages and Keynote however are fantastic and the ability to easily synchronise your work across your devices make it easy to use no matter your device.
Wulven Game Studios is hoping to add new features and the anticipated expansion Shadow Era: Shattered Fates with a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.
About Shadow Era
Shadow Era was the very first full-scale mobile trading card game (TCG) that also features a free-to-play game model hailed by TouchArcade as “a fantastic representation of what freemium games should be.” Shadow Era avoids in-turn interrupts that can greatly slowdown TCG game play, while still allowing for deep strategy and surprises. Shadow Era is a TCG that is easy to learn, well-balanced, and fun to play; earning it fans from casual players to serious tournament
Since the launch, Shadow Era’s community has grown, attracting more than 4 million registered players and one of the largest and most active official forums of any TCG. The game currently features 350 cards, available to play on iOS, Android, PC, Mac and even in a web browser. There is also a premium quality physical version of the game, using the exact same rules found in the digital version. This is quite the undertaking for a small indy game company, and they’ve got grand plans ahead for their growing fan base!
Independent game developer Mando Productions today announced that their highly anticipated title The Dead Flowers Case is now open for backing on Kickstarter. Mando Productions, led by the creative minds behind best-selling classic adventure game Syberia, has teamed up with acclaimed Steampunk sculptor and artist Stephane Halleux, to bring his amazing universe of characters to life in a point and click murder mystery adventure for PC, Mac and Tablets (Android and iOS). Stephane Halleux is also the creative force behind ‘Mr Hublot’, recently shortlisted in the Best Animated Short Film category in the 86th Academy Awards.
Backers of the project will have a chance to own bespoke items from the game including artbooks and limited edition character statues signed and authenticated by Stephane Halleux himself. They’ll also have a chance to meet the artist and the game developers in Paris.
The Dead Flowers Case is set in a fantasy mechanised “Steampunk” alternate reality in which flowers and plants have long
since become extinct and the world runs to (apparent) mechanical perfection. However, this precise order of things is thrown into chaos when the body of a senior employee at a car factory is found dead at his desk. The only clue to his murder are the dead flowers placed by his side. From this point, the player assumes the role of detective, exploring the game’s world, questioning its strange and colourful citizens, and uncovering more clues that will eventually unravel the mystery as to who committed the terrible crime. The game’s 3D characters are all fully rendered in real-time 3D by the game engine against pre-designed, highly detailed backdrops.
Crossword Maker For Cruciverbalists is a crossword compilation software helps you construct crosswords in a simple and efficient way on iPhone and iPad. It has everything user may need to create great educational, professional, and fun puzzles. It can build puzzles automatically from a list of words, or give the user full control over the construction process. Users could also share their finished work with friends through email, Facebook, Twitter, iMessage, AirDrop, etc; as well as printing the puzzles to any printer that supports the AirPrint technology.
With the latest upgrade, it also supports web publishing: after finishing the construction, user can upload the crossword to the Internet. People can then view and solve your puzzles online, from any modern web browser.
The crossword editor is easy to use. It has an intuitive user interface which makes the maximum use of the multi-touch gestures. You can easily zoom out the board to see the full picture, or zoom in and scroll the crossword board to check the details.
As promised in their keynote from yesterday, Apple has released the iWork update for both iOS and OS X today. The update to Pages, Numbers and Keynote are now both in the iTunes App Store and the Mac App Store on your respective devices. The iWork update is being touted as the biggest update to the apps ever and put Apple squarely in strong competition with Microsoft and Google Docs for your document creation, sharing and collaboration needs.
Equally as important, Apple is now giving these apps away free of charge to new customers or customers with new devices running iOS 7. This is a huge savings as each of the iOS apps are $9.99. The Mac versions remain at $19.99 each.
The big changes with iWork in all of the apps are the huge number of templates that are in the apps – Pages sports 60 new ones on both iOS and Mac, new animations and transitions in Pages and Keynote, easy link sharing and file sharing via AirDrop, in Pages you can turn documents into ebooks and export to ePug and a new unified file format across both iOS and OS X. Frankly the number of updates and improvements across this suite of apps would make this post longer than our OS X Mavericks review so we encourage you to read the Release Notes with each app. We have provided links however to all of the apps both for iOS and OS X. If you already own these apps on either platform, the updates are of course free.
The update to the iWork apps put Apple squarely and competitively on par with Microsoft and Google. No longer are Pages, Keynote and Numbers looked at as second class office citizens. These apps are powerful – very powerful – and offer all the features you would expect to find in a office caliber application. Couple this with iWork for iCloud and the collaboration and sharing benefits of Google Docs suddenly have competition.
The office wars may just be heating up once again. Welcome back to the early 90s.