Posts tagged iOS
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.
As an EXPAT from the United States living in the United Kingdom, I’ve had to learn to live in the mixed world of Imperial versus Metric measurements. Here in the UK, the roads are measured in miles but just about everything else is measured in meters, centimetres, etc. It makes things fun! For travel to continental Europe however, it is a bit easy as everything is in metric, much like it is for Canada and Mexico in relation to the United States. Apple has made it quite easy for you to
switch from one measurement standard to the other in the included Maps app in iOS 6 and iOS 7 and in this How To I will show you how to change Maps from miles to kilometers.
To start, on your iPhone or iPad go into Settings and scroll your way down until you find Maps. When you tap Maps you will see all of the settings that you can adjust for the app including your preferred mode of transportation (driving or walking) and if you want the map to always be in your devices language (in my case, English). The top setting is the Distances with the choice of “In Miles” or “In Kilometers”. Tap the one that you want to use then close Settings.
From this point forward when you open the Maps app it will measure in the distance you selected: Miles or Kilometers. To change it back simply go back into Settings and change it. This change does not require you restart your device – it takes over immediately.
If you are using a maps app other than the including Maps in iOS then you will need to make this change from within that app itself. For example, in Google Maps you can adjust the distance measurements by going into Settings and selecting Distance units.
For more How To’s just visit the AlliOSNews How To’s page
Every day it seems that we are bombarded with two things: Passwords (or PINs) and membership cards. My life is no different. If I’m not putting in a PIN to make a purchase at the grocery with my debit card, I’m scanning my membership card to get that special discount on whatever is in the bag. The fact that I’ve moved to England has made virtually no impact on this ritual.
This morning however I got a very nice surprise and one that I would like to see adopted more widely. One of the first
things I did when I moved to the UK is join the London Mac Users Group, or LMUG. While work duties have prevented me from going to the monthly meetings, the active membership has made it interesting to connect with those with a common interest. Like most groups, we have membership dues and a membership card. But as of this morning, my membership card is in Passbook on my iPhone. That’s because the group is moving away from printed cards to digital ones and Passbook is the perfect answer – particularly for an Apple-centric user group!
This change however got me thinking: Why can’t everyone offer a Passbook card for their members or customers? Let’s face it, our iPhone is with us all the time. I may forget my Waitrose membership card when I go to get groceries but you can bet my iPhone is will me (how else would I check-in?!). How wonderful would the world be if all of our memberships could be in Passbook? My airline is already (American Airlines) but none of my hotel chains offer it yet. Starbucks is (woot!) but not Costa (a UK Starbucks like chain). There are many gaps in what could be a perfect tool to keep up with membership cards.
In some cases you can offer these as the exclusive membership card, as the case is with LMUG. But it can be an option for iPhone users while Android and Windows Phone users get a physical card.
If you are leading an organisation or are responsible for the digital strategy of an organisation, I would encourage you to look at Passbook as an alternative means to physical membership cards. It is greener and it will all-but assure that members do not forget their cards when they came to your location or event. Developing for Passbook can be done through the Apple Developer network.
Last night, ironically, I Tweeted that the Twitter for iOS app had been updated. According to the Release Notes, the big new feature was that conversations have a new look.
Conversations have a new look! They’re easier to find and fun to join.
- A blue line indicates a conversation between people you follow
- The first Tweet in the conversation now appears above the most recent reply
- Tap to see all of the replies
The update came to both the iPhone and iPad versions of Twitter for iOS as it is a Universal app. The idea is simple right? Yet last night there was a huge increase in activity on my Twitter timeline as people were trying to see the new feature in action.
The idea is to give you a better organised view of the conversation and it does appear to do just that. I found myself doing far less scrolling up or down to read a conversation.
While the new conversation look is what most focused on in this update, Twitter for iOS also brought some new Notification settings. Now you can get really granular on when and what types of notifications you receive from the app such as new followers or Direct Messages.
There are also updates to address issues with Direct Messages and Login verification.
Twitter for iOS is free and available in the App Store. It is a universal app for iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch.
iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users who are looking for a revolutionary new photo manager app that uniquely brings together refreshing ease, cool style and exclusive features, can now download the Fotos from Saudi Gravity Co. With Fotos, users can simply and quickly tag their photos with searchable text, and then instantly find them with a single touch. It’s a powerful new way to explore and view albums and photos, and a welcome change from the boring, old fashioned approach of scrolling through an entire – and seemingly endless – library just to find a desired photo.
Plus, since it’s designed a standalone app, photos that are deleted from Fotos are not deleted from the device’s photo
gallery. As a result, users never have to worry about accidentally erasing an important or perhaps even irreplaceable photo. Additional Fotos special features include:
- Various interfaces to choose from to suit different preferences, tastes and moods
- A creative display that adds a splash of style and elegance to a user’s viewing experience
- Easy social sharing through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email
“Fotos delivers a new and attractive experience, along with exclusive features, that will make users fall in love with their photos,” commented Ahmad Al-Debasi of Saudi Gravity Co. “And this is only the beginning of the Fotos revolution. We’re hard at work creating an incredible platform that will empower users to share their images and precious moments in a completely new, mind blowing way!”
Fotos 1.0.1, is .99 Cents (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo & Video category.
In its most basic form, RSS (Really Simple Syndication) has been around since 1995 and is one of the quickest and easiest ways to get news from site and blogs that you follow. NewsBar is a universal iOS app and a separate Mac app that brings these quick snippets of news to your device or desktop in an elegant and organised way. Critically the app supports iCloud synchronisation so once an article is viewed on one device, it is marked read on all of the others. This completely eliminates the user from having to sort out what has and what has not been read. NewsBar has become the RSS reader for us here at AlliOSNews for it’s simplicity, elegance and iOS-OS X cross support.
The NewsBar app in the App Store is a universal app and is $3.99 while the Mac version is $4.99. You will have to purchase both if you want to synchronise your RSS feeds across both your iOS devices and your Mac. The iOS version supports iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad Mini while the OS X version requires OS X 10.7 (Snow Leopard) or greater.