Following on from Kuler (now Color CC), Adobe Brush CC can convert anything an iOS device camera can see into a high-quality brush. Adobe Shape CC goes one step further, converting objects into fully editable vector shapes that can be tweaked in Illustrator Draw for iPad, as well as Illustrator or Photoshop CC on the desktop.
After a couple of years of neglect, the Mac mini has been updated, bringing substantially faster graphics, speedier Wi-Fi, more (and quicker) Thunderbolt 2 connections, and a cheaper entry point. But at the same time, it's also lost a few options.
Although iStat Menus is a favorite of many of the Mac|Life team, it’s fair to say it appeals to only a certain kind of user. If you don’t care about what’s going on inside your Mac, steer clear. But if you’re the sort of person who likes to keep an eye on your Mac’s performance, iStat Menus is the best monitoring utility we’ve seen.
While it may appear that Apple’s Keynote and Microsoft PowerPoint have presentation solutions pretty well sewn up on iPad, both pale in comparison to the respective desktop versions. The makers of one cloud-connected app — Flowboard — have turned these limitations into an opportunity to deliver desktop-class tools on tablets.
Squeezing down the slender iPad Air from 7.5mm to 6.1mm wowed folks watching the iPad Air 2’s launch event in October and the difference is obvious when you hold it. That’s not the biggest boon when it comes to the increasingly compact full-size iPad, though.
Tonality looks a lot like Intensify Pro but, in keeping with the monochrome tone, the entire interface is black and white, save for yellow highlights for selected tools and active banks of sliders. Like Intensify, it’ll happily edit JPEG and raw files with a 16-bit processing engine. Unlike its stablemate, however, the presets and sliders are geared towards one purpose. Open an image and it’s immediately rendered in black and white, the presets along the bottom of the interface showing thumbnails of the effects.
Seven years after the original iPhone, mobile search remains a must-have feature. Although there are an expansive number of options available, one of the original third-party apps, first launched in 2008, continues to be at the top of its game with this latest version.
Apple’s first Retina iMac is better than 4K, and the result is truly astonishing. There are over 14.7 million pixels here, and the level of detail is simply mind-blowing. A photo from an iPhone’s measly 8-megapixel camera doesn’t even fill up two thirds of the total space. We’ve been throwing up huge 36-megapixel images to test it, zooming and picking out things like the license plates in cars in wide city shots. It often leaves you shaking your head in wonder — it feels ridiculous.
Note-taking is best done at speed. If you have to switch apps to capture text, handwriting, illustrations, and voice recordings, you’re certain to miss something, so being able to handle a variety of different elements within one single app is Notability’s master stroke.
2.5D stealth shooter CounterSpy joins a growing list of high-calibre console-style games on iOS, with an experience almost on par with the $15 console version. It sports gorgeous graphics and a suave style that nicely complements its 1960s spy fiction shenanigans, and the intuitive controls feel tailor-made for iOS.