If there’s anything wrong with Dropbox -- and we’re not saying there is -- it’s that its friendly, free file storage is a little too reliant on outside apps. Getting an edited Pages file from our Mac to our iPad and back to our Mac, for example, is a multi-step affair: 1) open Dropbox; 2) export the file to Pages; 3) make changes; 4) email the file to our Maclife.com address; 5) open the file on our Mac; 6) save; and 7) overwrite the old file on our Dropbox account.
There has to be an easier way. And Notesy for Dropbox has found it.
Services like iCloud or Dropbox are handy for sharing and accessing data, but they both require you to decide beforehand that you’re going to want to access your boring work spreadsheets and photos of your new puppy while you’re away from your primary computer. Plus there’s that whole deal about trusting a third party with all your stuff—not to mention the time it takes to upload gigs of data. Presence aims to change all that by putting your entire Mac into the cloud. And you can do it without wasting any time uploading data—or worrying about trusting your stuff to Apple, Amazon, or anyone else—because it all lives on your connected Mac.
Keynote may be the least-essential app in the iWork suite -- after all, most of us don’t give presentations at sold-out convention centers -- but we have to admit it’s a perfect fit for the iPad. More than Numbers and even Pages, the iPad’s wide, Multi-Touch screen naturally lends itself to Keynote’s guides, gestures, and general interface.
But with such creative possibilities at your fingertips, Keynote’s built-in themes are surprisingly lacking. None of them are all that inspiring, and some are borderline insulting. White? Black? Really? Should those even count?
Of course, you could spend hours designing your own templates with subtle design flourishes, fonts, charts, shadows, and textures. Or you could let Templates for Keynote Pro do it for you.
Who says you can't run Flash on the iPad? Splashtop Desktop Remote makes it possible. This software is part of a crop of apps that makes it possible for you to remotely control your Mac using your iPad, over a local area network.
As great as iOS is, it’s had one missing feature since the days of the original iPhone: lack of built-in to-do management. That will change with iOS 5’s upcoming Reminders app, but you can take charge of to-do’s today with BusyToDo, which brings familiar to-do management to your iDevice. How familiar? Picture iCal’s to-do features, then imagine most of them transplanted to a no-nonsense iOS app. That’s BusyToDo.
iOS 5 will reportedly add location-based reminders this Fall, but that doesn't do you much good right now, does it? Place Clock fills the current gap in functionality quite nicely, provided you can accept a few shortcomings.
There have always been motivated people, the ones who never stopped, never rested, and were always on the lookout for a way to make extra money and better their lives. And there have always been lazy people, the ones who knew what needed to be done but would rather pay someone else to do it for them. With the AirRun app for iPhone, these forces finally meet.
As much as I want to watch that YouTube video of Lady Gaga falling off her piano, I just don’t have time for it right this minute. Command-D works, but using Safari to collect links gets unwieldy fast, and relying on folders for organization feels very 1998. Alternatively, Pinboard keeps your bookmarks online, offers a handy mobile interface, and supports robust tagging for better organization.
A sad fact of life is that most working adults are too busy. We have appointments and engagements to make (and keep!), contact information to remember, and random thoughts to write down. Bare-bones TapTask makes that easier to accomplish with your iPhone or iPod touch.