This week's New App Recap is almost entirely about having fun — whether it's finding a new movie to see, creating a social photo wall with party guests, assembling messages with friends into a shareable video, or turning iPhone photos into unique wood prints suitable for displaying on your shelf or refrigerator. We'll also tell you how to get classic Atari games for free just by exercising, and an Apple Pay competitor that finally joins the Touch ID party. It's all here in our spring fever app recap!
These days, you’re often sent forms or contracts to sign as PDFs — so why not do it digitally? This is easy on your iPad, using the free Adobe Reader app. If you don't know how to do it, no worries: just follow the quick and easy steps we've outlined here.
With a gorgeous interface and a good developer pedigree, we had high hopes for Scanbot. There's a clean, simple aesthetic that runs through every screen, helping you capture and organize your documents with ease. The priority here is speed, as Scanbot's foolproof interface can attest to, but it doesn't come at the expense of professional features, including high-resolution output, a low-light indicator, and automatic edge detection. Our final products weren't always perfect, but the powerful cropping tool and one-touch enhancer fine-tuned things nicely.
Purchase an iPad for a loved one or family member, and without fail, the recipient will ask, “Does this work with Microsoft Word?” Thankfully, the answer is now a resounding yes—at least for those willing to pay for the privilege. With few exceptions, Microsoft Word for iPad is well worth the wait. While the iPad-only app doesn’t offer the same full-frontal feature assault of the Mac or Windows editions, the majority of the most frequently used, make-or-break tools (including track changes, charts, and rich formatting) are all present and accounted for.
Every week, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
iCloud has proven to be a great service that is used by a lot of iOS and OS X users, but if you use another cloud service like Dropbox or Box, then you'll no doubt be frustrated when saving documents and having iCloud-supported apps asking you to save your document in your iCloud account. Fortunately, there's an easy Terminal-based approach that can disable this save feature for all iCloud-enabled apps that save to the service. Stick around and continue reading to learn how it's done.
Although Apple has working hard filling out the capabilities of iOS over the years (remember when there was no copy and paste?), the lack of true file management continues to be an issue -- and one Readdle hopes to crack with its latest update.
With every update, Google manages to improve its own third-party apps a little more on the iOS platform. This week, both Google Maps and Google Drive received welcome updates that bring small but convenient features.
PDF Expert 5 builds upon the foundation established earlier this year by the company's revamped Documents (formerly Readdle Docs). Where that free, universal software is a jack-of-all-trades for viewing nearly any kind of media, the developer’s latest iPad software aims to give desktop applications a run for their money. Previous versions have delivered most of Adobe Acrobat’s core functionality, including the ability to mark up pages, fill forms, and move or delete pages within a document. On the Mac, such full-featured software costs upwards of $200 – but PDF Expert manages to one-up Acrobat with this version.
iWork may not have regained the missing features that so many users miss from the pre-Mavericks version so far, but 9to5 Mac reports that Apple did release a significant update today for iWork for iCloud that allows for real-time collaborative efforts.