When Paper by 53 first appeared in the App Store, its beauty was in its simplicity. Unlike other iOS drawing apps, it didn't try to emulate a desktop workspace by cramming a bunch of features onto a small screen; with an elegant set of digital tools, it redefined our expectations of art in the Multitouch era. In many ways, Pencil is the perfect complement to Paper's singular style.
On the surface, Paper looks a lot like what might have happened had Facebook invented Flipboard before Flipboard got the chance, and then slapped on a moniker rather too similar to an existing hugely popular (but entirely different) iOS app. Move beyond the snark, though, and you realize something surprising: Paper makes using Facebook almost pleasurable again. Facebook on desktop ceased to be fun a long time ago, and even the once-streamlined mobile app is increasingly full of cruft. The idea with Paper appears to be to strip everything back, bring stories to the fore, and turn the Facebook experience into a kind of edited newspaper.
Lots of news this week all about things that are coming soon. In some cases, these things are rumors and in some cases these are things that are merely days away. We ourselves are most excited about what's cooking in the Apple TV world, because we've been mighty jealous of our friends with Roku and all their channels. Open that baby up, Apple, and let's get rolling.
Conducting research online has changed the way we peruse information, but it's not exactly conducive to multitasking when you're flipping between windows. Between the word processor and the page you're citing, sometimes things can get a little convoluted. Fortunately, the folks at Google Docs have come up with a nifty way to do all of your research in the same window that you're typing in.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to iOS apps: textured, skeuomorphic designs that try (often too hard) to create a level of real-world familiarity for the user, or clean, sleek interfaces with modern flourishes and a heavy emphasis on functionality. Paper by FiftyThree is iPad minimalism at its finest. With a compete emphasis on the digital experience, Paper pays little attention to mimicking its real-world inspiration, resulting in a slick approach that puts the focus where it should be – on the art you create.
iOS has been crafted into the ultimate mobile work station, especially with the addition of the iWork mobile suite for the iPad. You can create and edit documents in Pages, make a slideshow for an important meeting in Keynote, and put together graphs and stats with Numbers. When you're finished, you can print everything out with AirPrint. Clearly, you don't need your Mac with you to get work done on the go.
But, not every printer is AirPrint-compatible, which is a serious bummer for the serious worker bee, or student who needs to quickly get their paper printed out before deadline. That's why we're going to help: whether your current set up supports AirPrint or not, we'll show you three ways to get those digital documents into tangible paper form one way or another. Read on to find out how.
Mac OS X Lion includes a cool new feature in Preview that gives you the ability to create a digital version of your signature by simply holding a signed piece of paper in front of your Mac’s FaceTime camera. This signature can then be applied to any PDF in Preview, ready for you to email your signed document without messing with any printed copies.
If there's one tool every pilot has to rely on, it's their flight navigation charts. While these charts have traditionally been paper-based, American Airlines feels they can save $1.2 million by having their pilots try an alternative in the iPad.