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.
In a significant stain on the otherwise welcome announcement that iWork would now be free for Mac and iOS users, many long-time users were surprised to find that the updated version no longer included several important features in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. As AppleInsider relates, Apple has now responded to these criticisms with a new support page stating that we'll see the features added again within the next six months.
Even if it wasn't the only automatic chart-maker in the App Store, we're pretty sure that Viz would be the best. With a unique interface that churns out professional-looking graphs without the need to mess with spreadsheets or percentages, Viz does one thing very well — so well that we've already started looking for excuses to use it.
On the heels of announcing updates to the iLife apps across both Mac and iOS platforms, Apple's Eddy Cue moved to to discuss the future of iWork, including the addition of collaboration for iWork in the Cloud.
Throw a virtual rock inside the App Store and you'll hit any number of titles touting support for venerable Microsoft Office documents, but all of them have one problem: They're not from the folks in Redmond. That situation has finally changed with the arrival of the poorly named Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers, a free mobile companion for Microsoft's productivity suite. While the app mostly performs as advertised, it has Achilles' heels on both feet: First, it's limited to users of the company’s $9.99-per-month Office 365 service, and second, it's only for the iPhone and iPod touch – at least for now.
It’s easy to forget the iPad’s been around for only three years, since it’s made such a big footprint in our day-to-day lives. It’s great for lean-back, leisurely weekend activities like watching a movie, video chatting with faraway relatives, and playing a few rounds of Words with Friends. But don’t leave it behind when it’s time to return to the salt mines Monday morning—turns out, the iPad works at the office almost as hard as you do.
Every Mac power user knows the might of the OS X menu bar. For the rest of us, that ever-present beam topping our desktops has been ignored for too long. You’ll likely see a few icons there already—system items such as Wi-Fi signal and volume, for example. Apple calls these “Menu Extras.” What we’re interested in, though, are third-party menulets or “applets”—super-charged icons that when clicked offer quick access to inspired utilities and novel services. If you’ve got a Dropbox account, you have one; likewise if you have Growl. But there are many more out there just waiting to be discovered. Here’s 20 of the very best.
If you’ve always found that you do your best work in coffee shops, you’ll be happy to learn that there’s a scientific reason for it. Last year, researchers at the University of British Columbia discovered that moderate levels of steady background noise (at approximately 70 decibels) actually spur creativity and abstract thinking better than silence. Heading to the local coffee shop isn’t always an option, of course, but with headphones, these eight ambient noise apps do an excellent job of delivering a similar audio experience, regardless of your surroundings.
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