13th April 2012
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Two applications in this week's tutorial, both from the same vendor.
The main focus of the tutorial is Drafts, a new application intended to remove the friction of entering short text notes on your iOS device.
Just fire up the app and you'll be presented with a new note - no creating or naming required. Once you've entered the text, you can send it to all sorts of places - Twitter, email, clipboard, etc.
Add in Markdown and TextExpander touch support, and it's earned a place in my doc.
I also take a look at Terminology, a great Dictionary/Thesaurus application with native integration with Drafts and other applications.
The main idea behind Drafts is that it's your go to application for creating quick text notes. You don't have to worry about what you intend to do with the text, just open the application and type away. You don't have to do anything with it, in fact, you can leave your note in Drafts and retrieve it later to edit or action.
If you do want to send it elsewhere, Drafts has built in Twitter integration courtesy of iOS5, the ability to send your note to your Twitter client or to send it as an email or to your clipboard. If you're a Markdown aficionado, you can use this great, lightweight markup language to format your plain text note, then preview in Markdown, send as a formatted email or copy to the clipboard in HTML.
With full TextExpander touch support, Drafts can become your all purpose text entry app on your iOS device.
The tutorial also covers Terminology, with native integration with Drafts and other applications, just select a word in Drafts and either lookup the word in Terminology, or lookup and replace with a new word. All with just a few taps.
Drafts is currently only available as an iPhone app, but works great in 2x mode, especially on the new iPad.
Terminology is available as separate iPhone and iPad apps
This full tutorial includes sections on:
|Drafts Overview||[2m 10s]|
|Basic Usage||[8m 46s]|
|Terminology Overview||[2m 50s]|
|Drafts Integration||[2m 54s]|
|Wrap Up||[1m 22s]|
After playing with animated GIFs on this week's Mac show, I wanted to see what was available on iOS.
Giffer Pro is an amazing app that allows you to create animated GIFs from your iPhone or iPad camera, from a series of still images or from an imported video clip. You can create your own library of GIFs or share via it's built in web service or via social media, email or iMessages/SMS.
It also includes support for creating CinemaGraphs - animated GIFs where just a portion of the GIF is animated - very cool!
Giffer Pro is both simple to use and yet offers amazing control over the creation and editing of your GIFs
As promised a short break from iOS7 this week.
In this week's IOS show, Todd Olthoff takes us through DeskConnect for IOS, an application that allows you to share photos, urls, documents and your clipboard from a single iOS device to all your other iOS devices and even your Macs.
You're at your local coffee shop using their free WiFi. Just how secure are you? Not very secure as it turns out!
You need to use a VPN or Virtual Private Network to create a secure "tunnel" out of the free wifi zone, to prevent anyone being able to snoop on your data locally.
This week, Todd Olthoff takes a look at Cloak for iOS, an inexpensive VPN client for your iPhone or iPad. The Mac version is covered in this week's Mac show. Cloak creates a secure connection between you and the Cloak servers to secure your data. As an added bonus, the builtin "Cloak Transporter" service allows you to mimic being connected in other countries, ideal for when you're away from home yet want to access
InterConneX is a new iPad application from Econ Technologies - the developers of ChronoSync and ChronoAgent. So now you can access, sync and organise your files from your Mac to your iPad and back again. You can also sync and transfer your files from one iPad to another.
InterConneX allows you to create "Sharespaces" - centralised containers on your iPad. You can create local Sharespaces , remote Sharespaces to share with other iPads or ChronoAgent Sharespaces to view and access files on your Mac from your iPad. With ChronoSync, you can synchronise files directly from your Mac to your iPad.
The Sharespaces can be private or public, and optionally secured with a username and password. The possibilities are mind blowing!
AirDrop on Mountain Lion is great, but it would be even better if it supported iOS devices. Step forward Instashare!
Instashare is a great new app for transferring files using your local Wifi network or Bluetooth. It allows you to transfer files to your Mac or iOS device seamlessly and has support for all file types.
Create beautiful letterpress cards with the revised Cards app for iPhone and now iPad. Cards is a simple but effective app from Apple, that allows you to use your own photos and images to create and mail all sorts of cards directly from your iOS device.
I also take a brief look at some of the new features in the updated iBooks 3.0 app, now updated with a new continuous scrolling theme, full iCloud integration and the ability to share passages from certain books.
MyFitnessPal is a fantastic way to keep on track of your health and start getting back into shape.
It's a frictionless way of keeping track of your calorie intake and your exercise. It's good fun to scan and record your food using the built in camera on your iPhone or iPad, to access an online database of foods.