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]|
The final part of the Alfred Remote for iOS series.
In this episode I look at how to configure the different types of actions in Alfred Remote, using the supplied Alfred Snippet samples, as well as how to access your Workflows in Alfred Remote.
Something different! How about a control pad for your Mac?
I've covered remote access solutions to control your Mac, but usually these are aimed at working from a remote location. Alfred Remote allows you to configure your iPad or iPhone to control your Mac locally.
In this third and final part, I explore further iBeacon technology and Estimote Beacons.
This time, I demonstrate just how easy it is to generate text, images, audio, video, etc, and have that content pushed to an iPhone or iPad when in proximity to an Estimote Beacon. All without a line of code and for free!
Following on from last week, I explore further iBeacon technology and Estimote Beacons.
Estimote Beacons are delivered fully configured and working straight out of the box. However, once you've signed up for an Estimote Cloud account, you can use the Estimote iOS App (or their website) to tweak the settings on each Beacon. In the first part of the show I show you what is configurable and how to do it.
In the second part of the show, I demonstrate a typical use for iBeacon technology using a 3rd party app called "Launch Here" - an app launcher that you can configure to launch specific applications when you approach a designated Beacon.
iBeacon and Beacons - We've all heard about this new technology brought in with iOS7, but what's it all about?
iBeacon is a technology built on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and allows your iPhone or iPad to connect seamlessly (and with zero configuration) to small, low powered Beacons when you approach them. This has huge potential for Retail, Education, Businesses and even around the home.
In this week's show I try to set out to de-mystify what iBeacon is and start to explore some of its potential.
It's an iOS mini montage this week, covering five simple but fun to use applications:
Hyperlapse - Generate super smooth animated timelapses.
Streets - Get Google street view back on your iPad or iPhone
Hanx Writer - Turn your iPad into an old school typewriter
Rules - An addictive game
Percentages - Maths not your strong point? Use Percentages
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