I believe Clean Text is the purest expression of plain text editing for iPhones and iPads, like TextEdit on Mac. I’ve been gradually transitioning my notes into plain text. I still use Apple Notes for its rich text and support for images. But plain text is a great backup solution. Clean Text doesn’t try to force you into its own note-taking paradigm; in fact it’s not a traditional note-taking app at all. Unlike other note-takers I’ve used, Clean Text, as the name suggests, cleans your text. It has tools to fix line breaks, join paragraphs, remove empty lines, replace tabs with spaces, and lots more. When you’re done you can copy the text to another app or export it to Files. One note at a time without a subscription or in-app purchase. One up front purchase of US$0.99. I created a shortcut that copies text from the input (share a plain text file to it) and opens Clean Text where you can paste it. Good for quickly editing a text file from Files.
Microsoft’s Office app for iPad and iPhone has officially launched. It combines Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and adds new capabilities. You can use it without a Microsoft 365 subscription, although having one will unlock the full app. Some features that work with your device camera: Snap a picture of a document and turn it into an editable Word file with the press of a button. Transform a picture of a table into an Excel spreadsheet so you can work with the data. Design a PowerPoint presentation by simply selecting the pictures you want to use from your device. Create automatically enhanced digital images of whiteboards and documents with Microsoft Lens features.
Apple released iOS 14.4 on Tuesday with multiple bug fixes and software improvements. It also contained a security update to fix three flaws.
On Thursday Apple has released the final beta of iOS/iPadOS 14.4. It’s likely users will see the officially 14.4 release on Tuesday.
An update to the Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) used in Safari 14 will cap the expiration of CNAME cloaking cookies to seven days.
iOS 14 brought many improvements to the Shortcuts app, including a way to copy and paste actions and duplicate them.
MindNode issued an update on Wednesday that adds support for the iOS 14 Scribble feature with Apple Pencil. Users can try the new image picker to add photos, trigger actions with the new context menu, and use their Apple Pencil to hand write in nodes. Other improvements: Added support for opening URLs in third party browsers; Fixed opening of documents on Apple Watch that are outside MindNode’s iCloud container; Fixed image loading on Apple Watch of single file format documents and documents outside MindNode’s iCloud container; Improved support for third-party fonts by adopting the system font picker; Fixed an issue with opening documents that are outside MindNode’s iCloud container.
NextDNS released a new tool on Tuesday that lets you generate a configuration profile to let you use iOS 14 encrypted DNS without needing the NextDNS app.
There are a couple of different ways you can turn the iPhone flashlight off and on. These methods also work for iPad Pro and iPod touch.
Pixelmator for iOS was updated on Tuesday, adding support for Magic Keyboard, mice, and track pads with over 70 new keyboard shortcuts. The update also makes it fully compatible with iOS 14. Other new changes include: The color picker will now remember the position in the image it was last picked from; The Hidden category from your Photos library will now be accessible from the Photos browser; Tapping the name of the image in the toolbar will now present the option to save it. Many bugs were also fixed in Pixelmator 2.6.
Many Mac users have fond memories of Apple’s sticky notes widget and you can replicate that experience with Sticky Widgets. It lets you add sticky notes on your Home Screen in two steps: 1) Add a Sticky Widget to your Home Screen; 2) Tap on the widget to edit it. This is one app you should download immediately, although you probably don’t need me to tell you that since sticky notes on the screen are so useful. With these widgets easily accessible and in my face, I no longer have to create a reminder for stuff to get at the store, and a reminder to remind myself to set the other reminder.
Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering at Apple, told Popular Mechanics how the new Scribble for iPad feature works.
Apple released iOS 14.0.1 on Thursday primarily to fix the “default apps bug” that would reset your default mail and browser app upon reboot.