PDF Expert for Mac by Readdle is a powerful tool and it’s on sale for US$40 (normal price is US$80) until August 12.
Andrew rewrote his guide to personal information management, combining his old articles into one and adding tweaks since first writing about it in 2018.
With these four plain text editors on iOS and iPadOS, you can create documents using a universal format that virtually all systems support.
Calendars by Readdle was updated recently to add integration with Zoom, Hangouts, and GoToMeeting. When you create an event within the app you can generate a call link with one of these services right there. Another feature lets you see your teammates’ availability and add their schedules to your own calendar. This is limited to G Suite accounts. Users can also get notifications about new event invites, something that previously required you to open the app and check its Notification Center. App Store: Calendars 5 by Readdle – US$6.99
Andrew came up with a tip to help you save time when you use an iPhone and iPad. Create home screen shortcuts for app categories.
Slack version 20.05.10 redesigns the mobile user interface. There’s a new navigation bar at the bottom with four tabs: Home view for the sidebar, DMs for private messages, Mentions to quickly see who mentioned your name/username, and You that contains app settings. I’m personally a fan of these bottom bars; they first started appearing with the iPhone X and it makes all the important bits of the app easy to reach with your thumb. That’s not the only change though. The update also brought a fast way to set reminders, a new compose button, and more. App Store: Slack – Free
Today, Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus joins host Kelly Guimont to chat about ways each of them have discovered to be productive while not in a “regular” office.
Rosemary Orchard describes herself as a geek, nerd, and programmer. She works full time as a developer of web applications, but her real loves are automation and productivity. She’s also a book author and podcaster.
Rosemary told me the story about how she started with computers and programming. After a bad experience with a Toshiba notebook and Windows Vista, she bought a MacBook Air for her university work—and loved it. At this point, she was still pursing human languages, but in time gravitated towards, instead, creating computer software that would make peoples lives easier. And she never looked back. We talked about her Web app development, her books (one on Shortcuts) and finished with how she learned to podcast. Today she does two. You’ll enjoy hearing how Rosemary’s career has developed.
Dr. Mac has been working from home for more than three decades and recommends two helpful techniques for getting stuff done.
Today PDF Expert added a new feature to its mobile apps called Reading Mode. It displays PDFs similarly to Safari’s Reader Mode. Usually when you’re reading a PDF in Files, Apple Books, or (hitherto) PDF Expert, you’d have to zoom in to read or turn your iPhone sideways. In Reading Mode you can change the font size, document theme like day, sepia, and night mode, or see options to keep the device away as you’re reading, and to crop the headers and footers of documents. App Store: PDF Expert (Offers In-App Purchases)
Text expansion is kind of an overlooked feature of iOS and macOS but it can save you a lot of time if you type repetitive things a lot.
Dave Hamilton joins Kelly to discuss tips and tricks for working in a location which isn’t your usual workspace. Apps, best practices, and more!
We’ve found five productivity apps to use so you can give your workflow a boost, like using MindNode, Standard Notes, Fantastical, and more.
Notability is a popular handwriting app you can use to take notes, sign and share documents, move files, text, photos, GIFs, web pages, and other content into the app, choose between different types of “paper”, record and playback audio, and a lot more. It’s normally US$8.99 but it recently went on sale for US$3.99.
On macOS you can merge PDFs together using the built-in Preview tool. You can merge PDFs on iOS as well, using the built-in Files app.
Today Microsoft announced the public release of its new Microsoft Office app for iOS. It combines Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a single office suite. It integrates the company’s Lens technology so you can convert images you take with your smartphone into editable Word and Excel documents, scan PDFs, and capture whiteboards with automatic digital enhancements to make the content easier to read. But you can also make quick notes, sign PDFs, scan QR code’s, and transfer your files between devices. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)
Complaints about iPad multitasking have been making the rounds lately, and I largely agree with them. It’s not obvious how to put two apps into Split View mode for example. When I got my iPad Pro I had to look up how to do it. Ryan Christoffel of MacStories came up with a solution, reminiscent of macOS Catalina. As in, long press an app icon and see a menu with options for “Pair Left of App”, “Pair Right of App” etc. I have to say, I do hate this feature in Catalina, where you click on a Safari full screen button to drag it into Split View, but now there’s this same menu. It adds an unnecessary wait to a feature that was previously instant. However, I think it makes sense on the iPad because a long press already required a wait.
With a long-press on any app icon, on both iPhone and iPad, a context menu appears. This same gesture works whether the app icon is in your dock, on your Home screen, or in Search. Context menus currently display options like Edit Home Screen, Show All Windows, and any app-specific quick actions. Let’s add a couple new options that relate to multitasking.
At first Apple Card was locked down from money management apps, but there’s now a middle ground: Export Apple Card data to a spreadsheet.
Andrew uses WordPress every day to write his articles, and he’s back with another tip to make your writing faster.