Andrew uses WordPress every day to write his articles, and he’s back with another tip to make your writing faster.
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.
Writing for MacStories, Federico Viticci reviewed LaunchCuts, a launcher for shortcuts that can organize them into folders, gives you search filters, and more.
…LaunchCuts’ sole purpose is to offer an alternative view for your shortcut library with folders and powerful search filters. If you have less than 20 shortcuts installed on your iPhone or iPad, you’re likely not going to get much benefit out of LaunchCuts’ advanced organizational tools; but if you’re like me and use hundreds of different shortcuts on a regular basis, and especially if your library has grown out of control over the past few years, you’re going to need the assistance of LaunchCuts to make sense of it all.
App Store: US$7.99
Safari on iOS and iPadOS has a lot of hidden shortcuts. One useful shortcut is the ability to merge all windows.
Unclutter is a file, notes, and clipboard manager for macOS. To celebrate the new year the company is offering an app PowerPack bundle. You can buy all 11 apps for US$64 (normal value US$311) or buy individual apps for 50% off. It’s a great deal so be sure to check out the list.
Thoroughly hand-picked, it’s not just a collection of apps but rather a bunch of refined solutions to your everyday needs. Whether you work, create or just enjoy yourself, this mighty toolset will broaden the horizons of your Mac experience.
Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss setting up new gear and picks for those new iPhones and iPads.
Notability 9.2 didn’t bring a lot of changes, but the changes it did bring are important. Here are three things that were changed: Highlighter color now appears more vivid and behind text, making the text pop; Added ability to identify and troubleshoot unsearchable notes that have not been indexed properly; Can now import documents from the Files app.
Notability is among the best note-taking apps for the iPad, especially if you like handwriting your notes with an Apple Pencil. This update should be a welcome one for users.
Edison Mail has been a popular iOS email app for a while now, and today Edison Mail for Mac has launched. You can sign up for early access and referral codes here. I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks and think it’s a good email app for the Mac. Here are some features it brings: One click unsubscribe button, blocking people from emailing you, Quick Actions and swipe gestures, email threading and email templates, and an email assistant to help you manage subscriptions, trips, packages, entertainment, and bills/receipts.
However, do be aware that Edison scans your email for “interesting research” so it’s not an email service for the privacy-conscious.
WordPress powers 35% of the web, including The Mac Observer. We’ve learned tips and tricks like a fast way to insert links in WordPress.
Andrew explains how to customize Control Center to give you fast access to tools like camera, Wallet, calculator, and more.
Another popular app got an update today. Calendars by Readdle (and also Calendars 5) now lets you add Microsoft Outlook accounts. Support for multiple accounts was also added. This means you can now have Google, iCloud, and Outlook (Exchange) accounts in the app simultaneously. This is in the Pro version of Calendars 5, which is on sale for 40% off (usually US$3.99). Other features include: Drag and drop events; Manage events both online and offline, Special keyboards; Search, and more. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)
Readdle’s Spark Mail 2.5.0 has been redesigned to give you features like Dark Mode, multi-window support on iPadOS, and more. Release notes include: Slick new design, stylish Dark Mode, Inbox with Avatars, customize email actions, multiple windows support on iPad, sync contacts between all your devices, and various bug issues and small improvements.
We are building the future of email. Modern design, fast, intuitive, collaborative, seeing what’s important, automation and truly personal experience that you love – this is what Spark stands for.
App Store: Free
Dr. Mac says the new Logitech MX Master 3 mouse is, “closer to perfection than any other pointing device he’s ever used… find out why in episode #356 of Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves.
Today Microsoft announced a new app called Office. It combines Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a single app.
If you’ve purchased the seventh generation iPad you might be happy to know that Brydge’s 10.2-inch keyboard for this model is now available
MacMost has a good video on YouTube where he shares 10 macOS Catalina features. They’re smaller features that don’t get the same attention or shoutout by Apple, but they’re good to know. The first one he mentions is a feature that I noticed but was annoyed about. When you hover or long-click the green fullscreen button in Safari, it now brings up a menu window to enter full screen or tile the window to the left or right. While it makes this capability more obvious it also adds an extra step, when just dragging the window by the green button was faster. In any case the video is pretty helpful and you can watch it here.
You may have noticed in iOS 13 and iPadOS that double tap to zoom in Safari no longer works. Instead you’ll have to do something else.
Apple redesigned Reminders in iOS 13, and one change involves thumbnails (They’re huge now). Here’s how to enable small thumbnails in Reminders.
iPadOS has great multitasking features like having two windows of the same app open at once. Here’s how to open multiple app instances.