tyype HD, the handy text editor that lets you control the onscreen cursor via gestures (slide a finger above the virtual keyboard to move the cursor left or right, pinch to scale font size etc), has been updated with several new features that give the app even more functionality. Perhaps biggest of all is Dropbox integration; now your text no longer lives on an island and everything can be synced to and from the cloud (no iCloud support just yet). Also, Portait orientation has been added, along with support for Markdown (markup language that lets you convert plain text format into HTML) – which can then be sent via email as HTML text or an attachment, or saved as an HTML file to Dropbox. As someone who makes heavy use of Markdown – particularly when drafting TMA posts on my iPad – this is definitely a much welcomed addition. tyype HD sells for $2.99 and is worth a good look, especially if you don’t have a bluetooth keyboard lying around and do plenty of typing on the iPad’s virtual keyboard.
iApp, tyype HD - $0.99
Google Drive has landed on iOS. First launched by Google back in April, Drive is a cloud storage service like Dropbox that will allow its users to store their files on Google’s servers – as well as on their PCs and Macs. And with the release of the iOS app, Drive users can finally access and view their documents, images etc. on the iPhone and iPad. The app also supports offline viewing, file sharing with collaborators, starring or important files and more. If you don’t have a Drive account, you can get started here, where all new users get 5 GB free of storage space. Google Drive is a free download and now available on the App Store.
Google, Inc., Google Drive - Free
Buy Me a Pie!, one of the more popular grocery list type apps for iOS (and one of the best I’ve come across thus far) is now free until July 4th – just in time to help you get ready for those fourth of July parties you’ve been planning. Normally priced at $2.99, Buy Me a Pie! features a clean interface and a built-in grocery items dictionary for snappy list creations. Best of all, all your items and lists can be synced across multiple iDevices once you’ve created a free user account (it literally takes 10 seconds). So if you share your login info with your friends and family, you can all manage the shopping lists as a group. Even if they don’t have an iPhone/iPad or the app, they can still head over to buymeapie.com on any browser, log in from there and add/edit the items. Give it a try and you’ll never want to go back to using the Notes.app again for making grocery lists. Video demo after the break.
Grocery List – Buy Me a Pie! - Free
Google has updated their Gmail app with several handy (and overdue) features that could lure back previous users who’ve since jumped onto the Sparrow bandwagon. First and foremost is the full integration of iOS’ Notification Center, meaning you can finally setup banner, alert and lock screen notifications whenever new emails arrive into your inbox. According to Google, notifications are now “5x faster than in the previous version”. Also new is the “Send-as” feature, which gives users the ability to send emails with alternate email addresses. For this to work, you’ll first need to set it up in Gmail on your PC/Mac under Settings –> Accounts –> Send mail as, where you can add another email addy you own. Once configured, you’ll see a From: option when composing new messages right from within the app.
Back in early February, Dropbox released the beta version of the desktop app that’d allow for the automatic import (and upload) of your photos and videos upon plugging in your iDevice. Well that handy feature has made its way onto the iOS app, so after you’ve authorized Dropbox to have access to location services and turned on “Camera Upload”, all of your existing images and videos in the camera roll will be uploaded into the cloud. There’s a Gallery view so you can see what’s been uploaded to your Dropbox account. And by default, the auto export only works while the device is on Wifi, though you can enable cellular data if you wish.
The WWDC goes live at 10AM PST today and as most expected, Apple will indeed be unveiling iOS 6. In other news, OmniFocus for Mac and iPad have dropped in price in their respective App Stores for the first time ever! For those of you not familiar, OmniFocus is hands-down the best personal task manager around; it’s much more involved than your everyday todo list app and was designed with David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) Methodology in mind.
App Savvy’s Agenda Calendar has been on the App Store for nearly a year now and thanks to various updates, the app has continued to receive improvements and features. It’s already one of the easiest calendar apps to navigate around (simply swipe left/right to move between year/month/week/day views), and now, with the 3.0 update, the developers have made it significantly faster to create events.
Readdle’s Remarks, one of the best notetaking/annotation apps for the iPad, has been updated to v1.3 and received 2 new features:
- New realistic handwriting with variable stroke width
- Automatic sync with Dropbox, WebDAV, GoogleDocs
Handwriting now looks significantly better than before, and depending how quickly you write, the strokes will have ‘variable widths’. A simple upgrade to be sure but it does make your handwriting look remarkably more realistic. Since updating the app last night, I’ve found annotating freehand on PDF files even more enjoyable. The automatic sync feature is also a handy new addition, where any changes made to files within the Dropbox/Google Docs designated folder will automatically be saved and synced. Remarks 1.3 is a free update for those who already own the app, otherwise, $4.99 for new users.
Readdle, Remarks – Write notes and Annotate PDFs - $4.99
For all you Dropbox users, every referral you make will now net you an extra 500MB (up from 250MB) of storage space. From the Dropbox blog:
Today, we’re really happy to announce that we’ve doubled the amount of free space you get for inviting friends to Dropbox!
How much space is that, exactly? For every friend you invite that installs Dropbox, you’ll both get 500 MB of free space. If you’ve got a free account, you can invite up to 32 people for a whopping total of 16 GB of extra space. Pro accounts now earn 1 GB per referral, for a total of 32 GB of extra space. Have you already invited a bunch of people? Don’t worry. Within a few days, you’ll get full credit for every referral that’s already been completed. Boom!
The best part about this increase in free space is that all existing referrals you’ve already made will also count. So if you previously had 6GB of space on your free account, you should now have 12GB for storing ebooks and other documents.
Over the past 24 hours, several notable iPad apps were updated to include support for the new iPad’s retina display. PDF Expert, my favorite PDF reader/annotator on the iPad, also received a great new feature – Document Thumbnails. Now all files are shown as thumbnails and moving PDFs around (i.e into folders) can be done via simple drag ‘n drops. Another anticipated update came from Air Display, where turning on the “HiDPI mode” on your Mac OS Lion will essentially turn that new iPad into a gorgeous 2048 x 1536 secondary display for your iMac/Macbook. Check out the complete “what’s new” for these updated apps after the break.