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.
RV AppStudios, makers of the 200+ in 1 : AppBundle! utility, have released a unique clock app that looks to solve the iPhone’s inability to set alarms based on different time zones. With Business Alarm Clock, you can do just that. So if you have a conference call to make at 11AM London time, simply set the event reminder for that particular time zone, and never have to worry about manually calculating what time that’d be in your city. Aside from being able to add multiple city alarms, you can also add individual notes, check weather conditions and set the alarm to play as a ringtone or song. Seems like a handy app to have around for those have to deal with clients/colleagues/family members from various time zones. Business Alarm Clock is now available on the App Store for $1.99.
RV AppStudios, Business Alarm Clock, – $1.99
ReaddleDocs, one of the most popular and versatile file manager apps for the iPhone, has just been updated to version 3.1.
ReaddleDocs is all-in-one document reader for iPhone and iPod Touch.
It can catch documents from any source you can imagine: PC or Mac computers, web sites, email attachments, iDisk, Dropbox and other online file storages and even iPhones. All files are saved to your iPhone or iPod Touch locally so you can enjoy reading them anywhere!
Among it’s most obvious change is the complete redesign of the interface, which quite frankly, looks significantly better than the previous versions. Other additions include a now separate iCloud Tab, a new Recents folder and playlists support and background mode for its MP3 player. This update is now available on the App Store and free for those who’ve already purchased it. Otherwise, this excellent file manager will set you back $4.99. Full list of “What’s new” can be found below.
Readdle, ReaddleDocs – $4.99
Byword, a popular writing tool for Mac OS, has now landed on the iPhone and iPad as a universal app. Like its big brother on the Mac, Byword for iOS is beautifully designed and supports John Gruber’s Markdown syntax (markup language that easily lets you convert plain text format into XHTML or HTML). More importantly, the iOS version features iCloud and Dropbox syncing. What this means is that you’ll be able to write on your iMac/Macbook, then step away and pick up right where you off on the iPhone or iPad. Other features include word and character counters, auto-wrapping for parenthesis, brackets and quotes, and even support for TextExpander. Byword is now available on the App Store and is currently on sale for $2.99, down from it’s original price of $5.99.
Metaclassy, Byword, – $2.99
If you’re one of the many iOS users who often wish they could quickly send a bunch of photos and videos in one shot (iOS 5 only allows up to 5 pics and 1 video to be sent per email), you definitely want to check out Kicksend — a new Dropbox-like service that makes it easy to share pictures, videos, documents and other files. With the Kicksend app installed on your iPhone, you can send out up to 30 images and various files in one go. Perhaps even more importantly, Kicksend gives you the option of sending the photos in its original state (uncompressed), and various quality settings can also be chosen if you wish.
Realmac Software, the devs behind Courier and RapidWeaver for the Mac, have just released Clear for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Designed with simplicity in mind, Clear is unlike any other Todo apps for the iDevice in that are all actions are gesture-driven (there are no buttons or icons for navigation). To create a new task, you can pull down with your finger, or pinch to move between lists. As for prioritizing your items, a color-coded “heat map” will identify what’s most important out of that particular list. What you won’t find in Clear are tags, contexts, calendar syncing and other functions you’ve grown accustomed to with apps like Pocket Informant or OmniFocus. If all you need is a simple yet fun to use Todo app, Clear should fit the bill nicely – especially for its intro price of $0.99. The demo video below will give you better idea of how it all works.
Realmac Software, Clear, – $0.99
Evernote, the notetaking tool I heavily rely on for storing all my work/personal notes, ideas and pretty much everything I come across on the web, has been updated for the iPhone and iPad. Version 4.1.8 brings about “smarter” titles, easier sharing (new sharing icon), improved editing on iOS 5 (faster and better style preservation from copy/paste) and other minor improvements. For many of you who can’t stand having all those notes with “Untitled Notes” – when a note is created without entering a proper title – the Predictive note titles feature should be a welcomed addition:
neu.Pen’s solid neu.Annotate+ PDF app has been updated to version 1.2 and its price slashed to $0.99 (down from $4.99) for the next two weeks. As part of the update, AirPrint and AirPlay are now supported, along with an all-new Search function (text annotations included), the ability to rearrange pages and more. As its name suggests, the PDF reader lets you create handwritten/text notes, highlights, drawings and insert various pre-made stamps. You can even import/export PDF documents to/from your Dropbox account. At its current price of $0.99, it’s certainly one of the best bargains for PDF apps that can perform annotations. If you’re still not convinced, the free (and still very capable) neu.Annotate PDF is also available, though with significantly less features. Oh, did I mention that it’s a universal app? Demo video of neu.Annotate+ after the break.
neu.Pen, neu.Annotate+ PDF, – $0.99
Germany-based developers Infovole have released Easy Writer for the iPad, a stripped down text editor based off their more robust Schreibkraft and Textkraft apps. Designed to let you type out documents more easily, Easy Writer features 10 cursor keys for fast navigation and even lets you access your files in the cloud via Dropbox/iCloud.
To set the main focus on the writing process, we have slimmed down our extensive Textkraft-Interface to give you a distraction free writing experience. The minimalist user interface includes the standard keyboard and one row of special text-selection-, navigation- and “missing-character”-buttons.
The spell-check feature highlights unknown words and with the jump-back button you can find the point of interest within a second.
As for those of you who prefer typing with the split keyboard, Easy Writer’s navigation bar remains intact, ensuring that you won’t have to venture too far away from your keyboard to perform functions like cursor movement, redo/undo, upper/lowercase, diacritical marks and more. Easy Writer is now available on the App Store and currently on sale for $0.99.
Infovole, 1a Easy Writer, – $0.99
Dropbox is considered by many as the best cloud-based storage service around, but one thing it does lag behind is the relatively paltry storage space offered to its free users (2GB compared to 5GB from Box.net and Skydrive’s whopping 25GB). Well, faithful Dropbox users will be happy to know that they can score up to 5GB of extra space by simply beta testing the new Automatic Dropbox Photo Import feature.