For those who heavily rely on PDF Expert for the iPad, the new 3.2 update brings about a much requested feature – the ability to not only search the file name, but the entire contents of the PDF file as well. This will certainly help users with a sizable library of PDFs find their documents more easily and quickly. And accessory fanatics who love their bluetooth keyboards (like the ZAGGmate) will also appreciate the added support of the “Tab” and arrow keys when filling out their PDF forms (PDF Expert is one of the few on the App Store that lets you fill out forms created in Adobe Acrobat). If you already own the app, the update is free; otherwise, this excellent PDF reader/annotator will set you back $9.99. More app info and what’s new after the gap.
Readdle, PDF Expert – Fill forms, annotate PDFs, – $9.99
OnLive Desktop, brought to you the company that specializes in online game streaming to computers and mobile devices, is now available for the iPad as a free app. Similar to the recently released CloudOn app, OnLive Desktop not only brings Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint to your tablet, but also a Windows 7 experience while away from your PC.
Penultimate, one of the best handwritten note taking apps for the iPad, was updated earlier today with support for both Evernote and Dropbox. Being able to send your notes to these two popular cloud-based services will make it that much more convenient for its users. Here’s What’s New in version 3.3:
• Serious Dropbox integration: Send notebooks and pages directly to your Dropbox, or enable automatic backup to be sure you always have a copy of your notes in the cloud. Open Penultimate files from your Dropbox.
• Evernote support. Evernote’s handwriting recognition is a great fit for Penultimate users. You can send notebooks and notes to your account for searching there later. Very simple signup in the app if you want to give it a spin.
• Open new workflows by “Open”ing your notebooks and pages in other apps on iPad.
• Copied images can be pasted into Penultimate, and copied ink can be pasted into other apps.
• Now available in Chinese (simplified) and Korean.
• As always, many other improvements and updates.
The update is free for currents users and it’s still currently on sale for $0.99, a great price for those who those who prefer to take handwritten notes/doodles on their iPads.
Cocoa Box Design, Penultimate, – $0.99
• new freehand drawing engine (PDF Annotations) produces smoother handwriting
• swiping a PDF page to the right and to the left with three fingers can now be used as “Go Back” and “Go Forward” gestures within a single file. Now you don’t have to turn the menu on to use the “Go Back” button.
• TXT editor now starts editing close to a viewing position
• Bonjour server records can now be quickly moved to the permanent “Connect to Server” location with a special button. This will allow to use advanced connection options, like changing the default server path and default login name.
Aside from the improved drawing engine and swipe gestures to move between pages, the iPad version has also introduced PDF Page Lock, a function which prevents accident taps and unwanted page turns. The update is free for those who already own the $4.99 app, and if you’re looking for a highly reliable and capable PDF reader, GoodReader won’t disappoint.
Apple’s own Pages and Numbers work just fine for creating documents, though there are undoubtedly those who’d much prefer to use Microsoft Office on their iPads. While Microsoft has yet to come out with official apps for their productivity suite, we’re one step closer to the real thing thanks to today’s release of the free CloudOn for iPad. With CloudOn, users can finally create/edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint docs on their iPads, presumably all in the “cloud”.
For the first time you can get Microsoft Office® on your iPad. Seriously.
CloudOn lets you use your iPad to create, view, and edit files directly in Microsoft Word®, Excel® & PowerPoint®. These applications will work the way you expect them to, and your files will look the way you want them to.
To use CloudOn, you must have a Dropbox account, where all your created files are saved. If you don’t have one, you can sign up on the Dropbox website, or directly from within the app. The app’s also only available at this time in the US App Store. No word on when the service will be rolled out internationally. For those with a US iTunes account however, it’s worth checking out just how well this all works, especially with the free price tag.
CloudOn, CloudOn, – Free
Google has updated the Gmail app for iOS and added several new features.
- Nested Label Improvements
- (iOS 5 only) A new custom sound for sound notifications
- Mobile Signature and Vacation Responder, accessible via the gear settings icon at the top of the menu view
- Numerous bug fixes and UI improvements
Aside from the mobile signature, vacation responder and new custom sound for iOS 5 users, a notable new addition is the ability to create quick doodles to attach to your email. Using the Gmail app or Gmail for mobile, you can now open up a canvas and scribble whatever your heart desires. This basic drawing tool supports different colors, brush sizes, lines, erasers and spray paint. As for future updates, Google has stated that they’re working on banner notifications, multiple login support, and a “send-as” feature for users with multiple gmail accounts.
Google, Gmail, – Free
SkyDrive, Microsoft’s answer to the popular online storage service Dropbox, is now available for the iPhone. For Yahoo and Google users not familiar, SkyDrive let’s you store all your files in the cloud and all that’s required is a free Microsoft Live ID. Unlike Dropbox’s free option, SkyDrive gives you a whooping 25GB of storage space for all your digital files.
SkyDrive from Microsoft is the place to store your files so you can access them from virtually any device. With SkyDrive for the iPhone, you can now easily access, manage and share files on the go. You can also upload photos or videos from your iPhone to SkyDrive.
•Access all of your SkyDrive content including files shared with you
•View recently used documents
•Upload photos or videos from your phone
•Share a link to any file using email
•Create folders. Delete files or folders
Existing SkyDrive users will no doubt appreciate being able to access their files now with the iPhone app. If you don’t have an account and would like to take advantage of the generous cloud storage space, you can sign up for one here.
Microsoft Corporation, SkyDrive, – Free
Microsoft’s OneNote app for iPhone, released earlier this year, has finally been released for the iPad. Similar to the popular Evernote, OneNote lets you create and store notes in the cloud, or more specifically, Microsoft’s SkyDrive. Using the app, you can create searchable notes with text, images and bullets and checkboxes – great for drafting up quick todo lists. OneNote for iPad is free to download and use, though you’ll need to have a Microsoft Live ID (also free to create if you don’t already have one) and there’s a limit of 500 notes you can create and edit. If you wish to continue using the mobile app after hitting that number, you can upgrade to unlimited use for a one time fee of $14.99.
Microsoft, Microsoft OneNote for iPad, – Free
Infovole has just released what appears to be the ultimate tool for users who write in multiple languages. Schreibkraft, a sister app to the recent App Store offering Textkraft, is highly unique in that it allows you to write, correct and research in 10 languages simultaneously (Dansk, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, Nederlands, Português (BR + PT), Русский, Svenska and English (AUS, CAN, GB + US)). A center panel provides buttons and function keys that make it easy to access diacritical marks and navigate around your document. You can also quickly look up search terms on wikipedia, and even save your docs to Dropbox! While I’ve yet to load Schreibkraft onto my iPad, I have been toying around with the very similar Textkraft app (supports only 1 language, but does have built-in thesaurus) and I’m definitely liking it so far.
Schreibkraft is currently on sale now for the introductory price of $2.99. We’ll be reviewing Textkraft in the coming days, but in the meantime take a look at the teaser video and full app description for Schreibkraft after the gap.
Infovole, Schreibkraft, – $2.99
For those of you who use MarkdownMail, the app has just been updated to 3.0 with some handy new features and changes:
* [NEW] Added signatures support. You can now maintain and insert a variety of different signatures into your messages.
* [NEW] Added templating. You can now save your frequently sent drafts as named templates.
* [NEW] Newly improved iPhone user interface that allows you to dynamically swap between the compose and preview view.
* [CHANGE] Moved Email Markdown to the send button.
* [CHANGE] Updated to latest version of MarkdownKit.
* [CHANGE] Updated to modern version of TextExpander’s SDK
* [CHANGE] MarkdownMail 3.0 and above now require iOS 5
* [FIX] Fixed issue where memory warnings would cause the text view to unload.
If you’re not familiar with MarkdownMail, it’s a great little app that lets you compose and send emails in HTML. Based on John Gruber’s Markdown markup syntax, you can send emails with different headers, bold text, italics, bulleted lists and much more. Looking at the above iTunes screenshots, the left one has the Markup syntax, and the right is what the receiving end will actually see (an html email). MarkdownMail sells for $2.99 and works on both the iPhone and iPad.
Second Gear, MarkdownMail – Send HTML Email, – $2.99