TouchMyApps » Tips n Tricks http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:51:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 The 5 New iOS7 Features That Will Change The Way You Use Your iPhone http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/10/25/the-5-new-ios7-features-that-will-change-the-way-you-use-your-iphone/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/10/25/the-5-new-ios7-features-that-will-change-the-way-you-use-your-iphone/#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:18:51 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=73290 People have not stopped talking about iOS 7, Apple’s latest upgrade to the iPhone operating system. Praise, complaints, and traffic-hawking blog posts about iOS 7 began flying around ever since the release of the new Apple operating system a few weeks ago. Along with a completely different look and feel, Apple’s hit us with some … Read more]]>

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People have not stopped talking about iOS 7, Apple’s latest upgrade to the iPhone operating system. Praise, complaints, and traffic-hawking blog posts about iOS 7 began flying around ever since the release of the new Apple operating system a few weeks ago. Along with a completely different look and feel, Apple’s hit us with some new features and large improvements to things that weren’t all that valuable in iOS 6, but are now going to change the way you interact with your iPhone.

But with every new OS update comes issues. Problems ran the gamut from frustration with shortened battery life to anger that iOS 7′s new parallax wallpaper display was making them physically ill (now fixed in the 7.0.3 update).

Fortunately, the good outweighs the bad. And for every new problem that arises from a new feature there are simple fixes you can learn how to do in 60 seconds.

At Grovo, an online learning platform that trains people on leading cloud and mobile apps, we came up with the top 5 features that will affect iPhone users the most and video tips to make everything even better.

1) Quickly Access Tools and Settings on the Fly with Control Center

Control Center is the new one-stop overlay for many of the functions previously obscured or hidden in a subsection of the settings app like, such as “Airplane Mode,” “Wi-Fi,” “Bluetooth,”"Do Not Disturb,” and “Portrait Orientation Lock.” Just by swiping up on your screen you bring up a menu that allows you to change your phone’s brightness, connect to wifi and take pictures. Apple’s even included a native flashlight option for those of us who are sick of accidentally tapping an advertisement on an outside flashlight app.

By default, Control Center can be accessed from within any app, or directly from the lock screen. However, you can adjust this by opening the “Settings” app and choosing “Control Center.” Here, you can choose to disable Control Center from appearing on the “Lock Screen” or “Within Apps.” All in all, control center grouped together the functions you used most and were hardest to get to, in a warm, easy-to-use menu that sits on top of the screen you’re currently using.

2) Use AirDrop to Share a File With a Nearby Friend

AirDrop may be the most useful addition to iOS 7. Easy sharing continues to be a selling point for any device, and now with AirDrop, you can send any “shareable” content to any other iOS 7 user around you. The simplicity is what makes this feature so valuable: you need only to tap a person’s name to send them a picture or article even if you’re not connected to wifi. You don’t need to bump fists; you don’t need to create a shared folder; you just need to select a file and send it off.

To start, make sure that the person you want to share a file with has AirDrop enabled for either “Contacts Only” or “Everyone” in their “Control Center.” Then, find the file that you’d like to share over AirDrop, such as a photo you captured with your phone or a contact, and hit “Share.” In the “AirDrop” section, select the person who you’d like to share with.

3) ‘Spotlight’ Anything on Your iPhone

Spotlight was present in earlier versions of iOS, but it never worked particularly well. Apple made it easier to access Spotlight, and made its results more informative and easy to understand. While this may seem like a small change, it marks a trend towards simplicity and interoperability between the many working parts of your phone. But not everyone’s happy with the new search configuration. Luckily, you can also adjust what results you get in Spotlight Search, if you’d like. Just follow these simple steps:

4) Good-Vibrations

One of the complaints about iOS7 is the constant vibrating. Creating a custom vibration allows you to pick the pattern that your phone vibrates on when you receive a call, text message, or other notification. This is especially useful if you want to be able to tell your phone’s vibrations apart from other people’s, or want to distinguish different kinds of notifications without looking at your phone. Watch this minute Grovo video to learn how:

5) Keep Apps From Wasting Your Data Plan

Automatic app updates was one of the new iOS7 changes that many people were excited about. However app downloads and updates already data drain fast, so automatic app updates using 3G/4G connection will definitely kill your data.

Your iPhone’s cell coverage plan likely comes with a limited amount of data that you can use. Once you use up your data for a month, you either have to pay for more or wait for the next month to roll around. Some apps may use more data than others, whether you want them to or not, but you can control which apps are allowed to access the internet using your cell connection. Check out the below video to find out how to limit which apps can use cell data:

There are lots of other iOS 7 changes too, including a more intuitive photo experience, expanded multitasking abilities, increased Siri integration and a huge overhaul to Safari. But the changes listed above add up to make the newest operating system for your iPhone a huge improvement, and one that requires a bit of getting used to.

For more iPhone Tips & Tricks, check out Grovo’s iPhone lessons at www.grovo.com/iphone-tips-and-tricks

Daniel Levine is a product analyst at Grovo.com, the world’s quickest and simplest learning company. He writes the lessons that teach you how to use your favorite Web products and introduce you to the products you didn’t know existed.

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Google’s 10 quick tip for Google Maps on iPhone http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/12/21/googles-10-quick-tip-for-google-maps-on-iphone/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/12/21/googles-10-quick-tip-for-google-maps-on-iphone/#comments Fri, 21 Dec 2012 17:06:05 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=71508 Google has posted some handy tips on getting the most out of the Google Maps app for the iPhone. For instance, did you know that you could zoom in and out of maps with just one finger? (double-tap an area, hold second tap and move your finger up/down). Or how you can enable compass mode … Read more]]>

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Google has posted some handy tips on getting the most out of the Google Maps app for the iPhone. For instance, did you know that you could zoom in and out of maps with just one finger? (double-tap an area, hold second tap and move your finger up/down). Or how you can enable compass mode (to orient yourself) by tapping on the My Location button (bottom left) twice? If you’re still fairly new to the fantastic Gmaps – you have downloaded it already, right? – check out the list of useful tips below.

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Place Pin on the Map

To drop a pin, simply press and hold any location on the map. Tap the resulting info sheet for additional options such as saving the location or accessing Street View (if available).

Street View

To see panoramic Street View images, press and hold any location on the map, tap the info sheet, and then tap the image. Explore as if you’re there by tapping the look-around icon (on the bottom left) and moving or tilting your phone.

Shake to Send Feedback

Help us improve the map and our application. If you find something that needs to be updated (like a closed road or a business that has moved) or if you have suggestions, just give your iPhone a shake and send us feedback.

Swipe to See More

Whether searching or getting directions, swipe the info sheet to the left or right to browse additional results. Find one you like? Tap it or swipe it up to see more details (e.g. a business’ hours or transit stops).

Access Views

Satellite, traffic and public transit views are easy to access by tapping the three dots at the bottom right or by swiping from right to left with two fingers.

Preview steps in Navigation (Beta)

In Navigation (Beta) mode, preview the upcoming route by swiping the top bar to the left (tap Resume to return to the start). Tap the bottom bar to switch between your estimated travel time and the remaining miles.

1 Finger Zoom

To zoom in and out with one finger, double-tap a location, hold the second tap, and drag your finger up or down.

Work & Home

Get home or get to work quickly by saving these locations. Tap the My profile button (next to the search box) to save them across all your devices.

Compass Mode

Reading the map is easier when it’s facing the same direction you are facing. Use compass mode to orient yourself by tapping on the My location button twice on the bottom left of your screen.

Head over to Google Maps’ tips page for more info and accompanying images.

Related reading: Get Siri to show directions via Google Maps app

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Get Siri to show directions via Google Maps app http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/12/18/get-siri-to-show-directions-via-google-maps-app/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/12/18/get-siri-to-show-directions-via-google-maps-app/#comments Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:22:39 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=71411 By now, you’ve likely already downloaded the recently released (and excellent) Google Maps app on your iPhone and made it your primary navigation tool. Unfortunately though, there’s no way to make it your default maps app without jailbreaking. But what if there was a way to make it so that Siri will give directions to a location using Google … Read more]]>

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By now, you’ve likely already downloaded the recently released (and excellent) Google Maps app on your iPhone and made it your primary navigation tool. Unfortunately though, there’s no way to make it your default maps app without jailbreaking. But what if there was a way to make it so that Siri will give directions to a location using Google Maps? JailbreakNation discovered that by adding “via transit” to the end of your Siri command, a go-between “Routing Apps” page will appear and allow you to select desired navigation apps. For example, you can say “Give me directions to [destination] via transit“, or “Take me to the closest [POI] via transit“. Voilà. You can then select Google Maps and choose from one of the suggested routes. It’s not a perfect integration, but at least it’s there if you’d like to use both Siri and Gmaps. Check out the demo video below.

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Read easier on iPad mini (while surfing the web) with these bookmarklets http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/11/17/read-easier-on-ipad-mini-while-surfing-the-web-with-these-bookmarklets/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/11/17/read-easier-on-ipad-mini-while-surfing-the-web-with-these-bookmarklets/#comments Sat, 17 Nov 2012 17:45:30 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70619 The iPad mini is a fantastic 7.9-inch tablet, though there’s no denying that there’s plenty of room for improvement when it comes the display. Factor in the smaller screen and only 163 PPI (pixels per inch), browsing the web on the mini with Safari can at times be trying. The easiest way of course is to simply double … Read more]]>

Readability’s bookmarket lets you change font size, themes and margins

The iPad mini is a fantastic 7.9-inch tablet, though there’s no denying that there’s plenty of room for improvement when it comes the display. Factor in the smaller screen and only 163 PPI (pixels per inch), browsing the web on the mini with Safari can at times be trying. The easiest way of course is to simply double tab or pinch-and-zoom into any webpage, or better yet, tap the Reader button located in the url bar once the page has completely loaded, which then strips out everything save for the text, with the option to increase/decrease font size. But for those who like to tinker and tweak, there are other options out there that can get the job done too. More specifically, they’re bookmarklets that you can easily “install” on your mini (or any iDevice for that matter); one works very much like iOS’ Reader functionality, the other lets you change the font size right from the bookmarks toolbar.

While I may have switched over to Pocket for saving articles to read later on iOS, I still use Readability’s bookmarklet from time to time on the iPad mini. Like the Reader button, the bookmarket removes all the unnecessary clutter and displays only the text in a easy to read format. The advantage here is that aside from being able to change font size, you can also cycle through several themes (one of which is great for night reading) and increase or decrease the margins.

  1. First head over to www.readability.com/bookmarklets on your iPad mini or other iDevice (you must be on mobile device to see necessary info)
  2. Under the Read Now box, tap Select All and Copy the block of javascript code
  3. Tap the Action Add Bookmark Icon button and then select the Bookmark icon
  4. Give it a different name if you wish (i.e ‘Read Now’) and choose location of where you want to save it (Bookmarks Bar will give it easy access). Tap Save.
  5. Tap the Bookmarks icon (Bookmarks Icon) and locate your newly created bookmark
  6. Tap ‘Edit’ in the corner of the window and delete the URL that’s shown. Now Paste the javascript code you copied in step 2 into this url field, hit ‘Done’ on keyboard and ‘Done’ again in corner to complete the edit.

If you chose to save Readability bookmarklet under Bookmarks Bar, just make sure that under Setting –> Safari –> Always Show Bookmarks Bar is turned to ‘On’. Below you can see how Readability converts a webpage:

…to this after converting webpage into much easier layout for reading on 7.9-inch diplay.

Readability isn’t nearly as fast as iOS’ own Reader, though I do prefer how it formats webpages. And the fact that you can change themes/margins and embedded non-flash videos (Youtube) won’t be stripped out are just an added bonus.

Now onto the other bookmarklet. If you’ve ever wondered how to manually change font size on iOS’ Safari (there is no such feature unfortunately), this “hack” should be right up your alley. Created by Marcos Kirsch, this tweak will let you change font size on the fly, which is a great feature to have on the iPad mini.

As pointed out by Marco, there are two ways to install them. The easiest way can be accomplished on the computer, assuming you use iCloud to sync bookmarks between Safari on your Mac/PC and your iDevices. Simply drag the Font- and Font+ links found in his blog (under Method A) into your Bookmarks Bar and in a short while, they will automagically appear on your mini and other iDevices (just make sure that under Settings –> iCloud, Safari is turned ‘ON’). If you don’t have access to a computer at the moment nor use iCloud to sync your bookmarks, below are steps (Method B) which are similar to the install for Readability bookmarklet.

  1. Copy the following Javascript code on your iPad mini: javascript:var p=document.getElementsByTagName(‘*’);for(i=0;i<p.length;i++){if(p[i].style.fontSize){var s=parseInt(p[i].style.fontSize.replace(“px”,”"));}else{var s=12;}s-=2;p[i].style.fontSize=s+”px”}
  2. Tap the Action Add Bookmark Icon button in Safari and select the Bookmark icon
  3. Tap the ‘x’ to delete the title (first box) and name it Font- (or you can give it a something similar)
  4. Make sure you choose ‘Bookmarks Bar’ as the location and hit ‘Save’
  5.  Tap the Bookmarks icon (Bookmarks Icon) and locate your newly created Font- bookmark
  6. Tap ‘Edit’ in the corner of the window and delete the URL that’s shown (which will be this TouchMyApps url assuming you’ve added it from this page). Now paste the javascript code from step 1 into this url field.
  7. If you have numerous bookmarks in your Bookmarks Bar, there’s one more step to make sure that it’ll always be there for easy access.
  8. Tap Bookmarks (Bookmarks Icon), go into Bookmarks Bar folder and tap “Edit”. Find Font- and drag it (by 3 horizontal stripes icon) to the very top. It will now appear in the top left section of the bookmarks bar. Note: Make sure that under Setting –> Safari –> Always Show Bookmarks Bar is turned to ‘On’.
  9. Now copy the following Font+ Javascript code on your iPad mini and repeat steps 2 – 6: javascript:var p=document.getElementsByTagName(‘*’);for(i=0;i<p.length;i++){if(p[i].style.fontSize){var s=parseInt(p[i].style.fontSize.replace(“px”,”"));}else{var s=12;}s+=2;p[i].style.fontSize=s+”px”}

Here’s what you should see in your Bookmarks Bar after adding both Font- and Font+ bookmarklets.

By tapping on the corresponding -/+ bookmarklets, the font size on the webpage will change accordingly. To reset the size back to its default, just reload the page.

Advanced Tip: There’s a way to make it so that the incremental increases are much bigger (as pointed out by a Macrumors user), should you find that it’s somewhat of a pain to repeatedly tap Font+ to blow up the font. Here’s what you need to do. Tap on Bookmarks icon once again, locate Font+ and hit ‘Edit’. Now tap the box with the javascript code and look for the red bolded part below:

  • %7Ds-=2;

The default value is 2, which you can replace with a bigger number. I’ve been using a value of 8 and it’s worked well for me. Now when you use Font+, the font size will increase significantly more with just one tap. You can play around with the value and see what works best for you. Also, you can do likewise for Font- if you wish.

So there you have it. Several ways to increase font size on your iPad mini while surfing the web. iOS’ Reader functionality is the easiest and fastest way to go about it, though depending on how a particular webpage is designed, these bookmarklets could come in handy as well.

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iPhone 5 and iOS 6 battery drain issues revisited http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/09/26/iphone-5-and-ios-6-battery-drain-issues-revisited/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/09/26/iphone-5-and-ios-6-battery-drain-issues-revisited/#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2012 22:46:00 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70030 As I mentioned in my review of the iPhone 5, battery life was certainly a concern during the first several days of use. The battery drained at an alarming rate of 1% every 3-4 minutes with just basic web browsing (3G on, LTE off), and during the first 2 days, my phone would lose 20-30% overnight while on standby. … Read more]]>

As I mentioned in my review of the iPhone 5, battery life was certainly a concern during the first several days of use. The battery drained at an alarming rate of 1% every 3-4 minutes with just basic web browsing (3G on, LTE off), and during the first 2 days, my phone would lose 20-30% overnight while on standby. With my iPhone 4, it would drain no more than 1 or 2% throughout the night. Not surprisingly, after searching online for similar cases, I soon found that many iPhone 5 users were also experiencing poor battery performance. Furthermore, those who upgraded to iOS 6 with their iPhone 3GS/4/4S were also finding that they weren’t getting nearly as much juice out of their phones. Not wanting to exchange my iPhone 5 a second time unless I really had to (i.e defective battery), I tried a number of “fixes” in hopes of rectifying the issue. Thankfully, they seem to be working and I’m starting to see some improvements.

Upon reading the many threads in the Apple support forums (aka Communities), one common suggestion that seemed to help many was restoring the iPhone to its factory setting via iTunes. Traditionally, upgrading iOS and restoring from an (old) backup was often the culprit for poor battery life. But seeing how I’d setup up my iPhone 5 from the start as a ‘new phone’ and not from a backup, I didn’t think it would matter much. Feeling rather desperate, I did a restore anyway (if you’re unsure how, check out Apple’s instructions here). At first it seemed as though the battery did improve, though shortly after, the rapid drainage soon returned. In fact, I only got about 6 hours of battery life with a full charge. This was with LTE off the entire time and splitting between 3G and Wifi for emails and mobile Safari. Definitely less than the 8-10 hours of usage according to Apple’s spec sheet.

Not satisfied, I went through all my settings and looked at what others online were suggesting that worked for them. That’s when I came across numerous users indicating that after draining their iPhone 5 completely and charging it back up to a 100% without disrupting the charge cycle (as in not using the phone), they found it made a significant difference. So this was exactly what I did Monday night and sure enough, I immediately noticed the improvement in battery life; I was no longer losing 1% every few minutes.

Leaving no stones unturned, I also tweaked a few things in Settings to see if I could prolong my battery’s run time even more. Here’s what I changed in particular:

  • Cellular Data –> Off if using Wifi
  • If Cell Data On, turn Passbook Updates –> Off
  • Siri –> Raise to Speak –> Off
  • Privacy –> Locations Services –> System Services –> On for only Compass Calibration and Traffic (the rest set to Off)
  • iCloud –> Passbook and Photo Stream –> Off

With the above changes and after its first full charge cycle, I was able to get about 9 hours and 24 minutes of usage before the phone shut off on its own (no LTE, mostly on Wifi, 20 mins of phone calls, an hour of listening to audiobooks, emails and web browsing). That’s nearly 3 hours better than it was the day before. It seems that calibrating the iPhone 5 battery from an almost empty tank to 100% does address these drainage issues. To be certain, the phone is going through its second full charge from 0% as I type this and hopefully I’ll be able to hit the 10 hour mark next.

If you’re having issues with your iPhone 5′s battery life, I suggest you let it run down completely and then do a full charge. To be on the safe side, while it’s charging don’t use the device. Top that with some of tweaks in the Settings area (feel free to try the above or play around with the different options to cater to your needs), and you should start to see a much more manageable drainage rate.

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An explanation of how multitasking works on iOS [video] http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/01/09/an-explanation-of-how-multitasking-works-on-ios-video/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/01/09/an-explanation-of-how-multitasking-works-on-ios-video/#comments Mon, 09 Jan 2012 17:22:46 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=63894 One of the questions asked most often when it comes to multitasking on the iPhone/iPad is “Do I need to manually kill apps in the background to improve performance?”. And you’ve surely heard people telling you:  yes you do, and no you don’t need to. So which is it? Well, developer Frasier Spiers aims to put … Read more]]>

One of the questions asked most often when it comes to multitasking on the iPhone/iPad is “Do I need to manually kill apps in the background to improve performance?”. And you’ve surely heard people telling you:  yes you do, and no you don’t need to. So which is it? Well, developer Frasier Spiers aims to put this to rest as he explains on his blog why killing apps in the multitasking bar isn’t necessary.

Let me be as clear as I can be: the iOS multitasking bar does not contain “a list of all running apps”. It contains “a list of recently used apps”. The user never has to manage background tasks on iOS.

Except in a few cases, which I’ll explain, the apps that appear in the multitasking bar are not currently running. When you press the home button, iOS will tell the app to quit. In almost all cases, it quits, it stops using CPU time (and hence battery) and the memory it was using is eventually recovered if required.

In his blog post titled  Misconceptions About iOS Multitasking, Frasier summarizes:

  1. If someone tells you that all the apps in the multitasking bar are running, using up memory or sucking power, they are wrong.
  2. When you hit the home button, an app moves from Active to Background and quickly to the Suspended state where it no longer uses CPU time or drains power.
  3. An app may request an additional 10 minutes of Background running to complete a big task before becoming Suspended.
  4. If memory is becoming scarce, iOS will automatically move Suspended apps into the Not Running state and reclaim their memory.
  5. Five classes of apps – audio, GPS, VOIP, Newsstand and accessory apps – and some built-in apps such as Mail may run indefinitely in the background until they complete their task.

He’s also posted a followup video explaining how multitasking on iOS works in real time. The video (below) is broken down into five sections demonstrating:

  • An app going from active to background to suspended
  • Instacast HD requesting extra background time to finish a podcast download
  • TomTom running indefinitely in the background
  • Batman Arkham City Lockdown and Real Racing 2 HD competing for big chunks of device memory
  • Batman Arkham City Lockdown forcing several smaller apps out of memory

Essentially, the 16 minute video boils down to this: you can manually kill apps in the multitasking tray (hold down an app for several seconds until it wiggles, then tap the “-” icon) to troubleshoot suspected problems, but iOS is clever enough to manage the entire process for you. Personally though, I’ve made it a habit of closing off processes (apps) via SBSettings I’m no longer using to free up precious memory on my iPhone. This is especially true when I’m down to about 50-80MB of RAM and Safari starts to become frustratingly slow and sluggish. Ultimately, the choice is yours, though at least now you know that leaving apps in the multitasking bar won’t use up more memory or zap your battery.

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How to Use Dropbox to store all your ebooks in the cloud http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/05/how-to-use-dropbox-to-store-all-your-ebooks-in-the-cloud/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/05/how-to-use-dropbox-to-store-all-your-ebooks-in-the-cloud/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 17:55:31 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=61424 Previously, we looked at how to read your old ebooks (i.e. LIT, MOBI, PDB, RTF) on iBooks, Apple’s e-reader app. It involved converting them into ePubs, the only ebook format supported by iBooks, and uploading them via iTunes. Well we’re going to show you today a far superior method — one utilizing Calibre and Dropbox — for storing your … Read more]]>

Previously, we looked at how to read your old ebooks (i.e. LIT, MOBI, PDB, RTF) on iBooks, Apple’s e-reader app. It involved converting them into ePubs, the only ebook format supported by iBooks, and uploading them via iTunes. Well we’re going to show you today a far superior method — one utilizing Calibre and Dropbox — for storing your ebook collection and transferring books to your iPhone, iPod Touch and/or iPad even if you’re far away from home, without access to your home computer.

Many of you have likely heard of Dropbox already, and are perhaps even using it on a day-to-day basis. For those you not familiar, Dropbox is a free web-based service that allows users to store their photos, files and other documents “in the cloud”. They’re then synced across any computer (Mac, Windows, Linux) or Mobile OS (Android, iOS, Blackberry etc) with Dropbox installed and can easily be shared with friends and family. So if you add or edit a file on one computer, all other PCs/Macs/iDevices at your disposal will also have the exact same file uploaded – often seconds later. The idea behind it is very much like Apple’s own iCloud that was introduced with iOS 5, though in many ways, iCloud’s lot more restrictive in the sense that you can’t simply upload/download individual files like you can with Dropbox. With this in mind, let’s take a look at how we can use both Calibre and Dropbox to effectively manage your ebooks, as well as be able to retrieve them no matter where you are.

Note: If you are already using Dropbox, skip down to step 6

1) First thing you’ll need to do is register for a free Dropbox account. Please note this is a referral link, meaning you will receive an additional 250MB of free space on your free account after you’ve successfully installed Dropbox..which brings us to..

2) Download and Install Dropbox on your PC, Mac or Linux

3) One of the initial setup screens will ask if you already have a Dropbox account. New users can create an account by filling out their name, email and password. Existing Dropbox users setting up the install on a new computer can simply link up to their account by providing the email address associated with Dropbox and password.

4) Dropbox is completely Free to use (you get 2GB of storage to start with), though you can upgrade to 50GB for $9.99/month and 100GB for $19.99/month. Unless you’re planning on uploading large files like videos and MP3s, 2GB should be more than sufficient – especially for storing ebooks. You can always upgrade at a later time if you feel you require more space. And keep in mind that as you invite friends and family to use Dropbox, you’ll get an extra 250MB of space for each person refered, up to a total of 8GB.

5) You can then take the brief 5 step tutorial highlighting the basics of Dropbox, as well as choose where the Dropbox folder will be located.

6) Locate the newly installed Dropbox folder on your computer and create a new folder called ‘eBooks’ (or something similar). You can do this by right clicking anywhere within the Dropbox folder and select “New Folder”. Or you can simply hit Cmd+Shift+N on a Mac or Ctrl+Shift+N on Windows.

7) Next, we’ll need to setup Calibre on your PC, Linux or Mac. For those of you not familiar, Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application that allows you to manage your entire eBooks collection (rate, tag, sort, download metadata and covers etc.). It can also accept a wide range of ebook formats for conversion – great for turning those old Lit, Mobi and other ebook files into ePub. Just think of Calibre as the iTunes for eBooks.

8) Download and install Calibre for your Operating System. The setup wizard will initially ask you to choose a location for your books. Change it so that Calibre is pointing to the ebooks folder you’ve just created in Dropbox (see above screenshot). This step here allows Calibre to directly add/edit ebooks stored in your Dropbox account.

9) Assuming you’ll be reading your ebooks on an iPhone/iPad, select Apple –> iPad or iPhone/iPhone/Touch when asked to choose your ebook device. This ensures that any conversions made are tailored to your ereader.

10) With Calibre installed, you can begin adding ebooks into the software by either clicking on the “Add Books” icon located in the top left corner, pressing “A” on the keyboard, or simply dragging and dropping ebook files into the center and main panel. Note that once you add any new books or make any changes via Calibre, your Dropbox account will instantly be updated as well. Basically, if you add an ebook on your iMac/PC via Calibre, all other desktops, laptops and mobile devices with Dropbox installed will also receive the file. How cool (and handy) is that? Also, if you are planning on reading your ebooks on the iDevice, make sure that you convert them into ePub beforehand – apps like iBooks and Stanza (and most others) only accept this format. For converting and adding metadata/covers, refer to steps 4 and 5 in our previous post.

11) Now it’s time to download and install Dropbox on your iPhone, iPod Touch and/or iPad. Using the Dropbox app, we’ll be able to access all your ebooks from the cloud and import them into iBooks and other e-reading apps from the App Store.

12) Upon launching the app, tap on “I’m Already a Dropbox User” and enter your login email and password.

13) Once you link the app to your Dropbox account, all your folders and files will appear on your iDevice. Find the eBooks folder you created earlier on your desktop and select it. Assuming you’ve already added books via Calibre, your eBooks folder within the Dropbox app will have all your books neatly organized by Author.

 14) Locate an ebook (the actual ePub file) and open it. After downloading the book from the cloud, you’ll immediately see a “Unable to view file” screen. This is perfectly normal as Dropbox doesn’t support the viewing of this file format. Simply tap the “action” button on the bottom right of the screen and you’ll see a list of apps installed on your device that you can send the ePub to.

15) Choose an e-reader from the list (i.e. iBooks, Stanza, Kobo or others) and your ebook will be opened within that particular app. You can still send your ePub to the likes of Evernote, GoodReader or other file managers, but you won’t be able to actually read the ebook – they’ll simply save and store it like any other document.

16) One other thing you can do with the Dropbox app is save these ebooks/epubs right on your device, which gives you access to them even if you don’t have an internet connection. This way, you can transfer certain books over to various e-reader apps anytime you want. To do this, simply tap on the Star (center bottom) after you’ve opened a file (if it’s an epub, it’ll be the “Unable to view file screen”. Now whenever you go into the “Favorites” section, all the ebooks/files you’ve starred will be waiting for offline use.

Well there you have it folks. Once you get everything set up and use it a few times, you’ll find that the combination of Dropbox and Calibre will make managing your ebooks a whole lot easier, especially when it comes to transferring them into your iPhone or iPad. Take a look at the video below made by Kovid Goyal – creator of Calibre – as he highlights some of the advanced features and UI tips of the powerful eBook management software.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this tutorial, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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How to Prevent Your Smartphone from Getting a Virus http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/02/how-to-prevent-your-smartphone-from-getting-a-virus/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/02/how-to-prevent-your-smartphone-from-getting-a-virus/#comments Sat, 03 Dec 2011 00:20:54 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=61579 When smartphones first came out, it was pretty rare for them to get a virus. But hackers simply needed some time to catch up with the rapidly growing platform. Unfortunately, now they have caught up, smartphone users can be susceptible to attacks if they’re not careful. The sad news for Android users is that their … Read more]]>

When smartphones first came out, it was pretty rare for them to get a virus. But hackers simply needed some time to catch up with the rapidly growing platform. Unfortunately, now they have caught up, smartphone users can be susceptible to attacks if they’re not careful. The sad news for Android users is that their phones are considerably more at risk to viruses than iPhones. That said, iPhones certainly aren’t exempt from malware. The idea that hackers can’t infiltrate Apple products was disproved years ago. So, how do you protect your smartphone from viruses that could put your private and precious data in the wrong hands? Here are five suggestions to help protect your phone from harm:

1. Download some anti-virus apps. Quite a few Android users have had success with the free AVG Antivirus app. This is especially useful if there’s already malware on your phone; you can scan the settings, files, and media in real time. If you want an Android app that does a great job of preventing viruses, NetQin provides a free option with plenty of features. As for the iPhone, there is currently one Apple approved antivirus app, and it is Intego’s VirusBarrier ($2.99, includes one year of malware updates). It does on-demand scans of files received by e-mail or on iDevices, and scans for spyware, Trojan horses, adware, keyloggers and more.

2. Rooting your Android or Jailbreaking your iPhone will provide way more customization options and features no doubt, but doing so can also potentially make your device significantly more vulnerable to malware. Ideally, the safest way is running the latest Android/iOS firmware (and not root/jailbreak your phone), but if you do decide to be adventurous and take that route, just know that the risk of picking up a virus will be increased, no matter how small. For those who’ve jailbroken their iPhones, it would be advisable to change their SSH passwords to prevent possible attacks (or disable SSH altogether). Redmond Pie has a guide on how to go about this.

3. Be just as cautious downloading on your smartphone as you would on your computer. Don’t download any attachments from unknown senders, and don’t download any apps before researching them to make sure they’re legitimate (this is especially true with Android users, as Google has an extremely lax approval process – unlike that of Apple’s App Store).

4. If you get a text/MMS offering a cash advance or a free prize, do not reply to the message. Needless to say, these text offers are 99.9% scams. The reality is that it’s very rare for a text offer of this kind to be authentic. If you do reply to one of them, you might be giving a hacker access to your private information and phone account. Many unsuspecting people in the past have received exorbitantly high phone bills because of this.

5. Always back up your mobile data somewhere. If your phone does fall prey to some malware, you’re going to want to still be able to access your data. You can save important files and information from your phone on cloud servers like Mozy and Dropbox. Thankfully, iOS 5′s iCloud feature makes this a seamless and pain free process. And one more thing about protecting your data. As obvious as it sounds, always ensure that your phone has a passcode enabled. While it may not be virus related, you can still lose your phone (or have it stolen) and end up sharing your contacts, info and other private data. Better yet, set it up so that your phone automatically wipes all the data after a certain number of failed attempts. iPhone users can do this by going into Settings –> General –> Passcode Lock –> Erase Data –> On.

So, follow the easy steps above and start protecting your smartphone from malware today!

 


This article was brought to you by guest contributor Ryan F., who has an interest in smartphone security issues, apps that make his life easier and Dell coupons for deals.

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10 iOS 5 Tips and Tricks You Need to Know http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/11/17/10-ios-5-tips-and-tricks-you-need-to-know/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/11/17/10-ios-5-tips-and-tricks-you-need-to-know/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2011 15:21:03 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=60718 iOS 5 has been released for over a month now, and while it’s reportedly been the source of battery drainage issues for many (in particular iPhone 4S owners), the new OS is still by far the best that Apple’s offered to date. From the overhauled Notification System to iMessage, iOS 5 boasts over 200 new … Read more]]>

iOS 5 has been released for over a month now, and while it’s reportedly been the source of battery drainage issues for many (in particular iPhone 4S owners), the new OS is still by far the best that Apple’s offered to date. From the overhauled Notification System to iMessage, iOS 5 boasts over 200 new features for iDevice users. So unless you’ve made it a point to learn all there is to know about iOS 5, it’s likely you have yet to come across certain “hidden” features on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Let’s take a look at 10 Tips and Tricks that’ll add functionality to your device you may never knew existed.

1. Create Keyboard Shortcuts

   

One of the more useful iOS 5 features, Keyboard Shortcuts allow users to create custom abbreviations, which will then expand into snippets of text. Just like the popular TextExpander app, iOS Shortcuts will save you loads of time when banging out that email or iMessage. To enable it, go to Settings –> General –> Keyboard –> Shortcuts –> Add New Shortcut… Then create your own Phrase (ie “What’s For Dinner”) and Shortcut. Once that’s saved, the moment you type out “wfd”, you’ll see What’s For Dinner appear above the abbreviation (same as the auto correct functionality). A simple tap on the space bar and the custom text fully expands. The default On My Way shortcut has already been created for you to get started.

2. VoiceOver – Have your emails and webpages read out to you

   

As cool as Siri is, it currently can’t read emails back to you – or any user selected text for that matter. The VoiceOver feature, which made its debut on iOS 4, is found under the Accessibility menu. While it was created to assist the visually impaired, VoiceOver can just as easily be used to dictate emails for when you’re driving, for example. To enable it, go to Settings –> General –> Accessibility –> Triple-click Home –> Toggle VoiceOver. Now whenever you triple click the home button, VoiceOver becomes active and is ready to do thy bidding. Tap on any block of text (in an email or webpage) and its contents will be read aloud. To move onto the next sentence/paragraph, simply swipe right on the screen, and three fingers are needed to scroll up/down the page. Note: you can turn on VoiceOver at the very top of the Accessibility menu as well (Under ‘Vision’), but for this purpose, the method above will allow you to turn it on/off no matter where you are on the iDevice.

3. Weather – View Hourly Forecasts

The stock Weather app remains essentially unchanged from iOS 4, except for one handy feature: Hourly forecast. To reveal the hourly forecast, simply tap on the screen with a selected city and the current day will display the weather for the next 12 hours, by the hour. Useful for when you want to see whether it’s likely to rain later in the day. And if you have the Weather widget displayed in the Notification menu (by default, it only shows current temperature, you can swipe it left/right to show the forecast for the next 5 days.

4. Custom Vibrations

   

That’s right, you can actually lay down your very own vibrating beats on iOS 5 and assign them to specific contacts. Now you can “see” who’s calling or texting by feeling and/or listening to the custom vibrations. First, head on over to Settings –> General –> Accessibility and turn Custom Vibrations to On. Then make your way to Settings –> Sounds and ensure that Vibrate is turned ON (either in Silent or Normal mode). Scroll all the way down to Vibration Patterns and open the Vibrations Menu. Five “Standard” (or defaults) are already there, but to make your own, you’ll need to tap on Create New Vibration. The next screen is where you let your creativity shine. Start tapping and the device will begin recording your pattern – up to 10 seconds long. Once you save, you’ll give it a name and it now becomes the default vibration for all incoming calls.

Should you wish to assign different vibrations to individuals (i.e one for your wife, another for your boss), you’ll need to go to that person’s contact page (found in the stock Contacts app) and tap Edit on top right of screen. Now scroll down until you see “vibration”. Tap that and you can then choose a custom made one (or create a new vibration from this screen).

5. Create Photo Albums

iOS 5 finally lets you better organize your photos right from within the iDevice. In the Photos app, tap the Edit button, then Add in top left corner. Select the album you wish to add images from (most likely the Camera Roll if its your first time), and tap on the thumbnails one by one. Hit Done and voilà! Alternatively, you can be in the Camera Roll screen and tap the bottom left action button. Now make your individual selections and tap the Add To button at the bottom. From here, you can add photos to a new or existing album. This feature doesn’t actually move your pictures into folders – they’re all still in the Camera Roll. Rather, think of it as image tagging, where a photo can appear in more than one album.

6. Swipe for Photo Library, Pinch to Zoom and Shutter button(s)

While you’re in the Camera app, you can easily jump into your Photo Library without having to tap on the thumbnail square located on bottom left of the screen. Simply swipe to the right to transition into the Camera Roll. You can continue swiping right to view previous photos, and left swipes will eventually bring you back into the Camera. To activate the digital Zoom, you can use multi-touch gestures – move two fingers apart to zoom in, and pinch them to zoom back out. Finally, the Volume Up button now acts as a physical shutter button, making it a whole lot easier for most when taking pictures. And did you know that the volume up on the earphone’s remote (Apple’s own or third party both work) also mimics the shutter function?

7. Private Browsing

You don’t have to rely on the likes of PERFECT or Atomic Web Browser to hide your naughty surfing habits anymore. iOS 5 lets you turn on Private Browsing for mobile Safari. Settings –> Safari –> Private Browsing –> On. You’ll be asked right away if you’d like to close all existing tabs or keep them open. Upon using Safari again, you’ll notice that the browser’s “skin” has gone black (an indication that private mode is on). Until you turn the option off, Safari won’t be saving any urls visited, cookies, search terms and other browsing history info.

8. Access Camera from locked screen

For shutterbugs, this is undoubtedly a favorite iOS 5 feature. From the locked screen (or when iDevice is in sleep mode), a double tap on the home button will bring up not only the iPod controls, but also a new Camera icon (bottom right) that will take you into the i-Camera. Not to worry, existing photos on the Camera Roll can’t be accessed via this method, though pictures that have just been taken can still be previewed.

9. Open Safari Links in the Background

   

Here’s a minor Safari ‘tweak’ that I’ve come to love. By default, if you tap and hold on a link in Safari, you’re given the option to “Open in New Page”. That’s fine and dandy, but what if you want to continue reading the article and not have to switch back to current webpage after the new one has been opened? With the “Open Links In Background” function, you can do just that. To enable: Settings –> Safari –> Open Links –> In Background. Now when you tap and hold a link, you’ll see “Open In Background” instead, which will allow you to continue reading while the new page loads in the background. Tap the bottom right “Tabs” icon and you’ll find the recently opened page waiting for you.

10. App Management – View App sizes (and delete)

It used to be that you couldn’t view how much space each app took up on your iDevice while away from iTunes on your desktop (without jailbreaking anyway). Thankfully, iOS 5 makes it easy to see just how many MBs or GBs an app is actually using. To get there, navigate to Settings –> General –> Usage. Here under the ‘Storage’ heading, your list of apps are shown from largest to smallest. Tap on an app and you’ll be given the option on the next screen to wipe it from your iPhone/iPad. And if you have audiobooks onboard, you can even delete them if you select Music from the list of apps displayed (entire books only, not individual chapters).

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The JBnator Diaries – Jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with iOS 4.3.1/4.3.2 via redsn0w [Tutorial] http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/04/07/the-jbnator-diaries-%e2%80%93-jailbreaking-your-iphone-ipad-and-ipod-touch-with-ios-4-3-1-via-redsn0w-tutorial/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/04/07/the-jbnator-diaries-%e2%80%93-jailbreaking-your-iphone-ipad-and-ipod-touch-with-ios-4-3-1-via-redsn0w-tutorial/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2011 14:54:02 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=50767 The war is on! Thanks to the relentless efforts of the Dev-Team, along with the help of ion1c, an independent security expert, the jailbreaking tools for iOS 4.3.1 was recently released. And in our guide today I’m going to help you set free your iPhone 3GS/4, iPod Touch 3G (except 8Gb)/4G and iPad. Please note, iPad … Read more]]>

The war is on! Thanks to the relentless efforts of the Dev-Team, along with the help of ion1c, an independent security expert, the jailbreaking tools for iOS 4.3.1 was recently released. And in our guide today I’m going to help you set free your iPhone 3GS/4, iPod Touch 3G (except 8Gb)/4G and iPad.

Please note, iPad 2 is not supported! Also, I won’t be going into the details of creating custom firmware (for those upgrading a locked phone that need to preserve the old baseband).

So, if you’re looking for a straight-up jailbreak, let’s dive in!

Also of note, if you desire a clean device while keeping all of your saved games and other stuff, look out for an updated guide on backing up and restoring the info in the near future.

Our toolbox for today:

  • iPhone 3GS/4 or iPod Touch 3G/4G or iPad 1 with iOS 4.3.1/4.3.2
  • redsn0w 0.9.6rc14 – download at Dev-Team’s site – for Windows/Mac
  • Windows/Mac personal computer with the latest version of iTunes
  • The original Apple OS for your specific device – you can download it using iTunes or from the links below for version 4.3.1:

iPhone 4
iPhone 3GS
iPad

Important: For the moment, there is NO unlock for iOS 4.3.1, so if you require one, stick to your current version or use PwnageTool 4.3 (Mac) or sn0wbreeze 2.5 (Windows) to create a custom firmware package for your iDevice with an old baseband (not covered in this tutorial).

Let’s get breaking out of jail!

1. Run iTunes, hold shift and click restore and browse to the OS file.This will take quite some time, so you can safely go and make yourself a spot of tea. After the process is over, you have a virgin iDevice running iOS 4.3.1 version

2. [Officially unlocked or original SIM card available iPhone only] Connect to iTunes and activate your iPhone

3. Run redsn0w (if you’re using Windows 7 make sure to run it in compatibility mode with Windows XP SP3 and as Administrator – configurable in file properties)

4. Click browse and select the downloaded firmware file for your iDevice

5. Wait until it checks the file and press Next

6. After redsn0w processes the iOS file you’ll be presented with a list of options. In our case leave the default settings (as in the screenshot) and press Next

7. Connect your iDevice (if it’s not connected) and power it down according to the instructions on-screen. Press Next.

8. Now we have to put it into DFU mode according to the instructions on-screen:

i) Hold the Power button until the iDevice shows the white Apple logo

ii) Now hold the Home button without releasing the Power button for 10 seconds

iii) Release the Power button while still holding the Home one until redsn0w springs to the next page

9. Behold the Dev-Team crazy pineapple logo on your iDevice while the magic is done

10. After a while your device will power down. If it doesn’t boot up automatically in 30 seconds or so don’t worry, just do it manually.

11. After the iDevice reboots, you’ll see the Cydia icon on the Springboard (note, it is on the second page if no apps were installed on the iDevice)

12. Set up a wireless (Wi-Fi) connection. If you run into issues, try resetting network parameters (Settings-General-Reset-Reset Network Settings) – that should fix the issue

13. Run Cydia and wait while it updates the file structure and exits automatically

14. Start up Cydia and update it completely. Reboot.

15. Start up Cydia again and install the afc2add daemon to provide for the various iPhone browsing apps

Hooray, hooray, you’re now the proud owner of a freshly jailbroken and upgraded iDevice running iOS 4.3.1/4.3.2, which is likely the final release before the big 5 hits this summer.

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Quick Tip: How to disable In-App Purchases on your iPhone http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/28/quick-tip-how-to-disable-in-app-purchases-on-your-iphone/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/28/quick-tip-how-to-disable-in-app-purchases-on-your-iphone/#comments Mon, 28 Feb 2011 23:25:10 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=48814 In-App Purchases (IAP) on the iDevice is nothing new, but it was given significant news coverage earlier this month when an 8 year old unknowingly spent $1,400 in real money buying Smurfberries — used to speed up the growth of the virtual crops and village — in the popular game Smurfs’ Village. Aside from parents not … Read more]]>

Several iOS games with IAPs in Top Grossing chart

In-App Purchases (IAP) on the iDevice is nothing new, but it was given significant news coverage earlier this month when an 8 year old unknowingly spent $1,400 in real money buying Smurfberries — used to speed up the growth of the virtual crops and village — in the popular game Smurfs’ Village. Aside from parents not being aware of the potential costs that can accompany such “free” farming-type games, the 15 minute login window that Apple has implemented has made inadvertent (or unauthorized) IAPs more rampant. What this means is that once the password has been entered on the device when an app is downloaded, iOS won’t prompt the user for another login during this time frame, be it for downloading new Apps or IAPs.

So until Apple decides to change their policy or even enforce a login for each IAP, what can you do to prevent your children or nieces/nephews from racking up the bill? We’ll show you below in a few simple steps how you can disable In-App Purchases on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

Disabling In-App Purchases on iOS

1. Go into Settings on your iDevice

2. Tap General

3. Tap Restrictions

4. Tap Enable Restrictions and you’ll be prompted to create 4 digit Restrictions Passcode. Remember this code!

5. Scroll down until you see the Allowed Content section.

6. Tap on the In-App Purchase toggle to switch it to “OFF”. Now no one can make IAPs on the device, including yourself. So if you need to make IAPs at a later time for your own games/apps, simply make your way back into this menu and turn it back on.

As you can see, the Restrictions settings can come in handy when there are young children around the house. It’ll give you the option of disabling default apps like Safari or YouTube, prevent the installation/deleting of apps and even specifying which category of Rated Apps (4+, 9+, 12+ and 17+) are visible on the springboard (those apps not allowed won’t appear back on the iPhone until the settings are changed once again).

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Review: Transferring Pictures Wirelessly between iDevices http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/21/review-transferring-pictures-wirelessly-between-devices/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/21/review-transferring-pictures-wirelessly-between-devices/#comments Mon, 21 Feb 2011 18:01:43 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=46534 . Photo Transfer Pic Transfer WiFi Photo . We all know that you can transfer a picture or video between a Mac or PC with an iPhone or iPad by just plugging the device into iTunes and syncing. Other options are to do so using e-mail or even MMS. Oh… but that’s so 2007! Surely … Read more]]>

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Photo Transfer Pic Transfer WiFi Photo

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We all know that you can transfer a picture or video between a Mac or PC with an iPhone or iPad by just plugging the device into iTunes and syncing. Other options are to do so using e-mail or even MMS. Oh… but that’s so 2007! Surely there’s an app for that?

In fact there are several. Photo Transfer, Pic Transfer and WiFi Photo are great examples and can come in really handy when you want the flexibility to select and transfer multiple items at once. Let’s take a look and see why they’re so useful.

First of all, since we have WiFi and bluetooth, it should be all we need to move pictures and videos around! A picture transfer app can make this task easy by allowing one to choose multiple pictures or videos and push or pull them to the device of interest. The big advantage over a cable is that you can move pictures not only to your computer but to a friend’s iDevice directly without going through the extra step of e-mail (as long as both devices need to be running the same app).

As universal apps, these three all have identical functionality on both the iPhone and iPad (I did not test them on an iPod Touch).

######### Photo Transfer Pic Transfer WiFi Photo Transfer
Computer to iDevice yes no no
iDevice to Computer zipfile Mac only zipfile
iDevice to iDevice app to app app to app no
Video Transfer yes yes no
Bluetooth Option iDevice only iDevice only no
Picture Preview at transfer thumbnail only at selection
Universal App yes yes yes

 


 


Photo Transfer 2.2

Of the apps reviewed here, this one provides the widest number of transfer options: iDevice to iDevice, iDevice to Computer and the only one to do Computer to iDevice. A connection between the computer and the iDevice is made by typing a URL or IP address into a computer’s web browser that shares the same local WiFi connection. This is nice because the app can connect to almost any computer that uses a modern web browser.

Computer Transfers

To transfer photos or videos to your computer, launch the app and choose your options to Send to PC.

Press the Select Photos button and navigate through the albums on your device; then tap the picture or video thumbnails you wish to transfer.

Enter the the listed URL on any computer’s web browser to make the connection.

From your computer’s browser you can preview the photos as larger images before transfer. This is nice, but it would be more convenient to examine them first on the iDevice’s thumbnail selection screen to help choose the best among similar photos.

Press the Download link on the browser and the selected photos are transferred over WiFi as a zipfile.

Uploading pictures or videos from computer to iDevice is done by selecting them one at a time from the computer’s browser and then pushing it to the iDevice via the Upload button on the browser screen.

iDevice to iDevice Transfers

Sharing videos and pictures between iDevices is easy when both devices are running the Photo Transfer app. Pictures or videos are selected as before and then transferred app to app over a shared WiFi connection.

A progress bar is displayed as pictures and videos are pulled to the receiving device. Transferred items are placed in the default photo album.

Summary

Photo Transfer provides excellent step by step instructions for each transfer function as well as tips for troubleshooting connection problems. It is the most costly of the three apps reviewed here, but it is a good value for the money.

App Summary
Title: Photo Transfer App Developer: Enrique Rodriguez
Reviewed Ver: 2.2 Min OS Req: 3.1
Price: $2.99 App Size: Size: 5.9 MB
  • All the options you need.
  • Great help text for troubleshooting connection problems.
  • Can transfer pictures from Mac/PC to iDevice
  • Difficult to distinguish similar pictures at selection time.
  • Requires same app to transfer pictures between iDevices.

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Pic Transfer v3.2

If you use a Mac or only want to transfer photos between iDevices, then this app may be the one for you. Pic Transfer will move pictures between iDevices using either a WiFi or bluetooth connection or from an iDevice to a Mac (only) using a free desktop application.

This app has a simple user interface and can transfer lots of pictures without using a zipfile. There’s no help included with this app, but it’s so simple to use, it probably doesn’t need one. Pictures or videos are selected by touch from album thumbnails on the iDevice. As can be seen below, there’s no way to examine similar pictures (two checked ones in second row) before transfer so you either transfer both or guess.

After pictures are selected, the receiving device (Mac or iDevice) is set to Receive and the transferring iDevice is set to Send. Choose the receiving device from the menu on the sending device and voila the pictures are pushed over.

Here is the Mac app user interface that controls where received videos and picture are saved. It’s free and available on the Mac App Store.

Transfer progress is shown by a progress bar and count. The same general user interface is used on all transfers.

Summary

Pic Transfer is a great solution for doing quick picture and video transfers between iDevices or directly to your Mac. For 99 cents it’s a nice clean way to skip the MMS or e-mail transfer hassle. It’s the transfer app I use to download screenshots for my TMA reviews.

App Summary
Title: Pic Transfer Developer: Objective App LLC
Reviewed Ver: 3.2 Min OS Req: 4.0
Price: $0.99 App Size: Size: 0.6 MB
  • No nonsense user interface that makes connection and transfer very simple.
  • Multiple pictures are transferred individually without zipfile.
  • No need to enter a special URL to connect to a Mac.
  • PC picture/video is not supported (Mac only).
  • Similar pictures are difficult to distinguish when selecting for transfer.
  • Requires same app to transfer pictures between iDevices.

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WiFi Photo Transfer v1.3

This last app has less features than the other two, but it’s free. It only supports photo transfers (no videos) from iDevices to your computer. Like Photo Transfer, you launch the app and enter the multi-digit local iDevice IP and port address into your desktop/laptop browser.

This isn’t as difficult as it sounds and once set up, pictures are easily pulled from your iDevice by the browser. One very nice feature is that the browser interface presents a list of your albums and allows you to preview individual pictures in larger than thumbnail size on your iDevice as you select them.

You can transfer photos one at a time by clicking on the thumbnails either in full resolution or as large/medium/small web-friendly jpg images using the save features of the browser. Multiple pictures can be selected at once and transferred as a compressed zip file.

Summary

While limited in features, if all you want to do is transfer photos to your computer, this app is ideal. It isn’t as slick as the other two, but it gets the job done.

App Summary
Title: WiFi Photo Transfer Developer: Janos Barkai
Reviewed Ver: 1.3 Min OS Req: 4.0
Price: Free App Size: Size: 3.0 MB
  • Selection of pictures is managed and previewed by receiving desktop device.
  • It’s free!
  • No iDevice to iDevice transfer.
  • INdividual transfers must be manually saved in the browser.

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