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
No doubt one of the more common uses of the iPad is to take notes during a business meeting or class/lecture. Readdle, makers of the popular ReaddleDocs and PDF Expert apps, has just released Remarks - a productivity tool that lets you jot notes (with keyboard or handwriting), draw sketches, and even annotate PDF files.
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.
• 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