Haven’t you ever wanted to issue client invoices and check the status of outstanding payments directly from your iPad? No matter if you’re a small business, an accountant or an associate, doing these from your iPad can make your life easier. Thanks to Xero, you can easily do all of this and even check your company’s expenses and bank account balances from your iPad.
One of the things that has irritated me about iOS ever since its inception on the iPad back in 2010 is Apple’s seemingly lacking support for PDF files. Sure, you can open and read them from, say, an e-mail message, but without the use of third-party software, there’s absolutely no way to store them locally or edit them. This bugs me quite a lot: Preview in OS X is actually a pretty powerful program and I find myself using it on a daily basis to annotate PDFs and it even has iCloud support, so why haven’t Apple brought out a version of Preview for iOS yet? There was no mention of it in the grandiose WWDC announcement a couple of weeks back and nothing has been spotted in the developer previews as of yet, but time is the best healer and we may see something amalgamate come September-time.
Until then, iPad owners have to rely on third-party software to read and annotate PDFs, of which there is a great number — go to the App Store and type in the search box, “PDF” and you’ll see what I mean (by my last count, the search returned 2,035 results). And PDF Max Pro, by developers Mobeera is one of those. At an RRP of $9.99 (though it’s currently running a 50% off promotion) it is certainly one of the pricier offers, so let’s dive straight in and find out whether it is the go-to PDF reader for your iPad.
I’m terrible at sending greeting cards, but I love receiving them. This makes me a horrible person, and I feel really bad about it. It’s just that scouring those racks and racks of cards during holidays, even the smaller, made up holidays, fills me with such anxiety. Once I’ve got all of my cards, I still have to fill them all out, address them, and ship them off. Let’s hope I have enough stamps!
Felt is taking a lot of the pressure off by taking on a lot of the work of sending greeting cards for you. You just choose the card, write the message, and tell Felt where to send it. I’ll see how Felt stands up to the supermarket aisle when it comes to letting your loved ones know just how loved they are. (more…)
I don’t spend a lot of time playing video games now, but when I do, it’s usually for short spurts on my iPad or iPhone (tell me you’ve never heard that one before). My favourite games on iOS are really simple and highly addictive (Letterpress, Hundreds and Rayman: Jungle Run, if you have to ask).
Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to try out a new simple and highly addictive game for both iPhone and iPad called Circles. It’s a memory-based game that tests both your physical and mental reflexes, and your scores (along with your short-term memory) can only improve while you play. Not only that, but like Letterpress, it uses Game Center for its multiplayer experience. Intrigued? Read on to find out whether or not Circles is a game worth investing in.
Touching up images is fast becoming a favourite past time. After reaching a peak with the launch of Instagram, image manipulation isn’t a rage anymore, but it is clear that it isn’t a fad either. In the app, image manipulation apps that offer you a ton of creative ways to play with your images are still on the rise.
In the recent past, I had the opportunity to review a few such apps. In my experience, I found the image manipulation apps to be fabulous examples of the power of the iOS ecosystem. The newest edition of the popular Halftone 2 app is the latest to join the list. Turning photographs to professional looking comic pages sounds like a lot of fun. Isn’t it?
In the last Pythonista 101 article we discussed modules. Modules are Python scripts that come bundled with Pythonista giving us access to new and interesting features. Because of the sandboxed nature of iOS, what comes bundled in with apps like Pythonista is really all that we have to work with. When compared with the free reign found on Mac OS X, Linux, and even Windows, this may seem restrictive. Fortunately the developers of Pythonista have done a fantastic job packing as many modules into Pythonista as possible. Today we’re going to look over some more, as well as examine some real-world scenarios that Pythonista could assist with.
Hollywood infiltrates this week’s group of games, which include tie-ins from the films Despicable Me and Man of Steel. And while there are nine different characters in Rail Rush, your main character is slightly reminiscent of a certain Mr. Jones, first name: Indiana.
If you’re more in the mood to turn down the action a bit, we also have a puzzler and a turn-based farm-building game. But just because they’re comparatively shorter on action doesn’t mean they aren’t just as challenging in their own ways. Click “more” to put yourself to the test. (more…)