Friday, October 1, 2010

GoodReader for iPad Gets Major Update

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GoodReader for iPad has received a major update bringing PDF annotations and much more.

Congratulations! You've found the one and only Good Reader app for iPad! If you need to read huge PDF, or TXT files, you've come to the right place.

PDF Annotations, Markup & Highlighting is also our strength. Sticky notes, lines, arrows, freehand drawings on top of a PDF file - you name it. And the best part is that all annotations become a part of a PDF file itself - email it to your colleague, and she will see all your notes and drawings on a desktop computer, in a common PDF reading program.

What's New In This Version:
Major update introducing major new feature - PDF Annotations, including notes, highlights, markups and drawings:
- all annotations that you create or edit in GoodReader - notes, highlights, markups, and drawings - are saved in a PDF file, so you will be able to see them later on a computer or in another copy of GoodReader on your colleague's device
- all notes, highlights, markups, and drawings created outside GoodReader, and properly stored in a PDF file, can be viewed or edited in GoodReader
- types of annotations that you can create and edit in GoodReader: comments ('sticky notes') with 7 different icons, text highlights, freehand drawings, lines, arrows, rectangles, ovals, text underlines, text deletion marks (strikeouts), text insertion marks, text replacement marks. You can freely adjust color of all of the above.
- other types of annotations that you can view in GoodReader: text boxes with callouts, polygons and polylines, squiggly underlines, cloudy shapes, rubber stamps, file attachments. All annotations that can be viewed, can also be deleted. In addition, some of them can be edited in a limited fashion (color, placement, scale).
- you can now extract files from PDF file attachments

- two main gestures that you should use to work with annotations - single tap, and 'tap & hold'. Depending on where you tap (on a text, on an existing annotation, or on a free space on a page), different menus will be presented to you.

Other important improvements and new features:
- now you can select text directly on a PDF page. Tap on a text and hold your finger for a while. You can then copy it to the clipboard, or create markups for it (highlights, underlines, strikeouts, etc.)
- certain not very large files were known to consistently crash GoodReader (as well as other PDF reader apps) for no apparent reason. This was the issue with iOS 3.x. We have resolved this issue. It shouldn't be a problem now, even if you're still on iOS 3.x (this one is for you, Linux Journal readers :-)
- now we can hide PDF watermarks (adjustable option in settings)
- certain button images in place of PDF links that were not shown before, are now shown correctly

And some other nice things:
- you can now choose which minimum zoom ratio you prefer for PDF pages - 'fit to screen' or 'fit to width' (an option in settings)
- we have lifted the limitation for a size of files being extracted from PDF Portfolios. Now we're able to extract files of any size. Just make sure that you have enough of free disk space!
- now when you copy a file to the same location as the original, a copy is created. Very handy if you want to annotate a PDF file, but also want to leave the original file unchanged.
- a workaround for the issue when WiFi was conflicting with Bluetooth (slow WiFi connection, occasional WiFi signal drops when Bluetooth switch is on, etc.) was finally found. Now there should be no conflict between WiFi and Bluetooth when working in GoodReader.

You can purchase GoodReader for iPad from the App Store for $0.99.












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Quickly Send E-Mails With New App

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MobWeb.ch has announced the release of Mail Templates 1.0.1 their new iOS app. Mail Templates 1.0.1 is a utility aimed at people who repeatedly send the same e-mail. It allows the user to save up to 10 different templates, which can be sent instantly from within the app.

Upon launching Mail Templates, the user can create templates for e-mail messages, which include a predefined subject line, message body and of course recipient(s). He can then just tap one of the templates in the main screen to send them out - it's that simple. As a bonus feature, the user can choose how he wants to send the message. The standard option would be to send it directly via iOS' built-in Mail app. However, it's also possible to send the message via a web-server, which doesn't even require an e-mail account. For example if the user wanted to send the e-mail from an account that is not currently installed on the iOS device, he can just enter this e-mail address and that's what the recipient will see!

The goal when designing the interface and the app in general, was to keep it as simple as possible while providing a powerful app that is easy to use for everyone. It also includes a guided tour for new users, explaining to them how to use the app. All graphics and the icon have been polished for the retina-display, so the app is ready for the new iPhone 4 and the brand-new iPod touch devices. It is also optimized for the iPad and runs on all current iOS devices.

Pricing and Availability:
Mail Templates 1.0.1 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available in the U.S. App Store in the Productivity category. There is also a Lite version, which is available for free. The Lite version allows the user to try out the app before he buys the full version, and is limited to save one template, instead of 10.




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Facebook is 'Very Confident' That They Will Work With Apple on Ping

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At a media dinner in New York last night, Facebook CTO Bret Taylor said he is "very confident" that Apple and Facebook will find a way to work together on Ping, according to BusinessInsider.

Apple was reportedly in talks with Facebook over Ping for at least 18 months before it launched the service on its own.

According to Steve Jobs, Facebook was insisting on "onerous terms that we could not agree to". Instead, Apple launched the service on its own and tried to implement the Facebook "Connect" login interface; however, Facebook blocked Apple citing the enormous amount of traffic Apple would generate.




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Share Your Music and Mixes on Twitter and Facebook

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Zikera has announced that their app, Groove, now allows music enthusiasts to share their music and mixes on Twitter and Facebook. Groove is an app that helps music lovers to rediscover their music library and enjoy their music in a whole new way. The updated version, Groove 1.4, also adds support for iOS4, including fast app switching and higher resolution graphics.

Groove is the best iPod app replacement, organizing your library and creating a variety of mixes from your music library based on your listening habits. Tap "Feelin' Groovy" to get an instant mix of songs that go well together or rediscover missed gems with the "Three of a Kind" option that play sets of three songs by artist. Don't know what to listen to? Select the "Surprise Me" option or simply shake your iPod/iPhone/iPad and let Groove surprise you with an album, artist or a mix. The app is also driver friendly and includes a rich set of gestures to easily control the player and volume while in the car.

Features include:
* Make a mix of songs that go well together in a single tap
* Listen to sets of three songs by artist with the "Three of a Kind" option
* Use the "Surprise Me" option or shake device to get a mix based on your listening habits
* Listen to featured duos of artists who are meant to be heard together
* Get an instant mix of your favorite songs
* Use the swipe gestures to control the player and the volume while in the car
* Display a large scrolling song title so that you can keep your eyes on the road
* Tell your friends what you're listening to directly from Groove by sharing your music and mixes on Twitter and Facebook.
* Organize your music library by top albums/artists for quick selection
* Automatically download artist images and missing album artworks
* Continue listening to Groove mixes while using other apps

Paid Enhancement Package:
* Automatically organize your music library by tags and create mixes based on tags
* Listen to groovy mixes based on the currently playing song
* Save any mix created by Groove for later play

While Groove 1.4 is free and offers users a wonderful music listening experience, Zikera developers have included an in-app purchase opportunity which takes Groove to a whole new level. The enhancement package contains a feature that automatically organizes a user's music library by tags. The tags stem from the data of millions of Last.fm users. Genres do not have to be classified because Groove will auto tag a user's music, making it easy to create new mixes.

Pricing and Availability:
Groove 1.4 is free with in-app purchase of enhancement package and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category. Zikera is running a special price drop for the enhancement package at $0.99 USD until October 31st inclusive.




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Arcade Cats: Magnificent Puzzle Adventure

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Star Cat Studios has announced the release of Arcade Cats: Magnificent puzzle adventure. Conceived as a contemporary twist on the classic arcade game genre, Arcade Cats is an innovative action game in which the user is responsible for directing mice - the game's heroes - safely across various game fields containing dangerous roaming cats, all the while collecting enough stars to complete each level. Specifically designed for an optimal mobile arcade experience Arcade Cats is currently available on the iTunes App Store.

The newest entry into the available library mobile arcade-based game apps for the Apple App Store, Arcade Cats' features include more progressively more challenging levels which are un-locked as players advance through the game, interactive scoreboards, as well as three unique game-play options including Arcade, Puzzle, and Outrun modes.

Arcade Cats is a well-rounded arcade game that utilizes intuitive controls and straight forward game-play to ensure that the game can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of age or gaming skills. Players release their mice - all of whom are part of a cluster termed the Ramses Brothers - at one end of the playing field with the ability to simultaneously release multiple mice from different places at the bottom of the screen. Each mouse can only progress in a straight path across unless they stumble onto an arrow to change their direction. Stars - which serve as the central point system within the game - are collected once the mice have completed a successful crossing and lost when the cats that freely roam the game field have caught them.

Arcade Cats provides a fun and engaging game environment that is conducive to repeated plays due to the breadth of the game's many features and levels. The ability to play Arcade Cats in multiple modes ensures that game-play not only stays varied but offers users a diverse set of challenges to play through. With a game-play concept that has it's roots firmly set in the vein of timeless arcade classics such as Frogger and Pac Man it is not hard to see why Arcade Cats is at once over-whelming entertaining and mentally engaging.

Pricing and Availability:
Arcade Cats 1.0 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.







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Grantwood Technology Ships Car Kit for iPad

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Grantwood Technology has announced the release of the Car Kit for iPad, consisting of a SimpleCase for iPad, headrest straps, and FM transmitter/Car Charger for iPad. The Car Kit for iPad is compatible with the iPad and iPad 3G and can be used with almost any vehicle. The Car Kit for iPad allows the iPad to be strapped to a headrest, around the base of the headrest or between two headrests. The FM transmitter simultaneously charges the iPad while playing the sound over the car speakers.

Wish you could take the iPad and watch a movie or show in your car? The Car Kit for iPad makes it all possible and easy for all to enjoy. Make car travel more enjoyable with the Car Kit for iPad.

The Car Kit comes with a SimpleCase for iPad that has removable attachment straps both long and short, that can be used to attach the iPad to a car headrest, or between head rests. The straps can also be used as shoulder or carrying straps.

The Car Kit also comes with an FM transmitter/car charger that allows all occupants to hear the iPad sound over the car radio. The FM transmitter also charges the iPad when its attached.

"We based the design the Car Kit for iPad on simple attachment to a car seat so passengers can all watch a show on the same iPad," states Michael Banks, co-founder and CEO of Grantwood Technology, LLC, "and if everyone wants to watch the iPad, the FM transmitter/charger allows everyone to hear the iPad without headphones, all the while charging the iPad."

Pricing and Availability:
The Car Kit for iPad retails for $39.99 (USD). The Car Kit for iPad is fully compatible with the iPad and iPad 3G.




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Macware Releases MacFlux 3

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Macware has announced the release of MacFlux 3, easy website creation for Mac users. MacFlux provides everything you need to create and publish your own website the same day you start using it: pre-designed website templates, a drag-and-drop WYSIWYG interface, simple palettes for style changes, and an editing interface that shows the website the way it would be displayed on the Internet. Professional web designers can even drill down to the source code to truly unleash their web design skills.

MacFlux makes website design easy:
* No HTML experience required
* Full website templates included
* Import existing websites or iWeb site
* Drag-and-drop editing
* Pre-made page layouts
* Powerful image editing using Core Image filters
* Live preview
* Create website forms
* Full source code editor for expert users
* History feature allows you to easily reverse experimental changes or mistakes
* Add video, Plugins and more (including Coda Plugins)
* Google Font API Support
* Quickly debug your site to find errors
* Supports HTML5, CSS3, PHP, Ruby, JSP and more
* Upload to FTP or MobileMe
* And more

Pricing and Availability:
MacFlux is available in Apple retail stores, or online for an MSRP of $99.99 (USD). More information is available on the Macware website.




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