Deals: iOS Coding Mastery Bundle at 83% off

Coding Mastery Bundle

Today’s featured deal will help you break into the booming iOS programming game and conquer the App Store with 104 Hours of Top-Rated iOS Dev Training.  These training classes include classes that will help you develop, design, create layouts, learn new programming language, and submit your work to the App Store–plus much more. Sign up now and receive an amazing 83% discount! This is  a great deal that will run you only $39 – instead of its standard price of $236!  Here’s some info about the Coding MasteryBundle , and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Here’s some examples of the quality apps you will receive as part of this iOS Coding Mastery Bundle pack…

If you’ve ever considered developing iPhone and iPad applications, then this is the course for you. Through this fully immersive iOS 9 course, you’ll learn Apple’s new programming language, Swift 2.0, and build several actual iOS apps. If you’ve never coded before, this is the perfect gateway to the highly lucrative world of iPhone and iPad app development.

Whether you’re a total beginner to app development, a pro who wants to hone your style, or a graphic designer interested in trying UI/UX design, you have a ton to gain from this course. Using Bohemian Coding’s Sketch as a primary tool, you’ll design a complete iOS app interface, and infuse your own style and preferences to make your app uniquely yours. This one is as fun as it is functional.

To release an app to the public through the Apple Store, you’re going to need a strong understanding of Core Data, the object graph and persistence framework that allows a device to efficiently manage locally stored data. Through creating your own Core Data stack, you’ll gain an understanding of how to manage data models and relationships while picking up some new Swift Language features. This is an essential course to help you start monetizing your app in the Apple marketplace.

To see more details, and to place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.

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Quick Thoughts on Evernote and the Competition

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My Evernote Premium subscription just ran out, so it has come time for me to reconsider whether or not to continue using the service. Evernote hasn’t made any mis-steps recently, and I’ve actually found it quite useful at work.

Evernote Plus costs $30 USD per year, and would give me the offline access to my notes that I require. It has 1 GB of upload capacity per month, which is quite a lot for my needs. What it doesn’t do, however, is have the PDF annotation features, which can be handy in a pinch.

If I want everything that Evernote has to offer, I’m looking at Evernote Premium, which is about $60 USD per year. It’s double the price of Plus, but it does let me search all the attachments inside of Evernote, and provides a whopping 10 GB of uploads per month.

These really aren’t crazy prices as far as I’m concerned, but given the increasing number of subscription services I’m using, I thought I’d at least examine whether or not I could live without Evernote. $10 for Lightroom, $10 for Dropbox Pro, $10 for Apple Music, and $5 for 200 GB of iCloud Storage is quickly adding up. So I’ve decided to think a little bit about what makes Evernote so valuable to me.

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How to Prepare your iPad for International Travel


Whether you’re the occasional traveler, or you frequently leave the country for work excursions, even the most seasoned veteran commuters can become flummoxed when it comes to using your iOS device without incurring unexpected charges on your phone bill.  So, what can you do as an iPad owner to ensure that all your available options are explored and checked off before you begin your trip?

Do you have access to Wi-Fi?

Before you use your iPad internationally, the first thing you need to do is to turn data roaming off.  This will keep your iPad from using data altogether, even when connected to a local network. To turn off data roaming, open the Settings App on your iPad and select Cellular–> Turn Data Roaming off–if it isn’t already. When Cellular Data and Data Roaming are off, the cellular-data icon shouldn’t appear in the status bar.

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Quick Look: Apple’s USB 3 SD Card Reader for iPad

The last time I bought Apple’s SD Card Camera Reader, I ended up feeling disappointed and returning it within a day. However, I thought I’d revisit this particular accessory now that I’ve switched cameras. Instead of using a Sony A6000, I’m now using a Fuji X-Pro 2. The JPEG files on this new camera are larger, and the movies are actually transferable to iOS, so I now have a much better use case for this little adapter.

I shoot files large enough files (12-15 MB JPEGs) in a large enough capacity (around 50 shots on a given day) that Wi-Fi transfers aren’t really a great solution for me any more. I can still pull the camera out to transfer 5-10 shots with ease, but transferring 20 shots at 24 MP per shot takes upwards of four or five minutes to complete. That’s four minutes of my iPad Pro and camera being completely useless while the transfer happens. In contrast, the transfer of 19 shots via the SD Card Reader takes less than a minute, and still allows me to do other things while the transfer is happening.

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Deals: Acesori 5 Piece Smartphone Camera Lens Kit at 80% off

Acesori Camera Lens Kit

Today’s featured deal is especially useful for those who love to utilize their smartphone camera to take pictures, no matter what scenario they find themselves in.  With the Acesori 5 Piece Smartphone Camera Lens Kit there you will have countless opportunities to capture that perfect, elusive picture you can be proud of.  Whether you want to take a wind angle shot, a close up detailed macro picture, or try something new with the fish-eye view–we have the lens that fits your needs. Now, for a limited time you can purchase your own Acesori Camera Lens Kit at an incredible 80% off!  It’s a great deal that will run you only $9.99 – instead of its standard price of $50.  Here’s some info about the Acesori and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Wish your smartphone had the functionality of your DSLR? Well, our friends at Acesori want to help with this 3-in-1 LensKit designed to greatly increase your camera’s range. Easily connected to the magnetic ring around your phone’s camera, this kit allows you to take incredible photos and video through fish eye, wide angle, and macro lenses.

  • Easily detachable & interchangeable design includes magnetic rings
  • High-quality, anti-scratch glass w/ reduced glare & reflection will greatly enhance your photos
  • Metal lanyards & lens covers keep the lenses protected and portable
  • Durable aluminum construction makes the lenses more durable
  • Fish Eye views complete a 180 degree picture
  • Wide Angle shots will let you capture an entire landscape
  • Macro pictures capture the most minute details of a subject

To see more details, and to place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.

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iPad App of the Week: SnipNotes


Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every week.  Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is SnipNotes by Felix Lisczyk.  With you can do so much more than just keep track of random notes. All your notes are automatically categorized into its own category.  These categories include Phone numbers, email address, websites, your location, regular text or an image. All information is sorted by the type of text it originates from, with each category paired to its own set of actions. You can access your notes from within the app, via the  notification center, and even from a handy widget on your iOS device

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Quick Look: iFontMaker for iPad

I forget how I heard about iFontMaker, but now that I have an iPad Pro and Pencil, this seemed like a great opportunity to try something completely different. I really don’t know much about fonts or typography, but I am intrigued by all of the different factors that come into play with modern typefaces and fonts. As a quick primer: typefaces describe a family tree of fonts (like Avenir) and fonts are specific blocks and weights of text within that tree (like Avenir Light).

I have only spent a few hours with iFontMaker but its interface is so straightforward that it was very easy to pick up. Once I’ve chosen to create new font, I can see the entire alphabet at the top of the screen. The bottom half is dedicated solely to the creation of the typeface, with markers for x-height, ascenders, and descenders. These guidelines help to make sure your letters and glyphs are all about the same size.

Another guide that iFontMaker provides by default is the outline of that particular letter or glyph as it pertains to a specific font (which I can change in settings). This was extremely helpful in providing a baseline for me to see how high my letters should actually go, or how much space in the margin I really had to play with.

Actually drawing the different letters in my custom font was a lot like using a vector app like Graphic. I used a calligraphy type of stroke to generate the capitalized letters, and it was a pretty smooth process. However, I did find that certain strokes — especially curved ones — could often be interpreted as separated, overlapping strokes.

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Has iCloud Photo Library’s “Optimize Storage” Option Gotten Better?


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While testing Lightroom, I’ve decided to set my iCloud Photo Library to Optimize Storage. That way, it won’t take up very much space on my devices because it will dynamically decide which photos to keep at full resolution, while still retaining the benefits of automatically syncing photos between my iPhone and iPad in the background.

Optimize Storage, if done right, is actually what I’d like most from a cloud photo service. I want the benefit of having my pictures within easy reach, but I don’t want to necessarily store everything at full resolution locally. What would make the most sense to me would be to have thumbnails of my images that are sized exactly to the device screen, which means 2732×2048 for the 12.9” iPad Pro and 1920×1080 for my iPhone 6S Plus.

This is the way I understand Photos on OS X and Lightroom to work. They don’t just display a small thumbnail and a medium thumbnail, they generate these extra files in advance to speed up the experience of browsing through a large library of photos. I know that iOS generates the tiny thumbnails that are seen in the Years, Collections, and Moments views, but I’d love to see Optimize Storage also generate fullscreen previews for every single photo in my library. This would let me view any photo in my library regardless of online status, but it wouldn’t take nearly the same amount of space as an actual 6000×4000 (24 Megapixel) shot.

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Deals: iKlips DUO iOS Flash Storage Solution at 20% off

iKlips DUO iOS Flash StorageToday’s featured deal is especially useful for those who love to take as much of their data with them as possible, without having to worry about how much space they have available on their iPad or iPhone.  The iKlips DUO iOS Flash drive is an excellent tool that will allow you to transfer and store data between all of your compatible devices.  With access to the universal iOS app, you can easily mange and store up to 256 GB’s of data.  Now, for a limited time you can purchase an iKlips Flash drive at 20% off!  It’s a great deal that will run you only $71 – instead of its standard price of $89.  Here’s some info about the iKlips and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Speedy and compact, the iKlips is the easiest data storage and transfer solution for iOS devices. This flash drive will securely store your files and travels easily wherever you go, allowing you to access your music, photos, documents, and more at a moment’s notice. Plus its packed with new features: a newly designed Lightning connector body that fits even more iPhone and iPad cases, a silicone body sleeve for total protection, a handy key ring, and more.

  • Efficiently & quickly transmit data between iOS & other devices
  • Access media files: photos, documents, music, TV shows, etc.
  • Stream movies & music without using the internal storage of your iOS device
  • Transfer single files larger than 4GB w/ support for ex-FAT format
  • Use w/ the free universal iOS app for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch
  • Easily store w/ new key ring protector
  • Enjoy the ultra-slim aluminum construction
  • Expand storage capacity up to 256GB

This is for the 32GB iKlips Flash Duo in Gray. For more options, view drop-down menu.

To see more details, and to place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.

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How to Reduce your iPad screen brightness beyond standard control limits


This is one of those how-to tips that, while very useful to some, will not be for everyone .  For the most part, the ability to dim your iPad or iPhone screen beyond standard control limitations can be a helpful tool.  However, if you are looking to keep your whole room from lighting up in the first place, you might want to reexamine your need to use your device in the dark in the first place.

Having said that, there’s no harm in the quick glance at your device from time to time.  Perhaps you are waiting to get some important information, or you forgot to check an appointment time for early the next day that you wanted to verify.  For me, at night I use my iPad on my bedside table to display a digital clock.  The numbers are big and easy to read, even for my wife from the other side of the bed.  In addition, it keeps me from picking up my iPhone, where I would most certainly would get caught up in notifications and sports scores, and anything else that might distract me form getting back to sleep.

Even with the ability to dim the clock through a third party clock app in addition to using the controls on the iPad, I would still prefer to have the display brightness cranked down a level or two.  Our room is pretty much pitch dark, and the glow from the iPad can be a little unsettling when you first wake up.  Luckily there’s an easy process to tweak the brightness of your iOS device a little father than the default control settings available through your device–and here’s how.

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