PDF Expert 5 is another of the notable iPad apps that has got an impressive update for iOS 8. In the app’s latest update to Version 5.2, it has added a Zoom Writing feature especially for the iPad that’s described like so:
This is a great tool to write with precision. Essentially, it adds the area that zooms in a part of the page and allows you to handwrite more on a single page or document margins. As you write, the zoomed box moves along the page, automatically adjusting to the pace you need to work at.
Then there are the new features that have been added for iOS 8:
- iCloud Drive Support
Safely store all your presentations, spreadsheets, PDFs, images and any other kind of documents in your PDF Expert iCloud folder. Directly access them from iCloud Drive on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac or PC.
- Open files from iCloud Drive with Document Picker (iPad)
You can get documents stored on your iCloud Drive that are not in your PDF Expert application using Document Picker. It works almost like ‘Open in…’ dialog on your Mac or PC. On the PDF Expert side bar menu tap ‘Open…’ and navigate to the needed document.
- Open files from iCloud Drive with Document Picker (iPhone)
You can get documents stored on your iCloud Drive that are not in your PDF Expert application using Document Picker. It works almost like ‘Open in…’ dialog on your Mac or PC. On the PDF Expert bottom menu tap ‘Open…’ and navigate to the needed document.
- Use other iOS apps to work with the files from PDF Expert 5
In any Document Picker enabled application you can get access to all PDF Expert files that are outside the iCloud folder. Just tap ‘Locations’ in the Document Picker window and select PDF Expert from the list.
PDF Expert has been one of the very best PDF apps for the iPad for years, and it’s good to see the developers are making sure that’s going to continue to be true in iOS 8.
Battery life can be a big factor in getting the most out of the iPad and other mobile devices. When you have battery life struggles, it can be very useful to know what’s causing any rapid battery drain – and sometimes that can end up being an individual app or two.
Now in iOS 8, we have more insight on this issue – and we can see which apps are using the most battery in the last 24 hours and the last 7 days. Here’s how:
– Open the Settings app
– Tap on the General section on the left sidebar
– Then tap on ‘Usage’ in the General area on the right
– Next tap on ‘Battery Usage’ right at the top of the Usage page
This will bring up the Battery usage page – which shows the amount of usage since the last battery charge, standby time, and then a listing of the apps that have used up battery during the selected time frame, from highest usage to lowest.
You can tap the headers of this section to switch between viewing Last 24 Hours and Last 7 Days.
This should be a very useful feature – not least for identifying potential battery hog type apps.
OK, I have to start by saying I love today’s featured deal. It’s for 3 years worth of a Premium account with Dashlane, my favorite password manager app – at just $49,99, 50% off the standard price of $100.
Dashlane is the best fully cross-platform password manager I’ve used. It offers state-of-the-art security features, including military-grade encryption, and an easy, friendly interface across iPad/iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, and the Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and IE browsers. I use it daily across all these platforms.
Oh, and of course Dashlane was just recently updated with iOS 8 support and some nice new features.
Here are some of the standout features of Dashlane and this offer:
- Automatic login and form-filling anywhere on the web, on all your devices (PC, Mac, iOS, and Android)
- Protect your data with industry-leading AES-256 encryption
- Securely sync data between all your devices and automatically backup your account data to the cloud w/ your Dashlane Premium subscription
- Get VIP support w/your Dashlane Premium subscription
- Unlock Dashlane using Touch ID with iOS 8, and autofill login and other forms within Safari and other apps
You can see all the details on this offer and place an order at this iPad Insight Deals page.
‘Cherry Season’ is the title of this week’s featured iPad painting. It was painted by Pilar Humada, using the Sketch Club app.
I’ve been a huge fan of Pilar’s iPad artwork ever since I saw some of her first creations on the iPad back in 2013. Her work is equally stunning when she paints cityscapes and landscapes as it is when she does portraits like this one.
You can enjoy more of Pilar’s artwork by visiting her Flickr stream.
If you fancy browsing more incredible paintings from a large number of great iPad artists, check out our own iPad Art section.
As expected, there are tons of apps being updated for iOS 8 in these first few weeks after its release. One of the more notable ones that updated this week for iOS 8 is Dashlane Password Manager.
Dashlane is an excellent password manager, with a superb set of features and a handsome UI that makes them simple to use. It works beautifully across iOS, Android, Mac and Windows – so your critical, confidential data is always secure and always accessible.
This week’s update to Dashlane Version 2.8.3 brings these cool new features along with some bug fixes and improvements to stability:
- A brand new Safari extension that allows you to automatically log in to sites and fill forms using your Dashlane data in Safari
- Touch ID integration which allows you to unlock Dashlane using your fingerprint
- An easy-to-integrate app extension, so other apps can allow their users to create accounts, sign in, and fill forms in their apps using Dashlane
- A new way to manually sync your data. Simply swipe down in the Passwords view to sync.
Here’s an App Store link for Dashlane; if you’re looking for a great password manager app for your iPhone or iPad it’s well worth considering.