The Mr. Reader RSS app for iPad just got a big update yesterday, to Version 3.0. It’s been redesigned for iOS 7 and now includes support for 9 RSS sync services – including Feedly, Feedbin, Fever, Feed Wrangler and more.
This update includes a slew of new features and improvements – these are some that I find particularly interesting:
– Coast by Opera added to the browsers section. I’m a huge fan of the Coast browser, it’s great to see it as an option to open article links in.
– A few new fonts have been added for use when viewing articles, including Avenir.
– Automatic background sync and a pull-down gesture to start sync.
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If you’ve got an internet connection and you’ve spent more than 2 minutes on the web over the last week you’ve probably seen the portrait of Morgan Freeman painted on an iPad. The one that’s been dubbed ‘the world’s most realistic finger painting’.
It was done by the wonderful Kyle Lambert, whose work I featured way back in 2010 at my little iPhone and iPad art site.
Well, here’s another great example of superb portrait work done on an iPad, of the same subject. The one shown above is the creation of another favorite iPad artist, Michael Acosta – and shared to our Google+ iPad Art community.
Here’s Michael’s brief description of the piece:
My tribute to Morgan Freeman- done on my iPad using the app Paper by Fiftythree
Two things spring to mind for me when I admire this portrait. Morgan Freeman has one heck of an epic face, full of character – and there are a whole lot of talented artists creating great things on the iPad.
PDF Expert 5 is the shiny new version of one of the best PDF and document handling apps for iPad. Just released this week, it is updated for iOS 7 with a fresh, flat design and, as always, a wealth of powerful features for working with PDFs.
As you can see in the screencap above the app also boasts a new PDF viewer, support for AirDrop, a new file manager, and more. If you had a previous version installed PDF Expert 5 prompts you to import your docs and settings the first time you open it.
Aside from PDF, the app’s supported file formats include iWork, MS Office files, text files, and image and video files. It also provides easy access to Dropbox, Google Drive / Docs, and in Skydrive – and of course it supports the iOS ‘Open In’ feature so you can choose to pull in documents from other apps on your iPad.
Here are just a few of the notable capabilities of the app:
- Highlight Text -
Mark important things in books, journals or documents you want to review.
- Fill Forms -
Work with static PDF forms created in Adobe Acrobat.
- Create Notes -
Add comments to the texts you read.
- Draw with your finger-
Use it to make handwritten notes or highlight text in scanned books.
- Make Bookmarks -
Create table of contents for your document right on the iPad.
- Review Documents -
Mark-up errors and place special emphasis on important sentences.
- Sign Contracts -
Additional types of PDF annotations are coming in the next updates.
PDF Expert for iPad was one of our picks for Best iPad Apps of 2012. This new version looks to be nice step up for an already superb app.
Here’s an App Store link for PDF Expert 5; it’s priced at $9.99.
Rocket Science 101, by NASA, is an iPad app for aspiring rocket scientists – or just those who would like to learn more about NASA rockets and to try their hand at building one. I spotted it via a review at iPad Apps for School.
Here’s a little of the App Store introduction to the app:
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to launch a NASA spacecraft with NASA’s Rocket Science 101 (RS101)! Select your favorite NASA mission and build a rocket to send the spacecraft into orbit. As you take the RS101 challenge, you can learn more about thrilling missions and the various components of the launch vehicles, how they are configured and how they work together to successfully launch a NASA spacecraft. NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) does the same things for real rockets and exciting spacecraft missions every day – now it’s your turn!
The app has 3 sections that offer varying levels of challenge in choosing and building one of the included rockets – Have Fun, Challenge Yourself, and Rocket Scientist.
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Looks like the iPad’s consumer appeal is still going strong, at least according to a report by retail analytics company Infoscout covering top selling items on Black Friday at 3 leading US retailers.
As Apple Insider reports, An iPad was the top selling product at two out of the three major US retailers covered by the report – the 16GB iPad mini was the Number 1 selling item at Walmart, while the 16GB iPad Air was Number 1 at Target. In fact at Target the top three sports were all iPad – with 16GB iPad mini and 32GB iPad Air in the 2nd and 3rd spots.
At Best Buy the older iPad 2 was at the number 2 spot, trailing the Microsoft Surface RT. It’s more than a little shocking to see a Surface surface in the report – although it was selling at a heavily discounted price.
Throw in sales at Apple’s own retail outlets and online store and it seems like the iPad may have had quite a good holiday weekend.