Anyone who is 25 and over probably remembers the analogue days of photography. The ‘good old days’ of not being exactly sure what your pictures would look like when you snapped them on your camera, and the agonising, up to a week wait for the photos to be developed. You then had the exciting moment of taking them out of the envelope, only to find half of them over or under exposed and a few ruined when you opened the back of the camera to see if you had film left. Despite all of this, these real photos are all the more precious, offering a tantalising glimpse to another time, when your parents were your age and you were a baby. I’ve probably got about 50 photos of me as a baby, compared to thousands of digitals which we have of my daughter. Our problem comes however when we want to share or preserve these old photos. Yes, we could scan them one by one, but Pic Scanner has kindly come up with a way to streamline the process somewhat. [click to continue reading…]
Here’s a little iOS 8 tip for quickly searching sites you’ve already visited in Safari: while in the address bar, start typing the first four or five letters of a website, add a space, and then type in a search term. You’ll find that the first result in the suggestion list (below the URL bar) will become an option to search that website, and tapping on that line will initiate the search.
The only catch is that you have to manually run a search on the website at least once (which is how Safari learns how the site formats search queries). In our example case, this means visiting www.iPadInsight.com, typing a search into our search bar, and then pressing enter to execute the search. Once you’ve done that once on our site, you’ll see results similar to the one in my screenshot above. This is a really useful feature for power users, since it saves you from having to load a website before actually getting to initiate your search.
This is also a great tip for people who want to keep the number of apps down on their iPads. You could download apps for Yelp and IMDB, but using this trick puts the powerful search results of those websites at your fingertips, without any extra apps to clutter up your home screen.
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)
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- 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.