‘Bestiario’ is the title of today’s featured iPad painting. I believe the Spanish word refers to a collection of fables about animals, and this painting is part of a series with that same theme.
It was painted by iPad artist Albert Viladrosa, using the Paper by 53 app.
I love the colors here and the abstract nature of the image. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this series.
You can see more of Albert Viladrosa’s work on his Flickr stream.
And of course you can browse the work of many great iPad artists in our own iPad Insight iPad Art section.
The iWork suite for iPad – Keynote, Numbers, and Pages – has been updated this week. Each of the apps is now at Version 2.5 following this latest update.
This update brings support for iCloud Drive, a major part of Apple’s upgrade to iCloud in iOS 8. It also makes it easier to share documents from Keynote, Numbers, and Pages to other services like Dropbox and Gmail.
Here’s the full list of what’s new in the update to Pages, the list is similar for Keynote and Numbers:
Support for iCloud Drive
• Support for third-party storage providers
• Updated file format makes it easier to send documents via services like Gmail and Dropbox
• Instantly switch between iPad, Mac, and iPhone with Handoff
• More color options including new custom color mixer on iPad
• Use the color picker to sample and apply any color available in your document
• Take photos and videos right from the app
• Insert inline images in tables, headers, and footers
• Inter-table alignment guides
• Column and row labels in tables
• Usability improvements for resizing and positioning charts
• Improved accessibility
• Improved bi-directional language support
• Export ePub files with video
I’m sure we’ll soon be writing more about iCloud Drive once we’ve spent some time using it.
Featured today in the iPad Insight Deals section is a versatile iPad stand that promises to be a trusty iPad companion that can be just as useful on a desk or on your lap. It works with any iPad version, and still works when an iPad Smart Cover is in use. It’s on offer in a deal that ends today at 28% off – $35.99 rather than its regular $50 price.
A little more intro detail and some key features of this 2011 Macworld Best of Show winner:
Right out of the box, you’ll notice that the iRest looks and feels like a product made by Apple itself. It has a clean aluminum finish, and simple, yet solid, build. With a 60-degree adjustable reading angle, the iRest’s innovative design makes reading and watching anything on the iPad simply better.
- Versatile – For both lap and desk use with removable back cushions that fold flat for portability and storage.
- Fits iPad – Fits in both portrait or landscape orientation with or without an apple cover.
- Better Ergonomics – Prevent hand fatigue while holding along with holding screen higher for less neck fatigue and a 60 degree adjustable viewing angle.
- Refinements – Torque hinge makes for easy adjusting and soft foam pads allows for hour of comfortable resting.
- iPad Accessibility – Allows for easy access to iPad’s home button, dock connector and speaker.
For more details and to place an order for the iRest, check out this iPad Insight Deals page.
Writer Pro was updated once again this past week, and it now makes a lot more sense to use. Folder support was added in the last patch, but it was confusing because I couldn’t actually create any folders from the iPad (only take advantage of folders I’d created on the Mac). However, as of Writer Pro 1.4, I can now swipe on individual files to move them into folders, or even create new folders. The Recents tab — which should probably just be called “Documents” now — shows all of my files and folders in one place.
There are also two other cool tweaks I’ve noticed. The arrow keys on the extended keyboard can now be used to expand a text selection, which makes it much easier to quickly cut text out of a paragraph.
The final change was mentioned very subtly in the update notes, but it’s probably my favourite new feature in Writer Pro thus far. The “Sentence” syntax view will now subtly blur all other on-screen text, leaving the current sentence looking razor sharp. It’s a really delightful little change and a good reminder of why I like iA’s software in the first place.
Writer Pro did get off to a rocky start. It was missing Dropbox search and iCloud folders when it launched, and I think it still needs to differentiate the Note mode from the other modes, but as of v1.4, I’m having a lot of fun using this app again.
There was some exciting news for iPad fans at Apple’s special event two days ago. The iPad Air 2 offers Touch ID, a brand new and significantly faster processor chip designed specifically for it, and is the thinnest and lightest iPad ever.
On the no-so-exciting news front, there’s the new iPad mini 3. It got Touch ID, and not too much else that’s notable. It didn’t even get a bump up to Apple’s A8 chip that’s used in this year’s iPhones, nevermind the new A8X chip used in the iPad Air 2.
It’s not just in terms of specs that the iPad mini was left behind. It was treated a little like an ugly step-child during the event. It barely rated a couple of quick mentions. I watched the event live and made around 30 lines of notes during the 10-15 minutes of the presentation devoted to the iPad Air 2. By contrast, the iPad mini 3 was covered in around one minute and I made a one-line note. It got one slide devoted to it in the presentation.
Even in Tim Cook’s final sum-up at the end of the event, only the iPad Air 2 got a mention, while there was none for the new mini.
I’m a little sad to see this lack of love for the iPad mini – as it’s my preferred iPad (and tablet) form factor. Google has gone in the same direction, and even more so, this year – releasing a new 9 inch Nexus tablet while no longer even offering the Nexus 7 in their Play Store.
I will certainly be holding to my iPad mini 2 (or Retina iPad mini) and my Nexus 7 for as long as they are capable and performing well.