Paper by 53, the popular and award-winning drawing app, got an exciting new update at the start of this week. Version 1.5.0 brings a handful of new features that support the new Pencil accessory to be used with Paper by 53.
This app is touted as being ‘the easiest and most beautiful way to create on iPad’ and ‘where ideas begin’ – and there are a number of iPad artists out there making those promises ring true. One of them is Michael Acosta, whose brilliant work has been featured in our iPad Art section quite a few times.
Here is the detail on what’s new in this update to Paper by 53:
PENCIL. THINK WITH YOUR HANDS.
Pencil is the most natural and expressive tool for getting ideas on Paper. Order your Pencil, a new hardware accessory for Paper, from our in-app store. Please update to this version to begin using your Pencil.
Palm Rejection— Pencil and Paper work together to produce the most sophisticated and effective palm rejection in any app available today. No setup, no calibration, just natural feeling writing and drawing.
Erase— Pencil’s unique built-in eraser lets you get down to what’s essential.
Blend— Pencil takes care of the lines so you can use your fingers to blend colors on the page and smooth rough edges without ever picking up a tool.
- Expressive Ink Engine — Rebuilt to feel faster and more responsive across all tools.
I can’t wait to see what Acosta and other iPad artists will do with Pencil and Paper by 53.
FIFA for iPad is the new official app for FIFA.com. It has just been launched officially today and will offer live coverage of the 2014 World Cup draw this Friday, December 6. It also looks like a heck of a nice app for fans of The Beautiful Game.
The app offers a wealth of coverage of all the top football (soccer) leagues round the world – from the best of the Premier League, La Liga, and the Bundesliga to the MLS and more. It covers 197 leagues in total – and of course it features international matches and teams as well.
I’m a huge football fan and the World Cup is one of my absolute favorite sporting events. Next year’s tournament should be a great one – and I can’t wait to see the draw and find out where my favorite nations are placed.
Here’s an App Store link for FIFA for iPad; it’s a free app.
DataMan Pro for iPad has just been updated and is on sale today at $2.99, down from its standard $4.99.
The app was updated yesterday to Version 8.2, with the big new feature being landscape support for the iPad. It has also added a shake gesture to return to the Today view and 24 hour clock support.
DataMan Pro makes it easy to keep track of your data usage and avoid overage charges. It offers far more detail than the built-in information given in the Settings app under Cellular Data. I especially like its ability to give you a breakdown of data usage by individual apps. Other notable features include:
Smart Forecast. The advanced Forecast predicts if you’ll stay within your data cap. And tells you in brilliant colors.
Real-time tracking. Your latest statistics are retrieved directly and immediately from iOS. No more waiting for your carrier to update.
・ Track cellular (LTE/4G/3G) and Wi-Fi
・ Show usage alerts in Notification Center
・ Four custom alert thresholds
・ Auto reset on bill cycle date
・ Red percentage badge on app icon
・ Reliable, installed by millions of users
・ Secure and private, no VPN, no login
・ Support many data plan types
・ Work with all carriers
・ Map where you used data
・ Stunning themes
Here’s an App Store link for DataMan Pro for iPad.
Today’s iPad Art is from an iPad artist whose work I’ve recently discovered on Flickr and I’m captivated by – her Flickr handle is Hotel Midnight. I know all (or certainly most) images have some backstory behind them, but Hotel Midnight’s stories just leap off the page for me – her paintings feel like books with a killer first few sentences that have you gripped right away.
Anyway, my words don’t begin to do her artwork any justice – but luckily hers absolutely do, so I will share them here. The painting above is titled ‘My Life in Art’ – here’s the description:
A life of drawings. I’ve been doing them as long as I remember. I kept them, ripped them up, sold pages, and thankfully saved some. Not everything I did was “fine” art. I reserve the right to trash my work. Whenever I haven’t it has come back to haunt me like Banquo’s ghost at the table. Now my iPad allows me to have my cake and eat it, too.
I don’t know which I love more – the image or the words.
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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 weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all our picks via the link at the end of this post and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.
This week’s pick is Makr, which offers a great set of tools and templates to help you make your own professional looking printed designs. Here’s a bit of its App Store intro:
Made exclusively for iPad to bring sophisticated design tools – dominated by professional studios until now – to the maker’s workshop and DIYer’s home. Create materials for entertaining and special events, small business branding, and home and kitchen use to enhance your milestones or everyday moments.
With Makr, make invitations, stickers, business cards, postcards, labels, tags, recipe cards, announcements, stationery, greeting and holiday cards, and more. Choose from a variety of endlessly customizable templates for Parties, Business, Wedding, Baby, Holiday, and Home.
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