A Few Thoughts On The Upcoming Paper 3.6 Update (and Beyond)

The sidebar in Paper 3.6
The sidebar in Paper 3.6

FiftyThree announced that Paper 3.6 is coming out soon, and I’m excited to see the upcoming changes. I use Paper on a weekly basis at my job for sketching quick diagrams and throwing charts together for presentation. The biggest new feature is a re-imagining of the way that content is organized within Paper. We did see an overhaul of the Space metaphor when Paper 3.0 was launched, but Paper 3.6’s sidebar feels more in line with how I want to use the app.

The strength of Paper is in its editing UI. It’s great at making content creation feel very natural. I can mix paints together, cut and move objects quickly, and zoom in with a pinch when I want to do more fine details on a diagram.

However, there is a lot of wasted space in the current UI when it comes to managing different books. It just feels like FiftyThree was a little bit too in love with the metaphor of paper in the digital realm, and the new sidebar looks to be a much more efficient way of navigating my own content. I’m also hoping that the sidebar search will also work to highlight any text I may have attached to a sheet, but since the teaser post doesn’t mention that, I’m not holding my breath.

Organizing Spaces in Paper 3.5.4
Organizing Spaces in Paper 3.5.4

With that in mind, I do have a few other thoughts on what I’d like to see from Paper moving forward:

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More Notes on OneNote for iPad


I’m back on the OneNote boat. Again. I’m still not in love, but I am trying to give it a real go and shake off all of the Evernote-specific habits I’ve made over the last six years.

OneNote is quite powerful, but I still think Evernote is leagues ahead in terms of how notes are displayed, sorted, and searched for on the iPad and iPhone. The good news is that I had a peek at OneNote’s release notes from the last six months or so, and it looks like the Microsoft team aims to release new features or improvements at least once a month.

That’s a pretty amazing pace of development, and I like that they seem to really listen to their users.

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Deals: Equil Digital & Ink Smartpen 2 at 31% off

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Today’s featured deal is especially useful for those who love to take notes the old fashioned way–with a pen and paper, but who also appreciate the convenience of having a digital/editable copy of your notes to view on your iPad.  With the Equil Digital & Ink Smartpen 2 you will have opportunities to capture your note-taking “scribble” and transform it into a digital copy that can be stored or shared.  Now, for a limited time you can purchase your own Equil Digital & Ink Smartpen at a savings of 31% off!  In addition, with your purchase, you’ll also receive a $50 coupon towards Equil’s SmartMarker!  It’s a great deal that will run you only $129.95 – instead of its standard price of $190.  Here’s some info about the Acesori and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

There’s no shame in opting for old-fashioned pen and paper notes over the digital equivalent, but why not have the best of both worlds? The Equil turns your scribbles and sketches into editable digital copies, ready to be stored safely and shared with the press of a button. Now, with your purchase, you’ll also receive a $50 coupon towards Equil’s SmartMarker!

  • Transform your notes into editable text or convert content to enhance readability
  • Select from a range of colors and pen tips
  • Add text and photos to digitally enhance your notes
  • Save, organize, title, and tag your notes
  • Share your notes to the cloud, social media outlets, email, and more
  • Use real ink and (any type of) paper
  • Built-in memory to store notes when not connected to a device
  • Rechargeable so you can write continuously for up to 8 hours
  • Pressure sensitive to ensure your digital notes and sketches are in full detail
  • Carry it on your iPad with the new iPad clip

To see more details, and to place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.

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How to use VoiceOver to help you better navigate your iPad

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Over time iOS has developed and matured into the most robust  mobile operating system available today.  With the addition of various accessibility features, Apple has made iOS available to a population that hasn’t previously been represented or adequately provided for. These built-in digital tools are very useful for those needing help with accessibility on their iPad or iPhone.  Unfortunately, though, most iPad owners are unaware they are available, much less know where to look to find them if they wanted to  take advantage of their benefits. Today we are going to focus on VoiceOver, and how this powerful accessibility feature can make navigating your iPad much easier.

How to Access VoiceOver on your iPad

Let’s start with how you can access and turn on VoiceOver.  First, open the Settings app on your iPad and select General–> Accessibility–> VoiceOver.  At this point you have many different options available to you.  Simply turning on VoiceOver makes it possible to speak the items on your screen.  The following, is how you activate this feature…

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Review: Pad & Quill Contega Linen for iPad Pro

Pad & Quill have a pretty long history of making premium cases for iOS devices. Their signature style has been a wooden frame paired with leather that drips with sophistication. I admit I am sucker for wrapping new tech in tanned skins, but previous Pad & Quill iPad cases just didn’t appeal to me.

My approach to everything before the 12.9″ iPad Pro was that tablets should be as light as possible, because I was supposed to just be able to pick them up and read them like pieces of paper. As gorgeous as Pad & Quill cases are, the wooden frames inevitably added weight and girth to the device, which made the tablet too heavy to easily hold in one hand.

However, now that I’m an iPad Pro user, I almost always tend to lean or rest the tablet against something, so the increased size and weight from this case matter a lot less. In fact, I think this is the device size that these Pad & Quill designs have been waiting for. The Contega Linen feels right at home on my extra large tablet. 

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Deals: iOS Coding Mastery Bundle at 83% off

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Today’s featured deal will help you break into the booming iOS programming game and conquer the App Store with 104 Hours of Top-Rated iOS Dev Training.  These training classes include classes that will help you develop, design, create layouts, learn new programming language, and submit your work to the App Store–plus much more. Sign up now and receive an amazing 83% discount! This is  a great deal that will run you only $39 – instead of its standard price of $236!  Here’s some info about the Coding MasteryBundle , and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Here’s some examples of the quality apps you will receive as part of this iOS Coding Mastery Bundle pack…

If you’ve ever considered developing iPhone and iPad applications, then this is the course for you. Through this fully immersive iOS 9 course, you’ll learn Apple’s new programming language, Swift 2.0, and build several actual iOS apps. If you’ve never coded before, this is the perfect gateway to the highly lucrative world of iPhone and iPad app development.

Whether you’re a total beginner to app development, a pro who wants to hone your style, or a graphic designer interested in trying UI/UX design, you have a ton to gain from this course. Using Bohemian Coding’s Sketch as a primary tool, you’ll design a complete iOS app interface, and infuse your own style and preferences to make your app uniquely yours. This one is as fun as it is functional.

To release an app to the public through the Apple Store, you’re going to need a strong understanding of Core Data, the object graph and persistence framework that allows a device to efficiently manage locally stored data. Through creating your own Core Data stack, you’ll gain an understanding of how to manage data models and relationships while picking up some new Swift Language features. This is an essential course to help you start monetizing your app in the Apple marketplace.

To see more details, and to place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.

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Quick Thoughts on Evernote and the Competition

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My Evernote Premium subscription just ran out, so it has come time for me to reconsider whether or not to continue using the service. Evernote hasn’t made any mis-steps recently, and I’ve actually found it quite useful at work.

Evernote Plus costs $30 USD per year, and would give me the offline access to my notes that I require. It has 1 GB of upload capacity per month, which is quite a lot for my needs. What it doesn’t do, however, is have the PDF annotation features, which can be handy in a pinch.

If I want everything that Evernote has to offer, I’m looking at Evernote Premium, which is about $60 USD per year. It’s double the price of Plus, but it does let me search all the attachments inside of Evernote, and provides a whopping 10 GB of uploads per month.

These really aren’t crazy prices as far as I’m concerned, but given the increasing number of subscription services I’m using, I thought I’d at least examine whether or not I could live without Evernote. $10 for Lightroom, $10 for Dropbox Pro, $10 for Apple Music, and $5 for 200 GB of iCloud Storage is quickly adding up. So I’ve decided to think a little bit about what makes Evernote so valuable to me.

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How to Prepare your iPad for International Travel

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Whether you’re the occasional traveler, or you frequently leave the country for work excursions, even the most seasoned veteran commuters can become flummoxed when it comes to using your iOS device without incurring unexpected charges on your phone bill.  So, what can you do as an iPad owner to ensure that all your available options are explored and checked off before you begin your trip?

Do you have access to Wi-Fi?

Before you use your iPad internationally, the first thing you need to do is to turn data roaming off.  This will keep your iPad from using data altogether, even when connected to a local network. To turn off data roaming, open the Settings App on your iPad and select Cellular–> Turn Data Roaming off–if it isn’t already. When Cellular Data and Data Roaming are off, the cellular-data icon shouldn’t appear in the status bar.

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Quick Look: Apple’s USB 3 SD Card Reader for iPad

The last time I bought Apple’s SD Card Camera Reader, I ended up feeling disappointed and returning it within a day. However, I thought I’d revisit this particular accessory now that I’ve switched cameras. Instead of using a Sony A6000, I’m now using a Fuji X-Pro 2. The JPEG files on this new camera are larger, and the movies are actually transferable to iOS, so I now have a much better use case for this little adapter.

I shoot files large enough files (12-15 MB JPEGs) in a large enough capacity (around 50 shots on a given day) that Wi-Fi transfers aren’t really a great solution for me any more. I can still pull the camera out to transfer 5-10 shots with ease, but transferring 20 shots at 24 MP per shot takes upwards of four or five minutes to complete. That’s four minutes of my iPad Pro and camera being completely useless while the transfer happens. In contrast, the transfer of 19 shots via the SD Card Reader takes less than a minute, and still allows me to do other things while the transfer is happening.

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Deals: Acesori 5 Piece Smartphone Camera Lens Kit at 80% off

Acesori Camera Lens Kit

Today’s featured deal is especially useful for those who love to utilize their smartphone camera to take pictures, no matter what scenario they find themselves in.  With the Acesori 5 Piece Smartphone Camera Lens Kit there you will have countless opportunities to capture that perfect, elusive picture you can be proud of.  Whether you want to take a wind angle shot, a close up detailed macro picture, or try something new with the fish-eye view–we have the lens that fits your needs. Now, for a limited time you can purchase your own Acesori Camera Lens Kit at an incredible 80% off!  It’s a great deal that will run you only $9.99 – instead of its standard price of $50.  Here’s some info about the Acesori and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Wish your smartphone had the functionality of your DSLR? Well, our friends at Acesori want to help with this 3-in-1 LensKit designed to greatly increase your camera’s range. Easily connected to the magnetic ring around your phone’s camera, this kit allows you to take incredible photos and video through fish eye, wide angle, and macro lenses.

  • Easily detachable & interchangeable design includes magnetic rings
  • High-quality, anti-scratch glass w/ reduced glare & reflection will greatly enhance your photos
  • Metal lanyards & lens covers keep the lenses protected and portable
  • Durable aluminum construction makes the lenses more durable
  • Fish Eye views complete a 180 degree picture
  • Wide Angle shots will let you capture an entire landscape
  • Macro pictures capture the most minute details of a subject

To see more details, and to place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.

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iPad App of the Week: SnipNotes

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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 picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every week.  Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is SnipNotes by Felix Lisczyk.  With you can do so much more than just keep track of random notes. All your notes are automatically categorized into its own category.  These categories include Phone numbers, email address, websites, your location, regular text or an image. All information is sorted by the type of text it originates from, with each category paired to its own set of actions. You can access your notes from within the app, via the  notification center, and even from a handy widget on your iOS device

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