Deals: Scrivener 2 at 50% off

Scrivener 2

Today’s featured deal is great for anyone who loves to write, and who could benefit from an award-winning tool that is used by some of the best, most accomplished authors in the world.  With a robust word-processor and project manager tool in one app, Scrivener 2 will help you stay focused, organized and on task. Today we’re offering you the opportunity purchase this awesome feature-rich tool at a 50% discount. That’s an awesome deal that will run you only $22.50. – instead of its standard price of $45!  Here’s some info about Scrivener 2 and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Ever tried writing a novel in Microsoft Word? Trust us, you don’t want to. That’s why writing professionals around the world use Scrivener, the word processor and project management tool that stays with you from your first, unformed idea all the way through to the final draft. As you’re writing, outline your ideas, take notes, and view research all at once. Scrivener takes all the tools you have scattered around your desk and makes them available in one application.

“Scrivener is one of the best finds of the last ten years.”Jason Snell, Editorial Director of Macworld

  • View & edit different sections of your writing in isolation or as a whole
  • Take a “snapshot” of a document, then edit & rewrite knowing you can restore an earlier revision at any time
  • Easily storyboard & rearrange your project
  • Utilize the fully-featured outliner to take control of the structure of your work
  • Switch to scriptwriting mode for automatic or custom formatting—then export to a dedicated scriptwriting program such as Final Draft
  • Load research documents or notes into floating windows for limitless access to reference material, even in full-screen mode
  • Synchronize the text of your project w/ mobile apps

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

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iPad App of the Week: Stack


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 Stack by Ketchapp Games.  Some apps, especially intricate, multi-level games, can take a while to explain and/or comprehend.  Not Stack–simply put, the object of the game is to stack up the blocks as high as you can, while enjoying the beautiful graphics.  With you are trying to top the scores of players around the world, you can unlock new kinds of blocks and additional levels.

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Trying Apple’s New USB 3 Camera Adapter for XAVC-S Video

One of the things I was keen to try upon my return to Canada was Apple’s newly announced USB 3.0 Camera Adapter, which has support for Lightning charging. Jason Snell has already discussed the merits of this adapter for podcasting, but I was really curious to see if it could help me finally import XAVC-S videos from my Sony A6000

The main reason I can’t transfer videos from my camera to the iPad is because that iOS complains that the camera is taking up too much energy during the transfer, and it shuts the whole process down. With this new cable, I should be able to transfer videos over by using a Frankenstein combo of wires:

  • a Camera Adapter connected to the iPad Pro
  • a micro USB adapter connecting my camera to the Camera Adapter (to transfer the video)
  • a Lightning cable connecting a mobile battery or power adapter to the Camera Adapter (to provide power to the iPad)

It’s definitely a tangle of wires and far from simple, but it would be worth it in order to make the iPad Pro a bigger part of my multimedia workflow. So one of the first things I did after my return was to head to the Apple Store and pay $49 CAD + tax for the USB 3 Camera Adapter.

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Troubleshooting iOS 9.3 activation on your iPad


When Apple released iOS 9.3 there have been some notable bugs that have created issues for some users after they installed the latest update.  The main issue was with iPad Air and earlier models required entering the Apple ID and password to used to set-up the device to complete the software installation.  If for some reason, iPad owners couldn’t remember their password, their devices were stuck in an inactivated state until they could either recall the password or were able to reset it.  As a result, Apple temporarily disabled updates for the older iPads (and iPhones older the the 5s) until they could release an updated version of iOS 9.3 that didn’t create the same issues.  Apple has created a support document for those iPad owners who are currently stuck in the activation state.

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Review: Ulysses 2.5 for iPad

Ulysses 2.5 really is a very, very impressive writing environment. This latest version does enough new stuff, and fixed one of the most irritating bugs I was experiencing, that I think it warrants a fresh look since my last review of Ulysses in June 2015.

Ulysses isn’t a notes app, it’s a writing app. As such, it’s meant for longer form writing and has special features to help you structure larger bodies of text, as well as keep your eyes on the prize as you write.

Each of my documents is called a Sheet, and all of these Sheets sync up over iCloud. The Sheets are in plain text but do support in-line Markdown formatting, which is great if you write for the web like I do. Ulysses also supports the addition of extra metadata, like pictures, notes, and goals in the sidebar.

What’s fun about Ulysses is that it embraces choice. There are choices of themes, fonts, layouts, and multiple export options (including some solid DOCX support). There are a lot of different ways you can use Ulysses, and it’s not one of those apps that tries to shoehorn you into a specific way of thinking.
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Deals: 6-Port USB Charging Station at 77% off

6-Port USB Charging StationToday’s featured deal is great for the family that desires to keep all their electronic  devices charged in one place at the same time. This is where the 6-Port USB Charging Station comes in handy.  Available in black, blue or silver, it’s an attractive piece of tech that is convenient and functional. Today we’re offering you the opportunity purchase this USB charging station at a 77% discount. That’s an incredible deal that will run you only $19.99 – instead of its standard price of $90!  Here’s some info about the charging station and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

These days, electronic devices outnumber outlets by the handful. Set this handy USB charging hub up at home or the office and you’ll always have outlets ready and available for all your power-hungry devices.

  • Perfect for charging at home or an office
  • Charges 6 devices at once
  • Charges any & all USB-compatible devices

Available in black, blue & silver

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

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How to use iCloud Keychain to generate a password on your iPad


We all know how important password management is these days. It’s bad enough when “evil-doers” are able to break into databases that are built to keep your most private information safe.  So there’s no need to give them a head start by using your “favorite” password to sign into all, or the majority of your protected online accounts.  Luckily, you can use iCloud Keychain to create random passwords for your online accounts.  If you’ve haven’t set-up iCloud Keychain yet, here is a quick and easy tutorial.

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Halfway Point: Field Testing the iPad Pro For Photo Editing


I wrote last week about taking my iPad Pro for a field test as my only travel computer. I’ve shot nearly 1000 shots in Tokyo so far, and the vast majority have been edited on the iPad Pro as I get back to my room at the end of the day. I don’t make as many stops during the daytime as I thought I would, so the only reasonable time for me to lock my camera down is the end of each day.

This makes it easier to transfer photos over, since I can simply specify that I want to transfer all images from today, instead of picking them out one by one. I had thought about picking up a USB 3 SD Card reader for this trip, but since it still doesn’t allow me to transfer Sony XAVC-S videos over to the iPad, It just didn’t feel like it was worth the money. Thankfully, Sony’s PlayMemories app has been behaving really well and handling transfers of over 100 pictures in one session. I usually start the transfer, surf for about five minutes, and come back to all of the pictures on my iPad.

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Deals: Casestudi Folding Bluetooth Keyboard at 50% off


Casestudi Folding Bluetooth KeyboardToday’s featured deal is great for anyone who has an on-the-run lifestyle, and occasionally needs the convenience of a full keyboard to type on, without all the bulk of a standard computer keyboard. That’s where the Casestudi Folding Wireless Keyboard comes in handy.  Available in black or gold, it folds up for easy transport.  When needed, it can connect to your iOS, Android, or Microsoft device via Bluetooth. Today we’re offering you the opportunity purchase the Casestudi at a 50% discount. That’s an incredible deal that will run you only $29.99 – instead of its standard price of $60!  Here’s some info about the Casestudi and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Easy to transport and a dream to use, this folding Bluetooth keyboard will revolutionize the way you use your tablet or phone on-the-go. Simply sync it to your device, and start typing away with a dexterity unachievable on your device’s touchscreen. And when you’re done typing, fold it up into a compact rectangle, and stow it away until the next time you need it.

  • Connect to your tablet, phone, or other Bluetooth device
  • Fold into a compact rectangle for easy transport
  • Easily compose longer pieces of writing on-the-go

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

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I Welcome This Second, Smaller iPad Pro!

The iPads Pro tell an interesting story, and I am very happy to see that Apple doesn’t think of the 12.9–inch Pro as the only iPad capable of doing “serious work”. As an owner of the first 12.9–inch model, I have to say that even I was tempted when I heard about this new smaller version of the iPad Pro. As amazing as it is to have this gigantic display to read off and create with, it can also be quite an imposing figure on a desk.  

Ten–inch Tablets

The 9.7–inch iPad Pro is more in line with the iPad Air 2 in terms of size and weight, and that device was had a form factor I really really enjoyed. It was just light enough to hold with one hand for reading and browsing, but it was still large enough to enjoy comics and movies on.

There are definitely some things I miss about that display size. Surfing in bed was a little easier because I still had the thumb keyboard. I can still type while lying down on the larger iPad Pro, but there’s a massive difference in how far my finger has to travel to type a simple URL out. A thumb keyboard on the Air 2 was definitely way easier, and I’m hoping it makes a return on the smaller iPad Pro.

I can also see this 9.7–inch iPad Pro making a superb replacement for a notebook. It’s a great size to write on, and it’s small enough to quickly and easily whip out of a bag so that you’ll actually have it at-the-ready. The larger iPad Pro just isn’t that kind of machine any more. I could cradle it on my lap and write at a cafe, but its larger size means it’s no longer the public transit-friendly device. I genuinely believe that the Apple Pencil and smaller iPad Pro will unlock a whole new use case for tablets. It looks like great combo of size and utility.

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Apple introduces the 9.7″ iPad Pro


Today at Apple’s Loop you In  Keynote we got our first look at the newest member of the iPad Pro family.  The 9.7″ iPad Pro embodies all the advances of its bigger sibling.  With the addition of speakers in every corner that automatically adjust the high frequency to the top speaker no matter what the orientation there’s never a wrong way to hold your iPad.  Apple’s included its most advanced processor to date–the 64-bit A9X chip.  Now you can achieve CPU performance that is almost 2X that of the iPad Air 2, and edit 4k video that is smooth and responsive. This means that graphics also receive a nice bump allowing for even more fluid visuals and rendering that produce detailed animations.

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