Creative Cloud Tutorials

700+ Free Tutorials for Creative Cloud on your iPad or iPhone

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Want to learn more about your favorite Adobe Creative Cloud applications? Well you can for FREE right on your favorite iOS device. The Creative Cloud Tutorials App is a Universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and it’s loaded with 700+ free tutorials for Creative Cloud from industry experts all over the world including yours truly. You can browse by category, by products or by show. Watch as many as you want as often as you want for free!

You can get the Creative Cloud Tutorials App here from the iTunes.

Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic

Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic

waze-iPhone5s I’ve been using various GPS apps on my iPhone since the very first ones appeared for the iPhone 3G. While Navigon North America is still my goto app for all my regular travel, I’m really digging the Waze Social GPS app. Most of the time when I travel in other states I’m not renting a car. Therefore I rely on taxis and Uber. I noticed more and more Uber drivers using Waze to route them through busy metropolitan areas. Unlike the other GPS apps out there such as Apple’s built-in Maps App, Google Maps, Tom Tom, Navigon, etc. Waze combines a GPS turn-by-turn App with a social community aspect. In other words drivers (hopefully passengers) report LIVE on what’s going on during their commutes. For example, even with the built-in Traffic alerts in Navigon, there have been times I’ve been in bumper to bumper traffic because an accident just happened and hadn’t made its way into the traffic reporting feature in my Navigon App. With Waze the accident is reported by people that are experiencing the traffic slow down immediately. This will translate into Waze routing you around the traffic more effectively because the app is getting the information about congestion quicker. People can also report things like speed traps, red light cameras, etc. and Waze will give you audible alerts to these monitoring devices as you approach them on your route. Waze-iPhone5s-carstopped I decided to try it from the backseat of my Uberx ride to the airport in Houston. It was a fairly clear day for traffic as it was a Saturday morning. However, it alerted me to a car on the side of the road and although I couldn’t see it yet it was giving me the distance countdown as I got closer to it.

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Sure enough there was a car on the should with the hazzards flashing exactly where it said it would be and had it not been there anymore I could have reported that it was gone. Very cool!

Another cool features is that you can share not only your route and ETA with a friend/colleague but the custom link you send from the app will also track your progress.

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Again I don’t encourage anyone to interact and make reports while behind the wheel. We have enough distractions as it is. However, if you have a passenger or you are the passenger you can be the navigator helping not only your driver but the rest of the drivers around you. Waze is a FREE download and no signup is required unless you want to report on things. As you report more things you get points/levels. My only wish is that the app would broadcast via the bluetooth in my car. Either it’s not supported or simply not working with my car as my other apps such as Navigon do broadcast through my car’s speakers. You can get it here from the iTunes.

PDF Printer

Create PDFs on your iPhone or iPad with PDF Printer

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There are tons of good PDF Apps for iOS out there. My favorite one to manage and create PDFs with is PDF Expert. However, there is one small thing that most of them lack and that is the ability to create a PDF from text or an email. All of the apps that let you create PDFs are based on converting an existing document into a PDF or a web page. One day I needed to convert receipt to a PDF so that I could submit it with an expense report. The problem was the receipt was in the body of an email (shame on you Marriott). It wasn’t an attachment. It was just HTML text (it also hadn’t made it into my account history on Marriott.com either). Had I been on my desktop/laptop Mac it would have been no problem. I could simply hit “Print” and choose PDF as my output. However, in iOS when you go to print an email or anything else your only option is to AirPrint directly to a printer. This led me to search for a better PDF converter for iOS. My search led me to PDF Printer. Based on the name alone I knew I had a shot of this app doing what I needed. I thought for a minute it would show up as a printer in iOS. However, I guess the hooks in iOS don’t allow 3rd party apps to do that. Instead they do the next best thing. They let you convert to PDF from anything that is on the clipboard. All I had to do was select all of the email, copy it, open PDF Printer, tap the “Clipboard” button and there it was. My beautifully formatted HTML email was now a PDF. From there I could use the “Open In” command and send the PDF to any other App I wanted including my expense report App (Concur).

Since PDF Printer is a full blown PDF conversion app it can convert to PDF from: Documents, Web URLs, photos, a built-in scanner function, the Clipboard, Contacts and Messages. It’s a Universal App that works natively on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. There is also built-in support for Dropbox so that you can access whatever you have stored there  as well as send converted PDFs to Dropbox. This app does exactly what I wanted it to do and saved the day (or at least made it so I could submit my expense report on time while on the go).

You can get PDF Printer here from the iTunes.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Creative Cloud App for iOS

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Now that Creative Cloud has added the long awaited Collaboration feature (folder sharing) it was time to bring out the Creative Cloud App for iOS. This is a Universal App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and allows you to not only view the files you have stored on Creative Cloud, but also share them and upload new files from the the built-in camera or Camera Roll. Unlike most other cloud storage apps, the Creative Cloud App also allows you to see your native files such as .PSD, .AI, INDD, etc.

If you are a Creative Cloud Member (even with a free account) and you have an iOS device then you will want to try this app.

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Adobe Lightroom for iPhone

Adobe Lightroom for iPhone is here!

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In April 2014 Adobe introduced Lightroom Mobile for iPad and Web. While it’s great having my favorite collections and portfolios with me on my iPad and having them sync and update automatically, I was really waiting for Lightroom for iPhone. I use my iPhone to capture NEW pictures and now that Lightroom for iPhone is here those shots will be sync’d to the cloud and then down to my desktop so that when I get back to my computer those shots will be there. Rather than continuing to talk about it, why don’t I just show it to you here:

You can get Lightroom for iPhone here: iTunes.

You can get Lightroom for iPad here: iTunes.



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