Author: Terry White

Terry is the co-author of The Best Selling "The iPhone Book" 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th editions. He has been active in the industry for over 25 years and is the founder and president of MacGroup-Detroit, Inc., Michigan's largest Macintosh Users Group, host of the Adobe Creative Suite Podcast and a technology writer - Terry White Tech Blog.
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.



SeatGeek Tickets - Concerts & Sports

Use the SeatGeek App for the Best Concert/Sporting Event Seats

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If you can remember the days of camping out all night in front of the box office for tickets to your favorite band, you also know that those days are long gone. Buying tickets online has taken over for camping out and while you could sit patiently at your computer waiting for the very second tickets go on sale, you’ll likely be disappointed by the experience. If you’re lucky and if the tickets aren’t in too big of a demand you’ll get tickets and maybe even good seats. However, what I have found is that more often than not the “big guys” buy up all the good seats and then resell them at a premium price. It’s just the way it is and although it should be illegal, it seems to be a practice that not many care about. So you can either fight for the few tickets that are left at the regular prices or you can go with the way it’s done and pay more for really really really good seats. I’m too old to sit in the nose bleed section. I’d rather not go to a concert if I can’t be front and center and only a few rows back. That’s where an app like SeatGeek comes in. This App finds the available tickets (concerts, sports, comedy and Broadway shows) from the various vendors and lets you buy them on the spot. The tickets are either delivered to you electronically or via a courier like FedEx. Now keep in mind that not all tickets are over priced. If the event isn’t wildly popular and doesn’t sell out on day one, then you can still get some good pricing and seat selection via this app. I like it because it shows me all the available seats and which vendor is selling them. I can choose by price or seating section since the app has built-in seating charts. You can create an account in the app and have it track your favorite band/team and alert you as to when they are going to perform in your area. This latest version is now a universal App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. They even have photo views from your seat.

While I don’t like paying more than the ticket price sometimes, I do like being able to get the seats I want even up to the last minute. I also like that you can find bargains and comparison shop right in the same App. If you like live events then you need to check out SeatGeek

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Instagram

Instagram Now Has Advanced Editing and Adjustable Filters

instagram_adjustmentsI’m happy to see Instagram has finally added 10 editing controls right into the app. This will hopefully lead to better pictures being posted to Instagram as users will no longer have to rely on other apps to make their shots look better. In this latest update they’ve added:

  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Warmth
  • Saturation
  • Highlights
  • Shadows
  • Vignette
  • Sharpen
  • and you can still do Tilt Shift
  • They’ve also made it so the filters are adjustable with a slider. No longer do you have to chose to have all of a given filter or none of it.

This is great and I welcome it, but I’m still not sure why Instagram still won’t letterbox/pillowbox wide/tall photos taken outside the app to a square. It still forces you to crop them or go to another app like Squaready. Nonetheless, you’ll enjoy the editing abilities in this version:

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