Recently I had to search for an apartment in another state for an upcoming relocation. My search started on the web at various popular apartment search sites. However, as I began to narrow down my search and plan a trip to the area I wanted to have an App. Sadly the site that I was using on my computer had an app that wasn’t great at all. This caused me to download a few different apps and try them out and hands down the Apartment Guide App stood head and shoulders above the rest. This app seemed to have all that I was looking for in a nice UI (user interface). I liked being able to see photos of the various properties (a must and a given) and see floor plans right in the app. It has a very good search and filtering feature so that you can narrow down your search for the listings that have exactly what you’re looking for. Once you find a property you like you can easily save it as a favorite and quickly get back to it. You can check available via the built-in email feature. You can call and schedule an appointment right from the app and get directions. The “compare” feature lets you see two saved properties side-by-side. The app will also show you any deals listed in the area you’re searching. If you sign in with a free account then your saved properties will be on your iPhone, iPad and on the web on your computer.
This app made it super easy for me to find exactly what I was looking for and to quickly eliminate the others. I booked all the appointments right from the app. If you’re looking to make a move I highly recommend that you start your search with this app. It’s a Universal App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and it’s free.
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 .
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 .
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.
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: .
You can get Lightroom for iPad here: .
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
I’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:
- 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:
Believe it or not, one of the most frequently used tools in Adobe Photoshop is the Text tool. People use it all the time to add text to their images and designs. I guess you can say that there times when a picture is worth a thousand words, but you still need to a few more words to drive your point home. However, when it comes to most photo editing apps on iOS they seem to miss this important feature. Sure there are more image editing apps than I can count that will let you adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation and crop your photos, but when it comes to adding text the number of apps goes way down. Luckily there’s an elegant solution that is geared to do one thing and do it very well.
You can easily add text and artwork to your photos with “Over”. This App is very easy to use. Bring up the photo you want to add text to and tap the “Add Text” button. Sample text is placed right in the middle of your photo and from there you double tap to edit it to say what you want and then position it where ever you want on your image. You can change the color, opacity, justification and size very easily too. You also have a choice of fonts to choose from or you do an in-app purchase to buy even more.
Once you get the text just right on your image you have a variety of sharing options such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Messages, email and more. This app handles my text needs perfectly on iPhone and iPad as it’s a Universal App.
My favorite all purpose PDF tool on iPad just went Universal and is now on iPhone/iPod touch too. There is no better app for editing and managing PDFs on iPad than PDF Expert 5. It does it all. Annotations, digital signatures. highlights, password protect PDFand even fill-in PDF forms. It syncs with a variety of cloud services such as Dropbox, iCloud and Google Drive. Now all of this wonderful power and updated UI is available on iPhone as well. There was a PDF Expert iPhone version before, but it lagged behind the iPad version. I’m glad that they gave up this two app effort and replaced it with a Universal App that is now the same on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
I primarily use PDF Expert to access my device manuals such as my camera gear manuals that I store on Dropbox. Anytime someone sends me a PDF via email and I need to comment on it I can simply choose Open In: PDF Expert 5 right from Mail and begin the markup process. However, my favorite feature is the ability to sign a document right in PDF expert. Recently someone sent me a contract as an email attachment. However, I wasn’t near my computer. Sure I could have waited til I got home, but being able to sign the form and email it back right on my iPhone meant closing the deal that much sooner. I could use my finger, but I prefer to use my favorite stylus. Once I signed the newly converted PDF I was able to drag it into the iCloud area so that it would be accessible on all my devices. I then emailed the newly signed PDF right out of PDF Expert to the person that sent it to me.
PDF Expert 5 has just everything I need to deal with PDFs on a regular basis, however, there are a few other PDF apps on my devices because there are a couple of features that PDF Expert 5 doesn’t do yet. For one, that contract I received above was sent to me as a MS Word document, not a PDF. So I needed to convert it to PDF first before signing. While PDF Expert 5 can import MS Word documents, you can’t really do much with them in PDF Expert 5 besides reading them, adding bookmarks and emailing them back out. It would be great if it could convert to PDF as well. It would save me the one extra step of sending the MS Word document to another App first. Next up I received a FAX and I was able to get into to PDF Expert 5 as a PDF, but it was upside down (that’s the way I received it).
It would be nice to be able to rotate pages in PDF Expert 5. (Actually you can rotate a page. It’s buried a few layers deep in the UI, under the Action button, but it’s there.) Readdle is really good about updating their apps and I have no doubt that PDF Expert will continue to become more and more powerful. If they add the features I want above in addition to everything else they already have, I’d be 100% happy and willing to give it that highly coveted 5th star!
You can get PDF Expert 5 here .