Pixelmator for iPad App Review

Pixelmator for iPad App Review

Pixelmator is a lightweight alternative to Photoshop available on MacOS. It is great for people looking for most of the features of Adobe's flagship image editor in a smaller application footprint and cost. iOS seems like the perfect plateform for it, and I have been waiting for it ever since Adobe's disappointing port of their apps. How will Pixelmator preform on the iPad? Read on to find out.

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Kingston MobileLite G2 - Wireless SD Card Reader/Travel Router/Emergency Battery Review

Kingston MobileLite G2 - Wireless SD Card Reader/Travel Router/Emergency Battery Review

Frankly it is never a good time to buy accessories near the launch of new OS versions. Support software often needs to be updated, bug fixes implemented, and abandoned technology needs to be forgotten. So reviewing the Mobile G2 isn't totally fair, however 1. the manufacture has my money 2. they have already issued two updates post launch of iOS 8 and 3. I can't wait forever. Read on for my latest wireless SD Card reader review.

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Sharpening, Smoothing, High & Low Pass Filters, and Image Retouching in iOS

Sharpening, Smoothing, High & Low Pass Filters, and Image Retouching in iOS

While working on sharpening some photos and skin smoothing some portraits, today article is about using high and low pass image filters in general and iOS in particular. Read on if you are interested in putting the right amount of contrast exactly where you want it, and blurring what you need to blur.

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Block Web/Mobile Ads that Redirect Automatically to the App Store

Block Web/Mobile Ads that Redirect Automatically to the App Store

Online advertising hits a new low with ads that automatically launch the App Store or Google Play. You may have noticed websites that automatically launch the App Store (usualy to Clash of Clans or Candy Crush). Pretty annoying since it breaks what you were doing and you have no control! Don't necessarily blame the website. It is the ad network the site is using to pay for everything that is causing the problem. Seems like a new trend is to use javascript in the ad to send you itunes URL redirects to lame apps. I have no doubt that eventually a blocking solution will appear but until it does... you need to block "hastrk2.com" on your router. This breaks the URL chain for the ad without effecting anything else. Read more for what is happening and how to stop it.

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PDF Compressor App Review - How Shrink Large PDFs to a Smaller File Size in iOS

PDF Compressor App Review - How Shrink Large PDFs to a Smaller File Size in iOS

Everything is going great with your project... the report is written, the charts and graphs are in, the photos are perfect when... Bam! The PDF document is too big to email or upload. Normally on a desktop PC you would recreate the PDF with different document settings, or run the PDF through an application like PDFShrink, but what if you were using iOS to put the doument together. Rather than transfer everything over to a PC/Mac, you can accomplish what PDFShrink does on the desktop with the PDF Compressor app in iOS. Read more to see how well the app works.

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TASCAM iM2 Channel Portable Digital Recorder Review

TASCAM iM2 Channel Portable Digital Recorder Review

One of the few positives of obsolete accessories, is that they get discounted pretty heavily, so you can finally afford what were pretty expensive pieces of equipment. I have several audio recording devices and have settled on a pair of portable digital audio recorders. I'm pretty happy with them, but couldn't resist getting the Tascam iM2 Stereo Condenser Microphones for the iPhone/iPad. This small devices turns your iPhone/iPad into one of my digital audio recorders in a smaller package and cost.

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Read and Write to a SD Card from an iPad—Wireless SD Card Readers

Read and Write to a SD Card from an iPad—Wireless SD Card Readers

Music players, audio recorders, GPS units, scanners, ebook readers, cameras of all sorts, even robots... gadgets of all sorts use SD cards to store data. A working SD Card reader for iOS brings the power of these great gadget to the iPad and iPhone. The following devices allow you to read and write to SD cards without jail-breaking your iPad.

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Read and Write between Multiple USB Drives with a USB Mini Hub Using an iPhone/iPad

Read and Write between Multiple USB Drives with a USB Mini Hub Using an iPhone/iPad

Reader Eric writes in asking about the use of a USB mini hub with the Kingston MobileLite (a wifi sd card/usb drive reader). He is using a camera which uses compact flash memory cards, and would like to backup those cards to a portable hard drive. This was my exact same situation pior to a camera upgrade and sd cards. I used a portable hard drive/LCD/memory card reader from Sanho called the iPad Hard Drive. The LCD wasn't that great, but you could review photos (including RAWs) on it. It supported compact flash and sd cards. Plus you could used standard laptop hard drives. Backups were fast. It was great, and I still use it today, but was expensive ($300+) and big (about the size of a paperback) compared to wifi sd card readers available today. Using a usb mini hub with the new wifi sd card readers may be a cheap solution to backing up compact flash cards. Unfortunately both the apotop and MobileLite devices don't support multiple usb devices. You can only access one drive from the usb port. Luckily sanho also has a device called iUSBport which may be what we need. It supports multiple usb drives via a hub and is basically a wifi sd card reader with out the sd cards.

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Add a Soundtrack to a Keynote Presentation in iOS

Add a Soundtrack to a Keynote Presentation in iOS

Adding a music to a presentation on a desktop is usually best accomplished by inserting a audio CD and playing it. In iOS the same is accomplished by playing music from the Music app. Simple, but difficult, to execute seamlessly when presenting from your iPad/iPhone. The new update to Keynote, add a soundtrack function allowing your to assign music to a presentation which plays automatically in slideshow mode.

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Export as CSV a Spreadsheet from Numbers for the iPad Using an Editorial Workflow

Export as CSV a Spreadsheet from Numbers for the iPad Using an Editorial Workflow

Comma Separated Values (CSV) files are a common data exchange file format. They are used to import data into almost all spreadsheets and databases. While Apple's Numbers application for the Mac will export and import CSV files, the iPad/iPhone Numbers app will only import them. If you only have access to iOS, don't worry the file format isn't complicated. There are several text processing app that can help you convert to a .csv file. Below is am automated workflow from Editorial which will process text copied from a data table in Numbers into a CSV in Dropbox.

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Transpose (Swap Rows and Columns) a Numbers' Data Table with a Workflow in the Editorial App

Transpose (Swap Rows and Columns) a Numbers' Data Table with a Workflow in the Editorial App

When working with data table, assigning data to rows versus columns does make a difference. For one in Numbers you can have over 60,000 rows versus 256 maximum for columns. If you've made a initial mistake in table, transposing the data can save you some time and effort. This is accomplished pretty easily in MS Excel, however this feature is missing in Apple's Numbers. Luckily, here is a easy, general purpose method for transposing a table using Editorial (a text processing and automation app).

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Choose Fonts for Maximum Compatibility

Fonts common to Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, and iOS:

Arial
Georgia
Times New Roman
Trebuchet MS
Verdana

When your collaborating with people, exchanging documents back and forth, formatting problems can quickly arise. The above font are available to everyone, so using them can make document conversion more successful.

Unknown fonts in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are automatically changed to Helvetica. If you need a custom typeface, consider changing the text into a graphic.

Learn to Play the Piano with Synthesia and the iPad

Learn to Play the Piano with Synthesia and the iPad

Combine the gameplay of Guitar Hero with a digital connection to an actual musical instrument, and you get a really fun way to learn music. You can do this by installing Synthesia on the iPad and connecting a digital piano to act as a game controller. The following article will show how to setup Synthesia for the iPad using lower cost components more inline with learning and gameplay, rather than as a musician getting ready for a gig. Then we'll look at using Synthesia on the iPad.

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Quick and Easy Way to Delete All the Photos from Your iPad/iPhone's Camera Roll Using the Camera Connection Kit

Quick and Easy Way to Delete All the Photos from Your iPad/iPhone's Camera Roll Using the Camera Connection Kit

You've finally backed up your huge photo library, and are ready to reclaim the huge amounts of storage they have been using when... Boom. You realize you can't just tap a button and delete everything. You need to select every single photo you have and mark it for deletion! At this point connecting to a PC is the easiest route to take, but here is a slightly easier alternative if you have access to a iPad and Apple's Camera Connection Kit.

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Apotop Wi-Reader (DW09) - Wireless SD Card Reader Review

Apotop Wi-Reader (DW09) - Wireless SD Card Reader Review

Here's an interesting dilemma... my camera supports SDXC (SD cards that are 64GB and over) if they are formatted as exFAT, while Apple's Camera Connection Kit only supports they if they aren't. Hmmm, I guess I won't be using the CCK with my new DSLR camera. Luckily there are wireless SD Card readers that solve many problems that wire connected readers (Apple's and third-party ones included) don't. This is especially true about Apotop's DW09--Wi-Reader. The Wi-Reader combine several useful gadgets into a problem solving power house. Lets take a look.

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Using a Composite Video Source (like a VHS Tape) in Your iOS Movie Project

Using a Composite Video Source (like a VHS Tape) in Your iOS Movie Project

Before the iPhone, camera phones, digital camcorders... people were recording their life. And just because technology progresses that doesn't make those memories any less. In fact their probably more valuable because they are long gone. People have a multitude of recorded footage on VHS/Beta tapes. Here is a method to convert that raw footage into something you can use on the iPad/iPhone. That way the next time you surprise Grandma with video of the grandkids, you can show off a video of your own first steps.

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