Category - Graphics/Web-Design
Now on sale: a new MacNN Pointers e-book devoted to getting you writing more and better on your Mac, iPad and iPhone. Every Pointers book aims to speed up your work, show you the inside tips, and make using your Apple gear more fun -- but this one is personal. MacNN Pointers: Macs and iOS for Writers is writer-to-writer talk. You've already found that Macs and iOS transform your writing life, but we're going to transform it again.
Keep an eye on the version number up there in headline, would you? Let us know if it ticks over to 6.0.5 while we're talking. For while this official app for the image saving-and-sharing service has always been regularly updated, lately it's been pumping out versions faster than we can keep up with. Right now we think the very newest edition is Pinterest 6.0.4, or at least it is on the iPhone and iPad.
Following the confirmation of the dates of the next Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has posted a mini-site teasing attractions and hinting at features of the next WWDC, which will be held from June 13-17. This year, in a new wrinkle, some key events -- the Keynote, the State of the Union, and Apple Design Awards, all on Monday the 13th, and the Thursday Night Bash on the 16th will be held at the 7,000-seat Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, while Sessions, Labs, and all other events will be held at the usual venue, Moscone West, all in San Francisco.
If you're the sort who cannot fathom why adults would spend hours coloring in drawings in books, or now on iOS apps, you're also the sort who is going to wonder what in the world you could add to update such an app. You have a point there, though you're very harsh about the coloring-in bit. Nonetheless, there are apps, they are updated, and they're updated well: Millie Marotta's Coloring Adventures 1.1 is now out.
We were asked to do this: actually, we were asked how in the world you combine three images into one on the iPad's Photos app, and we were right back there with the answer: you can't. However, you can in moments on Pixelmator for iPad, and our initially disappointed reader visibly brightened. She's got that. Now she's also got her three photos combined into one, because we did a kind of Pointers Live.
To many, the worlds of math and art might as well be in different galaxies. For Peter Blaškovič at Escape Motions, art appears to be more like a visual expression of math. By using algorithms based on magnetic fields, he created a very impressive tool that can be used to make out of this world art. Now in its second iteration, Amberlight 2 has been released and we were very excited to get our hands on it to see what it could do.
One of the advantages of choosing a PC is that you can have complete control over its build, and you can choose from a range of vendors. Although Apple offers a degree of customizability of the various Macs that it offers, it is still rather limited in the number and type of options you have to choose from. However, as Mac users will attest, Apple is very good at creating highly-desirable machines primarily aimed at getting things done. But does it need to make a "good Mac" in the sense of dramatically steeper graphics, as Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey suggests is needed for VR on a Mac?
On Tuesday, Apple opened up its iOS News app to all publishers, and has promised to shortly update its New Publisher portal with new analytics tools. The change means that nearly any publisher with a desire to do so can opt to add content to the News app. Up until now, only 100 publishers were allowed to put their RSS article feeds on the free program, but the News Publisher portal is now open to everyone, with more controls over how publishers want their stories presented.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE