Tag - Editor
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.
Sometimes you can fully understand why people like a certain thing, and yet not appreciate it yourself. That's probably where we were when we last reviewed Ulysses: it is a very well done writing app, it has excellent features, it's got fans, and we entirely recognized why. Yet it took us until the new release, Ulysses 2.5 for iOS -- alongside Ulysses 2.5 for OS X -- for us to think hang on, that's rather good. Really, the sole difference in the new version is that it is now available on iPhone, but that ubiquity and how well it all works, that's finally arrested us.
In the year or more since we last reviewed Drafts 4, it's had 15 updates -- and we've used them all, every day. Usually several times a day. Yet it's only the new Drafts 4.6 version that has brought immediately visible changes: the writing app now has a dark mode, and more font control. It should be all its less visible improvements that excite us, but we like what we see.
Usually when you say something is a niche product, you mean that even if it's superb, it's only ever going to be of use to a small group of people. In this case, though, a huge audience would benefit from TextSoap, but we'd bet money that it's a niche because only a small group of people realize they have the problem this solves. TextSoap 8.0.3 for OS X fixes issues some people don't notice, others put up with, and a small group of people have previously had to work hard to solve for themselves.
As recommended in MacNN editor Charles Martin's Apps We Can't Live Without article, Fluid 1.8.4 is a simple essential. It's not been updated in a while, but it doesn't need to be: it does one thing and does it well. Fluid takes any website, and turns it into an OS X app.
There is definitely a case of just having someplace you can scribble down a thought, a phone message, a shopping list. There is also definitely an entire industry devoted to creating such note taking apps and it's a mightily productive one. Search on the word 'note' in the Mac App Store and you get nearly 600 results. Do it on an iPhone and you get just under 9,000. This is the world Intellie Notes 1.0.5 is stepping in, and it's no criticism to say that it has about as much reason to buy it as most of the others do.
Agile Tortoise is the developer of four apps. We enthused about Terminology, we raved about Tally 2, we fair evangelise Drafts 4 daily. That leaves Phraseology 2.06, and of course after those three we went in expecting to like it -- but we also thought we might not. For Phraseology is a word processor, and we have already written thousands of words in the note-taking Drafts 4. A trip into Phraseology, therefore, became simultaneously a practical question of whether we needed it, and a more philosophical one of what exactly the difference is between a note-taking app and a word processing one.
Try as you might, you're not going to revolutionize how video is edited: whatever application you're using, the process has been roughly the same since we ditched celluloid and razor blades. Equally, you're not likely to easily replace Apple's iMovie for ease of use, nor Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro X for high-end professionals. Movavi Video Editor, an editor for Windows that has just made the jump to OS X, definitely aims at being very simple to use -- but it's also intended for the ever-growing number of us who just want to quickly get video out to people.
Android 4.4 will ship with a non-destructive photo editor, as part of its gallery. The new editor will allow devices running KitKat to make a number of adjustments to an image taken by the device, including a number of effects and filters typically associated with desktop image editing software or editing apps, without making any permanent changes to the original image.
Markzware has launched v2 of its utility for content searching and retrieval, PageZephyr. The software provides tools for searching through QuarkXPress, InDesign, and MS Publisher files, while enabling text to be exported in RTF or TXT formats. Version 2 offers new ways to search files, incorporating support for less common formats such as .indd, .qxd, and .pub. Users can also now search for a specific area of interest across different file types.