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The leading online marketplace, Amazon, launched on Tuesday, a Fine Art store featuring paintings, mixed media, photographs, pop art and drawings priced from under $99 to $10,000 and above. The fine works of art are sold by individual galleries including Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, Catherine Person Gallery, Luster, Rise Art, Paddle, the Little Collector, and UGallery.
Apple’s iCloud is pretty much an unobtrusive cloud storage service that works well for syncing files between Apple supported devices and supported applications. One shortcoming is that it doesn’t easily enable you to access iCloud stored files in your Mac Finder, as you can with files stored in your Dropbox or Google Drive account. For this purpose, Cloud Mate ($6.99) or Plain Cloud (donationware) may just do the trick. These two Mac OS X apps can see all of your iCloud-compatible apps and can reveal their respective folders in the Finder.
Though OS X includes a default screenshot application, as a writer and blogger I use more than a few different programs, including Snagit, Snappyapp, and Clarify, for various purposes. But in the ever shifting world of digital applications, a new program can often trump and replace one or more similar programs. This may be the case for Fliplab’s new screenshot application, Share Bucket, a free download from the Mac App Store, and another donationware program called popShot.
The developers of the video and image sharing site, Imgur released last Thursday their iPhone and iPad mobile apps. The free app is similar to the Android version released earlier this year. Imgur (pronounced im-ij-er) allows you to browse the most viral images on the Internet, and vote and comment on them.
The OS X Calendar (formerly iCal) has been a stable application ever since the operating system was released. Many Mac users were not been too happy with the latest design of replacement app Calendar, though the beta release of the OS X Mavericks version of Calendar includes several updates and a redesign of the application. Many other Mac users have turned to an award winning third-party calendar called BusyCal ($29.99). This powerful productivity tool contains most all the features found in Calendar, but it also includes some rather unique features too.
I started using BetterTouchTool back in 2011, and since then it has become one of the top three Mac applications for boosting my productivity and streamlining my workflow. Though BTT can be used by any Mac user, it does require some time to setup and configure gestures that you can remember and are not awkward to use. The following tips will help users who are familiar with the app get more out of some of its more advanced features.
iWork for iCloud is a suite of online office applications (consisting of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) that sync with the Mac and iOS versions of the programs. The online versions of iWork mirror most of the main features of the desktop versions, and users will be able to import and edit Word files online as well. Here’s what you can expect when you finally get your hands on iWork for iCloud.
I stopped using the default iOS Calendar app when Fantastical was released last year, but in the world of mobile apps, there’s no end to new approaches for achieving the same results. Recently released “smart calendar” iPhone app Tempo ties your pertinent data from email, calendar, and contacts accounts, as well as Facebook and LinkedIn connections, into one place – saving you the trouble of opening two or more apps to locate related data for scheduled events and appointments. But is it any good?
Writing apps for the iPad and iPhone are plentiful. We’re lucky enough to live in a time when developers are coming up with new ways to edit text using unique features in new apps. This is the case for a new app that’s simply called “Write”. If you’re a digital notebook addict, Write will probably remind you of the popular iOS text editor, Drafts, which allows you to share notes to other apps like Evernote, Dropbox, Simplenote, Twitter, and Day One.
My current mobile journal of choice is Everyday.me, mainly because it merges my private journal entries with my social network posts, but there are several other equally useful and well-designed mobile apps that journal-keepers should know about. As mentioned in my recent beginner’s guide to keeping a digital journal, I don’t think mobile apps should be used as standalone journals, but the features offered in these apps are worthy of your consideration and the contents of each app is retrievable outside of your iOS device, a required feature for any digital journal tool.
Maintaining a private journal is a great way to build your writing skills, spill out your thoughts, desires, worries, and reflections on paper. The very act of writing itself can often help you think through problems and arrive at solutions. As someone who started keeping a daily paper journal back in my college days, I can attest to the greater benefits of keeping a digital journal. Today I will pass along some tips for getting started with digital journaling and what to consider when keeping an online, mobile, or desktop journal.
If you haven’t gotten on the Mac automation spaceship by now, you’re missing out. Applications like Keyboard Maestro, Hazel, and TextExpander can speed up your workflow and save you lots of clicking, copying, pasting and even the need to remember keyboard shortcuts. I routinely incorporate at least 20 or more TextExpander snippets in every MakeUseOf article I write, and in this article I will provide some advanced tips for getting more out of TextExpander.
From Evernote and Springpad to Google Keep, and the never ending list of iOS note apps, don’t feel too embarrassed if you use more than one program for keeping track of notes, thoughts and to-do lists. You certainly need to do your homework when it comes to selecting a notebook app that is right for you. One of the newest kids on the writer’s block is Theory.io’s NoteSuite for Mac and iPad,
In the tradition of video production apps like Videolicious, Video Star, and Socialcam, the recently released free iPad-only app TouchCast helps you create and post interactive videos from your iPad 2 or later. Those of us familiar with creating YouTube videos using desktop programs like iMovie, ScreenFlow, or Camtasia know how powerful non-linear timeline productions can be and TouchCast brings another solution to the table. The app uses the iPad’s built-in camera, a useful collection of widgets and a timeline editor to help users produce video productions almost on the fly.
When it comes to annotating and reviewing PDF documents on the iPad, iAnnotate PDF ($9.99) is my go-to solution. If there’s an option to download a .MOBI or .EPUB ebook or .PDF version of a book, I always choose the latter because of what iAnnotate allows me to do. The tools and features in this iPad-only app are ten times more powerful than Apple’s iBooks for highlighting, bookmarking, and reviewing annotations which makes it perfect for students, writers, or anyone who needs to mark up text as they read.