1. Annotated Images Via PDF

    August 02, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I happen to agree with the good Dr. regarding Linea for iPad. It's a very good app for drawing, especially with the Apple Pencil. But, I have much less of an urgent need for annotating images with the app. That's because I mostly use PDF Expert for that ...

  2. Taking Notes with Nebo on an iPad

    August 02, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    This blog post is a hand crafted artisanal production. well, its hand crafted at least. That's because I wrote it by hand, long-form in the iPad app MyScript Nebo,

    Writing is good

    Nebo works with the Apple Pencil to convert hand writing into text. It's one of the best digital handwriting ...

  3. iPad Dictation Access with the Apple Smart Keyboard

    July 29, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    EDIT: What a dumb mistake. Even the screenshot shows that the dictation button isn't available in all apps with the virtual keyboard. This works in some apps like Drafts, but not others, like Apple Notes. UNLESS you open the number keyboard first. What a mess.

    For whatever reason, Apple ...

  4. Carrot Weather Stickers

    July 27, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    CARROT Weather is one of those cute weather apps that's right on the edge of being too cute for my taste. But, when they added Weather Underground as a data provider for subscription customers I was all in. Dark Sky accuracy has been in the toilet for me and ...

  5. Notability Adds Checklists and GIFs

    July 27, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    How's that for timing. Yesterday the iOS and Mac app Notability had a major update that added checklist support and GIFY search.


    Notability is a mature app that's been continuously updated for many years. It's great to see that one of the best apps for capturing lecture ...

  6. Managing Check Lists

    July 25, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Requirements and User Stories

    This is the part where it gets personal. The way I use checklists is probably different than some users but that's how it usually goes.

    1. The app must have List templates for things I do over and over, like packing for a trip. Duplicating an ...
  7. Day One Premium and the Future

    July 01, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Day One Goes Premium:

    Day One is evolving. We’re transitioning to a more stable subscription business model to ensure this app and these services always stick around.

    Let me start this right. I think Day One Journal is an awesome app. Maybe the best journaling app around.1 The ...

  8. Apple's Continuity Page [Link]

    June 29, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Old but new to me, this Apple support page is a nice overview of all the continuity services on iOS and Mac. This includes Handoff, Universal Clipboard, Instant Hotspot, Auot Unlock, Calls and SMS notifications.

  9. A Few Tips for Making Drafts a Writing Environment on iPad and iPhone

    June 27, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    For the uninitiated, Drafts for iOS looks too simple to be used for anything more than basic notes. I sure did use it that way for a long time. While there are more powerful text editors on iOS, like Editorial, 1Writer, and Ulysses, there are few that nail the directness ...

  10. The Last Mile for the iPad

    June 23, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    7 years after the iPad release, some of us are still trying to parse out if it is a real computer. I, for one, have given up. Everything is a computer now. Some just have more well defined roles. While I consider my iPad Pro and my MacBook Pro to ...