Notability Improvements and a Replacement for GoodNotes

GoodNotes is a terrific app for handwritten notes. I often need a combination of diagrams, text, and plain old doodles for meeting notes. The advantage of GoodNotes has always been its excellent handwriting recognition and export. But, I’ve switched to Notability since a recent update that adds handwriting recognition on top of Notability’s other more refined features. Handwriting The ink system in GoodNotes is subtly better than Notability. It feels a bit smoother and more realistic to me.

Mr. Reader Actions for Editorial

Thanks again to Mr. Reader for sponsoring Macdrifter. I really can’t say enough good things about this RSS reader for iPad. All of themes for the app look gorgeous and the extensibility is unmatched. Mr. Reader comes with some core actions but the action customization is wide open too. Using placeholder tokens for an article, such as URL, author, title or even selected text, you can create a huge variety of your own personalized tools.

Taking Action on Feeds with Mr Reader for iPad Sponsor

My thanks to Mr. Reader for sponsoring Macdrifter this week. It’s my preferred news reader on any platform, thanks to the elegant design and powerful actions. It also supports a huge variety of RSS aggregation services so it’s likely you can start using it today. SponsorThis article is about a sponsor's product. While I received payment to mention them here, everything in this article comes from me. I really like Mr.

Bookmarker Macros for Editorial

This pair of macros for Editorial brings a whole new level of bookmarking to text files on the iPad. Ever want to bookmark a specific spot in a text file or remember where you left off editing a text file in Editorial? Me too. So, I created this pair of fairly simple macros.1 Here’s a little demo: Bookmarker for Editorial from Macdrifter The first macro saves the current text selection to a text file named EditorialBookmarks in the Dropbox file storage.

Color on the Retina iPad Mini Link

As always, Anandtech gets into the details where other reviews do not. The iPad mini with Retina Display has the same color gamut as the standard iPad mini, which is narrower than the iPad Air and less than the sRGB coverage we normally look for. The biggest issue here is that there are other smaller tablets in this price range that do offer sRGB coverage (e.g. Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HDX 8.

iPad Mini Available Now

Apple finally alleviated the supply constraints on wheelbarrows for moving their cash. The iPad Mini is available now.

Mr. Reader 2.0 Adds New Sync Services Link

Mr. Reader 2.0 is out today and adds a handful of supported sync services. BazQux Reader Feedbin FeedHQ Feedly Feed Wrangler Fever It’s a great start and just in time for the final death rattle of Google Reader.

Dropbox and Photos Two iOS Apps

I keep most of my photos archived in an Aperture library. But I also have a good size collection in Dropbox. I’m not likely to move completely to Dropbox for my photo collection. It’s much too large and I really like the benefits I get with Aperture. Dropbox simply makes sharing and syncing easy though. I take a lot of photos of whiteboards, documents, and notes that I don’t want in my PhotoStream.

The Benefits of Mr. Reader

Viticci made me switch from Reeder to Mr. reader on iOS with clever tricks and high praise (see the Macstories review as well). But, believe it or not, I didn’t switch for the URL scheme support. I switched for the better reading experience.1 Here’s a quick tip: slide a finger in from either side to move between articles or close the current one. The controls appear right under the touch point.

100 Word Review Handcrafted App

Shhh. I have a secret. I shop on Etsy occasionally. I’m not crafty by nature. I loathe wicker, cringe at paper-craft and detest all things knit. But I like Etsy. I’ve found some wonderful pieces of art and great iPhone and iPad accessories. The best experience I’ve found is the Handcrafted app for iPad. The app provides a complete Etsy experience as far as I am concerned. Search, favorites, and shopping cart management are all there.