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Apps: Productivity

Great new app for musicians

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Sorry but I haven’t posted lately as I’ve been preparing my materials for tenure review here at West Chester University of PA.

But, after attending a recent conference hosted by the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (atmionline.org) I have some great new apps to share with you. I’ll roll them out over the next few weeks. Here’s the first.



Yes, you can put several hundred applications on your iPhone!

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The iPhone operating system has never allowed for listing more than 9 (SpringBoard) pages of 16 applications each, which has severely restricted the number of applications you can install on a phone. (Actually, the number of third-party apps you can display is even less as the built-in applications take up one tab – around 14-16 icons.)

The problem was slightly cured by the introduction of OS 3 this June. It allowed for both slightly more (11) SpringBoard pages so that you could see a bit more applications. However, additional programs you synchronized did not show up – even when they are there on your phone.

Fortunately, there are several solutions for the problem.

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A Developer's View on In-App Purchases for Free Apps

 Apple recently announced a major shift in how they treat free apps and I have been mulling over what it means to developers, in addition to end users.

In the past, "In-App Purchases", or the ability to add features to an app, were only available for paid apps.  Free apps could not be upgraded, short of purchasing the paid version separately.  Now, users of these free apps can purchase upgrades.

On one hand, more choices are a good thing.  But I have some concerns.



Getting Things Done on the iPhone: reQall

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reQall

Qtech, Inc.

 iPhone 3.0                  Free

Macintosh                   Not Available

PC                              Not Available

Web                           Yes 



No more faxes for me

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I've been looking for this app, especially after I unloaded my land line telephone. No more faxes for me! I simply scan my documents using Scanner Pro and my iPhone, adjust if needed, and then e-mail, store on my iDisk or print.

I can scan one or more pages of any size and then combine them into a multi-page PDF document to share. Allows for vertical or landscape layout. Editing features include correcting for color, brightness and/or contrast. I can reorder the pages within the document and even set a password for security. 



Personal Formulator

FormulatorPersonal Formulator is a simple financial calculator that allows you to quickly figure out discounts, tips, car loan payments, and more. We were visiting a friend and went to a car dealership to look at a Smartcar he wanted to buy. He needed help figuring out the total cost for two loans that had different interest rates. I taught music, not math, but had his answer quickly using Personal Formulator.

 

 


 

 


 

 
 

Personal Formulator

Everything you will ever want to know about the remote desktop controllers on the iPhone - Part II

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Continued from HERE.

 


Automatic discovery of remote desktops on the same LAN?: the Jaadu apps and Mocha VNC support automatic discovery of local desktop computers. Note that in order for this to work, you must run Jaadu VNC Connect or Jaadu RDP Connect on the same desktop. They will keep broadcasting a message to the local network that there is a VNC / RDP server listening on these devices. Note that these broadcast messages are sent out even when the VNC server is shut down or stopped - or the RDP service disabled; that is, these three remote controller clients will find these desktops even then.



Misc news & roundup / guide updates (09/27/2009)

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I’ve updated several of my guides / bibles / roundups to reflect the latest changes. See the bottommost “UPDATE (09/27/2009)” section in each of them. The only news item I haven’t published in another article is the one describing the new Backgrounder version.

AppStore news:

Ever wanted to watch WMV (TV) streams on your iPhone? Now you can!: making Streamer compatible with all WMV streams; NetTV [Lite] news.


Todo

TodoI tested a number of task managers when I bought my iPod Touch, but kept returning to Todo. In addition to its fantastic user interface, Todo has the ability to sync with online task managers, such as Toodledo (toodledo.com), Remember the Milk (rememberthemilk.com), or iCal on the Mac using Appigo’s own sync program. You can sort, organize, tag, and categorize all of your tasks to display them in a way that is most useful to you.

Todo: organize and manage tasks

 

 

Air Sharing

Air SharingIf a device is to be taken seriously as a business tool, it has to be able to let you review your important business documents on the go. Air Sharing lets you do this by turning your iPhone into a network drive on any wireless network. Once connected, you can transfer virtually any files to your iPhone and view them offline. The “Pro” version of this app is also available; it gives you additional PDF support and allows you to e-mail items from any computer to your 
iPhone where you can view them with Air Sharing.

Air Sharing: view important docs on iPhone
 

 

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