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desktop micromanaging at its finest – macstories

i never was the kid to play with toy trains, but that hasn’t stopped me from becoming engrossed in augmented reality ones thanks to conduct ar.an ar follow-up game to northplay’s conduct this, conduct ar puts you in control of trains barreling down the tracks. as they make their routes, they’ll pick up passengers at stations for later drop off, but only if you can guide the trains there without crashing into obstacles along the way.to do that, you’ll switch tracks, stop, and start the trains, carefully pointing your camera at them and tapping the screen at the same time. in ar, though, this can be tricky, as conduct ar requires you to move around, peer into the level, and get close enough to where you can control the trains in a prec...




you don’t want to be the camera operator – macstories

news and updates from the september nintendo direct, and a look at the first crop of arkit games on ios 11. on this week’s remaster, we catch up on some nintendo news and discuss s...




just press record refreshes its ios design and adds powerful features to its watch app – macstories

my favorite way to make quick recordings on my iphone is just press record. it’s a great way to capture a thought before it escapes me. with the release of ios 11 and watchos 4, the app launched an update with a modern design and more powerful watchos app that makes it even easier to use.just press record’s ios app has been updated with the look and feel of system apps like music and messages. the app features bold titles at the top of each section, which are accessed from the four tabs along the bottom of the screen. as in past versions, starting a new recording is fast and simple with the big record button that sits in the center of the tab bar and extends up into a secondary bar that has buttons for changing the microphone input and a...




lookup 4.0 adds object recognition via vision framework, plus drag and drop – macstories

lookup is a beautifully designed dictionary app that we first reviewed earlier this year. with its effective use of bold headings and colorful graphics atop a white background, lookup visually looks like a sister app to apple’s new app store – and considering how much i love the new app store, that’s high praise. i won’t spend any time on the basics of the app though, as you can check out jake’s original review for that. instead, i want to focus on how lookup harnesses the power of new ios 11 technologies.when it comes to ios 11 developer frameworks that take advantage of the iphone’s camera, arkit is easily the most prominent. but there’s another important set of new tools leveraging the camera system: the vision framework. ap...




airmail incorporates drag and drop, quick look on iphone, and voice reply on apple watch – macstories

airmail is my primary email client on ios and macos for two reasons. first, i can customize nearly everything in the app, so it’s laid out and works the way i want. second, airmail integrates with several third-party apps and services that i use, so it’s easy to get information out of airmail and dump it into apps like todoist or trello. but sometimes, i want to put a little context around the information i’m exporting from airmail. for those times, airmail’s new drag and drop new functionality is ideal.i get email from macstories and appstories sponsors every week. many of those messages include a combination of files and text about an upcoming sponsorship. often, those messages are also the conclusion of a back-and-forth conversati...




teamviewer quick support adds live screen sharing for ios 11 – macstories

teamviewer quick support has been available on the app store for several years, but due to the sandboxed nature of ios, it hasn’t been as powerful or helpful as i’m sure its makers would have liked. but among a host of exciting new technologies in ios 11, apple has introduced a screen sharing feature that makes an app like quick support a truly powerful tool for giving or receiving support.quick support uses a new and improved version of apple’s replaykit framework to enable true screen sharing; with it, you can broadcast a live recording of your iphone or ipad’s screen so that anyone with the broadcast link will be able to follow, in real-time, your actions on the device.getting started with quick support couldn’t be easier. first...




note transfers done simple with carbo’s ios 11 update – macstories

when i stumbled upon carboway back in january 2016, i praised it as a utility that improved my note-taking, bringing my handwritten notes into an editable, digital format. twenty-one months later, carbo brings its biggest update yet, aimed at making it even easier to import and export your notes through drag and drop in ios 11.carbo works with photos of your notes, digitally converting them, and then providing you tools to add, remove, and relocate parts of handwriting. before its ios 11 update, getting notes into carbo required opening the app and snapping a photo with the built-in camera before you could work on the document. in reality though, you may not always have the time to do more than snap a quick picture of your notes from the l...




a roundup of the best – macstories

left to right: dropped, workshelf, the shelf, scrawl pouchthe ipad platform has come a long way in a mere matter of months, thanks to new ipad pro models and, of course, ios 11. earlier this year federico laid out his wishes for ios 11 in a concept video and accompanying article, and many of his hopes came true: we now have drag and drop, the files app, and a variety of other improvements in ios 11. but one major idea from the concept is missing from ios 11: a shelf where content can be dropped and stored temporarily. fortunately though, the app store has a robust developer base, and several third-party apps are launching alongside ios 11 to remedy this omission.the need for a shelf springs from the addition of drag and drop to ios 11. it’...




visual codes generates qr codes for ios 11’s new camera features – macstories

with the move to ios 11, we’ve seen flashy releases centered around augmented reality, drag and drop, and depth mapping, showcasing what the headlining features of the new os look like in practice. but an under-the-radar feature, qr code support in the camera app, is shaping up to have a promising future, and visual codes shows us why.created by benjamin mayo, visual codes generates qr codes for digital actions – like adding a contact, connecting to wi-fi, or calling a number – and allows you to use them in the real world. basically, all you need to do is add the relevant information to the app, label your code, connect to a printer, and you have a physical shortcut in your hands.apple saw promise of tools like this when craig federigh...




opener adopts drag and drop on the ipad – macstories

i'm particular about where links open. i want to open instagram links in its app. i’d rather watch youtube videos in protube, while it still works (rip). i never want links to tweets to open in the official twitter app. the point is, i want to follow links the way i prefer, not according to someone else’s defaults.fortunately, if you’re picky about this sort of thing too, there’s an app made just for you: opener by tim johnsen. the strength of opener is its action extension, which i keep in easy reach near the front of the system share sheet on my ios devices. with the extension, you can send a link to any compatible app you have installed. with support for over 200 apps, it’s a rare occasion that i run into a url that opener can...




slør enhances the iphone’s portrait mode with depth adjustment tools – macstories

apple introduced depth photography to ios last year with the iphone 7 plus’s portrait mode. this new camera feature brought professional-like photography to the masses, and spawned several memorable ads that demonstrated just how far smartphone cameras have come.in ios 11, apple upgraded portrait mode with several enhancements, such as much-improved low light performance and optical image stabilization. but one of the more exciting updates is that developers can now tinker with portrait mode photos via the new depth api. thanks to that new api, slør was born.slør contains a very simple, one-screen interface that lets you get straight to work editing your portrait mode photos. there are three adjustment tools at your disposal for modifyin...




carrot weather adds augmented reality mode – macstories

carrot weather transcends ios apps in its category by infusing a full-featured weather app with a personality that makes it a delight to use. earlier this summer, carrot weather received a major redesign that managed to incorporate all its weather data into a single screen interface without feeling cramped. that’s not an easy task for a highly customizable app. carrot weather also has one of the most performant and useful apple watch complications available. it’s a combination that’s made the app a macstories favorite.the app's latest update takes advantage of arkit to bring carrot, the app’s snarky robotic protagonist to life as never before. tapping the button in the top right-hand corner of the screen opens a drop-down menu for a...




kpressor fills the zip archive gap in ios 11 – macstories

since moving to the ipad full-time, i’ve had a couple zip-related moments of frustration. whether i’ve been trying to create a zip archive or unzip a file, i’ve had to resort to apps with less-than-ideal support.kpressor is a new app that specializes in zip compression and decompression built for ios 11. through the files app, you can work with zip files in the easiest way i’ve seen yet, an integration that will speed up my workflow and keep me from pulling out my hair.after launching the app, you’ll be greeted with two options: “create zip archive” and “open zip archive”. for the former, you’ll be selecting items from the file picker and adding them to a new archive from within kpressor or by dragging...




getting tasks out of your head and into todoist has never been simpler – macstories

todoist, one of our favorite task managers, has added deep integration with ios 11 as well as adding a handful of other handy features in its latest update. at its core, todoist is a web service, but you wouldn’t know it most of the time. unlike many web service-based apps, todoist continually adopts ios-only features that help it compete in a category that is packed with strong rivals.apple didn’t add many new sirikit intents with ios 11, but it did add one for tasks. it took a while to get in the habit of using siri to add tasks to todoist, but i’ve been delighted with how well it works. it’s been both quick and reliable. not only can you ask siri to add tasks to todoist, but you can also assign a due date and ask siri to show you ...




measurekit brings ar measuring tools to the iphone – macstories

when was the last time you wanted to measure something, and the tool you needed was already within arm’s reach? i can’t think of a single time that’s happened to me. i don’t work in construction, so i don’t carry measuring tape or any similar tools around with me. but you know what i do always have with me? my iphone. with ar measurekit, developer rinat khanov has created a toolkit that can be carried around with no extra baggage – all you need is your phone.in late june when developer arkit demos began showing up online, one of the first prominent videos featured digital measuring tape. many people were amazed at arkit’s ability to measure distance with such accuracy, while others simply wrote the idea off as a silly use of ar...




drag and drop, smart invert colors come to twitter for ios – macstories

if you need another reason to believe drag and drop in ios 11 is a big deal, here’s one: twitter, long known for its “a few minor updates” releases, brought a day one release supporting drag and drop in the composition area. for ipad users, this means that you can drag photos, gifs, text, and more right into twitter when you’re composing a tweet – so instead of searching endlessly for the perfect photo in the app, you can bring it over from another source.additionally, twitter’s update brought support for ios 11’s smart invert colors accessibility setting, which means you can now invert the screen’s colors while still seeing media in the intended colors. this is a ...




working copy integrates with the files app and drag and drop – macstories

we use working copy every day to collaborate on articles for macstories and club macstories. it’s an excellent tool for working as a group because it lets us easily track edits to documents and stay in sync with the latest version of an article. ours isn’t the most common use for an ios git client – it’s usually used by developers – but it serves to illustrate the flexibility of working copy, which has only grown more useful with an update that incorporates new ios 11 functionality.working copy is a file provider in the files app. this is a very big deal. ulysses has had external file support for a while, but ios 11 streamlines the process of accessing articles in our shared repos greatly. with a couple of taps in ulysses, the docu...




home 3.0 offers powerful homekit automation in an ios 11-optimized package – macstories

matthias hochgatterer’s home app has received a major update to version 3.0 alongside the release of ios 11. it includes an updated ui and drag and drop support, but the biggest news with home’s update is the way it unlocks a world of new automation possibilities thanks to ios 11’s homekit updates.when setting up homekit automations, home 3.0 now contains several new event options. one of those options is an event trigger currently unavailable in apple’s own home app: characteristic value ranges. it taps into precise value measurements tracked by homekit accessories – such as the current temperature as read by a smart thermostat – and can use those values as event triggers. for example, your thermostat could trigger a home action...




castro’s latest update transforms podcast organization – macstories

as my list of podcasts grows and my preferences change, i’m finding it tougher to organize my shows in an effective and intentional way. with castro 2.5, though, something clicked. through a combination of the inbox-queue methodology and drag and drop for my podcasts, i’ve been able to rethink how i listen to my feed.for those unfamiliar with castro, it features two locations for your podcasts to live: inbox and queue. when the latest episode of your show comes out, it’ll automatically drop into the inbox, either to be left for later or moved to queue to be played. as you might expect, moving multiple episodes over to the queue could be tedious, requiring you to transfer them one at a time; however, castro now supports in-app drag and ...




things have taken a turn – macstories

federico’s ios 11 review is done. stephen has an announcement. myke makes a confession about his apple tv remote. on this week’s special episode of connected, we discuss the making of my ios 11 review with a focus on myke’s process for the audiobo...