Display archivesHandwriting & drawing now in iPad version of OneNote

March 3rd, 2015
One of the most requested features for Microsoft OneNote on the iPad has been support for drawing and handwriting. And now we have it! With the updated version, you can use your finger or stylus to make drawings, and just like the desktop version, the iPad version of OneNote can convert your handwriting into text. You can also use this feature to annotate existing documents, like scans that you make with the iPad.


The best part is the app includes wrist protection, so you can rest your hand on the screen just like you do with a pad of paper. (Since this is a new feature, I haven’t put it through a lot of testing. Many apps claim to do this, but fail.) You’ll find these features in the new Draw tab of the app.


More info is on the official OneNote blog. And here’s a demo:




Display archivesNew shared libraries in Creative Cloud apps

February 18th, 2015
Adobe Creative Cloud applications now have libraries that let you share assets between them and with other users. They store the assets in the cloud, so you can access them from any app where you’re logged in. If you already use regular libraries, you can convert them to shared libraries with one click.


Here’s a demo, using InDesign:





Display archivesSecure Windows login without passwords

February 17th, 2015
If you hate typing passwords, Windows 10 will make life a little easier for you: you’ll be able to log in securely without one. Windows 10 will support security via biometrics and hardware keys (a/k/a dongles).


Hat tip @zdnet: http://zd.net/1vCwnlQ



Display archivesGoogle Helpouts closing down; using Skype instead

February 13th, 2015
Google announced today that they are closing down their Helpouts service on April 20, saying not enough people were using it. My 5 Helpouts — for Excel, Outlook, Illustrator, Photoshop and PowerPoint — all had solid, 5-star ratings. The good news is that I will still offer live training using Skype, for almost any Adobe or Microsoft desktop application, and several others, as well.



Display archivesGoogle Earth Pro is now free

February 4th, 2015
Google Earth Pro used to be $400 a year. It’s now completely free, and you don’t even have to sign up. Works on #Windows and #Macintosh.


The Pro version will let you create animated flyovers and export the animation as Windows Media and QuickTime at 1920 x 1080 resolution. It also has advanced measurements, high-res printing, and lets you import spreadsheet data.





Display archivesOutlook for iOS is now available. And it’s free.

January 30th, 2015
The other day, Microsoft released a version of Outlook that will run on iOS devices: your iPhone and iPad. After a quick look and some struggles getting it configured, my opinion is that it’s a very good initial release, but it isn’t finished, yet.


Like the built-in iOS Mail app, there are pre-made settings to configure common types of e-mail, like Exchange, Yahoo, gMail and Outlook.com. Right now, these are the only choices, so you can’t use it for POP or IMAP service (if you’re using mail with your own web address, like flisser.com, POP or IMAP is probably what you use). The good news is that support for these services will be available in a future release.


Download the app for free from the App Store.