Readdle is known for making quality productivity apps like Scanner Pro and Documents. Its new PDF Office app is all about creating and editing PDFs on the iPad.
But wait, doesn’t Readdle already make a popular PDF viewer for iOS? What’s the difference?
“PDF Expert 5 is more of a reader, annotation app, whereas PDF Office is an all-in-one tool for document conversion and creation,” explains Readdle Marketing Director Denys Zhadanov to Cult of Mac. “If a person has to create PDF documents, forms, congrats, notes, etc., PDF Office is definitely the right choice.”
You can scan documents with the iPad’s camera and turn them into fully editable PDFs, which is a great way to clear out the office. Most people probably won’t need all the power that PDF Office provides, but for those who could benefit from the best PDF tool on the iPad that money can buy, it’s definitely worth considering.
Readdle is offering the app through a subscription system, and you should read this blog post if you want to understand why.
Available on: iPad
Price: $4.99 per month/$39.99 per year (Existing PDF Expert users get a year for free)
The next generation of stock trading is upon us thanks to Robinhood, a new iPhone app that came out this week.
Most brokerages charge between $7 and $10 for individual stock trades, but Robinhood eliminates fees entirely by cutting out the middleman. You’re in charge of your trading, and you don’t have to be well versed in the ways of Wall Street to use the app.
The interface is dead simple, and it makes the possibility of trading stocks a reality for more people than ever before. There’s a pretty huge waitlist right now, so you won’t be able to use it right away. But if you’re interested, claim your spot in line.
The official Google app got updated with Android’s new Material Design philosophy, which is interesting to see on iOS. The design is based on traditional ink and paper with a reliance on animations to create depth, so it’s pretty different from where Apple has been headed with mobile post iOS 6.
You can see your recently visited businesses, start a new search from the center Google button, and use Street View without leaving the app on iPhone. The app has also been optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Vemedio released Instacast 2 for Mac, a complete visual overhaul for OS X Yosemite.
“We redesigned the entirety of Instacast's interface, including the app icon, the MiniPlayer and each individual dialog in Instacast's settings,” said Vemedio’s Martin Hering. “The MiniPlayer's interface looks fantastic with Yosemite's dark mode too. We also added the new episode lists from Instacast 5 on iOS, including list syncing via Instacast Cloud.”
Instacast is already a fantastic solution for streaming podcasts on iOS, and this new Mac update means that it’s one of the most attractive cross-platform podcast clients available.
Those with an existing Instacast Membership ($14.99 per year) get version 2 for Mac free along with all in-app iOS purchases. A standalone license for Instacast 2 on the Mac costs $19.99, and an upgrade from version 1 costs $5. There’s also a 15-day free trial available to try.
Available on: Mac
Price: $14.99 per year for subscription that also unlocks premium iOS app, or $19.99 for single license
Slacker’s big redesign makes it a highly compelling take on internet radio. Not only does the new interface look gorgeous, but Slacker is debuting new partnerships with celebrities and content creators like Tyler Oakley, Rooster Teeth and Nerdist Industries.
In total, there are nearly 400 stations to choose from, and new customization features allow you to fine tune personal stations by artist, song, and genre.
Slacker is free to use on the web or mobile, but $3.99 per month gets you unlimited skips, no ads offline listening, and custom feeds from the likes of Disney and ESPN. A $9.99 per month subscription basically turns Slacker into a Spotify competitor with full access to its catalog of music.
Available on: Web/iPhone
Price: Free (with $3.99 and $9.99 subscription options)
I just recently got into writing in Markdown, a special syntax that lets you easily convert to HTML for publishing on the web. There are several decent Markdown editors out there, but the best one I’ve used has to be Typed, a new app from Realmac Software.
The discreet word count view, keyboard shortcuts, and preview options are all great, but my favorite feature is Zen Mode. Typed goes fullscreen and plays six ambient, soothing music tracks in the background to help you focus. Don’t knock it till you try it.
Realmac is most well known for making Clear, a quality todo app for iOS that’s pretty popular. Typed serves a little more of a niche market, but for those interested in a minimalist, easy to use Markdown editor for the Mac, it’s an excellent choice.
By bringing together some of the best mobile app designers out there, Themeboard has created an attractive repository of custom keyboard themes for iOS 8.
Once granted access in Settings, Themeboard lets you install new keyboard designs and layouts from designers all over the world, and many of the available themes look quite good. Keyboards function the same as Apple’s default layout with predictive text support and everything, and there’s an optional Emoji Bar add-on that displays your most used emojis in a row above the keys.
Themeboard is slick, and while it won’t necessarily give you any extra typing functionality, your keyboard will stand out from the rest.
Available on: iPhone/iPad
Price: Free (with in-app purchases for certain themes)
Telltale Games, maker of the famed Walking Dead game series, is back with a Game of Thrones role playing game that looks amazing.
Based on the first book in George R.R. Martin’s saga, A Song of Ice and Fire, the first installment of Telltale’s six-episode release is called, "Iron from Ice.” Reviews have praised it for masterfully inserting itself as a side story surrounding the infamous Red Wedding (if you know, you know).
Several actors from the show lend their voices to the game, and although App Store reviewers have noted some early bugs in the game itself, the general consensus is that playing it feels just as gripping as watching the TV show. So buckle up for a couple of hours and play through this bad boy before the next episode from Telltale comes out.
When Square bought the food ordering service Caviar, it wasn’t immediately clear if the functionality would be baked into an existing Square app or continue to operate on its own.
The latter turned out to be the case with the release of the new Caviar iPhone app. See mouthwatering pictures of local dishes and have them delivered right to your door with the ability to track a delivery in transit.
Hungry yet? Too bad you can only use Caviar if you live in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Manhattan, or Brooklyn. The service is still in the early stages, but here’s to hoping it expands to more cities soon.
Junecloud’s alternative to Apple’s stock Notes app has been updated with a design makeover for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. We’re big fans of Deliveries at Cult of Mac, and Notefile is another quality app by Junecloud that usually doesn’t get as much attention.
iCloud Drive integration, easier access to share, export, and delete options, Dynamic text support, and a visual refresh are just a few of the updates you’ll find on the iOS and Mac version.
Mailbox has quickly become one of the most popular email management apps on iOS, and now the public is about to get its first taste of what it can do on the desktop too. The company announced this morning that the first public beta of Mailbox for Mac is now available, and they’ve added a couple of new features to go with it.
While looking at social media on your favorite iOS devices is smooth, making the transition to the Mac just isn’t quite the same. Though there are plenty of top-notch applications for looking at Twitter or Snapchat on iOS, the social media gems on Mac can be hard to find.
In today’s video, we’ll show you the top social media apps for Mac so you can transport the fun from iOS to your desktop in the most efficient ways possible. Here’s how to enjoy the fun of Snapchat, Instagram and more, all on your Mac by downloading some killer social apps.
Coding for the Mac App Store could be your ticket to professional bliss.
The iOS App Store gold rush might be played out for all but the luckiest developers, but there’s another part of the Apple empire where coders can find breakout success: the Mac App Store.
“Compared to iOS, it’s definitely easier to have a hit in the Mac App Store,” says Andreas Hegenberg, the creator of successful gesture-based Mac app BetterTouchTool. “I think it’s still pretty easy to develop a Mac App Store app that can feed you very well. But it all depends on how you define a ‘big hit.'”
MarkDrop is a new Markdown editor for the Mac that displays a minimalistic editor on the left and a preview window on the right that updates in real time. The app prides itself on a clean interface, and you can share via PDF, HTML, or print.
It’s happened to everyone. You’re typing on your Mac, and you suddenly get a phone call on your iPhone. But you only have two hands. On a deadline, you grab your iPhone, and try to talk to whomever is calling by clenching your phone against your shoulder with your chin, but it suddenly slips, and slides down your tucked shirt and into your underpants. And now, here you are, screaming at your crotch to call you back while shaking an iPhone down your pants leg. How embarrassing.
What, that hasn’t happened to you? How strange. Must just be me. Either way, though, wouldn’t it be cool if you could just route incoming iPhone calls to your Mac? Now you can, thanks to Dialogue.
Going paperless is a goal of mine. I’d love to be able to keep all my important documents, like banking paperwork and medical records, all safely and cleanly tucked away into the digital ether. And, while productivity apps are fairly common in the Mac App store, when Apple made document-organizing app, doo, an Editor’s Choice app this week, well, it certainly piqued my interest.
Skitch used to be my go-to Mac app for annotating images. Now I just use OS X’s Preview to get basic editing done in a pinch. As a blogger, I frequently deal with screenshots and images for posts. Sometimes you need to draw an arrow or draw attention to a certain part of an image. There’s never really been a good tool to do so, until Napkin.
Created by the guys at Aged & Distilled, Napkin is a new app in the Mac App Store that aims to help you with “concise visual communication.” If you’re a creative type, then this app should be in your tool belt.