The best photoshopping, privacy-protecting and offline-dictating apps of the week


Treat yourself to this week's best new apps.
Treat yourself to this week's best new apps.
Image: Cult of Mac

This week we get editing with Photoshop for iPad, transfer huge files with Dropbox, get private with DuckDuckGo for Safari, and dictate a letter, offline, in privacy.

Photoshop for iPad

Photoshop for iPad
Photoshop for iPad is really slick, but lacks many features.
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Photoshop is finally available for the iPad, and it’s great. Instead of trying to shoehorn an ancient, legacy desktop application into a tablet, Adobe built the foundations of a super-slick, fast and easy-to-use iPad app. It’s missing almost every tool from regular Photoshop, but the promise is there. Excellent, 11/10.

Price: $10 monthly subscription

Download: Photoshop from the App Store (iOS)

Dropbox Transfer

Dropbox Transfer
Dropbox Transfer simplifies sending and receiving up to 100GB of files.
Photo: Dropbox

You probably already use Dropbox to transfer and share big files from your iPhone or iPad. Now, DropBox Transfer comes built into the iOS Dropbox app, letting you share files up to 100GB in size. Just pick the files and get a link. And it even works if you move the file later.

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Download: Dropbox from the App Store (iOS)

DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials

A recent Safari update broke lots of third-party extensions, including DuckDuckGo’s Privacy Essentials. Now it’s back, and private-er than ever. The extension, for Safari on the Mac, blocks trackers, and provides a dashboard so you can see exactly what has been blocked. Essential.

Price: Free

Download: DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials from the App Store (macOS)

Dictation by Blueshift

Dictation by Blueshift does its work on-device, without an internet connection
Dictation by Blueshift does its work on-device, without an internet connection
Photo: Blueshift

Blueshift’s new dictation app requires no internet connection to transcribe your spoken words. Unlike Siri’s dictation, or pretty much any other dictation app on iOS, Dictation works entirely on-device. The product blurb even boasts that you can disconnect your iPhone or iPad from the internet, and it will still work just fine.

Price: Free with in-app subscription

Download: Dictation by Blueshift from the App Store (iOS)