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The Ultimate Guide to iOS Shortcuts, Using Your Downtime Intentionally, and More

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iOS Shortcuts: The Ultimate Guide for Resources, Examples, Libraries, Triggers, and More »

iOS Shortcuts: The Ultimate Guide for Resources, Examples, Libraries, Triggers, and More

Right now, in your pocket (or perhaps in your hand), you have access to the best-kept secret on your iOS device: An app called Shortcuts.

The iOS Shortcuts app originally began as a third-party app, Workflow. Then, Apple bought it and re-released it in 2018 as Shortcuts — headlining it as a significant part of iOS 12.

However, at the time, Shortcuts was still an iOS app you had to download on your own. And while the future of Shortcuts was very bright, it was still limited in certain areas.

But now? So much has changed and improved with Shortcuts on iOS 13 and iPadOS.

A Beginner’s Guide to PowerPoint on the iPad »

A Beginner’s Guide to PowerPoint on the iPad

This is the third in our series of articles about Microsoft Office for the iPad, and the results so far have been decidedly mixed. We found Word to be surprisingly powerful and a good alternative to the desktop version for all but the most hardcore word processors out there. Excel was more of a letdown with lots more functionality missing, including many elements that would be notable to even light spreadsheet users. We’re happy to report that PowerPoint is much closer to Word than Excel, and even more than either of those apps, you could use PowerPoint perfectly well on your iPad and never touch the desktop version. In fact, some of the design decisions Microsoft have made might even make you put together better presentations than if you had the complete desktop app at your disposal.

GoodNotes 5.3 for iPadOS Adds Multiple Window Support, OCR Scanning, and Dark Mode »

GoodNotes 5.3 for iPadOS Adds Multiple Window Support, OCR Scanning, and Dark Mode

GoodNotes (our pick for The Best App for Taking Handwritten Notes) was recently updated to version 5.3. This is a pretty major update, adding support for multiple windows, OCR scanning, and Dark Mode.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s new.

Apply Intentionality to Your Downtime with Duolingo »

In this Mindfulness Monday post, we take a look at Duolingo and why you might want to use it to apply intentionality to your downtime on your iPhone.

An intentional approach to technology doesn’t necessarily mean that you use your devices less, but it does mean that you are a little bit picky about how you use them. The goal is to replace the activities that don’t provide you any real benefit with things that you deem valuable.

One of the things that has helped fill the void for me is Duolingo.

Dark Noise: An Delightful White Noise App for iOS »

Released just over a month ago, [Dark Noise][1] is a simple yet powerful ambient and white noise app for iPhone and iPad created by first-time iOS developer Charlie Chapman — not to be confused with Charlie Chaplin — that offers exactly what you’d expect: a collection of high-quality ambient and white noises (38 in all) to help you sleep, focus, or relax.

How to Update Your Apps on iOS 13 and iPadOS »

Updating your apps on iOS is usually done automatically, but sometimes — especially if you haven’t charged your iPhone overnight — you need to do it manually.

An Easier & Safer Way to Backup/Restore iPhone Data [FREE] (Sponsor) »

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Our thanks to DearMob iPhone Manager for sponsoring the site this week!

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Custom Productivity Templates for Your iPad

If you want to use custom productivity templates on your iPad, we’ve put together a free, walkthrough guide along with two of our in-house templates that can help you get started.

We’ll show you…

  • How to create and save custom page templates.
  • How to use those page templates to transform GoodNotes into your own productivity notebook (or any other type of notebook replacement).

Plus, we also have included two of our custom productivity templates for you to get started with.

This guide is available for FREE to our email subscriber community. And you can get it right now.

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