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Pixelmator 1.1 for iPad adds realistic watercolor painting, new Color Picker, more

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Pixelmator has today released a new update for the iPad version ($9.99) of its popular image editor. Version 1.1 includes a brand new watercolor painting feature, which can be used to create brand new pieces of art from a blank canvas or add stylistic additions to existing images and photos. Brushes overlay new colors additively with soft radiuses to create beautiful blends and shading. Pixelmator says they spoke to real artists to help design the brush strokes. It feels really nice to use.

Although watercolor painting is the headline addition, Pixelmator 1.1 also includes a new Color Picker with a swatch of previously selected colors, an updated rendering engine for better performance and much more. You have to see it in action … (video below)

Unique for the iPad, new watercolor painting technology in Pixelmator 1.1 lets you create watercolors right on your iPad. Artist-designed brushes from the new watercolor brushes’ collection apply colors with watery strokes, just like applying paint on paper with a wet brush. When brush strokes overlap, their colors blend with each other, creating an entirely new color with a soft gradient between them. With Pixelmator 1.1, you can create beautiful, soft and vibrant watercolor paintings or simply use watercolors to add an artistic touch to your photos.

In terms of file compatibility, Pixelmator for iPad can now open RAW image previews for editing in combination with improvements to Photoshop compatibility. Photoshop files including image masks are now imported correctly.

For editing, you can now import layers directly from iCloud Drive and ‘Lock Alpha’ to paint on only non-transparent parts of the selected layer, enabling some more advanced edits. Images can now be scaled proportionally, an omission I particularly noticed from the 1.0 release, and photos can be quickly inverted with a new color adjustment preset.

The update also adds support for Adonit iPad styli (Adonit Jot Script, Jot Touch 4, and Jot Touch Pixelpoint) and better pressure sensitivity support for all iPad styluses.

Pixelmator is available in the App Store for just $9.99. You can read our full review of Pixelmator 1.0 from late last year — or check out the developer’s website — for more information. Pixelmator for iPad works seamlessly with Pixelmator for Mac (available on the Mac App Store for $29.99)


Filed under: Apps, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: 1.1, iPad, Mac, new features, photo editor, Pixelmator, update, watercolor

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Sonos Controller app updated w/ quick Rooms access, new iPad UI, improved search, more

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Sonos is today rolling out version 5.3 of its Sonos Controller app for iOS to introduce a few new features and a tweaked user interface. 

The feature being highlighted above others in the update is easier access to controlling the app’s Rooms feature: Effortlessly move your music around your home with a more accessible ROOMS menu available by tapping the top of any screen in the Sonos app. Group and ungroup rooms from the ROOMS menu to play music in perfect synchrony throughout your home.

Also new in the update is an updated user experience for iPad users that offers new, separate views for currently playing music and discovery features:

  • More engaging browse experience for tablets. Version 5.3 provides separate views for music discovery and what’s currently playing.
  • Last browsed on a phone or tablet. Quickly return to the last place you browsed.
    • Touch to view the last place you browsed. On your phone, you can also go back to the last place you browsed by swiping down on the Now Playing screen.
    • Touch the collapsed Now Playing screen at the bottom of the screen to return to full-screen view.

Sonos highlighted a few other new features including more readily available search and a new playback progress slider.

The updated app, version 5.3, is available on the App Store now.

What’s New in Version 5.3

SIMPLER ROOM CONTROL AND FASTER ACCESS TO ALL YOUR MUSIC.

Effortlessly move your music around your home with a more accessible Rooms menu available by tapping the top of any screen in the Sonos app.

A more engaging browse experience for tablets with dedicated screens for what’s playing and music discovery.

Simplified track progression bar, just below the album art in the Now playing screen. Drag it to whatever point in the song you want to play. This is only applicable for music sources that allow this.

Switch between screens by swiping down from the Now Playing screen to go back to browsing your music. Then swipe from far left to right to show all your music sources.

Search is now more readily available so you can quickly find and play music.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: #1 iOS app, controller, iOS, rooms, Sonos, Sonos Controller, universal search, update

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MLB At Bat app redesigned, updated with new features for Spring Training

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The MLB.com At Bat app for iPhone and iPad gets a big update today in time for Spring Training bringing Spanish language support, new features, and all the details on what content will be available. Most of the app has also been redesigned including all new UI’s for team pages, scoreboards, and the newsreader.

Also new in the app for version 8.0.0 and 2015:

• New UI for all 30 team pages & the league-wide scoreboard (iPhone only)
• Player search expanded to include all active and historical MLB player cards (iPhone only)
• Re-designed UI for the newsreader (iPhone & iPad)
• Team-by-team statistical data filters (iPhone only)
• Native resolution to optimize At Bat for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
• Easy access to every game with new team schedule navigation (iPhone only)
• Application available in Spanish language, requires device language set to Spanish (iPhone & iPad)

As for Spring Training content, here’s what you’ll get with the usual $2.99/month or $19.99/year subscription:

  • Watch live streaming of more than 200 available Spring Training games with an MLB.TV Premium subscription (iPhone, iPad, select Android phones and tablets, Kindle Fire, Fire Phone)
  • Listen live to available Spring Training radio broadcasts (all)
  • Multi-platform live audio access for At Bat Premium subscribers (portable to Mac or PC with a valid MLB.com account)
  • Universal support for At Bat Premium subscribers, with accessibility on iPhone, iPad and other supported smartphones and tablets
  • Track batter-by-batter action for every Spring Training game (all)
  • Comb through sortable batting, pitching and fielding statistics (all)
  • Stay on top of breaking news, schedules, interactive rosters and player stats for every team (all)
  • Customize At Bat’s home screen to feature your favorite team (all smartphones)
  • Access to a video library archive, searchable by player, team or keyword (all smartphones)
  • Classic games video archive, featuring dozens of baseball’s most legendary games (all)

The updated MLB.com At Bat app for iPhone and iPad is available on the App Store now.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: App Store, at bat, iPad, iPhone, language support, MLB, redesign, Spanish, Spring Training, subscription, update, version 8

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VLC for iOS back on the App Store, OS X app updated alongside massive cross-platform release

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VideoLAN has today launched several updates to VLC across its apps on iOS, Android, OS X, and every other platform where the app is available, marking the first time that the company has pushed such a massive coordinated release and the re-release of the iOS app. The new versions (with the main app numbered 2.2.0), include several features across the various platforms, and VLC says it took more than a year of volunteer work to put them together…

Among many others, one of the headlining features in this version is that VLC now automatically detects vertical videos and rotates them accordingly on some platforms. The new version includes other new features like the ability to resume video playback from where it left off on the desktop, much improved support for UltraHD video codecs, new hardware acceleration on some platforms, and new compatibility with a “very large number” of unusual codecs. (After all, that’s what VLC is known for, right?)

On iOS, today’s release (individually numbered 2.4.1) marks the return of the app to the App Store after disappearing around the time iOS 8 was released. The most important thing to note here is that support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has been added, but the update also includes detection of external subtitles, support for streaming from Google Drive, media library search, UI and stability improvements, and the usual bug fixes among many other changes.

On Android, today’s release (individually numbered 1.1.0) is the first non-beta release for the platform. The update features a new aesthetic design that aligns with Google’s Material Design philosophy, a port of the app’s APIs to Android 5.0, gamepad controller support for navigation, support for pull to refresh, the ability to show videos as a list in portrait, and over 60 bug fixes.

A few platforms, including Android TV, Windows Phone, and Windows RT, are getting their very first public release today. The Android TV app is particularly notable—it’s very barebones in its current form, but surely development will continue.

VLC also took a moment today to announce that they’re working actively on version 3.0.0 for release “later this year.” “We’re working on many new features for VLC 3.0.0 to finish what we’ve started here,” Jean-Baptiste Kempf, president of VideoLAN said.

Here’s the changelog, encompassing most of the important new features:

So, what’s new in VLC 2.2.0, codename WeatherWax?

  • Fight the popular vertical video syndrome! VLC automatically detects rotated videos and rotates them using hardware acceleration (on compatible platforms)!
    This is supported for MP4/MOV, MKV and raw H264.
  • Resume playback where you left off. Supported on all the mobile versions of VLC for quite some time, it is now available on the desktop.
  • Vastly improved support for UltraHD video codecs like VP9 and H265, including encoding.
  • New hardware acceleration mechanism, GPU 0-copy decoding, faster and implementations for Linux, Android, and Raspberry Pi. (Other OSes will have it in 3.0.0)
  • Extensions: supported since a long time, we now feature an in-app downloader for the desktop, like Firefox
  • Subtitles downloading extension
  • Compatibility with a very large number of unusual codecs
  • Vastly improved compatibility for problematic files in Ogg, MP4, and WMV.
  • Support for Digital Cinema Package to play native movie theater formats.
  • Experimental support of Interactive Menus of BluRays: BD-J
  • On OS X, we’ve updated the interface for Yosemite compatibility.
  • On Android, we rewrote most of the UI to match Google Material Design.
  • This is the first public beta releases of Windows Phone, Window RT and Android TV.
  • It is also the first non-beta release on Android.

And here’s a list of the new versions and links to their respective stores:


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VLC pushes new iOS & OS X apps as part of massive cross-platform release

VideoLAN - Official page for VLC media player, the Open Source video framework! 2015-02-27 09-32-14

VideoLAN has today launched several updates to VLC across its apps on iOS, Android, OS X, and every other platform where the app is available, marking the first time that the company has pushed such a massive coordinated release.  The new versions (with the main app numbered 2.2.0), include several features across the various platforms, and VLC says it took more than a year of volunteer work to put them together…

Among many others, one of the headlining features in this version is that VLC now automatically detects vertical videos and rotates them accordingly on some platforms. The new version includes other new features like the ability to resume video playback from where it left off on the desktop, much improved support for UltraHD video codecs, new hardware acceleration on some platforms, and new compatibility with a “very large number” of unusual codecs. (After all, that’s what VLC is known for, right?)

On iOS, today’s release (individually numbered 2.4.1) marks the return of the app to the App Store after disappearing around the time iOS 8 was released. The most important thing to note here is that support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has been added, but the update also includes detection of external subtitles, support for streaming from Google Drive, media library search, UI and stability improvements, and the usual bug fixes among many other changes.

On Android, today’s release (individually numbered 1.1.0) is the first non-beta release for the platform. The update features a new aesthetic design that aligns with Google’s Material Design philosophy, a port of the app’s APIs to Android 5.0, gamepad controller support for navigation, support for pull to refresh, the ability to show videos as a list in portrait, and over 60 bug fixes.

A few platforms, including Android TV, Windows Phone, and Windows RT, are getting their very first public release today. The Android TV app is particularly notable—it’s very barebones in its current form, but surely development will continue.

VLC also took a moment today to announce that they’re working actively on version 3.0.0 for release “later this year.” “We’re working on many new features for VLC 3.0.0 to finish what we’ve started here,” Jean-Baptiste Kempf, president of VideoLAN said.

Here’s the changelog, encompassing most of the important new features:

So, what’s new in VLC 2.2.0, codename WeatherWax?

  • Fight the popular vertical video syndrome! VLC automatically detects rotated videos and rotates them using hardware acceleration (on compatible platforms)!
    This is supported for MP4/MOV, MKV and raw H264.
  • Resume playback where you left off. Supported on all the mobile versions of VLC for quite some time, it is now available on the desktop.
  • Vastly improved support for UltraHD video codecs like VP9 and H265, including encoding.
  • New hardware acceleration mechanism, GPU 0-copy decoding, faster and implementations for Linux, Android, and Raspberry Pi. (Other OSes will have it in 3.0.0)
  • Extensions: supported since a long time, we now feature an in-app downloader for the desktop, like Firefox
  • Subtitles downloading extension
  • Compatibility with a very large number of unusual codecs
  • Vastly improved compatibility for problematic files in Ogg, MP4, and WMV.
  • Support for Digital Cinema Package to play native movie theater formats.
  • Experimental support of Interactive Menus of BluRays: BD-J
  • On OS X, we’ve updated the interface for Yosemite compatibility.
  • On Android, we rewrote most of the UI to match Google Material Design.
  • This is the first public beta releases of Windows Phone, Window RT and Android TV.
  • It is also the first non-beta release on Android.

And here’s a list of the new versions and links to their respective stores:


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Dropbox gets more powerful on iOS 8 with new sharing extension

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Dropbox for iPhone and iPad users is getting a lot more powerful today as the latest version includes a new action extension for iOS 8. This allows you to save information from various apps to Dropbox on iOS without having to open the cloud-syncing app.

For example, you can send photos directly to Dropbox from the iOS Photos app making uploading images to the cloud service much easier than before. You can also use the new action extension to save text files to Dropbox but entries you create in the iOS Notes app. For files you come across on the web like PDFs from websites, the “Open In…” action will now include Dropbox as well creating a more desktop-like experience.

To take advantage of the new action extension for iOS 8, make sure you have the latest version of Dropbox installed, version 3.7, and activate the action extension.

To make the process easy, open an image in the Photos app and tap the share button (an upward arrow) then scroll to the far right of the bottom row of gray actions. Next, tap more (…) and look for “Save to Dropbox” as an activity. Toggle the switch on and drag the action to where you would like to save it.

The iOS 8 Dropbox share extension should now appear in any app that Dropbox supports including Photos, Notes, files in Safari, and more. In addition to the new share extension, Dropbox already supports a number of other iOS 8-specific features including Touch ID authenticating and iCloud Drive.

What’s New in Version 3.7
• New Action Extension for iOS 8: save files straight to Dropbox from your favorite apps
• Better experience receiving shared links on iPhone – when visiting a shared link, supported files will show an option to “Open in app” that takes you to Dropbox
• Bug fixes and improvements related to moving and deleting files, printing and exporting, RTF previews, and password protected files

Dropbox 3.7 for iPhone and iPad is available for free on the App Store.


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Google brings smooth Safari-like zoom to Chrome Canary for Mac

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The latest build of Chrome Canary for Mac packs a great new feature that’s likely familiar to those who use Safari on a daily basis. While current stable builds of Chrome have a jaggedy pinch-to-zoom functionality that only zooms in 10% increments, the latest build of Chrome Canary provides a smooth buttery zoom experience like Apple’s browser.

As of right now, it looks like the feature works a little bit less fluidly than Apple’s offering, but that’s to expected in the most experimental public release version of Chrome. Zooming works the same way that it does in Safari and current versions of Chrome, so all it takes is pinching two fingers on the Trackpad.

If you’re sticking with Safari on your Mac for this reason or others (battery life, anyone?), it looks like this feature—once it makes its way to the stable release—will give you one more reason to switch over to Google’s browser. If you want to give it a try, head over and download the latest build of Chrome Canary.


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