August 31, 2020

Mastering iOS: Finding handwritten images in Photos.

The search function of the iOS Photos app is amazing. Try searching dog and you’ll find most of your photos of dogs. How does it do it? It just knows. In addition to facial recognition, Photos’ search has deep object recognition. One of the most useful functions is recognizing handwriting. On iPhone, I’ll commonly handwrite a note in the Memopad 2 app on iPhone and search makes these easy to find on iPad as well.

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August 25, 2020

Mastering iOS: How to make two hyphens not equal an em dash.

Sadly, iOS 13 and iPad OS’s Smart Punctuation still separates the writers from the coders. It forces those of us who use Markdown for writing to choose which we are.

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August 25, 2020

Web writing on your iPad with Byword.

Writing specifically for the web is now an old discipline. Most web writers writer in Markdown, an HTML-tag shorthand that’s integrated into most content management systems. This article shows you how to use Byword, an iOS, iPadOS and Mac OS text editor that was built for writing in Markdown, with a preview and instant publishing to most blogs and content management systems, like WordPress and Medium.

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August 25, 2020

Review: 1Blocker for iOS. ★★★★★

This review is short. The reason for writing it is not.

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July 25, 2020

Shift Line Everest M: THE reverb-delay for tongue drum.

Though a tongue drum is a very ambient instrument, reverb, delay and chorus are the most useful effects you can add to extend that spaciousness your drum generates into another realm. In these days when ambience rules in music and reverb and delay can take up half of a pedalboard, Shift Line’s Everest M is a standard-size pedal that handles most ambient needs and really brings out of the most in my Beat Root Drum. The six, mood-matched reverb-delay combinations (that can be used separately or together) give you 18 total options that cover a huge range of spaces, most that sound excellent with the tongue drum. In addition to the standards of hall, room and spring reverbs, as well as digital, tape-like and analogish delays, algorithms can include sub-octave reverb, super-octave delay and a slow chorus/flanger/vibrato effect. Everest puts excellent versions of most of the basic effects you need for tongue drum into one pedal with no confusing alternate knob controls.

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