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Adobe Voice: a simple, free iPad app for making explainer videos

Friday, May 9th, 2014


With no fanfare at all, Adobe has released a curious little iPad app called Voice – a very simple presentational tool for putting together “explainer videos”. You might not be familiar with that term (I wasn’t), but the style is instantly recognisable: we’re talking about those jaunty little shorts in which a disembodied voice, dripping with warmth and earnestness, talks the listener through the basics of a project or proposition, normally over a bed of plinky-plonky ukulele music.

The software itself works similarly to PowerPoint; your video comprises a series of pages, onto each of which you place a graphic, or some text, or a combination of the two. Then, you hold down the record button to lay down a voiceover for each page using the iPad’s built-in microphone – and you’re done. As workflows go, it doesn’t get much simpler than this.


No such thing as a free app… so pay up if you want quality

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Adobe Lightroom for iPadTwo weeks after Microsoft unveiled Office for iPad, Adobe has today launched Lightroom for iOS 7. While the two releases do quite different things, they follow the same “gotcha” business model: unless you subscribe to the companies’ premium services (Office 365 for Microsoft, Creative Cloud for Adobe), they’re limited to viewing rather than editing.

Indeed, Adobe goes one step further, explicitly saying that Lightroom for iPad is purely for subscribers to its services. (more…)

Office for iPad: key information

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Word for iPadMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella, in his first appearance since taking over the top job, has confirmed that the company will shortly release a native version of its Office suite for the iPad, as well as updating Office for Mac. Some have called the decision a gamble for Microsoft, while others have seen it as a positive step. Here’s what you need to know. (more…)

iOS 7 on iPhone 4S and iPad 2: life on the edge of Apple’s lifecycle

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

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Apple has released iOS 7 as a free upgrade to existing iPhone and iPad users. But how does Apple’s revamped OS work on two of the oldest supported devices: the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2? PC Pro editor Barry Collins is installing iOS 7 on both, and will post updates on his experience of life on the edge of Apple’s lifecycle. (more…)

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The two-year lifespan of an iPad

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

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How long should an iPad last? When you’re paying up to £740 for a tablet, how long can you expect the device to remain in active service?

Judging by my experience – and that of several of my Twitter followers – it’s starting to look like the useful lifespan of an iPad is little more than a couple of years.

I bought my iPad 2 in August 2011, a few months after the device was launched. Only two years later, it’s already creaking. The operating system is continually juddering, apps regularly stutter and crash, and the Home button often fails (although I’ve found an odd, short-term workaround for the failing Home button).


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Apple must come clean on the actual size of apps

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

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I got a nasty shock on my iPad this morning. Midway through downloading Real Racing 3, a pop-up balloon appeared warning me I was running out of available storage.

I’ve only got a 16GB model, so I’m pretty used to juggling apps to clear space on my iPad. The iTunes store listed Real Racing 3 as a 700MB download, so I’d cleared off a couple of old games in advance to leave me with just shy of 2GB of unadulterated space for Real Racing to run around in.

So I was taken aback to discover that the app, once unpackaged and installed, consumes a whopping 1.8GB of storage space – comfortably the largest, single app I’ve ever installed on my device, consuming roughly 13% of the device’s total available storage.


Seven devices my iPhone and iPad have made redundant

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

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“You’re never off that bloody iPhone,” is a common remark in our household. And it’s true. A survey this week claimed that we check our smartphones 150 times a day, and is it any wonder when they do so much for us?

Between them, my iPhone and iPad have made at least half a dozen other devices redundant, taking on all manner of tasks and often doing a better job. Maggie Thatcher would be proud of them.

Here, then, is a rundown of the things my iPad/iPhone combo has lain waste to. While this blog focuses on Apple devices and apps there’s no reason why a combination of Android/Windows phone and tablet couldn’t do likewise: most of the apps mentioned are cross-platform or have equally competent equivalents.


The techs to watch in 2013

Monday, December 31st, 2012

ChipmakingWith the January sales looming, you might be wondering whether it’s time to grab a bargain, or whether you should  hold out a little longer and see what technologies the new year brings. I’ve been closely watching the industry in 2012, and keeping track of announcements for the coming year – and below you’ll find my predictions of what’s going to happen in various areas of technology in 2013.


How to “fix” an unresponsive home button on an iPad/iPhone

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

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Last week, my iPad 2’s home button – the physical button in the bottom bezel – started behaving erratically. It would take two or more presses to return me to the home screen, or occasionally register double-clicks when I only tapped once.

So I did what any member of modern society does: I moaned about it on Twitter. Before you could say “trip to the Apple Store”, my old chum and editor of iOS magazine Tap, Chris Phin, shot back “Google ‘recalibrate home button’”.

I did as I was told, and followed the top result detailing a simple procedure to supposedly recalibrate the home button. In a nutshell, you launch “one of the stock apps” (such as Weather or Calendar), hold down the top power button until the “slide to power off” prompt appears, release it  and then quickly press and hold the home button down until both the power-off prompt and app disappear.


Four ways to get PC Pro every month

Friday, November 9th, 2012

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At the risk of sounding like a Stephen Fry voice-over, it’s never been easier to get your hands on PC Pro every month. We now have four different ways to pick up the magazine in either print or digital form, and to help you decide which suits you best, I’m going to run through the options here.







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