6 Jun 2015

iPad and Mac Diacritical Marks

Today’s topic is iPad and Mac diacritical marks. If you’re using your iPad (or Mac) for genealogy, you probably need to add diacritical marks to names and places. If you’re a native English speaker like me, getting your keyboard to produce these characters may be an unfamiliar process.

A diacritical mark is a glyph (mark) added to a letter that changes how words are pronounced. These marks may appear above, below, within a letter, or in some cases between two letters. Ø, ü, è, ñ, ß, ÿ, ī, å are all examples of diacritical marks added to letters.

There are several ways to add diacriticals to individual letters on your iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac.

Press lightly and hold the keys any vowel or C, L, N, S, Y and Z, then select the accented versions from the menu. (Shortcuts to legal and financial symbols appear by pressing and holding characters on the numerical keyboard.)
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30 Mar 2014

iScanner App Flash Sale

Alert: iScanner app flash sale right now. The iScanner app scans “any document, receipt, white-board and note with your iPhone.” Download iScanner for 50 percent off at the App Store for 99 cents.

“A PDF is a trusty friend you can always rely on. Indestructible, impossible to change, always present but never intrusive. Turn all your documents, files and photos into best friends with the iScanner app. Take a photo (or choose one from your gallery), select the part to scan and, hey presto, you have all your documents in your iPhone.”

One note: between the iScanner app and Finescanner app from ABBYY I featured a few days ago? The winner is finescanner, even when it’s not on sale.

Also free today: Create retro photos with Hipster Lomo Camera for free at the App Store.

27 Feb 2014

FineScanner Turns iPad Camera Into Scanner – Free Today

FineScanner, an app that turns photos made with the iPad or iPhone camera into a neatly scanned page, is free today only (regularly $1.99).
Short notice on this flash one-day sale, but the FineScanner app is worth the $1.99 it regularly costs to have this capability on the go. (Update: as of 28 Feb 2014, the app is still free.)

FineScanner – download it from iTunes here – is created by ABBYY, a leading provider of OCR and other scanning software used by libraries, archives, and museums. (Note: this app is for image capture only; OCR is not included.)

Use your device’s camera, edit the photo as necessary, and export it as a PDF via mail, or into Dropbox, Evernote, or Facebook. You can even send files straight to your printer from your device. FineScanner is available for both iPhone and iPad and compared to the price of other handheld scanners, this is […]

7 Feb 2014

My Favorite Genealogy Things

These are a few of my favorite genealogy things (no, I’m not going to sing and you don’t want me to) from my presentation at Rootstech 2014 this morning on using Macs and iPads for genealogy.

Dashlane is the password manager that I recommend. But it’s so much more than that. It’s available in an iPhone and iPad app and on your desktop. The Dashlane app also:

Stores your passwords using military-grade encryption
Syncs them automatically across all your devices regardless of platform
Notifies you when a website has been compromised
Creates online purchase receipts
Shares passwords with other designated users through encrypted email
Generates strong passwords

The Dashlane Security Dashboard evaluates how safe you are online, based on passwords that are weak, used across multiple sites, or from a site that’s been hacked.

If you want to take Dashlane for a spin, use this link to download and get the first six months of Premium free courtesy of Sassy Jane.
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Using Macs and iPads for Genealogy helps you choose, organize, and use applications for your family history research. Learn how to master the great features of Macs, iPads, and iPhones to streamline your research and find new ancestors.