Posts tagged with "sponsorships"

Napkin: Say It With a Picture, Skip the 1,000 Words [Sponsor]

Sometimes explaining something with an email or instant message is frustrating and slow. Miscommunication costs time and money. Use Napkin for OS X to effortlessly create an image that makes your point crystal clear and avoid all that confusion.

Start by importing images or screenshots to your Napkin canvas. Sketch and type to create tasteful annotations such as arrows, shapes and text. Highlight a specific detail in an image by magnifying it with Napkin's unique call-outs. When you are done creating, share your result quickly with the sharing menu or a simple drag and drop export from the toolbar.

Napkin is designed to be easy to learn and efficient to use. The innovative user interface dispenses with the need for complicated tools and lets you just scribble directly on the canvas to create annotations and markup. Napkin gets out of your way and lets you express your thoughts with ease.

Designers, product managers, software developers, photographers, journalists, and educators have all found that Napkin makes their work easier. Creating an accurate bug report was never easier. Clear and concise design feedback is now a breeze. If you've ever needed to show someone the steps to do something on their computer you will appreciate how quick Napkin makes that task. Annotated images created in Napkin add a touch of class and clarity to lecture notes and presentations.

The new 1.5 release includes many features that make Napkin even more valuable. Napkin can now crop images directly in the app – no need to work with another tool to get rid of the excess. When you need to cover up a sensitive portion of an image, the new pixelate and blur redaction styles look great and keep your privacy intact. Napkin is also right at home on Yosemite, with an updated user interface and style.

Napkin is available on the Mac App Store for Macs running Yosemite or Mavericks. You can learn all about Napkin and see several videos of how Napkin can help you at aged-and-distilled.com.

Our thanks to Napkin for sponsoring MacStories this week.


Igloo: an Intranet You’ll Actually Like [Sponsor]

Why invest in the latest, sleekest devices if you are going to use them to stare at an intranet website that looks like it was built in the 90’s? With Igloo, you don’t have to be stuck at your desk to do your work. Your favourite Intranet is also mobile.

Not only can Igloo be customized to look exactly like your brand, but with its responsive design, it’s automatically optimized for almost any device you’re using, including the latest iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. And just like your favourite Apple devices, Igloo helps you do your best work.

Share files, coordinate calendars, provide status updates and manage projects. Igloo’s not just for your traditional intranet stuff like HR policies and expense forms. It also lets you work better together with your teams. And it keeps getting better.

Their latest upgrade, Viking, gives you more control over how you interact with documents, gather feedback and make changes. They've even added the ability to track who has read critical information (like read receipts in your email, but less annoying) to keep everyone on the same page. You can manage your task list from your laptop during a meeting, share status update from your phone as you are leaving the client’s site, and access the latest version of a file from home (and who doesn’t like to work in their pyjamas?).

Everything is now mobile – work should be too. Not convinced yet? Igloo understands love doesn’t happen overnight. Try Igloo for free for as long as you want with 10 of your favourite coworkers.

Our thanks to Igloo for sponsoring MacStories this week.


NYT Now: Your Guide to the News [Sponsor]

Never know what news is the most important to read about? Do you spend too much time searching your social media accounts looking for reliable news? Head to the App Store and download NYT Now for free.

NYT Now is the fastest way to get caught up with the news, with headlines and story summaries that get readers caught up quickly. Designed for iPhone and on-the-go consumption, NYT Now offers a selection of the best articles from The New York Times, as well as stories from around the web curated and hand-picked by a team of NYT editors. NYT Now even includes a daily Morning Briefing, designed to prepare you for the day ahead.

The New York Times released version 2.0 of NYT Now today, which I've personally been testing for the past week and find excellent. The biggest news is that the app is now completely free with no need to pay a subscription and no cap on the number of articles you can read – it's free and unlimited.

The app itself has received a refreshed user interface, with cards that indicate what an article is about and a sharing menu that supports iOS 8 extensions and even the ability to share articles with image previews on Twitter (see example). I find the app to offer a great mix of NYT content and editorial picks from the web: I've been discovering and saving articles through NYT Now, and I appreciate the variety and balance of topics and authors presented in the app on a daily basis.

Head to the App Store and download NYT Now or visit nytnow.com to learn more. Remember, it’s now completely free to download and use.

Our thanks to The New York Times for sponsoring MacStories this week.


Igloo: An Intranet You’ll Actually Like [Sponsor]

Why invest in the latest, sleekest devices if you are going to use them to stare at an intranet website that looks like it was built in the 90’s?

Not only can Igloo be customized to look exactly like your brand, but with its responsive design, it’s automatically optimized for almost any device you’re using, including the latest iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. And just like your favourite Apple devices, Igloo helps you do your best work.

Share files, coordinate calendars, provide status updates and manage projects. Igloo’s not just for your traditional intranet stuff like HR policies and expense forms. It also lets you work better together with your teams. And it keeps getting better.

Our latest upgrade, Viking, gives you more control over how you interact with documents, gather feedback and make changes. We’ve even added the ability to track who has read critical information (like read receipts in your email, but less annoying) to keep everyone on the same page.

Not convinced yet? We understand love doesn’t happen overnight. If you sign up now, we will let you try our platform for free for as long as you want.

Our thanks to Igloo for sponsoring MacStories this week.


SketchParty TV: The Fun, Fast Drawing and Guessing Game for Apple TV [Sponsor]

SketchParty TV is the fun, fast drawing and guessing game for Apple TV.

Using AirPlay Mirroring, you can turn your HDTV into a Wifi drawing canvas and a high-tech party game. It’s perfect for parties and family get-togethers, special occasions or impromptu game nights.

SketchParty TV is a drawing game for two teams of up to eight players per team that plays a bit like Pictionary. The standard gameplay settings give each player five words to draw in two minutes, and each player gets two of these two minute turns. With six total players, a full game can be played in about 30 minutes.

All you need is an Apple TV and an iPad or an iPhone.

Games can be customized to be as long or brief as you like, with options for the number of words to draw per turn and time limit to draw them, and word lists of varying difficulty. There’s even a word list for kids. There are thousands of words to draw in seven different languages, including French, German, Spanish, even English and Italian.

SketchParty TV is great for classrooms, too, with a built-in custom word list editor. Create your own vocabulary lists with ease. Regularly $9.99, now available for a limited time price of $4.99.

Critically acclaimed and enjoyed worldwide, SketchParty TV is available on the App Store or at SketchParty.tv

Our thanks to SketchParty TV for sponsoring MacStories this week.



MileWiz: Automatic Mileage Tracker [Sponsor]

MileWiz is an automatic mileage tracker that logs every drive you make using sophisticated algorithms.

If you drive a personal car for business then you can get tax deductions for your miles. Or, if you drive a company car you can get driver reimbursements. MileWiz makes that easy by recording all your trips automatically and allowing you to easily classify them by swiping left or right, with an intuitive interface that's easy to use on both the iPhone and iPad. MileWiz lets you categorize drives with gestures, supports multiple drivers/cars and working hours, and it even lets you assign clients and tags for your trips.

MileWiz features SmartDrive – a technology for auto-detection of drives that's superior to anything on the market. The way most mileage trackers work is that they only record your start and end points and route between them. That often results in wrong route data and you may face penalties if challenged by the IRS or your employer. MileWiz detects your entire route and does this in a way that won't drain your battery. MileWiz monitors multiple sensors on your device to determine speed and acceleration, and it also automatically adjusts its precision based on your speed and the area you're driving in, giving you the most accurate trip route with the least battery usage.

Furthermore, MileWiz will soon be available for Apple Watch, with a glanceable UI meant to check the app's status and categorize trips.

MileWiz is supported in six countries (you can find the full list here) and is free for 20 drives a month; you can upgrade to unlimited drives for $4.99/month or $49.99/year. You can download MileWiz for free from the App Store.

Our thanks to MileWiz for sponsoring MacStories this week.


curbi: Amazing Parental Controls for Your Child’s iPhone, iPad or iPod touch [Sponsor]

curbi is a breakthrough in parental controls for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

For the first time, parents have a way to effectively manage their child’s mobile online experience. Using a combination of remote management and content filtering, curbi provides parents with an easy way to implement their household’s device usage rules on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

All a parent has to do is enroll the child’s device with curbi then everything happens from the parent’s management app on the iPhone, iPad or on the Web.

Rules can be set (Bedtime is a favorite) and Restrictions applied, all from the parent’s curbi app. curbi also provides the parent with a weekly summary of what’s happening on each managed device.

curbi is just $6.99 per month to cover all the Apple mobile devices in your household. Please try the 14 day Free Trial and see for yourself what curbi can bring to your household.

If you choose to become a curbi customer, please use the code MACSTORIES for a 20% discount for the entire first year of your subscription.

Our thanks to curbi for sponsoring MacStories this week.


WALTR: Sync MKV, AVI, FLAC, MP3 to iPhone & iPad w/out iTunes or Conversion [Sponsor]

WALTR is a revolutionary OS X app that lets users upload and play unsupported formats such as MKV, AVI, FLAC & more – directly from the native Videos/Music app on iOS.

An incredible amount of innovation went into WALTR. Instead of uploading the limited file formats that iPad/iPhone & iTunes are compatible with, Softorino engineered a technology that allows users to upload and watch MKV, AVI, MP4 videos on their iPhone or iPad without having to convert the files before-hand. WALTR is the first Mac app that enables this – and it's also the same app that discovered 4K video playback on iPhone 6.

With a name inspired by Walter White of Breaking Bad, WALTR has a simple UI based on drag & drop that doesn’t make you go through any extra steps, such as converting files beforehand or installing third-party iOS apps. You just launch the app, connect your device, drag a movie or audio file onto it and it automatically starts uploading to your iPad or iPhone. And that's it. The developers have even made a super-quick but amusing demo video to show WALTR in action.

Users can download WALTR for free with unlimited trial for 14-days. A special discount is available just for MacStories readers: enter coupon code 'SUPERSPECIALANDLONGCOUPONJUSTFORMACSTORIES' at checkout, and you'll get 33% off. A direct purchase link available here.

Our thanks to WALTR for sponsoring MacStories this week.


Automatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant on Your Smartphone [Sponsor]

There’s a mountain of data inside your car waiting to be unleashed, and all you have to do is plug in a quick little connector and download a mobile application.

Automatic is a smart driving assistant that plugs into your car's data port and lets you connect your smartphone (either iPhone or Android) with your car. By  talking to your car’s onboard computer and using your smartphone’s GPS and data plan to upgrade your car's capabilities, Automatic will allow you to easily diagnose your engine light, never forget where you parked your car, and save hundreds of dollars on gas.

Automatic learns your driving habits and gives you suggestions through subtle audio cues to drive smarter and stop wasting gas. Thanks to a map view available on your phone, Automatic can display a trip timeline after every driving session, showing you how you're doing with a Drive Score; the app can even track local gas prices and tell you how much you're spending.

In case of engine problems, Automatic can decipher what the "check engine" light means and show you a description of the issue with a possible solution. And thanks to a feature called Crash Alert, Automatic can detect many types of serious crashes and automatically alert local authorities as well as your loved ones when you can't.

Automatic is currently available in the US for iPhone and Android devices, with a 45-day return policy and free shipping in 2 business days.

MacStories readers can go to automatic.com/macstories to get $20 off and buy Automatic at just $79.99. For more information, check out Automatic's website.

Our thanks to Automatic for sponsoring MacStories this week.