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Things 3.4 update brings URL linking, powerful automation, and app handover

New URL linking for better automation and integration.

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Cultured Code has released Things 3.4 for Mac, iPhone and iPad. The update brings a trio of new features — Linking to Things, Powerful Automation, and Handover — to the app across macOS and iOS platforms.

Things now comes with a special URL linking, as of version 3.4, that starts with “things:” and makes it easy to quickly jump to Things app from other apps. These new links can be generated from within a list or to-do. To generate a “things:” link on your Mac, just right-click any item and choose Share –> Copy Link.

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things:///show?id=today URL will open up your Today list inside the Things app, for instance.

Furthermore, you can now trigger Things from third-party apps as well, thanks to these new links again. For instance, apps like Workflow, Launcher, or Launch Center Pro can help you create to-dos, perform searches, and so on — all from outside of the Things app.

The anatomy of Handover isn’t much different from above two features.l With this you can easily export data from other apps to Things, and use it as a Things project.

For example, the mind mapping app MindNode allows you to brainstorm your ideas and then “hand them over” as a Things project when the time is right. Other developers wanting to export data to Things can easily do so with our open source Swift library.

Things 3.4 update also enables diacritic-insensitive sarch, meaning searching for “uber” will also result “über” in search.

Things 3.4 for Mac is available for $49.99 on the Mac App Store. The iOS counterpart is priced at $19.99 for the iPad and $9.99 for the iPhone (with Apple Watch support). Trial period is available on Mac.

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Apple updates Clips for iOS with Selfie Scenes, Stickers and more

Selfie Scenes, Stickers, Soundtracks and more.

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Apple has updated Clips app for iOS. The update adds more great content for video creation, including Selfie Scenes, Stickers, Soundtracks and more.

The new Clips iOS app brings six new Selfie Scenes that transport you into different worlds. These are 360-degree backgrounds that augment while taking selfie photos and videos. Selfie Scenes make use of Apple’s TrueDepth camera system on iOS devices, which restricts the feature to iPhone X and above models, and the new iPad Pro.

You can blend seamlessly into a variety of scenes, including a beautiful rainforest, a mad scientist’s lab, and even an action-packed scene from Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2, thanks to the Neural Engine on Apple’s Bionic chips.

Amongst the new additions, Clips now has three new real-time filters that transform video clips into black-and-white comic books, monochrome watercolor paintings, and aged film.

There’s a bunch of new stickers and text labels in tow to use in videos. If that’s not enough, Apple has also added 17 new royalty-free soundtracks to compliment the videos that you’ll be making. Moreover, the newly-added posters lets you create great-looking video title cards with designs including science, sports and even Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 and Coco.

Apple Clips 2.0.5 is available to download as a free update on the App Store. Happy updating!

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Fifth iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, and watchOS 5.1 betas now available

Inching closer to the public release,

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Apple iOS 12

Apple has dropped a trio of beta software builds today, including iOS 12.1 beta 5, tvOS 12.1 beta 5, and watchOS 5.1 beta 5. The updates are now available to registered Apple developers.

iOS 12.1 brings a host of new features and improvements, including Group FaceTime which allows you to chat with up to 31 people simultaneously. It also adds Dual SIM support and real-time depth adjustment for the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. Not to forget, eSIM support will be available in the US only.

We’re expecting Apple to drop the public release of iOS 12.1 during its October Special Event next week. Till then, Stay tuned. 

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Redesigned Tweetbot 5 for iOS brings GIF support, optimized dark mode and more

An optimized Dark Mode for OLED displays is what you could ask for this iPhone season.

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Tweetbot 5 for iOS

Tweetbot, the award-winning Twitter client has been updated on iOS to bring GIF support, redesigned profiles amongst other new features today. The update to version 5 also makes Tweetbot ready for iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR.

What you’ll notice first upon updating to Tweetbot 5 on iOS is the new app icon. It’s now identical to the iconography on Mac. The app also lets you compose GIF that’s powered by Giphy. And an optimized Dark Mode for OLED displays is what you could ask for when you’ve got an iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max. Other changes to Tweetbot 5 on iOS follows:

  • Redesigned tweet status details.
  • Support for haptic feedback.
  • Auto video playback in the timeline (which can be disabled in the settings).
  • Ability to add descriptions to images when composing.

Tweetbot 5 is available to download from the App Store for $4.99. If you’re an existing Tweetbot user, you’ll get the update over-the-air for free, of course.

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