Battery life nowadays is pretty decent. However for those who are constantly on their phone, tablet or iPod, your constantly seeking how to get more life out of your iDevice. iOS introduced a lot of new features so lets take a look at how you can tweak some settings to get more usage out of your iDevice throughout the day.
While no one tweak will magically save you loads of battery a combination of all together do amount to minutes or even hours of extra usage.
A common thing to adjust on your iDevice is screen brightness, with displays getting bigger & better our iDevices backlights can put a strain on our battery if constantly set to max level. Adjusting it manually allows you set it as you please depending on your environment additionally it may be worth turning off the “Auto-Brightness” setting within iOS settings as this constantly uses a sensor to detect lighting conditions.
iOS 9 brings all sorts of animations some of which while you may prefer at a personal level can eat up battery quite a bit. Disabling or not constantly using such things like Dynamic wallpapers can make all the difference. Additionally digging into Setting-General-Accessibility-Reduce Motion & toggle that as you please.
Low Power Mode-
iOS 9 also brought a mode that pretty much toggles a lot of these settings for you whenever you need it. Low Power Mode is accessible via the Battery menu in your settings & toggles automatically things like Hey Siri, Mail Fetch, Background App Refresh, and more.
Side note while in the battery menu it’s worth noting the apps that are taking up a lot of your usage in the first place. Being aware of apps that constantly take up battery helps you avoid killing your device faster. Sometimes apps may even leak energy such as the recent Facebook app update that had to be pushed in order to fix such issues.
Disable Radios –
Another common thing but disabling any unused radios can really save you some battery life. Things like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even Cellular when not in use is highly useful in getting that extra juice out of your battery.
If you have the “Hey Siri” feature enabled this will constantly be listening for the phrase to trigger it. So if your not using it as often or currently then feel free to turn it off to save some battery life.
Last but not least is location services. Many apps & services nowadays use location services be it GPS or Wi-Fi to triangulate our location for certain features. You can manually decide which apps do this & iOS has improved in that some apps only track when your actually in the app itself & not running the background. However if you don’t use this at all & don’t like your location being tracked then disabling it is another radio that contributes to more use out of your device throughout the day.
Of course there are multiple other things you can do like invest in a battery pack accessory for your device or carry portable chargers. However these are some tips that require no extra investment rather a couple tweaks within your iOS.
If you recently updated to Mac OS X El Capitan you may have noticed that the dashboard feature is no longer enabled by default. If you were like me & actually used the dashboard feature then you’ll want to be re-enabling it right away.
1- Open System Preferences
2-Open “Mission Control”
3-Enable Dashboard by choosing either Overlay or Space
The two options provide you a choice to have Dashboard open as an overlay on top of whatever you have ongoing or slide over to a separate space. This is entirely up to you & how you prefer to view your dashboard. While Dashboard has been around in OS X for quite some time it hasn’t received many updates. Personally I love using it for a quick glance at useful widgets like world clocks, calculator, and weather.
Stay tuned for more El Capitan coverage.
My thanks to Literature & Latte for making this content possible. They’re the makers behind the amazing writing tool that is Scrivener & idea organizational tool Scapple.
Scrivener & Scapple are amazing standalone apps. However using them in tandem is just as easy & beneficial. Scrivener an essential writing tool that I’ve covered multiple times is a great writing studio app for a variety of needs that allows you to gather & produce all your work in one place. While Scapple is an amazing visual tool that allows you to take ideas & organize them in anyway you please.
Importing & exporting data between the two has never been simpler & theres multiple ways to do so.
As showcased in the video above there are multiple ways to import & export content between the app. Let’s break down a few.
Drag & Drop
The simplest of methods is dragging & dropping certain elements to import between the two applications.
You can easily drag Scrapple notes into your Scrivener binder or take scrivener text highlighted & convert them into Scapple notes.
Export as .OPML
If you’ve created a chart via Scapple that’d you like to export into notes into scrivener than simply export the Scapple document as a .OPML file & use the Import files feature via Scrivener to get them all synced into your binder. This allows you add further context & notes to your imported outline.
Of course you could also export as text formats if thats what you prefer.
Export Entire Chart
If you’d prefer to just export out the whole Scapple chart you’ve created into Scrivener then they’ve made that just as easy. No need to lineup & use a screenshot tool when you can simply export out as .PNG using the same export & import menu.
Once imported you can easily adjust image size & organize it wherever you please inside your Scrivener project.
These methods of import & export are highly useful in multiple scenarios. Let’s say your workflow revolves around you brainstorming ideas within Scapple. You can takes notes, make charts, and setup a visual aid for your story or whatever you may be aiming to create. From there you can export out elements or the chart entirely into Scrivener for organizational & reference purpose. You can now work in Scrivener with all your research & notes in one place. Making it easy & efficient to work between the apps. At the end of the day what makes these apps so powerful is that you can use them in any way you please. I’ve seen multiple workflows from authors, screen play writers, project management and more.
While Scrivener serves as an all in one writing tool, Scapple is the visual board for getting that idea out of your head & onto your mac or pc.
Looking for some more content around Scrivener or Scapple check out our posts below!
Quickly Record Ideas w/Scapple
Create an E-Book w/Scrivener
Awhile back we featured a tutorial on recovering data on OS X via a tool known as DiskDrill. Not to long ago the makers behind the app Clever Files released a windows equivalent completely free! So I wanted to showcase the app that allows you to easily recover files/lost data on Windows.
Be it accidental deleted data, corrupted partitions, SD-Cards and so on. Disk Drill for windows has you covered & more importantly offers features to help prevent future data loss. Disk Drill also supports all major formats & drive types.
The steps to recovering data is literally as simple as 2-steps on the windows app.
Select your drive that you’d like to recover data from be it local or external & choose the scan method of choice.
You have the options of deep, quick, and all scan/recovery methods. Personally I recommend running the default all recovery method scan in the case your looking to recover important data that may have been deleted or corrupted.
After your scan has either completed or its found the data your trying to recover you can then set the data to recover to a set location. You can easily filter through files that are detected by file type, size, and date to make it easy to recover specific files.
However thats not all that DiskDrill offers. The app features several other extras which are worth noting such as the ability to setup a recovery vault on your drive. This helps prevent file loss in the future by protecting certain files you specify within the app. Preventing accidental deletion and corruption of data. DiskDrill also packs a full data backup solution allowing you take partitions or drives & create .DMG (Disk Images) for you to save your entire drive.
The best thing about the Windows port of the app is its completely free. No hidden fees or costs just simply download & get recovering. Data like images, videos, audio, documents, and so on are priceless so in the event you lose them most will do anything to recover said files. DiskDrill makes that all possible simple & free.
Find out more information & download DiskDrill for Windows today.
Pixelmator has made the series of content we’ve been producing this week possible. A huge thanks to their team for the support & for making the amazing image editor that is Pixelmator. Download it for iOS & OS X today!
I’m no artist but I’ve always loved painting & creating art on digital based devices. I think the ability to create whenever inspiration strikes on our phones & tablets is revolutionary. Pixelmator is an app that facilities just that with their amazing painting tools. Painting on Pixelmator is easy whether your a novice or veteran designer/artist. The vast array of brushes, options, and technology built into the app makes it all seamless & allows you to focus on your art.
Pixelmator offers a wide variety of brush types to get that right touch for your image.
Each with a collection of styles within each category. The design & technology that goes into their brushes are unparalleled. My favorite for example the water color brushes allow for great blending of colors & make edges that are defined & detailed.
Here’s an example of an image thrown together using the watercolor brushes. Notice how the colors overlap & blend into each other rather than featuring harsh edges. That level of detail is what makes pixelmators brushes so great.
Tools have never been easier to use & the interface no matter mobile or desktop is simple to use. The best part of Pixelmator & its toolset such as paintbrushes is that your limited by what you want to create.
A thanks to Pixelmator for making this video series possible. Pixelmator is a great image editing tool that is available for OS X & iOS. Built with the platforms in mind taking advantage of both hardware in mac such as the force touch trackpad to iOS technologies like cloud support, OpenGL, & handoff. Find out more information here.
Continuing on with the Pixelmator series we’re focusing today on the clone stamp tool. A tool that is commonly known on image editors to clone objects in photos. This tool can be used to clone certain elements in a photo such as a water droplet & multiply it over the image. Optionally cloning can be used to hide portions of images as well.
Pixelmator’s clone stamp tool is super easy to use. Simply define first your clone source point, the object or pattern you want to clone and from there begin to drag along your cursor to paint in your cloned source. This will begin to follow the original point you set as you drag along. This can be used to fill in certain parts of the image you want covered or take something as shown in above like a water droplet & duplicate across the image.
By holding “Control” when clicking you can define your tools hardness & diameter to make it easier to precisely clone over the part you want. This in conjunction with other effects can make for great ways to enhance an image. Cloning objects has never been easier.
It’s worth noting this tool is easier to use cloning rounded objects or flat patterns than lets say a person for example. As the cloning takes into account whats in the background as well it can make a photo look uneven if you copy a source across another portion of the image. However for something with a solid background duplicating various objects is a breeze.