Sunday, July 26, 2015

iOS 9 battery indicator is a nice addition to my iPad

Not that long ago I was looking for a way to determine the battery life of my Logitech Ultrathin keyboard for my iPad Air 2.  I won't get in to how much better my logitech keyboard for the iPad 2 was!

You get your general color notifications on the keyboard itself but not an indication of how much battery life you have left.

I noticed when playing with widgets in iOS 9 beta that there is a battery indicator you can enable and see the status of your bluetooth devices.  Assuming the indicator is correct, this is exactly what I was looking for.  Hopefully they keep this option when iOS 9 goes GA.

In case someone stumbles across this post, has iOS 9, and wants to enable this feature, here is how you turn it on:

Open Notification Center by swiping down from the top of the screen.

Click edit:

Add the batteries widget:

You can optionally move the widget around:

Once added, click on Done on the top right and you'll see the widget.

I did notice that the widget only shows up when I have a bluetooth device connected, not when its just iPad.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Print to Evernote on the Mac - Simple

I review many PDF's and sometimes I want to save the PDF to Evernote.  I looked for a quick solution that was nice and simple.  Based on some quick googling, it looked like you could Print a PDF to Evernote but I didn't have that option for some reason.  

I found that if you downloaded Evernote straight from their site the option was there.  If you downloaded from the App store like I had then you didn't have the option due to sandboxing.

I found some references on how to create this option but I didn't see a straightforward How-to.

Go to your Applications Folder and find Evernote.

Right Click on Evernote (Or click on the File tab as shown) and select Make Alias.

You'll see a file added called Evernote alias.  You'll need to move the file to ~/Library/PDF Services.
Open Finder and click on the Go tab.  Click on the option key on your keyboard and you'll see Library folder pop up in the list.  Enter the folder.

If you don't see a folder called PDF Services in the Library folder, create it.  Move the Evernote alias you created earlier to the PDF Services folder.  Rename the alias file you just moved to Save PDF to Evernote.

That's it.  You should now be able to save PDF's straight to Evernote.  

Open a PDF.  Go to File - Print (⌘P).  Click on PDF in the bottom left and you should see Save PDF to Evernote.