VLC for IOS to the Rescue

April 17, 2017

A couple of days ago I discovered “home movies” (DVDs I burned onto my Mac and loaded into iTunes) were no longer are accessible on my iPad. I also noticed the Video app is now the TV app on my iPad. This is not acceptable! In a few days we are embarking on a Road Trip with our 4 1/2 year old Grandson. We must have Thomas the Train, Go Diego, and other classics on the iPad or Grandson will not be happy and thus we won’t be happy.

After tiring of banging my head against the Apple Knows Best wall I gave up on the TV app and searched for alternatives.

Joy! I discovered VLC has an IOS app. I installed it and after resorting to reading the short introduction screen was able to download “home videos” to my heart’s content. The process is simple:

  • Start VLC
  • Enable Sharing via WiFi
  • Enter the URL displayed directly under Sharing via WiFi in your browser’s address window
  • Drag “home videos” to the browser window

VLC is now one of y must have apps on my IOS devices.

Thanks VLC


LiquidText

March 4, 2017

LiquidText is an innovative IOS application with a single purpose that is to review PDF documents. The user interface is unlike any other PDF reader I have used. The screen is split into two side by side panes. The left pane holds the PDF document and the right pane holds the Workspace.

LiquidText’s basic Use Case is to highlight text. Next the user can choose a highlight color, drag the highlighted text to the workspace, or insert a comment. With LiquidText you can move the highlights and comments around and/or group them as you desire.

Another really cool feature is the capability to pinch the document to view widely separated portions of the document.

LiquidText integrates with iCloud, Dropbox, Box, and One Drive.

You can export and share documents from LiquidText with or without the Workspace displayed. If desired you can also just export the Workspace.

I’m using Liquid Text on my iPad to read/review articles from the web. Using the Workflow app with one touch I create a PDF version of the web article and save it to Dropbox. Then, with LiquidText I review the article later at my leisure. I prefer this method to read later services because I can highlight and comment on sections I find interesting.

LiquidText has a paid version. It gives you the ability to combine multiple document reviews and adds more highlight colors. I have not seen the need to spring for the paid version. However, if I keep using the app as often as I do now I probably will just to support the developers.

Finally, I really wanted to include some visuals, but still trying to figure out how on the iPad. For now just go to the developer’s web site at: liquidText