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📱 Play with app mockup ideas with ProtoSketch for iPad and iPhone

[Note: This tip was originally published in my newsletter]

If you’ve ever wanted to tinker with that Great App Idea with something more than doodling tools, check out ProtoSketch for iPad and iPhone. It’s a design app for everything from sketching to logos, but it also has templates with typical interface tools. It’s pretty easy to build a few example screens to visualize your idea and share it with others. There is also a free Lite version, with a max of five documents and other restrictions.

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📱 Apple Maps: Use 3D Touch on recent search results to call, open homepage, share

Apple Maps keeps a running list of your recent searches and locations below the search box. If you swipe to expand that list, you can 3D Touch on locations for a shortcut menu that includes options to call, open homepage, share, and get directions.

For the recent non-specific markers you’ve dropped (with a red pin icon), you can get directions, share, and delete them.

📱 Quick skip between Spotlight result groups on iPad

[Note: This tip was originally published in my newsletter]

If you use a keyboard with your iPad, you can use ⌘+Space to trigger Spotlight, just like on a Mac. You can also quickly navigate between groups of Spotlight results (contacts, apps, emails, etc.) with ⌘+Down/Up Arrow. This will skip between the first result in each group. Use Down/Up arrows to navigate between results within each group.

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⌚️ Apple Watch is a great remote trigger, viewfinder for your iPhone’s camera

[Note: This tip was originally published in my newsletter]

Your Apple Watch can be a remote shutter and viewfinder for your iPhone’s camera. Simply open the default camera app on your iPhone, then open the Camera app on your Watch (it has a similar, gray icon). After a second, a live feed of your iPhone’s camera will appear on your Watch, and you can tap to take the shot. This pairs great if you put your iPhone on a stand like the Benro Handheld Tripod and Selfie Stick or Gorillapod Magnetic (I own and like both).

Bonus Tip: If you tap your Watch’s camera app first, it’ll tell your iPhone to launch its Camera app and start the process. This way, you can just set your phone up on a stand, get your subjects in place, then start the process from your Watch.

Bonus Tip 2: Tap the (3) button in the lower right on your Watch to take a shot with a three-second timer.

Bonus Tip 3: 3D Touch on your Watch’s camera to adjust settings like HDR, flash, and whether Live Photos is active.

Thanks to The Mac Mommy for reminding me about this one

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Enlight has great video tutorials for turning your photos into art

Enlight for iPhone and iPad is one of my go-to photo editing apps. It has a strong set of tools for both basic edits and getting more creative with double exposures, collages, unique effects, adding objects, manipulating text, and more.

Enlight gives us couple great ways to learn these tools and techniques. The first is in-app video tutorials and step-by-step tutorials, both of which are under the Enlight menu at the top of the app.

The second option is Enlight’s YouTube channel. Many video tutorials are there, as are archives of the Photofox Live events the company does on Facebook—useful to those of us who don’t (or no longer) have Facebook accounts.

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You can scroll the Files app menu on iPad

Just tap Show More. This is a pretty handy way to quickly get to a recent file.

Doesn’t work on iPhone though.

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Things 3 has kick-butt Siri support, including on Watch

“In Things, remind me to finish my blog posts tomorrow at 2pm.”

“Show my Today list in Things.”

“Add support Finer Things in Tech on Patreon using Things.”

Seems like it all works from Apple Watch too. Per this Twitter thread, it sounds like developers must deliberately add that; they don’t get it for free just by adding Siri support on iPhone.