New ‘Sidefari’ App Allows iPad Users to View Side-by-Side Safari Windows

While Apple introduced a Split View mode in iOS 9 for iPad users to be able to use two apps side-by-side, it did not allow users to open two Safari windows side-by-side. A new app called Sidefari from developer Francisco Cantu (via MacStories) allows users to have two webpages open side-by-side to meet various browsing needs.

The app works by using Safari View Controller to open a second webpage via Split View. To activate Sidefari, all a user has to do is open the Slide Over app picker and choose Sidefari. The app also works in multiple sizes, allowing users to use Sidefari to take up either half the screen or smaller. Sidefari is only available for the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro as they are the only devices that support multitasking.

Sidefari for iPad is available in the App Store for $0.99. [Direct Link]
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How to Use Split View in OS X El Capitan

With the recent release of OS X El Capitan, Mac users can now take advantage of full-screen apps in a split screen view. That is, a compatible app will zoom to take up an entire half of the screen and you can do the same with a second one, giving you two apps side-by-side in full-screen mode.

While the basics of Split View are simple, there are a few aspects you might want to get familiar with to make the most productive use of the feature.

To activate Split View, click and hold on the green expand button in the upper left corner of a compatible app’s window.

While you are holding down the button, one side of the screen will be shaded in blue. Release the button and the app will automatically format to fit half of the screen.

At the same time, any compatible apps that are open will automatically shift to the opposite side of the screen. Any apps that are not compatible will shrink down into the lower right corner of the screen. If you try to access them, you will receive a notification that the app isn’t available in Split View mode.

How can you tell which apps are compatible with Split Screen and which aren’t?

That green button in the upper left corner of every app window is the indicator. If the app is compatible, you’ll see two opposing arrows when you hover over the button. If not, you’ll see the familiar plus (+) symbol instead.

If Split View doesn’t work for you, you may need to enable it in System Preferences. Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen and select System Preferences. Click on Mission Control and then select „Displays have separate Spaces.“ You may have to restart your computer to update the changes.

You can also enable Split View using Mission Control. When one app is in Full Screen, activate Mission Control by pressing F3 on a MacBook or Apple keyboard or swiping up with four fingers on a trackpad that has gestures enabled. When all open apps appear on the screen, select the one you wish to add to Split View and drag it to the multitasking tray at the top of the screen next to app that was previously full screen. Mission Control also works for replacing one app with another in the same way.

You can switch focus from one app to the other without using a mouse by pressing command + tab on your keyboard.

Split View doesn’t mean that you have to have both apps taking up 50% of the screen. You can adjust the width by dragging the vertical line between the windows to the left or right. You can also swap apps. If you prefer working in Pages on the left side of the screen with Safari open on the right, simply drag one app to the other side and the two will switch automatically.

To find the menu bar for each app while in Split View mode, select a side and then hover the pointer over the top of the screen. The menu bar will drop down.

When you are ready to leave Split Screen mode, click on the green button again and the app you closed will reduce to its previous size and the remaining app will increase to full screen. You can also press the ESC key.

With Split View mode in El Capitan, you may discover your productivity will increase while you make better use of the screen space on your Mac.



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Pixelmator for Mac Updated With El Capitan Split View Feature and Photos Extension

Popular photo editing app Pixelmator for Mac was today updated to version 3.4, adding full support for Apple’s latest operating system, OS X El Capitan. The new version of Pixelmator supports the Split View feature in El Capitan, allowing Pixelmator to be used in full screen mode alongside another app at the same time.

The Pixelmator Photos Extension, which can be used directly within Apple’s own Photos app, introduces Metal-based Distort tools for editing images. With these tools, areas of the image can be reshaped in Photos to retouch them or add artistic effects. The extension was built using Apple’s powerful graphics-processing technology, Metal.

„Pixelmator always takes advantage of the latest Mac and OS X features and technologies, and today we’re thrilled to introduce Pixelmator 3.4 Twist with full support for new OS X El Capitan, the ability to work in Pixelmator and a second app without any distractions via Split View, and a new, Metal-based Pixelmator Photos Extension,“ said Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. „Pixelmator Photos Extension features a collection of powerful distort tools, which allow users to distort images with stunning quality and incredible speed right inside the Photos app.“

Other improvements added today include Apple’s San Francisco font as the new user interface font and enhanced support for the Force Touch trackpad, which is designed to make painting with the trackpad a smoother experience.

Pixelmator can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $29.99. [Direct Link]



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Fantastical 2.5 brings goodies for iOS 9 and iPhone 6s users

Flexibits updated its popular Fantastical apps for iPhone and iPad this morning to take advantage of a number of new features in iOS 9 and on the iPhone 6s. Arguably the biggest improvement to productivity comes in the form of multitasking support for the iPad. Fantastical also threw in a dash of the new iPhone’s 3D Touch as […]

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Fantastical for iPhone Adds 3D Touch Support, Fantastical for iPad Gains Split-Screen Multitasking

Flexibits today updated its popular Fantastical 2 apps for the iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch with support for a range of iOS 9 and iPhone 6s features. Fantastical 2 for iPad now includes split-screen multitasking support, letting it be used simultaneously with other apps with iOS 9’s Slide Over and Split-View multitasking modes.

With Slide Over, users can pause one task to access their calendars to quickly schedule events or reminders, and with Split-View, Fantastical 2 can be used alongside another app. Slide Over works on the iPad Air and later and the iPad mini 2 and later, while Split-View is available on the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 4.

The iPad version of Fantastical 2 also includes new iOS 9 keyboard shortcuts when using an external Bluetooth keyboard that are accessible when holding down the command key.

Fantastical 2 for the iPhone now includes support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. A firm press on the Fantastical app icon on these devices will bring up a list of Quick Actions that lets users see upcoming events, add a new event, view reminders, and search through their calendars.

On the Apple Watch, the Fantastical 2 app is now native on devices running watchOS 2, improving loading speeds and app opening times. There are also now Fantastical complications that include a „go to date“ option, which can be used on any watchOS 2 watch face that supports complications.

In addition to these major changes, there are several improvements and bug fixes that are common to both the iPhone and iPad apps. A full list of these minor enhancements are below:

– Additional iOS 9 fixes and improvements
– Improved design for week view
– Tap and hold on locations or URLs to choose an app to open them in (e.g. Google Maps or Apple Maps)
– Multiple invitation notifications are now shown separately instead of grouped into a single notification
– Improved highlight weekends for countries that have weekends on Friday and Saturday
– Fixed hang when adding new events with VoiceOver
– Fixed location and phone data detectors not appearing in event titles

Fantastical 2 for iPhone and Apple Watch is available from the App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]

Fantastical 2 for iPad is available from the App Store for $9.99. [Direct Link]



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Free El Capitan upgrade is ready to streamline your Mac experience

Apple’s latest and greatest operating system for Macs — OS X El Capitan — is now available for free to users around the globe. OS X El Capitan brings with it a number of new features like Split View and Spotlight search, along with tons of under-the-hood performance improvements that aim to make the Mac […]

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OneNote adds support for iOS 9, with new features including iPad Pro and Pencil support

Microsoft has released an update for its OneNote app on iOS, bringing a range of new features to current users – as well as support for Apple’s upcoming iPad Pro tablet and Pencil stylus. Read more…

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Inside iOS 9: Split-Screen Multitasking for the iPad

iOS 9 brings a long-awaited Split-Screen multitasking feature to the iPad for the first time, letting users operate two apps simultaneously and bolstering the productivity capabilities of Apple’s tablet lineup. There are three different multitasking features that are available on various iPad models: Slide Over, Split View, and Picture in Picture.

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Slide Over can be activated within any app by swiping left from the right side of the iPad to bring up a small side pane that displays a secondary app alongside the first app. Slide Over takes up 1/3 of the space, and any app that has built-in multitasking support will appear in the side pane. Swiping downwards on the Slide Over window from the top of the iPad screen will allow you to switch between apps.

Slide Over is not a full multitasking experience because both apps are not active at once. When the side pane is open, the app that’s taking up most of the screen is paused and relegated to the background. Slide Over can be used in portrait or landscape mode and is useful for answering a quick message or looking something up in Safari while using another app.

Pulling the Slide Over window further towards the middle of the screen in landscape mode on an iPad Air 2 or an iPad mini 4 will activate Split View. Split View displays two apps side-by-side, with each app taking up half of the screen. With Split View, both apps can be used at the same time and controlled independently, so you can do things like copy and paste content from one app to another while both are open on the screen.

Picture in Picture, the third multitasking feature, lets you watch videos or participate in FaceTime video calls while using other apps. When on a FaceTime call or when watching a movie, tapping on the Home button sends the video to a corner of the iPad’s display. From there, you’re able to use other apps while you watch the movie or carry on with the FaceTime conversation.

If you have an iPad Air 2 or an iPad mini 4, you can use all three of the different multi-tasking features. Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 have A8 or better processors and 2GB RAM to support full multitasking. The upcoming iPad Pro will also support all three multitasking features.

If you have an iPad Air, iPad mini 2, or iPad mini 3, you can use Slide Over and Picture in Picture, but you can’t use Split View because those older iPad models are not powerful enough to reliably support two apps at once. If you have an older iPad, like an iPad 2, an older Retina model, or an original iPad mini, none of the multitasking features will be available.

Apple’s built-in apps support the new multitasking features, but third-party developers need to build multitasking support into their apps. We’ll be seeing the first crop of iOS 9 apps with multitasking beginning today, but it may take some time for all apps to be updated with the APIs required to work with Slide Over, Picture in Picture, and Split View.



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iPad mini 2 still packs the most value into a tiny tablet

The new iPad mini 4, just announced last week, is good but probably not as good as it should be. In recent benchmark tests, it performs only slightly better than the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus of 2014. It’s still nowhere near as fast as the current-generation iPad Air 2 and it’s only a tad faster than the iPad […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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