(Português) Como conseguir os vale-compras para usar na AppStore americana

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Eu já comentei aqui que é possível abrir uma conta na AppStore do iTunes americana com um vale-compras (gift card) para driblar a exigência do cartão de crédito emitido na terra do Tio Sam. Mas, para conseguir o cartão, era preciso pedir para alguém comprar e trazer, ou comprar pela internet e mandar entregar na casa de algum conhecido que more por lá.

Agora, ao que parece, é possível comprar uma versão digital do cartão na Best Buy e receber o código de ativação por e-mail. Muito mais simples! As instruções estão no post da Mac Magazine.

How to fill out and sign a form in iPad and iPhone

You (finally!!) do not need to print a contract or form to fill out a couple of fields, sign the paper, scan it and e-mail it. What a waste of paper and printer ink!

I’ve been using neu.Annotate, which I have already talked about in my post about free iPad apps.

First of all, send the PDF file to your iPad. If the file is not in PDF format, convert it. In Office suite for Windows, choose “Save as” PDF. In Macs, Print > PDF > Save as PDF.

You can also transfer the file to iPad using iTunes or as an e-mail attachment, but I prefer Dropbox – assuming you have a Dropbox account and the app installed in iPad, of course.

We have two scenarios: your PDF arrives by e-mail and opens directly in iPad; and your PDF is received/created in your computer an then transferred to iPad via Dropbox.

1. PDF by e-mail

Touch the e-mail attachment to open it. Touch PDF body to show the top menu.

Touch the right-hand icon to open the export menu.

Select Open in “neu.Annotate“.

PDF file will be sent to neu.Annotate gallery.

2. Dropbox transfer

Open Dropbox app.

Browse to the PDF file and touch it.

Touch the export icon on the right-hand side. Select neu.Annotate.

PDF file will be sent to neu.Annotate gallery.

 

From here, procedure is the same for both cases.

In neu.Annotate gallery (main screen), touch the file you want to open.

Touch the T icon on the toolbar. Type your text in the drop-down dialog box.

Touch the PDF body to close the dialog box. The text you typed will appear.

Touch the “double circles” (upper right and lower left) to fit the text size to your available space. Drag to the desired area. Zoom the PDF in (using “pinch” movements) to make it easier for you to adjust size/position.

Zoom in to sign, so the signature can be proportional to the available space and the surrounding text.

Touch the pen icon with the desired color.

Sign the document using a stylus.

This is the final file:

 

Touch the far right icon to export the file. Choose Mail as PDF to e-mail the file, Open in > Dropbox to transfer it to Dropbox or Send to iTunes to transfer via iTunes.

 

Both neu.Annotate app and Dropbox app are also available for iPhone and iPod Touch.

29 must-have free apps for iPad

After a long time, more than I initially foresaw, I managed to gather a list of my favorite (so far) free iPad apps.

Adobe Photoshop Express;

Advanced English Dictionary and Thesaurus

Brasil 247 – Brazilian newspaper for iPad, two daily editions;

Calculator Pro – scientific calculator;

Convert Units – unit converter;

Currency Convert – currency converter, using Yahoo! Finance quotes;

Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa – Portuguese dictionary for iPhone, works well in iPad;

Dictionary.com – English dictionary;

Dropbox – mobile version, syncs with your account;

Echofon – very good Twitter client, especially for those with just one Twitter account;

Evernote – syncs notes, links and pictures with web, computer, and cell. Cannot live without it anymore!

Flipboard – uses your Facebook and Twitter accounts and present them as a magazine;

Guia Prático da Nova Ortografia Michaelis – NOA rules;

Hootsuite – gathers Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. The mobile version allows you to manage multiple accounts for free;

HT-12C – financial calculator;

Kindle – Kindle emulator;

iBooks – similar to Kindle, also opens pdf files. My favorite app for this kind of file;

Idea Sketch – very good mind-mapping app;

MobileRSS – for reading Google Reader feeds. Easy to use and pretty effective, even with many feeds (my case);

Na ponta da língua – “trip” dictionary from Reader’s Digest. English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish;

neu.Annotate PDF – reads and annotates pdf files (thanks for reminding me, Thays!)

Paypal – app to access your Paypal account. Downside: you can’t withdraw money (transfer either for your bank account or credit card) within it;

remoteMouse – turns iPad into a virtual trackpad/keyboard. Works with Mac and Windows computers;

Skype

TED – app to access TED videos;

WordPress – app for posting in WordPress. Doesn’t have all the features, and it’s not compatible with all the plug-ins of the web version, but it’s quite effective;

WordWeb – English dictionary;

WorldMate – travel assistant;

Zite – customizable magazine. Really good app.

Have you noticed I didn’t include any Office apps? I haven’t found any “Office-like” app I really enjoy, even among the non-free ones. The “track changes” feature, which is crucial for editing/proofreading, is missing in each and every of them. This means that, at least so far, it’s almost impossible for us translators to let computers behind and work just in iPad. But the apps above already allow me a few hours away from my computer. That’s something, isn’t it?

(Português) iPad, finalmente

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Eu disse que preferia o Nook para leitura de e-books, certo? Pois acabei ganhando um iPad no Natal. Eu é que não vou reclamar do presente! Mas vou, certamente, me unir à turba dos insatisfeitos com a App Store Brasil. Quantidade ridícula de aplicativos, em comparação com as lojas dos EUA e Inglaterra, por exemplo. E pior, não podemos abrir conta na App Store EUA, mesmo com cartão de crédito internacional.

Aparentemente, a única forma de contornar essa restrição é com um vale-compras, que pode ser adquirido nos Estados Unidos ou aqui, em sites como o Mercado Livre. Comprados aqui, pode considerar um certo ágio no valor do vale. O vale-compras pode ser de qualquer valor. Salvo engano, o valor mínimo é de USD 10. Ele pode ser comprado online, pago com cartão de crédito e entregue em um endereço nos Estados Unidos. Depois de entregue, tudo o que você precisa para abrir a conta é o código que vem gravado no vale. Além de um endereço e um telefone nos Estados Unidos, claro.

Enquanto o vale-compras não chega, pode instalar os aplicativos que quiser no iPad pela loja brasileira. Nada se perde depois, quando migrar para a outra loja.

Trocar a App Store é fácil: no iTunes, clique em Store > View My Account (ou o equivalente em PT). Depois, no primeiro quadro, mude “país ou região” e em seguida informe o código do vale-compras.

Por segurança, aconselho conectar o iPad ao computador e esperar o backup antes de trocar a loja.

O post sobre aplicativos está no forno. Aguardem o próximo capítulo.

(Português) Captura de tela no iPad/iPhone

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O iPad e o iPhone também permitem captura de tela: basta manter apertado o botão de liga/desliga (no canto superior direito do aparelho) e apertar rapidamente o botão Home. A tela pisca, como um flash de câmera fotográfica, e pronto. Pode procurar a imagem em Photos/Saved photos.

Para cortar/editar a imagem, experimente o Photoshop Express (gratuito).