Apple has released an update for Mail on OS X Mavericks. The update improves compatibility when using custom Gmail settings, fixes inaccurate unread email counts, and includes other compatibility and stability fixes. Learn more here.
When Apple released iWork for OS X Mavericks, many users complained that it was missing many essential features that were available in the previous version. Apple explained that iWork was rewritten to be entirely 64-bit and use a unified file format.
Updates will be released over the next six months that will return many of these features including customisable toolbars. In Pages, the vertical ruler, keyboard shortcuts for styles, and management of pages and sections from the thumbnail view will return.
In Numbers, there will be improved zoom and window placement, multi-column and range sort, auto-complete text in cells, page headers and footers and improved AppleScript support. In KeyNote, old transitions will and builds will return. Learn more in the Apple support article here.
Previously, Google added handwriting recognition to Google Translate. Now, Google has added it to Gmail and Google Docs too. Use the Pencil icon to select a language and then use a mouse or trackpad to draw text.
Currently, Gmail supports over 50 languages including Chinese, Japanese, Hindi and Russian and Google Docs supports over 20 languages. Learn more on the Official Gmail Blog here.
Google has updated Gmail to make it faster and easier to use in feature phone browsers. There are improvements to reduce the number of button presses required to read, reply and compose emails.
For example, there are buttons to navigate between messages in a conversation and reply to a message within the thread. Learn more on the Gmail blog here.
Google has updated its Gmail app for iOS. The update displays larger image thumbnails of email attachments. Tapping a thumbnail displays a full screen viewing experience. The update also improves integration by opens Google Drive and Google+ links directly in the apps instead of the browser.
Using an iOS device? Download the update from the iTunes store here.
After changing the composer in Gmail to a small chat-like window in March, Google has responded to feedback by adding a full-screen option. When the full-screen option is enabled, the compose window is centred and expands to fit the screen.
Also, the formatting toolbar is a now enabled by default. An expand button can be used to switch between the previous and new modes and there is an option to set the compose window to be full screen by default. Learn more in the Google+ post here.
Google has announced it is rolling out an update to its Hangouts messaging service over the next few days that enables users to make voice calls in Google+, Gmail and the Chrome extension.
Calls can now be made for free to the US and Canada from all countries that support Hangouts. International rates are very cheap compared to other providers.
The desktop calling experience has also been improved to allow multiple phone numbers and video participants in the same call and sound effects such as applause and laughter can be played. Interested in learning more? See the Gmail blog here.
Google has updated its Gmail app for Android. Responding to user feedback, the Delete and Archive buttons are now displayed by default and there is a setting to control this. It is now possible to tap sender images to select multiple emails in the conversation list and there are various bug fixes.
Using an Android device? Download the update from Google Play here.
Google has launched a new feature that allows brands and businesses to highlight their Google+ profile and recent posts in the right column of Gmail when their customers open an email from them. Customers will see the brand’s logo and a Follow button they can use to follow the business.
To enable this feature, businesses must link their verified Google+ account to their website and send all emails from their website’s domain. Businesses must send at least 1000 emails a week from its domain and these emails must be signed with DKIM or SPF to prevent spam and phishing attempts.
Interested in advertising your brand in Gmail? Learn more on the Google blog here.
Google has updated its Gmail app for Android to add the five-tab interface that it recently added to the web client to sort email into various categories. It also has a new slide-out navigation interface and swipe-to-refresh feature.
On Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and later, it is now possible to reply, archive and delete from notifications without needing to open the app. The update also has bug fixes and performance improvements.
Using an Android device? Download the update on Google Play here.
Google has added a tabbed inbox to Gmail to help users organise their email into five different categories. The Primary category is for messages from friends and family, the Social category for social, media and dating websites, the Promotions category for deals and promotions, the Updates category for bills, receipts and confirmations, and the Forums category for discussion forums and online groups.
In the desktop version of Gmail, these categories appear as five tabs that can be added, removed or rearranged. Existing messages can be organised by dragging them onto a category tab and it is possible to set rules to automatically categorise new emails.
As well as the desktop version, the Gmail apps for Android and iOS will also be updated in the next few weeks to display the Primary category by default and allow switching between categories. Learn more on the Gmail blog here.