Add Any Font To Your IPad With AnyFont

A while back I picked up an app called AnyFont which lets you add, well, any font to your iPad. I didn’t use it for several years but kept it on my iPad. Last month, I needed it for the scrivener challenge and I was really glad I had it. If you need to use a specific font on your iPad, you need anyfont. Here’s how it works.

How to use add a font with anyfont

First of all you need to download AnyFont from the app store. Click here to get it it.
Now open up the app. Here, you have three tabs. Instal own fonts, bundled fonts and already installed fonts.
The final tab is useful to check what you have got on your iPad. You might find that you already have a font you need on it and what system fonts you can use.
The Middle tab let’s you unlock over 1000 fonts from the creator of the app. This only costs $0.99.
The first tab is where you need to go to install a new font.

The tricky part is getting your font file onto your iPad. You could email it to yourself or use a cloud storage system like dropbox. If you are using your iPad only, then you’ll want to download the font using a tool like documents 5 browser or icab browser. When you click on the font file, choose to open in AnyFont. Now it will create a font option in the “install own fonts”. When you click on this font, it will create a new profile for your iPad.

When you run that new profile, it will restart your iPad and you’ll have the new font on your ipad.

This can of course be done on your iPhone as well. There is another app which looks similar called FondFont but I haven’t personally used it so I can’t recommend it.

Useful but annoying

In some ways this sums up iPad productivity to me very well. It’s a great sign of how an app can help you do something cool with your iPad that you couldn’t do before. At the same time it shows how restricted iOS is. On almost every other operating system, this would be baked in. It’s also not as easy as just clicking on a font as you would on a different OS. Still, the fact of the matter is this is useful for iOS users.

Associates: Easily create Amazon Affiliate links on iOS

One of the tasks that shows how iOS and using apps can be a lot more efficient that using a desktop is affiliate links to the app store. The amazing Blink by Jon Voorhees makes it really simple to search for and then create an affiliate link to an app store item. Well now he’s taken that knowledge and applied it to the amazon affiliate programs with associate.

A bit about blink

Although affiliate links were fairly simple to generate (simply adding your affiliate code to the end of a link to the correct page) the real issue was in finding the correct item to link to. Sure you could log into the affiliate area and search from there, or search on the iTunes webpage but it required first going to the correct spot. Blink solves that issue by creating a simple app to open which would search the right app store and generate the code seamlessly and correctly each time.

I used it a fair but but wondered why there wasn’t a good version for the amazon affiliate market place, the other store I frequently used. Well, not there is.


Associates takes the same great approach to linking as blink did however there are some key differences. The first is that unlike the App Store, often items in the Amazon App Store are different in different regions. This means you have to specify which store you want to search (though you can switch).

The search also takes place within the website for the Amazon app store so you have the search functionality of the Amazon website but finding an item brings the affiliate link much quicker than trying to fiddle with the mobile website and highlight the associate item.

Click here to get Associate: Simple Affiliate Linking for Amazon

Click here to get Blink: Better Affiliate Links

Free App Friday: Beatwave

I love messing around with Music, when I was younger I used to hum along to the radio, make up stupid songs while I was walking along and sing a long at church (as well as bash my imaginary drum kit). It wasn’t long before I picked up an instrument but despite this love for music I never really achieved a great understanding of the theory behind it all or amazing ability at the keyboard.

Maybe you are similar and love music but don’t have an expansive knowledge of theory or chords. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to make simple tracks but you’ve never picked up an instrument. Well maybe you’d like to check out today’s free app Beatwave from collect 3. The simple iPhone and iPad app that let’s you create atmospheric tunes.

What I Like

The simplicity of Beatwave makes it great for non musicians but it is also an interesting tool for musicians to play around with. The interface is really simple to use with a line running across the screen full of squares. If you touch a square, it lights up and when the line passes over a lit up square, a note will ring out. The lower part of the screen has lower notes, and the upper part has higher notes. The bottom two lines are for a drum kit.

Screens1In Beatwave you can set up four different instrument tracks at different volume levels which you can individually mute and unmute as you wish. This means you can set up a very basic drum track with some synth sounding layers and then play along over the top using another instrument so it’s not just for making simple syth blips and blops.

There are also demo tracks which you can take inspiration from and modify. If you are particularly happy with a tune you’ve made, then you can save a pattern (on one of the four tracks) or grid (all four grids) for use later. This let’s you really set up different sections and quickly change between them and move into different sections of your song.

Oh and if you’re particularly happy with your creation, you can record it and share it. There is also an in-app purchase which adds a host of features including ringtone creator and instrument packs if you really like the app.

What I Don’t Like

I’d love to see more options for drum settings. With only a bass and a snare you can’t get too far, adding further options could make a great tool to accompany a musician practicing or creating songs. However, you can add more instruments (including drum kits, house samples, jazz instruments) with in-app purchases but it would be great to have in the free version. [Although I understand a developer has to make money somehow]


Other than that it is hard to find faults with the app. There are some slightly confusing elements of the UI such as the lack of distinction between the controls for the patterns and grids, the mixers and the settings. They are all in a sidebar and where you might expect certain parts to change when you activate others…they don’t. It makes for a slightly confusing experience at first.

Buy/Don’t Buy

If you like messing around with music, or just want a fun app to show off to some friends then the free version will provide you with some great fun. However, if you want a tool to accompany your instrument, make ringtones and play around with some basic music inspiration. This app is great for the musical and non musical alike.

Developer: collect3
Price: Free+