Posts Tagged “appreview”

  • User reviews matter

    I've talked about this before, here and on my podcasts. Online reviews are a matter of life and death for an app or a business. (And, sadly, all review systems are broken in some way.) This infographic from Website Builder offers some stats that show I'm not crazy.…

  • Associate: Amazon affiliate linking for iOS

    Associate, a new app from the creator of Blink, makes generating affiliate links for Amazon products on iOS a breeze. Blink is a tool for searching and creating iTunes affiliate links, and Associate takes all of the things learned from making Blink and applies them to Amazon.…

  • Taking advantage of YouTube music on Mac and iOS

    There are two new solutions, one for Mac and one for iOS, for taking advantage of the wide array of music available on YouTube.…

  • MeisterTask for iOS and Apple Watch

    MeisterTask, which I mentioned recently (also a previous sponsor), just launched the iOS version of their new productivity and project management tool.…

  • VOX for iOS

    VOX developer Coppertino released VOX for iOS yesterday, and it continues their tradition of amazing and beautiful software. I love VOX for Mac (previous review), and this new iPhone companion is a perfect complement.…

  • CleanMyMac 3 adds robust new features

    For a long time I mistakenly associated CleanMyMac with MacKeeper in my head. The latter is awful, let's not talk about them. CleanMyMac, on the other hand, has proven to be a powerful --- and safe --- tool for reclaiming disk space. Version 3 was released today and includes some powerful new features.…

  • The details count with Tally 2

    I've written about Tally from Agile Tortoise before, expressing my affection for its intuitive interface and utility. Tally 2 is out today, looking great and taking advantage of new iOS 8 features.…

  • Records: a flexible database for Mac

    Once upon a time, there was a fun personal database app for Mac called Bento (from FileMaker). It's been a long time since Bento was discontinued and there's been a several-year gap since we've seen a good replacement. Push Popcorn's Records was released today, and it looks like a strong contender for that title.…

  • Doing Spotlight right with HoudahSpot 4.0

    Spotlight is great for finding files without digging through folders. It's great with tagging. It's even great for finding photos and emails faster than iPhoto or Mail.app can. It has its shortcomings, though.…

  • Macminicolo turns 10

    My favorite Mac mini colocation service, macminicolo, turned 10 today. There's a great timeline post on their blog that chronicles the history of the Mac mini and of macminicolo itself. They didn't ask me to post this, but they've been long-time supporters (and sponsors) of this blog and I'm excited to wish them continued success.…

  • Slopes 1.4 for winter sports lovers

    This year at WWDC I ran into Curtis Herbert, who showed me an iPhone app he'd developed called Slopes. It's records, analyzes, and shares stats collected during a day of snowboarding and/or skiing. Despite not being at all capable of winter sports, I was impressed enough with to write it up for TUAW. Version 1.4 was just released, and adds support for the latest iPhones and some great new features using new technologies in iOS 8.…

  • CodeRunner 2

    CodeRunner 2 from Nikolai Krill is out, and it's pretty awesome. In case you're not familiar, CodeRunner is a Mac utility app that allows you to edit and test code live in a wide range of languages. If you write any kind of code and aren't already a CodeRunner user, you'll definitely want to get on board. Current users will appreciate a host of improvements:…

  • Typed: a new Markdown editor from Realmac

    Realmac, creators of Ember, Clear, and RapidWeaver, have just released a new project: A Markdown editor called "Typed."…

  • WALTR: amphetamines for your video collection (+giveaway)

    Softorino, the developers who brought you iBetterCharge (mentioned here a little bit ago), have just released a supercharged tool for putting your video collection on your iOS devices. It's called WALTR, and if you collect videos in any iTunes-incompatible formats, you'll love it.…

  • Drafts 4 Keyboard Extensions

    Drafts 4 is out as a Universal app. I'll leave it to the experts to offer the full review, and just mention that there's a very cool new feature in it: JavaScript-based text modification actions.…

  • AeroPress Timer 2 giveaway

    I reviewed AeroPress Timer last year, and have been using it ever since. Version 2 is out now, and it's definitely worth a look.…

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  • iBetterCharge: remember to charge your iDevices

    I frequently forget about charging my iPhone and iPad until I'm headed out the door (or already in the car). I could add repeating reminders to OmniFocus or Calendars or something, but Softorino has a far better solution: iBetterCharge.…

  • Antetype giveaway!

    If you design for the web, you've probably used an array of tools for wireframing and prototyping. If you haven't tried the latest version of Antetype, though, you should take it for a spin.…

  • Clarify for Markdown blogging

    I've mentioned this before, but wanted to do an official post now that Clarify fully supports Markdown and has become a great blogging tool.…

  • OnTop calendar manager for iPhone, +giveaway!

    OnTop, a new calendar and task manager app, recently came out for iPhone. It offers natural language processing for creating new tasks, iOS Reminders integration with location based reminders, native notifications and alerts, and a clever interface with gesture-based actions.…

  • Vox 2.1 with SoundCloud integration

    My favorite music player just got cooler. I've written about Vox here before, and covered the 1.0 release on TUAW. Version 2.1 is now available on the App Store.…

  • Tower 2 is twice the Git power

    Git fans are often command line nuts. I know I am. But complex git operations can often be tedious, no matter how experienced you are. I fell in love with the Tower git client some time ago, and it makes using Git easy whether you're an old pro looking for a fast solution for complex operations, or a total newbie with no command line experience. It makes complex merges, chunking and cherry picking, rolling back changes, etc. a breeze. Tower 2 is out today, and it's a complete re-imagining of…

  • Review: Dropzone 3

    I'm a bit late in covering this major update to one of my favorite applications. I've been too busy enjoying it, I guess.…

  • Moviedo, your todo list for movies

    I got an advance preview of the app Moviedo and I've been loving it. It was officially released today. If you love movies and keep lists of movies to watch, movies you've loved or any other collection of movies, this app is for you.…

  • Fantastical 2 for iPad, review and giveaway

    You've probably heard that Fantastical 2 for iPad is out. I'm a bit slow writing about it, but not for lack of excitement. This is an amazing app, and even after leaving my job and having a lot less on my schedule, it's a joy to use.…

  • Cupcake, a color tool for web and app designers

    I've been beta testing an app called Cupcake for what seems like forever. A while ago it didn't look like it was going to make it to the App Store. It just did, though, and I think it's of interest to anybody who's ever had to code a color.…

  • Deckset 1.0 released

    I've gushed about the beta of this Mac app a couple of times on Systematic, and it's finally out for everyone. Deckset is the easiest way to create a slide deck, a la Keynote or Powerpoint, and present it on the big screen.…

  • Shoots & Leaves turns photos into plain text

    A cool new app was released today called Shoots & Leaves. It lets you snap a picture and immediately turn it into a plain text link in your clipboard for sending to an array of services and other apps. Get it? Shoots and leaves... I find it funny, anyway.…

  • A few of my favorite Mac apps in 2013

    It's been a good year for software. I've had the pleasure of using and exploring a ton of new apps. I took inventory of the apps installed on my main Mac, ran it through SearchLink and put together this post to share the ones I use the most often.…

  • Terminology 3 for iOS is more useful than ever

    Agile Tortoise, developer of the renowned productivity app Drafts, has released Terminology 3, a new and completely rewritten version of the excellent dictionary and thesaurus app.…

  • Mac App Review: Oyster

    Regular Expressions, often called "regex," are one of the most powerful tools in any programming language's toolbox, at least when it comes to string handling. They can be a challenge to build and test if you're working blind, though. There have been a few good apps to help out with this, and some websites that offer live, online testing of regular expressions.…

  • Mac App Review: SliceReader

    When SliceReader first appeared, I was instantly intrigued. It's a simple app which "slices" an article, pasted text or text file into pages and display them, one paragraph per page. It's designed to make reading long form articles easier for those of us who don't do as well with reading long pages. It works.…

  • Write for iPad with device sharing

    I mentioned Write --- a Markdown text editor with a ton of sharing options --- a while ago, and I was impressed with it overall. A new version just came out, and an iPad version to go with it. It's not just a companion app, though. In addition to a round of bug fixes, there's something else really neat going on here.…

  • iOS App Review: WordEver HD

    A new editor was recently added to iTextEditors that I had to check out. It's called WordEver HD (iPad only), a full-screen text editor with some rather brilliant features which build nicely on some predecessors work.…

  • Mac App Review: Dash for developers

    I've been playing with a cool little application called Dash for a while now. It's a hotkey-based popup with configurable docsets for most major programming languages, including HTML, CSS (plus Less, Bourbon, Compass, Sass, etc.), JavaScript, Cocoa (Mac and iOS), Python, PHP, Ruby, Unix man pages and much more. It also has an iCloud/Dropbox-syncable snippet manager for storing and quickly accessing reusable code, complete with placeholders and cursor location control.…

  • Drafts 3

    This is a quick mention that Drafts 3 for iPad and iPhone is out, and it has a whole bunch of new features. It's a great tool for note-taking and much more. If you haven't tried it yet, there's more reason than ever to give it a shot.…

  • Mac App review: Ulysses III

    The Soulmen have just posted Ulysses III to the Mac App Store. It brings Daedalus-style document management (similar to Scrivener) to a Markdown (and Textile) editor that's pretty special.…

  • iOS App Review: Pinbrowser

    A relatively new app called Pinbrowser highlights the social aspect of bookmarking on the "Antisocial Bookmarking" platform, Pinboard. It allows you to quickly browse other people's public bookmarks by user, tag or popularity, right on your iPhone.…

  • iOS App Review: AeroPress Timer for iPhone

    A year ago Jarrod Glasgow was driving trucks for a living. Now he's making awesome iOS apps. His first app, AeroPress Timer is a really good-looking app that holds some of the best recipes for making AeroPress coffee.…

  • Glui: a lightweight alternative to Skitch

    I'm among the many who are discontent with the latest version of Skitch. I've reverted back to the previous version and have been using it happily, but there's a new alternative.…

  • iOS App Review: Write for iPhone

    At this point, I think just about everyone knows I have a thing for iOS text editors. My proclivity for plain text and my love of my iDevices means that I track innovation in this arena pretty closely. A new app in this category has recently caught my attention: Write, a Dropbox-based text editor for iPhone.…

  • An iOS development saga: TimeToCall

    If you've ever thought of developing an iPhone or iPad app --- or any app, really --- Hilton Lipschitz has chronicled the journey of his new release, TimeToCall. It's a great way to see the scope of an independent development project and the amount of work that goes into a carefully-considered application.…

  • iPhone App Review: Horizon

    A new iPhone app with a clever premise hit iTunes today. Horizon is a calendar app with location-aware weather forecasts built in. Now you can see your schedule and what the weather will be during each appointment at a glance.…

  • Mac App Review: MultiMarkdown Composer 2

    Fletcher Penney recently released MultiMarkdown Composer 2 on the Mac App Store. It's a cleaned-up, smoothed-out, feature-packed version of the previous incarnation. I'm loving it.…

  • Great apps for 2012: iOS

    This is part three of a three-part series covering some of my favorite apps for 2012. So far I've posted about my favorite Mac apps and my favorite iOS and Mac combo apps. This post covers some of my favorite iOS-only apps for the year.…

  • Great apps for 2012: Mac and iOS

    This is part of a 3-part series covering some of my favorite apps for 2012. Yesterday I posted about some of my favorite Mac apps this year. This post is dedicated to apps available on both Mac and iOS with sync capabilities. This is by no means an all-encompassing list, but rather a few standouts.…

  • Great apps for 2012: Mac

    This will be a 3-part series celebrating some of my favorite apps in 2012: Mac apps, Mac iOS crossover apps and iOS apps. These are apps that I use regularly. Not all of them are new, and it's not even close to a comprehensive list just a few I thought worth mentioning.…

  • Calendar Paste, scheduling made easy

    Calendar Paste is a handy new app from Christian Tietze (one of the original Notational Velocity hackers). It lets you create event templates for Apple's Calendar apps on your iPhone. Set the title, location and duration, and then when you need to schedule it just choose it from the list and pick a date and time.…

  • Tally, let me count the ways

    I'm horrible at keeping track of anything without a little help. It's why I love my computer and my iOS devices so much. One area I'm absolutely incompetent in is keeping tallies of things in realtime. The slightest distraction and all of the numbers get jumbled up and I forget where I was. If you've listened to Systematic, you've probably heard it happen.…

  • App Review: BTT Remote

    One of my all-time favorite utilities on the Mac is BetterTouchTool, an app that expands the capabilities of your trackpad, Magic Mouse and/or keyboard with a wide variety of configurable gestures and actions. Andreas Hegenberg has just released a companion iPhone app called BTT Remote ($1.99) that makes your iPhone part of the fun, too.…

  • Quick Review: Pro HDR

    This is going to be quick. I plan to make Pro HDR a pick of the week on Systematic, so I'll elaborate more then, but I thought it was worth a pointer for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.…

  • Mac app review: Slicy

    Slicy from Macrabbit. I've mentioned it before (more often back when it was Layercake), but it's worth a more meaningful mention. If you create graphics in Photoshop for web or app UI and you don't use it yet, read on.…

  • Mountain Lion Paparazzi!

    I'm not sure why, but it warms my heart to see an update to Paparazzi!. This has long been a useful tool and I had assumed that it would eventually die off. The latest version came out yesterday with the usual Mountain Lion goodies.…

  • App Review: Found - Spotlight on steroids

    I've been waiting to write about Found since the last WWDC. I got a preview then, and a few months later got a beta copy. It's pretty amazing.…

  • Mac App Review: Trickster, instant access to recent items

    I've been testing an app called Trickster for a bit now, and it's publicly available today (just in time to be included in the impressive Productive Macs bundle). It's a revamp of Apparent Software's predecessor app, Blast.…

  • iPhone App Review: Slow Feeds, a unique RSS reader for iPhone

    This is a quick mention of an iPhone app that I've been trying out and have come to really like. It's called Slow Feeds, and it's a special kind of RSS reader. It's a beautiful interface and syncs with Google Reader, but its primary goal is a unique vision: sort and highlight feeds with lower post volumes so they don't get lost in the river of news.…

  • App Review: Textastic code editor for iPad

    I've been meaning to write about Textastic for almost a year now. I'm easily distracted by shiny objects, so some things take a while. In the meantime, this app has only gotten better. It's in the iTextEditors chart, but I think it deserves a special mention. I'll try to write up a few more of my favorites before another year passes me by.…

  • App Review: Tree, an outliner I can love

    I don't like outliners. It's not that I see anything wrong with them, they just don't click with the way my brain works when I'm brainstorming or planning. It's why I use mind maps. Nonetheless, I had to try Tree (MAS link) when I saw it. It looked different. It was.…

  • Byword for iOS!

    Markdown lovers rejoice, Byword for iOS is here! I've been beta testing it for a while now and it's my new favorite way to write Markdown on my iPad. There's also full iCloud (and Dropbox) sync with the desktop version, so the writing circle is complete (at least for me). For background, see some of my previous thoughts on Byword.…

  • LiveReload addendum

    I thought a couple of additional discoveries after my LiveReload review yesterday were worth mentioning in a second post. First, Andrey Tarantsov (the developer) stopped by the post and let me know that the planned price is US $9.99 when it gets to the App Store. He's charging almost exactly what I think will value his work but not freak out potentially valuable customers. I'm excited to purchase the final release.…

  • App Review: LiveReload

    I linked LiveReload on Twitter the day I discovered it, but I haven't given it a truly thorough test until tonight. Suffice to say I was impressed enough to take some time out to write it up.…

  • Mac App Giveaway: PDFpen

    This is the last of this run of Thanksgiving giveaways. There will be more soon, I promise, but Smile was generous enough to donate--in addition to the TextExpander licenses I gave away yesterday--three codes for PDFpen as well. I don't usually run giveaways on apps I haven't specifically reviewed, so I'll try to roll both together here.…

  • App Review: Dropzone

    Dropzone recently showed up on the Mac App Store. I've been using the previous incarnation daily for years now, and I was ecstatic to see it hit the App Store and still be under active development. As with any pre-App Store app that makes a 100% conversion to the App Store environment, plenty of users are bitching and moaning about having to pay again (as well as changes that were necessary to comply with Apple's guidelines), but I'm not among them. It's worth every penny and supporting…

  • iOS App Review: WriteUp

    If you're still looking for a slick Markdown editor for iOS, there's a new candidate up for your vote. WriteUp is a polished editor that covers the basics well. With Dropbox support and available as a universal app for both iPad and iPhone, it makes a nice addition to your all-around writing workflow.…

  • App Review: Quiet

    I found Quiet today. I've used plenty of these "distraction-free" apps that cover your desktop and other windows before, but mostly just for screencasting. Command-option clicking the icon of the app that I wanted to focus on has generally been enough for me, but Quiet takes it a few very useful steps further.…

  • App Review: CodeRunner

    One for the coders: I discovered CodeRunner by Nikolai Krill a few months back, and it's proven to be very, very useful in the kind of work that I do. It allows you to test blocks of code and see the results quickly and easily. It has syntax highlighting and autocompletion, as well as the ability to handle a wide variety of languages.…

  • iOS App Review: Reading List

    Reading List for iPhone is a polished app that does one thing, and does it well: track your books. It helps keep track of the books you want, the books you have, the books you're reading and the books you've read. If you still enjoy the rustle of paper pages in this era of the E-Reader, this is a handy app to have.…

  • App Review: Gradient

    Gradient is a very polished tool for creating CSS3 gradients in a visual way. If you're not familiar with CSS3 syntax, it looks a little like this:…

  • iOS app review: Listary

    The developers of Listary contacted me about working on some nvALT integration of their Simplenote-compatible iPhone app for creating lists that sync across any device or machine. I found the app cool enough that it's definitely worth a mention here.…

  • App Review: Tunesque

    Tunesque just popped up on my radar today. It's a free utility that searches the iTunes store, Spotlight-style. It runs in your menubar, and when you enter a query it returns instant, as-you-type results from all areas of the iTunes Store, App Store and Mac App Store. Hovering over an item displays item details (the way Lion Spotlight does). With light and dark themes and the ability to filter what results you see (and from what country's store they're from), it's about as configurable as you…

  • Five Yoink promo codes up for grabs!

    Eternal Storms has provided five Yoink App Store promo codes for me to give to readers. I'm happy to be able to share Yoink is one of those unobtrusive utilities that provides important functionality in an elegant way.…

  • App Review: Yoink

    I tweeted the other day that @eternalstorms is way too good at solving my problems for me. What I was referring to was Yoink, which just became available today. It's an uber-simple app which provides a drawer for dragging files between spaces and full-screen apps. I wrote it up on TUAW this morning, so I won't go into detail here.…

  • App review: Launchpad-Control

    Here's a little gem of an app: Launchpad-Control. It's actually a Preference Pane, and it allows you to use simple checkboxes to show and hide items, folders and even entire pages of applications in Lion's Launchpad.…

  • App Review: Byword

    In the interest of actually getting going on app reviews on this blog, I'm mentioning a somewhat obvious one: Byword. While I still write my drafts in nvALT and do the heavy lifting and linking in TextMate with my Blogsmith Bundle, Byword has quickly become the place where I actually do my writing.…

  • Sticking with what I know

    I've been wanting to write more here, and seriously considering what I want to write about. Obviously, I should stick with what I know. What do I know best? Apps.…