Posts Tagged “ios”

  • Best of 2016: (Almost) all of the iOS favorites

    Ok, so I promised this rundown of some of my favorite iOS apps at the end of the last "Best of 2016" post, which was weeks ago. Sorry about that. The sheer length of this list made it a bit of an overwhelming project.…

  • 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.…

  • A look back at 2015: My Top iOS Apps

    Continuing my very late "best of 2015" series, here are my top iOS (including Apple Watch, Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad) for last year.…

  • 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.…

  • iTunesIcon 2.2

    I just updated iTunesIcon, my little app for grabbing icons for any App Store application. This is a bugfix release, updated to fix the recent bug that only saved the 100x100px version of an icon.…

  • On the XARA Mac and iOS exploits

    I'm not a security expert. This post is an opinion interlaced with the things I've learned from sources I have faith in. Feel free to clarify or correct me in the comments.…

  • New features and fixes for BitTorrent Sync

    I've become an even bigger fan of Sync since BitTorrent released 2.0, so I thought I'd mention the 2.0.120 update they posted yesterday.…

  • 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.…

  • Blink: instant iTunes affiliate links on iOS

    Blink is an app for people who share links to iTunes and Mac App Store apps and use Apple's affiliate linking program. It lets you search across the App Store, the Mac App Store, the iTunes Store and the iBooks store, then generate an affiliate link with the result. You can choose a link format: plain url or one of three Markdown formats.…

  • David Sparks' "Workflow Video Field Guide"

    Have you seen Workflow for iOS, but had reservations about digging into it? True to form, David Sparks has published a Workflow Video Field Guide packed with videos to not only help you get started, but turn you into Workflow master.…

  • My pick for best iOS nvALT companion

    I've been running iTextEditors (a grid comparison of available iOS text editors) for quite a while now, and am constantly asked what my favorite is in various categories. As far as long-form writing goes, I'm still not ready to make a public declaration (and there are new ones on the horizon that look very promising). As far as picking a personal winner in the note-taking category, though, I'm ready to declare my affections for a single editor that works perfectly in tandem with my nvALT notes…

  • 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.…

  • Time for an iTextEditors update

    iTextEditors continues to be one of the most popular destinations on this site, but it's getting a little bit stale. I've kept it up to date with all of the submissions that come in, but I've seen a dozen new text editors come through the App Store that I haven't had time to try out. I need a hand.…

  • 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.…

  • The OnTop Winners

    And the winners of the OnTop giveaway are... - Artur Kraft - Patrick Essner - Andre Roque - Matthew Keating - dev - David Klem - Johan Romin - David F - Yinjie Soon - Reinier Meenhorst Thanks to everyone who entered. If you haven't yet, be sure to check out OnTop on the App Store!…

  • 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.…

  • The Transloader winners

    If you won and haven't heard from the Giveaway Robot (and have checked your spam folder), drop me a line. If you didn't win, be sure to check out Transloader and its companion iOS app. While you're at it, don't miss Yoink and ScreenFloat, more great utilities from Eternal Storms.…

  • Giveaway: Transloader remote downloader

    After running giveaways for Yoink and ScreenFloat from Eternal Storms, it seems only fitting that I include a third app of their's in the giveaway lineup.…

  • Nick Cave, disorientation, and EXIF data

    This is a tale of woe --- spawned from a navigational "disability" --- and redemption via technology. It has very little point, but I feel like documenting it. Take it as you will.…

  • iThoughts updated for extra awesome (and iOS 7)

    iThoughts, the most powerful mind mapping app on iOS, has been updated (well, re-released, really) with a bevy of new features. It's now a universal app (both iPhone and iPad), and requires a new purchase. At the $2 US intro price, though, there's really no reason for anyone to not grab it.…

  • The Fantastical 2 for iPad winners!

    If you missed out, you can still get the introductory price ($9.99US) on Fantastical 2 for iPad on the App Store (before it goes up to $14.99).…

  • iTunesIcon 2.1 with easy icon sizing

    You may recall my iTunesIcon app that lets you easily search for and pull an icon from any App Store (Mac or iTunes) app. I posted a minor update recently that I forgot to mention: you can now specify the size of the returned icon.…

  • 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.…

  • Icon Grabber updated to search any platform

    I've updated the icon grabber script to allow you to specify what type of application you're looking for, be it iPhone, iPad or Mac. In case you're not familiar, this script uses the iTunes API to locate the highest resolution icon for an application based on a search query. It previously always assumed "iPad."…

  • MindNode 3 for iOS

    I have a soft spot for the affordable-yet-wonderful mind mapping app for both Mac and iOS. It syncs flawlessly across the platforms with iCloud, and it's a pleasure to use. The latest update adds new interface polish, sharing and publishing options, and an amazing new icon, among other things.…

  • Begin 1.5 released

    Begin 1.5 for iPhone has been released on the iTunes App Store. Begin is an iPhone app that lets you quickly gather todos and check them off or move them to "tomorrow" with simple gestures. I first mentioned Begin when it was released, and it's progressed nicely with this version bump, which boasts quite a few refinements and new features:…

  • 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.…

  • Giveaway: Begin - a todo list for iPhone

    Begin is a new iPhone app for keeping track of your daily todos. What sets it apart is its sheer simplicity. Pull down to add a task, swipe left to check it off, swipe right to move it to "tomorrow" and swipe up to see your completed tasks. Easy.…

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  • Federico Viticci wrote the book on Editorial for iPad

    Federico Viticci, editor of Macstories, has published his first book on the iBookstore, and the topic is one he's proven passionate about: Editorial for iPad. The book is an expansion of the already-expansive review he published when Editorial first came out.…

  • Editorial for iPad is here

    Editorial for iPad is out, and ready to change the face of iPad writing. I'm not even going to tell you about it, since Federico Viticci has it more than covered.…

  • The 2x myPhoneDesktop winners!

    In no particular order, here are the randomly-chosen winners of the 2x myPhoneDesktop giveaway. Each winner receives two promo codes:…

  • 2x Giveaway - Win TWO copies of myPhoneDesktop

    I'm continuing a streak of giveaways for some great apps. myPhoneDesktop has been among my favorite programs for a while now. You run it on your iPhone and/or iPad and use a desktop application to quickly send a variety of items (urls, images, contacts, etc.) from your Mac to your iOS devices quickly and easily. It integrates with a lot of desktop applications you probably already use. Version 2.0 was recently released with great set of new features. Check out the release notes to see what's…

  • EventScripts and reliable Bluetooth proximity detection

    I've mentioned EventScripts before, but I'm finding it awesome enough lately to mention again. I use it in tandem with BetterTouchTool, but for different purposes.…

  • 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.…

  • Instantly grab a high-res icon for any iOS app

    As a blogger who writes about a lot of apps, I frequently need to grab artwork for iOS apps. iTunes and its web previews don't make this an easy task, especially for high-res versions. To assist in this process, I wrote a quick script to allow me to search for an iOS app by name and instantly write its 1024px version (or the highest resolution available) to the current directory in Terminal. There's also an OS X application version at the end of this post, so you can perform this trick without…

  • TextExpander iOS Markdown fix for Drafts 3

    I updated the iOS Markdown group of the TextExpander Tools to trigger "[(cursor)]" on "[]" instead of "[[", which should avoid problems with Drafts 3 templates.…

  • See what's new at iTextEditors

    iTextEditors, my comparison chart for iOS text editing apps of all sorts, continues to grow. With the features of over 80 text editors now listed on the chart, I don't think I'm lying when I say it's a valuable resource to anyone who wants simple, fast editing on their iOS device. While I haven't had the time to redesign the chart to make the comparison and filtering as easy as possible, I did find the time to add a way to specify what's been most recently added or updated.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • Markdown link format conversion on iOS

    I was chatting with Gabe Weatherhead yesterday about turning SearchLink into a Python script that could then run on Pythonista. That would allow you to copy text from an iOS editor, open Pythonista and run the script, then go back to your editor and paste with your links converted. I'm not sure it's going to be possible, yet, because I don't know how iOS and Pythonista handle network connections from scripts. I have a lot to learn.…

  • nvNotes drawing winners!

    Here are the winners of the nvNotes drawing! Names are linked to comments so you can confirm that you are (or are not) a winner. Codes have already been mailed to the addresses left with each chosen comment, so if yours is listed and you haven't heard from me, please contact me.…

  • Win a free copy of nvNotes: iPhone note-taking app

    nvNotes is a relatively new app for iPhone that emulates the note-taking style of Notational Velocity (and nvALT). With the omnibox search you can quickly find all related notes or start a new one immediately, and it makes taking notes a breeze and finding them simple.…

  • FioWriter brings Mac editing shortcuts to your iPad

    I just added FioWriter to iTextEditors today. It's a pretty great idea for an iPad text editor: it adds Command and Option keys to the keyboard, so anyone who's used to standard OS X text editing operations can use it in a very familiar way.…

  • Textastic for iPhone winners

    If you're on the list and you haven't seen the email from me, let me know. Have fun with Textastic! If you didn't win, you should grab it while it's still on sale (50% 0ff).…

  • Drafts 2.0 and Drafts for iPad

    I mentioned this was coming on the last episode of Systematic: Drafts 2.0 and Drafts for iPad are out. If you're looking for a solid and elegant solution for inputing notes, tweets, emails, markdown text or just about anything you can type on your iOS device, this one is perfect.…

  • Textastic for iPhone is out, win a free copy

    I reviewed Textastic recently, and had a lot of good things to say about it. Textastic for iPhone is now available as a separate application, and it boasts all of the features of the iPad version. If you want to edit code/Markdown on the go, this is an amazing app.…

  • You won Day One

    Over 250 entries showed up for the Day One giveaway. Thanks to everyone who entered, below are the names of the lucky 10 winners (with links to the original comment to confirm that it is or is not you).…

  • Celebrate the Day One updates with a free copy!

    While my uses for it may be unconventional, I'm a fan of Day One for journaling and logging on Mac and iPhone/iPad. I've been beta testing new versions for both and am excited to announce they're finally available!…

  • 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.…

  • Wow, seriously, based on traffic this is the most popular project I've ever created

    My weekend project turns out to be the most popular thing I've ever done, at least based on web traffic (besides that one thing that I don't like to talk about). It's had more pageviews in two days than my whole blog gets in a typical month, and I haven't even officially announced the final page outside of Twitter. Insane. Seriously.…

  • iOS text editor comparison update

    There was an impressive response to the call for crowdsourced iOS text editor comparison. The "final" spreadsheet is available here (link updated to point to the new page). I froze it this morning as there were a lot of deletions happening that were breaking results. It was reverted to restore a few major deletions, and I did my best to replace individual additions and edits that happened since the restore point. If your edit/addition was lost or you have more to add, just contact me directly…

  • Crowdsourcing iOS Text Editor comparisons

    I'm working on a big iOS text editor comparison post, but the number of things to check and test is a bit overwhelming. I'd like to crowdsource it, and I'm looking for your help. I've set up a Google spreadsheet with public access and would love contributions.…

  • 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.…

  • iOS App Giveaway: WriteUp

    As part of my Thanksgiving holiday giveaways, I have five promo codes for the iOS Markdown editor, WriteUp. It's a slick Dropbox-powered editor for both iPhone and iPad that I recently reviewed. It's definitely worth a look if you want to edit Markdown files on the go.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • Listary giveaway, get yours!

    The developers of Listary have kindly handed me five promo codes to give away. Listary is a simple and flexible list-making iPhone app which syncs with Simplenote. I did a quick review of Listary yesterday and saw a very positive response from people already using it.…

  • 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.…

  • Markdown snippets for TextExpander touch

    It may come as a surprise to some (many), but I've never really made effective use of TextExpander on my iPad or iPhone (TextExpander touch). I don't do a lot of the things on my iPad which I do on my desktop, and the things that are similar often don't support TE. When I want to write some Markdown quickly, I use Nebulous Notes with my custom macros. Lastly, my shell scripts don't work on iOS, and most of my favorite snippets are, as you've seen, shell scripts.…