Posts Tagged “iphone”

  • iPhone 7 and VR?

    I'm not one to spend time on rumors, and rarely invest much energy in speculation, but the technical specs dug up by Softorino while hacking away on the next version of WALTR are intriguing.…

  • Still my favorite iPhone accessory

    Six months ago I mentioned LizzyTape as a fix for slippery iPhones. I wanted to add a quick update to this recommendation, as it's still the handiest iPhone accessory I've ever purchased.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • A fix for slippery iPhones

    It was on Systematic #133 with Rich Stevens where I was first introduced to Suction Cup Tape. I ordered a sheet before the podcast recording had ended. It was my own "pick of the week" soon after.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • The WALTR winners

    If you missed it, you can catch my review here. Don't forget that it's only $14.95 for a little longer, then the price is going up to $29.95. If you have videos or audio in any non-iTunes format, grab a free trial and see how simple it is to get them on your iPhone in all the native players.…

  • 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.…

  • The AeroPress Timer 2 winners

    If you like your AeroPress and haven't tried out AeroPress Timer 2 on your iPhone, get the basic program for free on the App Store!…

  • 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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  • 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 Polymo winners

    For everyone who didn't win, be sure to check out the Polymo camera app with built-in tagging on the App Store!…

  • Giveaway: Polymo for iPhone

    I recently reviewed Polymo, a new iPhone camera app, for The Unofficial Apple Weblog. It handily lets you tag photos before you start shooting, making organizing your camera roll easier than ever.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • GeoHopper and iBeacons for proximity scripting

    I have been working for a long time to make lights in my house follow me around with accurate proximity detection. I always have my iPhone on me, so I've been using Bluetooth to handle this. Originally, I hacked around with Proximity to accomplish this, but ultimately found EventScripts to be a better solution. It still wasn't as accurate as I wanted it to be.…

  • The Shoots & Leaves winners

    Thanks to everyone who entered for the Shoots & Leaves Valentine's Day Giveaway! Here are the lucky winners (who should already have recieved an email with their code): - Dave Lehman - Will Yoo - Matthias Rempe - Christi - Steph K If you didn't just get a free copy, check it out on the App Store!…

  • 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 Valentine's Day Giveaway

    I wrote about Shoots & Leaves back in January, and it's been on my iPhone ever since. It lets you snap a picture and immediately turn it into a text link and send it to a variety of other apps and services.…

  • 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.…

  • Winners of the Begin for iPhone giveaway

    If you didn't win but still need a solid, elegant to-do list app for your iPhone, be sure to check out Begin in the App Store.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • How to summon a nerd

    I did this last night, mostly as a joke. It's a riff on CoughButton that just triggers some AppleScript to play a bell and make my PowerMate flash. It's accessible from any web-enabled device on my network, so my wife can pick up her iPhone and summon me from anywhere in the house. It's installable on the home screen, so I'm just two taps away at any given moment.…

  • 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.…

  • Turn your iPhone into a cough button

    Update: These are the notes for the original version, which worked by sending the toggle command to MuteMyMic. Coughbutton has been revised to work with On/Off commands for Skype directly, no longer toggling system mute. This is more useful to me, and hopefully to others. The Github link is the same, and there's a post with revised information.…

  • nvNotes gets a bit of Dropbox, on sale this weekend

    I mentioned nvNotes back in September. People seemed to dig the idea (Notational Velocity for iPhone), but there was one big thing missing: Dropbox sync. Well, it's moved one step closer: it now saves your notes to a Dropbox folder. It doesn't read them back or pick up new notes yet, but we're moving in the right direction.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • 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 Giveaway: Reading List

    I hate Black Friday. I hate the whole idea, what with the crowds and the rushing and my internal instinct to avoid both. Instead of leaving my house, I'll be posting a series of app giveaways, starting today with Reading List (my review here). Watch for a couple more over the Thanksgiving holiday.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • PromptDown for iOS: Mobile Markdown Teleprompter

    I recently wrote a tiny web app called PromptDown to let me drop in some Markdown (or plain text) and use it as a teleprompter for screencast voiceovers. I wasn't going to put any more time into it, as it did what I needed. Then it started to bug me that it didn't work on my iPad, which could actually be really handy. So my lunch break fine, and an extra half an hour went to making it work a little more smoothly as an iPhone/iPad app. It's also ready to install as a web app, so you can go full-…

  • HomeControl: Local Mac control for iPhone

    I tried out a tip recently for controlling a Mac via Mobile Safari on your iPhone, and it got me thinking, which is often dangerous. I put together this little web app today as a proof of concept (that got a little out of hand). It basically provides a full interface for volume control, application starting and stopping and many iTunes functions, including volume and EQ. All features provide interface feedback and update you with current info from your Mac.…

  • Clippable updated, goes mobile

    I've pushed out an update to Clippable, for better or worse. In addition to the previously added line number removal for code blocks, it removes spans used in TextMate formatted code and adds some keyboard shortcuts:…

  • Designing Draw

    Erica Sadun recently released her latest app, Draw (iTunes link), into the wilds of the App Store. I take a special interest in this release because I designed the interface for it from the ground up. Erica, of course, made all of the magic happen she'd take my photoshop sketches and send them back as amazing working interfaces. In the end, it was a really fun process to go through and Erica was great to work with. Here's a quick walk-through of the design process.…