Posts Tagged “review”

  • 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.…

  • Best of 2016: Mac apps for nerds

    Welcome to part 3 of my "Favorite Apps of 2016" series. This installment focuses on Mac utilities and developer tools. If you're not a power user or a coder, there will probably be fewer apps of interest to you, but there are quite a few that are great gateways for intermediate users to start making more of their Macs.…

  • Best of 2016: Mac creativity

    Welcome to round two of this year's top picks from my own workflow! The last one was for productivity apps, and this one focuses on creative apps, encompassing audio, video, design, brainstorming, and writing.…

  • Best of 2016: Mac productivity

    Welcome to 2017, I hope you had a pleasant ending to a horrible, awful, very bad year. 2016 was an interesting year for me. That said, my love of apps hasn't diminished.…

  • WALTR 2 (+Giveaway!)

    So here's my new content strategy: fail to write much all week and then post a review of a brand new app with a giveaway on the weekend. Talk about traffic optimization!…

  • MicFlip 2.0, the best USB cable I've ever had

    A while back, WinnerGear sent me a reversible micro USB cable called the Micflip. It was the result of a Kickstarter project, and it was great. The micro USB end of the cable could be inserted into a port in either direction, a la Lightning adapters. I talked about it with Ed Zitron on Systematic 162, and we both agreed this should always have existed.…

  • MultiMarkdown Composer and CriticMarkup

    While it's never really caught on with any of the larger publishers, CriticMarkup is a great tool when working on edits between collaborators using Markdown or other plain text formats. It lets you specify insertions, deletions, substitutions, and comments, all with the option to include attributions, timestamps, and other notes.…

  • 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.…

  • Arq 5 gets a big speed boost

    I'm a strong believer in redundant, excessive backups. I've lost enough data over my lifetime to more than justify running multiple backup systems constantly and simultaneously.…

  • In which I review an airport restroom

    While this is a rare class of post from me, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (MSP) is no stranger to restroom stories. But this one is good and has nothing to do with Larry Craig.…

  • A look back at 2015: The Rest of the Best

    Here's the final installment of my favorite stuff from 2015, the very late edition. This covers the "everything else" category, but be sure to check out my lists for Mac and iOS.…

  • 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.…

  • A look back at 2015: My Top Mac Apps

    Ok, so it's the middle of February, 2016 and I haven't published my yearly "best of" lists for 2015. I had drafts started in November, but life happens.…

  • HoudahSpot 4.1

    I'm months late in writing about HoudahSpot 4.1, which is odd because it adds the one feature I'd always wanted: the ability to save HoudahSpot searches as Finder Smart Folders. I'll get to that in one second. Full disclosure, Houdah has sponsored this blog, but this review is 100% unpaid and prompted by love.…

  • Win a copy of CleanMyMac 3 for Christmas

    CleanMyMac 3 is a great app for maintaining your Mac and freeing up hard drive space (now with Photos support). I reviewed it when it came out, and as you can see on the Product Hunt Mac App of the Year contest results, I'm not the only one who thinks so.…

  • Curio 10 and Curiota

    I consider Curio to be the most expansive brainstorming application on the market. With mind maps, lists, file links, notes, full project organization tools, and much more, it's a complete productivity app. Version 10 just came out, along with a menu bar app for quick entry, and it continues to extend the capabilities of this powerhouse application.…

  • MindNode 2.0 for Mac (with Marked 2 integration)

    MindNode 2.0 for Mac is out today. It's being sold as a new app with an intro price of $19.99 US. That will go up to $29.99 after the intro sale.…

  • Living the Remote Dream

    Darren Murph, whom I had the pleasure of working with at Engadget for a few years, has published Living the Remote Dream: A Guide to Seeing the World, Setting Records, and Advancing Your Career, a book on the topic of working remotely.…

  • LaunchBar 6.4 streamlines custom actions

    The latest update to LaunchBar has a cool new feature that helps it catch up in the area that Alfred jumped ahead in: the Action Editor. It's not a drag and drop workflow system like Alfred has, but combined with the expanded API that LaunchBar 6 added, it allows users to easily create custom actions.…

  • Postbox 4

    Postbox 4 was released last week, and it's good. Yes, I'm way behind on blogging, but that's another post.…

  • My favorite stuff from 2014, Part 2

    This is the second half of the "My favorite stuff from 2014" that I started in January. It took me a while to get back to it, but here it is!…

  • 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.…

  • BitTorrent Sync 2.0 is official

    As you probably know, I'm a fan of BitTorrent Sync. When it comes to fast file sharing, there are a few really good options (that almost all trump Dropbox for me), and Sync is one of the best. I've been beta testing version 2.0 and am excited to announce that it's stable and available today!…

  • My favorite stuff from 2014, Part 1

    It's that time of year again. Well, I'm actually a little late, but it was an especially busy holiday season.…

  • 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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  • 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.…

  • The Tower 2 giveaway winners

    If you missed out, I still recommend that anyone in need of a powerful GUI for Git go check out Tower 2! Here's my review of the latest version, in case you missed it.…

  • 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.…

  • Curio 9 adds all kinds of awesome

    One of my favorite brainstorming applications, Curio, has just released version 9. It includes an complete revamp of the interface for Mavericks and Yosemite, along with dozens of new features and improvements.…

  • 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.…

  • Giveaway: 5 copies of "Painless Vim"

    If you're a text editing, Terminal surfing kind of computer user, you probably find the venerable text editor Vim to be fascinating. Either because you're a whiz at it and fully understand it, or because you're like me and have spent years listening to the cool kids talk about 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.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • 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.…

  • Nimblstand, a truly flexible iPad stand

    The Nimblstand is a new iPad stand that offers some serious flexibility in a lightweight and portable format. It actually works with any tablet, and even works pretty well with most phones.…

  • Web Excursions for July 08, 2013
  • 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.…

  • Perspective Icons, a touch of beauty for OmniFocus

    Federico Viticci of MacStories and Silvia Gatta, together known as Icons & Coffee, have released a set of icons specifically designed for OmniFocus. Perspective Icons are perfect for touching up the default icons, and there are a total of 50 to choose from for your personal Perspectives as well.…

  • Memories: photo, video and text journaling

    I tested out a journaling app called Memories today, and thought it was worth a mention. If you're looking for a great-looking journaling app that also offers encryption for your personal thoughts, Memories is probably worth a taking a peek at.…

  • World (ringtone) peace: Cleartones Organic giveaway

    You hate obnoxious ringtones, right? I think we all do, yet they seem so pervasive out there in the real world. Sound and music designer Hugo Verweij offers an option for relief with Cleartones, and has recently released Cleartones Organic:…

  • 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.…

  • Frictionless Capture Cards

    I have to admit, I get a tiny bit annoyed when I see people blog about "going back to paper." It always feels a bit like they're just trying to buck a trend. That being said, I appreciate paper for its two strongest points: speed and ubiquity. I can almost always find something to write on faster than I can load up a notes app on my iPhone. If I need to write something down fast, it's going on paper. I get it. I don't write anything long form on paper, but I do touch the stuff. That's why "…

  • Had Enough?

    I'm not a minimalist. By no stretch of the imagination is anything about my personality minimal, nor have I lived a life that indicates any of the discipline required to say "enough." Take my workspace as a micro-example of my entire life.…

  • A word about Magic Launch and nvALT

    Here's a quick tip about two apps that I love: nvALT and Magic Launch. I'm not sure about the project status of Magic Launch, or how it will fare with Mountain Lion, but for now it's one very useful app. This is more of a multi-tip than a review, but take it as you will.…

  • Nest: initial impressions

    I received my Nest (advanced learning thermostat) on Friday. I was on my way out the door to see WITS in St. Paul, Minnesota. I opened the package and read the 8-page setup manual on the way. I got home late, so I tackled the installation the next day.…

  • 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.…

  • The Mac and iOS mind mapping app extravaganza

    Most of my projects start out as mind maps (which I may have mentioned before). Whether it's a packing list, a blog post or a TextMate bundle, I find it easiest to organize my (often scattered) thoughts using what Tony Buzan calls radiant thinking. Lists and outlines are rarely as effective as the non-linear format of a mind map. For me, if it involves brainstorming, it involves mind maps.…

  • Four WordPress Plugins I love

    I know some people have been moving away from WordPress and toward blogging solutions like Tumblr. The number one reason I hear for making this move is that WordPress gets to complicated once you start customizing. Distractingly so. I don't disagree.…