TouchMyApps » Productivity http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:29:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Thoughts on Omnifocus 2 for iPhone http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/10/01/thoughts-on-omnifocus-2-for-iphone/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/10/01/thoughts-on-omnifocus-2-for-iphone/#comments Tue, 01 Oct 2013 23:32:38 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=73186 Three years ago, my search for the best task manager on both the Mac and iOS led me to Omnifocus. I had tried numerous apps that implemented David Allen’s GTD (Getting Things Done) methodology and in the end, I settled with Omnifocus and never looked back. Since OF’s release for the iPhone in 2008, it’s … Read more]]>

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Three years ago, my search for the best task manager on both the Mac and iOS led me to Omnifocus. I had tried numerous apps that implemented David Allen’s GTD (Getting Things Done) methodology and in the end, I settled with Omnifocus and never looked back. Since OF’s release for the iPhone in 2008, it’s been considered among the top Todo apps on the platform. So naturally, with the release of iOS 7, the Omnigroup have released a new and completely revamped version of the app to match the latest OS’ flat and more modern design.

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OF 2′s Home Screen is a winner

Redesign

From the moment you open OmniFocus 2 for iPhone, you’ll see the drastic differences compared to its predecessor. Gone are the gradients, shadows, textures, and dull colors, which have been replaced by iOS 7’s bright color scheme and flat design. This fresh new look is very easy on the eyes and it’s among the best redesigns I’ve seen thus far for iOS 7.

Aside from the aesthetic overhaul, the home screen has also been given an all new layout. Instead of simply rows of headings like Inbox, Projects etc., we now have more user-friendly and larger buttons for all the essentials. For starters, Forecast is right at the top and you can quickly glance at the number of items that are past due, or due today (there’s a count next to “Forecast” for this) and beyond. The Flagged and Inbox buttons have count numbers within the app icon as well.

Upon tapping on an item, say Contexts, the top and bottom halves of the screen pull apart and reveal the targeted page. This visual effect gives users a sense of layering (a design philosophy behind iOS 7) and it’s a nice touch to the overall user experience.

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Pull down to reveal Sync, Settings, Search

The bottom toolbar found in OF1 is gone, and in its place is a “floating” Inbox icon on the bottom right corner. Tap at anytime to add items to your inbox. The Settings, Search, Sync and View options are now accessed by pulling down on the screen to reveal a grey menu with these functions.

Colors aren’t just a visual treat in OF2; they now play a more central role and act like visual queues. The old checkboxes for actions have been replaced by a smarter check circle. Tasks that are due soon will have a yellow circle, whereas overdue ones will be red. Likewise in Forecast view, any days that have overdue items will be red and so on. As for repeating tasks, they will have an ellipses appear within their circle.

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Inbox view: OF 2 vs OF 1

The Flag icon to denote a Flagged item has been retired. So flagging a task will instead show an orange circle. What happens if it’s overdue or due soon? The circle then gets two colors: the top half remains orange, while the bottom half changes from red to yellow depending on due date. In other words, an orange/red check circle signifies that the task has been flagged and overdue (meaning you should get on that ASAP). Personally I dig this new Flagging system and think that it’s well integrated into the “smart” check circle.

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Left: Edit page for Action, Right: Thumbnails for image and audio attachments

The individual Task (or Action) edit page has also been given a welcomed facelift. In Omnifocus 1, the interface for editing items dated back to the original iOS and it was definitely more cluttered. For instance, the item (or title if you will) was partly integrated to your Notes, so if you’d added some notes to the task, a big chunk of that will appear on this edit page. In OmniFocus 2, everything is neatly divided by taps (Info, Note and Attachments) and looks much cleaner. Here you can edit the Project and Context, add a Flag, set a due date, add as a repeating task, convert to a project and more. Audio and Image attachments appear as square thumbnails in this particular tab and both formats can be shared via email/messages. OF1 users will notice that “Start” has been changed to “Defer Until”, which is essentially the same thing and a term used in Omnifocus 2 for Mac (currently in beta).

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Quickly see how many tasks you have in each list with help of Dots

Finally, another significant addition from a design and visual perspective are the dots that appear under lists in Projects and Context. Each dot represents a task in that project/context and they change color as well based on due date (again red for overdue, yellow for due soon and grey for undated or future actions). This is a fantastic way of highlighting quickly how many tasks/actions you have in each folder and whether they’ll require your attention that day.

What’s New

Users hoping for loads of new major features in OF2 might be disappointed. The emphasis behind the new version of the app has more to do with design, and an improved user experience and workflow. That’s not to say there aren’t any new features, because there are several. Background Sync was introduced with iOS 7 and this ability has been brought over to version 2. What this means is that your tasks will sync with the Omni Sync Server (or Mac via Wifi / WebDAV) even if the app is not active. No longer will you have to open the OF app just to get your stuff in sync.

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Roll the dice with Defer Until Later option

As mentioned earlier, “Defer Until” has replaced “Start” and there’s now a neat little “Later” button if you want to Defer your tasks. This is if you don’t particularly care exactly when it’ll be deferred until; when pressed, a date will be randomly assigned up to 3 months ahead for you. For new Omnifocus users, Defer works great by allowing you to filter out things you don’t really need to see on that day, thereby helping you concentrate on actions that can be tackled at that moment. This is accomplished by going to View (pull down to show) and selecting a filter option from there.

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Mind Sweep / add multiple tasks with Save+

Since the bottom navigation menu bar has been axed, the home button is nowhere to be found in V2. Not to worry though, as it’s now a lot more intuitive. By tapping and holding the Back button (top left corner), it’ll take you back to the home page no matter where you are. Last but not least, my favorite (new) feature in OF2 is “Save+”. When adding a new task, users have the option of using Save+ instead of just Save, which immediately saves, closes the current window and opens another item for you to add. This is a huge time saver and makes life easier when performing a “Mind Sweep”, a process David Allen calls when emptying all the things in your head that you want to get done. In this case, it’ll be rapidly dumping all the tasks you want recorded into the Omnifocus inbox. Regardless of whether you follow the GTD methodology, the Save+ button is a great tool for adding multiple actions swiftly.

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Forecast calls for getting things done

Final Thoughts

I’ve been using OF2 now for a little over a week and just love the new flat design, interface and all the little details that went into making the app. The UI and color scheme blend extremely well with iOS 7 and the new features and visual queues help improve usability. Omnifocus 2 for iPhone is a paid upgrade and an awesome one at that for Omnifocus users running iOS 7. Yes it does cost $19.99 and OF1 customers will need to cough up some money again to use the latest version. Unfortunately Apple does not offer upgrade pricing on the App Store, so don’t expect the Omnigroup to sell it for, say, $9.99 even if you did purchase OF1 recently. So is OmniFocus 2 worth the 20 bucks? Absolutely. Assuming it’ll be another 5 years before Omnifocus 3 is released, that’s basically $4 a year to run the most current version of OF on the iPhone. Of course, if you already have Omnifocus 1, you can simply use that on iOS 7, but do note that it’s no longer being supported by the developers and there’ll be no future updates for it. If like me, you rely heavily on Omnifocus for managing your life, this is an easy buy.

What’s to like:

  • Gorgeous new design and interface
  • Home screen is more user friendly
  • New check circle with color scheme
  • Visual dots for Projects/Context overview
  • Improved thumbnail layout for attachments
  • Save+ Feature

What’s not to like:

  • No upgrade pricing on App Store
  • No iPad version for iOS 7 yet
  • No swipe gesture to go back to previous screen
  • Currently no support for textexpander and landscape mode

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Write for Dropbox, a great writing app for the iPhone, is now free for a limited time http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/05/07/write-for-dropbox-a-great-writing-app-for-the-iphone-now-free-for-a-limited-time/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/05/07/write-for-dropbox-a-great-writing-app-for-the-iphone-now-free-for-a-limited-time/#comments Wed, 08 May 2013 05:06:17 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=72549 Write for Dropbox, an intuitive writing app with a slick interface, is now free for the iPhone after the release of its iPad version. Using Dropbox to sync all your work, the app opens to a blank note so you can quickly jot down your ideas or notes quickly. You’ll also find an extra row … Read more]]>

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Write for Dropbox, an intuitive writing app with a slick interface, is now free for the iPhone after the release of its iPad version. Using Dropbox to sync all your work, the app opens to a blank note so you can quickly jot down your ideas or notes quickly. You’ll also find an extra row of convenient keys above the keyboard that provides shortcuts to popular Markdown syntax. And aside from the host of sharing options available, one of my favorite little features is the cursor trackpad that lets you easily move the cursor around the screen and select desired text.

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Device Sharing: Use either your iPhone or iPad as a keyboard

Coinciding with the release of the iPad Write app ($1.99), Write for iPhone was updated with a unique new feature called Device Sharing, which has two functions: Remote Keyboard and Remote Clipboard. The former is fairly self explanatory in that you can now use either your iPhone or iPad as an external keyboard to type while the other device handles the main writingworkflow.

With Remote Keyboard, you’re able to clip text from Safari (or any other source) from, say your iPhone, and this will automatically be available for pasting on your iPad. I’ve tried this function out several times and it works really well, not to mention it saves time as I don’t have to constantly close up Write on one device while I look up something on the web. Do note that for Device Sharing to work, you’ll need to be connected to the same Wifi network.

Essentially now that the iPhone version is free for the next few days, you can grab both versions for the price of one (both $1.99). Write for Dropbox is one of the best writing apps for iOS and this is one awesome freebie you don’t want to miss. If you do any form of notetaking or even more serious writing on the go, I highly recommend that you download Write for the iPhone today.

Write for Dropbox - A Beautiful Note Taking App (iPhone Edition) Tanmay Sonawane, Write for Dropbox (iPhone Edition) - Free

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Taskbox email client for iPhone now Free http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/05/02/taskbox-email-client-for-iphone-now-free/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/05/02/taskbox-email-client-for-iphone-now-free/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 09:00:03 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=72473 Taskbox, the iPhone mail client that aims to help you get to zero inbox while turning emails into tasks, has dropped to Free on the App Store for the very first time. First launched last October, this well received and ever improving mail app has a gesture system much like Mailbox, in that you can … Read more]]>

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Taskbox, the iPhone mail client that aims to help you get to zero inbox while turning emails into tasks, has dropped to Free on the App Store for the very first time. First launched last October, this well received and ever improving mail app has a gesture system much like Mailbox, in that you can simply swipe left or right to perform actions: add task, complete, archive and delete. And similar to Mail Pilot, Taskbox lets you easily create todo lists out of your never ending inbox.

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Dashboard shows inbox, tasks and assigned at a glance. Details screen lets you set priority, due date and assign task to a contact

What makes Taskbox versatile is how it gives its users plenty of options to follow up with their emails. Swiping right on an email on the main screen adds it as a Task, which can then be given a priority, due date and a contact can even be assigned to it so you can keep track of who’s doing what. A handy Dashboard screen lets you see the aforementioned info at a glance. Emails can also be sorted by Priority, Due date and Received date, and they can be updated by dragging and dropping the items how you see fit. And one of my favorite features in Taskbox is the quick response button. Whether you’re replying to a contact or creating a new email, the (customizable) quick response templates has preset text that you can re-use over and over again depending on the situation.

It should be noted that Taskbox currently supports Gmail, GoogleApps, Yahoo, iCloud, and AOL accounts only. As for Push notifications, they are only available for Gmail and Google Apps accounts.

Taskbox is certainly worth checking out, especially now that it’s free (likely for a very limited time), and not to mention if you’d like a better way to manage a hectic inbox (or inboxes) on your iPhone.

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App Description

 Download now and see how Taskbox’s clean, intuitive design will help you clear your inbox AND prioritize your follow up list in under 60 seconds! See pictures of all of your contacts right in the preview window. Swipe messages to your follow up list or the trash. Add due dates and priorities to messages to ensure you never lose track of an important message. Use the Dashboard to see what’s important to you and your team at a glance.

A GREAT EMAIL CLIENT FIRST
• See pictures of all your contacts right in the list view
• Supports multiple accounts and a unified inbox
• Threaded conversation support
• Swipe to archive / trash / spam
• Use “Quick Response” templates to send common responses while on the go
• Configurable badge numbers

… AND A GREAT TASK MANAGER
• Prioritize your tasks right where they are – your inbox!
• Add sortable priorities to your important messages
• Add due dates to message to track follow up over time
• Swipe tasks to your follow up list quickly and easily
• Delegate tasks to others and track progress over time
• Combined folders let you view tasks across accounts
• Drag and drop items to update priorities and due dates
• Dashboard shows you all of your important and time sensitive items at a glance
• Great for the GTD (Getting Things Done) crowd!

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CARROT updated to V3.0, now free for a day http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/03/26/carrot-updated-to-v3-0-now-free-for-a-day/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/03/26/carrot-updated-to-v3-0-now-free-for-a-day/#comments Tue, 26 Mar 2013 18:42:40 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=72281 CARROT, the quirky todo list “with a personality”, has received its next major update (V3.0) and adds three most-requested features from its users: the ability to set reminders/due dates, repeating tasks and Siri Integration (have Siri add tasks into CARROT for you). But since this is not your ordinary todo app, these first have to be CARROT doesn’t just make getting things done fun – she makes getting things done addictive.

** Featured by Apple, Jeopardy, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Fast Company, & more! **

"CARROT is adorable. I have a huge grin on my face from using her." - Louie Mantia, Pacific Helm

"CARROT breathes new life into to-do lists." - Lewis Painter, The Strand

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CARROT, the quirky todo list “with a personality”, has received its next major update (V3.0) and adds three most-requested features from its users: the ability to set reminders/due dates, repeating tasks and Siri Integration (have Siri add tasks into CARROT for you). But since this is not your ordinary todo app, these first have to be unlocked by actually completing tasks on your list (mark tasks as completed, score points and level up). Think of it as an incentive to get productive. Just don’t expect it be as complex as Things (TMA Review) or OmniFocus; it was designed to be fast, simple and most of all, fun to use. CARROT is now free for a day as well, so grab it for your iPhone, unlock all the goodies and get busy.

What’s New in Version 3.0

Greetings, lazy humans. Because I am a benevolent overlord, I come bearing an update with your most-requested features.

- Reminders/due dates (Unlocks at Level 18). Having trouble remembering what you’re supposed to be doing? Don’t worry, it happens to all meatbags! Just double tap on a task to set a reminder.

- Hard difficulty mode (Level 22). Looking for a challenge? Type “CARROT hard mode” in my command line and I’ll get fed up with you much more quickly.

- Siri sync (Level 24**). Get Siri to do your dirty work for you! Tell her, “Remind me to walk the dog on Friday at 9pm” and I’ll import the task the next time you launch me. You must have a list named either “Reminders” or “CARROT” in Apple’s Reminders app for this feature to work. For more details, tap Support > Help in my menu. (**Note: If you’re already above level 24, you have to level up one or two times before I’ll explain and unlock the feature for you.)

- Recurring tasks (Level 28). Sick of entering tasks like “blink” over and over again? You’re in luck! Now, when setting a reminder, you can make common tasks repeat.

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"CARROT is adorable. I have a huge grin on my face from using her." - Louie Mantia, Pacific Helm

"CARROT breathes new life into to-do lists." - Lewis Painter, The Strand

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Fantastical updated to v1.1 with user requested features http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/03/08/fantastical-updated-to-v1-1-with-user-requested-features/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/03/08/fantastical-updated-to-v1-1-with-user-requested-features/#comments Sat, 09 Mar 2013 01:53:15 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=72105 Flexbit’s bestselling Fantastical for iPhone has received its first major update after 3 months of release on the App Store and some of the most requested features by its users have been implemented. Chief among them include the ability to set multiple alerts when creating events, support for Time zones and my personal favorite, going … Read more]]>

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Flexbit’s bestselling Fantastical for iPhone has received its first major update after 3 months of release on the App Store and some of the most requested features by its users have been implemented. Chief among them include the ability to set multiple alerts when creating events, support for Time zones and my personal favorite, going to a specific date by tapping and holding the red title bar at the top. The app is also on sale now, dropping a buck to $3.99 for a limited time. Besides being a great companion to Fantastical for the Mac, the interface on the iPhone makes it a snap to navigate around your schedule and its natural language engine for entering events is simply, well, fantastic. The full log of what’s new after the break.

What’s New in v1.1

- Multiple alerts when creating events
- Time zone support
- Duplicate or move events (tap and hold an event in the event list)
- Go to a specific date (tap and hold the red title bar)
- Event list is now scrollable when using the calendar
- Today’s timed events dim after the event has ended
- Copied text containing event info can automatically be made into an event
- Added setting to highlight weekends
- Added setting to show empty days on the DayTicker
- Added setting to display the number of today’s remaining events or date on the app icon badge
- State restoration (iOS 6 only)
- A staggering number of other improvements, parser enhancements, and bug fixes

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Fuel Monitor now free for a limited time http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/03/07/fuel-monitor-now-free-for-a-limited-time/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/03/07/fuel-monitor-now-free-for-a-limited-time/#comments Thu, 07 Mar 2013 15:11:57 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=72096 If you’ve always wondered how much it costs to drive to work each day, this is one freebie you need on your iPhone. Fuel Monitor has dropped to free (down from $1.99) and it not only shows you the cost of a trip based on the latest gas price and car model, but also speed, gas Download now, It's Free!!!

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As of now, your iPhone can measure your fuel consumption. Fuel Monitor tracks your journeys and calculates the costs, all you have to do is select your vehicle and your phone does the rest!

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If you’ve always wondered how much it costs to drive to work each day, this is one freebie you need on your iPhone. Fuel Monitor has dropped to free (down from $1.99) and it not only shows you the cost of a trip based on the latest gas price and car model, but also speed, gas used, average consumption, distance and duration.

Unlike other apps that calculate gas prices, this is the only app that uses your GPS to calculate the exact amount, rather than you having to guess the trip’s distance. Fuel Monitor identifies your location and gives you accurate information. Fuel Monitor bases its calculations on consumption data provided by manufacturers, and enhances this data by integrating additional information such as your driving style, traffic jams, accelerations, braking and more.

As the title aptly suggests, Fuel Monitor’s main screen has an “Efficiency Meter”, which essentially shows you the efficiency of your driving. With the aid of the phone’s GPS and the speed of travel, the meter’s green band signifies you’re consuming gas at an optimal rate, whereas yellow and red means your pedal-to-the-metal ways is ultimately going to cost you more for the extra fuel you’re (needlessly) burning. It’ll also let you know when you’re stationary in traffic or step on the accelerator/brake too frequently.

All the data is shown in real time, so you’ll be able to adjust your bad driving habits and save some dosh in the long run. Here are the rest of its features:

  • Trip estimation – estimate the cost of your trip in advance, by distance or by address.
  • There are also functions for parking and finding your way back to your vehicle.
  • We have a pool of over 60,000 vehicles to choose from.
  • Save your trip, and share it with friends or show it to your boss.
  • Calculate the total costs of several trips with the ‘Calculator’ in the ‘My Journeys’ page.
  • Keep the app running in the background.

Fuel Monitor is now free for a limited time and requires iOS 4.3 or later.

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"Featured in AppsGoneFree. Your daily free app resource."

As of now, your iPhone can measure your fuel consumption. Fuel Monitor tracks your journeys and calculates the costs, all you have to do is select your vehicle and your phone does the rest!

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Price Drop Alert: Polaris Office now $3.99 (80% off) http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/03/05/price-drop-alert-polaris-office-now-3-99-80-off/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/03/05/price-drop-alert-polaris-office-now-3-99-80-off/#comments Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:37:27 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=72064 To celebrate over 300 million copies on Android and iOS Devices, Polaris Office has dropped in price from $19.99 to $3.99 for iOS (though it’s been on sale at $12.99). A solid office suite that’s improved over various updates (the latest adding iPhone 5 support), Polaris lets you view and edit Microsoft Office documents like Word, POLARIS Office 5 special discount US$19.99 -> $12.99 (35%)

* Meet the new and improved POLARIS Office 5 with more powerful document editing features, Microsoft Office compatibility, and a faster document loading speed.

POLARIS Office, 2013's most downloaded business application in 68 countries!

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To celebrate over 300 million copies on Android and iOS Devices, Polaris Office has dropped in price from $19.99 to $3.99 for iOS (though it’s been on sale at $12.99). A solid office suite that’s improved over various updates (the latest adding iPhone 5 support), Polaris lets you view and edit Microsoft Office documents like Word, Excel and Powerpoint on the iPhone and iPad. The main cloud storage services – Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.net – are also supported, so you can access your files just about anywhere. The price drop is good for 3 days, until March 7th, so you still have plenty of time to pick up this universal app up at a steep discount.

Here are several tutorial videos showcasing Polaris Office:

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POLARIS Office 5 special discount US$19.99 -> $12.99 (35%)

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Fleksy gets update, price drops to free forever http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/02/19/fleksy-gets-update-price-drops-to-free-forever/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/02/19/fleksy-gets-update-price-drops-to-free-forever/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:51:44 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=71960 While iOS’ autocorrect feature is fairly competent, there are undoubtedly times when users have wished that its text prediction was much improved. Enter  Fleksy, the iOS app released last year where the developers called it the “most powerful text prediction engine out there”, has been embraced by thousands of users who are able to type on Fleksy is a new, revolutionary keyboard, powered by patent pending technology that makes typing on any device fast, accurate and so easy you can type without even looking.

Download and install Fleksy once and it will automatically be available on all other Fleksy enabled apps. Long tap or double tap on the screen from any Fleksy enabled app to switch between keyboards.

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While iOS’ autocorrect feature is fairly competent, there are undoubtedly times when users have wished that its text prediction was much improved. Enter  Fleksy, the iOS app released last year where the developers called it the “most powerful text prediction engine out there”, has been embraced by thousands of users who are able to type on their iPhones and iPads without having to even look at the keyboard. The app was after all designed with the visually impair in mind. With its most recent update (new gestures, new menu and increased accuracy), the devs have also announced that the app has gone free (the full version was previously $4.99) – now and forever.

From the Fleksy blog:

Fleksy was first released on iOS in July 2012. As we turn Fleksy into a free app 8 months later, we feel we are starting an exciting new chapter in our story, and we take some time to explain our decision.

Fleksy started from our own frustration when typing on today’s touch-screen devices – a frustration shared by two thirds of smartphone users today. Right from the start, we felt that typing was one of the functions that made smartphones feel not so smart.

We set the bar really high – a typing system that is so intuitive, you don’t have to always look at the screen to type. Just as you do on your laptop. And thus Fleksy was born.

We looked for a market to launch our technology to – a group that we felt would most benefit from our inventions, and arguably a group of users that would challenge us to keep innovating until we deliver on our promise.  So we launched an app for blind users.

In a space of a just a few months, our users have propelled us from an accessibility app to being recognized as a mainstream technology and one of the biggest innovations to come to mobile devices in a while.

We realize that a good virtual keyboard is something users expect to be integrated on their device and be available in every application. This is by far the biggest request from our iOS users, and one that we can unfortunately not provide until each platform we target supports such functionality.

In our effort to bring Happy Typing to even more users, what we can do is make Fleksy on iOS free for everyone. We feel that making Fleksy part of the daily lives of many more people will help us continue to showcase how smartphones can be made both more accessible and useful for everyone.

Fleksy’s text prediction does work surprisingly well, and after a bit of practice, I was able to type out sentences without having to eyeball the keys. More advanced users can even make the entire keyboard invisible and still be able to type with ease. Keep in mind that while it’s a QWERTY keyboard, new users will likely have to get to used to the interface. There’s no spacebar, shift or numbers. For those, you’ll need to use gestures and long taps.

Now that the app’s gone completely free, you can take Fleksy and it’s full set of features for a spin. It may not be for everyone, but it’ll surprise you just how much you can type on your iDevice without having to look down on your screen.

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Fleksy is a new, revolutionary keyboard, powered by patent pending technology that makes typing on any device fast, accurate and so easy you can type without even looking.

Download and install Fleksy once and it will automatically be available on all other Fleksy enabled apps. Long tap or double tap on the screen from any Fleksy enabled app to switch between keyboards.

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Reservations for upcoming Mailbox app now open to iOS users http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/01/22/reservations-for-upcoming-mailbox-app-now-open-to-ios-users/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/01/22/reservations-for-upcoming-mailbox-app-now-open-to-ios-users/#comments Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:09:04 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=71753 Mailbox, the soon to be released Gmail client for iOS that’s unlike any other on the App Store, can now be reserved through the company’s website. If you’re not familiar with Mailbox, it’s a highly unique email app that’s designed to help you reach the ever elusive goal of “Inbox Zero”. Using intuitive swipes, you … Read more]]>

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Mailbox, the soon to be released Gmail client for iOS that’s unlike any other on the App Store, can now be reserved through the company’s website. If you’re not familiar with Mailbox, it’s a highly unique email app that’s designed to help you reach the ever elusive goal of “Inbox Zero”. Using intuitive swipes, you can easily archive or trash your messages, and even snooze emails for reading at a later time (choose between preset categories or pick your own date/time). Snoozed messages will then archived and removed from view, and eventually return to your inbox automatically, thus allowing you to concentrate on what’s important.

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To help ensure that Mailbox is rolled out smoothly and not have their servers overloaded by an onslaught of new users upon release, the Mailbox team is filling reservations on a first-come, first-served basis.

We can’t wait to put Mailbox in the hands of everyone who wants to use it in the coming weeks. But we need to be careful about how we do that because this is email and email has to be reliable. Mailbox depends on servers in the cloud in order to deliver email as fast as possible to the phone, support push notifications, and facilitate email snoozing. While we’ve designed our system to handle lots of users, we want to be careful not to add everyone at the same time.

In order to ensure that people using Mailbox have a reliable and lightning-fast experience, we’re going to follow the path of services like Gmail, Pinterest, and Spotify and use reservations to control the flow of new accounts. We’ve decided that the best way to do this is with as much transparency as possible, so our system is really simple: reserve your Mailbox today if you haven’t already, and once the app is in the App Store, we will begin filling reservations on a first-come, first-served basis. If you already signed up, you should receive a confirmation from us today or tomorrow. If you haven’t reserved your Mailbox yet, you can sign up now.

The reservation page is now live and can be found here. Upon clicking on “Reserve your Mailbox”, you’ll be prompted to enter your cellphone number. When you do, you should receive an SMS with your reservation number (which is your place in line), along with a “Private Code” which will presumably be used to activate the app when it’s ready for download. There’s no exact release date given as yet, though it’s expected to be available in the coming weeks.

As for pricing, Mailbox will be free, and paid premium features will likely be added in the future. At launch, only Gmail will be supported, though the company has said that other email services will eventually be added.


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Gmail 2.0 for iOS has arrived with multiple account support and more http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/12/04/gmail-2-0-for-ios-has-arrived-with-multiple-account-support-and-more/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/12/04/gmail-2-0-for-ios-has-arrived-with-multiple-account-support-and-more/#comments Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:07:25 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=71149 Google has updated their Gmail app for iOS with several new additions, and its most requested feature of all – multiple account support – has finally been implemented. The official Google mail client for the iPhone has improved over various updates, but users were only able to add one Gmail account at a time, which was … Read more]]>

Google has updated their Gmail app for iOS with several new additions, and its most requested feature of all – multiple account support – has finally been implemented. The official Google mail client for the iPhone has improved over various updates, but users were only able to add one Gmail account at a time, which was a deal breaker for many. From Google Product Manager Matthew Izatt:

Six months ago, our team set out to completely rebuild the Gmail app for iPhone and iPad to give you you a faster, sleeker, and easier experience on iOS. The result? Version 2.0. With version 2.0 of the app, you’ll get a totally new look and feel, plus a bunch of improvements like profile pictures in messages, numerous new animations from swivels to transitions and infinite scrolling in the message lists.

The update has introduced a redesign that’s not just much cleaner than previous versions, but it has even mimicked Sparrow’s swipe gesture for accessing accounts, labels, settings and more. If you’ll recall, Sparrow was acquired by Google earlier this summer, so this isn’t all that surprising.

Other new and handy features found in 2.0 include predictive search (autocomplete predictions as you type, which works well and will save time looking up those long archived emails), infinite scrolling inbox (simply scroll down to end of inbox to automatically pull up more emails), the ability to RSVP to Google Calendar invites as well as +1 and comment on Google+ posts from within the app.

This Gmail update is long overdue for iOS, particularly being able to setup more than one Gmail account, but as they say, it’s better late than never. Personally, I still prefer to use Sparrow on my iPhone 5 (it was recently updated to support its 4″ display), mainly because of the better gestures support — swipe on any message under inbox view to reveal options for labelling, archiving, starring etc. and swipe right while within an email to return to the inbox. Of course, Sparrow is an iPhone only app and it does cost $2.99, while Gmail is universal and completely free. That said, one of the biggest advantages of the Gmail app over Sparrow is that it supports push notifications of new mail, which for most users is a feature they can’t live without.

Note: If you’re trying to update Gmail from a previous version right on your iDevice and are getting an error message (something along the lines of “this items is no longer available for purchase”), you can manually do a search for “Gmail” in the App Store  app and update from that screen. Conversely, you can delete the existing Gmail app and re-download it.

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What’s New in Version 2.0

- Multiple account support
- App redesigned with a new, cleaner look
- Search predictions as you type
- Infinite scrolling inbox
- Respond to Google Calendar invites inline
- Interactive Google+ posts support
- New welcome experience

Description

Get the official Gmail app for your iPhone or iPad. The newly redesigned app brings the best of Gmail with real-time notifications, multiple account support and search across your entire inbox. With the Gmail app, you can:

● Switch between up to 5 accounts
● Get notified of new mail fast, with notification center, badge and lock screen options
● Search through all your mail quickly – now with predictions as you type
● See profile pictures as part of the conversation
● Read your mail with threaded conversations
● Auto-complete contact names as you type from your Google contacts or your phone
● Respond to Google Calendar invites right from the app
● Read and respond to interactive Google+ posts right from the app
● Organize your mail by archiving, labeling, starring, deleting and reporting spam
● Send and receive attachments
● Customize emails with custom scribbles

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Quick Pick: Flexibits’ Fantastical for iPhone http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/11/29/quick-pick-flexibits-fantastical-for-iphone/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/11/29/quick-pick-flexibits-fantastical-for-iphone/#comments Thu, 29 Nov 2012 19:46:56 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=71110 Flexibits, developers of the excellent Fantastical app for Mac OS (my favorite calendar app by far on the Mac thanks to its beautiful and unobtrusive design), has finally released the long-awaited Fantastical for iPhone. What makes Fantastical special? For starters, its natural language engine rocks, and this feature has made its way on to the iPhone. So you can … Read more]]>

Left: DayTicker view lets you easily view upcoming events/appointments
Right: Adding an event with help of Flexibits’ natural language engine

Flexibits, developers of the excellent Fantastical app for Mac OS (my favorite calendar app by far on the Mac thanks to its beautiful and unobtrusive design), has finally released the long-awaited Fantastical for iPhone. What makes Fantastical special? For starters, its natural language engine rocks, and this feature has made its way on to the iPhone. So you can type (or dictate if your iDevice supports it) events like “Have lunch with Bob at 123 Awesome blvd. next Monday at 1pm” and the app will enter all the appropriate details for you. In addition, Fantastical’s unique DayTicker UI makes it a breeze to view your past/upcoming schedule at a glance.

What’s to like:

  • DayTicker an intuitive and quick way to view items in your Calendar
  • Scrolling up/down through events in DayTicker mode also brings into focus the respective day under a “magnifying lens”
  • Pull down on DayTicker row to turn into month calendar (pull down to switch back to DayTicker)
  • Tap ‘+’ sign or tap-and-hold on a date to create event
  • When adding an event, you can pull left or right on the preview window to see other other events (and their times) that have already been scheduled
  • Tap on the top bar (where Month/Year is displayed) and it’ll bring you back to the current day (works in both in DayTicker or Month view)
  • Flexbit’s Natural language engine makes it extremely quick and easy to create events – especially when using the dictation feature (Fantastical recognizes holidays, days of the week, the location of your event, repeating events, and more)
  • Several languages are supported, including English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish
  • No setup required. App imports all calendars within iOS

What’s not to like:

  • No landscape mode
  • No week view
  • No iPad version (yet)

From Flexibits’ Tips and Tricks page, here are some examples sentences you can use to create an event:

  • Grocery shopping at Wegmans Thursday at 5pm
  • Lunch with Matthew at 123 Main St at 1:30 Monday
  • Family vacation from August 9-18
  • Soccer practice every Tuesday at 6
  • Sam’s birthday every year on 5/16

Over the past two years, I’ve gone back and forth between Agenda CalendarCalvetica and Calendars by Readdle on my iPhone, but I think I’ll be using Fantastical from here on out. It may not be as fully featured as the competition, but the fact that it understands ‘natural language’ makes it significantly faster to input events, and I’ve really come to like implementation of the DayTicker. It’s also infinitely better looking and easier to use than iOS’ own Calendar app.

Currently Fantastical for iPhone is on sale at $1.99 (50% off). If you’re not too keen on Apple’s calendar app, or haven’t found the “one” just yet, Flexibits’ latest addition is certainly worth checking out. One more thing: Fantastical for Mac is also on sale at $9.99 (50%) to celebrate the iPhone launch.

Check out the video below to see some of its features in action.

Fantastical Flexibits, Fantastical - $1.99

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Review: OneSafe – Secure password manager and data vault http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/11/22/review-onesafe-secure-password-manager-and-data-vault/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/11/22/review-onesafe-secure-password-manager-and-data-vault/#comments Fri, 23 Nov 2012 04:59:21 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70971 A couple of years ago apps that remembered your business cards and scanned your papers were the rage. It’s not so much that time has changed, it’s that the smartphone really is a computer replacement. Now, the haphazard storing of files in Notes and pictures doesn’t cut it. Lunabee Pte. ltd., makers of oneSafe, seem … Read more]]>

A couple of years ago apps that remembered your business cards and scanned your papers were the rage. It’s not so much that time has changed, it’s that the smartphone really is a computer replacement. Now, the haphazard storing of files in Notes and pictures doesn’t cut it. Lunabee Pte. ltd., makers of oneSafe, seem to think so. And after a over month of use (yep, rather overtime this review is), I think so, too.

Security

The safety of your files is the first and foremost concern for a security app. Lunabee go about it in various ways, the first of which is by employing AES 256 encryption. The second is by applying a second password, also similarly encrypted. From an outside hacker’s perspective, getting any information from OneSafe is hard. The second layer alone adds days if not weeks to decryption cracking. It’s safe to say that your stuff should be safe from hackers. But what if your phone falls into the hands of a thief? Assuming you lock your phone with a passcode, and you use a different code for OneSafe, there is little fear. Petty thieves often have paltry computer skills.

That, and upon initial set up, you can choose from a simple 4 digit pin, a geometric pattern, or an alphanumeric string of your choosing. The 4 digit pin is the least secure. The pattern and alphanumeric string really do the trick, allowing you to decide length and password strength.

If you’re sure you’re being tailed, don’t direct yourself into small alleyways, use the Decoy Safe to fool the sneak behind you. Paranoid? Self-destruct has your back: 3 unsuccessful access attempts wipes OneSafe’s memory banks. Warning, self-destruct will remove all information you’ve entered and reset OneSafe.

File Storage

You can lock up important files: text, pictures, work files, etc., in OneSafe’s vaults as well as store important data from your daily life. Credit cards, business cards, schedules, contacts, addresses, and more can safely go into OneSafe. Lunabee add a number of helpful templates to get you going. The rest is up to your creativity.

Primarily, I use it to store passwords. You know what it’s like today: gmail, TMA forums, Headfi, house lock, bank card, credit card, and on and on. There is too much to remember. Until very recently, I’ve relied on my excellent memory to safely store away all that stuff. And, as a result, I’m constantly phoning up my bank, asking to reset my telephone password.

OneSafe on the iPad

Interface

OneSafe is hierarchal. The most important item in that hierarchy is the top-level password. From there, different sections are accessed by button presses or horizontal swipes. Overall, getting around Lunabee’s app is simple. Getting into and out of the well-implemented search mode never too far away: 2 button presses when in the category menu, and a few more if in editing screens.

Who will use it?

I, for one, will. The pin-up board I use at home is just begging for a good, strong wind to sweep through Chiba, and with it, carry my passwords to my arch-nemesis, a bloke by the name of Archer, who lives in the next town over. In the smartphone landscape, I’m a relative old-timer. But I can get used to storing everything on my phone, including passwords and even credit card information. Younger folk will probably take to OneSafe like a duck to fluffy white bread tossed on a cold autumn day.

Louis. The glass under the secret pictures icon of his iPhone already has a divot. Nuff said.

The only fly under the butter is this: once on your iPhone or iPad, always there. You can’t – and, as this is a highly secure app, shouldn’t be able to – export sensitive stuff out. But assuming you live in a high castle, it doesn’t take the iching to point out one flaw: There is no companion app on the computer. Sharing files back and forth between a Mac and iDevice requires iTunes.

iTunes.

Yes, that horrible, bloated POS software that wants to do everything and then more. Lunabee’s otherwise suave software is hampered by Apple’s worst. This has to change.

Conclusion

I didn’t expect this level of polish and security in an iPhone app. Not yet. Lunabee’s design team make using OneSafe easy. Their programmers make it safe. If only there was a way to safely store, access, and sync files with your computer that didn’t involve iTunes, this app would be perfect. As it is, OneSafe comes with strong recommendations.

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App Summary
Title: oneSafe Developer: Lunabee Pte. Ltd.
Reviewed Ver: Min OS Req: 5.1
Price: $5.99 App Size:
  • AES 256 encryption
  • Create passcode with 4 digit pin, geometric pattern, or alphanumeric string
  • Self-destruct feature
  • Decoy Safe
  • iCloud sync between iDevices
  • Universal app
  • No companion app on computer
  • Sharing files between devices requires iTunes

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