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.
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.
We’ve spent the past year identifying the needs of new and advanced users to craft an environment that beautifully caters to both. We re-imagined the look of the app to make everything more accessible. We explored the changing role of sharing and collaboration within Evernote and the opportunities we have to make them more useful. We considered search and the ways that we could make it feel like it was one step ahead of your thoughts. In short, it’s the Evernote we’ve always wanted.
I’ve been using the beta and can’t speak highly enough about this major update. Love the new interface, especially the retooled sidebar where user shortcuts and recent notes can be found (in the top left). Recently, Evernote 5 released for the iPhone and iPad with new features, including handy gesture swipes to reveal notes, tags etc. Check out the list of what’s new and a quick video walkthrough after the break.
Evernote 5 for iOS is here. First announced in late October that the Mac version would be receiving a complete overhaul, the iPhone and iPad update also brings a redesign with speed and note accessibility in mind (not to mention visual appeal).
Our goal with the redesign was simple: make all major functions accessible within two taps. Achieving this goal was easier said than done. Evernote is a powerful app that’s used for a huge variety of tasks. Our team of graphic and interface designers spent months developing an approach that fit the needs of our users. From quick note takers to hyper organizers, the new Evernote 5 has you covered.
Besides using my iPad 3 for surfing the web, working on TMA articles when I’m on the road or watching movies/TV shows, I love my PDF apps for reading ebooks, documents and magazines. For the longest time, my two favorite have been the ever reliable GoodReader and PDF Expert. However, I recently came across a lesser known app in the crowded genre by Com-Tec-Co – PDF Cabinet – and it’s quickly won me over. Not only is it well designed, but it’s also got one of the most intuitive and easy to use annotations interface I’ve come across.
ReaddleDocs, an awesome and highly useful file manager app for the iPhone, has gone free on the App Store.
ReaddleDocs is all-in-one document reader for iPhone and iPod Touch.
It can catch documents from any source you can imagine: PC or Mac computers, web sites, email attachments, iDisk, Dropbox and other online file storages and even iPhones. All files are saved to your iPhone or iPod Touch locally so you can enjoy reading them anywhere!
Besides being able to unzip files and merge several into archive, the app also features a more than capable PDF viewer that supports text reflow, highlighting, full text search and more. Be sure to snag this while it’s free, which probably won’t last more than a day or two.
Readdle, ReaddleDocs – $4.99
When Google Drive first arrived on iOS, one of the chief complains with the app was that users could only access (in essence view) files stored in the cloud. But thanks to the 1.1 update, Drive is now even a little more tempting to use than Dropbox with its ability to create and edit Google docs and folders right from your iDevice. Editing functions include your basic font styles, size, color (font background color can also be changed), justification, bullet points and more.
For all the (web) developers out there, one of the most appealing aspects of coding on the iPad is that they can easily take their work with them anywhere. While there are a handful of programming editors on the App Store, none – at least when it comes to PHP – allow offline PHP execution. Thanks to the Kodiak dev team however, that’s no longer the case with the release of Kodiak PHP, the first iOS app that can run your precious code without an internet connection.
savvy apps, the developers behind one of my favorite calendar apps (Agenda), has updated their handy contacts manager – Buzz Contacts – to version 2.0. Infinitely more versatile and useful than the stock phone.app, Buzz lets users quickly access their favorite contacts and perform specific actions, such making a call or Facetime and sending messages or emails (use default messages or create new ones). The update includes theme support, swiping into/out of dialer – a big plus, the all new Frequent and Outgoing groups, the ability to schedule an appointment with a particular person in either Agenda Calendar or Due, and much more.
There are two kinds of people: one who cares about productivity apps, the other not so much. If you are among the latter, you may consider skipping this review. But if you – like me – enjoy checking out the latest attempts in raising ones productivity levels, then you may already have heard about Parker Planner. Ethan Parker and his team left the paper planner business in order to concentrate on creating the perfect day planning app. Let’s see how far along they are!