For those of you who use MarkdownMail, the app has just been updated to 3.0 with some handy new features and changes:
* [NEW] Added signatures support. You can now maintain and insert a variety of different signatures into your messages.
* [NEW] Added templating. You can now save your frequently sent drafts as named templates.
* [NEW] Newly improved iPhone user interface that allows you to dynamically swap between the compose and preview view.
* [CHANGE] Moved Email Markdown to the send button.
* [CHANGE] Updated to latest version of MarkdownKit.
* [CHANGE] Updated to modern version of TextExpander’s SDK
* [CHANGE] MarkdownMail 3.0 and above now require iOS 5
* [FIX] Fixed issue where memory warnings would cause the text view to unload.
If you’re not familiar with MarkdownMail, it’s a great little app that lets you compose and send emails in HTML. Based on John Gruber’s Markdown markup syntax, you can send emails with different headers, bold text, italics, bulleted lists and much more. Looking at the above iTunes screenshots, the left one has the Markup syntax, and the right is what the receiving end will actually see (an html email). MarkdownMail sells for $2.99 and works on both the iPhone and iPad.
Second Gear, MarkdownMail – Send HTML Email, – $2.99
Appigo’s Todo (TMA Review), one of the more robust task managers on the App Store, has just been updated to 5.0 and now supports iCloud sync. Todo already syncs with a number of services, including Todo Online, Dropbox, iCal, Toodledo.com and others. But with the latest update, keeping your tasks synced across Todo apps on the iPhone, iPad and Mac just got a whole lot easier. On the iDevice, it’s a matter of going into Settings, Synchronization, Service and tapping on the iCloud button. Assuming you’re already on iOS 5 and signed in on your device, the app requires no other data input from your end. You don’t even have to press a sync button – it all happens in the background. The free Todo Lite for the iPhone was also updated to include support for the iCloud.
OmniFocus, the greatest Getting Things Done system ever created, was updated earlier today and the robust iPhone app now supports Siri, your favorite virtual assistant. Using something the Omni Group calls “iCloud Capture”, Omnifocus imports Reminder data from your iCloud account and into your Omnifocus inbox. It’s something of a workaround as the data isn’t transfered seamlessly (i.e in the background), and you’ll have to manually open the OF app before anything gets moved into your inbox. Still, it’s definitely a great start for iPhone 4S owners who rely heavily on the Omnifocus platform. More info after the gap, along with demo videos by David “MacSparky” Sparks showing you how this newly minted union all works.
The Omni Group, OmniFocus for iPhone, – $19.99
Astrid To-Do, one of the most popular todo apps for Android with over 2.5 million users, has recently been released for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This multi-platform and FREE productivity app isn’t as comprehensive as say OmniFocus, but it does all you’d expect from a reminder and checklist tool. Aside from being able to create custom Lists, set Priorities and Due Dates for an event or task, Astrid’s most desirable feature is the ability to share todos with your friends and family via email, Facebook or Twitter. As such, co-workers or friends can rely on Astrid to collaborate on a project, or even something as simple as a shopping list. There’s even Voice Recognition that’ll turn your speech into tasks, so you won’t have to type out the text every single time. From my experience thus far, it’s fairly accurate and should work just fine for simple task entries. Astrid is definitely worth checking out, especially if you require a (social) task manager that also lets you easily share lists and todos with others.
Todoroo Inc., Astrid To-Do, – Free
Google has finally released the native Gmail app for iOS. No longer will you have to rely on Apple’s own (limited) Mail app or Gmail on mobile Safari. Optimized for the iPhone and iPad, Gmail lets you do many things you’re already accustomed to on the desktop version of the email client. Here’s a partial list of features you can expect:
● Receive notification badges for new messages
● Read your mail with threaded conversations
● Organize your mail by archiving, labeling, starring, deleting, and reporting spam
● Keep track of important messages with priority inbox
● Auto-complete contact names as you type
● Send and receive attachments
● Search through all your mail
As I rely heavily on the Priority Inbox feature on my iMac browser, having it on a native app while on-the-go is fantastic. And the swipe right to view labels functionality ain’t too shabby either. Needless to say, this is a must-download for Gmail users.
Google, Gmail, – Free
Update: Shortly after the Gmail app went live, Google had pulled it from the App Store after discovering a notification breaking bug:
Update: 11/2/11: Earlier today we launched a new Gmail app for iOS. Unfortunately, it contained a bug which broke notifications and caused users to see an error message when first opening the app. We’ve removed the app while we correct the problem, and we’re working to bring you a new version soon. Everyone who’s already installed the app can continue to use it.
The iPhone is absolutely fantastic for the “getting things done” variety of apps. Some of the more popular ones include OmniFocus, Things (TMA Review) and Todo (TMA Review). But what if you simply want to keep track of your day-to-day routine and see what you’re spending your time on most by category? Fathm, a recently released app lets you do just that.
Time management made beautiful and completely personal
If you like to keep track of your daily life, meet a friend called Fathm. See where your time goes and budget to get more out of every day. With the cool interactive Daily Donut and Fragmentation charts you can see the breakdown for each day or a week at a time. Get a handle on your time and let Fathm open the window to a brighter tomorrow, day by day.
Aside from the well designed interface, interactive charts and daily timelines, Fathm is also free for its initial 30 days on the App Store. From what I’ve seen so far, it’s also one of the better time tracking/management tools for the iPhone. Check out the video demo after the gap.
Pajama Consulting, Fathm – Time Management, – Free
ApolloBrowser+IM, one of the more useful Safari alternatives on iOS, has now added Chrome and Firefox sync to its number of features. With the new sync abilities, you can leave your desktop and pickup where you left off on your iPhone/iPad – bookmarks, tabs and browser history will appear within Apollo. To enable sync though, you do have to carry out two steps beforehand: Install Firefox Sync and/or Chrome Sync apps on your iDevice, as well as the desktop extensions for Firefox and Chrome. All the data are stored using Google Docs, so your google password isn’t sent to or saved by the developer. Even if accessing your bookmarks and tabs aren’t essential on the go, Apollo does offer nifty features like video pop out (watch a video and continue visiting other webpages at the same time), two panel Google Reader functionality, tabbed browsing, adblock and of course, Facebook Chat. For the price of Free, Apollo is certainly worth checking out. Video demo of the app in action after the break.
Apollo, ApolloBrowser+IM, – Free
JotAgent, a simple and highly efficient note taking app that syncs with Dropbox, has just received a 2.0 update and added several new features that includes an interface redesign and more importantly, support for Evernote. For those who wish to quickly jot down notes and ideas, users can begin typing into JotAgent as soon as the app’s opened and a tap on the save button will now instantly sync them with Dropbox and/or Evernote. The update has also added an optional offline queue mode, where notes are saved until the iDevice connects to the internet once again. If simplicity, speed and Dropbox/Evernote syncing are required for your note taking needs, the universal JotAgent app works as advertised and is very affordable at only $0.99.
Francisco Cantu, JotAgent - $0.99
The newly released TaskFlow app is hoping to win you over with an attractive interface and numerous useful features:
TaskFlow is uniquely designed app that lets you visualize your daily tasks and checklists, by making everything flow more easily. It has smooth and intuitive user interface like you’ve never seen before in todo apps. Different look & feel, amazing interface, beautiful animation and sounds will make tasks management real joy. TaskFlow combines everything you need to be productive: checklists, tasks, notes, reminders and timers – everything wrapped up in stunning interface. Completing your tasks doesn’t have to be boring and ugly anymore.
It certainly is one of the more aesthetically pleasing task managers on the iPhone and I’m digging the fact that you can assign each event/task with over 500 well designed icons. These can then be organized into custom checklists and folders. It currently does have several things missing, but an upcoming update will bring about advanced reminders with snooze and rescheduling, Dropbox syncing, location based reminders and more. Currently priced at $1.99 (50% off during initial weekend launch), TaskFlow has all the makings of a promising productivity app. Demo video and more app info after the gap.
Here’s another calendar news bit to throw your way: Easy Calendar for the iPhone/iPod Touch is now a freebie for the day. Normally priced at $1.99, the app’s designed with speedy event creations in mind, along with a clean and clutter free interface. While I have yet to personally check it out, the app’s been well received and the App Store reviews are mostly positive – with 120+ ratings of 4 1/2 stars. If you’re not ready to drop $2 bucks on Agenda Calendar, or my favourite - Calvetica just yet, Easy Calendar seems to be worth a try, especially for free. Demo videos and app features can be found within.
T. van Zummeren, Easy Calendar, 1.3 MB – Free