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iOS and Mac App Deals for August 6, 2014

There are a lot of great iOS and Mac app deals out there today. Here are some of my favorites:

iOS Apps

Fantastical 2 for iPad ($9.99 —> $7.99)

Fantastical 2 for iPhone ($9.99 —> $4.99)

Writer Pro: Note, Write, Edit, Read ($19.99 —> $4.99)

Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists ($4.99 —> $1.99)

Notifyr - Receive iOS notifications on your Mac ($3.99 —> Free)

WriteRight: enjoy writing ($2.99 —> Free)

Timeless: The Multiple Countdown Timer & Stopwatch with Style ($0.99 —> Free)

Tydlig - Calculator Reimagined ($2.99 —> $0.99)

Due — super fast reminders, reusable egg timers ($4.99 -> $1.99)

Notability ($4.99 —> $1.99)

PDF Expert 5 - Fill forms, annotate PDFs, sign documents ($9.99 —> $4.99)

Launch Center Pro for iPad ($4.99 —> $1.99)

Launch Center Pro ($4.99 —> $1.99)

PCalc - The Best Calculator ($9.99 —> $4.99)

MindNode ($9.99 —> $4.99)

Scanbot - PDF & QR Code Scanner, Cloud Upload, Multi-Page Scan ($1.99 --> $0.99)

Mac Apps

Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists ($9.99 —> $4.99)

Pasting Plain Text with TextExpander

David Sparks explains how he pastes plain text with the help of TextExpander:

I just invoke the clipboard formatted as plaint text. My snippet is xpt (X-Plain-Text). This works everywhere on the Mac. (Even Microsoft Word.)

I use the same snippet with a different abbreviation: ‘,,clip’ instead of ‘xpt.’[1]

This is probably my most-used TextExpander snippet. I rarely do a simple ⌘-C, ⌘-V when I’m working with text—you just never know what you’re going to get.

When working on the Sunday worship guide for 2 Pillars Church, for example, it’s not uncommon for me to use bits of text from a number of different sources. One person might send me text in the body of an email while another uses a Word document. I might also use text copied from our website or pull in our various liturgy elements from Planning Center Online. This snippet gives me a clean formatting slate to work with regardless of the source of the text.

If you work with formatted text, then you should give this a try. Not ready to invest in TextExpander?[2] There are a number of apps and clipboard managers that offer similar plain text pasting features.


  1. I’ve thought about shortening the abbreviation, but my muscle memory is too deeply ingrained at this point.  ↩

  2. The $35 price tag might seem steep, but I can’t recommend this application enough. Well worth the price.  ↩

Link List for April 16th, 2014

Applr — Social iOS App Discovery

"Applr is the best way to discover new apps using your friends' recommendations."

Field Notes Planner System | Simple Ideas and Thoughts

Create a planner/organizer using 5 Field Notes notebooks. Interesting idea.

Organizing and Disabling TextExpander Snippets | Macdrifter

Organize your TextExpander snippets for use on your Mac, iOS devices, or specific applications.

Deckset for Mac: Turn your notes into beautiful presentations

Deckset creates slides from a simple Markdown file.

Swipe – simple, easy, interactive presentations.

Swipe, like Deckset, is a tool for creating slides. It supports various file formats, including Markdown, PDF, Keynote, images, and more.

How To Use The Foolscap Method To Move The Right Things Forward | Productivityist

Steven Pressfield on boiling down your idea for that book, organization, or project to notes on a single piece of foolscap.

Link List for January 24, 2014

eBook Deal: Gospel-Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax

Currently on sale for $2.99.

Why I Am a Continuationist by Sam Storms | The Gospel Coalition

See next link.

Why I Am a Cessationist by Thomas Schreiner | The Gospel Coalition

See previous link.

Apple - Thirty Years of Mac

The Big 3–0! Thirty years ago Apple introduced the Macintosh computer.

The Best Calendar App for iPhone | The Sweet Setup

Last week, Steven Owens explained why Fantastical 2 is the best calendar app out there for your iPhone. If you haven't tried out Fantastical 2 (or the equally as good Fantastical for Mac), then you should give it a look.

 

Christmas Time App Deals

There are some great app deals out there this Christmas season. Here is a running list of my favorites:

Mac Apps

Fantastical ($19.99 –> $9.99)
ReadKit ($6.99 –> $2.99)
1Password ($49.99 –> $34.99 for the rest of 2013)
Forklift ($19.99 –> $1.99)
PopClip ($4.99 –> $1.99) 
Day One ($9.99 –> $7.99)
Boom ($6.99 –> $4.99)
Due ($9.99 –> $3.99)
Cobook ($9.99 –> Free)
Chatology ($19.99 –> $9.99)
Marked 2 (20% off until December 26)

iOS Apps

Dispatch: Action-Based Email ($4.99 –> $1.99)
Fantastical 2 ($3.99 –> $1.99)
Bugshot ($0.99 –> Free)
Weather Line ($2.99 –> $1.99)
Agile Tortoise Holiday Sale

App Santa

1Password ($17.99 –> $9.99)
Tweetbot 3 ($4.99 –> $1.99)
Delivery Status ($4.99 –> $2.99)
Day One ($4.99 –> $2.99)
Launch Center Pro ($6.99 –> $2.99)
Calendars 5 ($6.99 –> $2.99)

Jump on these soon—who knows how long the discounts will last.

The Sweet Setup

A new project by Shawn Blanc:

The Sweet Setup exists because I wanted a site that highlights the software that has proven to be the best, not necessarily the newest.

Here we will be recommending only the apps which are proven to be the best rather than new.

There is never a lack of new apps and shiny objects for my Apple devices. Websites and blogs that write about these new apps are a dime a dozen as well. I really like the idea of a site dedicated to identifying the best. That's really what I'm interested in—the best, not the newest.

I definitely plan to follow The Sweet Setup. If you use a Mac, iPad or iPhone, you might consider doing the same.

Link List for May 24, 2013

Echoes of Eden: Reflections on Christianity, Literature, and the Arts (eBook) | Ebooks | Crossway

The digital version of Jerram Barrs' new book, released this month, is on sale for just $2.00. Through Crossway only.

#055: How to Read a Non-Fiction Book [Podcast] | Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt offers ten great tips for reading non–fiction books quickly. For example, don't feel like you need to finish every book you start. Some books, Hyatt argues, simply aren't worth finishing. Good advice from someone who spent years working in the publishing industry.

Leadership from the Heart - Posts - "Twenty Points On Leading Twentysomethings."

Twenty takeaways from Brad Lomenick’s new book, The Catalyst Leader, for those who lead and work with twentysomethings. I haven't yet read The Catalyst Leader, but it's on my list.

5 Reasons I Switched to Scrivener for All My Writing | Michael Hyatt

More from Michael Hyatt. In this blog post he explains how he uses Scrivener, a powerful writing tool for the Mac.

One Day Remaining for MacHeist nanoBundle 3 ($9.99)

MacHeist nanoBundle 3 The clock is ticking on the MacHeist nanoBundle 3—you've got one day left to pick it up. At $9.99, this bundle is a great value. Here's are the highlights:

Path Finder ($40) – This app has been on my wish list for a long time now. Path Finder is a powerful file manager and Finder replacement for your Mac. It was unlocked as a part of the bundle after 30,000 had been sold. I expect to use this app daily.

Fantastical ($20) – I already own Fantastical. It's my go–to calendar application 95% of the time. It allows you to create meetings and appointments using natural language.

Clarify ($30) – This app makes quick work of creating how–tos, instructions, and tutorials using screenshots, annotations, and text. I'm really excited about putting this app to work.

AirServer ($15) – This is another app I've had my eye on for some time now. AirServer allows your Mac to receive AirPlay feeds, similar to Apple TV. Slick.

xScope ($30) – A set of measuring tools for designers and developers. I'm not a designer or developer, but I can see this app coming in handy every now and again.

iStopMotion ($50) – Create your own stop motion animation. I doubt I'll use this app often, but I'm definitely looking forward to playing around with it.

Little Inferno ($10) – Burn stuff.

CleanMyMac 2 ($40) – I've never been a big fan of utilities like this, but I might just give it a try. I can use all the help I can get getting rid of junk and freeing up space on my modest–sized SSD.

Totals ($40) – A tool for creating invoices.

?????? – There is one application yet to be revealed. It's identity remains a mystery.

This bundle includes several great applications and it's selling at an outstanding price. Jump on it soon—there's only one day left.

Waiting for OmniFocus 2

Version 2 of OmniFocus, my task management application of choice, debuted late last week at Macworld. I can’t wait to give it a try! Unfortunately, there is work yet to be done and it isn’t quite ready to ship to the public. From the Omni Group blog:

We use an iterative development process at Omni, so our next step is to ship a private test release so we can get feedback from customers on how well it’s working in practice. Based on that feedback, we’ll update our design and ship another private test release (and invite more people into the test pool), and the cycle begins again. How many times we repeat that cycle depends on how long it takes for us to feel like we’ve achieved our goals for the release.

Once we finish those rounds of private testing, we’ll post a wide-open public test release for anyone to download from our website, and finish up some of the other hard work of writing documentation, translating the app and documentation to other languages, and submitting the app to Apple for App Store review. Usually this final stage takes 4–6 weeks—at that time, it should be much easier to accurately project a ship date.

Yesterday Ken Case, Omni Group CEO, gave a bit more information regarding the release timeline, explaining that the private test likely won’t start before March.

There’s no need for me to discuss what’s new in OmniFocus 2 here, since this has already been done elsewhere. If you’re interested in learning more, you should begin by visiting the Omni Group blog.

After than, read what others have to say. In no particular order:

Preview of OmniFocus 2 for Mac | Sven Fechner
Looking Forward To OmniFocus 2 | Michael Schechter
The Omni Group’s Ken Case On OmniFocus 2, OmniOutliner 4, And More | MacStories
Omni Group’s Ken Case on OmniFocus 2 and the origins of the app | TUAW
First Look at OmniFocus 2 | Shawn Blanc
First Thoughts on OmniFocus 2 | Aaron Hockley

Also, sign up to test the pre–release version of OmniFocus 2.

Not an OmniFocus user? Omni offers a 14–day free trial period. Give it a look. If you decide to buy you’ll receive a free upgrade to OmniFocus 2 once it ships.



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