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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)

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.

5 Apps for Evernote

Brett Kelly, Evernote genius and author of Evernote Essentials, wrote about 5 Apps That Make Evernote Even Better yesterday. You should definitely check out this list if you’re an Evernote user. Drafts is the only app on the list that I currently use. I was most interested in Powerbot, however. Brett highlighted Powerbot for Gmail specifically, but their service also integrates with Google Calendar—a combo that could prove to be extremely useful for organizing and maintaining meeting notes and support materials. I’m planning to give it a test drive over the next couple of weeks and follow up here with my conclusions.

Link List for September 28th, 2013

How Should a Suit Fit? Your Easy-to-Follow Visual Guide

If you're going to suite up, then make sure it fits correctly.

Marked 2 Launched

If you write using Markdown, then you should consider picking up Brett Terpstra's Marked 2. This latest release includes a number of improvements upon his original Marked app, including Scrivener support.

A Conflict of Christian Visions: Gen. 1-2 vs. Gen. 3 Christianity

Anthony Bradley challenges Christians to think about the nature of the gospel and our role in stewarding God’s desire for creation. Dr. Bradley:

In the end, the Gen 1 and 2 framework sees the missionary mandate and the commission to create and steward cultures that glorify God as a “both/and” while the Gen 3 framework tends to see the missionary disciple-making mandate exclusively as the Christian’s main concern. For Gen 3ers, the cultural emphasis is merely an implication or application of the gospel as opposed to the restoration of creation as something to which the gospel directly points.

Introducing Evernote for Salesforce

I'm really excited about this partnership.

A Beginner's Guide to Pinboard

Shawn Blanc offers some great tips for using Pinboard, which has been my preferred bookmarking service for some time now. The title of the post says "Beginners Guide," but there's some good stuff here for more advanced users as well.

Link List for July 8, 2013

App Deals Edition

 

Over for iOS Free (normally $1.99) Why not add text or artwork to that picture of food that you’re about to post to Instagram?

Day One for iOS Free (normally $4.99) This is the best journaling app out there. Also available for the Mac. Syncs via iCloud or Dropbox.

Knots 3D for iOS Free (normally $1.99) Learn how to tie 87 different knots. This could come in handy someday.

Traktor DJ for iPad and iPhone Free (normally $19.99) DJ tools for your iPad and iPhone.

BusyCal 2 for OS X $19.99 (normally $29.99) A powerful replacement for the native Calendar app on the Mac.

And More

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.

My Launch Center Pro Setup

I dig Launch Center Pro by App Cubby. Recently, I’ve been singing its praises to any of my iPhone-packing friends who are willing to listen. If you haven’t already given it a look, I suggest you do so. To say that Launch Center Pro is an app launcher doesn’t quite do it justice. The App Cubby website describes it this way:

It’s like speed dial, but for more than just phone calls! Launch Center Pro creates lightning quick shortcuts to specific features buried deep within apps.

You see, it doesn’t just launch applications (though it does, in fact, launch applications). It provides direct, one-touch access to many of the functions performed by applications.  For example, if I want to create a Day One journal entry every day with the day’s weather, I can set a shortcut within Launch Center Pro to create a journal entry entitled, “Today’s Weather Forecast.”

With Launch Center Pro’s long and growing list of supported apps, the possibilities are nearly endless.

My Setup

Below I’ve included screenshots of my Launch Center Pro setup. Admittedly, it’s still relatively basic. I’m hoping to spend more time in the next week or two customizing it and making better use of its access to features within my apps.

When I open Launch Center Pro, you see my home screen, which includes twelve buttons: four action buttons and eight group buttons.[1]


Photography

The Photography group is fairly straightforward and includes icons for all photography apps I use that integrate with Launch Center Pro.


The Instagram icon, for example, launches directly to the Instagram camera.

You will notice that the native iPhone camera is not represented among the icons. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support Launch Center Pro. I take a lot of pictures with my phone, so it sits in my dock for quick access.[2]

Flashlight

Flashlight is a stock action button which turns on the LED flash on the back of your iPhone. It seems like I use my iPhone as a flashlight almost every day, so I chose to keep it on my home screen.

Brightness

The brightness action button toggles your screen brightness between two customizable levels. This is useful, especially when I’m using my phone in low light settings.

Capture


The Capture group contains action icons that allow me to capture text and information quickly. I have action buttons for Byword, Simplenote and Day One that create new notes or entries with one swipe of my finger.

Drafts and Sparrow

I use both of these applications heavily, so they own real estate on my homescreen.  Sparrow is my email client of choice for the iPhone.  Drafts allows me to create a plain text notes quickly and then send them to a long list of destinations, including Evernote, Dropbox, email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Productivity


The productivity group contains many of the tools I use to get work done. You will see icons for some of my favorite productivity apps including Agenda Calendar, Due, Evernote, OmniFocus, and Dropbox. It also includes action buttons to create a new calendar entry, create a new email, and create a new reminder in Due.

OmniFocus


I’ve post about OmniFocus and Launch Center Pro previously.[3] Launch Center Pro’s deep integration with OmniFocus makes it worth the price of purchase alone. It’s a perfect example of the power and time-saving potential of this application.

If you use OmniFocus to manage your tasks, then pick up Launch Center Pro today.

Read


The name pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it?  I use this group most often to access Instapaper, Reeder, and my Bible app.

Social


I can compose a new tweet, check my Facebook News Feed, or launch Google+ via my Social group. I would love to add Tumblr to the mix. Unfortunately, however, Tumblr doesn’t offer Launch Center Pro integration at this time.

Call/Text

The Call/Text group includes direct dial and direct text message actions for a few select contacts (my wife, etc.). It also includes Google Voice and a dial-by-contact action button which simply pulls up a search field.  Enter a few letters from any contact’s name, select the phone number you want to dial (work, mobile, etc.), and it makes the call. Pretty snappy.

Google Voice integration is a bit of a disappointment. I use my Google Voice phone number to communicate with 90% of my contacts. Unfortunately, it doesn’t allow Launch Center Pro to access any of its buried features. This means no direct dial options and no action button to compose a text message to a specific contact. The simple ability to open the Google Voice app directly to the dialer or my text message inbox would be helpful, but no dice.

This isn’t a Launch Center Pro issue, it’s a Google issue. Perhaps the Google Voice developers will consider opening up their app and allowing deeper integration in the future? I won’t hold my breath.

Listen


Finally, the Listen group offers access to Spotify, Pandora, the native Music app, and others. The Apple Podcasts app does not support Launch Center Pro.[4]

Wrap Up

I like Launch Center Pro. I like it a lot.

One can expect the list of supported apps and actions to grow, especially as Launch Center Pro gains popularity.

As I said previously, my setup is relatively basic and still evolving. I’ll continue to tweak it over time in order to better suite my needs and maximize the amount of time savings I can squeeze from it.

It’s currently 40% off “for a limited time.” Pick it up in the App Store today.


  1. Action buttons perform actions such as launching an app or performing a function within an app, while group buttons open another 3 by 4 menu for action buttons. To access actions within a group, tap and hold the group icon. Then slide your finger to the desired action and release.  ↩

  2. Currently, I only have two icons in my iPhone dock: Launch Center Pro and Camera.  ↩

  3. My OmniFocus setup in Launch Center Pro comes directly from this post by Michael Schechter at A Better Mess  ↩

  4. Bummer. If I’m listening to something on my iPhone, it’s usually a postcast via the Podcasts app.  ↩

Support Your Favorite Apps and Services

Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper, in response to the acquisition of Sparrow by Google and Acrylic Software by Facebook:

If you want to keep the software and services around that you enjoy, do what you can to make their businesses successful enough that it’s more attractive to keep running them than to be hired by a big tech company.

A good reason to support developers by paying for the apps and services you enjoy.



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