Todoist launches Apple Watch app with Inbox, Today view, Projects, Filters and Labels

By Christian Zibreg on May 28, 2015

Todoist, the advanced to-do list and task manager for iOS and OS X, is now available for the Apple Watch. The app delivers a number of powerful features for managing tasks to your wrist, including Inbox, Today view, Projects, Filters and Labels. A Glance view gives you a quick overview of your upcoming tasks.

You can also respond to rich notifications with natural language processing. The main app provides more details related to your tasks and projects, allowing you to review tasks and projects, create new ones using dictation and much more. Read More


New report details 12″ iPad with dual-app viewing mode and iOS 9 multi-user support

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2015

Apple is developing not one, but two new twelve-inch iPad models, codenamed “J98” and “J99”. Also, the firm’s doubled down on advancing productivity aspects of iOS with a much-needed dual-app multitasking mode and support for multiple users in iOS 9, a report Thursday by 9to5Mac alleged.

The same publication originally claimed side-by-side multitasking would debut in iOS 8 with the iPad Air back in 2014 so take today’s story with a grain of salt.

“Sources now say that Apple plans to show off the side-by-side feature for iOS 9 using currently available iPad models,” the article states.

Split-screen multitasking should be formally announced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference next month, with multi-user support reportedly slated to arrive later this year alongside new iPads. Read More


How to add images to Google Docs and Slides documents on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2015

Pictures play an important part in putting together a compelling business presentation, a detailed school report and what not. As much as I like Google’s DocsSlides and Sheets mobile productivity apps, their non-existent support for adding images to documents directly from an iOS device has been something of a deal breaker for me.

But not anymore. As announced on the official Google Docs blog, users of Google Docs and Slides application can now add images directly from their iPhone or iPad, here’s how. Read More


FileMaker 14 released with Launch Center and other Mac enhancements, revamped iOS app

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2015

FileMaker, Inc., an Apple subsidiary, on Tuesday announced a brand new version of its Mac productivity app along with a redesigned iPhone and iPad application. FileMaker 14 is the first major update since FileMaker 13, which released in December of 2013. Read More


Microsoft Office apps for iPhone and iPad gain iCloud document support and other perks

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2015

Microsoft’s free of charge Word, Excel and PowerPoint productivity applications for the iPhone and iPad have been updated with the ability to open, edit and save your documents to iCloud, expanding on the previously available storage options such as Microsoft’s own OneDrive cloud storage and Dropbox integration. Read More


Classic Notes 2007 brings back the pre-iOS 7 design of the stock Notes app

By Lory Gil on May 5, 2015

When iOS 7 dropped, many graphic designers and fans of minimalism were overjoyed at the new, flat look of our iPhones and iPads. However, not everyone was happy. In fact, some argued that the skeuomorphism of pre-iOS 7 is what made Apple stand out from the rest with a design that bucked the trend of bright colors.

Classic Notes 2007 suggests that, maybe faux realism in digital design isn’t as bad as you remember it. This throwback app returns to form, bringing you a vision from your past. Read More


Google confirms snapping up Timeful, iPhone-only time management and scheduling app

By Christian Zibreg on May 4, 2015

The Internet giant Google today announced via the official Gmail blog that it is buying Timeful, an iPhone-exclusive productivity application designed to help you get things scheduled so you can get them done.

The nicely designed application, positioned as your calendar and to-do list with intelligent assistance to make the most of your time, is available on the App Store for the time being but its functionality will be eventually folded into Google Apps, including Gmail, Calendar and more. Read More


Hours Time Tracking for Apple Watch launches, iPhone app goes free for a limited time

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 23, 2015

Hours Time Tracking, a beautifully designed time-tracking app by Apple Design Award winner Tapity that debuted on the App Store in the summer of 2014, has gone temporarily free in the App Store to celebrate the launch of Hours Time Tracking for Apple Watch.

A bona fide Apple Watch extension provided inside the refreshed iPhone app will be unlocked as soon as you get your hands on the Apple Watch, giving you access to oft-used features like starting, stopping and switching your timers, adjusting start and end times, a Glance overview of your current running timer and more. Read More


Glass Planner makes getting things done easier

By Lory Gil on Apr 23, 2015

Planning out your life can be a serious task. That’s probably why there are so many organization apps available in the App Store. Everyone has a different way of keeping track of projects and goals. Different features are important to people for a variety of reasons.

Glass Planner is a new task manager that combines your calendar with your to-do list so you can keep track of everything you need to do in life, every day. Don’t just make plans. Make planning work for you. Read More


Microsoft updates PowerPoint with remote Apple Watch functionality

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 21, 2015

Microsoft on Tuesday issued a refresh to its PowerPoint presentation software on the App Store, adding remote functionality for Apple Watch users.

The newly added PowerPoint Remote feature allows you to control slides running on your iPhone, such as starting the slideshow and easily navigating to the next and previous slides.

In addition, the Watch app provides you with an at-a-glance overview of the elapsed presentation time while putting the current slide number and total number of slides on your wrist. Read More


Adobe Slate review: make beautiful stories to share with others

By Lory Gil on Apr 3, 2015

Whether you are creating a Christmas newsletter to send to family or a weekly update on the progress of a project to your boss, you can make your presentation look fantastic with Adobe Slate for iPad.

Adobe’s new creativity app allows users to build their stories from specially designed templates, which are uploaded to a website so they can be shared with anyone. We’ve got an app review of Adobe Slate for you today. Read More


Review: Todoist 10 brings themes, gestures and plenty of new features

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2015

Todoist, a mobile app and a web service aimed at cloud-based task and project management for both personal and professional productivity, has received a thorough refresh on Tuesday.

Available free in the App Store, the new Todoist 10 for the iPhone and iPad brings dozens of new features, including support for user interface themes, several new gestures to speed up common tasks, way more powerful natural language processing, new date options and many more enhancements. Read More


Review: Fantastical 2 for Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2015

The sequel to the popular language-parsing calendar utility for the Mac has arrived and it’s everything you’ve been hoping for! Much more than a major new update, Fantastical 2 for Mac is a whole new app that feels instantly familiar while offering productivity-boosting improvements.

In addition to the revamped appearance optimized for OS X Yosemite’s look and feel, Fantastical 2 is now a proper replacement for Apple’s stock Calendar and Reminders apps.

Fantastical 2 has its own full-blown window and gorgeous full-screen mode while its menu bar thing can now be detached and dragged anywhere on the screen. The software is packed to the gills with a bevy of new features like iCloud Reminders and time zone support, light/dark theme, birthday reminders, a more powerful and friendlier natural language parser and more.

As a whole, the app feels tighter and more streamlined. Developer Flexibits was kind enough to put me on its limited list of beta testers, this is what I was able to gather from my weeklong hands-on time with the software.

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OmniOutliner for iPad goes universal

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2015

OmniOutliner for iOS has gone universal and is now available on both the iPhone and iPad, The Omni Group announced today. Previously an iPad-only affair, Omni Outliner 2.3 now lets you work with your outlines on the iPhone and iPod touch as well.

Although developers wanted to bring the app to the Apple smartphone for years, getting a robust syncing solution in place and modernizing the iPad app took much longer than expected — hence the unfathomable delay. Read More


Fast Toggles 2, now with twice as many toggles and Yosemite support

By Lory Gil on Mar 19, 2015

The makers of the original productivity bundle Fast Toggles has just recently launched a brand new package with additional functions to make your daily computing actions a few steps easier.

Fast Toggles 2 is a file download package for Mac that is filled with quick button shortcuts for such things as Dark Mode, Do Not Disturb controls, and seven-pass erase for your trash folder. Read More


Launcher is back on App Store as Apple’s stance on widget restrictions softens

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2015

Launcher, a tremendously useful iOS application by Greg Gardner for creating app, web and contact shortcuts available from a widget inside the Notification Center, is now back on the App Store following a six-month hiatus. The update is still propagating and it should hit all App Stores worldwide in the coming hours.

The original app was short-lived.

Following its App Store debut on September 17 of last year, the day iOS 8 was released, Apple removed Launcher just a week later citing a misuse of widget functionality.

Thankfully, the re-released app continues to offer the same features like its predecessor, indicating Apple may have softened its stance on launching other apps via the Today view of iOS 8’s Notification Center. Read More


Conformity app is like having a math tutor in your pocket

By Lory Gil on Mar 18, 2015

It has been years since I had to access the part of my brain that learned algebra and geometry. I never did have to take trig (being a journalism major has its perks). If someone were to ask me today what the Pythagorean Theorem is, I might be able to remember that it has something to do with adding square roots.

Conformity is a calculator that specializes in formulas for general math, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. No more memorizing the Quadratic Equation or trying to remember how to find the volume of a cube. Read More


Google updates Sheets, Slides and Docs for iOS with doc copying, accessibility improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2015

Thursday, Google issued updates to its trio of cloud-powered productivity apps in the App Store: Sheets, Slides and Docs. These apps let you create, edit and collaborate with others on spreadsheets, documents and presentations and now include the ability to make a copy of a document, a feature previously reserved for the web UI.

Moreover, a new accessibility settings menu appears within Slides and Sheets when VoiceOver is enabled in Settings. Read More


Momentum is a delightful habit tracker for iPhone

By Lory Gil on Mar 5, 2015

Growing up, I was under the impression that habits were something to avoid. Burping, being late, and eating too many cookies were all habits my parents tried to steer me away from. Habits are not always bad, though. Exercising every day, learning a new word, and practicing an instrument are all good habits to get into.

Momentum is a productivity app that helps you get into the habit of doing something good. If you want to start something new, but have trouble sticking to your goal, this app sends you friendly reminders to stay on track. Read More


IFTTT rebrands iOS client, launches three dedicated task automation apps

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2015

IFTTT (an abbreviation of If This Than That), a popular Internet mashup service, announced in a blog post Thursday that its flagship mobile app shall be known henceforth as just “IF by IFTTT”. Available free in the App Store, it features an updated icon and a revamped new look.

In addition to it, the company has announced a trio of task focused ‘Do’ apps: Do Button, Do Camera and Do Note, each available free in the App Store.

With these dedicated apps, and more to come in the future, users can create specific on-demand workflows and tie them to buttons for quick one-tap access. Read More

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