To-do software is somewhat akin to sports teams, in the sense that everyone has their favorite. Users develop strong allegiances, while apps like Omnifocus develop cult followings. Insult a popular to-do app and be ready to feel the wrath of angry power users. Thanks to apps like Clear, even the simplest to-do apps have diehard fans.
Despite vast differences, all to-do apps are rooted in the basic concept of lists, but most bury this basic idea in complicated databases and an abundance of chrome. TaskPaper by Hog Bay Software puts the “list” back into “to-do list” and saves all task lists as plain text files. TaskPaper doesn’t offer a full-fledged GTD experience per se, but it provides many of the key features without the unpleasant complexities.
Our featured sponsor this week is iDraw, a superb, and feature-packed, vector drawing and illustration app for the iPad!
Professional Vector Editing Comes to the iPad
Josh reviewed iDraw a while ago and found it to be an excellent application, really one of the first apps that made you feel like you had a professional layout tool on an iOS device. Since then it’s only improved!
Alongside great features like layers, text, images, multi-color gradients, RGB color picker, brushes, pen tool, customizable canvas styles, grid snapping, masking, and PDF export, iDraw has added features such as;
- Shape libraries
- SVG Import and Export
- Dropbox Integration
- Dimension lines
- Boolean path combinations
- Canvas scale, Rulers, and Units (mm, cm, inches)
- Pen tool multi-point selection and editing
Grab a copy of iDraw and create mockups, illustrations, and vector designs on the iPad!
At AppStorm we love helping you get the most out of your devices, mostly by giving you the low-down on the latest and greatest apps! Occasionally, however, it’s good to highlight the very best apps available; whether they be old classics, or new gems.
Recently each site has published a massive, and eminently thoughtful, roundup of the very best apps available, and I’ve collected them all together! Our editors and teams went to herculean lengths to ensure that these roundups would be more than worth your time, so without further ado…
- 100 Mac Apps To Rule Them All
- 111 Web Apps to Rule Them All
- The Top 100 iPhone Apps
- The Top 100 iPad Apps
- Our Top 100 Android Apps
- 100+ Absolutely Essential Windows Apps
On Wednesday Google unveiled something that has intrigued and horrified people in almost equal measure; Project Glass. Google’s own description of the project is a mangled collection of buzzwords, but goes thus;
“We believe technology should work for you — to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.
A team within our Google[x] group started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment.”
Google are pushing forward with augmented reality, bringing us ever closer to being able to buy Google Glasses and see our world from a whole different angle (complete with ads). Whether this scares you, or fascinates you, I’d like to know whether you think augmented reality, in general, is the future?
The tablet form factor is ideally suited for so many different tasks, but it would seem particularly well adapted for use as a note-taking tool. The touchscreen, coupled with an on-screen keyboard, is ideal for both typing and scrawling, and this is something app developers have been keen to use to their advantage.
Remarks from Readdle is another app designed to transform your iPad into the ultimate notepad, but rather than focusing on typing or handwritten notes, both options are made available. With the ability to add images and annotate your files, and a helpful selection of writing and drawing tools, things look good from the word go.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at Silverwiz! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:
Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!
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So what do I think of Moneywiz? The answer: it’s absolutely brilliant. It proves that money management apps don’t have to be boring and functional!
Read on to find out how to grab a copy!
If there’s one iOS feature that’s truly saved my bacon more than any other, it’s the iOS screenshot. For those who don’t know, pressing the sleep/wake button and home button at the same time on an iOS device creates a PNG screenshot that’s saved to the camera roll. This feature is invaluable for writing app reviews, documenting glitches, or testing websites in Mobile Safari.
Screenshots are useful in many situations, but iOS doesn’t offer a native way to mark up screenshots or photos that may require a bit more explanation. If only there was a simple way to circle a face in a picture, draw an arrow to an important map point, or add a caption to a funny photo. Fortunately there’s Skitch, a free iPad application from Evernote that makes annotating photos and screenshots painless.
We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in February. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, Android, Windows, or iPad apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!
Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!
Occasionally an app comes along that reminds me why computers are great. Why we (humankind) were so fervent about developing them and putting them to work in every possible situation. It isn’t normally something complex or visually impressive that ushers forth this feeling, but more often a simple example of an app making life easier.
To take a random example, a recipe app that allows you to collate and organise your recipes, that’s wrapped in a beautiful interface, but that requires you to tediously input great swathes of information yourself, is barely scratching the surface of what the iPad can achieve.
This brings us neatly to Basil, a refreshing take on recipe apps that aims to make your life easier!
PDF Expert, an old favourite of ours from the team over at Readdle, has just had a major update – and we’ve got 3 promo codes to give away to mark the occasion!
So what’s new in PDF Expert 4.0 for iPad?
- Retina support – probably one of the most wanted features for people who use the new iPad. It comes handy while reading text and making annotations on PDFs.
- Embedded Audio and Video – now you can watch the videos which are embedded in PDFs! This is a great feature for all those sales people using their iPads for demonstration purposes, and for viewing educational materials in schools and universities.
- PDF Attachments and PDF Portfolio support – making use of everything PDFs can do is the name of the game, and the latest update is set on doing just that.