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Writer Pro is a bit bipolar. On the Mac, the app takes writing to a different level; elevating Markdown and a clean workflow into a smooth running system that is a pleasure to use. But on iOS, it’s a mess with very little reason to appear on your homescreen. And both apps cost $19.95.

And so, I’m conflicted. I like using Writer Pro, but I don’t enjoy using it on both platforms. In addition, new additional information about the developers has appeared, making me feel even worse. So should you spend $20 or $40 on the Writer Pro app system, or is it best to just walk away? Let’s find out. (more…)

It was a tuesday, and since I got home from the office early that day, I decided to pop into my son’s daycare to take him home. As I open the door, I see him (wearing a fireman’s hat) with two other boys, all crowded around a PC screen. They keep touching the CRT and my son says, “It’s broken.”

The touchscreen — and more specifically, the popularity of the iPhone and iPad — have changed the way we interact with technology. A few years ago, Steve Jobs was insistent that touchscreen computers just weren’t going to take off. But my three-year-old boy says different. And I think he might be right. (more…)

Every once in a while I’m fortunate enough to come across an app that has the potential to significantly improve the way I work. Such was the case when I stumbled upon Actions. I say “stumble” because in all honesty, I can’t recall how or where I discovered the app, but I’m thankful that I did.

Since then I’ve been scheming different ways in which I can harness the power and versatility that this seemingly simple app has to offer and although I’ve been privy to the beta for the last couple of weeks, it still feels as though I’ve barely scratched the surface.


There’s a great deal you can do with your iPad these days. After several years on the market there really is an app available for almost everything. However, there are some things that are best left to your desktop computer, be it a Mac or a PC, but this doesn’t mean that your iPad should just sit idle.

The idea of remote access should not be a new one; it is something that has been available in Windows for some time, and there are numerous tools available for both Pac and PC that can be used to take remote control of another system. In a nutshell, TeamViewer HD is an app that enables you to use your Mac or PC through your iPad just as if you were sitting in front of it. (more…)

Transferring items from your Mac to your iPad has never been easy. The act of emailing items to yourself seems archaic and is not a good solution for users who try to enforce techniques such as Inbox Zero. With email being the default fallback, what are the other options out there?

Users could and might rely on note syncing services such as Evernote and Simplenote, but this process can get tedious when trying to force sync repeatedly. That is where myPhoneDesktop aims to fill the void of easily getting data from your Mac to your iPad. You might not be able to easily think of when this might be useful, but if you are trying to get certain urls to your iPad without having to search for them or use another service it can be really useful. (more…)

Today I’d like to ask a more general question, and get you to send your mind back to when you first held your own Apple product…

What was it that first lured you in?

Was it the simple perfection of the iPod? Or perhaps the slick presentation of the iPhone that convinced you that you needed one?

Were you there from the start, before there was even a Mac?

I’d love to know what AppStorm readers started with, how many are coming here after entering the world of Apple by buying an iPad?

I have to give credit here and mention that this poll was suggested by a reader and I found it too intriguing to ignore. If you have a great suggestion for a weekly poll then comment below and I’ll give the best ones a shot!

Having to deal with multiple computers at work and home could be painstaking. You will have to have a bunch of important files in a portable drive or an online backup service like Dropbox to carry all your data. But what if there is just way too much data to be carried around or synced back to a cloud based service?

What if the data is too sensitive to carry around in thumb drives or to store in third party services? That’s when remote access comes to the rescue. Well known cloud computing company Wyse PocketCloud offers their PocketCloud app to securely access your desktop anytime and anywhere from your iOS (and Android) devices. Follow me after the fold to set up remote access to your desktop.