FIFA app by FIFA is a gorgeous app that keeps you updated with everything Football (Soccer). The app is available for both iOS & Android, but we tested the iOS version on our devices. The app looks absolutely stunning on all iOS devices, especially the retina iPads, I cannot stress this enough. The blurs and animations used in the app are extremely fluid and the icons used within the app look amazing on iOS 7.
Briefs released a few months ago and it changed the way you wireframe apps. Briefs along with Briefscase for iOS was a complete professional wireframing suite. Today MartianCraft released Briefs 1.2 and Briefscase for Android. This is a huge update. Briefs now has assets for iOS 7, Android and Mac apps in its library and you can use it to wireframe for all 3 platforms. One of my main complaints with the app suite was the lack of examples within and a getting started guide. An epub guide can be downloaded here. More and more design related apps are going Android. Bjango released Skala View for Android and now MartianCraft released Briefscase for Android. It is great to see more design tool companion apps making their way to Android. Briefs is available on the Mac App Store for $199.99 and there is a free trial available here. Briefscase is available on iOS and Android for free.
Our commutes are getting longer, so are the lines at the Coffee shops. In what we call ‘fast lives’, we sure have a lot of filler time we spend doing absolutely nothing. It’s hard to do any work or read a long form piece wedged between a sea of people on the train to work. Reading short pieces of text though? Everybody’s got time for that. This is where Circa News (Circa from here on) comes in.
Circa is available on iOS (iPhone only) and Android. The User Interface is really clean and the typography is splendidly selected. Circa is in every way a Modern app, free from the realm of Skeuomorphic overlords. The icons are thin and flat, animations are kept to a minimum (except in iOS, more on that later) and quickly swiping through the already minimized pieces of text is a joy.
Reader was one of the most popular services from Google's stable. In fact, when they decided to can it, the backlash was quite severe, with eulogies being written from all and sundry. People believed that it signaled the death of RSS, with only the enthusiasts sticking to this news aggregation method. How wrong they were!
If you are an avid BP reader, you probably have already adapted the paperless world. You scan your receipts and back them up on Evernote and you read novels on your Kindle and PDFs on the iPad. One of the biggest problems faced while upgrading to the paperless world — at least when it comes to reading ebooks — is that the system is horribly fragmented. You might find a classic, no-copyright book, free from Project Gutenberg which is still paid on leading ebook marketplaces like Kindle or Nook. Some ebooks are available on one platform while some on others. Keeping track of all your purchases and syncing them with different devices is always a pain. Readmill wants to take some of that pain away from you.
I recently switched my writing workflow to Markdown. For those who don’t know, Markdown is a Markup language loved by many for its easy to read, easy to write syntax and its ability to play nice with HTML. Between iA Writer for Mac, Editorial on iPad and MarkdownPad 2 for those rare editing sessions on Windows, my Markdown writing workflow was fragmented but always in sync (thanks to Dropbox). The only thing that was missing was an Android app for my Phone that fit in just right. JotterPad X is here to claim that space.
JotterPad X has a legacy UI based on Google’s Design Guidelines and Cards UI. All options are accessible from the neatly tucked away sidebar. The icons are thin, blue and hollow, clearly inspired from iOS 7 which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. iOS 7 has its fair share of Android influence and a little give and take doesn’t hurt anyone. The editor is clean and minimal. The default font of Meriweather gives it a nice Typewriter look. You can, of course, choose different fonts ranging from Roboto to Source Sans Pro or pick from varied presets like ‘Magazine’, ‘novel’, ‘Essay’ stylized accordingly. You can also customize alignment, margins and line height which Tablet users will appreciate.