Beautiful Pixels http://beautifulpixels.com An Unhealthy Lust for Design Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:46:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Drafts 4 for iOS 8 http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/drafts-4-ios-8/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/drafts-4-ios-8/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:29:13 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13918 drafts-4-review-bpDrafts by Agile Tortoise has always been an amazing app. It is more powerful than most apps that exist on any platform. When people ask me what Drafts is, I usually reply by saying...


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Drafts by Agile Tortoise has always been an amazing app. It is more powerful than most apps that exist on any platform. When people ask me what Drafts is, I usually reply by saying it is like Launch Center Pro for text. It has been in my iPhone and iPad dock for a while now. Just when I thought Drafts was powerful enough, Greg absolutely blows everyone away with Drafts 4 for iOS 8.

Given how much functionality is added in each point update to Drafts, a whole new app implied ground breaking functionality and Drafts 4 completely delivers. Drafts 4 is an all new, iOS 8 only, universal app and not a free update to Drafts 3 that still functions fine today. The app has always been powerful, but now it does all that and more, all while looking great. The app has 3 main themes: the default light one that is my favourite, a dark them that is let down by an awkward looking status bar, and a light solarized one. The appearance editor is quite nicely done with a small live preview of the font and theme in action. There’s also support for plain text, markdown or social highlighting and the font support is pretty insane.

Drafts, like Editorial packs a ton of functionality into an interface that tries to not overwhelm you. Drafts 4 has some great interface tweaks that allow for a better experience overall. The app supports gestures and while most apps tend to use edge swiping, Drafts 4 uses swipe anywhere in the compose window to access previous drafts or actions. Swiping to the left, reveals the action drawer that has its own set of folders for actions that you define along with a search bar. Swiping to the right brings forth a similar view but with your drafts. Drafts 4 also has a log of draft actions. Tapping the information i button reveals details about the draft like the location it was created in, location modified in, version history (Seriously Greg, Thank you for this), and the actions that have been done to the draft. Items inside both these views are actionable and you end up saving loads of taps thanks to this. I love how the swipes aren’t the default edge swipes that iOS apps tend to use now. There’s also a nice really subtle animation on the draft glyph and the action glyph that gets highlighted as you swipe in either direction.

The major iOS 8 features that most apps implement are share extensions and widgets in the Today view of Notification Center. Drafts 4 has a quick capture extension in the native share sheet that is more useful than you would think. On the other hand, the widget is hit or miss. It gives you easy access to create a new draft or a draft from clipboard and view your inbox status but I was hoping for more. I have a feeling the widget functionality being limited is more of an issue with Apple than it is with Drafts 4 though. Drafts 4 switches to iCloud sync as of version 4 and the sync has been rock solid for me so far unlike my overall experience with iCloud Drive.

The customizable bar above the keyboard is quite the game changer. You can edit the bar by tapping the pencil glyph at the right of the bar and add your own buttons and even import actions and assign them to buttons in the extended keyboard bar. This itself would warrant a paid upgrade, but Drafts 4 has so much more.

Drafts 4 is an amazing upgrade to an already super powerful app. The possibilities are endless. The asking price is more than justified and you absolutely should buy Drafts 4 at the introductory price of $4.99. The price will go up to the the regular price of $9.99 soon.

App Details:

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Fantastical 2.2 for iOS 8 http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/fantastical-2-2-ios-8/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/fantastical-2-2-ios-8/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:27:04 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13944 fantastical-22-iphone-masthead-bpToday my favorite, and what I consider the best Calendar app suite for Mac and iOS, Fantastical, gets a damn good iOS 8 update. Fantastical 2.2 for iPhone and iPad released today with a...


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Today my favorite, and what I consider the best Calendar app suite for Mac and iOS, Fantastical, gets a damn good iOS 8 update. Fantastical 2.2 for iPhone and iPad released today with a slew of iOS 8 features.

Other calendar apps got nice updates when iOS 8 launched, but Fantastical was unfortunately missing from the action. The app has done a damn good job with the new functionality and over the last few weeks, I’ve enjoyed using it. The big things in Fantastical 2.2 are a customizable today widget, actionable notifications, and a share sheet extension. The share sheet extension isn’t just a pop up that lets you add stuff to Fantastical but an exact replica of the compose window from Fantastical with the awesome natural language parser they use. Stuff like this makes you waste less time opening and switching between apps. The today widget can either display a full interactive month view of the calendar with a small list below or just a list. You can tap any day to see events for it listed below and it looks great in your Today view. Actionable notifications are available for calendar alerts and reminders. For calendar alerts, tapping snooze, opens up the app with a snooze view with predefined snoozes available and in the case of reminders, you can mark a task as done also. Version 2.2 also brings full support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus displays. The 6 Plus gets a custom landscape view as well.

Fantastical 2.2 for iPhone and iPad are really great updates. Yes, they weren’t available at launch, but the polish Flexibits puts into their apps is mindblowing. Fantastical for iPhone is available on the App Store at a discounted price of $2.99 and Fantastical for iPad is available on the App Store at a discounted price of $7.99.

App Details:

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Camera Plus [Sponsor] http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/camera-plus-sponsor/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/camera-plus-sponsor/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:30:12 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13916 cameraplus-mastheadThe original Camera Plus is an iOS 8 exclusive photography app that was one of the first apps to take the App Store by storm when it was released back in 2009. By consistently...


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The original Camera Plus is an iOS 8 exclusive photography app that was one of the first apps to take the App Store by storm when it was released back in 2009. By consistently being featured around the world by Apple and coming up with innovative features like AirSnap, Camera Plus is the only camera app for you. The latest version (4.0) was featured by Apple in the App Store to coincide with the launch of iOS 8.

The all-new Camera Plus 4 is designed to offer the best possible capture experience without a hitch. It comes with the revolutionary AirSnap, an innovative way to hook up two iOS devices and capture via remote control. You also have a selection of handpicked filters, 3 stunning Photo Focus Modes, Video Focus Modes and an intelligent exposure setting (Lumy) that instantly makes everyday photography an efficient and enjoyable experience.

AirSnap allows you to capture photos and videos remotely using any two iOS 8 devices running Camera Plus. It comes with a fullscreen view on the remote device for precise remote captures. You guys will love the fact that you’ll now be in front of the camera at all times; photos, videos and selfies involving family, friend groups, pets and more!

To commemorate International Mobile Photography Day, Camera Plus is out with a contest that encourages iPhoneographers to show their mobile clicks off! ‘Drop That Shutter’ has 3 categories including ‘Travel’, ‘F&B’ and ‘Lifestyle’ and the winners stand to receive some real cool prizes! Visit http://www.globaldelight.com/offers for more details.

Head to the App Store to learn more about the app. You can also visit the website for additional information.

A huge thanks to Camera Plus for sponsoring us this week.

App Details:

Website | Download URL | Price: $1.99




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RapidWeaver 6 http://beautifulpixels.com/mac/rapidweaver-6/ http://beautifulpixels.com/mac/rapidweaver-6/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:55:20 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13938 rapidweaver6-mastheadRealmac Software today announced the availability of RapidWeaver 6, a mammoth update to their web designing app for Mac. RapidWeaver is a Mac app that allows you to build your website and customize it...


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Realmac Software today announced the availability of RapidWeaver 6, a mammoth update to their web designing app for Mac. RapidWeaver is a Mac app that allows you to build your website and customize it the way you want it to look. And you can do all this without knowing how to code at all. Adding elements like new Pages, Blocks, Text, Images, is extremely easy and editing them is a breeze.

The team at Realmac Software has has added a long list of features in this update. RapidWeaver 6 looks great on Yosemite and runs optimized for 64-bit. The app ships with 5 new themes that you can use in your projects and includes features like Addons Manager, Versions & Autosave, Markdown writing and a rewritten Publishing engine that makes publishing your websites much faster. The RapidWeaver community has readied thousands of Addons to be used with RapidWeaver and they are available here for download.

If you’ve used RapidWeaver in the past, you’re gonna love what the team has done with version 6. If you haven’t used RapidWeaver before, you can download a free trial from their website. This is a paid upgrade for existing users at $39.99 and a new license is priced at $89.99.

App Details:

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BeerTab for iPhone http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/beertab-iphone/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/beertab-iphone/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:00:31 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13907 beertab-mastheadA couple of days ago, my buddy Chris Herbert & Don Southard released a lovely iPhone app called BeerTab that helps you maintain a catalogue of your favorite beers right on your iPhone. Don...


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A couple of days ago, my buddy Chris Herbert & Don Southard released a lovely iPhone app called BeerTab that helps you maintain a catalogue of your favorite beers right on your iPhone. Don also makes the lovely Watermarker app for Mac and this is his first collaboration with Chris. BeerTab offers a beautifully simple interface coupled with fluid animations & transitions that make it a joy to use.

BeerTab is designed to let you add your favorite beers to the app so that you can reference them later or share them with your friends or followers. You begin by adding the name of the beer, its brewery, style, ABV & IBU values and Notes (including shortcuts for the date, time & location). You can also take a photo with your camera or add one from your Photos.app. If this seems like too much work, there’s an in-built barcode scanner that you can use to auto-fill these details. The app pulls these details from an extensive database, so most of the popular beers should already be available for you. Next, you add ratings to the beer based off its Appearance, Taste & Aroma. Based on these 3 ratings that you provide, BeerTab calculates the Overall rating for that beer. The data you’ve entered in the app can be shared on social networks or the app generates a unique URL with a page containing all the data for that beer. There are five themes in the app to choose from — Chocolate Stout, Oktoberfest, Paddy’s Day, Boston Brew & Campside. However, you also can build your own custom theme if you want. There’s a bunch of configurable options in the app’s Settings, including the option to Export/Import your data.

BeerTab 1.0 is off to a great start with the right mixture of features, quality & elegance. There’s a minor bug with the auto-complete selection & scrolling in the app, but I’m sure it’ll be ironed out in an update. BeerTab is available on the App Store for $1.99.

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SmartNews — Trending News Stories for iPhone & Android http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/smartnews-trending-news-stories-iphone-android/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/smartnews-trending-news-stories-iphone-android/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:14:30 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13902 smartnews-mastheadSmartNews is a really good looking app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices that lets you browse and read news & stories while on the go. SmartNews presents you with hand-picked & curated trending...


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SmartNews is a really good looking app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices that lets you browse and read news & stories while on the go. SmartNews presents you with hand-picked & curated trending news & stories from across the globe and makes it easy to keep up with what’s happening around you, right in the palm of your hands.

All the content in the app is curated from a select set of partners and the articles are neatly categorized into different tabs that you can browse at the top of the UI. Each category is colored differently the list can be scrolled horizontally. You can also jump between these categories using edge swipes. Each tab presents a neat layout of articles, some with photo thumbnails. You can quickly scroll through the page and move onto the next tab. Tapping on an article title gives you two options to view it, either in the website’s original design or in a “SmartView”, which strips out all unnecessary elements on the page. SmartNews also delivers fresh news 3 times a day via Push Notifications and the app lets you set what time exactly you want your news to be delivered in the morning, midday and evening.

SmartNews is a beautifully crafted app and is available for iPhone & iPad Free on the App Store as well as for Android devices Free on Google Play.

App Details:

Website | Download URL | Price: Free




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