Beautiful Pixels http://beautifulpixels.com An Unhealthy Lust for Design Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 My Finances Adds Today Widget & iPhone 6 Support http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/finances-adds-today-widget-iphone-6-support/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/finances-adds-today-widget-iphone-6-support/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:25 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13670 My Finances Today WidgetMy Finances, the ridiculously minimal finance tracking app for iPhone & iPad that we wrote about back in May this year, has been updated today with a notable new feature that takes full advantage...


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My Finances, the ridiculously minimal finance tracking app for iPhone & iPad that we wrote about back in May this year, has been updated today with a notable new feature that takes full advantage of iOS 8 and one of its new APIs. You can now add a Today widget to your Notification center that gives you a quick overview of the Income & Expense transactions your are currently tracking in the app. Thanks to this, My Finances now requires iOS 8 to be installed on your iOS device and won’t work on devices running iOS 7.

The Today widget becomes available as soon as you update to the new version and gets installed in the Today view. Once installed, the widget shows you the total of your income and expenses for Today & Yesterday using a horizontal bar graph. You can edit this widget to show you stats for this week or month instead. The bars in the graph are color coded according to the percentage of transactions in each category, so they give you a quick overview of where your money was spent or what brought you the most income. Tapping on these takes you straight to the app and shows you additional details for that period. This update also adds support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, including the specialized landscape view on iPhone 6 Plus.

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My Finances has continued to receive updates and improve since we first wrote about it and this update makes it a strong contender on the App Store. The app is available Free on the Store with an IAP to unlock additional features.

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Pinner 3 for iOS 8 http://beautifulpixels.com/misc/pinner-3-ios-8/ http://beautifulpixels.com/misc/pinner-3-ios-8/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:00:31 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13742 pinner-3-masthead-bpAlthough iOS has always had some of the best apps compared to other mobile platforms, most of these apps have had to use too many workarounds to get things done well. All that changed...


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Although iOS has always had some of the best apps compared to other mobile platforms, most of these apps have had to use too many workarounds to get things done well. All that changed when Apple announced iOS 8. All these years, 3rd party apps for Pinboard have had to use things like Safari bookmarklets on iOS to make saving things easier. Pinner 3 by Sam Oakley is the first Pinboard app to take advantage of the new features available on iOS 8 and it has replaced Pushpin on my Homescreen over the last few weeks.

Pinner 3 sports a brand new look. There are customization options for the look of the app including app font and themes. I love the light theme with Avenir as the app font. The app is super fast overall and I’ve set it to load the reader optimized view of a URL to save even more time. The interface is very simple and folders can be rearranged by tapping the edit button on the top left. All the glyphs in Pinner 3 are from the Essence icon set by Silvia Gatta.

Pinner 3 is the first Pinboard app to take advantage of the new features iOS 8 has to offer. It has a systemwide Share extension and a Read Later extension to save articles to your Pinboard. The share extension will bring up Pinner’s share sheet that lets you fill in details like title, description, tags and mark the URL as private before saving the bookmark. The Read Later extension will save the link and put it into your Read Later folder in a single tap. The app also has robust custom search. The search isn’t as advanced as Pushpin’s search, but for most people it will be fine. Pinner 3 also supports iOS 8’s continuity. If you have continuity enabled devices with Pinner installed, you can pickup your other device and resume exactly what you were doing in Pinner from the homescreen. Before you ask, Yes, the app supports the new 1Password extension as well to login.

Overall Pinner 3 is one of the best Pinboard apps available today. If you use Pinboard, buy it now. Pinner 3 is available on the App Store as a Universal app for just $4.99.

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Evernote for iOS 8 http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/evernote-for-ios-8/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/evernote-for-ios-8/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:59:18 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13752 evernote-widget-bpEvernote has always had great design on all platforms that it is available on. When iOS 7 was released, Evernote got a huge update and they actually did something unique with the interface instead...


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Evernote has always had great design on all platforms that it is available on. When iOS 7 was released, Evernote got a huge update and they actually did something unique with the interface instead of just going all white. The app has evolved so much on iOS since then with themes, new features and today version 7.5 releases with a plethora of brilliance, ready for iOS 8.

Evernote for iOS 8 now has a systemwide extension that lets you share your content including photos, documents, and web pages to Evernote from any app that uses the native share menu. There’s also a new Today widget that lets you add various kinds of notes to your notebooks with a shortcut. The widget looks really great. There are premium only features that will tempt anyone to upgrade to Evernote Premium like Touch ID support for unlocking the app and push notifications for business notebooks.

Evernote is available for free on the App Store as a Universal app. It is one of the best and most useful apps you will use on iOS.

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SwiftKey’s Custom Keyboard for iOS 8 http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/swiftkey-new-keyboard-ios/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/swiftkey-new-keyboard-ios/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:47 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13736 swiftkey-mastheadI’ve used SwiftKey on Android, so I was quite excited when Apple announced Third Party Keyboard support in iOS8 at WWDC ’14. SwiftKey promptly announced plans to launch a version of their incredibly powerful...


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I’ve used SwiftKey on Android, so I was quite excited when Apple announced Third Party Keyboard support in iOS8 at WWDC ’14. SwiftKey promptly announced plans to launch a version of their incredibly powerful (and great looking) keyboard on iOS. SwiftKey Note was an able demonstrator for the keyboard, but it just wasn’t enough. I’m really glad I finally got my mitts on it, and I came away with hope for the future.

SwiftKey is a ‘learning’ keyboard, meaning that it analyses the way you type and the words you use, and then adapts its predicition engine accordingly. It takes some time for it to do so, but the results are always magical. Of course, you will need to grant it access to the internet for it to truly work its magic, so if you’re someone who is recalcitrant about sharing what you type in messages/email over the internet, SwiftKey may not live up to your expectations. It also allows you to type in multiple languages at once, without having to change the language settings, which is great for those of us so inclined. SwiftKey also brings Flow to iOS, which is its Swype-like entry feature. Slide your finger across the screen, moving over the letters you want to type (including the Space Bar for ending one word and moving on to the next), and the keyboard intuitively guesses what you meant to type. It’s definitely great, but is an acquired taste. The keyboard itself is a Universal app, but Flow is only available on the iPhone/iPod Touch for now. Finally, SwiftKey can save what it has learned and sync across devices by using SwiftKey Cloud. If you’ve used SwiftKey on Android, you can resume where you left off, as SwiftKey Cloud will import your typing eccentricities over from Little Green Robot Land.

SwiftKey comes with two themes and six languages, and is available for Free on the App Store. Definitely a keyboard we recommend you try out.

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Clear for iOS 8 http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/clear-ios-8/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/clear-ios-8/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:00:15 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13744 clear-masthead-bpClear by Realmac Software is easily one of the best apps out there right now. It is simple and beautiful. I love everything about it. Version 1.4 brought support for due times and dates...


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Clear by Realmac Software is easily one of the best apps out there right now. It is simple and beautiful. I love everything about it. Version 1.4 brought support for due times and dates and as expected, the sync across devices was flawless. Clear as a productivity suite, is easily one of the most elegant solutions to managing tasks.

Today Clear 1.5 is out and it brings a Notification Center widget for your upcoming tasks. A lot of apps have been updated with support for widgets and while most of them look great, Clear manages to fit perfectly in your Today view as if it was always a part of the OS. When there are no upcoming tasks, the widget displays an inspirational quote. I love the implementation. Clear 1.5 is a free update to existing owners and is available on the App Store for $2.99 as a universal app. Clear is also available on the Mac for $9.99.

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TextExpander 3 Brings a Custom Keyboard to iOS 8 http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/textexpander-3-brings-custom-keyboard-ios-8/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/textexpander-3-brings-custom-keyboard-ios-8/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:00:45 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13739 textexpander3-mastheadTextExpander is an immensely useful tool on a Mac, saving your precious time and keystrokes. TextExpander quietly sits in your menubar and allows you to automatically enter frequently used text such as email signatures,...


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TextExpander is an immensely useful tool on a Mac, saving your precious time and keystrokes. TextExpander quietly sits in your menubar and allows you to automatically enter frequently used text such as email signatures, postal addresses, URLs, Kaomojis, etc. by setting up abbreviations in the app that auto expand when entered. It’s a nifty tool if you spend your time typing a lot.

With the launch of iOS 8, TextExpander 3 for iOS has been released on the App Store today. It’s a completely new app that brings one very important feature to iOS. Previously, TextExpander snippets would only work in a 3rd-party if the app had integrated the TextExpander SDK in it. Several developers have already done this and over 60 apps supported TextExpander integration. However, iOS 8 gave TextExpander the option of releasing a custom keyboard, removing the necessity of the SDK integration. With TextExpander 3, you can now enable a system-wide keyboard and your snippets now work anywhere on iOS. You can sync snippets between your Mac and iOS devices via Dropbox. The keyboard also displays lowercase characters on the keyboard, something that the native keyboard doesn’t. In my testing, the keyboard lacked the polish that you’d expect from a keyboard, but for quickly expanding your snippets, it basically just worked. Of course, apps that do have the TextExpander SDK built into them can use its snippets using the native iOS keyboard itself.

TextExpander 3 is a Universal app and available for just $4.99 on the App Store.

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