Beautiful Pixels http://beautifulpixels.com An Unhealthy Lust for Design Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:27:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 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:

Website | Download URL | Price: $2.99




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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:

Website | Download URL | Price: $89.99




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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.

App Details:

Website | Download URL | Price: $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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Evernote Web Beta http://beautifulpixels.com/web/evernote-web-beta/ http://beautifulpixels.com/web/evernote-web-beta/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:14:16 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13892 evernote-web-beta-mastheadEvernote manages to impress me with every iteration of their apps on iOS and OS X. Little over a week ago, Evernote launched a redesigned web app that absolutely blew my mind. It is...


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Evernote manages to impress me with every iteration of their apps on iOS and OS X. Little over a week ago, Evernote launched a redesigned web app that absolutely blew my mind. It is on par or better than most writing apps for a lot of things and it looks drop dead gorgeous.

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The web beta has a minimal look with great typography. Glyphs are beautiful, animations are subtle, and there’s even a custom dropdown menu while typing. While the overall look has tons of whitespace, the use of the signature green in alerts and as the main colour in the interface, really makes it shine. The sidebar is really great and switching sections from favourites to notes to notebooks and even tags doesn’t open a new tab or window. Everything happens and feels like a native application in your browser. The Search in Evernote Web has nice large typography and is almost instant with results. The actual compose window for notes has the already minimal interface recede back leaving you with a nice big empty canvas for your thoughts.

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Overall, Evernote Web Beta is amazing and you should enable it by logging in and agreeing to join the beta in the dialogue box. I can’t wait to see what Evernote does next.





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