Beautiful Pixels http://beautifulpixels.com An Unhealthy Lust for Design Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:56:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Pocket Casts Comes to the Web http://beautifulpixels.com/web/pocket-casts-comes-web/ http://beautifulpixels.com/web/pocket-casts-comes-web/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:56:57 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13810 pocketcastsweb-mastheadHere at Beautiful Pixels, we consider Pocket Casts to be the best podcasting app suite out there. Pocket Casts has an incredibly beautiful iOS app as well as a stunning Android app. The Shifty...


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Here at Beautiful Pixels, we consider Pocket Casts to be the best podcasting app suite out there. Pocket Casts has an incredibly beautiful iOS app as well as a stunning Android app. The Shifty Jelly team has done a fantastic job with both the apps and soon, Pocket Casts will be available on the web as well.

Pocket Casts Web is running in an invite-only beta mode at the moment and we got early access to it. We’ve been playing with it over the last few days and it has left us very impressed. Everything we’ve loved about the Pocket Casts apps has been brought to the web as well. The interface is slick and stays true to the Pocket Casts style. Not only can you play all your favorite podcasts in your browser, but you can also search & subscribe to new podcasts here. Pocket Casts on the web will sync the data across all your devices and if you already use a Pocket Casts app, your data is already ready for you. The ability to listen to podcasts in my browser has increased the time I spend listening to podcasts right away.

You can start off with a 7-day trial or just go ahead and subscribe with a $9 fee. Pocket Casts Web feels and works just like a lovingly crafted app and is well worth the one-time fee they’re charging. You can sign up for an invite right here and check out the screenshots below.





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Screenshot Journal 3 http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/screenshot-journal-3/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/screenshot-journal-3/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:00:59 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13803 Screenshot Journal 3If you take (or work with) a lot of screenshots on your iOS device, chances are that you’ve cursed the native Photos.app more than once. By default, Apple offers no easy way to organize...


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If you take (or work with) a lot of screenshots on your iOS device, chances are that you’ve cursed the native Photos.app more than once. By default, Apple offers no easy way to organize and manage screenshots. All your screenshots are treated similar to photos and are dumped in the same feed. Thankfully, 3rd-party iOS developers are here to make things easier. We’ve previously written about the early versions of Screenshot Journal, a lovely utility that helps you manage and work with iOS device screenshots.

The developers have finally released an update to the app which was last updated in May of last year. The biggest change in this update is the design overhaul. Screenshot Journal now features a slick iOS 8 style UI and app icon. The layout has undergone some changes and is now much better to move around in. You can auto-import your screenshots from Camera Roll as well has enable background import. These screenshots can then be tagged and organized the way you want. The app also boasts a nifty feature wherein you can zoom into a screenshot up to 3200% and study the intricate details.

This is a Free update to existing users and Screenshot Journal is available for $2.99 on the App Store.

App Details:

Website | Download URL | Price: $2.99




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Hours Now Lets You Track Time with a Today Widget http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/hours-now-lets-track-time-today-widget/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/hours-now-lets-track-time-today-widget/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:15:51 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13800 Hours Time TrackingHours — the absolutely gorgeous time tracking app for iPhone that we wrote about back in July has released its iOS 8 update a few days ago. The update adds new functionality to the...


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Hours — the absolutely gorgeous time tracking app for iPhone that we wrote about back in July has released its iOS 8 update a few days ago. The update adds new functionality to the app that quite literally saves you time by making it easier to manage your timers in the app.

Hours now comes with a Today widget that you can add to your Notification Center. This widget displays the Project timers that you have set up in the app and allows you to easily start/stop them with a single tap. The timers are animated, so you know which timer is currently running, how much time has elapsed in the current session as well as what the total time is for that Project. This is a really handy way to manage your time if you are working on multiple projects simultaneously. The app has also been optimized for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices and comes localized in 10 additional languages.

Hours is available for $4.99 on the App Store and is a Free update to existing users.

App Details:

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Teevee 3 now has a Today Widget for Upcoming Episodes http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/teevee-3-now-today-widget-upcoming-episodes/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/teevee-3-now-today-widget-upcoming-episodes/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:58:30 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13796 Teevee 3Over the last few days, several apps have been updated for iOS 8 with support for Today widgets, Share sheet extensions and Photos.app extensions. Apps like Calendars 5.5, Omnifocus, Evernote and a couple of...


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Over the last few days, several apps have been updated for iOS 8 with support for Today widgets, Share sheet extensions and Photos.app extensions. Apps like Calendars 5.5, Omnifocus, Evernote and a couple of betas have excellent Today widgets that are currently dwelling in my Notification Center. Oh, and there’s Teevee 3 as well.

Teevee 3, which went Universal with its last update, has now been updated for iOS 8 with a Today widget. Once enabled, the widget shows you the upcoming episodes for the TV Shows that you have added in the app. It displays the show name, date of airing, the episode number as well as the network it airs on. The developers have mentioned that a more enhanced version of the widget is coming soon. The app has also added interactive notifications, so you can quickly share episodes or mark them as watched without launching the app. There are new sorting options in the app, allowing you to sort alphabetically (or reverse), by air date or by unwatched episode count.

This is a free update to existing users and the app is $2.99 on the App Store.

App Details:

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Storehouse for iPhone http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/storehouse-for-iphone/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/storehouse-for-iphone/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:00:43 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13792 Storehouse for iPhoneStorehouse has quickly turned into my favorite app on my iPad, and quite possibly one of my most frequently used apps along with Unread and Pocket. Not only is it a great app to...


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Storehouse has quickly turned into my favorite app on my iPad, and quite possibly one of my most frequently used apps along with Unread and Pocket. Not only is it a great app to craft visual photo narratives about your favorite topic, it also lets you browse the phenomenal stories that are crafted by others around the globe. Over the last few months, the growing Storehouse community has submitted thousands of stories related to all kinds of topics, so no matter what your likes are, there’s always something for you to submerge in.

Along with the release of iOS 8 a few days ago, the team at Storehouse also released version 1.5 of the app that now makes it available for iPhone users as well. Storehouse for iPhone is just as gorgeous and functional as the iPad app, letting you not only browse stories by also craft your own. The talented folks at Storehouse have done a remarkable job with the UX, given the smaller screen estate available on iPhone. Animations & transitions are just as fluid and the photos in the stories are just as breathtaking. I’d been playing with a beta of the app for a few days before release and it took me just around 5 minutes to craft this story about my trip to Ladakh.

This release also brings an iOS 8 Photo extension to the app with iOS 8. With this, you can now mark multiple photos and videos in your Photos.app and send them directly to Storehouse to craft a new story.

If you’ve used the iPad app, you’ll instantly love the iPhone version. If you don’t have an iPad, there’s no better time to try Storehouse for iPhone. It is available Free on the App Store and I highly recommend you download it.

App Details:

Website | Download URL | Price: Free




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Rego 2 — A Better Way to Bookmark Your Favorite Places http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/rego-2-better-way-bookmark-favorite-places/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/rego-2-better-way-bookmark-favorite-places/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:28:44 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13787 Rego 2.0Back in 2013, we told you about this fantastic app called Rego. Rego offered a meticulously crafted UI that let you bookmark your favorite places into collections that you could refer later on. Back...


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Back in 2013, we told you about this fantastic app called Rego. Rego offered a meticulously crafted UI that let you bookmark your favorite places into collections that you could refer later on. Back then, I wrote:

I’m in love with the way every pixel in the iPhone app has been meticulously designed and crafted to perfect. The UI that Rego boasts is elegant and aesthetic, yet refreshing and modern. I also love the neat little icon that app has. So beautiful.

Unfortunately, with the release of iOS 7, the UI started feeling out of place. The status bar being separate from the UI really bothered me and for a while, it wasn’t certain if the developers were going to update the app at all. Thankfully, version 2 of the app was released a few days ago on the App Store and Rego 2 has been re-crafted to perfection.

With this release, Rego’s design has undergone a complete overhaul. The UI feels right at home with iOS 7 or 8 and everything looks neatly laid out. I love the way the designers have played with the colors of the UI elements. Adding a new place has been simplified. There are now multiple ways you can add a new bookmark — Current Location, Search or Enter an address manually, Use the location from a photo you’ve taken, Add the location from your contacts or choose the place from a list sourced from Foursquare. With all these options, adding your place is super quick and easy now. You can also now choose the color of the pin or add multiple photos at once.

You can browse the places you’ve bookmarked in Rego in three different ways — Recents, List via a Map. The app has a web component over at Rego.to and you can publish/share your collections there for your friends and followers.

Rego 2 is available for $4.99 on the App Store and is a free update to existing users. Yes, it has been updated for iOS 8, but doesn’t yet boast any iOS 8 specific features.

App Details:

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