The Dialogue: Steve Streza

When we debuted The Dialogue a few years ago, the App Store, and the Apple we knew then, were quite different from how things are today. The Dialogue has been great at showcasing some of our favorite people in ‘design’ and ‘technology’, along with the stuff they’ve worked on. Today, I am talking to one such [...]



Ulysses 13 for iOS and macOS is Now Available

Ulysses, one of the most popular writing apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac has just been updated to Version 13.

[This] update adds one of our most requested features, enhances one of our most popular features, and colors one of our seemingly minor but most powerful features.

Ulysses 13 is a major update with some fantastic new features. While most people will appreciate the new code blocks implementation and live syntax highlighting, the real fantastic feature for me is the Daily Goal functionality.

I’ve been using it over the last week and things have mostly been awesome. I love being able to set goals per group inside the app and play around with themes and fonts from within. Unfortunately, I ran into multiple issues with Dropbox and am waiting for a response from the team before doing a full feature on the app as I had initially planned.

You can try Ulysses for free on iOS and macOS with the new free trial. In fact, if you used up your free trial earlier, they have reset all trials, so everyone can take the app for a spin for free once again. Ulysses 13 is a Free Update and you can download it on the App Store for iOS and macOS.


Illustration in the App Store

We don’t see this particular flavor of artistic ambition from many companies today, especially tech companies. The predominant mode of product design almost exclusively favors templates and automation, what can be done without human intervention. The very idea of asking living, breathing art directors who need to be paid real salaries to hire living, breathing illustrators who also need to be paid a living wage in order to create so-called works of art that have no demonstrably reproducible effect on actual profits is outlandish, absurd even. The mere suggestion would get you laughed off of most design teams in Silicon Valley. Design in this century has little use for anything that can’t be quantified.

The App Store in a post iOS 11 world is pretty great. Over the last few updates we can even update apps from other accounts without having to login, which is a great thing for people like me because I use another account to try out games that aren’t available worldwide yet. One underrated aspect is the curation bit and while it is pretty terrible in India on the App Store, what I see on the UK and US store fronts is almost always great.

The images and iconography created for the editorial content are really nice. This post highlights that aspect of the App Store curation and I’m blown away by some of the details. This is one of those “only Apple” things and I mean that in the best possible way.



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