Favorite iOS Apps: January 2013 Edition
Fantastical makes it easy to create calendar events with minimal brain power. For example, you can create an event by tapping out “Surfing Trip July 21st to 24th” and it will create an event called “Surfing Trip” with the appropriate dates. Pretty cool and nice for conserving brain cycles.
REI Snow Report
This is the best of the many (ten plus) ski/snow reporting apps that I’ve tried. Besides the usual info (new snow in inches, base depth in inches, current weather conditions, etc) it also shows predicted snowfall for the next four days as well as the snowfall in inches for the past week or so. It also has the amount of lifts open and links to the resort Twitter feed. Powder alerts (push notifications) can be set for each resort based on the amount of new snowfall in inches which is an awesome use of push notifications. Downsides of the app are that the first hand reports are not always current and it’s not fully retinafied.
Delivery Status takes your tracking numbers for shipments and puts them on one screen. You can get push notifications for updates (sort of) by running the free OS X dashboard widget on your Mac. While this isn’t great I find it to be good enough since I usually have a Mac running during normal delivery hours and if not I can always just launch the app to check where my stuff is. It gets extra points for being a universal (iPhone/iPad) app being nice to look at.
Day One is a journaling app that is also universal on iOS. I find it handy since I can quickly create journal entries on whatever device I have nearby. I’ve primarily been using it for text but it also supports photos. There is a Mac version (Apple’s Mac app of the year for 2012) too that syncs with the iOS app via iCloud (DropBox is also provided as a sync option). In my two weeks of use the iCloud syncing has been working great. Sometimes it takes a few seconds for the app to sync up if I haven’t launched it in a while but I’m fine with that.
Instapaper has been on every iOS home screen on every iOS device I’ve owned. The killer feature is a bookmarklet that you can add to all of your browsers (for me that’s Safari on Mac and Safari on iOS) that sends articles to “read later” to the Instapaper server. The articles are downloaded to the Instapaper app when it’s launched. I like using it because I often don’t have time to read an article when I’ve stumbled upon it so it’s a big win to be able to read the articles when I have free time, like when I’m on a bus for example.
That’s it for now. Planning on posting about more of my favorite Mac and iOS apps at a later date.