I can’t remember where I heard about Marvin, but if you read eBooks on your iOS devices, it’s definitely worth a look. It has a fantastic feature set including Readmill integration, crazy precise theming options, annotations, etc. For $3, there is no better option on iOS. And yes, Marvin handily thumps iBooks. Grab it in the App Store.
Mark Hellweg, Founder of Ratio
Ratio is the result of pondering coffee makers for several years. After listening to many customers complain about flimsy plastic parts, complicated programming steps, and overall inelegance, I decided to draw together a team of talented designers, engineers, and creatives to build a new company that is devoted entirely to coffee machines of unmatched beauty and quality.
This thing is gorgeous.
I’ve gotta admit, I’m intrigued. Castro looks gorgeous, and while there are plenty of heavyweights out there, I’m always willing to try a newcomer.
Some of these folks should get book deals. I laughed hysterically for quite a while.
Joshua Schnell, at Macgasm:
If there’s anything I’ve learned during this exercise of trying to figure out exactly what the heck Photo Stream is, or does, it’s that Apple needs to get its head on straight an figure this thing out. Many people are assuming that Apple is backing these things up for them. They’re not. That fine. But what’s not fine is the mirage that’s been set up that makes it look like things are backed up somewhere in the cloud because photos are magically appearing on one device or the next without much user intervention.
Virtually every pain point I’ve had when helping family and friends navigate iOS is directly related to Photo Stream. In fact, every single time it was someone thinking that everything on their phone—photos included—is “in the cloud”. They use that exact phrase, because that’s what they hear from Apple. Semantics aren’t really important here. Even though Apple doesn’t use that wording exactly, it’s what normal people hear. I agree with Joshua; Apple needs to straighten this out. There is no denying that Photo Stream is wildly confusing, especially for the normal user.
Bake in Clearly, integrate Skitch, toss in the clipper from Evernote’s helper, then add sharing, and you end up with Evernote’s new Web Clipper for Safari. Once a pop-up that simply copied the full page or URL, the new Web Clipper condenses page grabs and annotation tools into a simple sidebar, adding almost all of the base features you’d find in Skitch, a standalone screenshot, image, and PDF markup and sharing application for desktops and mobile devices.
This is kind of amazing. Evernote is in cruise control right now.
The Everpix Blog:
It’s frustrating (to say the least) that we cannot continue to work on Everpix. We were unable to secure sufficient funding in order to properly scale the business, and our endeavors to find a new home for Everpix did not come to pass. At this point, we have no other options but to discontinue the service.
We will email everyone soon in regards to refunds and exporting photos from Everpix—your memories are very important to us, and you can rest assured everyone on the team is working hard to ensure a swift and simple process.
But paid services can’t die, right?
Time to rethink.
Since I rarely have the time to write up proper reviews anymore, here’s the skinny on two of this week’s releases that I’m in love with. LOVE.
Terminology 3 is hit the store last night, and honestly, there’s not enough praise in the world for me to give to Greg Pierce. He’s a damn wizard. We all know about Drafts and the power it holds, but most people haven’t used Terminology. Te is actually the first of Greg’s apps I tried, long before Drafts hit the shelves, and back then it was an absolutely indispensable tool. When Greg asked me to test out version 3, I nearly jumped out of my chair (I think in reality, I may have). It’s been an insane help to me while working on my thesis. Drafts is for text, Terminology is for words.
Terminology 3 is my go-to dictionary app: it may have lost its custom design in the transition to iOS 7, but if you, like me, weren’t a fan of the app’s previous look, you’ll welcome the cleaner look that focuses on words and definitions. Sync has worked reliably for me, and the app’s new actions enhance Terminology’s capabilities even further. Support for x-callback-url means that power users will be able to chain Terminology with other apps in their workflows, and, overall, I believe that the new Terminology provides the right mix of clean presentation, ease of use, and advanced functionality.
So, if someone tells you Terminology is a dictionary app, they’re only telling you part of the story. Terminology is a dictionary app like Drafts is a text editor.
I know you’re thinking “Nope. Not trying another weather app”, but trust me, it’s good. It’s got charts, nice in-app design, and accuracy. Most importantly, it’s easy to use and sports great data from the guys at The Dark Sky Company.
I’ve been using it for a little over a week now, and it’s firmly planted on my homescreen. Give it a whirl.
Federico Viticci just posted a full review, which will be far more helpful to you than my few words.
Gabe Weatherhead has some great tips for getting the most out of 1Password’s built-in browser on iOS. I never thought about the app this way, but I certainly plan to use some of Gabe’s suggestions.
1Password is a terrific way to save and sync all of your sensitive information. By far, my favorite feature of the iOS apps is the in-app browser. While Safari and iCab are my browsers of choice, I end up in the 1Password browser constantly. Here are some tips and uses to get the most out of 1Password on iOS.
And later, some awesome:
Better yet, create a 1Password bookmarklet in Safari.
Bookmark any page
Open the bookmarks and tap the edit button
Open the details for the bookmark
Paste this code in where the bookmark URL goes:
This bookmarklet just adds “op” to the front of the URL which then opens the current page in 1Password.
That’s about it. Now if you’re on a page in Safari (or iCab), just hit the bookmark to open the page in a new 1Password tab.
That’s just sweet.
Mikhail Madnani at Beautiful Pixels has a good rundown of the two best (IMO) podcast apps on iOS.
Instacast 4 for iOS builds upon its earlier wireframe and brings an elegant coat of paint to fit right at home on iOS 7. The animations have a lively bounce to them and the app UI is simple. Pocket Casts 4, on the other hand, has been rebuilt from the ground up for iOS 7 and if you’ve used the Android app, you will feel right at home with this one.
While I think Pocket Casts is fantastic, I’m still sticking with Instacast because I use the Mac app a lot. It’s got its quirks—which are infuriating at times—but I like the UI more than anything else available.