I had been looking for a great email app for years when I found Newton (formally CloudMagic). It was a nifty mail app that did a lot of extra stuff, and then even more when they changed the name and switched to a subscription-based payment system. But I didn’t care about that. It was all about the user experiment. It a gorgeous app, which matter to me since I would have the loop at a dozen times a day. This year they shut down the service. The app still works but there won’t be any updates going forward which will impact my workflow when Apple periodically updates Mac OS X. So I’ve once again been sampling all the current mail apps out there as a replacement. There have been a half dozen of them that I think are pretty good, but always seem to have at least one thing that doesn’t work for me.
Mail Pilot 3 was on of those apps that missed the mark. But it looks like the team is working on the next version they’ve codenamed Mail Pilot: Discovery Edition. And after watching the promo video, I might’ve found my next mail app. It sucks that it’s yet another email subscription service. A lot of the so-called premium functionality is not needed. I just need something slick and easy to use to navigate through my day. Still, I’m getting the pre-order pricing to see what the hell is up with this app.
The progression of mobile DJ apps has been a slow one. There’s a lot of apps to choose from but there’s only been 2 (in my opinion that were decent enough to use on your mobile devices while you were on the go. Traktor DJ by Native Instruments, and Algoriddim DJay Pro. Sometime this year, Traktor (which was my preferred app) stopped working. It froze and crashed repeatedly so I had no choice but to delete it and start playing with DJay Pro. Algoriddim has put a lot of love and thought into this app. A lot of the things I’ve been wanting in a mobile app seems to be covered in this new version. I’ll give a review when I get to play with it more.
With the discontinuation of Adobe Muse, I’ve been left without a website development tool in my arsenal. Sure, I have Creative Cloud so I have access to Dreamweaver. But I’m nowhere near proficient in html, css and js to use that app with any efficiency. All of my coding skills have dwindled to the occasional snippet for changing text color and editing text. I just need something I could visually build webpages with. Nothing complicated. I’ve owned Blocs since version 1, but after messing around with it, I realized the workflow wasn’t for me. But there’s been a lot of improvement and new features in the last couple versions. To be honest, I think the app has had everything I needed from the start. I just need to get off my lazy ass and tackle the learning curve.
I’ve already ranted about all the unnecessary subscriptions I pay for each month. But SetApp is one of those jewels that shines above the rest. It’s basically a monthly subscription service that gives you access to a ton of small apps that do virtually everything. It’s not the major stuff. It’s the little $30-$50 apps that do one specific thing. And you get access to all of them for $10/month. Anytime I need a lifesaving little app (converting files, downloading video, etc.) Setapp comes through most of the time.
Cloud gaming has been an unrealized for a decade. And even though this Show cloud gaming service seems too good to be true, a lot of the real world reviews suggest this is the real deal. $35 gets you a fully functional Windows gaming PC in the cloud. You get full Windows 10 so you can download steam and play games on your desktop/laptop (Windows AND Mac), and your mobile tablet and phone. The subscription price seems pretty steep, but I’m really considering trying this out!
I’ve been trying to get my mobile beat game up for years. Being able to compose complete works with nothing but my MacBook Pro has been very freeing. Now I need that same freedom on my phone. I purchase and played with the first version of the iMPC when it first came out, as well with other mobile beat apps. But I never really dug too deep into their functionality. The Maschine app was pretty dope. Now I hope the iMPC 2 Pro app takes it further.
Pixel Film Studios plugins have been my lifeblood. They’ve allowed me to do a lot of effects-based projects that previously could only be done in After Effects. This 2nd version of Projection takes the image mapping to another level. I can’t wait to start playing with this.
In my ongoing pursuit to upgrade my iPhone XS Max with apps that have a sexy UI, I’ve moved back over to Twitterrific as my official Twitter app. True, the official app has a dark mode which looks great on my new phone, but Twitterrific’s tweaked UI looks lightly better with a nice user experience. I’m still on the fence so this is a trial tryout. I can always go back to the default app if needed. But until then, I’ll play around with this one.
With my phone upgrade, I’m trying to update my favorite apps, focusing on great UX and sexy UI. I’ve been using Downcast for years on my iPhone. I’ve tried a few others but alway came back due to its easy of use and reliability. But now with a nice OLED screen on my new iPhone XS Max, I’m looking to upgrade to something more slick, but still easy to use. The AgoraPlayer seems to be the dopest app I could find. There’s a bit of a learning curve on how to use it, but the UI is sexy and hell.
I’ve been using Slugline for a few years. I even did a post on it back in the day. But I wanted to revisit it because it’s such a useful scriptwriting app. The big hook for Slugline is all of the formatting is automatic. If you learn how to use it properly, you can type up a script as fast as you can type. No stopping to access menus for formatting dialog, or scenes or… slug lines. You just type. This has been a dream for me, being one those creatives who obsessively try to get their thoughts down before you forget everything. Throw in a new full-featured mobile app for iOS and being able to access your scripts in the cloud, and you’ve got a great alternative to bloated script apps like Final Draft.
Grab Slugline on both MacOS ($49.99) and iOS. ($19,99). I know they’re both seem pretty expensive. But if you’re serious about your scriptwriting and you want an app that won’t get in the way of your creativity, Slugline is definitely the way to go.
I commute around 4 hours a day (yes, I said FOUR!!). And even though the commuter bus has free wifi for its passengers, I still don’t feel right about connecting my devices to an unprotected internet connection. So, I use my phone as a hotspot when I need to get work done on the move. For those of us who do this regularly, you know that a lot of your laptop’s background functions can burn up a lot of data with processes you don’t need (auto checking mail, cloud backup, etc.).
Back in January I did a post about a new modular MIDI controller called BLOCS from a company called Roli. It was cool a attempt at something different. It looked AWESOME but I felt was way too expensive to even think about purchasing. Now Roli’s put the functionality into a mobile app called Noise. Basically a pad-based music maker, it’s similar to Mischine’s mobile app. I don’t know how functional this app would be in my production workflow. It seems to be better equipped if you own the BLOCS modules. But when I’m on the train and I want to just mess around with some soundpads, for now Noise is a great way to experiment. We’ll see if it becomes a lot more useful in the future.
Currently only available for iOS.