A MacStories review of 1Password 4.1 with some very nice tips and tricks.
Evernote is constantly improving and it is one of the first things I recommend to anyone looking for a general capture tool. I use it enough that I’m always interested in making it do more. Here are some apps that add some unique features to the mix.
EverClip does one job: It runs in the background and grabs anything put on the pasteboard and uploads it to Evernote. Given that Evernote is available everywhere, EverClip actually makes a pretty good multi-platform clipboard tool. Unfortunately, I think $9 is a little much for such a basic set of apps.
EverClip for iPhone | $3
EverClip for iPad | $6
Clever for Evernote is an attractive alternative to the Evernote iOS application. There are some nice visual effects and well done sounds effects. I really love the timeline indicator during scrolling. Best of all, it’s much fast to get in and add a photo note than the Evernote app.
Clever has other top-notch features, like multiple accounts, customizable time stamps, an option to not save camera snaps to the iOS camera roll and a very thorough URL Scheme with built in documentation.1
Clever is certainly a good competitor for the default Evernote iOS app. It’s fast and elegant. I like the interface better too. But it comes at a pretty steep price point. $9 total to get Clever on the iPhone and iPad. That’s a tough sell against the free Evernote offering. Personally, I think it’s worth it if you use Evernote a lot.
Clever for iPhone | $4
Clever HD for iPad | $5
QuickEver is a quick entry note app for Evernote. There are a couple of nice features like swipe to move cursor, TextExpander support, custom time stamp format. It’s similar to the terrific Drafts app but more deeply integrated with Evernote. For example, access to Evernote tags and notebooks.
There’s also an interesting little feature that posts to notification center at a set duration. Tapping on the notification opens QuickEver. It’s using Notification Center as a launcher. Feels weird. The developer page is in a language I can’t read and the app hasn’t been updated in many months. It’s still nice.
QuickEver | Universal | $2
Seriously, why don’t more developers put their URL Scheme in their apps. Clever even allows you to tap and copy the URL for each action in the documentation. Genius. ↩
Nearly nine years after I first looked at Ulysses, I’m taking a second look. This time, it’s a keeper
"A picture is worth a thousand words" may be a lovely cliché, but it’s exactly the wrong way to view visualization. As admirable as the craft, message, and data-driven artistry of the Edward Tuftes and Stephen Fews may be, successful visualization is less about effectively conveying complex information than creatively provoking human interaction.
David Sparks has – together with Eddy Smith – written a new Field Guide about Markdown. You can download it on the iBookstore or download a PDF file. But I think the best way to read it is via an iPad (iBookstore version).
This book demystifies Markdown, making it easy for anybody to learn. This book includes 130 pages and 27 screencasts totaling more than one and a half hours of video. There is also an additional hour of audio interviews. This book will take you from zero knowledge of Markdown to being a Markdown pro and change the way you write for the better.
Google Drive lets users create Docs, Sheets, and Slides, collaborate on them in real time, and have their changes saved automatically. With the new Google Drive Realtime API, you can now easily add some of the same real-time collaboration that powers Google Drive to your own apps. This new API handles network communication, storage, presence, conflict resolution, and other collaborative details so you can focus on building great apps.