Apps

People sometimes ask me what apps I use, particularly on iPhone OS.

iOS (iPhone)

General/personal:

  • I went back to Things after using OmniFocus for a few years. Cultured Code seemed to have stalled out on Things development for a while; but version 3 is great, and OmniFocus just became way too complicated.
  • AnyList – I find this indispensable, a great way to keep track of what I need for the kitchen, and recipes.
  • MoneyWell – synced to the Mac app. I am looking at moving away from this, probably to Bankivity, as the new developer of MoneyWell seems suspiciously like an amateur who cannot make significant progress on the apps.
  • Overcast for podcasts.

Cycling

Social

Other

  • Quicklytics – latest in a long string of Google Analytics apps.
  • Flipboard – now that this is available for the small screen, I’ve not touched Reeder or and I hardly look at Tweetbot. Better for reading things like the Globe and Mail and Vancouver Sun than their own apps.
  • Atmosphérique Pro – finally, a weather app that uses Environment Canada data, and so is not wrong 90% of the time. I think of weather apps in a way similar to toasters: life is a quest for the perfect one, a search unlikely ever to come to an end. But I’ve apparently figured out the secret code of Canadian meteorologists: 40% chance of rain actually means it is going to rain; 30% chance of rain is just for covering their asses.
Others of note:
  • Canadian (Canadian Oxford Dictionary) – I used to use CanOxford until Oxford apparently decided to switch developers, so I had to pay for this twice. This is one of those “future moments” apps: you’re carrying the entire Canadian Oxford Dictionary in a small slab in your pocket!) I much prefer this to dictionary sites: it’s faster, and it is the Oxford, not an “urban dictionary” or some such generally unreliable source.
  • Road Trip – great l/km and car expense tracking app.
  • Daylight – almost as useful as weather apps: lets you know when the sun rises and sets for any given day.

iOS (iPad)

  • Editorial for writing—great Markdown app.
  • Flipboard – One of my most frequently used apps. Great to have RSS and Twitter and assorted other things all in one place, and presented so beautifully.
  • The New Yorker – I subscribed on my iPad. (See the great intro video.)
  • New York Times – I subscribed on my iPad. Dumb how you have to subscribe separately on your iPhone or iPod touch, but I probably wouldn’t read it much there anyway.
  • The Guardian
  • Things—see iPhone above

macOS

I’ve been using the Mac since the 128K. After a quarter of a century, these are the apps I use every day.

  • Tweetie
  • Reunion – genealogy app.
  • Things – for personal GTD management.
  • MoneyWell – I reviewed a bunch of personal finance apps, and I thought this one was best. Syncs to the iPhone app (see above). But also see above re: apparently abandoned development.
  • Delicious Library – shitty user interface and stalled development, but all my books are catalogued here.
  • BBEdit – old reliable, the text editor I’ve used for virtually all markup I’ve ever done since the early days of the web. Every single word and tag on my Rhodes Chroma site, now totalling well over a million words (not counting markup), has been authored exclusively with this app.
  • Cornerstone – in my opinion, the best Subversion client for Mac OS X.
  • Interarchy – ftp client for the Mac. It’s synced every file on my aforementioned Chroma site for over five years, but I’ve been using it for over a decade. I only occasionally use the ftp command line app.
  • OmniGraffle – still one of the best reasons to use a Mac. A joy. And they have a very liberal licensing policy: since I have a license at work, I can use it on my home computer for whatever I want. Brilliant.
  • Acorn – “The image editor for humans.” Enough said. Astonishes me that those who don’t really need all the bells and whistles (and accompanying performance hit) that Photoshop provides don’t move to this app.

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