We've got a couple of dueling top-shelf calendar apps on sale this week, so pick your team and run with it if you want something that puts Apple's stock calendar app to shame. But wait, there's more! We've also got dueling price chops on to-do apps, note taking apps that let you write on the screen, and even competing maps of the constellations. It's an ultimate app price drop showdown this week, so to arms, to arms! And to the App Store!
Apple may have claimed that it was "opening up" to developers during this year's WWDC, but it appears to be struggling with this concept when it comes to widgets for iOS 8's Notification Center. First there was PCalc's calculator, which Apple backed down from removing following a social media uproar. Now it's asking note-taking app Neato to remove the keyboard that lets its users take notes within the widget itself.
At first glance, Write looks a lot like current text-editing darling Ulysses 3, only at a much cheaper price — even factoring in a paid-for iOS version for taking work on the move. Glances three through six are mostly devoted to looking for the catch, and being surprised that there really isn’t one — not a big one, at least. Write is a gorgeous-looking editor with a lot of power just a click away.
Definitely some fun and cute games in this week's price drop round up, but we've also got some harder-edged action for those of you who are looking to go on quests or to chomp your way through your enemies. And if you just want to jot some notes or log your weight or chit chat with an AIbot, well we've got you covered there too.
It may seem hard to believe, but the last major update to NoteBook for Mac was all the way back in 2009 — more than a year before the first-generation iPad made the dream of a truly mobile digital notebook a reality. OS X still has the upper hand, however, especially after the more than 100 new features and improvements introduced in version 4.0.
At some point in the ‘90s, every college dorm had a Magnetic Poetry set stuck to the front of someone's mini-fridge. Verses might have been limited to the few dozen tiles that hadn't fallen behind the vent cover, but the fun wasn't in creating Walt Whitman-worthy masterpieces—it was in seeing how your creation was twisted by other people. Magnetic Poetry eventually went out of fashion, but FridgePoems looks to bring it back. However, while there may be a certain sense of nostalgia evoked here, the digital representation loses quite a bit of the fun without the kitsch and collaboration of the original.
If there's one thing that we’d change about iOS, it’s the keyboard. Back in 2007, we may have marveled at its flexible design, but today it feels antiquated—especially when compared to some of the alternative models we’ve tried. Unlike Fleksy or SwitfKey, Jot doesn't offer a new way to type; rather, it focuses more on text selection, sidestepping Apple's somewhat stale tap-and-hold method for a clever cursor-based concept, which dramatically improves upon the way we cut, copy, and paste.
Every notes app worth its salt needs to strike a balance between form and function, combining speed, effortless navigation, and easy organization into a simple tool that gets out of our way as we work. UpWord Notes doesn't just hit all of these marks — it does so in such an elegant way, we can't help but wonder if we've finally found the perfect app for quick note taking.