My thanks to Literature & Latte for sponsoring the following content as well as DigitalDojos over the last week. Literature & Latte are the makers of great apps such as Scrivener & Scapple. IF your looking for the best writing app solution look no further! Check out more info over at http://literatureandlatte.com
Scrivener has proven over time to be one of the best writing apps in the market. Offering a studio based application that gives you the ability to create, edit, review, research an entire project in one environment. Designed for long form writing Scrivener allows you to write the way you want structuring & revising your story in whatever format or order you see fit. It’s the go to app for any long form writing I do or even E-Book related material. Since it’s release the folks over at Literature & Latte have been hard at work to take their amazing desktop app to the mobile end. After years of planning & development Scrivener made its way to iOS & the team spared no features or thought when it came to porting it over for mobile. Here’s a look & overview of Scrivener for iOS (iPad & iPhone) retails for $20 via the iOS App Store
Scrivener for iOS is simplicity meets advanced features. L&L did a great job of offering a lot of the apps main feature set in a scaled down version. The binder, writing tools, and organizational tools such as cork board, folders, and so on are all included. Throughout the app you have multiple features at your disposal tucked away into the interface. Whether it’s swipe gestures or the Scrivener keyboard that gives you access to commonly used characters & tools to navigate around your article. All of which are extremely useful given your using Scrivener on a smaller device than you may be used to. However whether it was the iPhone or iPad I found navigating through the document seamless & intuitive.
Having quick access to common shortcuts such as highlighting, annotations, undo/redo & so on makes long form writing a breeze on the app. Furthermore Scrivener for iOS offers up customization in the form of tapping & holding any button on the keyboard interface for you to swap it to a more preferable shortcut. Outside of that the app behaves & functions similar to that of the desktop version so if your used to that interface then you won’t be disappointed. Scrivener allows a great organizational system through it’s binder feature. Organizing drafts, research, and whatever other miscellaneous parts of your script, book, etc.
Again a lot of what you may be used to from the desktop scrivener app is present on mobile whether it’s the full rich-text editing, import/export options, or annotation tools. Scrivener for iOS doesn’t skip out on features despite it’s more minimal UI. Beyond that iOS has brought sync functionality via Dropbox to make syncing between devices easier than ever. So whether you want to write on your MacBook or PC then take it on the go via an iPad or iPhone Scrivener allows for jut that. Simply sync your Dropbox account you use on your PC/Mac w/the iOS counterpart & your work can be synced across no matter what device your on or changes that need to be made. As someone who alternates devices throughout the day this is something thats crucial for me. I tend to start writing on my desktop & can easily be on the go needing to make changes to documents or books I may be working on. The ability now to simply add a thought via my iPhone or swap to my iPad makes the whole writing process that much more enjoyable & convenient!
Why Write w/Scrivener?
So what makes Scrivener stand out from any other word processors or heck even a simple notes app. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy simply writing in any empty text editor from time to time but when it comes to full expanding upon my thoughts & getting some serious writing done I always turn to Scrivener. Whether you use it to write a novel, develop a manuscript, or in my case create an E-Book it offers everything you need & more. Scrivener focuses on making the environment for long form writers accessible & tailored to your needs. Rather than writing in one motion your free to jump around to multiple documents, pages, thoughts & stitch it all together in the end. What makes me enjoy using Scrivener is it allows me to write however I see fit. Great tools like the binder allow you to split up multiple documents or drafts only to reorganize it later on depending on your process. The cork board or research tab makes it easy for you to import media to refer to be it notes or images as you write. Gone are the days of toggling between browsers & multiple apps just to reference a quick thought while writing.
I can go on & on about the use cases for Scrivener & how it makes the writing process that much more efficient but honestly its something you need to try & adopt depending on your writing style. While it may not be for everyone it can be used to write anything simple, complex, you name it. The flexibility the app offers really shines in the mobile application. It makes writing longer form content on the iPad a mere tap away.
All in all Scrivener is simply an all around writing application that you’d be hard fought to find something you couldn’t use it for. The transition from desktop app to the iOS platform has been one where the folks at L&L did a phenomenal job. Personally seeing their journey from going through devs to hiring in-house to re-develop from the ground up has been something to witness & to see the end result come out so polished definitely speaks to the talent of the team. As a content producer apps like these make my life that much easier & allow me to do my job without having to worry about the tools at my disposal. Scrivener for iOS simply allows me to open & get writing anyway I see fit.
Find out more information & grab Scrivener for iOS for $20 today!
It’s been awhile since I’ve taken into account all the apps I use on a day to day basis be it for work, killing time on my commute, or to get that 3 AM meal I’m craving after getting back from a night out. Thus I wanted to bring back the What’s on my iPhone series & try to keep you all up to date from time to time on the latest & in my opinion best apps I’m currently using. As time goes on of course these change slightly however I’m always open to new suggestions & better alternatives so if you see or know any better solutions drop them in the comments!
- Apple Pay/Wallet
- Amazon Alexa
- Philipps Hue
- Harmony App
- Apple TV Remote
- Bumble…. Tinder
- Kami 2
- Adidas Confirmed
- Google Maps
- Google Voice
- Google Drive
Instagram has been quietly testing out it’s flat UI for some users over the last couple weeks & it has made it’s way in a formal update today.
The new app icon is the first thing you’ll notice sporting a rainbow like color scheme. As Instagram puts it
Today we’re introducing a new look. You’ll see an updated icon and app design for Instagram. Inspired by the previous app icon, the new one represents a simpler camera and the rainbow lives on in gradient form.
More importantly the UI of the app itself has changed to an all new flat design. Sporting a simple black & white color scheme with flat buttons. The aim to simplify the design while maintain the same navigation as far as UX goes. Everything is still in the same place with a more simple look in order to allow focus on of course what matters most the content.
Personally the app icon itself takes more adjusting to then the app design itself. Gone is the brown hue & camera we’ve grown to know on our homepage. However one thing I’ve always appreciated about Instagram is the simplicity, surely theres been multiple features added over the years but the content is still front & center. What do you think about the all new minimal UI? Love it or hate it let me know.
My thanks to Eternal Storms Software for sponsoring DigitalDojos this week. Eternal Storms Software houses a suite of OS X & iOS apps that make everyday life easier. Productive tools from Yoink, ScreenFloat and their free-ware app SiriMote will change the way you use your mac.
Yoink is an app that is far better displayed then explained on paper. A drag n drop shelf for OS X users that changes the way your work & interact with files on your mac. The app retails for $7 on the Mac App Store or try a free demo via their site. Check out our full video overview to see it in action!
The great thing about Yoink is it can be used in a variety of scenarios. For me recently it’s become even more essential given my smaller screen size I’ve been working on. The idea of Yoink is that it offers a tucked away menu that you can easily interact with by dragging & dropping files you interact with on a daily basis or per project. Freeing your mouse from having to drag files across the screen & across apps. The best example I can give is for those who work in fullscreen app environments. Whether your editing photos on photoshop, videos on Final Cut Pro X, or what have you. You can of course swipe between fullscreen environments with gestures or click on the Finder window & be thrown around or you can use a solution like Yoink. Take all the files your using & drag n drop them into your Yoink bar.
After that you simply go into your app of choice of when you need said files simply toggle your Yoink bar & drag the files in as needed. Again this is great because you can take files from your desktop or finder windows & stash them all in a place that is always accessible no matter what you doing in OS X. No need to find the correct Finder tab, file, or group of files when it’s all stashed in Yoink.
Matthias at Eternal Storms made the Yoink options super simple & to the point which is something I enjoy about the app. You can tweak it to your liking & adjust to whatever workflow you may have.
The app settings sit in your menu bar for you to access if need be adjusting options like
–Windows Position (Set Yoink bar position on your screen be it left or right)
–Windows Size (Adjust the size of the Yoink bar from 3 files to biggest, smallest, or automatic)
–Preferences allow you to tweak other options & behaviors of the app, such as controlling quick look preview options for files & so on.
There’s a good amount of options to adjust how Yoink looks & acts based on your preferences. You can have files stacked together when you are working with multiple lets say videos or photos for a project, or have them spread out depending on the option you prefer. This app truly changes the way I work when it comes to video editing projects in ScreenFlow & Final Cut. No longer do I have to constantly switch between windows or find certain files that may or may not be in one location. I simply take a couple seconds dragging and dropping the files I’m working with & just get to work. Saving me arguably the most important resource, time.
So if your looking to save time & improve your own workflow by simply putting that much more power in your drag n drop actions then look no further than Yoink. There’s no right or wrong way to use it. Treat it as your temporary shelf for a permanent home for the files. Organize your files with a simple click n drag, free your mouse up & get to work.
The apps we use day to day allow us to get the work & play done on our macs. Finding those gems in a sea of apps that allow us to save time, improve our workflow, or make our everyday tasks easier can make all the difference. Here’s a list of my top five favorite productivity applications.
1-TextExpander (Automate Keystrokes)
TextExpander allows users to simply input a few keystrokes in place of full phrases you may typically input. Some great examples are addresses, e-mail signatures, and various other repetitive text forms. You simply set a shortcut such as:
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This saves you a ton of time & can help in a variety of situations. A great part of the app is the communities snippets that you can find online to help you in various situations. A great technique I’ve seen is using TextExpander to autocorrect common typos you may constantly input. Simply put if your typing a lot & spend a great amount of your time filling out forms, inputting text, typing then grab it!
2-Yoink (Taking Drag & Drop to the next level)
This is a simple but highly effective utility that takes the common drag & drop functionality & brings it to the next level. Yoink adds a pop-out bar to OS X that allows you to easily drag files from anywhere into Yoink. This allows you do multiple things. This is even more useful for OS X users who are limited to a single screen. As this saves you the tedious tasks of navigating finder windows or copy/pasting files & so on.
You can store app-content into the Yoink bar & then simply switch to the app you’d like to use them in. A great example is taking multiple files from a desktop & dragging them into Yoink from there swiping back to another space or app like mail. What I love most about Yoink is the customizable options it brings. Allowing you to easily place the Yoink bar & adjusting it to your liking. Simple time saving apps like these go a long way.
3-Daisy Disk (Find the Largest Files in the Shortest Time)
Time to time our mac hard drives get full & it’s a reminder for us to do some file cleaning. Whenever it happens it can be a hassle to find out what exactly is taking up the most space on your hard drive & how to get rid of it. Having an app daisy disk saves you all the time hunting the files down or going into Finder’s plain view size system.
DaisyDisk makes this process simple & better yet visually appealing. Laying out your disk in fragments so you can visually see which larger chunks are taking up your hard drive & making it simple to find & delete them. While you may not be doing this constantly whenever you need it the time save makes the app highly worth it.
4-F.Lux (Adjust your display to the time of day)
F.lux to me is an essential tool to have any time you get a new computer. While it isn’t an app that you interact with per say it’s something that’ll make those long hours of computer usage that much more bearable & return productive.
F.lux aims to essentially eliminate blue light the light emitted from display that not only effects our eyes but our sleep as well. The app adjusts the hue/color of your monitor depending on the time of day. Getting warmer as the night goes on & back to normal during the day. While it takes some time to get used to it’s definitely worth it.
5-Wunderlist (Easiest way to make/share lists)
There’s no shortage of to-do based apps but Wunderlist has always been a personal favorite. It’s cross platform compatibility & ease of use when it comes to sharing lists out makes it a key app. Whether it’s personal lists or professional based ones you can easily organize, share out, and create separate lists. All with a simple user interface to match.
So get working & remember that productivity at the end of the day comes down to whatever works best for you & your workflow. Whether it’s free, paid, mobile, or desktop apps as long as you get working!