Things received an Apple Design Award in 2009 and today it’s on its way to a second such award. Things 3 is even more user-friendly than its predecessor. Feature-wise the new version gains a new design, improved interaction, a day planner with the ability add your Calendar events using huge dates so you can’t miss them, a week planner, headings to subdivide your task list, checklists, a Plus button that allegedly is magical (I only tried the macOS version briefly; the Magical Button is iOS only) and time-based reminders. Furthermore, the Mac version knows about split screen and multiple windows and lets you get rid of the sidebar.
Wacom’s new Intuos Pro graphics tablet is the thinnest since the company started selling graphics tablets many years ago. Wacom sells its professional line of tablets most often to graphics designers and photographers, but I managed to put it to good use with mocha Pro and Motion as well. The experience led me to try to use the newest Intuos Pro with Final Cut Pro X, my goal being to use it as a poor man’s control surface. For my tests, Wacom kindly sent me a large Paper Edition model.
Shooting film outdoors can be a lot of fun, but it’s detrimental to your equipment if the weather turns against you. That’s why companies like LaCie, CalDigit and G-Technology make these rugged drives you can toss around, drop and submerge. CalDigit’s bus-powered portable Tuff drive is a fine example of a really tough drive. It’s now available in 1TB format with an SSD drive inside.
OWC’s Thunderbolt 3 dock has the looks and the ports to appeal even to those who don’t need one. The company’s selection of ports to include has so far been the best I’ve encountered. There are 13 of them and they represent OWC’s experience with users’ needs in terms of support for legacy technology.
British thermal label specialist Peninsula Group develops one of the few barcode apps available for Mac users. It’s called Barcode X and you can create most of the currently existing barcodes with it — 170 different types to be exact — without risking to make errors. I had the opportunity to test the latest version.
An outliner, who needs them these days with iOS apps that let you write anything from free text to outlines with a stylus? Well, if you’re someone who likes to get some order in the chaos of his mind, there’s more to outlining than adding words with a checkbox in front of, or indenting lines of text. In fact, if you’ve tried OmniOutliner Pro you’ll realise it can help you organise even relatively complex projects.
Sometimes even the most hard-line Mac enthusiast wonders what Apple must be thinking when users are ignored when they ask for a new feature or complain about something that doesn’t work quite well. But when Apple Mac/iOS app editors award an app the App of the Year Award, everyone knows that app must be something worth taking a look at. Ulysses, The Soulmen’s Markdown app that is available on the macOS and iOS platform, has won these awards multiple times. And version 2.8 has just been announced.
If you have ever had to edit a PDF, you know what a pain that can be. Even with Adobe's own Acrobat Pro or DC application, changing a font or editing an image in a PDF file isn't very easy or simple. Much to my surprise when I downloaded PDF Expert from Readdle, this app seemed to offer a far more user-friendly interface than Acrobat when it comes to PDF editing. I soon found out it's powerful too.
Tomorrow, December the seventh, marks another day of joy for Ulysses users everywhere. Our much loved markdown editor will reach version 2.7, bringing goodies once more.
If you believe in automation on the Mac, Typinator 7 may be just the app you’re looking for. Ergonis has released its latest version of Typinator and the new version is better and easier than its predecessor by a large margin. Typinator 7 comes with assistants, interactive input fields and “Publications & Subscriptions”.