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A new version of Bear, a roundup of great podcasting gear, and more

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Bear 1.5 brings new themes, custom TagCons, special searches, and more »

Bear 1.5 brings new themes, custom TagCons, special searches, and more

Earlier this week, Shiny Frog released version 1.5 of Bear — the best note-taking app for iPhone and iPad — and it’s full of great new features. I’ve used Bear extensively for research, thought organization, and everything in between, but there have been a few hiccups from day one that I’ve stomached ever since. The biggest of those has been the lack of a note archive — a place for all your notes to go once you’re done with them (because putting them in the trash brings a rush of finality I don’t prefer to deal with).

That note archive and a wealth of other improvements have been introduced today in Bear 1.5 for iPhone, iPad, and the Mac.

Bonus! One more thing…

The Complete Guide to Managing Tasks in Things (Video)

If you struggle to keep up with all your tasks, we can show you some organization tips that may help you.

We put together a video that shows you everything you need to know about a task in Things:

  • The difference between start dates and due dates and how to use them effectively.
  • How to set up reminders so you never forget an important task again.
  • How to use checklists for tasks that require more than one step.
  • How to configure daily, weekly, monthly, or even annual repeating tasks.
  • And more…

You don’t have to use any of these things in your tasks if you don’t want to. But knowing what they are and how they all work will help you be more organized, save time, and ensure you are using Things in the way that suits you best.

This video is something we have made available for free to our email subscriber community. You can get it right now. By joining the Sweet Setup community you’ll also get access to other guides, early previews to big new reviews and workflow articles we are working on, weekly roundups of our best content, and more.


We updated our pick for the best RSS app for iPhone and iPad »

We updated our pick for the best RSS app for iPhone and iPad

Where many folks once consumed and gathered their interesting links through Twitter or Facebook, we now see many folks venturing back into their RSS queues to more directly control the types of content they’re reading.

It was only appropriate to jump back into our review and update our pick for the best RSS app for iPhone and iPad. Our pick hasn’t changed, mind you — Unread is still our pick for the best RSS app for iPhone and iPad for most people. Its beautiful interface, best-in-class reading experience, and unique gesture-based navigation system make it the easiest app to recommend to RSS users for daily usage. Unread was previously our pick for the iPad only, but our update introduces Unread as the pick for the iPhone as well.

A roundup of great podcast hardware »

If you are looking to start a podcast, or upgrade your current podcasting hardware, the array of options on the market can be overwhelming.

This article isn’t meant to be a comprehensive review of every piece of audio gear you could purchase, but is rather a collection of recommendations based on where you may be.

Opinions about audio equipment are like belly buttons — everyone has them, but in my experience, this collection of equipment should serve you well, no matter the price point.

Overcast version 4.2 released last week »

Overcast, our favorite podcast client for iOS, was recently updated to version 4.2. Marco Arment detailed all the new changes on his site.

The big update here is all about privacy. GDPR goes into effect in late May, so a lot of app developers are making changes to become compliant in Europe.

How to use Alfred’s text snippet functionality »

I’ve been a fan of TextExpander for a really long time, as it’s one of the original apps I bought when I got my first Mac. In recent years, it’s moved to a subscription model which can turn away light users. If you have basic needs (simple text expansion), you might be able to replace TextExpander with Alfred to accomplish the same purpose.

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