What we published, and links of note
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Virginia Roberts’ Mac and iOS setup »
Virginia Roberts, also known as The Heartographer, is an online dating coach. Virginia sometimes supplements her coaching business with writing, software testing, linguistic work, and event planning.
Virginia perfectly sums up a lot of my thoughts about creating the ideal setup through lots of small improvements:
I suppose that means most of my “ideal setup” factors involve a bunch of boring little incremental tweaks that slightly improve the looks and functionality of my overall setup. Sort of like each new iPhone, I guess!
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Sales, updates, and new apps »
This week, we saw an update to our favorite GTD system, our runner-up for best app for managing, editing, and viewing PDFs is half off, and a delightful new iOS game was released with great praise.
- OmniFocus for Mac, part of our favorite app for GTD suite for OS X and iOS, was updated to version 2.1 this week. The new version includes a new look that better matches OS X Yosemite, new Today and Share extensions, as well as a bevy of bug fixes and improvements.
- PDFPen 2, our runner-up for the best PDF management, editing, and viewing app, is currently 50% off at just $9.99. This app is fantastic and extremely powerful, and even at full price it’s a steal.
- Alto’s Adventure is a brand new iOS game that is both delightful to play and beautiful to look at. Join Alto on an endless runner adventure down the slopes on a snowboard, collecting stray llamas, picking up coins, and performing tricks along the way.
Quick Tip: Partition a hard drive using Disk Utility »
Mac OS X makes it incredibly easy to partition external hard drives into multiple “drives.” Creating partitions on a drive means you can see multiple “drives” from OS X, but they’re all contained on the same hard drive.
Bradley shows us how to create multiple partitions on a single hard drive using the built-in Disk Utility application on OS X.
Behind the App »
Inquisitive, a Relay.fm show produced by Myke Hurley, launched a new series called Behind the App that takes a look at how the App Store changed our idea of “applications” on computing devices.
“Behind the App” takes a look at the App Store and how it has changed nearly everything in the consumer electronic space. Myke recorded hours and hours of interviews with developers, telling the story of the iPhone, the history of iOS app development and how to make a living writing code.
This is a fantastic new vein in Myke Hurley’s show, and it’s an interesting dive into such a fascinating subject. Myke moves the show along by interviewing prominent figures in the app development community, such as Marco Arment, Guy English, Jason Snell, and more.
Making Music on iOS: Guitar Amps, Effects Apps & Hardware »
Our friends over at MacStories wrote a detailed and interesting article on playing guitar through iOS devices. I grew up playing guitar before the iOS days, so this was completely fascinating to me. It’s amazing how powerful these devices are when you plug in an analog interface. Achieving these types of results before was incredibly expensive and far less portable. This is a great piece of writing by Charlie Sorrel.
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