What we published this week

Here is a summary of the things we published this week. You can also stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter and RSS.

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The Staff Favorites

We wrote a comprehensive running list of the iOS and Mac apps we (The Sweet Setup staff) use every day for work and play. Grab a delicious coffee and sit back to enjoy all of the excellent apps that are mentioned here. On second thought, you probably need more than one coffee to keep you company through all 10,000 words.

If you’re only interested in a certain category or device, we’ve got you covered. The article is broken down by devices (Mac, iPhone, iPad) and categories for each device.

Pushpin 3.1 update

We mentioned last week that Pushpin received a nice update, but Chris wrote a detailed post this week about the new features. If you aren’t using Pushpin, just this set of upgrades alone might convince you to give it a try.

Check out our full review of Pushpin, our pick for the best iOS Pinboard client.

Quick tip: Use Dictation and Speech on OS X

Stephen wrote an interesting tip on an often overlooked feature of OS X — the ability to dictate text on your Mac by speaking into the microphone.

While Siri is limited to life on iOS devices, OS X does offer dictation services. Found in the Dictation & Speech System Preference pane, Dictation can be used to input text on a Mac with just your voice.

Sweet Setup interview

This week, we turned the metaphorical review microphone around and interviewed our own Stephen Hackett. Stephen is probably best known for writing 512 Pixels, a weblog about Apple, technology, journalism, and design. He also co-hosts The Prompt on 5by5 and works as our managing editor for The Sweet Setup.

Shawn also interviewed Stephen back in 2009, and some things have changed quite a bit. It’s always interesting to see how devices and surroundings (and even site names) change, while other things stay the same.

Intensify reveals the beauty of your images (sponsor)

Intensify reveals the beauty of your images

Modern camera sensors capture a lot of details that your current photo software isn’t showing you. Therefore, your images don’t always depict the real beauty of the moments you’ve captured.

Intensify by Macphun (named 2013 Best Mac App Store app by Apple) helps you reveal the hidden beauty of every pixel. Use professional presets, handy controls, layers and other tools to convert a snap into a powerful work of art with unprecedented clarity, drama, and details.

Learn more about Intensify and download your copy from the Mac App Store.


Our thanks to Macphun for sponsoring the site this week. If you’re interested in sponsoring the site, learn more here.