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Headspace

The Best Meditation App

Headspace

Headspace is the best meditation app for most people. It offers clean user interface that is easy to navigate and highlights a new daily meditation each day, gives you a large library of guided meditations to choose from, and feels at home on Apple devices by integrating with Apple Health and Shortcuts.
Streaks

The Best Habit Tracking App for iOS

Streaks

Streaks is the best habit tracking app because of its delightful design, a solid set of features, and strong Shortcuts support.
iA Writer

Our favorite Markdown writing app for iOS

iA Writer

iA Writer provides the best mix of editing tools, preview features, and exporting options in an app that's very user-friendly.
Things

The task manager and GTD app suite for Mac, iPhone, and iPad

Things

Things is a well-designed task manager that is very powerful while also being delightful and easy to use.
Vekt

The Best Weight Tracking App for iPhone

Vekt

After all of our testing, we believe Vekt is the best weight tracking app for iPhone because of its excellent design, great input mechanism, and stellar Apple Watch implementation.
Keep It

The Best Evernote Replacement App for Long-Term Research

Keep It

Keep It is a powerful and feature-rich research app that offers feature parity between both iOS and macOS platforms.
Fantastical 3

The Best Calendar App for iPad

Fantastical 3

A calendar app with delightful design, superior natural language text entry, and support for iCloud reminders.
Lightroom for iPad

The Best App for Editing Photos on the iPad

Lightroom for iPad

For photographers on the general photography journey — from smartphone photography through to point-and-shoot, mirrorless, and DSLR photography — Adobe Lightroom for iPad is likely to be the last photo editing app you ever need.
MindNode

The Best Mind Mapping App

MindNode

MindNode is our favorite mind mapping app because it features an easy, beautiful design, solid syncing, and plenty of import and export options for your workflow.
Reeder

The Best RSS Reader for Mac

Reeder

Reeder is the best RSS client for macOS because it syncs with lots of third-party services, looks good, and makes it easy to share content with others.
Byword

Our favorite Markdown writing app for the Mac

Byword

Byword strikes the perfect balance of being simple, delightful, customizable, and powerful.
PDF Expert 6

The best app for managing, editing, and reading PDFs on your iPad

PDF Expert 6

PDF Expert is easy to use, works with many syncing services, offers the fastest document reading experience, and has the most robust toolset available.
Atom

The best text editor for macOS

Atom

Atom’s price, functionality, and approachability when it comes to package management and settings make it our choice for the best text editor for macOS for most people.
TextExpander

Apps we love

TextExpander

We love TextExpander because it works across multiple platforms (including Windows), is easy to set up and use, and has a straight-forward business model.
Be Focused Pro

The Best Pomodoro App for Mac, iPhone, and iPad

Be Focused Pro

Be Focused Pro is the perfect blend of powerful timeboxing tools and a clean, beautiful user interface to help support you when getting your work done.


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Steven Wooding is a senior research leader at RAND Europe (Cambridge UK) and the father of two small boys and also co-directs the Policy Research In Science and Medicine unit. »

What we published, and links of note

Here are the things we published this week, as well as some great link material. You can also stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter and RSS. Also, we have a weekly email newsletter that sums up all the new and cool things published to the site. If you like to stay up-to-date via email, […] »

Christine Chan’s sweet iPhone setup

Christine Chan is a a writer and editor over at AppAdvice.com where she covers reviews and news of iOS and some Mac apps on a daily basis, and also writes her own personal blog. »

Brandon Wentland’s sweet setup

Brandon Wentland runs a 14-person digital marketing agency called Optimal, where they help brands make money online by driving lots of traffic to their sites and converting them into buyers, as well as custom website design and development. »

Conor McClure’s sweet Mac setup

Conor McClure is a student currently living in Western North Carolina, days away from finishing a degree in music business, and writes conormcclure.net, where he talks about photography and technology. »

What we published this week

The best VPN solution for OS X and iOS, a great tip for launching Flash URLs in Chrome from Safari, a standing setup, and more. »

Nik Fletcher’s sweet setup

Nik Fletcher is a part of the Realmac Software team in Brighton, England who make Clear, Ember, and more. »

Jason Snell’s sweet Mac setup

Jason Snell is the editorial director at IDG Consumer, which includes Macworld, PCWorld, TechHive, and Greenbot, and also co-hosts The Incomparable podcast. »

Shawn Blanc’s sweet Mac setup

Shawn is the editor-in-chief of The Sweet Setup and Tools & Toys. He also does a lot of writing and podcasting on his weblog, shawnblanc.net »

The sweet iPad setup of Federico Viticci

Federico is the writer behind MacStories.net, the co-host of The Prompt podcast, contributing author to The Sweet Setup, and a casual eater of pasta. »