Last month, Spotify updated their service and apps with a new look and a new way to manage your music called “Your Music”.
I tried Spotify again 1 after this new update, and it has come a long way since the last time I used it last year.
Playlists without a Collection was my major problem with the service, but with “Your Music”, Spotify now has a collection, and improved on various other areas. I also love the curation - At night the Browse section shows “Sleep peacefully tonight” with “Late Night” and “Sleep” playlists. When I'm in the car it shows “Playlists for Driving” or “Spotify On the Go” and when I'm sitting on the coach right now writing this, it shows “Saturday Night Playlists” or “Tommorow is a New Yesterday”. And the Mac app comes with support for musiXmatch, the app I use for my lyrics needs.
Spotify is a great looking app with nice features and I suggest you give it a try, it's free to shuffle.
Loom, the service I used to backup and manage my photos alongside Dropbox, announced that they have been purchased by Dropbox, 2 weeks ago.
I migrated my photos to Dropbox with Loom's export system, and you can too until May 16, 2014. You will be able to keep any extra space you purchased for a year and every space you earned if you are a free user. Loom has been integrated into Dropbox's new Carousel app and while Carousel is nice, I have started using a new service to manage my photos alongside Dropbox. Picturelife.
Picturelife is the best way to manage all your photos in one place. It pulls your photos from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Dropbox and more services and the photos you upload with the mobile or desktop app and allows you to edit, manage and sort all of your photos in one place. For organization, it has smart albums, timeline (which allows you to edit the date if the photo if it's wrong!), tags (both Facebook style tags where you tag people's faces and Twitter style tags), captions, descriptions and powerful search. You can use either Picturelife's storage (first 5GB free) or you can use your own Amazon S3 Bucket. Other Picturelife users can send you pictures that you can save to your Picturelife and Picturelife allows you to share your pictures with just your family or friends with the Friends Stream and Family Stream, or you can share to social networks you connected to the service. And it has a Memories feature that shows you today (or this week) a few years back, which is really nice. There is a lot more I can say about it but I think you should try it yourself. You can also read more about it compared to Loom in this review by Bradley Chambers on The Sweet Setup. Create an account here and download the app from the App Store for free. It's the best photo management solution I have tried recently, and I plan on making a long review of it soon.
For MacStories 4.0, we wanted to get back to basics. We deleted the old design and codebase and decided to focus on what, ultimately, readers come to MacStories for: reading articles.
Earlier this week, Federico Viticci, one of my favorite writers, launched version 4.0 of his website MacStories. This is a complete redesign of a website I have been reading for a very long time with a delightful new reading experience.
If you haven't checked MacStories yet, now would be a good time.
I have uploaded an update to Dropit today and then I figured out - I haven't posted about the previous updates. In the last month (March - April) I have created a new script, an update to Rodeo Blue, 2 updates to Dropit, and I haven't posted about any of these changes.
So to right this wrong, You will find all the latest updates to all of my creations inside.
Today I turned off the comments on the site.
Inside this short post, you can read the reason why I did it, a little history about the comments, what other writers had to say when they closed their comments and my thoughts on comments.
Yesterday, version 1.6 of Riposte was released with native support for cross-posting to Twitter (with support for multiple Twitter accounts at once) for Pro users, support for OverShareKit and interface changes to make the app feel even more at home on iOS 7. Riposte was already updated with a new look for iOS 7 in September, but with version 1.6, Jared Sinclair imported his ideas from Unread into Riposte, got rids of all remaining gloss and shine and provided a simpler and more delightful look for Riposte. The Dark mode has also been updated and new fonts were added. Although I have been using Felix a lot more than Riposte lately 1, I think this is a great update and it makes Riposte a joy to use 2.