~Clear With Reminders
Clear by Realmac Software, the app I use for my To-Do lists, has received a major upgrade this week with support from Reminders.
We’ve been busy working away on the next big update to Clear, and today we’re thrilled to announce that Clear with Reminders is now available on the App Store. Set a reminder, and Clear will remind you across all your devices as Clear for Mac also gets this new feature today as well!
Reminders didn't change the way the app works, or cluttered the interface, the app now includes a simple tappable bell that opens a custom made date picker that will send a push notification to the time you set.
The update also includes sound packs as in-app purchase, but they are free if you purchased Realmac's Clear+ earlier this year.
This update is a great new addition to an app I use all the time. If you haven't checked out Clear yet, you really should. It's 4.99$ on the App Store.
+Spotify's Your Music
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.
I used to use Spotify as my music streaming service in 2011, before I discovered Grooveshark, I kept an eye on it since, but it never actually returned to be my go-to music streaming service. ↩
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.
Dropit 1.3 and Other Updates
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.