Reviews
Sometimes I review stuff. If you click through and buy something, I’ll get a little kickback. Everybody wins.
Alto’s Adventure for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
★★★★★
I usually hate “endless runner” games but Alto’s Adventure somehow makes it really, really great. #
Fantastical 2 for Mac
★★★★★
Insanely great replacement for OS X’s built-in Calendar and Reminders apps. #
★★★★★
Time to buy Kingdom Rush again! #
Deliveries for Mac
★★★★★
The only Dashboard widget worth installing, now a full-blown app on the store. #
Prompt 2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
★★★★★
Right on the heals of Transmit iOS comes a major update to Panic’s indepensible terminal tool for iOS. #
Transmit iOS for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
★★★★★
The venerable FTP client comes to iOS. Hooray! #
Overcast for iPhone and iPod touch
★★★★☆
A very smartly contstructed podcast app. #
Reeder 2 for Mac
★★★★★
Time to buy Reeder again. #
Monument Valley for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
★★★★★
A simply delightful game. #
★★★★★
More like this, please. #
Tweetbot 3 for iPhone and iPod touch
★★★★★
Tweetbot gets a deep, iOS 7-savvy redesign. #
1Password 4 for Mac
★★★★★
Excellent update to an essential app. #
Groceries 4 for iPhone and iPod touch
★★★★☆
I was wondering whether the developer of Groceries was going to release an iOS 7 update and in the span of a few minutes I discovered that not only is there a completely redesigned update, but that she's going to work for Apple! Congratulations Sophia! #
Reeder 2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
★★★★★
Great update to one of my favorite apps. #
★★★★★
Just like the original, the new Kingdom Rush is delightfully fun. #
Letterpress for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
★★★★★
A delightful new word game by Loren Brichter. Try it for free or pay a dollar to unlock all the features. #
Tweetbot for iPhone and iPod touch
★★★★★
Tapbots has once again created an exceptional experience but even more incredibly, they’ve made some great contributions to the Twitter client genre. For example, the you can easily switch the main timeline view to show the tweets from one of your lists instead. It’s an all-around great app and a steal at $2. #
Instacast for iPhone and iPod touch
★★★★☆
Instacast improves on the experience of podcasting on the iPhone by enabling you to search, subscribe, and aggregate shows right from the app. In addition, you can choose to either stream or download the episodes. For a long time, I tried to make due with the podcasting features of the iPod app, but this is just way better. #
GarageBand for iPad
★★★★★
GarageBand for iPad is a quintessentially Apple app. It’s gorgeous, it’s powerful, it’s fun, and it will sell thousands of iPads all on its own. Play with it for five minutes, even if you have no musical talent, and you’ll find yourself constructing something fairly pleasant to listen to. #
iMovie for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
★★★★☆
I bought iMovie when it was first released for the iPhone 4 last year. I think I’ve used it three times since then. It’s a nice app but it isn’t something you find yourself needing very often. The 1.2 update includes an iPad 2 interface and some nice little touches to the iPhone 4, such as the ability to bookend your movie with fade in/out effects. You can also now export your videos directly to multiple video services (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) #
Reeder for iPhone and iPod touch
★★★★★
I thought I was a bit feed-obsessed before it was possible to have your entire aggregator in your pocket, quietly updating itself with fresh nuggets of wonderfulness. Now with the holy Google Reader / iPhone / Reeder trinity, I think I might need a 12-step program if I ever want to kick the habit. #
Groceries for iPhone and iPod touch
★★★★☆
Groceries makes it easy to build a quick list of items, grouped by where they can be found in the store. And the interface for crossing off the items you’ve already found is perfect. My only nitpick has to do with the unclear difference between items in your current shopping list, and the master items in the shopping library. It can be tricky at times to understand which one you’re editing. #
Things for iPhone and iPod touch
★★★★★
Despite the fact that, incredibly, there’s still no cloud-based sync option, Things continues to be an indispensable tool for collecting, organizing, and reminding me about my many, many to dos. Update: Things now has a fantastic, free cloud sync feature. #