My App Defaults

In the recent episode of the Hemispheric Views podcast Andrew, Martin & Jason talk about their default apps in several categories. This has prompted some bloggers to share their default apps as well, which Robb is now collecting over here.

I really enjoyed hearing about their app usage and reading these posts as well, so I thought I’ll share my default apps, too:1

  • Mail Client: Spark
  • Mail Server: GSuite (or whatever they are calling it right now)
  • Notes: Drafts and Notion as a personal and work related wiki
  • To-Do: Things and Apple’s Reminders for tasks shared with my wife
  • iPhone Photo Shooting: Apple’s Camera app
  • Photo Management: Apple’s Photos app
  • Calendar: Fantastical
  • Cloud file storage: iCloud+ with family sharing, Dropbox with a family plan, Google Drive
  • RSS: Feedbin with Reeder
  • Contacts: Cardhop synced with GSuite
  • Browser: Safari on iOS, Arc on macOS
  • Chat: iMessage, WhatsApp, Signal, Threema and Slack; also some clients are forcing me to use Teams
  • Bookmarks: Anybox
  • Read It Later: GoodLinks and Omnivore because of it’s read-aloud voices; also testing it for newsletters right now
  • Word Processing: Apple’s Pages (since Pages 09!)
  • Spreadsheets: Good Old Excel
  • Presentations: iA Presenter
  • Shopping Lists: Drafts
  • Meal Planning:
  • Budgeting & Personal Finance: AirTable and custom Scriptable widgets; planning to switch to a Notion database soon
  • News: Tagesschau and Artifact
  • Music: Apple Music plus saved, not yet listened to tracks in MusicBox
  • Podcasts: Pocket Casts (syncs on all my devices including my Google Automotive powered car)
  • Password Management: 1Password
  1. The last time I did this for my macOS apps was in 2014 – back when it was still called Mac OS X. 😳 []

Speaking of content subscriptions: I’ve also just subscribed to Club MacStories. Long-time fan of their extensive app and OS reviews, as well as their presented Shortcuts and tips. How fitting that Federico and John shared useful Shortcuts for my favorite todo-app Things in the first issue I’ve read.

My only criticism: I have the smallest subscription tier and am regularly confronted with the upselling of the higher, more expensive tiers. I understand why there are often multiple paid tiers, but I’m not a fan of it – especially in SaaS products – because it gives the impression that the smaller, paying customers are less valued.1

  1. The project management tool Asana, which we used ourselves until recently, is a good negative example of this: 10,99 Euro per user per month in „Premium“, but if you now want to use a minimum of the more advanced „Business“ features, it costs 24,99 Euro. Why not just one subscription with all features for 16,99 Euro, in which I don’t get the feeling that I’m missing out something or aren’t as valuable as the „Business“ users? []

macOS-App-Empfehlung: Bezel

Bezel is the easiest way to view, present and record an iPhone.

Kleine App-Empfehlung für etwas, dass natürlich auch ohne diese 19-Dollar-App geht, aber halt nicht so schnell & einfach. Wann immer ich meinen iPhone-Screen präsentieren will – und das will ich als App-Designer und Entwickler relativ häufig –, neuerdings das Mittel der Wahl.

Apple introduces new features for cognitive accessibility, along with Live Speech, Personal Voice, and Point and Speak in Magnifier

Apple hat heute im Rahmen des Global Accessibility Awareness Day neue Barriere­freiheits­funktionen angekündigt, die später in diesem Jahr (also mit iOS 17) veröffentlicht werden sollen. Darunter einige Features, wie reduzierte Home Screens und App-Interfaces, die Menschen mit kognitiven Ein­schrän­kungen helfen sollen, insbesondere weiterhin mit ihren Angehörigen kommunizieren zu können.

Bei meiner Mutter wurde ja im letzten Jahr ein aggressiver und leider (abseh­bar) tödlich verlaufener Gehirntumor diagnostiziert. Nach OP, Chemo und Fortschreiten der Erkrankung habe ich ihr iPhone so eingerichtet, dass ihre wichtigsten Kontakte und Apps direkt in großen Widgets verfügbar waren (Foto von mir = Anruf auf meinem Handy; die App Favorites Widget Pro war da sehr hilfreich), was ihr sehr geholfen hat.

Dass sowas jetzt von Haus aus mit iOS kommt, ist immens wichtig. Schließlich können wir uns alle jederzeit in der Situation wiederfinden, solche Hilfe­stellungen zu brauchen – oder sie für unsere Loved Ones einrichten zu müssen.

The Magic Highlighter

The Magic Highlighter is a brand new Safari Extension for iPhone, iPad, and Mac that automatically highlights search terms and phrases on search result web pages.

Good idea and actually surprising that browsers don’t do this by themselves already. And also a good slogan:

Friends don’t let friends use old-fashioned ⌘-F.

(via Daring Fireball)

Great news for Mastodon’s app ecosystem: Tapbots, makers of the great alternative Twitter client Tweetbot, announced the development of “Ivory”, their Mastodon client for iOS and macOS (!).

Update, 24.01.2023: After Twitter’s ban of third-party clients and therefore the destruction of it‘s developers income, Tapbots discontinued Tweetbot a couple of days ago. Today they launched their successor Ivory in “early access” for 2 Euro/month or 18 Euro/year (which is a steal!). Here’s the website, here’s the App Store link.

Version 1.0.9 of Yonks is now available for iOS. It fixes a bug with the calendar export and optimizes some inner workings for iOS 16.

Also, – and this is available on Android as well – I’ve updated the suggestions and added the best countdown ever: the estimated due date of our daughter. 🥰