To this end, the fantastic Editorial has also been added. If you're not familiar with this app, it is a feature packed text / Markdown editor. The iOS App Store has no shortage of note taking apps, but Editorial has a great USP, namely Workflows and Python script integration. With this, you can essentially write some basic scripts to do pretty much anything you'd like to do with your text. I, for example, have scripts that will easily add footnotes to my text or post my note directly to Squarespace. The app is so extensive that Federicco Viticci published a book about it. It's a smart choice if you plan to blog or write from an iOS device.
I've recently started working with the team of iOS blog Appadvice
. My involvement with the site has lead to quite an increase in email volume. Not only do I receive a lot more, I also need to send many emails, with very similar content. This role has given me the opportunity to start using the app Dispatch, which allows for predefined text snippets to easily be inserted into an email being composed. You can also easily pass email content into other apps, such as Fantastical, if you need to create a calendar item out of it, for example.
Speaking of Fantastical, this app has had a bit of a comeback to my homescreen. It, along with Dispatch, sees me moving away from the stock iOS apps once again. The main appeal of Fantastical is its integration with Launch Center Pro, though the stock app also has this. It does allow me to replace both Calendar.app and Reminders.app with a single item. I don't, however, think Fantastical is as great as the hype would make you believe.
I try to avoid buying a ticket on the hype train as much as possible, so I had intentions to bypass my next new app completely. I'm refering to my new podcast app of choice, Overcast. Overcast launched in the middle of July, to great fanfare. The app is the latest release from the internets own Marco Arment, the creator of Instapaper and a Tumblr founding member. Marco is an interesting guy, and is obviously extremely talented and knowledgable in his field, but I've also found him to be fairly arrogant. People that are confident in their own abilities often do come across like this, so I wont hold that against him.
I listen to a huge amount of podcasts
so my app of choice is very important to me. I've used the last majority of them, in the past, with Pocketcasts being my most recent favourite. That, however, has changed since Overcast was released.
Not only does Overcast look great, it also has some nice unique features. The first is Voice Boost which enhances and normalises speech volume. The second is pretty impressive, and can literally save you hours of your life. The app is able to analyse the episode that you've downloaded and cleverly adjust the playback speed to remove awkward silences or breaks in the audio. The real magic of this feature, which Marco calls Smart Speed, is that you can hardly notice it is doing anything at all, yet the results are very impressive. I've been using the app for a few weeks and, according to the settings screen, it has already saved me over 4 hours of listening time. That's 4 hours of extra content I'm able to enjoy.
The final addition to my homescreen I want to discuss is Tweetbot. This isn't a new app, by any means, but I've had a bit of an up and down relationship with this one. As with Overcast and Fantastical, the app is highly rated and raved over. I, however, have never been a massive fan. I feel it's over-engineered for the service it's been created for, feels heavy and is also quite slow. The official app, on the other hand, feels much nicer. The only thing that does appeal about Tweetbot, however, is the Tweet Marker feature which keeps my place in my stream, so I never miss a tweet. I've given into some peer pressure here, and decided to give the app another try, but I'm still not feeling it. In fact, in the process of writing this article, I think I've convinced myself to drop it once again and go back to the official app. I miss a lot of tweets, granted, but to be perfectly honest this isn't neccesarily a bad thing ...
This month sees the end of my iPhone 5s homescreens. My 5s will be sold soon, as is the usual yearly tradition, to maximise its value ahead of a new iPhone release. If the rumours are to be believed, the iPhone 6 should be interesting and I'm excited about what iOS 8 will bring to the table. I recently picked up an old iPhone 4s to use while I'm waiting for the 6, so I may well be sharing my setup on that little fella next month.