A thousand ways to organize your life
The advent of iOS has brought a number of ways to help users get organized. This week's roundup includes a few new and updated ways to do so.
Apple Store for iPad
Odd to think that Apple had not, until this moment, created this app for its tablet. Still, Apple Store for iPad has finally arrived, letting users see trending products, pinch and zoom product photos for comparison, and order iOS devices with personalized engravings. Plus, you can make Genius Bar reservations when you want to go to an actual brick-and-mortar Apple Store.
Craftsy has always been a pretty cool app, offering interactive video classes for everything from photography to cake decorating to everything in between. Version 2.0, launched this week, has been completely rebuilt, making it easier to find new classes, and allowing users to watch via AirPlay, in portrait or in landscape.
Here’s a cool offering for world travelers: Hitlist is a free iOS app from TripCommon that lets users input the destinations they’d like to see; the app then tracks itineraries throughout the year and alerts users when the cheapest opportunities for travel are available.
John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes
The advent of iOS appears to be changing the way people experience music. Case in point: John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes, which is something more than an album and something more than a coffee table book. Instead, it functions as a multimedia combination of both, letting users explore Lennon’s 1980 trip to Bermuda through song demos, lyric sheets, and interviews, as he and Yoko Ono write Lennon’s “Double Fantasy” album.
Solar Flux Pocket
The $1 game for iPhone looks a little bit like the old Asteroids game, only with the benefit of 30 years of graphics technology improvements; users navigate through asteroid fields and around supernovas—and across 80 levels of gameplay—in order “to bring salvation to a perishing universe.”
Springpad is a “personal organizer app” for iPhone and iPad that lets users organize tasks, recipes, notes, and anything else that can be saved in list form. This week’s update includes “customized notebooks”—including Recipe Box, Task Manager, and Home Project.
This $1 organizing app for iPhone reminds us a bit of Clear, only with a different color scheme: It creates editable task lists that can be managed using a variety of gestures; lists can be saved and shared via iCloud and Google Calendar.
Here’s a way to ensure your photos don’t overwhelm your iPhone’s camera roll: Meteor is a $1 app that lets you take pictures, share them via social media, and then … they just disappear after a set amount of time that you determine. No muss, no fuss—though if you do particularly like a photo, no worry: You can save it to your camera roll if you so desire.