Ear to the ground
This week’s roundup brings you apps that test and train your musical instincts, help you track your memories, and bring order to your life.
A great tool for budding musicians, the app allows you to reduce the tempo of a song without distorting its sound significantly, and can even apply one of several filters that highlight a specific part, like the guitar or voice.
EarMaster Pro 6.6.1
The app supports exercises for everything from note and melody recognition, sight-reading, and chord composition in a set of progressive lessons that are easy to digest regardless of your current skill level.
Developer Zeb Brown’s $15 Junkyard is a quick way to “unload your thoughts” on a virtual canvas in the form of a mind-mapping flow chart.
The app provides a simple and intuitive user interface that lets you quickly create diagrams of any complexity—which you can then render to an outline document that is automatically generated based on the diagram’s structure.
Monosnap is a complete screenshot solution for your Mac that allows you to capture still pictures and videos from your desktop, which can then be annotated and censored using a simple and intuitive user interface.
The app, which is available for free, also supports sharing through a number of external services like CloudApp and Evernote, although that functionality will cost you an extra $5.
The app, which comes with a free companion server component, works on your local machine, a remote server, or a content delivery network.
The app allows you to create an arbitrary number of lists with tasks and subtasks, schedule each task independently, and even use a convenient forecasting feature to better handle your workload.
Once only compatible with the now-defunct Google Reader, Reeder now supports several RSS services, including Feedbin, Feedly, Fever, and Readability. It also allows you to navigate your feeds using gestures and share individual items through a number of external services.
Bits and bytes
IDimager Systems’s $80 Photo Supreme (Mac App Store Link) is now at version 2.2.3, which comes with improvements to the app’s tonal manipulation tools, as well as a number of general fixes and improvements.