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SDK brings new apps to FiftyThree's Pencil stylus

FiftyThree introduced the Pencil a while back. It's an advanced stylus for iOS devices with a pressure-sensitive rubber tip, an eraser on the end, a USB charging port and a direct bluetooth connection that adds amazing features to connected apps. Up until now, the only app that the Pencil really ...

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ExpanDrive 4, more services and faster sync

I've written about ExpanDrive in the past, but I haven't mentioned it since version 2.0. Version 4 is out now, and it's a major update to this app that allows you to mount remote servers and cloud services as local drives. ExpanDrive has always done an amazing job of mounting a wide array of remo...

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Polymo makes organizing your iPhone photos easy

Polymo is a new camera app for iPhone with some nice twists. It just came out today, but I've been testing it for a while and I can say that at its US$1.99 pricetag, it's a really slick tool to have. This isn't a fancy photo app with a bunch of filters, grids and other features. It's a gesture-driv...

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WWDC Finds: Slopes

I was at WWDC last week, talking to developers about what they've done and what they're working on. Almost all of the apps I saw were impressive, but I can't write about most of them yet. One that stuck out for me that I can write about is Slopes for iPhone. Slopes is all about gathering data while...

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Sketch 3 makes a great design tool even better

If you're a designer type, you've probably heard about Sketch. It's an ambitious attempt (by a team of just four people) to produce a vector drawing application that can make the Adobe Creative Suite a moot point for most designers. That's not their mission statement, but they've created a tool that...

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Vox 1.0 makes beautiful music

The short version of this post: Vox is a music player with a beautiful interface and an elegant feature set. I love it. Vox 1.0 was released today after being in public beta for a while. It's a free music player for Mac that was originally created as a developer's side project. While it became qu...

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SteadyTune for Mac

Agile Partners released SteadyTune for Mac today. It's a simple app that gives you a tuner for stringed instruments in your menu bar, and it's an amazingly accurate alternative to the tuners built into apps like Logic Pro. It uses a completely new algorithm from Agile Partners that provides a sta...

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Agile Partners releases Lick of the Day 2.0

"Wait, who's Brett Terpstra? Does that guy still write here?" Yes, he does, on special occasions. The release of Lick of the Day 2.0 seemed like a decent reason to come out of hiding. Lick of the Day is an app from Agile Partners for iPhone and iPad which teaches guitar players new skills in an e...

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AmpKit for Mac released, guitar nerds rejoice

AmpKit has just released a Mac version of its awesome iOS guitar effect and recording tool. Lucky me, I've had a preview version for a little while now, and I've really enjoyed putting it through its paces. Everything you get in the iOS app is there: pedals, heads, cabs and amazing presets fo...

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Everything cool about Curio just got better

Curio, one of my long-time favorite brainstorming and project management applications, has received a massive update with version 8. If you've never seen Curio, it's a highly visual environment for collecting information, lists, mind maps, websites, PDFs, emails and much more into organized pro...

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