Things I like this week, volume 8.

Day One
One of my goals this year was to write more–a little every day–whether for public consumption or just to remember things. Day One has been a big part of that. I’ve been using the app since June of 2011, filling it with anything and everything, from the smallest fleeting thoughts to the births of my children. It’s a delightful app, crafted with care in every regard, by a team that really focuses on the details, including support for multiple sync services, photos, location, fitness data, pretty much anything you want to capture about your life.

With Mac and iOS apps, and even an Apple Watch app, there simply isn’t any excuse to not be writing. Create a new habit and have a rich personal history to peruse in the future.

Mac / iOS / Web

Things I like this week, volume 6.

This app just gets better with each update. One of the best writing apps on iOS, Editorial sets itself apart with an insane level of customization and automation. It can be as simple or as complex an experience as you want. This latest update is no different, adding great new features and functionality. The updates are few and far between, but they are tremendous when they land. If you do anything serious with text on iOS, it’s worth a look.

Editorial (Universal, $6.99)

Tweetbot 2 for Mac
One of the great Twitter apps on any platform, Tweetbot was recently updated with a new look and feel that’s right at home on Yosemite. Still a great power user app even in the (sadly) dwindling landscape of third-party Twitter clients, it’s a great way to handle your timeline with some advanced filtering. Its mute controls are some of the best around, and as granular as you need them to be. And some days you really need them.

Tweetbot for Mac (Mac App Store only, $12.99)

Things I like this week, volume 5.

Twitterrific 5
Since giving the 6 Plus another look recently after using the Apple Watch, I’ve rediscovered how lovely Twitterrific is on the larger screen, especially in landscape mode. My love for both this app and Tweetbot is like loving two children: you just can’t play favorites. And like children, they’re both good at certain things. So I use both, at different times and for different purposes.

Twitterrific is an app with a long and storied history and the latest version has a lot of nice little touches that I really appreciate. The appearance customizations are plentiful, and tiny details like sliding your finger to move the cursor as you’re composing a tweet are surprisingly helpful. (I really wish this was an OS-level function. Once you start doing it, you wish you could do it everywhere.)

One big win is the “Delete and Edit Tweet” option, which allows you to quickly wipe a tweet out and re-post it, which is great for fixing typos. It has an Apple Watch companion app too, which is decidedly stripped down, presenting a summary feed of your interaction activity (mentions, favorites, etc.), and has a glance to roll those up for you in a nice way as well.

Twitterrific 5

Activity App (Apple Watch)
When the fitness aspects of the Apple Watch were presented to the public, I expected them but wasn’t that excited about them. I used a Fitbit for a year before realizing that I wasn’t getting great data because I’d already established healthy habits. So I figured I’d use the Activity app, but wasn’t so pumped about it.

Something about those three rings really hooked me, though. Maybe it’s that the Watch gets great data. Maybe it’s the simplicity of the presentation of that data. Maybe it’s the aspects of it being a little game with myself. Whatever it is, I find myself checking in, setting goals, and paying attention to it far more than I did with the Fitbit. I’m not as concerned with collecting data over the long term, but I sure like looking every day and seeing where I am in comparison to yesterday and the day before.

The Apple Watch does a ton of stuff, and will certainly grow to do even more. Getting me to think about health stuff again was not among the things I thought I’d be doing. And that’s good for me–and everyone else in my life.

Things I like this week, volume 4.

OmniFocus for iOS
I’ve been using OmniFocus on and off for years. It’s such an amazingly powerful platform for task management, but it comes with a learning curve. But once you get it, it’s seriously transformative in how you think about your time.

The Omni Group has been going through a process of making all its apps universal and OF got the treatment last week, bringing feature parity to iPhone and iPad. This new version of the app is absolutely fantastic. It adds some new customization abilities, and if you go Pro, you can do some seriously advanced stuff from anywhere now, including your phone.

The company has also been terrific and transparent about assisting with upgrades, free Pro unlocks for previous users, and rebates for folks who’ve already purchased parts of the suite. The people at Omni truly care about their users, and it shows in every interaction, and shines through in the choices they make for their software.

OmniFocus for iOS / OmniFocus for Mac (MAS) / OmniFocus for Mac (Omni Store)

Death Cab for Cutie – Kintsugi
I’ve written about how much DCFC’s Plans means to me. I love many of their other recordings, but some didn’t quite land with me in the same way. Could be a product of timing, mood, or almost anything else, but I don’t love everything the way I love Plans.

Kintsugi has some potential. I’ve listened to it a few times since picking it up last week, and I keep coming back to it. I’m still in the phase where I’m listening for patterns and things I like in the music more than the lyrics, but it’s good. Really good.

Plans / Kintsugi on iTunes

Things I like this week, volume 3.

Here’s a few things I’m enjoying this week.

Carousel by Dropbox
When Carousel launched, I’ll admit I was underwhelmed. I have a lot of pictures stored in Dropbox, and they’re all neatly organized into folders (big surprise there, I’m sure). Initially, Carousel’s performance seemed lacking with massive libraries, and the app would pick up images from throughout your Dropbox, with no way to specify which folders to use. The option to proactively pick a “photos” directory is still missing, but the app did get the ability to hide entire folders from the web. Previously, it was possible to hide individual images from the iOS app, but now if you visit on the web, you can right-click to select an entire folder to disappear as well. There’s also a “flashback” feature which we’ve seen with other photo services before, but which is a nice addition since I used it last. This stuff, plus some nice speed enhancements, which make it very usable with my large library, have given me a reason to throw it a second look.

Amazon Music with Prime Music
Another app that’s improved over time is Amazon’s music offering. While the title evokes a Microsoftian naming convention, the app’s UI has gotten a little better over the past few months, and the Prime streaming service, while nowhere near as comprehensive as Spotify, Rdio, et. al., has improved a bit as well. It still lacks the super deep catalog of those other services, but I have been pleasantly surprised at what I did find as I browsed. The curated playlists and recommendations are pretty good (for me at least), and it’s gotten more fun to use, with some swipe controls to move through the different sections of the app. If you’re a Prime member, it’s worth taking another look. If you have little kids, there’s a ton of great music on there that you can stream and add to your library for free.

Things I like this week, volume 2.

Here’s a few things I’m enjoying this week.

I’m usually very skeptical of utilities that allow you to do something with your Mac’s login, but this one is solid. MacID lets you configure your computer to unlock via Touch ID when your iOS device gets a notification. You can auto-lock it again when you walk away, and it also does proximity unlock when you come back–as well as clipboard sharing and audio controls. I’m only currently using the standard unlock without the other stuff, but it works really fast, and if you have a crazy password (I do, surprise!) it does save a ton of time. Plus, it’s pretty fun. Learn more about it and download the companion app here.

Fantastical 2
This one’s a biggie. Fantastical has long been one of my favorite apps on the Mac and iOS. This new Mac version was released yesterday and blew my mind. Formerly a calendar accessory, F2 is a full calendar replacement. Adding some impressive new functionality along with a beautiful Yosemite interface, this app merges simplicity and power in a great way. You can buy it direct from the Flexibits website or find it in the Mac App Store. It’s on sale for the launch event (20% off).

Things I like this week, volume 1.

As I find things I really enjoy, I’m going to try to share them here. I can go into more detail than I can on Twitter, and it’s nice to have a quick way to look back at these things from the future and see what’s changed (or how I have myself). So here we go: here’s what I’m digging this week.

A great new podcast by my friend Aaron Mahnke. It focuses on folklore, history, and stories that scare us. He shared the first episode with me shortly before he launched it, and I was immediately hooked. It’s brief, well-produced, and full of rich storytelling and historical detail. Here’s the site for the show.

A new app by another friend, John Voorhees, that makes searching for media and generating affiliate links from the iTunes stores exceptionally easy. With a nice, clean interface, and iOS 8-friendly extension, it’s a great addition to your device if you find this process tedious on iOS. Blink is out today.

This app has a rather storied history, but it’s back now, and I missed it the first time around, so I’m getting into what it can do. Short version: you can pin shortcuts to other apps and actions in a Notification Center widget. Which means all kinds of cool functionality is now only a swipe away. A perfect complement to Launch Center Pro and Workflow, you can pair it up with the other powerful automation apps you might be using and make a crazy Voltron of mobile productivity. Get it here.