Pygmy Reviews #56 – iOS Apps

Due ($4.99)

One Line Description: A reminder app that won’t let you forget.

The long overdue (no pun intended) update to finally hit the wild earlier this year. Although the app received a mild facelift after iOS 7 came out in 2013, it was missing support for a lot of key functionality, including most important background syncing. Without this using Due on multiple devices was a headache most of the time, since the app always had to be opened everywhere to sync alerts. Besides background syncing it got a MAJOR facelift this time, which is great, but the plethora of buttons on some of the screens can be confusing at times.

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But the interface for adding new reminders is much improved. In addition to the the four configurable preset times, there are also settings to easy increment/decrement by some reasonable durations. This for the most part removes the need to ever use the complete timepicker. The auto snooze feature remains the best part of Due. It’s ability to nag you with alerts until you take action is something missing from most other tools. It’s too easy for a reminder to pop up and either miss it because my phone is across the room, or ignore it for the moment and the forget about it. Due specifically tries to keep that from happening, and that alone makes it worth the money.

Clips (Free)

One Line Description: A clipboard manager for iOS

The idea of clipboard managers is not new. They are a ton of them on desktop software and there was even a few on iOS (Pastebot (RIP) for example). But until better extensions came around they were mostly useless. The idea here is that you can easily copy multiple pieces of text from one place and be able to access them later. Perhaps you have like a confirmation number and maybe an address you want to save after making a hotel reservation. Clips allows you to save both of those pieces of data without having to leave Safari or copying everything in between the two pieces of data. It is also great for those people that blog and want to capture the title of a page, the URL and some of the body text. I use this all the time when writing blog posts on iOS. The free version only keeps five “clips” and won’t sync between devices, but for anyone that copies and pastes a lot of text on iOS they will find either version worth it.

OneShot (Free)

One Line Description: Take screenshots of article snippets and post them to Twitter

The idea of “textshots” has gained some traction in the last few months, but it seems like a fad that isn’t quite as popular as it was a while back. Basically the idea is that you take a screenshot of some text and then use the image in a tweet to share the quote from an article. This way the portion of the tweet used in the quote is just the length of the image URL. OneShot is an app that does the heavy lifting for you. You provide a screenshot of some text. It then allows you to crop the portion you want, and even highlight a specific part of that portion. It then uses magicOCR to actually use the text in the image to find the original URL of the article for you.

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Then using the built-in Twitter or Facebook tie-ins with iOS it posts it to a social media account. It is very simple, very fast and pretty accurate in finding the current URL (I estimate about an 80% success rate in my own testing). If only it had a way to delete the screenshot for you after you post it, it would be perfect. But still very good for what it does.

Cite (Free)

One Line Description: (Another) textshot app to take quotes from articles and post them to Twitter as images.

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Much like OneShot, Cite is used to take quotes from articles and post them to Twitter. Cite works a little bit different though. Rather than taking a screenshot of the article and then highlighting a portion, Cite instead asks for a URL itself. Then it shows the exact website and has the user highlights the part of the article they want to quote. Then Cite creates an image and posts that image along with the URL (and any custom text) to Twitter. Cite requires less steps (paste URL, select text, set tweet, post) vs. OneShot (take screenshot, select screenshot, crop screenshot, select text within screen shot, pick URL from suggestions, set tweet, post). It isn’t as useful for largest clips or articles though. I have found myself using Cite when there is just one, relatively short, money quote, and OneShot when I want to share a bigger chunk. They are a good tandem though.