One of the iPad and iPhone’s best Feed Readers is now available as a public beta for Mac. It is interesting and fascinating to see how Reeder, an app which was originally built for a small touch interface (iPhone), was ported to a large touch interface (iPad) and is now adapting its UI to the Mac desktop.
Edito enables the editing and rendering of Markdown files in style. Its extended keyboard and TextExpander support facilitate the access to Markdown shortcuts; the integrated browser makes the insertion of links painless. Fully tested for iOS 4.2, the latest release features customizable interfaces (Classic, Minimal, Black) improving the app’s usability.
Edito is the easiest way to produce html-formatted content on the iPad, and we are committed to make this experience the simplest one. Dropbox support, folders, and importing of Scrivener files are all in the works.
Here’s a great article by Frank Chimero on the difference between hype and enthusiasm related to design, product development, and content. In short, if you’ve got crummy content promoted by a crackerjack design then at its best it’s just hype. Design won’t ever rise above its content.
I’ve had an essay about marketing drafted for months which would make a good companion piece to Frank’s article. To summarize: marketing should value impact over impressions, and the most effective “tools” for marketing are content and products.
Many thanks to Dayta for sponsoring the RSS Feed this week. Dayta is a great way to track any sort of statistic or data point in your everyday life. Such as how many cups of coffee you drink each day, how many emails you get, or how many friends and family members ask you to do free tech support for the new iPad they’ll be getting over the holiday.
If you haven’t checked out Dayta you should. It’s fun, easy to use, has a rich UI, and is just two bucks in the iTunes App Store.
I love how Ben emailed Verizon, told them the all reviews about the Tab were crap and that they should send him a unit to review. And so they did.
Dayta is a beautiful iPhone app for the stats obsessed. Track any data point about your life — like your weight or the number of words you wrote today — and use it to define the metrics that define you.
The funnest and most clever thing I’ve read all morning. (Hat tip to Ben.)
Now with background sync completion. The iPad version got it too, last week.
Many thanks to Notesy for sponsoring the RSS Feed this week. Notesy is an iPhone note-taking app with pizzazz. It has a simple and minimal feel yet still comes with some attractive options, especially related to typography. Moreover, Notesy works with Dropbox so it’ll sync your notes with Notational Velocity and any other note-taking app you have that syncs to Dropbox.
Notesy is just $2 in the App Store, and if you pick it up now you’ll get the iPad update for free once it ships.
Christmas radio in Kansas City is horrible. But I love to listen to Christmas music. (I’ve had it on since mid-October!)
So I saved a new Pandora radio station built on the classic 1965 album, A Charlie Brown Christmas, where Vince Guaraldi and his trio do some great Christmas songs. From there Pandora does the rest, and I get hours and hours of instrumental and jazzy Christmas tunes.
Amazing what you can get done with the bare necessities and a clean quiet room.
A couple pictures of Steve Jobs at his home office from Diana Walker’s 2004 photo shoot. I can’t believe Steve didn’t clear off his desk to be all neat and tidy before taking these photos. (Thanks to reader Michael Soderstrom.)
The Iconfactory’s newest iPhone game, Astronut, just came out last night and it is a blast. And clearly, no detail was overlooked when crafting those fine graphics.