Normally around this time of year I'd recommend a new holiday shopping list App. However, my recommendation remains the same as last year. Gift Plan is still my top pick. Why? It just works! Gift Plan is not tied to any particular holiday. So you can use it all year long for any occasion. You can import your contacts or your Facebook Friends. It will automatically pick up their birthdays and start the countdown until their special day. You can create different lists for different occasions and add people to them. You can put in a person's sizes, likes and ideas. Another reason I like this App so much is that it's more aesthetically pleasing than many of the other ones that are so plain-jane. You get nice big photos of your contacts as well as the ability to take pictures of the gifts you want to buy.
The latest version adds:
- Tally for each person per occasion in Shopping
- Fully opaque password
- Ability to Add photos of gifts
You can get Gift Plan for $2.99 here from the
What about iPad users?
Alas Gift Plan is still an iPhone/iPod touch native App only. It can work on iPad, but is not a universal or native iPad App therefore it will be in the small iPhone size on iPad. If you have your heart set on an iPad gift list app, then I'd go with mGifts – Gift List Manager. You can get it here for $2.99 from the
A couple of days ago OmniFocus was updated to its latest version, adding support for amongst some other things, Siri. Not having an iPhone 4S myself, I can't judge how well it works, but the idea appeals to me a lot.
Being able to through Siri create a new to-do item, on the go, without having to touch my phone really makes Siri become more of my personal assistant.
All Siri-created to-do items are saved to your inbox just like any quick entry items would have been. You can then choose to file them under projects and contexts just like you would any other item.
Additionally, OmniFocus has fixed a few bugs and changed the way items are sorted in Forecast mode, displaying inbox items at the top followed by other due items.
As usual, this version of OmniFocus is available as a free update that can be downloaded from the
. If you don't have the app already, it sells for $19.99.
My favorite Turn-by-Turn voice GPS Navigation App has just been updated with a slicker, smarter interface. The 1st big change is that App has been cut down significantly in size. The North America version used to weigh in at about 1.7GB. Now the update is about 44MB in size. How can it get so small you ask? The good folks at Navigon took a brilliant approach in letting you selectively download the states/providences that you need. This is AWESOME! If i'm never going to drive through Alabama or Arkansas then why have those maps taking up space on my device? You can pick which states to download whenever you want. You do have to be in Wi-Fi to download a state, but once it's downloaded you won't need a data connection at all to use the App. I downloaded Michigan (36.9MB) in a matter of just a few minutes over my WiFi/Cable connection. The next thing I noticed was that the new app launches SIGNIFICANTLY faster. Perhaps this is due to the weight loss I'm not a fan of GPS apps that require a constant data connection as the maps are in cloud. Navigon's new approach is a perfect blend between the flexibility of only loading what you need AND not requiring a data connection to use the App once the maps are on your device.
Nice and clean UI
I'm a User Interface (UI) freak and have never been blown away by any GPS navigation system. I'm not saying that this new interface blows me away, but it's certainly WAY cleaner than before and probably will send several competitors back to the design boards. The menus are animated, but not in an obnoxious way. I like the little pull downs to quickly access things you need while navigating. Most of all I like not having to dig through several menus to find the things that should be at the top level. Great job!
The same In-App purchases are available and yes it will allow you to restore the ones you've already purchased. In my case I got the Lifetime LIVE Traffic, Panorama 3D view and Radar Info. They've added a new one called FreshMaps XL that gives you a 1 year quarterly Map update with not only new/changed roads, but they promise tons of POI additions/updates. It's only $14.99 but I'll pass on it for now since this update includes the latest maps for free!
There is one gotcha with this update! The 1st and only problem I've run into so far is that you lose all your saved Favorites. That really sucks since there is NO WARNING! When you fire up the new app they're just not there anymore. I'm hoping that this is just a bug and that they can fix it so that anyone else that's upgrading will be able to either keep their Favorites or back them up and restore them. Navigon shame on you for not warning us about this or allow saved Favorites to come into version 2.0. Otherwise, this update rocks!
UPDATE! The Favorites ARE there! They just won't show up unless you download the Maps/States that they are for. Makes sense, thanks goes to David Lumsden for his troubleshooting help in the comments below! Now I'm even happier about this update!
Price drops until November 30th:
Navigon North America is now only $39.99
Navigon USA is only $29.99
Navigon My Region is now only $19.99
I'm happy to announce an important update to my Learn the Adobe Creative Suite with Terry White App. Most importantly this update addresses a video playback bug introduced in iOS 5 that prevented you from being able to see the video and only hearing the audio. This update also adds:
- Retina Display Graphics
- A new tab bar interface
- Swiping to the left and right from the episode detail page will go to the next or previous episode
- UI enhancements
- Faster show loading
- Minor bug fixes
Thanks for your patience and support! You can get the App as a free update if you already have it or for $1.99 here from the
All Is Fixed!
When Apple released iOS 5 a few weeks ago for all iOS devices a lot people reported that Google Voice was broken and crashed. This isn't an uncommon thing when major updates like this are released, however for a major App like Google Voice this is a huge problem. Many, many people including myself use the Google Voice App on a daily basis so this was a huge deal. Google ultimately pulled the App from iTunes leaving many people to turn to Alternatives. Google just released 126.96.36.1991 which fixes the crashing issues. Normally we wouldn't post an update if there weren't a bunch of improvements or a complete overhaul, but this is such an important App for a lot of people that it merited a post letting everyone know that it was fixed. To see Terry's original review of Google Voice click here.