iPad animation app
Procreate Dreams is due to be released soon. It's an all-new animation app from the same folks who make the brilliant and wildly successful Procreate drawing app.
There's lots of apps around to help you care for your plants, but this one has stuck for me.
Live Surface is software to help you visualize your design ideas through integration with Adobe Illustrator.
If you're a Figma user, Diagram's suite of tools are likely to be of interest and may help you organise and speed up your work.
Boring Report is an app that uses AI language models to remove sensationalism from the news, while preserving essential information.
Yep I'm at AI saturation point too, but Audiopen deserves a mention. Speak freely while it listens and it will then succinctly and clearly summarise the meaning of what you've just said.
Library reading app
I'm not sure how I'd not heard of this before, but it's brilliant. Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more from your library directly via your mobile device.
Online mockup editor
I've been having an early look at Maneken and it looks like it has a lot of promise. Drop artwork onto photography of devices, billboards and more to create realistically lit, simple mock ups.
MacOS time tracking app
Apps that offer time tracking and reminders to stop working are nothing new. But where others have failed for me, I've found Balance has really stuck.
Copilot is essentially AI autocomplete for programming. It is a little bit of software you install alongside your editor that has been trained on billions of lines of code across dozens of languages.
Raycast is extremely useful. It's described as "a blazingly fast, totally extendable launcher. It lets you complete tasks, calculate, share common links, and much more."
Guides / Advice
How Many Plants is the advice you might not have known you needed, to help improve your upkeep and care of houseplants.
As Twitter sadly continues to flush itself down the toilet, I wanted to give people who might have ruled out Mastodon as a better alternative, a heads up on something.
Decentralised social network
Mastodon is a bit odd. And kind of clumsy to get started with. There are also not that many folks using it. But in all those regards, it really reminds me of the early days of Twitter and I’ve found I kinda like it and I think I can see it sticking for me.
Colour & Contrast is a comprehensive guide for exploring and learning about the theory, science, and perception of colour and contrast.
iA Presenter is all about simplifying the process of putting together and giving a presentation. It does this by getting you focused on the content and the story you’re telling, rather than you getting bogged down with the design and layout, which it kind of automates away. It has all the hallmarks of iA Writer which is a wonderful writing app, so if you’re someone who gives a lot of presentations, I reckon it’s worth a look.
Reader and bookmarking app
I’ve been using Matter for a little while now to gather together different articles and stuff to read later. While the ‘read later’ concept’s not new, what I love about Matter is that you can have any saved article read to you and it has a really nice highlighting/noting feature to save salient points for later. Useful.
As all the big social media companies continue their slow demise, I’m keeping my eye out for new and upcoming small platforms. Nicheless is just that — a micro-blogging platform for raw, unfiltered thoughts. I like that it’s described as being “like long form Twitter, minus the status games.”
Prepend their web address to the URL of any paywalled web page, and 12ft will do its best to remove the paywall and grant you access to the article. Without dwelling on whether this is fair or right, this has been very effective and useful for me so far.
Flash player emulator
Appreciate that this is only likely to be useful to a small minority of you as it’s a bit of a niche use case, but I still think it worth including, as it was recently a real godsend for me.
I was looking for a decent alternative to Google Analytics for my site and found one in Splitbee. It's just simple metrics to satisfy my curiosity, while respecting the privacy of users. And I am so glad to finally be shot of the over-engineered mess that is Google's UI.
Social network for reading
For a better designed alternative to Good Reads, check out Literal, which I've been using since it's private beta. You can track and share the books you read and get inspiration from others on what to read next. Lovely. And now publicly available too.
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