I’m not cool enough to be featured on The Sweet Setup, but I thought it would be fun to do a write up on the apps that help make my iPhone an indispensable part of my day.
See how easy it is?
My most used app is easily Drafts. It’s beautiful, opens up to the input field for a new note automatically and allows me to quickly get the text to where I want. Most often this is to Evernote, but I often use it to send to OmniFocus and Fantastical as well.
Check out those sexy actions!
Next up on my list is Dispatch. I’ve never been a fan of the inbox zero movement where you use your mail client as a to-do app. The majority of iOS mail clients that do this don’t offer a desktop version as well which makes their to-do functions worthless to me. Thankfully Dispatch solves this by being the Drafts app for email. With it I can quickly archive an email, send it to OmniFocus or Evernote, add a date to Fantastical and a helluva lot more. It even gives you an option to view the email source, including full headers.
Some people may bemoan the lack of push notifications, but I call hogwash on that. Dispatch supports background app refresh and, honestly, I get far too much email to want to be notified instantly about every message that comes in. Plus, since they don’t do push, they don’t store your email or account information anywhere but within the app. Hurray, privacy!
I’m 35 and I keep a diary.
Day One is an app that I’ve only recently started using. It’s a gorgeous journal app that works on iPhone, iPad and OS X. I use it mostly for keeping personal thoughts, birthday photos and other things that I don’t necessarily want the world at large to see.
Tweetbot. What could I possibly say about this app that hasn’t already been said by others? This is the app the official Twitter client wishes it could be.
Tapbots has focused on all the little things to make this app a complete joy to use. Features like swiping to dismiss pictures, mute functions, multiple accounts and iCloud timeline sync between devices all make this app an absolute must-have for me.
Foo never pays for lunch. :(
Fantastical. I like the new Calendar.app in iOS 7, but once I got used to being able to use natural language to add events in Fantastical I just couldn’t go back. I also love the endless scrolling through my calendar. Makes it supremely easy to quickly glance at a day and see what I’ve got scheduled.
As a bonus they also have iPad and OS X versions so I can quickly add events using the app or Drafts on all my devices.
Look how organized I pretend to be.
Last up for my must-have apps is OmniFocus. OmniFocus is easily the most expensive app I have on my phone, but it’s worth every penny as I use it to schedule all sorts of projects for work, home and everything else.
There are a lot of task management apps out there and some of them do some of the things that OmniFocus can do, but none of them can match OmniFocus feature for feature. From the Forecast view, to the mail drop, to sync, to perspectives, OmniFocus has a way to help you get shit done. I’m not saying there won’t be a learning curve — because there is one — but once you get a handle on it there isn’t much you couldn’t manage using it.