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Paper, the iOS Drawing and Notes App, Simplifies Navigation and Adds Search

Paper, the iOS Drawing and Notes App, Simplifies Navigation and Adds Search

iOS: Paper is easily one of the best drawing apps on iOS, and recent updates have added in the ability to write to-do lists and other notes. Those new features were welcome, but made it a little tough to navigate the app. Thankfully, a new and improved sidebar fixes that.

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Paper has gone through a lot of iterations since it first launched, and eventually ditched the notebooks in favor of “spaces.” Now, those spaces are called grids, and you have access to all of them from the sidebar. The sidebar is a nice improvement over the the previous interface. You can also now search from the sidebar, which is pretty useful if you have a lot of different notes. If you haven’t used Paper in a while, it’s worth another look, and this update makes it a bit easier to use in general.

Paper (Free) | iTunes App Store

iPhone Twitter App Showdown: Tweetbot vs. Twitter

iPhone Twitter App Showdown: Tweetbot vs. Twitter

There are dozens of Twitter clients for the iPhone, but the official Twitter app and the third-party Tweetbot are two of the most popular. One’s free, the other’s pretty expensive at $9.99. Let’s dig into the main differences between the two, and see if the difference in experience is worth the difference in cost.

The Contenders

iPhone Twitter App Showdown: Tweetbot vs. Twitter
Tweetbot (left) orders your timeline, y’know, by time whereas Twitter (right) does whatever it wants

Because of the way Twitter works, developing a Twitter app is a pain. It’s expensive for developers because Twitter charges them for keys to access the site, which means developers tend to pass that charge over to you, and then revoke access when you get too popular. Subsequently, most good Twitter apps tend to be on the pricey side, Tweetbot included. Let’s start with a quick look at both apps:

  • Twitter (Free): When it first launched, the official Twitter app was a bit of a joke, but over the years it’s improved quite a bit. That said, it’s basically just a mobile version of the web site, which means it’s built more for the everyday user than for power users who use all of Twitter’s features, or manage multiple accounts. It’s straight-forward to use and doesn’t feature any bells and whistles.
  • Tweetbot ($9.99): Tweetbot has been our favorite Twitter client for iPhone for a very long time, but $10 is a steep price to pay for most users. Tweetbot isn’t really made for most users though. It’s made for the type of person who spends the bulk of their day on Twitter, whether it for work or out of a deep-seated obsession with the social network. Tweetbot has a good amount of customization options for the interface, alongside a handful of ways to get a better Twitter experience by tweaking the content of your feed.

Assuming that the $10 price tag on Tweetbot isn’t enough to turn you away outright, picking between the two really depends on how you use Twitter.

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Tweetbot Has Better Customization

iPhone Twitter App Showdown: Tweetbot vs. Twitter
Don’t like the tabs on the bottom? Tweetbot (left) lets you change them up

The official Twitter app is about as vanilla as an experience as you can get. Open it up and you’ll find an interface similar to the web site, with tabs on the bottom for your notifications, moments, DMs, and your profile tab. Functionality in the app is the same as the site as well. You can’t alter any of this. You can’t change the tabs, the colors, or even adjust the font size. With the Twitter app, what you see is what you get.

Conversely, Tweetbot has a variety of customization options. For example, the bottom tab bar has two buttons on the right that you can swap out for whatever function you want: activity (which includes mentions, replies, favorites, and new follower information), search, profile, likes, mute filters, or lists. If you use lists to tame your Twitter feed, having access to them in the tab bar makes your life easier. The official Twitter app tucks those lists behind several taps. If you’re using Tweetbot on an iPad or a iPhone 6 Plus, you also get support for columns in landscape mode, which lets you see two tabs side-by-side. Tweetbot also allows you to chose between a couple fonts, swap between username or full name for your timeline, alter the image size in your feed, and even customize the avatars. There’s a dark mode included if you prefer to do your tweeting late at night in a dark room.

Tweetbot also has extremely customizable notifications, so you can tweak them so you only get the notifications you want. Tweetbot has options for links too, allowing you to open links in Tweetbot, Chrome, or Safari, and even includes a reader view that strips away the visual styling of an article.

In the end, if you want an app you can customize, Tweetbot’s the one you’re looking for. The official Twitter app doesn’t allow you to change anything.

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Tweetbot’s Mute Filters and Lack of Ads Make Power User’s Days Better

iPhone Twitter App Showdown: Tweetbot vs. Twitter
Tweetbot’s mute filters let you get rid of any part of Twitter you don’t want to see

Twitter is a noisy place. People tweet dozens of times a day, publications don’t seem to ever stop, and there’s always a chance for spoilers if you’re anticipating any type of media at all. Tweetbot has ways around this.

Tweetbot has a powerful set of mute filters. You can mute keywords, phrases, users, or hashtags. When you do so, any tweet that contains those things will not show up in your feed. This is great during sports playoffs when you’re not a fan, election seasons, or if you’re avoiding spoilers for something. If you do mute something, Tweetbot’s also smart enough to still show you replies that might mention those things, so you’re not totally cut off from the world. The downside is that these mute filters don’t carry over to the web version of Twitter, so it really only works inside the Tweetbot ecosystem (which includes the $10 Mac app). If you only use the Tweetbot iPhone app, it’s great, but if you’re also using the web version on your desktop computer, it’s a bit annoying.

Plus, like pretty much all third-party Twitter clients, you won’t see ads in Tweetbot. Considering how often those annoying sponsored posts seem to pop up, it’s a nice little addition if you’re not a fan of advertisements.

http://lifehacker.com/5887230/how-to…

Twitter Keeps You on the Cutting Edge

iPhone Twitter App Showdown: Tweetbot vs. Twitter
While Tweetbot lets you take a close look at what’s happening in your feed, Twitter likes to show you a more global view

The one area where the official Twitter dominates Tweetbot is in support for new features. The folks behind Twitter love to introduce new little features all the time, whether that’s fun stuff like polls or weird features like Moments. If you’re using the official Twitter app, you will almost always see an update in the app to support these new features immediately.

Tweetbot doesn’t do this at all. Heck, Tweetbot still doesn’t support polls. For whatever reason, many of the cutting edge features that Twitter decides to roll out don’t end up working on third-party clients. Of course, that’s also a feature of Tweetbot if you like a simpler Twitter experience as a whole.

http://lifehacker.com/how-to-take-yo…

The Verdict: Tweetbot’s the Better App, but Twitter Is Free, Still Does Enough for Most People

Let’s be honest here: the general population who just glances at Twitter a couple times a day doesn’t need a $10 Twitter app. If you only manage one account, don’t mind seeing a bunch of extra garbage like ads and obnoxious hashtags, and it doesn’t bother you when Twitter adds some half-baked new idea to the app every week, then the official Twitter app is all you need.

If you spend a lot of time on Twitter during the day, then Tweetbot’s the best app for making that experience better. The mute function alone is worth the price of admission for some people, but the customizable toolbar and activity menu make it much easier to manage large scale accounts.

iPhone Twitter App Showdown: Tweetbot vs. Twitter

iPhone Twitter App Showdown: Tweetbot vs. Twitter

There are dozens of Twitter clients for the iPhone, but the official Twitter app and the third-party Tweetbot are two of the most popular. One’s free, the other’s pretty expensive at $9.99. Let’s dig into the main differences between the two, and see if the difference in experience is worth the difference in cost.

The Contenders

iPhone Twitter App Showdown: Tweetbot vs. Twitter
Tweetbot (left) orders your timeline, y’know, by time whereas Twitter (right) does whatever it wants

Because of the way Twitter works, developing a Twitter app is a pain. It’s expensive for developers because Twitter charges them for keys to access the site, which means developers tend to pass that charge over to you, and then revoke access when you get too popular. Subsequently, most good Twitter apps tend to be on the pricey side, Tweetbot included. Let’s start with a quick look at both apps:

  • Twitter (Free): When it first launched, the official Twitter app was a bit of a joke, but over the years it’s improved quite a bit. That said, it’s basically just a mobile version of the web site, which means it’s built more for the everyday user than for power users who use all of Twitter’s features, or manage multiple accounts. It’s straight-forward to use and doesn’t feature any bells and whistles.
  • Tweetbot ($9.99): Tweetbot has been our favorite Twitter client for iPhone for a very long time, but $10 is a steep price to pay for most users. Tweetbot isn’t really made for most users though. It’s made for the type of person who spends the bulk of their day on Twitter, whether it for work or out of a deep-seated obsession with the social network. Tweetbot has a good amount of customization options for the interface, alongside a handful of ways to get a better Twitter experience by tweaking the content of your feed.

Assuming that the $10 price tag on Tweetbot isn’t enough to turn you away outright, picking between the two really depends on how you use Twitter.

http://lifehacker.com/5809798/the-be…

Tweetbot Has Better Customization

iPhone Twitter App Showdown: Tweetbot vs. Twitter
Don’t like the tabs on the bottom? Tweetbot (left) lets you change them up

The official Twitter app is about as vanilla as an experience as you can get. Open it up and you’ll find an interface similar to the web site, with tabs on the bottom for your notifications, moments, DMs, and your profile tab. Functionality in the app is the same as the site as well. You can’t alter any of this. You can’t change the tabs, the colors, or even adjust the font size. With the Twitter app, what you see is what you get.

Conversely, Tweetbot has a variety of customization options. For example, the bottom tab bar has two buttons on the right that you can swap out for whatever function you want: activity (which includes mentions, replies, favorites, and new follower information), search, profile, likes, mute filters, or lists. If you use lists to tame your Twitter feed, having access to them in the tab bar makes your life easier. The official Twitter app tucks those lists behind several taps. If you’re using Tweetbot on an iPad or a iPhone 6 Plus, you also get support for columns in landscape mode, which lets you see two tabs side-by-side. Tweetbot also allows you to chose between a couple fonts, swap between username or full name for your timeline, alter the image size in your feed, and even customize the avatars. There’s a dark mode included if you prefer to do your tweeting late at night in a dark room.

Tweetbot also has extremely customizable notifications, so you can tweak them so you only get the notifications you want. Tweetbot has options for links too, allowing you to open links in Tweetbot, Chrome, or Safari, and even includes a reader view that strips away the visual styling of an article.

In the end, if you want an app you can customize, Tweetbot’s the one you’re looking for. The official Twitter app doesn’t allow you to change anything.

http://lifehacker.com/how-to-clean-u…

Tweetbot’s Mute Filters and Lack of Ads Make Power User’s Days Better

iPhone Twitter App Showdown: Tweetbot vs. Twitter
Tweetbot’s mute filters let you get rid of any part of Twitter you don’t want to see

Twitter is a noisy place. People tweet dozens of times a day, publications don’t seem to ever stop, and there’s always a chance for spoilers if you’re anticipating any type of media at all. Tweetbot has ways around this.

Tweetbot has a powerful set of mute filters. You can mute keywords, phrases, users, or hashtags. When you do so, any tweet that contains those things will not show up in your feed. This is great during sports playoffs when you’re not a fan, election seasons, or if you’re avoiding spoilers for something. If you do mute something, Tweetbot’s also smart enough to still show you replies that might mention those things, so you’re not totally cut off from the world. The downside is that these mute filters don’t carry over to the web version of Twitter, so it really only works inside the Tweetbot ecosystem (which includes the $10 Mac app). If you only use the Tweetbot iPhone app, it’s great, but if you’re also using the web version on your desktop computer, it’s a bit annoying.

Plus, like pretty much all third-party Twitter clients, you won’t see ads in Tweetbot. Considering how often those annoying sponsored posts seem to pop up, it’s a nice little addition if you’re not a fan of advertisements.

http://lifehacker.com/5887230/how-to…

Twitter Keeps You on the Cutting Edge

iPhone Twitter App Showdown: Tweetbot vs. Twitter
While Tweetbot lets you take a close look at what’s happening in your feed, Twitter likes to show you a more global view

The one area where the official Twitter dominates Tweetbot is in support for new features. The folks behind Twitter love to introduce new little features all the time, whether that’s fun stuff like polls or weird features like Moments. If you’re using the official Twitter app, you will almost always see an update in the app to support these new features immediately.

Tweetbot doesn’t do this at all. Heck, Tweetbot still doesn’t support polls. For whatever reason, many of the cutting edge features that Twitter decides to roll out don’t end up working on third-party clients. Of course, that’s also a feature of Tweetbot if you like a simpler Twitter experience as a whole.

http://lifehacker.com/how-to-take-yo…

The Verdict: Tweetbot’s the Better App, but Twitter Is Free, Still Does Enough for Most People

Let’s be honest here: the general population who just glances at Twitter a couple times a day doesn’t need a $10 Twitter app. If you only manage one account, don’t mind seeing a bunch of extra garbage like ads and obnoxious hashtags, and it doesn’t bother you when Twitter adds some half-baked new idea to the app every week, then the official Twitter app is all you need.

If you spend a lot of time on Twitter during the day, then Tweetbot’s the best app for making that experience better. The mute function alone is worth the price of admission for some people, but the customizable toolbar and activity menu make it much easier to manage large scale accounts.

Morning Mail Sorts Your Inbox with Tinder-Like Swipes

Morning Mail Sorts Your Inbox with Tinder-Like Swipes

iOS: You already know that archiving, deleting, or reading emails is an effective way to get through a flooded inbox full of unread messages. Morning Mail for iPhone quickens this process with Tinder-like swipes, apart from being a decent email client.

Each email shows up as its own card, which you can preview the beginning of, or read in its entirety by tapping it. If you don’t need to read it, use one of the swipes:

  • Swipe left to delete the mail
  • Swipe right to archive the mail
  • Swipe down to mark the mail as read

Each card also has those three options as tappable icons. And once you tap to read a mail in its entirety, you can still sort it accordingly.

At the moment, Morning Mail lets you add Gmail, Yahoo, and iCloud accounts to import messages. No support for Outlook, which funnily is our pick for the best iPhone email client. One account is free, while additional accounts costs a buck each. You can unlock unlimited accounts for $4.99.

Morning Mail for iOS (Free, $4.99 Pro) | iTunes App Store

Opera Releases a Free and Unlimited VPN for iPhone

iPhone: Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are often a costly affair, but Opera, the company best known for its browser, released a free, unlimited VPN for iOS today that allows you to access the internet securely from a variety of locations.

http://lifehacker.com/5940565/why-yo…

Opera VPN works just like any other VPN app on iOS, and connects using SurfEasy VPN. You can connect to the internet in the United States, or route your traffic through Canada, Netherlands, Germany, or Singapore. Alongside giving you a new region, Opera VPN also blocks ads and trackers. Opera’s promising the VPN will be free for life and according to The Verge, Opera’s not planning on serving up ads for the time being. We haven’t put Opera VPN through its paces, and the desktop version was leaking user’s IP addresses at launch, so if you’re especially worried about security, you might want to hold off a bit. Otherwise, as far as simply changes regions goes, Opera VPN does the job as its supposed to.

http://lifehacker.com/stop-opera-s-n…

Opera VPN (Free) | iTunes App Store

Opera Releases a Free and Unlimited VPN for iPhone

iPhone: Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are often a costly affair, but Opera, the company best known for its browser, released a free, unlimited VPN for iOS today that allows you to access the internet securely from a variety of locations.

http://lifehacker.com/5940565/why-yo…

Opera VPN works just like any other VPN app on iOS, and connects using SurfEasy VPN. You can connect to the internet in the United States, or route your traffic through Canada, Netherlands, Germany, or Singapore. Alongside giving you a new region, Opera VPN also blocks ads and trackers. Opera’s promising the VPN will be free for life and according to The Verge, Opera’s not planning on serving up ads for the time being. We haven’t put Opera VPN through its paces, and the desktop version was leaking user’s IP addresses at launch, so if you’re especially worried about security, you might want to hold off a bit. Otherwise, as far as simply changes regions goes, Opera VPN does the job as its supposed to.

http://lifehacker.com/stop-opera-s-n…

Opera VPN (Free) | iTunes App Store

The Most Useful, Niche, and Wonderfully Weird iPhone Keyboards

The Most Useful, Niche, and Wonderfully Weird iPhone Keyboards

iPhone custom keyboards were a welcome surprise back when they first launched, but over time, it seems like most people abandoned them. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some useful keyboards out there though, and it turns out the more weird and niche they are, the better.

When third-party keyboards arrived in iOS 8, we covered some of the most popular and useful ones. Keyboards like Swype, SwiftKey, and Fleksy are all still great if you’re looking for a replacement to the stock iPhone keyboard. But not all keyboards are meant as replacements. Some are just oddball little additions that make using your iPhone a little more fun. Sometimes they’re useful too, but more often than not they’re just accessories for the stock keyboard. This isn’t a bad thing at all, and arguably these weirder niche keyboards are more useful than replacements because they just do one useful little thing, really well.

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Slash Keyboard Integrates Tons of Other Apps Into Your Keyboard

Slash Keyboard (Free) is an interesting tool that makes searching through a variety of services like YouTube, Spotify, and Google Maps, easy to do from your keyboard. With Slash, you don’t have to leave the app you’re currently typing in to do basic research.

Tap the slash icon on the keyboard, select the service you want to search through, and then type out your search. When you find what you’re looking for on the keyboard, tap it to send it off. Most obviously, you can search Google or look for videos on YouTube. Perhaps a little more niche, you can also hunt down a New York Times article, grab a song from Spotify, look through nearby locations on Foursquare, and more.

If this idea sounds familiar, the previously mentioned ReBoard is a similar app, but Slash does it better. Slash is most useful if you tend to send a lot of links to friends, but there’s a broad enough toolset here that people should be able to find all kinds of uses.

iTranslate Translates Text Right From the Keyboard

The Most Useful, Niche, and Wonderfully Weird iPhone Keyboards

If you’re texting with someone whose primary language is different than yours, then you know flipping between your text message app and a translator app sucks. iTranslate (Free) makes that a little easier by including a custom keyboard in their basic translation app.

To translate a block of text, type a phrase, choose the languages you want to translate, then tap the translate button. When iTranslate is done with the translation, you can paste that phrase into your text box. Sadly, it’s a bit of a convoluted process to translate anything you’re sent (you’ll have to copy, paste, and translate in reverse), but for on-the-fly translations of text you’re typing, iTranslate works great. It’s also nice that unlike most iOS keyboards, there’s a full-featured app aside from the keyboard. This way, if you want to do more complex translation, or translate by voice, you don’t need to download a separate app.

Giphy Keys Puts Every GIF At Your Fingertips

The Most Useful, Niche, and Wonderfully Weird iPhone Keyboards

GIFs are one of the greatest modern forms of communication and expression. After trying out a number of options, Giphy Keys (Free) is my favorite keyboard for searching for GIFs to add to text messages.

The beauty of Giphy Keys is in its simplicity and its overall usability. Tap the search bar, type in the type of GIF you’re looking for, scroll to find the GIF you want to use, then send it off with a quick copy and paste command.

You’ll find some cool advanced features packed in Giphy Keys too. For example, you can bookmark GIFs you use a lot or create custom animated text GIFs on the fly. Giphy Keys is incredibly robust considering it’s a keyboard just for GIFs. If you’re hopping between apps to copy and paste GIFs into conversation a lot, then Giphy Keys is the app you want.

Microsoft Word Flow Makes Typing One-Handed Easy

Microsoft’s Word Flow (Free) seems pretty well loved on the Windows Phone, and the iOS keyboard does a reasonable job of bringing that experience to the iPhone. At a glance, Word Flow’s swipe-style character selection doesn’t seem different from keyboards like Swype or SwiftKey. The character selection isn’t really what makes Word Flow special though. It’s the one-handed mode.

When one-handed mode is enabled, Word Flow arcs the keyboard across the bottom portion of your screen. This makes it considerably easier to type with one hand, especially on larger devices like the iPhone 6s Plus. It’s a fantastic solution to the problem of typing one-handed on bigger phones. If you find yourself multitasking with your phone in one hand a lot, then Word Flow’s worth a look.

Hemingboard Puts Tons of Puns at Your Fingertips

The Most Useful, Niche, and Wonderfully Weird iPhone Keyboards

Love puns? Then Hemingboard ($3.99) is a keyboard made for you. Hemingboard is a keyboard that packs in a thesaurus, rhyming dictionary, and most importantly, a dictionary of puns. Yep. Puns. Just type in a word and you can search for similar words to pun off from it.

The synonyms and rhymes are useful for obvious reasons, especially if you tend to send a lot of emails that need spicing up or you record song lyrics on your phone. Make no bones about it though, the puns are the main show here. The beauty of the puns is that they still require a bit of thought on your part. This isn’t hand-delivered dad jokes waiting for a polite chuckle from anyone in the room. Hemingboard simply displays words that include your search term in them, like “cat” in “catastrophe” or “catalog.” It’s still up to you deliver that pun with the flourish required to make a room full of people roll their eyes.

Most of these keyboards won’t replace the iPhone’s stock keyboard on a daily basis, but that’s not really the point. They’re wonderful additions that make texting a little more fun and sometimes even a little bit easier.

Launcher Now Supports Multiple Widgets In Notification Center

iPhone: Launcher is one our favorite app launchers on iPhone, and today it’s getting a lot better with support for multiple widgets in the Notification Center. This means you can jam a ton of actions into your Notification Center.

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Launcher now allows you to create up to five sets of widgets in Notification Center, each with their own set of launchers. If you haven’t used Launcher before, it’s a clever app that lets you tap an icon in the Notification Center to go to a specific part of a specific app. This includes stuff like getting directions home in Apple Maps, sending a text to a specific person, or even opening up the Bluetooth settings. Aside from the new multiple widget options, you can now set Launcher to show or hide widgets based on the time of day or your location. This is great if you want to set up one list of actions for when you’re at home, another when you’re at work, and another when you’re at the gym. The shortcuts take a little while to get used and think of ideas for how to use them, but once you do, they’re extremely useful.

Launcher (Free/$2.99 IAP) | iTunes App Store

Other for iPhone Quickly Sends Canned Messages to One Other Person

Other for iPhone Quickly Sends Canned Messages to One Other Person

iPhone: If you have one person you tend to message with a lot, Other is a very simple little app that makes sending a canned message to them a ton easier.

Other is kind of like a launcher for messaging a single person. You can set it up with predefined messages, so it’s super easy to instantly send a message through the normal Messages app to them. If you have a iPhone 6s, you can even send those messages from a 3D Touch shortcut on the home screen. There’s also a share extension so you can easily send something like a URL in Safari to that person with just a couple taps. If you tend to send the same type of message to one person a lot, like that you’re on your way home, stuck in traffic, or whatever else, Other makes it just a little bit easier.

Other (Free) | iTunes App Store via The Daily App

Airmail Arrives on iPad, Adds Touch ID Support, Custom Shortcuts, and More

Airmail Arrives on iPad, Adds Touch ID Support, Custom Shortcuts, and More

iOS: Airmail is an incredibly customizable little email app for iPhone, and now it’s available for the iPad. Alongside the update that brings along iPad support, a handful of new features are here as well.

http://lifehacker.com/airmail-for-ip…

The iPad version of Airmail works a lot like the iPhone version, so if you’re familiar with that one, you’ll be right at home. The update also brings along new features for both the iPad and iPhone, including Touch ID support, customizable keyboard shortcuts, saved searches, send later support, and read receipts. The saved searches feature is probably the most interesting. It allows you to create smart folders for searches, much like you can do in Finder in OS X. All old and new messages are automatically filtered into that folder so you can find them quickly. There’s also a new dedicated unsubscribe button that allows you to quickly unsubscribe from newsletters with a quick tap.

The app is also a lot more stable now. The animations are smoother, the HTML rendering engine is improved, and a slew of bug fixes rough out some of the edges of the launch version. It’s a solid update that’s worth a look if you’re hunting for an email app that works just like a desktop app, and the iPad version being included in one universal app makes it a nice little package for people with both devices.

Airmail ($4.99) | iTunes App Store