This past summer Ulysses announced a major shift in their business model. For their iOS and macOS apps, they moved from upfront purchases to a subscription model. As it usually goes, this caused some controversy. But the company had sound reasoning, which is what the app’s co-founder indicated, “writers want to rely on a professional tool that is constantly evolving, and we want to keep delivering just that”. This week, Ulysses brought their first major update since they switched to subscriptions. This partially came because of Apple’s recent focus on evolving the iPad platform as Ulysses 12 is primarily an iOS release. The macOs version has gained some improvements, but it’s not the centerpiece. The iOS version gains a drag and drop support, multi-pane editing, streamlined library navigation and image previews. Which makes this already powerful tool even better.
Drag and Drop
Drag and drop support is found in two areas in Ulysses: the sheet list and editor. The first enables quick, easy reorganization of existing sheets. You can pick up one or more sheets from the sheet list and drop them into a separate group. As you’re navigating the app to find the destination group, holding your drag contents over a group will spring-load it open. Drag and drop also makes it easy to reorder sheets within their current group when manual sorting is selected – this only works with one sheet at a time, however. And the nice bonus with all these sheet list tricks is that they work both on iPad and iPhone.… Read the rest
There are times when I’m in a “mood”. It could be a good mood, but it might also be a bad mood. When I’m in that mood, I like to put on a song and listen to it over and over again. I often use YouTube as a way to do this, but you can’t close your phone screen to do that unless you have a YouTube Red subscription. Which is understandable. It’s a video app. It’s not meant to act as the soothing background noise of my life. That said, there might be a way to do this. Which makes me super excited.
If you’re using the Android version of the Telegram messaging app, you can play YouTube video links directly – without needing to go out of the app itself. Which is fairly normal, but it gets interesting when you minimize Telegram or even turn the screen off entirely. The audio from the YouTube content keeps going. With this trick, you can message yourself anything you want to listen to (rather than watch) and leave it playing while you do other things on your phone. But this will put an end to you being able to use the messaging app. Or at least using the two at the same time. Some phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 offers split-screen multitasking that will let you have a YouTube window alongside some other activity. But that isn’t as neat nor as elegant as having the app work in the background.… Read the rest
Netflix is getting you ready for another season of Stranger Things. The show will be available on October 27, but if you can’t wait that long, there is now a game for you. The game, like the show, puts you back into the 1980s. It’s essentially a top-down RPG, with chunky pixel art. If you need to compare this in terms of quality, we’re talking Super Nintendo, not Classic. The game itself is surprisingly good.
You start off as Hopper, the cop. You are dragged out in the middle of the night to investigate a laboratory. It doesn’t take you long to find yourself knee deep in the same mystery from the TV show. You roam around Hawkins, interacting with characters from the show and try not to get killed. It seems like you spend a lot of time solving puzzles and flicking switches to unlock doors.
There is so much to love about this game, though. It makes you run halfway across town to deliver a new telephone to Winona Ryder’s character, for example. But also because it mimics the TV show so much. In the police station, Hopper notes how the cabinets are filled with owl attack reports. The game is designed in a really smart way, overall. But it shakes things up with the odd boss battle.
The game is available for Android and iOS. If you don’t have a compatible device, you will have to wait for the show to come back on. … Read the rest