My Apps of 2011
I was surprised when I realized this is really the only productivity app I used with any regularity in 2011. Any note I take or idea I have that doesn’t belong in basecamp for the larger group lands in evernote. My only complaint is the lack of a todo list, but word on the street is that it’s coming this year.
Up until the redesign of Google Reader, I had used it to read my feeds for many years. The redesign bothered me enough to look for an alternate solution and I came to Reeder. I still read lots of content on my MacBook and Reeder’s simplicity and beauty make it a pleasure to do so. The only reason I’d consider jumping at this point is if flipboard released a mac (or web) app.
The information architecture and art direction in Flipboard is second to none. I use it on the iPhone and iPad to run through my RSS feeds. I probably open flipboard 5-10 times per day to check in.
The suggested content in Zite seems to have improved a great deal since I initially tried it last year. I use it a couple times a day on the iPhone or iPad, mostly to discover new sources of content or articles that I didn’t get via twitter or RSS.
I use Marco’s awesome app in conjunction with all the services above to save articles for later reading when the article is too long to read or I want to study it more in-depth later on.
Fluid (with Campfire & Instapaper)
Fluid’s growl notifications for Campfire are worth the price of admission alone. I’ve been getting by with the free version up until now but it’s about time I pony up the dough.
Simple, easily sharable and filters that can make even my pictures look good. No idea what happens when they try to monatize, but a solid option for now.
I still use Photoshop for most of my graphic work but with the introduction of vector graphics in Pixelmator 2, I’m going to attempt to ween myself off of it. I’m always happy when I can avoid an Adobe product.
I switched because iChat couldn’t combine contact lists from various sources (AIM, GMail, Zimbra, etc). Nothing groundbreaking, but it does the job.
I scrobble everything because I find it interesting to look back at what I listened to at various points in my life. If I could scrobble all aspects of my life, I would.
There’s been very little improvement to Mint since Intuit took over but we still use it at home for our personal finances and budgeting. It’s a really solid app despite the lack of new features.