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Apple Changes “Free” Terminology on App Store; But Still Uses Free for Top Charts

Apple made a change to the terminology they use in the App Store yesterday. Instead of saying Free on the price buttons for free apps, they now say Get. Apparently – and rightly so – this is because the EU is cracking down on “free” apps that can actually cost a lot of money because […]

Essential Apps: BBEdit 11 Update with New Features, Improved Foundations

One of my essential apps is BBEdit. This venerable text editor, now 21 years old – amazing to think that an app like this has been around through so many versions of Mac OS and OS X – has just reaching version 11, with a handful of great new features, and a major overhaul under […]

TidBITS: Free Scrivener Trial and 50% Book Discount for NaNoWriMo 2014

Saturday marked the first of November, and with it, the launch of the 16th year of the National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. If you decide to take on the challenge of writing a novel by the end of November, you’ll be among some 400,000 participants scattered across six continents.

To help aspiring novelists do more than just bang out 50,000 unorganized words in whatever word processor you have handy, Literature & Latte is offering a free trial version of the popular Scrivener writing studio, which helps you take notes, view your research alongside your writing, outline and structure your ideas, and compose the actual text of your novel. The trial version includes a NaNoWriMo novel template, which sets up a 50,000-word target and includes a few extras related to NaNoWriMo (the template is available separately for those who already own Scrivener). The trial version will work through 7 December 2014, and everyone who completes a novel with it will be eligible for 50 percent off the $45 price of the full Mac version of Scrivener in December. Even if those who don’t make the goal can still save 20 percent.

Scrivener can be a bit much to wrap your head around all at once though, since it’s so much more than just a word processor or project management tool, and to help you come up to speed quickly so you can focus on your novel, Kirk McElhearn’s “Take Control of Scrivener 2” is 50 percent off through 30 November 2014 — use this coupon-loaded link to take advantage of the discount. The book is normally $10; the discount drops the price to only $5.

A great deal, both for Scrivener, and for my book. Grab them both now.

via TidBITS: Free Scrivener Trial and 50% Book Discount for NaNoWriMo 2014.

How Newsstand failed The Magazine, and what Apple should do

When iOS 8 went into developer betas, and so many interesting features began to be discussed, as well as a more developer-friendly approach, I had hopes. Perhaps Apple would “solve” Newsstand, and rescue it from neglect. Maybe it would break us out of Newsstand jail and let publication apps coexist, even if we had to give up showing a changing cover as the app’s icon. (It seemed unlikely Jony Ive would allow this, but he’s a clever man, and I thought he might have a solution to meld static app icons with changing covers.)

But iOS 8 went into release with nary a change. The Newsstand abides, a wasteland for publications that only use it as an adjunct—and us. The failure to improve iTunes and the App Store for discovery also remains problematic. It’s really impossible for people to find a publication that matches their interest when all they find are top-ten lists and a field to search for something they already know they want.

Glenn Fleishman writes, for Macworld, about the history of The Magazine, the publication that he has been editing, and which is retiring on December 18. I contributed an article to issue #5, Tour de Front Row.

A few months ago, I wrote a Macworld article explaining why I’ve stopped reading magazines with Newsstand. The Magazine, and Jim Dalrymple’s The Loop Magazine, are the only two exceptions. And then there was one…

via How Newsstand failed The Magazine, and what Apple should do | Macworld.

Fitbit Connect Software and High CPU Usage by galileod Process

I have a Fitbit One, and I use their Fitbit Connect software on my Mac so the device can sync silently using a USB dongle. When I got my 5K iMac the other day, the dongle wasn’t recognized, so I re-installed the software. I’ve noticed since then that, at times, my Mac lags a bit […]

Apple’s iOS Remote App Doesn’t Display Album Art

There’s a bug in Apple’s Remote app for iOS 8. It doesn’t display album art for the currently playing track. It does, however, display art if you tap Up Next.   This is a bit annoying. I hope Apple fixes this soon, because I do like to see the album art when I’m listening to […]

The Committed Podcast Discusses iOS Keyboards, Yosemite and More

On this week’s episode of The Committed podcast, Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths and I welcome Greg Scown of Smile, and we discuss iOS Keyboards (Smile makes the essential Mac utility TextExpander, whose iOS version is a custom keyboard), OS X Yosemite, and much more. Listen to The Committed, Episode 55: “This Show Costs Me Money”.

Great Apps to Discover and Learn More about Classical Music

Classical music is proving to withstand the tests of time, so you might be wondering how an app can help get you more in touch with this rich, inspiring art form. Sure, you may already consider yourself a classical music buff, but there’s always more you can learn about how orchestras work, or how certain […]

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