Poster 2.0

Poster is by far the best WordPress app available for iOS today. I have already written about how good the app is and recommend it to anyone who has an iOS device and writes for a WordPress blog. In fact, its features and UI are far better than the official WordPress app available for iOS. Today, Poster has been updated to version 2.0. With this major release, the app continues to get even better and brings a plethora of new features.

Poster now features support for Custom Post Types in WordPress. If you have customized your blog by adding Custom Post Types for anything, Poster will let you enable them from the settings. Poster now also lets you edit a post’s excerpt, set the post as Sticky & even lets you add images anywhere in a post by tapping and holding down the cursor when you’re in the editor. Other notable features that this release brings include:

  • Localized for English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish
  • Edits to published posts can now be saved locally before re-publishing
  • Option to remove a post’s featured image
  • Re-order your blogs within the interface
  • Ability to assign custom labels to custom fields
  • Improved speed when syncing posts
  • Edits to posts are automatically saved. There’s no need to manually save a post anymore.

This version also brings along robust support for a URL Schema for Poster. If you’re the developer of an app, you might want to take a look at that.

Poster still sports the same beautiful and minimal UI identity of its and this release manages to make it an even solid app. It’s available on the App Store for $2.99 as a Universal app.

1Password 4 for iOS

1Password by AgileBits is one of my favorite apps on iOS and also the very first app I install on a new iOS device. 1Password holds every single password I’ve used on any website, service or app & other information in it and has been a reliable companion ever since I first bought it for my Mac. It has truly become a crucial app to have these days.

While 1Password has been a functionally fantastic app on iOS, it wasn’t all that well with its UI. All that changed with the release of v4.0 of the app a couple of days ago. Every corner and pixel of the app has been redesigned, and beautifully at that. The app’s UI now uses some stunning icons for categories and overall has a nice feel to it.

Additionally, 1Password also gains a ton of new features, including a full-fledged in-app browser with a URL bar and tabs, a Vault, Folders & Global Search, Action Bar on every item (swipe to perform actions), a Demo mode to show off the app to your friends without disclosing your private data and a complete PC-less setup, along with syncing via Dropbox or iCloud.

Also new with 4.0 is that the app is now a single, Universal app. Previously, 1Password was available in 3 versions — iPhone, 1Pad and a Universal “Pro” version. With 4.0, AgileBits are now selling just a Universal app and it’s currently available at $7.99 on the App Store (Launch special price, regular price is $17.99).

Poster — The Ingenious WordPress App for iOS

For months, I’d been looking for a WordPress app for iOS that I could use to publish on my sites. None of the apps available on the App Store, not even the official WordPress app, have support for Custom Fields.

But then I stumbled across Poster. Poster is a feature-packed WordPress app for iOS that runs both on your iPhone and iPad. It features a minimally elegant UI that stays out of the way and lets you focus on your content. It has almost all the options you’d need to publish remotely and it has managed to make my workflow infinitely better.

If you use your iOS device to publish to your WordPress Blog, Poster is just $3.99 on the App Store.

Just Type Updated With Dropbox Integration

Just Type is an amazing Notes app for iOS by Shubham Kedia, who is otherwise known for developing some stunning Winterboard themes in the iOS Jailbreak scene. The app’s UI is very close to Shubham’s style if you’ve known and used his themes in the past and there are some neatly crafted animations and transitions all through the app. I was very impressed by the app when it was released in June and have been using it on and off in my note-taking habits. The app is available Free on the App Store and readily syncs your notes via iCloud.

Today, the app has been updated to version 1.3 that introduces Dropbox integration for those wanting to see their files on a file system. The Dropbox integration also means that you can also access the notes you create in Just Type from other apps. The app also now has a handy “Open In…” option that lets you open your notes in other 3rd party apps installed on your iOS device.

But the best feature from this update is the new keyboard layout on the iPad. Inspired by this concept video by Daniel Chase Hooper, the app now features an additional row of numbers at the top and supports two and three finger gestures to move your cursor around. There’s also a special button at the top that lets you select text when you’re moving the cursor. Another minor addition with this release is a better bulk action UI, wherein tapping and holding down the notes list lets you bulk edit, star, change color or delete your notes.

While the update itself is free for all existing users, the Dropbox integration is a paid feature that is enabled using In-App Purchase for $0.99. Just Type is still a solid app to have on your iOS device and comes Free from the App Store.