App Recommendations: Great apps on sale

Rather than follow my typical pattern, in which I recommend one specific app, I want to make you aware of some tremendous deals on top-notch, highly recommended, it-doesn’t-get-better-than-this apps.

Drafts is hands down, the best note taking app I’ve ever used–but not because it’s just a good note taking app. Rather, it’s kind of like Grand Central Station for text; you put text in super fast and easy and then can send that text wherever you want–to an email, calendar, iMessage groups, Facebook, Twitter, Workflow, Evernote, Fantastical, your favorite to-do app (Things, OmniFocus, ToDoist) and more.

Another reason why Drafts is so fantastic is that it has a wonderful action extension to capture text. When I’m reading a book or on the web and see information that I want to capture, the Drafts extension makes that incredibly easy. Then, when I’m done, Drafts gives me a nice notification reminder that I have text in it that needs to be processed.

I love Drafts because it allows me to capture thoughts or information quickly without worrying about where it goes, then it reminds me to take care of that text and gives me all the tools I need to get that text where i want it to go. It is one of my favorite, most-used apps and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Drafts is normally $9.99 and worth it, but now it’s on sale, so it’s a great thing to get now!

DayOne is, without question, the best journaling app for iOS and the Mac. It is absolutely delightful to use and does everything that a good journaling app should do: it has beautiful typography, a clean design that gets out of the way so you can focus on journaling, tags for your entries, TextExpander support, rock-solid cross-device syncing, share sheets to quickly get items into it, and one of the best Apple Watch apps I’ve seen.

I love DayOne because of how easy it makes it to journal my life. For example, I have it set to remind me to journal each day; when it puts the notification on my Apple Watch I can, with one tap, tell it to add the latest picture to my journal. While it’s putting in the picture, it also adds my location, the weather, my fitness levels that day, and it can even add a song that I’m listening to–all with one tap. If you’ve been wanting to journal but found it too much work, this is a great way to get a great record of your life with as little as one tap. Get DayOne today (iPhone/iPad for $1.99 [normally $4.99], Mac for $4.99 [normally $9.99])

Monument Valley is a absolutely delightful and thought-provoking game. I’m not much of a gamer, but I love puzzle games and this is one of the best, if not the best, puzzler I’ve ever played. What makes it so fun is the way that it forces you to think creatively and abstractly in order to move your character through the mazes. As you manipulate the pieces of the maze for your character, you can enable the maze to do things in 2D that are simply impossible in three dimensions–and that is what makes this game stand so far apart from any other game I’ve played. It’s creative, fun, and a delightful challenge. Get Monument Valley today for $1.99 (normally $3.99).

7 thoughts on “App Recommendations: Great apps on sale

  1. Have you thought of printing off your DayOne? That’s where I’m coming up short with DayOne, I’d love the ability to have a printed journal. The export PDF isn’t elegant which is a shame when the app itself is so elegant.


    1. I know you can export via PDF, but I’ve never done that. I’m with you that I’d like to print off a hard copy, like every year or something like that, but I’ve never done it. Sorry to find it’s not as beautiful as the app! Is it mostly pictures that don’t render well or text as well?


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