A year and two months ago, a disastrous earthquake struck Haiti, an island country in the Caribbean. To help the people who were struck by this, a coalition of developers came together and donated all of their funds from their apps for a certain time period to the cause. Just
Box.net, the once cloud-based content storage system, has added several exciting new features to their iPhone app that pushes them closer to being a content management solution. The 2.0 update of Box.net for the iPhone adds the ability to comment and view comments on files and folders with those who have access to them, as well as the ability to preview documents in thumbnail form before opening them.
CEO of The Omni Group, Ken Case announced last week that the company plans to port all five of its major productivity apps to the iPad. According to Case, our pals in Seattle have already begun work on OmniFocus and OmniGraffle for iPad and OmniGraphSketcher is next on their list. It'll take a little longer for OmniPlan and OmniOutliner to be tablet-ready, so don't expect it on iPad day.
Last week Syncode released a beautiful, cloud-based notes application called Synotes [App Store, $1.99]. The app lets you take and store notes which are then synced to the cloud, making them available from any web browser. You can optionally provide titles and icons for your notes to easily distinguish between different notes. Search is also provided within the app and online.
Synotes also looks really good. If you're familiar with SimpleNote [App Store, Free], Synotes is essentially the same thing with extra shiny. It's $1.99 in the App Store and definitely worth a try if you're looking for a classy, cloud-based notes app.
Codality announced today that Simplenote [App Store] — my favorite notes app — is now free! Simplenotes is a simple note-taking app with online sync built in. When you create a new note within the app, it's immediately synced to the web and vice versa. Changes to existing notes work in the same way.
The free version now includes ads from Fusion Ads, which can be disabled by subscribing to the premium features which cost $4.99 for 12 months of access. Premium also includes automatic backup of old notes, the ability to create notes from email, and premium support.
Syncode today released their clipboard synchronization app, Syncopy [App Store, $0.99] which allows users to synchronize their iPhone's clipboard with their Mac. The application is similar to Pastebot [App Store, $2.99], — which we covered earlier — although it uses uses the cloud to sync clipboard items rather than requiring your devices to be on the same local network. Additionally, Syncopy keeps track of previously saved clipboard items in its history. The one disadvantage we see with Syncopy is that it doesn't allow you to work with images.
Syncopy is available now and works on the iPhone and iPod touch. Syncode does not currently provide a PC version of the desktop sync app.
The big giant brains over at Tapbots—makers of such lovely apps as Weightbot and Convertbot—have just released their latest creation, Pastebot [App Store, $1.99]. Pastebot is a clipboard manager which allows you to store and organize text and images copied on your iPhone or iPod touch. Clippings saved in the app can be copied into other apps, sent via email, or even synced to your Mac using Pastebot Sync. You can also do some really fancy things like apply "find & replace" filters on text or convert an image to black & white using one of 14 filters.
Of course, just as you'd expect from the geniuses at Tapbots, it's incredibly beautiful.
Last week Lextech Labs released a new app to help app developers create mockups of iPhone applications right from an iPhone or iPod touch. Mockup [App Store, $4.99] allows you to create sample application mockups by placing individual UI elements on the screen and arranging them however you see fit. The app shows a lot of promise for anyone who wants to quickly mock up an app, although it lacks a lot of polish. But hey, it's the only app we've seen that does this, so that counts, right? Video below!
The iPhone's camera has been used for a number of creative uses, from taking close-up shots, to using it as a webcam, to just making cool pictures, to using it to make to-do lists, or even as a scanner of sorts. As for scanning documents, getting a clear shot is difficult, but one user found a clever way of getting the clearest images of documents possible by rigging up the iPhone Document Scanner.