Best iOS apps of 2016

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Best iOS Apps
Appy holidays!
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2016 Year in Review Cult of Mac It’s been a banner year for iOS apps. From smart photo-editing tools to music-generating apps, Apple and third-party developers alike brought some serious heat to the App Store. We’ve combed through our home screens to pick out the best iOS apps of 2016.

Check out our picks below.

Trulia, KLOCKI, and other awesome apps of the week

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If you're appy and you know it, check our list!
'Appy weekend all!
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If you’re looking to unwind this fine Sunday by sampling the latest App Store delectables for your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Apple TV, look no further: Cult of Mac has your back!

Whether you’re on the hunt for a great mashup between two classic card games, a real estate app optimized for your Apple TV, or more, we’ve got what you’re searching for.

Check out our picks below. You won’t be disappointed.

iOS storage add-ons to dictation software: the latest deals at Cult of Mac [Deals]

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Record what's happening on your screen with a full suite of tools and tricks.
Record what's happening on your screen with a full suite of tools and tricks.
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Another week, another raft of great new deals. This week’s latest are a diverse bunch, from real-time screen recording to an education in Scrivener, massive iOS storage expansion and top notch dictation software. And all of it’s discounted by at least half, take a look:

Only hours left to save big on this popular writing assistant app–Scrivener 2 [Deals]

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Scrivener 2  consolidates and streamlines all the clutter of the digital writing process.
Scrivener 2 consolidates and streamlines all the clutter of the digital writing process.
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Anyone who writes on a computer knows the mental juggling routine involved in keeping track of research, notes, drafts and edits. Scrivener 2 offers a way to consolidate the whole process in one place, making for a much more efficient and less time consuming writing process. The award-winning app has also been a hit with Cult of Mac readers, who now have an extra few hours to get a copy of Scrivener 2 for $19.50.

Now is your last chance to save over 50% on the award-winning Scrivener 2 [Deals]

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Scrivener reinvents writing on the computer, making ideas, sources, and text available all at once.
Scrivener reinvents writing on the computer, making ideas, sources, and text available all at once.
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Write anything longer than a couple paragraphs or involving more than a couple sources of research, and the computer can quickly become a confusing morass of pages, websites, and notes. Scrivener 2 cuts through the computerized clutter, making it easy to simultaneously outline ideas, take notes, and view research without flitting between pages and programs. It’s an invaluable tool for anybody who writes with any degree of regularity, and right now is your last chance to get it for $19.50 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Save over 50% on the award-winning Scrivener 2 [Deals]

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Scrivener declutters the digital writing process, presenting all research and notes on one screen.
Scrivener declutters the digital writing process, presenting all research and notes on one screen.
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We were told that computers would make word processing way more efficient and less time-consuming. By now we all know the truth — writing on a computer is like fighting through an obstacle course of distractions, scattered notes and half-read articles. Scrivener is a word processor and project management app that streamlines and organizes research and writing on your computer, an invaluable resource that you can get for $19.50 at Cult of Mac Deals.

How to use two powerful tools to collaborate on writing projects

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Literature... and latte. Photo illustration Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

 

These days you can easily share data and collaborate on almost anything, from Rdio playlists to photo streams. But when it comes to plain old written text, your options are terrible. You’re pretty much caught between working on a shared file in Google Docs or shuttling versions of your work back and forth via email. Add more than one collaborator and this becomes a total nightmare.

Thankfully, tools exist to smooth the process of collaborating on writing projects. I’m currently editing the second draft of a novella, and I’m looking for a way to work with “beta” readers. I’m testing several pieces of software, and so far one called Draft is in the lead. Not only does it let you share a document with other people, it lets the team comment on any part of the source document and also allows them to edit a copy. Then, when they submit their versions, you can preview any changes before accepting or rejecting them.

Better still, because Draft can sync with a document in Dropbox (as well as several other cloud services), you can sync the edits from your beta team with a local app, like Scrivener. Here’s what you need to make the collaborative magic happen.

StorySkeleton, An Index-Card Story Mapping App That Works With Scrivener

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StorySkeleton is an amazing app that’s been around for a little while, but a recent update to add iPad support has made it even better. At heart, it’s a kind of index-card-based note and outlining app for writers (screen, fiction and non-fiction) to help structure and plan stories. But the design is fantastic, making it easier to use than most other alternatives.

Oh, and it exports directly to native Scrivener files.