Homescreen, Screeny and other awesome new apps you need to check out

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Awesome Apps of the Week

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Homescreen

One of the most frequently asked questions I hear is, “What’s on your iPhone homescreen?” Fellow Apple geeks love to know each other’s favorite app layouts, and there’s a new app specifically for showing them off.

Homescreen by betaworks (the great company that brought Digg back to life) is a simple app that takes a screenshot of your homescreen, analyzes it, and lets you quickly share it on social media. The neat trick is that it attaches App Store links to the third-party apps you’re using so that, when someone hovers over the icon, there’s a description and link to download. Sometimes the app links it chooses can be wrong, but all in all it’s a nifty enough app to try out at least once.

For a little additional reading, check out betaworks CEO John Borthwick’s insightful Medium post on how people are using smartphone apps these days.

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Screeny

What if you could nuke every screenshot in your Camera Roll with the tap of a button? That’s the premise behind Screeny, a great new app released this past week.

After scanning your Camera Roll, you can choose which screenshots to delete if you’d rather not delete everything at once. Screeny shows you how much space you’ve saved once the deed is done. Give it a try. If you take as many screenshots as I do, you’ll feel better after.

Available on: iPhone

Price: $0.99

Download: App Store

Canopy

Canopy is the new iPhone companion app for the website of the same name, which specializes in surfacing beautiful things on Amazon to buy.

Think of Canopy like a curated hipster boutique of Amazon’s massive catalog, now in your pocket. There’s a trending section based on popular purchases from other Canopy users, and you’ll enjoy browsing different categories like “Art & Design Books” and “Bar.”

You have to create a free account to like and save products to your collection.

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store

1Writer

1Writer is an all-in-one writing tool for iOS, and this past week it got optimized for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6/6 Plus.

With support for the Markdown syntax, 1Writer lets you write with a custom extended keyboard layout, different themes/fonts, a built-in browser, and syncing with iCloud Drive and Dropbox. Touch ID can be used to protect your files, and there’s a Notification Center widget to quickly access your most recent documents.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: $2.99

Download: App Store

Metapho

Metapho takes advantage of iOS 8’s Extensibility to let you strip metadata out of photos right in Apple’s Photos app.

iOS includes details about pictures you take like location and time, and if for some reason you don’t want that data included for sharing online or whatever, then Metapho will come in handy.

Just tap the Metapho action extension from the iOS share menu for an individual photo, and you’ll be able to remove metadata and send the clean photo to another app or service.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free ($1.99 in-app purchase unlocks extension)

Download: App Store

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8 responses to “Homescreen, Screeny and other awesome new apps you need to check out”

  1. DonnieB says:

    This article renders so poorly on my 5S that it’s useless. Amazingly disappointing for an apple-focus blog

  2. 2oh1 says:

    Links lead to page not found, page not found.

  3. Ewan says:

    I like this new article! great apps sometimes fall through the cracks on the app store so its nice to see a roundup of the week :)

  4. Scott Ng says:

    You can also check out Sharkie – a simple free app to delete screenshots https://itunes.apple.com/app/id914492862

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