Gaia GPS, Kodex, Music Year in Review, and other great apps of the week

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Look at this amazing selection of apps.
Look at this amazing selection of apps.
Photo: Cult of Mac

This week we find out what music we’ve loved in 2018 with Music Year in Review, make some music with Ultimate Circle of Fifths, take a walk with the brand new hike search in Gaia GPS, and more.

Kodex

Kodex looks fantastic.
Kodex looks fantastic.
Photo: Cult of Mac

Kodex is a text editing app for coders, but it’s also a great app for anyone, especially as it’s free. It can open any text file direct from the Files app, and has proper syntax highlighting for various coding languages.

That’s heart, but is also let’s you totally customize all its keyboard shortcuts, making it a fantastic editor for anyone, not just programmers.

Price: Free

Download: Kodex from the App Store (iOS)

Music Year in Review

Apple Music charts
Recording artist Drake in an ad for Apple Music last year.
Photo: Apple

Mimicking the concept behind Spotify’s yearly “Wrapped” feature, the free “Music Year in Review” app will delve into how many minutes you spent listening to your top artists on Apple Music.

It will also tell you your top five songs and artists, along with your most listened genre. These are then turned into graphics which can be saved to your Camera Roll or posted online. — Luke Dormehl

Price: Free

Download: Music Year in Review from the App Store (iOS)

Ultimate Circle Of Fifths

Not just for beginners.
Not just for beginners.
Photo: Christian Hengst

If you’re learning music, or just want a way to create great chord progressions, then you need this app. Ultimate Circle of Fifths take the familiar circle of fifths diagram and turns it into a tool for making and exploring music. You can see what notes and chords are in a key, and you can then build songs from those chords.

In the newest version, you can also view those chords on a piano keyboard or a guitar fretboard. You can even have it play back those chord sequences so you can jam along to them.

Price: $3.99

Download: Ultimate Circle Of Fifths from the App Store (iOS)

Gaia GPS Hiking, Hunting Maps

Gaia GPS now lets you find great hiking routes.
Gaia GPS now lets you find great hiking routes.
Photo: Cult of Mac

Gaia GPS is already the best outdoor maps app on iOS. It lets you load GPS routes in from almost anywhere, and shows them on proper topographical hiking maps. Now it also lets you search for hiking routes from within the app itself, save them, and use the maps offline as you walk.

Price: Free

Download: Gaia GPS Hiking, Hunting Maps from the App Store (iOS)