This week we enjoy Fastmail’s sleek new look, import photos into Lightroom using Shortcuts, control our Ecobee home-automation accessories from the Apple Watch, and get writing with Goodnotes 5. And that’s not even everything!
FastMail – Email & Calendar
Fastmail got a long-awaited update this week, with a redesigned interface. It’s not just a slick new look, either. Individual messages get an action bar to perform a frequently-used tasks (archive, mark spam, and so on), and notifications can be fine-tuned to apply to any of your mailboxes.
Download: FastMail – Email & Calendar from the App Store (iOS)
This week, GoodNotes 5 launched, an entirely new app (with upgrade pricing for users of the old app) that blows out the dust, and the olde-timey app UI in favor of a clean and organized view.
You can organize by folders, and nest as many folders as you like. You also view everything in a list view. In fact, it looks a lot like the native iOS Files app.
Even better, you can now search across your entire collection of documents and folders, including your handwritten notes. That’s worth the upgrade right there. And speaking of upgrades, GoodNotes 5 has a nice take on it. The app costs $7.99, but it also comes in a bundle with the previous version.
Download: GoodNotes 5 from the App Store (iOS)
Ecobee’s iPhone app now lets you control your Ecobee smart home accessories from your Apple Watch. If you have Ecobee gear, and an Apple Watch, then this is fantastic news. If you don’t, then you’re stuck walking across the room to switch things on and off, like some kind of Neanderthal.
Download: ecobee from the App Store (iOS)
Adobe Lightroom CC
Adobe’s photo-editing app Lightroom got Shortcuts support this week. Now you can batch-import photos into Lightroom using a shortcut, applying any presets you like along the way. And because it’s a Shortcuts action, you can combine it with all kinds of neat workflows.
Price: Free. Subscription required for advanced features
Download: Adobe Lightroom CC from the App Store (iOS)
AUM – Audio Mixer
AUM, or of the most essential apps for iOS musicians, got a massive update this week. First, it now supports the screen-sizes of the 2018 iPads Pro, but there’s a lot more than that.
AUM is a mixing desk for all your other iOS music apps. It pipes audio and MIDI between apps, and connects to real-world interments ands mixers, letting you control everything from one awesome spot.
Almost all of the additions are tweaks to what was in the app already, but if you’re a heavy user (like me), then you will appreciate every single one of them. If nothing else, it’s just a lot faster.
Download: AUM – Audio Mixer from the App Store (iOS)