App review: Drafts (iOS)

I downloaded/bought Drafts (for iPhone) a few weeks ago (a month ago? I can’t really remember) and used it maybe twice, but I enjoyed it. I can type on this clean, minimally designed screen and export it to a bunch of services, like Echofon which I use for twitter, Simplenote which is my most-used note-taking app, Evernote (if anyone prefers it), email, etc. I like the black-screen and white-text on my apps (I read Pocket and my e-book reader on this theme) and Drafts had that option, which was something iA Writer didn’t have. 

So today they had an update (now I can export it to SMS!) and released the iPad version. It was $3 so I sat for around, maybe 10 minutes trying to decide if I really needed it. I had Simplenote. I bought iA Writer. Did I really need another similar app? But I remembered that I enjoyed those two or three times I used the iPhone version and how much I wanted an iPad version some weeks ago. Now that it’s here, I’m hesitating!? Yes, because it’s not free. 

I went ahead and bought it, tested it by using it to type my notes while reading some articles queued on my Pocket, and I have no regrets! 

I think it has something to do with how much I really, really dig white-text-on-dark-backgrounds for reading. 

and the list is still growing

I’ve been keeping track of this project using Wunderlist since I sent the mocks and now I know I’ve been working on it (since pre-contract signing) for 48 days now, and I’m still adding stuff to the list (mostly to do with codes I have to fix). 

There are some design details I want to edit, but the code is bugging me and I just want it over and done with so all the functionalities the client wants I know I can deliver.

It’s just, it sucks when you know your client is hesitant (now) about the cost of the project and so complainy about the whole thing. IDK why he even went to a studio to ask. He should have skipped all the contracts and stupid mocks and requested for a “designer” not a studio for the job, lol.

app culture is a wonderful thing, I think

When I’m not working: 
  • I’m playing Kingdom Rush on my iPad
  • I’m eating
  • I’m looking through apps I can buy for my iPad
  • I’m playing Kingdom Rush on my iPad

I love how Apple solved piracy, with the App Store. I love all the interesting games and apps I can conveniently buy and download whenever and wherever (app-shopping is such a joy when I’m lying down on my back on the couch or on my bed) and I would never have been addicted to Kingdom Rush (such an awesome tower defense game) otherwise. Splashtop (which lets me use my laptop on a touch screen) is impressive and awesome (seriously!!!) even if I haven’t used it beyond the first moment of test and awe (well, I still might have a use for it one day). 

(it’s like doing powerpoints on a touch screen! I can use photoshop too!)

I remember the time when I was eleven or twelve and I saw people talking about Paint Shop Pro online and I wanted one. So I asked my mom and she got me this pirated CD of Photoshop from a stall in Makati. I let the mistake pass (since I didn’t want to go all the way to Makati or elsewhere just to get one fake CD) and the rest is history. If it were me at that age with the App Store of this time, I could have asked my mom to buy one of the more affordable apps online. Now that I earn my own money, it’s so much easier to spend, spend, spend on the things I want (and not always necessarily need). 

Speaking of apps: I’ve been wanting to try out Pixelmator (on sale for now…and I don’t know when it’ll go back to the original price!) to see if it can perform most of the things I do on Photoshop. Another app I want to try is Sketch. Adobe is so hard to sustain (the last and only Adobe suite I bought was when I was still eligible for the student discount. Luckily, being on CS5 is still being pretty updated — at least for now). It would be nice to just explore other options.