Best iPhone Calendar App For People Who Hate Calendar Apps

Best iPhone Calendar App

On iOS, or any other platform for that matter, there is no shortage of calendar apps. It seems like they’re a dime a dozen, in fact. While the concept of a calendar is anything but novel, developers have all sorts of different takes on calendars and scheduling that move well beyond the typical grid of dates and into some pretty interesting new territory.

Our longtime favorite calendar app for the iPhone is Timepage, a gorgeous offering by Moleskine that we first told you about in May of last year. A new app that was just released a few weeks ago is giving Timepage a serious run for its money though, and it offers a completely new take on the concept of a calendar app.

According to London-based iOS developer Rebel Minds, Rolo Calendar is “a calendar for people who don’t use calendars.” We’re not sure how anyone can survive these days without using a calendar or schedule keeper to some extent, but apparently these people are out there.

We would describe the app in a slightly different way: A calendar app for people you don’t enjoy conventional calendars. Rolo is a truly original take on scheduling and it offers a whimsical but effective user interface the likes of which we’ve never seen.

And best of all, perhaps, it’s free.

Rolo Calendar’s full description can be found below along with a link to download it on your iPhone or iPad.

Rolo is a calendar for people who don’t use calendars. With its circular face, Rolo allows you to see a day, a month or a full year at a glance.

With traditional calendars it can often be hard to see the bigger picture. They’re linear, granular and often end up being messy. With Rolo, on the other hand, you can quickly check how your life is divided up into say, work, learning, fitness and play and then make a decision whether this balance is correct – if it’s not you can make it right with a swipe.

Because we tend to think of time in circles – our 365-day orbit of the sun or the face of a clock, for example – Rolo is also a much more intuitive way of organising our lives than traditional calendars that run horizontally and vertically.

Rolo is an indispensable planning tool for students, entrepreneurs, professionals and anyone else who want to make the most of their time.

Download Rolo Calendar

Astropad turns your iPad into a professional Mac drawing tablet, download it now for $10

Astropad for iPad has dropped down to just $9.99 on the App Store, which is 50% less than its usual price and the best deal we’ve seen since its initial launch offer. This productivity app allows you to “draw directly into Photoshop right from your iPad” and “supports all pressure sensitive pens available for iPad.” The latest Astropad update brought added functionality for iPad Pro and Apple Pencil users. Make sure you download the free Mac companion app before getting started.

(FYI, that slick iPad drawing stand shown in the video below is Twelve South’s ParcSlope.)

Astropad transforms your iPad into a professional graphics tablet for your Mac. Use your iPad to draw directly into Photoshop and any other Mac creative tools you know & love.

Finally, you can use your iPad as a drawing tablet for your favorite Mac tools including: Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, Corel Painter, Manga Studio, Pixelmator, Mischief and any other Mac app you like! Whether you are a professional digital artist or a hobbyist, Astropad offers the most powerful way to draw on your Mac using your iPad.

Built for the needs of creative professionals, Astropad is true to your source material with color corrected output and retina resolution. What you see on your iPad is the same as on your Mac.

Astropad features breakthrough network technology that keeps up with you even when wirelessly drawing. It really works, allowing you to work from your desk or the sofa.

How to restore older versions of iOS apps

It's not easy, but you can restore old versions of apps on iOS.

Usually, an app update is a good thing. But sometimes, things go wrong: An update does the opposite of what you expect it to do. In that scenario, you want to roll your apps back, but unfortunately, at least on the iOS and Mac App Stores, Apple makes that seemingly impossible.

But it isn’t impossible — just a little tricky. Here’s how to roll your iOS apps back to an older version when things go wrong.

Over on Medium, Kenny Yin posted a list of instructions on how to legally download any previous version of an App Store app through iTunes.

There’s a lot of steps, so we’ll let you check it out there. But if you’d rather follow a video walkthrough, Jeff Benjamin  has put together a useful explainer of the process.

This isn’t a process most people will need to undertake, but in the off chance you’ve installed an update that has broken your workflow, this could be a real lifesaver.

You Can Now Explore 360-Degree Videos On Apple TV, No VR Headset Required

Though 360-degree video has been hot in 2015, the immersive experience has largely been limited to virtual reality headsets, mobile devices, and laptop screens. Now, 360-degree videos are coming to your TV, thanks to a new Apple TV app created by the Disney-backed virtual reality company Littlstar.

Apple TV users can explore any part of the video by using the Siri remote to tweak their viewpoint. They can see a ballerina perform at Lincoln Center, visit Yellowstone and Greenland, or watch a boxing match. Littlstar’s library contains thousands of 360-degree videos produced by major brands like Discovery, National Geographic, Showtime, and Disney, as well as curated content from individual contributors.

“Users can now view 360 videos on their televisions, and experience immersive video the same way they would a traditional TV program,” Tony Mugavero, founder and chief product officer of Littlstar, said in a statement.

As major companies invest in 360-degree video—Facebook recently introduced the medium to its platform and is selling virtual reality spots to advertisers—bringing the format to life on TV screens seems like the next logical step.

Apple names its iPhone Apps of the Year, shares bestsellers across all categories & more

Apple has named live video sharing app Periscope its App of the Year 2015, and Tomb Raider’s puzzle spin-off Lara Croft GO as its Game of the Year. iPhone automation app Workflow won Most Innovative app, while Instagram took home the prize for Best App on the iPhone 6s.

In all, Apple picked 25 iPhone apps each for both general and games categories. It also shared the top 10 best-selling paid apps, most-downloaded free apps and top-grossing apps …

The best-selling paid iPhone apps of 2015 were Heads Up!, Fantasy Premier League 2015/16 and Minecraft: Pocket Edition. For free apps, WhatsApp, Dubsmash and Messenger headed the list, while the top-grossing apps were Clash of Clans, Candy Crush Saga and – despite Apple Music – Spotify.

Eddy Cue told the Telegraph that the developer community never failed to impress him.

“You kind of have to pinch yourself, the developer community is a huge part of what we’re doing and they continuously impress the heck out of me and our customers with the apps they’re able to create,” he said. “Just when you think there can’t be anything new, they come and innovate and come up with things we didn’t think were possible.”

Apple also shared its best-selling downloads in other categories:

Apple’s top 10 picks for Apps of the Year are:

  1. Periscope
  2. Enlight
  3. Robinhood – Free Stock Trading
  4. Workflow (Most Innovative)
  5. Instagram (Best for iPhone 6s)
  6. HBO Now
  7. Hopper – Airfare Predictions
  8. Darkroom – Photo Editor
  9. Lark – Personal Weight Loss Coach
  10. The Everything Machine by Tinybob

Its top 10 games are:

  1. Lara Croft GO
  2. Fallout Shelter
  3. Mr Jump
  4. Dark Echo (Most Innovative)
  5. Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade (Best for iPhone 6s)
  6. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  7. Vainglory
  8. Dungeon Boss
  9. Puzzle Craft 2
  10. PAC-MAN 256

uBar 3.0 Released – Brings Custom Timepieces, Visual Window Previews, More

Brawer Software has announced the release of uBar 3.0, an update to their popular app and window manager for Mac OS X.

uBar 3.0 Released - Brings Custom Timepieces, Visual Window Previews, More

Version 3.0 adds the ability to place uBar on any side of the screen, just like the stock OS X Dock. However, uBar one-ups the standard Dock by allowing itself to be placed at the top of the screen. uBar also offers a beautiful timepiece for display above the built-in calendar, as well as offering powerful Shift-Click Shortcuts for closing windows and apps.

Features include:

  • All Positions (New) – Users can position uBar on any side of the screen: bottom, left, right, or top
  • Window Previews (New) – See a visual preview of the windows within by just hovering the mouse over an app
  • Timepieces (New) – Built-in or custom dial timepieces can now display above the calendar when hovering over the clock area
  • Activity Mode – Hold a custom modifier key to see CPU and Memory usage for Apps
  • Multi-monitor Support – Users with multiple monitors can set uBar to display on the screen of their choice
  • App Badges – uBar displays red App badges that you can read
  • Easily Spot Unresponsive Apps – Unresponsive Apps display a hatched red background
  • Drag-and-Drop – Simply Drag-and-drop folders and files onto Apps to quickly launch them
  • uBar Menu – List Applications, System Preferences, and custom Apps and Folders
  • Favorites Area – Users can add their favorite apps, folders, and files to the Favorites area
  • Clock Area – The clock area displays the day, date, and time
  • Hover Calendar – Hover over the clock area to display the Calendar
  • Expandable Rows – Drag the edge to expand uBar up to five rows in height
  • Themes – Themes display as System (i.e. Automatic), Light, Dark, Platinum Neue, Now Playing, or Custom
  • Sizes – Set the size of the uBar Dock to Automatic, Small, Medium, Large, or Huge
  • Pinning – Pin or unpin uBar to any corner of the screen
  • Application Order – Show Applications by Launch, Alphabetical, or Manual Order. They can be excluded as well
  • Window Grouping – Set window grouping

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uBar has found acceptance in the world of enterprise, with employees at a number of companies using it daily on their Macs. These companies include: Apple, Google, Facebook, HP, Salesforce, Sequoia, Tumblr, Volvo, Yelp, and many more.

uBar 3.0 requires OS X 10.9 Mavericks or higher, a 64-Bit Processor, and 8.7MB hard disk space.

uBar 3.0 is $20, and is available at the Brawer Software website. Current uBar 2 users can upgrade to version 3.0 for $10.

Forecast Bar is the next best thing to having Dark Sky on your Mac.

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Forecast Bar brings all the features you love about Dark Sky to a Mac app. Not only does it look similar to Dark Sky, but it’s powered by the same Forecast API which means you’re getting the same accurate weather predictions. Forecast Bar also works the way you want it to. Keep it in the menu bar or let it sit in your dock. Enable certain notifications and display a 3-day, 5-day or 7-day forecast — up to you. With its detailed weather and range of customization options, it should very quickly take your Mac by storm.

Whether you keep Forecast Bar in your menu bar or in the dock, it’s clear the app was meant to be in your menu bar. It works just fine as a dock app, but the window is still tall and slender as if it’s supposed to be dangling from the top of your screen. Don’t let the small footprint fool you though, Forecast Bar is packed with important weather data.

At the top, your standard information about the current conditions is prominent as it is in most weather apps. At a glance you can see the current temperature, high and low for the day and a description of the current weather. This is also where you add or switch locations, view a radar map or get details for severe weather alerts. The accuracy of the Forecast API seems to vary based on your location, but when you’re in one of its better locations, it’s hard to find something more reliable.

Underneath that is where the similarities to Dark Sky really become apparent. By default, a chart will show your 8-hour forecast. However, if rain is on the way within the next hour, this chart will switch to a detailed view of precipitation in the next hour. Below that is the extended forecast, which you can customize the length of in the app’s preferences.

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Additionally, you can click any part of the app — whether it’s current conditions, the hourly chart or the extended forecast — to get more advanced details. These include wind, humidity and UV index that are cleverly organized in pop-up charts alongside the anticipated precipitation amounts. At the very bottom is Time Machine, which lets you pick any date over the past 70 years and see the weather on that day.

The Mac App Store has been pretty void of any decent weather apps for several years and it’s nice to see a solid entry make it through Apple’s gates. Carrot Weather debuted on the Mac recently as well, which is also powered by the Forecast API. It remains one of my absolute favorite picks.

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Meanwhile, Dark Sky has garnered a pretty loyal fanbase on iOS. It features comprehensive forecasts, a pretty decent design and its famous down-to-the-minute weather predictions. Its developers haven’t gotten around to releasing a dedicated Mac app, but they do serve up the Forecast.io website and Forecast API for other developers to take advantage of instead.

Forecast Bar is $5.99 in the Mac App Store, which is less expensive than Carrot Weather, but it does come with some very odd in-app purchases. The app will refresh data every hour, but if you want more up-to-date reports, you’ll have to get them with a purchase. 10-minute updates cost you a one-time fee of — wait for it — $29.99. I can’t see why anyone would pay for that, but the good news is you don’t have to.

Overall, Forecast Bar is a reputable new weather app for the Mac. For six bucks, it’s one you should consider adding to your menu bar.