OmniFocus for iPhone, TextExpander, Day One - Journal

updated 09:22 am EDT, Thu July 17, 2014 | Posted in iPhone Apps

OmniFocus for iPhone 2.2 ($20) - OmniFocus is a task management tool that can help users stay organized. The software allows users to build to-do lists directly on their handheld and sync them with the OmniFocus desktop application. Version 2.2 includes TextExpander support and various other improvements and bug fixes. The “Next action” has been changed to “First available” to match the terminology used by OmniFocus 2 for Mac, and the style of the Project status icons have been updated to match the desktop software. [Download - 13.2MB]

TextExpander 2.6 ($5) - TextExpander allows users to create a library of abbreviation shortcuts for frequently used snippets of text. These snippets can then be used to quickly type text in more than 150 apps that include TextExpander support, such as OmniFocus, Things, and WriteRoom. The latest release adds support for Flesky, a new color keyboard that is supposed to make touch typing more accurate. Several minor bugs have also been fixed. [Download - 3.3MB]

Day One - Journal 1.14.2 ($5) - Day One is a journaling app that allows users to store ideas and sync them across all of their devices via iCloud or Dropbox. This maintenance release fixes an issue that caused the app to crash on launch for some users, as well as an iPad-specific crash that occurred when tapping off of action sheets. [Download - 25.4MB]

Chrome 36.0.1985.49 (free) - Chrome is a mobile version of Google’s popular web browser. Features include the ability to sync tabs and bookmarks across devices, built-in language translation, unlimited tabs, and support for using Google’s voice search to find answers without any typing. With the latest version, any mobile sties that include Cast support will now work with all of a user’s Cast enabled devices. Overall stability has also been improved and several bugs have been resolved. [Download - 30.4MB]

Facebook Messenger 8.0 (free) - Facebook Messenger is the official client for sending direct messages to all of a user’s Facebook contacts. In v8.0 text size will now automatically adjust to the size indicated in your device settings. A number of other minor adjustments that improve app speed and reliability have also been included. [Download - 35.6MB]

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