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You will never read a Hands On review that does not include the price. Of course you won't, but usually price is the least significant part: whether something is expensive or not, good software and hardware is worth anything because it is so very, very useful and you use it so very, very much. TextExpander 6 is very, very good. Yet this might as well be a Hands On review of the price, and the software's shift to subscription.
Sometimes you can fully understand why people like a certain thing, and yet not appreciate it yourself. That's probably where we were when we last reviewed Ulysses: it is a very well done writing app, it has excellent features, it's got fans, and we entirely recognized why. Yet it took us until the new release, Ulysses 2.5 for iOS -- alongside Ulysses 2.5 for OS X -- for us to think hang on, that's rather good. Really, the sole difference in the new version is that it is now available on iPhone, but that ubiquity and how well it all works, that's finally arrested us.
In the year or more since we last reviewed Drafts 4, it's had 15 updates -- and we've used them all, every day. Usually several times a day. Yet it's only the new Drafts 4.6 version that has brought immediately visible changes: the writing app now has a dark mode, and more font control. It should be all its less visible improvements that excite us, but we like what we see.
Usually when you say something is a niche product, you mean that even if it's superb, it's only ever going to be of use to a small group of people. In this case, though, a huge audience would benefit from TextSoap, but we'd bet money that it's a niche because only a small group of people realize they have the problem this solves. TextSoap 8.0.3 for OS X fixes issues some people don't notice, others put up with, and a small group of people have previously had to work hard to solve for themselves.
Texting is already a pretty fast way of communicating, but we're an impatient lot, us humans, so if you can shave a few seconds work or a few seconds thinking off a task, there is someone who will do that. This is especially true if the task involves typing on an iPhone keyboard, as plenty of people don't like doing that. Etch Keyboard 1.0.2 is for these people.
There is definitely a case of just having someplace you can scribble down a thought, a phone message, a shopping list. There is also definitely an entire industry devoted to creating such note taking apps and it's a mightily productive one. Search on the word 'note' in the Mac App Store and you get nearly 600 results. Do it on an iPhone and you get just under 9,000. This is the world Intellie Notes 1.0.5 is stepping in, and it's no criticism to say that it has about as much reason to buy it as most of the others do.
The latest release of Amazon's Kindle software for iOS and Macs is devoted to improving how text looks on your screen as you read. Excuse us? With Kindle 4.9.1, it's five years since the application came to Apple gear and only now it's concerned with how you read on it?
Enough already. We just want to write this thing down before we forget it, okay? If we could avoid faffing around picking a template to base our new document on, that would be a big help. Later on, we'll worry about where we're going to use the text, at this moment we just want to get words down. That's the aim of this app, and it has been from its start in 2008 right up to two weeks ago, when it got updated to Simplenote 4.1.1.
You've read the headline, Hands On: TextExpander 5, and for many people that would be enough to send them straight off to buy it. Here's TextExpander 5 on its official site. Without exception, though, those keen people will all be ones who've already used TextExpander 4. If that's not you, if you've barely heard of this thing that speeds up your typing, then wait a moment, read on a bit, and only then go buy it.
From the makers of PDFpen for Mac and iOS comes the newly-updated PDFpen Scan+ which is a way to quickly photograph documents and turn the text into something you can then copy out, email, or reuse anywhere else. The new version now automatically crops photographs, so you don't end up with hundreds of shots of the edge of your desk. It also increases the speed of scanning thanks to new automated features.