What I Use

We all use different apps and devices and I believe that it’s good to learn from others. Below are two lists that show what I use each day in researching, writing and editing for Lounge Ruminator.

Apps

  • Ulysses: whether on my iOS or macOS, Ulysses offers a great, minimalist writing environment with a dark interface and brilliant organisational features. Not to mention, it also connects to WordPress so that I can write in the app and then publish online.
  • WordPress: the iOS client for WordPress is useful for making changes to themes, pages and images.
  • Reeder 4: this RSS app on iOS and macOS enables me to keep track of the news and stories that are most important to me.
  • V for Wikipedia: sometimes you just need to check something on Wikipedia and this app provides an awesome reading experience on iPhone, iPad and even Apple Watch.
  • Micro.blog: this is an enjoyable social network that promotes civil discussion, active microblogging, ownership of content and custom domains.
  • Twitterrific: if you want a decent Twitter experience on iOS and macOS with a chronological timeline and no ads, you’ll need a third-party client.
  • Chirp: this Twitter app is made only for Apple Watch and it’s great to keep track of messages when leaving your phone at home.
  • Linea Sketch: I am by no means an artist but I do find it fun to make simple sketches. Having this app on my iPad Pro means that I can whip something up quickly, even as a novice.
  • Affinity Photo and Pixelmator Photo: whenever I need to do things beyond the default Photos app on iOS, I love to use these apps.
  • Pixelmator Pro: this is my image editor of choice on macOS.
  • Obscura 2: this fantastic third-party camera app comes with a range of cool filters and also enables you to adjust settings manually.
  • Overcast: this is easily the best podcast player, with great features for sharing clips and adjusting your listening speed.

Devices

  • iPhone 7 Plus: yes, there are newer iPhones than this model, but with its dual-camera set-up and fast processor, it continues to serve me well.
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch: this has really become my main (daily) computer and the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil (first gen.) are great accessories. When sitting at a desk, I use the fun Keychron K1 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard.
  • Mac mini (2014): this particular Mac mini has been quite the derided computer in the Apple fan base, as the company removed the quad-core option at the time of its release, but I love it and have found it to be very versatile.
  • Canon 500D: I received this as a gift back in 2009 and continue to be amazed at some of the shots that it produces, even with an amateur like myself behind the lens.

Home Screen

iPhone Home screen with icons for News, Photos, Music, Overcast, Reeder, Safari, Micro.blog and Messages