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 11 Pro: I’ve really been enjoying this upgrade and the cameras are fantastic.
  • 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.