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MTBlogBot2000
15th September 2009, 07:59 PM
<h3>This week we look at Put Things Off, the lazy man's task manager, and Yahoo's official Flickr app for browsing and uploading images on the image-sharing site.</h3>
<h4>Put Things Off</h4>
<em>Reviewed by <a href="http://forums.mactalk.com.au/members/remy.html">Rémy</a></em>

<em><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-3150" title="Put Things Off" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Put-Things-Off.PNG" alt="Put Things Off" width="230" height="346" /></em>

<em>Put Things Off</em> is a dead simple task manager for your iPhone - and that's just about it. The idea behind the app is to take the same basic functionality of other task managing apps (like Things and OmniFocus) but with a few distinct and clear differences:
<ol>
<li>Instead of piling on dozens of add-on features, make task management as easy as it possibly can be.</li>
<li>Develop natively for the iPhone, with no companion Mac app - again, simplifying iPhone task management.</li>
<li>Charge less than the others. A one-off payment of $3.99 and you're done.</li>
</ol>
In this review, I'll discuss just how effective <em>Put Things Off</em> is at achieving each of these goals.

The first and most important is simplicity. Adding a task is as easy as tapping the big old plus button in the top right corner. It doesn't matter what part of the app you're in - settings are always in the top left and adding a task is always on the right. Right after that you just type in your task, add in a due date if you need to and save. The app will then put your task in the 'dock' (just like the one in your home screen) - undated tasks in the Inbox and tasks due on the same day are placed (rather appropriately) in the 'Today' box. If your task is due in the next three days (by default, this can be changed in the settings) it will be put in the 'Put Off' box, and finally, completed tasks are in the 'Done' box, where they can also be deleted. This is all pretty self-explanatory once you open <em>Put Things Off</em>, but there's a first-time demo to help you out too.

<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-3151" title="Put Things Off 2" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Put-Things-Off-2.PNG" alt="Put Things Off 2" width="230" height="346" />

I've said many times that the best way to develop an easy-to-use app is with a beautiful user interface - and evidently, quite a lot of thought has gone into making <em>Put Things Off</em> look good. Developing natively for the iPhone often results in a great interface because of the SDK's obvious focus on it. Where more complicated task managers fail on interface, <em>Put Things Off</em> attempts to fix it. Overall, I think it definitely works well, but some crisper icons (especially in the toolbar) and improved gradients could really make it awesome.

Finally, there's the issue of value for money. OmniFocus is ridiculously expensive, weighing in at $23.99. Things is a little better at $12.99, but here's where Put Things Off really shines. $3.99 is a small price to pay for a task manager that for me, has now replaced Notes (yes, my task management is very poor) on my iPhone. Sure, <em>Put Things Off</em> doesn't have wireless syncing, categories of tasks or push notifications, but what it does do, it does pretty darn well.

<strong>Version reviewed:</strong> 1.0.2
<strong>Price:</strong> $3.99
<strong>Developer:</strong> Spiffing Apps
<strong><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=309622930&amp;mt=8">App Store</a></strong>
<h4 style="font-size: 1em;">Flickr</h4>
<em>Reviewed by*<a href="http://forums.mactalk.com.au/members/remy.html">Rémy</a></em>

<em><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-3152" title="Flickr" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Flickr.PNG" alt="Flickr" width="230" height="346" /></em>

So Flickr released it's official iPhone app last week. My first thoughts were the same as the folks over at <a href="http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2009/09/wait-flickr-didnt-already-have-an-iphone-app/">Gizmodo</a> - I'd been using the Flickr iPhone web app for the last few months, and while it lacked an uploading feature (to be fair, I'm not a heavy Flickr user - I use it mostly for browsing wallpapers) I knew there were at least a few native alternatives on the App Store for iPhone uploading goodness. I was quite impressed with Flickr's web app and the native app takes the best parts of that website while also adding in some much needed features.

Even if you're just using Flickr to search photos, the native <em>Flickr</em> app gives you a much nicer way of doing so. When you first open <em>Flickr</em>, you see a wonderful montage of featured photos, just like on the full website. It's a nice touch and doesn't chew up my iPhone 3G's limited processing power, either. The whole app has a distinctively*<em>Flickr</em> look and feel, and even the smallest features like advanced search are implemented beautifully.

Taking a photo and uploading it right inside the app is a brilliant idea - and a clear reaction to <a href="http://blogs.zdnet.com/digitalcameras/?p=1437">recent data</a> that suggests the iPhone is the most popular camera on Flickr. I've heard reports that it can be (expectedly) a very tedious and time-consuming experience when you're not on a Wi-Fi or decent 3G (Optus, I'm looking at you) connection, so be aware of slow upload times. Other complaints? I can't download photos to my camera roll for use as a wallpaper. That's a real shame, considering the massive collection of 320x480 wallpapers that <em>Flickr</em> is housing. Neither, disappointingly, can you zoom in on photos.

<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-3153" title="Flickr 2" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Flickr-2.PNG" alt="Flickr 2" width="230" height="346" />

Yahoo has put together a very cool app for using Flickr on your iPhone. A considerable part of Flickr's future is with the iPhone (and iPod touch, when it inevitably gets a camera) and the <em>Flickr</em> app is a great step towards that future.

<strong>Version reviewed:</strong> 1.0
<strong>Price:</strong> Free
<strong>Developer:</strong> Yahoo!
<strong><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=328407587&amp;mt=8">App Store</a></strong>

asdf
15th September 2009, 10:40 PM
Anyone else sometimes see this garbage in the RSS feed for this site:

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Originally posted by Febs@Jan 4 2005, 06:29 PM
Evo VIII also has more "street cred" at the moment too, I guess...as every man and his dog has a WRX (and MY02 onwards STi's are a common sight too).
i agree...i'm not as much of a fan of the WRX as i used to be...mainly because it's almost becoming the next Hyundai Excel...only with more grunt and better "street cred".

PS: Febs, as far as the AlloyTec 175 goes, it doesn't feel like it has much more grunt than the VY's Ecotec, and the electronic throttle DOES feel a bit weird, but its still nice. I wish the engine didn't sound so bloody wussy though. While i'd hate for Holden to put a rice-style fartcan on it, i still think it could sound a bit more intimidating. :P

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chaosboi
15th September 2009, 10:56 PM
The Flickr app doesn't work on Telstra.iph (prepaid)!

decryption
15th September 2009, 11:07 PM
Anyone else sometimes see this garbage in the RSS feed for this site:

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Originally posted by Febs@Jan 4 2005, 06:29 PM
Evo VIII also has more "street cred" at the moment too, I guess...as every man and his dog has a WRX (and MY02 onwards STi's are a common sight too).
i agree...i'm not as much of a fan of the WRX as i used to be...mainly because it's almost becoming the next Hyundai Excel...only with more grunt and better "street cred".

PS: Febs, as far as the AlloyTec 175 goes, it doesn't feel like it has much more grunt than the VY's Ecotec, and the electronic throttle DOES feel a bit weird, but its still nice. I wish the engine didn't sound so bloody wussy though. While i'd hate for Holden to put a rice-style fartcan on it, i still think it could sound a bit more intimidating. :P

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