I’m enjoying the updated iOS App Store, with the new Today pane.

I think that its magic is in that it is updated daily, and that it has a really simple formula – a game and app of the day, and two articles about apps, games, etc.

iOS Shelf Apps

One of the great things about iOS 11 is the multitasking capability, and with it the emergence of so-called ‘shelf’ apps. I’ve been a user of Yoink on macOS for years, and have been looking forward to its arrival.

Yoink has arrived on the App Store, and it has quickly proven to be a simple and powerful shelf app. It provides much of what I expect having been a user on macOS for a long time – a simple interface in which I can drag and drop various items. This video gives a good overview of some of Yoink (for iOS)’ capabilities.

While I was waiting for Yoink’s release, I stumbled across Gladys, another simple but powerful shelf app. This one has been being rapidly iterated with updates, including the ability to zip single files or groups of files stored on the shelf. Nice.

Copied is another cool app. Not strictly a shelf app, but a poweful clipboard manager that I use heavily in my writing.

These apps are cool parts of my reading, researching and writing workflows, and are a big part of showing just how cool the iPad Primary lifestyle is progressing…

Colours of Old Hill Street

Whatever way you look at it, Singapore is a colourful city. It boasts a colourful mix of cultures, cuisines and language, and it boasts a rich array of colourful architecture.

With 927 windows in a variety of colours, Singapore’s Old Hill Street Police Station is a striking landmark as you cruise up the Singapore River from the Marina Bay towards Clarke Quay.

The building no longer functions as a police station, but its presence, colour and architecture tell a story – a story that is rich with the history of a building that has served as a colonial era police station, a Japanese wartime kempeitai and into the modern era as a government building.

View Colours of Old Hill Street

Colin Walker’s required reading rocks.

The resurgence of blogging has been an interesting journey in recent times, with the #Indieweb movement and many of the early adopters of micro.blog being part of that resurgence.

I’ve been enjoying the writings and casts of @colinwalker, and have come to enjoy his explorations of this, and his journeys in setting up his blogging infrastructure to suit his style and needs.

Colin has today posted his initial RequiredReading page to orient his users to the top 10 posts (and casts) that reflect his blogging philosophy, and the evolution of his blog from 2003 to the present.

For example, Colin posts the following:

I struggle with the conflict between writing something new and building on existing ideas but shouldn’t; a blog is just as much a process, an evolution of thought, as an act of creation.

He’s right – he shouldn’t worry about that. IMHO a blog represents an evolution of thought, and a realisation that building upon existing ideas is a wonderful journey, as much as having new ones.

Colin has challenged me to think about the purpose of my blog, and I will likely take a look at developing a required reading page of my own at some point to reflect the top 10 posts I want people to orient themselves to in order to get a flavour of my blog.

Have a read – not only are the posts important for understanding him, they’re all great reading in their own right.

Interested to hear on today’s Timetable micro cast that @manton is working on a macOS app for micro.blog. While Mars Edit and Today poster do a good job, it will be interesting to see how Manton sees the ideal MB client functioning. And looking.

Elia Locardi releases Vol 3 of his Photographing the World tutorials

I am a fan of the work of travel photographer Elia Locardi, particularly the tutorial series he has developed in conjunction with FStoppers.

Volumes 1 & 2 came out a couple of years ago and focused on landscape, cityscape and astral photography. Each volume provided a series of tutorials that took you from the field to the post-processing, with Elia taking the viewer through every step of his workflow.

This year Elia and Fstoppers have again teamed up to create volume 3 of the series.
This time Elia and the guys travel to the Amalfi Coast and other locations in Italy, Dubai and New York City where he goes into even greater depth as to how he chooses a photographic location, and his end-to-end process for creating his final images.

Elia has a passion for travel photography, and clearly loves to share his approach, mindset and techniques. And he does it well.

This video gives an overview of Volume 3 of Photographing the World.

In addition to the video tutorials, the guys have produced a series of Behind the Scenes videos, which are also extremely beneficial in showing the planning and preparation of each shoot, as well as telling the backstory of the production. I find these almost as beneficial as the actual tutorials.

I really only have one gripe with this series – I am currently working away from my home location and have travelled with only an iPad Pro. The way the downloads were setup they can’t be directly downloaded to the iPad, with each video wrapped up into a zip file that included RAW and processed images associated with each tutorial. A simpler download process would be really useful for iPad users.

I love the content, and have found that the customer service from Fstoppers is awesome. While the videos are pricey, they are worth it if you are serious about improving your photography. Suggest serious and aspiring photographers alike take a look.