BusyToDo Adds iPad Interface

One of my favourite iOS apps has been given an iPad face lift!

The the BusyToDo “to do” list manager has now been released as a universal iOS app. It finally has an iPad friendly interface and looks so much better for it.

Since using BusyToDo, my only criticism had been the lack of an iPad specific interface. Originally designed as an iPhone (and iPod Touch) app, it’s appearance on the iPad screen always appeared low-rent, but no longer. It now makes full use of the iPad screen offering access to a variety of event filters on the left-hand side when viewed in landscape mode.

I’ve been a fan of BusyToDo  since its release in December 2010. Its ability to sync via the cloud using MobileMe is a great boon over the Things to do app that I previously used. In both an earlier review of Things and my follow-up a few weeks later, I criticised the lack of cloud syncing and it was this missing feature that finally drove me away from Things and into the arms of BusyToDo.

BusyToDo allows you to  manage all your tasks, appointments and reminders, easily and efficiently with simple over the air syncing between iOS devices, iCal and BusyCal.

Available in the iTunes App Store for AU$12.99.

Mac OS X Lion Application Compatibility

As Mac OS X Lion draws ever closer, with predicted launch dates varying from June to September this year, many a Mac geek will be pondering whether any of their current Mac OS X software applications will be incompatible with this latest iteration of OS X.

To assist those contemplating the possibility of application melt-down, a wiki exists listing a multitude of applications and providing information as to each one’s current state of Lion compatibility. Produced by RoaringApps it gathers the knowledge of application testers and brings their findings together on the wiki for the benefit of all.

Checkout the RoaringApps wiki and see if your software apps will purr along nicely with Mac OS X Lion.

BBC Radio Comes To iTunes

After many years of glaring absence, eleven BBC Radio stations have finally appeared within the Radio section of Apple’s iTunes allowing easy access to these streaming BBC Radio stations, wherever in the world you may be.

Although we have been able to listen to BBC Radio station via the BBC website or other media players, it is good to see the Beeb finally joining the iTunes community.

This is good news for those with an Apple TV, for now you can stream BBC radio through the connected speakers.

The stations are available in either 48kbps or the higher quality 128kbps stream which has noticeably better audio with no buffering issues.

Here’s a handy list of where the various BBC stations can be found within the different iTunes radio feeds.

BBC Radio 1                               Top 40

BBC Radio 1 Xtra                      Top 40

BBC Radio 2                               Adult Contemporary

BBC Radio 3                               Classical

BBC Radio 4                               News

BBC Radio 4LW                        News

BBC Radio 4 Extra                   Comedy

BBC Radio 5                              News

BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra     Sports Radio

BBC Radio 6                             Alternative Rock

BBC Asian                                International

iHub Arrives

Today the postman delivered my iHub which I reported on in a previous blogpost about a week ago.

I must admit to not being certain that this little Apple-impersonating device would be delivered after Apple Inc instructed the company to cease selling these little devices, but I was wrong to doubt the supplier, MIC Gadget Store.

Shortly after my order went in, the company stopped selling any further iHubs.

The Apple inspired packaging, a perspex box with minimal descriptive text on white card, is of surprisingly good quality.

Beneath the iHub in the box is a 12cm long USB to mini-USB cable.

The iHub has one mini-USB upstream port and, on each side of the device, four USB downstream ports.

Of course the one thing that makes this particular USB hub special to any Mac fan is the Apple logo on the top face of the device, which illuminates when the hub is connected to the computer.

The hub works as any other simple USB hub and quality wise it’s on par with other such devices.

And of course the only reason for ordering this device is its cute Apple-likeness, in which respect it fully lives up to my expectations!

I’m still waiting for the black version to be delivered together with another white one, but I have yet to receive any shipping notification from the supplier. Maybe I’m lucky just to get this one white iHub, a possible future collector’s item!

Here’s a short un-boxing video taken with a precariously propped up iPhone!

ShelfMenu

A quick look through the Mac App Store reveals many multi-clipboard apps, some more fully featured than others and varying in price from free to… well, quite a few dollars in some cases.

ShelfMenu ver 2.0.0 is the new kid on the block, released a few days ago it offers the ability to save anything from the OS X clipboard into its storage system, making the clipboard snippets available for use at a later time. It will store images, text and webpages which can then be organized into folders within the app.

Just send your clipboard snippets to the ShelfMenu’s Inbox where they are safely stored for later retrieval. The clippings can be left in the Inbox or reorganized into folders. The saved snippets are available from the app’s menu bar icon, from where you can access all of ShelfMenu’s functionality.

The Organizer feature of ShelfMenu allows management of your clipboard history by the creation of folders, into which the clipboard snippets can be stored, enabling you to sort, rename or delete your snippets.

Keyboard shortcuts can be set within Preferences to activate various features of ShelfMenu and once setup they allow quick and easy snippet saving, viewing and pasting.

ShelfMenu also allows the creation and storage of text notes and the developer of ShelfMenu, Cesare Tagliaferri, hopes to include syncing across multiple Macs in the next release of this app.

With so many versions of multi-clipboard apps available today, each performing similar tasks in different ways, it really is a matter of personal preference as to which one you would choose. In my case I’ve found ShelfMenu simple to use, useful in its feature set and it’s an app that will be remaining in my menu bar for continued daily use.

Give ShelfMenu a try, it’s available for download from the Mac App Store for AU$2.49 / US$1.99. You can also download a free trial version of the app from the developer’s website, OSOMac.com.

iHub Ordered

This USB hub caught my eye last week and, maybe against my better judgement, I ordered 3 from the MIC Gadget Store website.

The device features an unauthorised Apple logo and it was clear that these items would not remain for sale for long, so it was no surprise that 1 day later I received an email from the supplier stating that Apple had required MIC to stop selling the items. The email assured me that, as I had already purchased the item, I would receive my iHub.

At a cost of US$9.90 each plus shipping costs of US$6.60 the device is certainly not in the price range of Apple products so it will be interesting to gauge the quality of the item when it arrives.

I will report back when my  3 iHubs are delivered.

Seems We Have a Problem

Well this is unfortunate.

I had just finished a new post and published it to the site. But the new post has vanished and the whole website is ‘distorted”.

and I have no idea what has gone wrong! I shall do my best to resume normal service as soon as possible.