It's the weekend again, and that means time for the iMore editorial team to come together once more and share with you a selection of our most used apps. As always, we've got a good spread that covers Mac and iOS, gaming, productivity and reading. Let's jump in and take a look!
I've been trying to hold out for the update to Reeder for Mac that would allow me to continue using it after Google Reader's demise. Well that day came and went and I have still been patiently, or rather impatiently waiting, for an update to Reeder. The iPhone version was updated but the iPad and Mac versions were pulled until updated versions could be released.
I decided I couldn't wait any longer and decided to give ReadKit a try at the recommendation of one of our editors. I'm super glad I did. It's a lot faster than I remember Reeder for Mac ever being and integrated with Newsblur, Feedly, Feedbin, and more. It can also pull in all your Pocket or Instapaper articles for easy reading all in one place. It's customizable enough font and reading wise that most users can find a setting that suits them. I actually enjoy the way it's laid out even better than I ever did Reeder.
If you're still looking for an RSS option for Mac, I'd highly recommend checking out Readkit.
There are only a few apps that I absolutely have to install when I first set up a new Mac. One of them is Bjango's iStat Menus. The software installs in your Mac's menu bar and gives you comprehensive information about every subsystem under the hood of your Mac - from how your memory is being used to how much disk space is being used, how hard your CPU is getting hammered and what sort of shape your battery is in. You'll also get comprehensive data about how those systems have been working for the past day and past week. You can even get information about the ambient temperature of specific chips on the motherboard and how fast the fans are spinning.
Admittedly, 99 percent of users never need this sort of detail, but if you're the kind of shadetree mechanic who wants to know what's going on under the hood of your Mac, there's absolutely no substitute for iStat Menus. It stands along in how it works, its elegant interface, and its extraordinary customizability. It's also just really cool looking. iStat Menus costs $15 to register but you can download a time-limited 14-day demo if you want to kick the tires before hand.
Pivvot is a deceptively simple abstract game where players are pulled along a track and have to move out of the way from incoming obstacles. A central dot is actually what's following the track, but you control a second dot that orbits it clockwise or counterclockwise at a fixed radius, depending which side of the screen you tap. That's the dot you have to keep clear. It's a long track to get through, but luckily there are plenty of waypoints to respawn from, and the solid soundtrack will (hopefully) keep you in a good mood throughout.
Cal is a calendaring app by Any.Do, and is a fantastic alternative to the iPhone's native app, all with a clean, easy-to-use interface. Integrating with Any.Do, when you open the app, simply enter your Any.Do account information to sync with the service. To add an event to your calendar, simply tap the "+" button and enter the event's information, including time, location, and the people invited. You can send invitations directly to everyone involved by either text message or email from inside the app. If you added a location, tap the "Navigate" button to be given directions in Maps.
Logging into Cal with your Any.Do credentials will give Cal access to your Any.Do tasks. Your calendar will be populated by the tasks that have a specific due date, letting you see your events and tasks in the same app. The background images in Cal can be changed in the settings and come from a variety of sources. You can set your preference for what types of images Cal uses. Cal is one to look at if your looking for something different from the default calendar on your iPhone, an is available as a free download on the App Store.
Continuing on the success of the original Smash Cops, the team from Hutch Games is back with Smash Cops Heat. If you're not familiar with the series, Smash Cops is a pretty heavy finger play game in which you must direct your cop car around the levels only smashing bad dudes off the road. You get a number of cool 'specials' to play around with such as Instaram and a new mode called Super Cop. Overall, good fun and the game is free with very few IAP nags and should you decide you need some, they''re reasonably priced.
All my email, both personal and work, comes through Gmail. As you can imagine, a lot comes across my inbox every day, so I've been searching for a suitably nice mail application since the stock Mail.app just doesn't cut it for me. So far the best I've found for me is Evomail. It's free, supports Gmail, iCloud and Yahoo mail services, looks great and has full support for all your folders. That last one is pretty important.
Push notifications are here, as are swipes to delete, pull to refresh and some sensible menu structure. As far as email on my iOS devices goes, Evomail is the one that has thus far kept me happiest.
So, those are our picks, what about yours? If you've come across a great app this week, be sure to share it with us all in the comments below!