Sophiestication

Sophiestication Software winds down as developer takes job at Apple

Sophia Teutschler, the developer behind Sophiestication Software, is joining Apple as part of the UIKit Frameworks team. This means that the apps that she develops, including Articles, Tipulator, and Groceries, will soon stop receiving updates.

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Articles Wikipedia reader gets awesome new search results, goes on super sale!

Articles, the Apple Design Award (ADA) winning Wikipedia reader for iOS by Sophiestication, has been updated to version 2.5, and this time it's all about results. Search results. Namely, a great-looking new search results layout complete with summaries and images, and even more importantly, and great-working new fuzzy search mechanism that'll most likely get you what you want even if you didn't spell it exactly right.

To coincide with the update, Articles for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad is also on sale for a limited time. That's right, you get all the elegance, at 80% off the usual price. Needless to say, if you've been holding off, get it now.

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Groceries gets a new look, new smarts, new features, and more

Groceries by Sophiestication Software has hit version 3.0. The popular shopping list making app has also been given a complete redesign that not only provides for a fresh, new, oh-so 2013 look, but support for 4-inch iPhone and iPod touch screen sizes as well.

Additional new features include smart data detectors that recognize the units of measurement, making composition even faster and better, and a new share sheet to make messaging, emailing, etc. easier than ever.

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Articles Wikipedia Reader for iPhone

Articles [$2.99 - iTunes link] is a thoughtful, elegant new Wikipedia reader and discovery tool from Sophiestication Software.

Rather than just displaying the Wikipedia.com page, Articles takes the data behind the page and reformats it in a very clean, easy-to-read format with a chapter index control to briskly skim your way through to the section(s) you want to focus on. You can search for articles, find articles based on your current location, or ask Articles to surprise you.

Two of the more interesting features are Mobile Safari-style "Pages" that allow you to keep several articles open at the same time and quickly move between them, and an interesting variation on the pull-page-down-release behavior that, rather then refreshing, toggle between orientation lock and unlock (so your iPhone won't spin content around wildly if you're reading in bed, for example).

There's also Mobile Safari-like bookmarks and history, and additional tips include double-tap-and-hold to display the chapter index, pinch or stretch to decrease/increase text size, tap-and-hold links to open articles in a new page.

Is it worth $2.99 when wikipedia.com (and other Wikipedia-based apps) are free? If you want more than the raw data, if you like the experience and features Articles provides, then absolutely. I read Wikipedia a lot and Articles is the way I'll be reading it for the foreseeable future. (They had me at multiple pages).

Screen shots after the break, and if you give it a try, let us know what you think!

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