Octobox

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I can’t recall whose tweet lead me to it (as so often happens) but thank you to whoever it was. I found myself on Octobox’s page on Assembly, the platform for collaboratively creating software, and from there I was hooked. A beautiful, working bookmarking system that championed the importance of users owning their data by storing it all in Dropbox. And since it was on Assembly the potential is there for me to contribute to its success beyond just being a user. So I’m going to jump in and see how I can lend a hand.

Project Naptha

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Project Naptha is a pretty incredible chrome extension that blurs the lines between text and image.

From the project’s website: Project Naptha automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms on every image you see while browsing the web. The result is a seamless and intuitive experience, where you can highlight as well as copy and paste and even edit and translate the text formerly trapped within an image.

Writer Pro

Writer Pro from Oliver Reichenstein on Vimeo.

I’m a huge fan of the original iA Writer (and of this amazing video) but Writer Pro falls flat as a significant upgrade. Its four writing modes change the document’s typography and some available features but not much else. I was hoping the writing modes would store different versions of the text in a package so that notes, drafts and final pieces could exist together.

Goodbye Zootool

Zootool made us realize that the general idea of running a central service is nothing we believe in any longer. Your data should belong to you and shouldn’t be stored on our servers. You shouldn’t have to rely on us or on any other service to keep your data secure and online.

We had plans to convert Zootool into a distributed software. Everyone would have their own Zoo app running on their own server or computer. Unfortunately the financial situation didn’t make it possible to finish those plans. There might be a chance to launch something in the future, but we don’t want to make any more promises we might not be able to keep.

Goodbye Zootool

Bastian Allgeier has since stated started a newsletter list to collect supporters for a self-hosted, open-source alternative for Zootool.

Instapaper

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Instapaper’s first major update since it was purchased by Betaworks boasts many improvements. My personal favorite is the new typography controls (left). What more could you ask for?

GRID

GRID Labs: 2012 Concept Video from Josh Leong on Vimeo.

When I first came across GRID I was really excited for the potential this strange iPad app held. When it was released I was disappointed that using it required you to log in with Facebook. Now I’m happy to report that that is no longer true. GRID also has a iPhone companion

ScoreKeeper XL

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I’m using ScoreKeeper XL to track who’s reading on screen versus in print in Union Station and on the MARC train. Interestingly this ratio seems pretty constant.


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