MacVoices #16084: Essential iOS Apps with Adam Engst, Tonya Engst and SMOG MUG

MacNotables Adam Engst  and Tonya Engst, both of TidBITS and Take Control Books, and MacVoices’ host Chuck Joiner join the  Southern California Macintosh Owners | Users Group (SMOG) for a 25th anniversary celebration of their group to talk about essential iOS apps. Some basic productivity app recommendations, some more specialized apps, web publishing platform options and social media apps, as well as some questions and answers, are all included.

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Adam C. Engst is the publisher of TidBITS and Take Control Books. He has written numerous books, including the best-selling Internet Starter Kit series, and many magazine articles – thanks to Contributing Editor positions at MacUser, MacWEEK, and now Macworld. His innovations include the creation of the first advertising program to support an Internet publication in 1992, the first flat-rate accounts for graphical Internet access in 1993, and the Take Control electronic book series. His awards include the MDJ Power 25 ranking as the most influential person in the Macintosh industry outside of Apple every year since 2000, inclusion on the MacTech 25 list of influential people in the Macintosh technical community, and being named one of MacDirectory’s top ten visionaries. And yes, he has been turned into an action figure. Want more? Follow Adam on Twitter for 140-character musings on a variety of topics.

Tonya Engst spends her days immersed in Apple technology, serving as editor-in-chief at TidBITS Publishing, which she co-founded. She works behind the scenes on the TidBITS Web site (Apple news for the rest of us) and on the front lines of theTake Control ebook series (highly practical, tightly focused ebooks about technology, mostly Apple-related), where she thinks about the big picture, edits many ebooks, and occasionally gets to write one. Follow her on Twitter.


Google app — Search made just for mobile – Google, Inc.

Dropbox – Dropbox

Google Drive – free online storage from Google – Google, Inc.

HOUND – Voice Search & Assistant, hands-free speech recognition – SoundHound, Inc.

Parkmobile – Parkmobile USA, Inc.

Google Authenticator – Google, Inc.

Authy – Authy Inc.

iTunes U – Apple

1Password – Password Manager and Secure Wallet – AgileBits Inc.

Fantastical 2 for iPhone – Calendar and Reminders – Flexibits Inc.

Calendars 5 – Event and Task Manager with Google Calendar Sync – Readdle

Trello – Trello, Inc.

Trello  web site

Strava Running and Cycling – GPS Run and Ride Tracker – Strava, Inc.

Words With Friends – Zynga Inc.

Downcast – Jamawkinaw Enterprises LLC

Overcast: Podcast Player – Overcast Radio, LLC


Drafts 4 – Quickly Capture Notes, Share Anywhere! – Agile Tortoise

Slack – Team Communication – Slack Technologies, Inc.

Google+ – interests, communities, discovery – Google, Inc.


Evernote – Evernote


Nisus Writer Pro

Pear Note – Useful Fruit Software

Sandvox by Karelia Software

RapidWeaver by Realmac Software

Freeway by Softpress