Kevin Gerard Fitzpatrick

Notebooks for iOS & Mac

Notebooks for iOS is a full fledged notebook offering plain text, rich text, drawings, and PDF storage. Like Evernote, it allows you to store quite a bit of information and easily sync it with the cloud (Dropbox). Unlike Evernote, its not nearly as robust in its features. I use it for plain text and markdown notes only and it seems excel at this. I’ll stick with Evernote for everything else.

Affordable Offsite Backup with Arq & Amazon Glacier

Let’s face it – in this day and age we all have valuable digital information that we are storing on our hard drives at home and probably using a Time Machine drive (or something similar) to backup our data in the event of a hard drive failure.

I have a great deal of photos, videos, web site code, and written work that I back up with a redundant drive at home whether it be my Time Machine drive or a redundant RAID array on my external drives.

Adobe Sold Me.

Adobe has been sending me emails since Photoshop CC was released bugging me to buy a subscription for Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5. I must admit — $10/month is not a lot to pay for these 2 awesome photo editing apps, but I just don’t want to get stuck on a subscription. I also don’t want to get sucked into the $10/month introductory price and then have it be $20/month when my subscription renews after 12 months.

1 Month and Nicotine Free

I don’t normally write posts like this, but I wanted to share this – its been 1 month an I’m nicotine free. I’ve been on the patch for 3 years now and before the patch, it was the gum and before the gum it was cigarettes.

My father passed away from Lung Cancer in 2006 after 40 years of smoking. Before that happened, I had made attempts at quitting including a 6 month period with no nicotine. After my father’s death though, I wanted to get serious, so I started using the gum. I used the gum because I knew it would be hard to go “cold turkey” as I did last time. I didn’t want to have a relapse.

So, it began with the gum that lasted 4 years and then I started to find the gum a little too addicting as I would start chewing too much of it and it would make me sick. So, I went to the patch. I figured this would allow me to have only 1 daily consistent dose of nicotine each day. I quickly moved to step 3 on the patch (7mg of nicotine/day) and got stuck on that for 3 years.

Last month, I removed my patch and decided that I would go free. It was so relieving. It was a huge financial relief ($30 every 2 weeks) and a mental relief to know that I am no longer dependent. I think because I was on step 3 for so long, I really didn’t feel the “withdrawal”. I felt a bit, but not much. I think that it was more psychological at this point than it was addicting.

Out of all the things that helped much, I think the patch was the best. It got me away from the oral fixation that cigarettes and gum have and it gave me a controlled amount of nicotine per day. I think once I stabilized on that dose, it was easy to completely do away with.

I think I’m good, but you never know. I don’t think I’ll ever smoke cigarettes again on a regular basis. And here is advice for anybody out there that starts smoking at a young age…thinking about quitting or getting off of this stuff for 12 years. That’s what it took me to completely come to terms with it. It’s a very tough habit to kick.

Using OmniGraffle

I recently bought OmniGraffle for Mac for the first time ever. It’s hard to believe since I’m an app junkie and OmniGraffle has been around forever. I really never had much need for diagramming software to the point where I would pay for such an app. I’ve been into learning how to do more UI stuff and thought this would be a good place to start. My work also has a need for these kind of diagrams on the large complex sites we are working on. I like to use OmniGraffle to create massive site maps for these projects.

Is the Browser Dead? Are Apps the Future?

There is lots of speculation about the death of the browser. In 2010, Wired first declared its death. Death is a complex word and a harsh one at that. The browser will always exist, but how the mass consumes their information will probably shift in the next few years.

This article in Forbes states that people spend 86% of their time on their mobile device in an app. The browser is only used 14% of the time. It also states that people spend about 2hrs and 42 mins on their mobile devices everyday. So, that means that people use the browser only 14% of the time they are on their mobile devices everyday for over 2 and a half hours. Wow.

On the other hand, this article in Tech Crunch defends the web. Threats to the “open web” have always existed such as America Online that aimed to have people stay within their app and environment the entire time, but it ultimately failed as people preferred the open web.

I think the browser will always exist and I will always use it. However, many people may stop developing for it (such as Facebook) if their app has more users than their web site and that may very well be the future for social media and other online services such as online banking and shopping.

With the statistics being what they are from the articles above, I would be worried if you work on web sites for a living like me. If the trend only keeps going in the direction of apps, many of us may find that our clients are no longer demanding web sites and would like an app instead. It’s just the ever-changing world of technology and we need to be prepared for it.

The new Omnifocus 2 interface
The new Omnifocus 2 interface

Omnifocus 2 for Mac Review

Omnifocus 2 for Mac was just released and it has been a long time in the works. It was originally intended to be launched last year, but Omni Group decided to hold back with the launch of iOS 7 and better suit OF 2 with the new Apple look.

Compared to Omnifocus 1, version 2 has an updated and beautiful interface. It is very pleasing to look at and work with.

Brookhollow Farms



We went to a place out in New Jersey today called Brookhollow Farms.  It was really fun and the day was absolutely gorgeous.  Anyway - trying to get back into some photography.  Here are 2 pics that I took while I was there today.
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Brookhollow Farms



We went to a place out in New Jersey today called Brookhollow Farms.  It was really fun and the day was absolutely gorgeous.  Anyway - trying to get back into some photography.  Here are 2 pics that I took while I was there today.
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Brookhollow Farms

We went to a place out in New Jersey today called Brookhollow Farms. It was really fun and the day was absolutely gorgeous. Anyway - trying to get back into some photography. Here are 2 pics that I took while I was there today.

A Note Taking Evolution

I started taking notes on my iPad when the iPad first came out in 2009–2010. I had the first generation iPad and I bought the Apple keyboard with it. It attached via the dock and would only work in portrait view.

Being there is an app for everything out there, I began to explore more in the App Store and thus my geeky quest to find the perfect note taking app(s) began.

Day One Journal

The Perfect Journal

Day One is an electronic journal that has one of the best user interfaces that I have ever used. It also has a number of cool features including tags, GPS, weather capture, and much more. It syncs across all your devices and can be used anywhere to capture and write about the present or a moment that happened a week ago.

I love to keep records of what happens in my life, but I don’t necessarily want to share everything with everybody. This is especially true when it comes to my child. Although I love showing him off on Facebook, I don’t want to be “one of those people”. I also don’t want hundreds of photos of him available to all my “friends”.

Stuck on NJ TransitI got stuck on the NJ Transit this morning (what else is new) and I looked out the window and saw this view.  Not a beautiful view, but a very industrial look at NJ.  Smokestack in the background, graffiti in the foreground.  I think its interesting.

Stuck on NJ Transit

I got stuck on the NJ Transit this morning (what else is new) and I looked out the window and saw this view. Not a beautiful view, but a very industrial look at NJ. Smokestack in the background, graffiti in the foreground. I think its interesting.

Using AfterLightThis app is kind of awesome.  It doesn’t blow the grain or sharpening out like most photo editors even when I have it at 100% as in this selfie of me.  Finally an app that works pretty well.

Using AfterLight

This app is kind of awesome. It doesn’t blow the grain or sharpening out like most photo editors even when I have it at 100% as in this selfie of me. Finally an app that works pretty well.

Boxer InboxMy Boxer inbox. Notice the icons for each of the emails which adds a nice visual touch.


Alternative iOS Email Clients

The App Store has many alternative email clients that offer some great features for email fanatics. One of the more popular ones is Mailbox which at the time only works with Gmail. Mailbox has support from Dropbox (who has helped building it) and I heard that if you signup for Mailbox, Dropbox even provides you with some free storage space.

If you need more than just Gmail, Boxer supports most email clients including MS Exchange, Gmail, and Yahoo. The above 3 are the three that I have used through Boxer and they have all worked successfully.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Responsive Site Launch

This was a cool site to work on.  It was responsive which was a first for me to work on.  I’ve worked on other so-called responsive sites, but I felt this one was really the first major one due to how many breakpoints it had and how much it changes from desktop to tablet to mobile.  


The coolest part about it was how the photograph of Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig locks to the width and height of your screen no matter what device you are on.  It displayed differently across devices, but you are always able to see the full photo upon arrival.


Above is a screenshot from my iPhone.  Looks awesome when you get here on mobile.  The large 1920x1200 desktop is really cool too cause the photograph is gigantic.


Check it out at HedwigBroadway.com

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Responsive Site Launch

This was a cool site to work on. It was responsive which was a first for me to work on. I’ve worked on other so-called responsive sites, but I felt this one was really the first major one due to how many breakpoints it had and how much it changes from desktop to tablet to mobile.

The coolest part about it was how the photograph of Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig locks to the width and height of your screen no matter what device you are on. It displayed differently across devices, but you are always able to see the full photo upon arrival.

Above is a screenshot from my iPhone. Looks awesome when you get here on mobile. The large 1920x1200 desktop is really cool too cause the photograph is gigantic.

Check it out at HedwigBroadway.com

Launch Center Pro

Screenshot of my Launch Center Pro home screen on my iPad.


Launch Center Pro

“Launch Actions, Not Apps”. That’s the basis of Launch Center Pro. With the ever growing number of iOS apps that have support for URLs to launch their apps as well as execute actions within that app, Launch Center Pro took what already existed in iOS and made it easy for users to take advantage of in a nice simple clean interface.

It sounds simple and almost unnecessary to most folks, but it makes a big difference when you constantly use your iPhone or iPad and launch a lot of apps per day. It can usually save you 1–3 steps. Not only does this make a difference in time, but it also makes a difference psychologically. You feel you are doing things quicker and are more apt to do them sooner than later.

Launch Center Pro (LCP) has made its way into my dock on my iPad and iPhone and its now my gateway app for any other app. It’s replaced my phone app (on my iPhone) in the dock only because I can do so many phone actions from it that are easier than launching the phone app.

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