Inbox by Gmail - my first thoughts

I've got an invite for Google's new Gmail app called “Inbox by Gmail”. I've tried it out and it's ok, but without an iPad app it's a no go for me. I need an iPad app because as you know I use it instead of computers. I like the idea though, filtering and sorting my email so I can easier get Inbox Zero is always good. And having both a reminder and a defer feature is very useful. But it looks very much as the app Mailbox, but personally I think Mailbox is better and has even more features.

I would prefer if Google has followed Apple's UI guidelines when they designed the app though. I don't like the buttons at the top for example. It's awkward to have to reach for them on a large device like the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Same thing with the back button.

To me Inbox by Gmail looks to much Android now and not so much like an iOS app.

This is the main project that the developer from the awesome iOS mail app Sparrow has been working on since Google bought it. And it shows.

Another drawback is that it only supports Gmail and nothing else. I need Microsoft Exchange support and Apple mail (me.com) support too.

The app drains the battery quite much too. More than Apple's own mail app. But it's just an early beta so it probably will be better over time.

If you can't watch the video above, click on this link: Inbox by Gmail - my first thoughts

Today, we’re introducing something new. It’s called Inbox. Years in the making, Inbox is by the same people who brought you Gmail, but it’s not Gmail: it’s a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters.

Via: Official Google Blog: An inbox that works for you

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Pixelmator for iPad released - an incredible app that makes me feel even more that I'm already living in the Post-pc era

Pixelmator for iPad is released in the App Store, and it's amazing. This will revolutionize how you work with photos. It's a native experience with no limitations. This is a professional app for photographers. Incredible. It also has full photoshop compatibility with layers and all. It's a must have app for users like me, that uses the iPad instead of computers.

It's Apps like this that makes it feel so great that I'm already living in the post-pc era. I'm already living in the future. Soon I've done that for 10 months already. Living without a computer, using the iPad exclusively. I'm quite surprised that it was so easy to do. I'm also surprised that not more people sees that it's possible. Not only possible, it's both more fun and easier. I have never been so creative and productive before.

If you can't watch the video above, click this link: Pixelmator For iPad Released And It's Amazing - Native Experience With No Limitations

Final note on Pixelmator’s debut on the iPad: it truly looks and feels like the image editor Apple would make, and I mean that in the most positive way. The UI is simple, cohesive with the rest of iOS, and it is remarkably familiar with other Apple apps in many areas of the interface. The Pixelmator team did a great job in adapting the floating controls of the desktop version to the iPad, crafting a UI that puts the spotlight on images without causing confusion. The use of popovers and gestures feels just right on the iPad, and manipulating content directly on the Retina display makes for a fantastic portable image editing experience.

Most of all, Pixelmator for iPad isn’t a dumbed-down Pixelmator, which is great news for people who, like me, are using an iPad as their primary computer.

Via: 24 Hours with Pixelmator for iPad – MacStories

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