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You Need To Try These 8 iOS 8 Extensions

You Need To Try These 8 iOS 8 Extensions

The iOS 8 extensions is one of the coolest things about the new operating system for the iPhone and iPad. Web browsers were becoming less relevant with the prominence of other apps, but iOS 8 extensions make the browsing experience better. Simply put, the iOS 8 extensions allow you to perform actions from web browsers like Safari and Chrome with the help of other apps you have on your device. Here’s a quick run through of how you can set up iOS 8 extensions on your iPhone or iPad.

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    First, press the share button in your browser to get to the menu. Then click on the “More” button for either the first or second tier.

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      Now all you have to do is switch on the apps you want to add to that menu.

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        Now you’re all set! Here are 8 apps that let you take full advantage of the possibilities provided by iOS 8.

        1. Day One

        Day_One

          The best journaling app on the iPhone and iPad, bar none, just got a significant upgrade with its new extension for iOS 8. You can send a web page you’re looking at in Chrome or Safari to Day One and it instantly becomes an entry in your digital diary. The extension even marks the location you were at when you sent the page to Day One. This is another case of iOS 8 extensions making already great apps even better.

          2. Evernote

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          Evernote

            Evernote is the perpetual early adopter to changes in technology. That continues to hold true with its quick adoption of iOS 8 extensions. The Evernote extension does much the same thing as the extension for Day One. All you have to do is press the icon in order to quickly add the contents of a web page to the notebook of your choosing.

            3. Pocket

            Pocket

              Prior to the arrival of iOS 8 extensions, Pocket already had a pretty nifty feature for saving content. All you had to do was copy the link of the web page you want in Pocket and open the app to paste it into your Pocket account. Now, though, the process is even easier. Just press the icon in the share menu and your article or web page will be immediately saved for you to read later.

              4. Pinterest

              Pin

                As a very visual social media outlet, Pinterest has the potential to be particularly well-served by iOS 8 extensions. The official Pinterest extension does not disappoint. When you’re on a web page all you have to do is press the icon and you’ll have the option to pin any image on that web page. It doesn’t limit you to just the prominent images like you’d expect. Rather, even the least prominent images are very easy to pin.

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                5. Tumblr

                Tumblr

                  Most social media services already have iOS 8 extensions, but one of the extensions I was especially impressed with is the one for Tumblr. It’s simple and intuitive, offering you the chance to add a title and description along with the link.

                  6. Wunderlist

                  Wunder

                    The simplest and most popular list app was one of the first in line for iOS 8 extensions. The Wunderlist extension makes it quick and pain-free to add a new to-do in the form of a web page to a “Read Later” list or another list of your choice.

                    7. 2Do

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                    ToDo

                      For those wanting or needing a more complex to-do system, 2Do is probably your best bet for a lot of reasons. One of those reasons is that it was an early adopter of iOS 8 extensions. You create a note with the web page you select set as soon as you press the icon, as well as the option to add notes and pick a specific list.

                      8. Awesome Screenshot

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                        There wasn’t a great option to screen capture on your iOS device until now. Thanks to the existence of iOS 8 extensions, you can capture the visible page like you can by simultaneously pressing the home button and lock button, and you can also easily capture the full page with the new Awesome Screenshot extension found on the bottom “Share” tier.

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                        Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                        Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                        Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                        Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                        So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                        Joe’s Goals

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                          Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                          Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                          Daytum

                            Daytum

                            is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                            Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                            Excel or Numbers

                              If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                              What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                              Evernote

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                                I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                Access or Bento

                                  If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                  Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                  You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                  Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                  All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                  Conclusion

                                  I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                  What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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