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Pulp

No secret I love the Mac App Store. It’s made my MacBook Air feel like an iPad and I can still install apps on my other Macs.

The latest App I’m trying is Pulp.

 

So far I like it, not quite love yet.

It’s very slick, they’ve added some small touches that just make it feel pretty. One is the edge of the window.

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The paper look is a little thing but totally cool.

It takes a lot of work setting it up. I’m not totally done yet but I wish there was an easy way to import all my Google Reader stuff into tabs matching my folders. You can import Reader but it’s all manual. It’ll give you a big list of your feeds, you select what to import. I also think it should sync the unread items back to Reader. It does sync but to Pulp’s own server then to your other Mac’s or iPads. It works well for what it does, just a couple clicks on my MacMini and it’s all synced up.

The other cool feature is the Shelf. It’s a little holding place at the top of the app. Pulp 1

It pops out and you can drag articles to it to read later. I think this feature does need a keyboard shortcut though. You have to grab the mouse and drag stuff to it. It’s just not optomized for the way I work. I love keyboard shortcuts. I think thay shuld also add shortcuts for Instapaper, Twitter and Facebook but…

 

So far I love that app, if that can come up with a way to get a version on the iPhone I’d probably switch and use this instead of Google Reader! And Syncing to Reader would seal the deal!!

QuickCal is Better

I’ve been seeing a lot of talk about calendar apps lately, most integrate with iCal of Google Calendar. All seam pretty darn good. I’ve looked at most and I think QuickCal is the winner. Why?

Right off the bat it’s the cheapest, Fantastical is 14.99 at a special price, CalendarBar is 4.99 and QuickCal is just $0.99. It also has a matching iPhone app. Both use natural language input that everyone is all over. It may not be the best but it’s never failed to me yet.

It, similar to most, gives you a few day overview when you click the menubar icon.

The smart reminders feature is awesome, basically you can give it parameters that will set reminders according to how far away the event you are adding is.

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But, the killer feature that I don’t see in any other app of this sort is the launcher integration. If you use Alfred, Launchbar orQuickSilveryou can set them up with a keyword to add events via QuickCal. I love Alfred and these two together have helped me get appointments into my calendar, something I’m normally pretty bad at. Setting it up is pretty simple, they do most of the work for you, just a few clicks.

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So, give it a try, at worst it’ll cost you a buck!