App Updates: Twitter More Composed, 1Password Gets Cheap, Rdio Levels Up, Plex Adds Control
Native password management and control on iOS and Mac is far from evil, yet it leaves much to be desired and 1Password ably fills that void. Today’s App Update report happily notes that putting 1Password on your iThings now costs 50 percent and don’t miss the details about Twitter (iOS), Rdio (Mac) and Plex (iOS), which both have gained significant new features.
• Twitter (free)
— Tweet Composer — Makes tweeting easier thanks to the preview function, especially when it comes to sharing photos.
— Photos — When you add a photo to your Tweet, you’ll see a full preview of your photo, not just the cropped version. You can now share a photo from your camera roll by simply tapping the photo icon on the bottom right corner of the tweet box.
— Accounts — When you compose a Tweet, you’ll see your avatar and username, giving you a better sense of how your tweet will actually appear. If you tweet from multiple accounts, it’s now easier to select the account you want to use by simply tapping on your avatar.
— Location: You can still add or remove your location from individual tweets right from the tweet box. Tagging your location is a handy way to save characters and provide context.
• Plex 3.2 ($4.99)
— Plex now uses paging when requesting content from media servers, resulting in much faster section loading and filtering. The difference is huge, especially with larger libraries or over remote connections!
— You can now remotely start and control playback on your iOS device from other Plex apps on your network
— The app will alert you if you attempt to play content which is missing or unavailable (say, from an unmounted drive)
— [fix] Many performance and reliability improvements during sync, including a rather horrible bug that could cause all content to be deleted when syncing over a poor network connection
- [fix] The Retry Sync button works correctly again
- [fix] All disk space is released when deleting the last sync item
- [fix] MOV files with MP3 audio now use the transcoder to ensure successful playback
Rdio for iOS is very popular and, in general, the streaming music service’s mobile implementation has been much better than the desktop app. With the release of Rdio 2.2 (download), that’s changed — Mac users now enjoy the same album-art focussed user interface that takes cues from the iTunes MiniPlayer — would love to see Rdio running with the idea.