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Staff Picks: Our favorite iOS apps this month

Macworld Staff | March 10, 2014
Just as we did last month, Macworld staffers got together to chat about the best apps they've been using recently. Here are some that have recently captured our imaginations (and perhaps a spot on our homescreens), whether they're tiny apps from budding developers or the top-grossing apps that everyone is using. Our hope is that, while you might recognize some of these apps, others you might never have encountered. All of them, we think, are worth a look.

Before your first game, you create your team (you can set up as many teams as you need) and then add players and jersey numbers. When the game starts, you simply tap the names of the players who are currently on the court or field (which turns their numbers orange), then tap the timer to start tracking time. Whenever the clock stops, you tap the timer to pause and unpause; when the timer is paused, you can tap player names to toggle who's playing (orange) and who's sitting (gray). Next to each person's name is a cumulative timer indicating how much he or she has played. Even better, just below each person's name is a bar indicating that time graphically, making it easy to see at a glance which players need to play more. You can also sort the list by name, number, currently playing, or total playing time; and when the game is done, you can email the data as comma-delimited text.

Of course, Playing Time's totals won't be perfectly accurate, as the app isn't connected to the actual game clock; and it's easier to use if you have a dedicated "timekeeper" (thanks, parents!). It also can't (yet) archive games and, thus, show cumulative time for the season. But it's the simplest way I've found to track playing time, letting you refocus on the game rather than the bench.

Roman Loyola: Globo

Bits of skeuomorphism are still alive and well in iOS 7 — just open the Clock app and observe its many time-telling clock faces. Globo ($1), on the other hand, displays the time digitally, which is a lot easier for my eyes to read. Globo also uses different colors for each time zone, and lets you set alarms for each city on your list.

The app lets you know the time zone and latitude and longitude for each city, as well as the time difference with and the geographical distance from your set reference city. Unfortunately, you can't rearrange the order of the cities on your list, but the color-coding helps you spot the city you're looking for. Globo may not completely replace Apple's Clock app (I personally still need the stopwatch), but now, when my wife goes away on a business trip, I can quickly see what time it is in her part of the world when it's time for a FaceTime check-in.

Dan Miller: Listacular

I'm a fan of the Mac to-do manager TaskPaper. It's a bit of an odd duck: It's really a gussied-up text editor, with special formatting and processing tools that let you quickly and easily manage lists of to-do items. But TaskPaper has one big problem: Recently, the developer stopped working on and supporting the iOS version of the app.

 

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