The Shelf is now available on App Store

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In August, I announced The Shelf, which allows you to import, via drop or copy, many kinds of data into it to hold until it is needed later. Check out the original article for full details and a demonstration of The Shelf. It is now available to download on App Store. New Features During beta testing, I received many requests for PDF support, I was able to add this in time for release. Pricing During App Review, I was told by Apple repeatedly that The Shelf was an unacceptable app type for Auto-Renewing Subscriptions. As a result, I have […]

Introducing The Shelf

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Before Apple’s annual developer conference this year, WWDC 2017, Federico Viticci and Sam Beckett created a piece on MacStories titled iOS 11 : iPad Wishes and Concept Video. This included a concept they called Shelf for iPad in iOS 11. The whole premise of the shelf was centred around system wide drag and drop to “serves as a holding place for bits of content without an immediate destination”. In June, Apple held WWDC and did indeed announce APIs and support for system wide drag and drop in iOS 11 on iPad. Unfortunately, Shelf as envisaged by Federico and Sam was not […]

Sort & Filter Pack

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Reaching this goal will produce enough income for me to spend the time to add the following features to The Shelf as part of the Sort & Filter Pack: Search Items Add a search bar to The Shelf to search for items Sort & filter Items Sort and Filter by keyword, type, date added, flag, etc. Folders Home screen style folders to group multiple items in one folder Flagging Flag important items to help with sorting and filtering Option to put flagged items at the top Multiple Shelves Add multiple shelfs to segregate and store your data, […]

Power User Pack

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Reaching this goal will produce enough income for me to spend the time to add the following features to The Shelf as part of the Power User Pack: Keyboard Support Add the ability to navigate The Shelf using your keyboard Add the ability to view items on The Shelf using your keyboard Keyboard Shortcuts Add the ability to copy items to the clipboard from The Shelf using your keyboard Have any other ideas? Let me know. URL Scheme Support Allow items to be imported and exported from a URL scheme to allow automation Once the goal is reached, this will […]

Data Transfer Pack

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Reaching this goal will produce enough income for me to spend the time to add the following features to The Shelf as part of the Data Transfer Pack: Share Extension Implement a way to share from anywhere in iOS into The Shelf Add to The Shelf directly for any app that supports sharing Widget Widget to allow another place to drag to and drop from. Syncing Sync the data to iCloud so that you can share the same shelf across all your iOS devices This will require space in your iCloud storage Import from Files Implement a […]

What is a data type?

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Overview A data type is a whole series of logic and assets in The Shelf that determines how a piece of data is imported, stored, displayed, and exported. As an example, the Image data type: imports the image data Checks if there is a URL of the image available too Stores the image in an appropriate manner Displays the image in the cell with the orange photos style badge on it Allows the image to be previewed Enables the image and available URL to be exported. How it works? When something is dropped into The […]

What is a theme?

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The current theme of The Shelf is the icon style with badges over the top right corner and the orange tinting. I have many more ideas for layouts to allow users to customise the appearance of The Shelf. For example, full width, short cells, or big square cells with the titles within the cells, etc. I also plan to add different tint colours that will propagate across the whole UI, as the orange tint does today. I also plan to have a dynamic icon that will represent that current theme and tint colour, as the initial icon does matching […]