As more of my daily life revolves around the data stored in my iPhone, I am constantly looking for tools to enhance my day-to-day grind. I have settled on the amazing simple and powerful Mailbox for my email, Fantastical for my calendar, and shockingly the default contacts app for my contact needs. Each of these three components play an important part in my daily, weekly and monthly planning.
What if all three of these apps could be connected? iOS and Android have tried but the default calendar and email apps for almost every operating system suck. Yup, I said it, they flat-out suck. This is where Swingnow steps in. In releasing three separate but integrated apps they help to connect your world and data in a way never fully visualized before.
Swingmail, the companies email app is anchored in the idea of being focused on the past. Email is, for all intents and purposes, communication that is constantly in the past. By putting email in its place and taking it a week at a time more time is freed up for living in the now. The layout of the app is absolutely gorgeous and its minimal style gets out the way of usage. The app is simple but not in a way that diminishes power.
Swingbook is phase two in the master plan. Your contact book is important even if you don’t open it daily like you do a calendar or email client. I find myself opening Swingbook often as it is no longer just a list of contacts but rather a running log of the people I have communicated with recently. Having the option of opening an app, that just like Swingmail, is esthetically pleasing is always a bonus. Knowing that I can quickly text, email or call the people I am working with in some capacity is also another nice touch.
Sadly, I don’t know if we are ready for that kind of work flow. I like my chaos and I prefer to manage it and not conquer it.
The last part is Swingcal. Swingcal’s focus is on eliminating clutter to allow for focus. This app maybe too minimalistic for most though. Being connected to the other apps gives it a good backbone but the lack of information presented left me wanting more. I live in my calendar and I want the things that Fantastical does so well available.
The Swingnow suite of apps is refreshing. If you want a way to maximize your workflow and aren’t already set on a certain email or calendar app this is for you. It’s also free so even if you are like me and swear by an email or calendar client it doesn’t hurt to give it look over. The power of the Swingnow suite is as promised, it consolidates, filters and ranks the things that you need in each app when you open them. Sadly, I don’t know if we are ready for that kind of work flow. I like my chaos and I prefer to manage it and not conquer it.
The apps are beautiful, the apps have potential and even if you don’t want to change how you do things they definitely call for a look.
You can download all three apps here: