One of my biggest gripes with the iPhone is rearranging apps. It is such a hassle to drag apps in a different order or on different pages. iTunes 9 has made things far easier.
App rearrangement is a simple process. First, upgrade to iTunes 9.0 and iPhone OS 3.1. Connect your iPhone OS device to the computer and select it in iTunes. Choose the “Applications” tab and iTunes now displays your app pages as they appear on your iPhone or iPod touch. Apps can be moved around or deleted however you please. Pages can also be rearranged. Sync when you are happy with the order.
The “Applications” tab also lists apps by category and entrance into the App Store. Originally, it was sorted by name only. They will not automatically sync in this order though.
There are a few other limitations. Web apps or apps that came with your device cannot be deleted. Web apps must still be deleted on the device. Both these types of apps can still be moved around within iTunes.
Though far from perfect, being able to rearrange icons in iTunes 9 is a great feature and makes my life easier.
I’m a huge MarsEdit fan. While it doesn’t fill 100% of my blogging needs, it comes pretty close to that. Starting off with a new type of post category, I’d like to share a Software Tip for one of my most used applications.
The ability to post date blog posts can really come in handy. If I’m going to be busy for the next day or two I might queue up a few posts and have them ready to post online. With MarsEdit it’s very easy to queue up a number of posts and set them to show up at the time of your choosing.
Here are the steps to post dating your blog posts: Type up the blog post as your normally would. Just before you hit the send button, click the “Post” menubar item.
Choose Edit Date from the Post menu options. Change the date to whatever you want and click OK.
Click Send to Weblog back in MarsEdit and you’re done. When your server reaches the time you entered for the post date, your post will appear. I believe your blogging platform must support post dating but I would image that most popular platforms do (I’m using WordPress). I know this may be a simple tip to many, but some users don’t poke around in the menubar options too often. This is a great option and I think anyone who doesn’t know about it would likely find it useful. That’s it for this Software Tip!