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[Updated] iOS apps to organize, delete, and edit your screenshots

If you take screenshots on iOS but want more organization or editing options than what is offered by Photos, the App Store has some great options for you.

Generally, these apps can automatically copy over all screenshots from Photos, then they give you organization and editing options including deleting all screenshots from Photos to de-clutter your library, tagging, and more.

Organize and delete

Screenshot Journal – Spoiler: this is my app of choice. To quote the excellent description from developer UI Forge: “Screenshot Journal is the best tool for archiving, organizing, and inspecting screenshots.” It can automatically sniff your photo library for new screenshots and import them, even persistently in the background, and can delete them all from Photos with just two taps. Screenshot Journal’s organization features are great, from tags to filtering them by device type, and everything can be stored in Dropbox.

Screenshots Mate – Similar to Screenshot Journal, it can import all your screenshots, delete them with two taps, and offers some organization features. It uses folders instead of tags, but it also has an ‘ignore list’ for screenshots in Photos that you don’t want the app to recognize or import.

Screenshot++ – Another screenshot importer and organizer, with a unique dashboard that tallies all the space you’ve saved. Also, it syncs your library via iCloud, and Dropbox doesn’t appear to even be an option.

Just delete

Screeny – This is a single-serving app that can find and delete all your screenshots in one fell swoop. It’s about cleaning up your photo library, not organizing screenshots. You get a tally of the space you’ll save and a big ol’ delete button.


Pinpoint – A really fast way to grab a screenshot from Photos, annotate or blur parts of it, and share it somewhere. A drawback is that it doesn’t let you do this with regular photos (yet?), but hot diggity it’s fast.

Skitch – Owned by Evernote, it doesn’t seem to get the attention it deserves but it’s a good, full-featured annotation tool. It supports all photos and screenshots and sharing to other apps.

(New) Tailor – A clever single-serving app that can stick conversations together from iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, WhatsApp, and more. Just take some overlapping screenshots and Tailor will figure it out.

Honorable mention: webpage shots

Webpageshots Pro – Ever need to screenshot an entire webpage for fun or posterity? Boom. I love this app for all sorts of little uses, a big one being archiving pages for reference later. This also wins bonus points for the sole in-app purchase: “A cup of coffee.”

(New) Altershot – Customize the status bar in your iPhone and iPad screenshots—you can toggle certain icons like battery and location, or remove the status bar entirely.


iOS 8.4: Looks like Apple added a Keychain App Extension

Stop me if this was already in iOS 8, but I haven’t seen it until the recent 8.4 update that brought Apple Music: when I tapped the 1Password button to log into my Simple app, I noticed a “Keychain” extension is now available. It isn’t possible to disable this extension, which i believe means it is from Apple.

It didn’t do anything for me since I store all my Logins in 1Password, and I can’t find other apps that use it yet. Anyone have more experience with this extension?


Music in iOS 8.4: Up Next is finally here

Yes, Apple Music is here. But so is Up Next, the most excellent iTunes feature where you can drop songs and albums into the middle of whatever you’re playing or shuffling. Just tap the (…) button next to any song or album to get this menu and add to Up Next.


Tip: Apple keeps a list of Apple Pay retailers here

When iOS 9 arrives this fall, Apple Maps will display whether a particular location supports Apple Pay. But if you want to see a master list of all the retailers that Apple knows is on board, hit the link in the headline. It’s probably worth bookmarking, too.

Note that a retailer does not have to specifically support Apple Pay or display its icon. If their terminal displays the NFC payments icon below (also sometimes referred to as the “contactless payments” icon), and as long as the retailer was not so shortsighted as to deliberately block Apple Pay, it should work just fine.


Messages for Mac: Display avatars, disable alerts per-conversation

I don’t know how long these options have been there, but the View menu in Messages for Mac has some useful toggles. “Show All Buddy Pictures in Conversations” will add some much-needed personality to chats and make group chats much, much easier to follow.

“Use Alerts in This Conversation” (enabled by default) allows you to mute individual conversations instead of turning on system-wide Do Not Disturb feature. This feature has a strange name, however, since it’s the same as right-clicking any conversation in the list and enabling “Do Not Disturb.”


Mail for Mac tip: Quickly move messages to a folder with a keyboard shortcut

If you move a message to a folder, you can quickly move other messages to that same folder simply by selecting them and pressing ⌘-⌥-T (Command-Option-T). The most recent folder you used becomes the shortcut destination under Message > Move to [the folder] Again.

This is great if you’re doing some mailbox cleanup, but don’t want to keep drag-and-dropping or digging through the menu hierarchy under Message > Move To.

Bonus points: for those who don’t know, you can hold ⌘ to select multiple individual messages, or hold ⇧ (Shift) to select all message between two points.


iOS 9: It will get a little easier to delete multiple app notifications at once

In iOS 9, due out this fall, you can group notifications from multiple apps by time and delete them all at once. Unfortunately, it isn’t a “nuke all” button, but it’s a start.


[thanks to Alex Stone for the image]