If you've been paying close attention, as most developers do, to the App Store, you may have noticed some changes.
- New Releases only show BRAND NEW apps, i.e. version 1.0
- Updates are not included in the New Releases
This is potentially a good thing for users but there are some downsides.
The good news is, you won't have to search through old apps to find new gems. It might also discourage developers from submitting minor updates just to be featured on the New Releases page. That will also cut down on approval time as fewer apps need to be reviewed.
I don't normally write about non-game apps, mainly because I quite frankly don't do much with my iPod besides play games and listen to music. However, I recently ran into a problem with my computer where Windows Explorer won't recognize my iPod, so I cannot copy images to my computer. This usually isn't a problem except for the fact that I will often take screen shots of games that I am reviewing, and I really don't have the patience to email those screen shots to myself to get them off of my device. Thankfully there's an app for that, and it's called WiFi Photo.
Apple recently announced a major shift in how they treat free apps and I have been mulling over what it means to developers, in addition to end users.
In the past, "In-App Purchases", or the ability to add features to an app, were only available for paid apps. Free apps could not be upgraded, short of purchasing the paid version separately. Now, users of these free apps can purchase upgrades.
On one hand, more choices are a good thing. But I have some concerns.
I admit it. I've been avoiding schoolwork and spending too much time on iPhone apps. How can I concentrate on school work when I keep getting apps to review like Ransom Letters (v. 1.5). I love decorating my photos and sending them to my friends; and with Ransom Letters, I can add fun messages written like a ransom note.
Tubey Lite (free) is fun, but you be the judge click here to view my quick video. Now whether you want to purchase the full version Tubey ($2.99) you’ll need to weigh, but it will get rid of those watermarks.I think that this app might have some real utility for High School sports enthusiasts wanting to get images out from the latest tournament, or for Real Estate professionals wanting to get their top listings out there and shown off in a really creative and accessible way.
MyPhotoBooth (v 2.0) brings back memories! Remember the days of the photo booth on the boardwalk, when you and a friend would sit in the booth all scrunched up together on a single stool, say cheese, and in a few short minutes, out would pop four photos on a strip? Now, you can create your own photo strip using your iPhone!
This one offers more flexibility and it's faster. The strips can be vertical or four squares in a larger square.
Last Thursday Apple released the free Photoshop.com Mobile app, and it already has about 2,400 ratings and 675 reviews. The app lets you do basic editing such as crop, rotate, and flip photos. You can adjust exposure, saturation, and tint. Special effects include Vibrant, Pop, Border, Warm Vintage, Rainbow, and more. Most of the reviews are enthusiastic. The negative ones are disappointed that it doesn't have more of the features of the desktop version. Some people are never satisfied. You can also create a Photoshop.com account and store up to 2GB of photos for free.
There's a new free version of PhotoScatter, a useful app that does one thing very well: you can select or take a photo and then upload it to multiple photo-sharing sites with one click.You can select which sites to upload to: Facebook, Flickr, Shutterfly, PhotoBucket, Picasa, and Twitter, with more being added soon. You can optionally add a title and description before uploading.
Recording and trimming videos; apps that make sharing videos easier
While the iPhone 3GS has a number of improvements, the game-changer is video capture and distribution. While other handsets have some video capability, the iPhone version is already becoming the de facto standard for mobile video capture—and with good reason.
Camera displays the outline of a box to tell you where the camera is focused. Touch the screen to change focus.
A large part of digital photography involves editing photos on your computer to fix the contrast, color balance, etc. Photogene features a fantastic user interface which allows you to edit photos on the fly. You can crop photos, fix colors and contrast, straighten and rotate them, create mirror images, and more. You can even do some fun things like apply special effect filters, caption bubbles, and more.
Photogene: edit important photos on the fly