Add barcode readers, augmented reality, fax, language translation, heart rate monitor, and more to your iPhone or 4th gen iPod touch
The range of creative and practical apps that use the camera in unusual ways is astonishing. Who would have thought that you could use it as a heart rate monitor or a business card reader? There's even an app for those who are colorblind, to show them the colors present in any object you photograph.
Apple made a brilliant decision when it let developers create apps that access the camera input and use it in non-traditional ways. In this month's column, I offer a roundup of some of these apps.
Remember the fiasco when Tap Tap Tap added undisclosed functionality to their wildly popular Camera+ app? Apple learned of this and removed the app from the app store. What was this functionality? The ability to override the volume buttons to use them as a shutter button. It's a great idea, because touching the touchscreen can wiggle the camera ever so slightly, messing up the shot.
This year, I received a new Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS camera, which has a better zoom and focus for close-up gadget shots than my current camera. I was also able to test out the Eye-Fi Connect X2 SDHC wireless storage card. My old HP was not compatible with it, but the SD1400 works great. If you are looking for a way to share pix on-line from your existing P&S camera (or even from your iPhone), then read on...
Here are two photo related things I wanted to share that I really enjoy using with the pad. I also get a lot of use out of these. Besides using these for some of my personal images, I use it all the time for choosing and editing my blog photos.
The iPad Camera Connection Kit. $29.00
We already know about this as the product is not new, but I use the SD card reader frequently to pull in my images from our camera. I like that I can also delete the images from the memory card then and there after the import (if I want).
I was looking for an app for my iPad so I could manage gifts, such as for Christmas. I used to have one for my iPod Touch which was free, but was only basic and only did a few things. I found an app called "mGifts List Manager" that I purchased last week that I wanted to share with you. There are probably others out there that may have more features but I thought this was perfect for me. There is a full feature listing in the itunes page that you can check out at your convenience. There was an update yesterday that made this a universal app. Below are only a few screenshots.
The default Photos application on the iPad does a wonderful job of displaying images on Apple's mobile devices, but it lacks some needed features. Fortunately, there are third party apps that fill in the gaps. Let's examine the best photo album applications available in the App Store.
$3.99, app2.me/2566 (iPad only)
Top 5 apps to keep your project on track and looking great
Video production is a labor intensive activity, and extensive planning is required to get things right. Managing dates, shots, and equipment is just the beginning. This article reviews some iPhone apps that will aid you in every step of your production and help keep your project on track and looking great.
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These photo apps are among the best available—all worthy additions to an iPhone photographer's toolbox
In the world of cell phone photography, the iPhone is unique because of the thousands of photo apps available for it. Not only can you take pictures on your iPhone, with the help of these apps, you can crop them, adjust contrast, fix colors, add cool effects, and much more—and when you're finished you can share them online or by e-mail.
Photography apps add a long list of needed features to your iPhone's camera, including visual effects, digital zoom, and photo editing. Many of these apps also make it easy to share your images with your friends through either e-mail, MMS, or by posting them directly to social networks, image hosting sites, and even your own blog. There are even apps that will help you improve your photography skills. It's likely that no one app has all the features you need, so make sure you have a good idea of what you want to do with your camera before you start paying for apps. Best of the Best
One thing I want wherever I am, is my bookmarks. I must have a couple of hundred bookmarks categorized and sorted on my desktop. Xmarks - www.xmarks.com is my savior. With it, I can access all my bookmarks from my PC computer at work and my iMac at home ...... And now on my iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Download it for free on any computer, and you can sync bookmarks across all platforms. All you need to do is click on your bookmarks tab and, bingo...there all are.
Download the XMarks app to your iOS devices, click on it and you have them on all there too.