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
To hijack a bit of Elizabeth Browning’s famous poem, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height” of OutColor’s newest update! YESSSS! The good people at Vizros Software have done it.
You can now add your own background and use their expanded stock backgrounds as masks.
If you enjoy using your iPhone's camera and digital photography, do yourself a favor and get this app you will not be sorry.
There’s nothing the matter with rediscovering things, and that’s the way I feel with Animoto’s (free) iPhone app, you know it really doesn’t get any easier to crank out some pretty fun and impressive video, take a look at the following video I made with my iPhone 3G of an iPhone 2G rebuild I did and turned into a video – of course set to the tune of Verdi’s Rigoletto. This just goes to illustrate how powerful Animoto is for creating very fast, very aesthetic videos which, as mine starts to lead one, to educational purposes – or at least rebuilding a smashed iPhone.