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From Darkroom to Living Room

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Years ago I tried to make color prints in an old fashioned darkroom. In order to make a print you needed to make test pictures. First, you'd try to get the right exposure making a test strip. Then, you tried to get the correct color. Usually it took (me at least) several sheets of paper and 30 minutes until I got a good (at least decent) print.

I was thinking about those "good old days" this afternoon when I made the photograph that is shown. The difference being that in order to combine those three images it took about two minutes. Diptic is easy to use. You identify which template you want to use and add the pictures one at a time. You can move them around until they look right. Adding the colored border took about an extra 15 seconds.



Quick Look: FlairHockey for iPad

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I have always been an avid fan of air hockey.  Every time I play, it takes me back to a family vacation we took when I was a child. A group of us staying in the same hotel organized a tournament on the game room's air hockey table.  It turned into one of those winners stays on type games...and I never left.  



iGameDock: The Game that Keeps Giving!

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The games on the App store are becoming like sand grains on the beach. There are just so many of them, that it's easy to miss good ones. There are games within games--not just a single game, but multiple games under a single app, and what's more, the games change to new ones with updates! Dreamsky has developed such an app called iGameDock. I love getting 3 games for the price of one, even if 2 of the games are kind of okay, and one of them is cool.



The Early Edition for iPad Product Review

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The Early Edition is an RSS reader for the iPad with an important distinguishing twist.  While other newsreaders render new story items as unread emails, Early Edition approaches such tidbits as articles in a virtual newspaper.  The application's magic is in the way it compiles news from numerous sources, formats and media types into a cohesive and very traditional newspaper look-a-like experience.

 



Sciphone Wallpapers -- free app offers over 9,000 wallpapers for iPhone and iPod touch

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Sciphone Wallpapers (free) offers over 9,000 wallpapers in a wide variety of categories. AND their listing in the App Store promises that an HD version for iPhone 4 will be available soon. The categories include 3D, Abstract, Animals, Cars, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Fine Art, Food, Funny, Music, Nature, Simple, Space, Technology, Textures, Travel, and many more. New wallpapers are added daily.



Two Twilight-themed apps for tweens, in time for Eclipse

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If you have tweens in your household, particularly girls, then you already know about the Twilight saga, and they've probably already seen Eclipse, which just came out.  So you should download The Twilight Saga - Eclipse Movie Game FREE right now.  It's free, hence the title, and is a well-done visually appealing quiz app based on the movie.



quanp a free alternative to MobileMe, backed by Ricoh

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I like MobileMe, especially for the FindMyiPhone feature (which I've used a few times) but it could use some competition, especially in terms of price.  Ironically, before I became a full-time iPhone app developer, I worked for a software firm in the printing industry.  We partnered with Ricoh and in that capacity, I beta tested their quanp service.  Similar to MobileMe's iDisk feature, you can upload and share photos and files such as PowerPoint and PDF documents.



iGameDock Free Today!!!

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Will soon be posting up a review on this multi-game app from Dreamsky called iGameDock (grab it here in iTunes), but just noted that it is currently free in the App store (courtesy of FreeAppAday.com app). The cool thing is that it features 3 games, and when they update it, the games change...Go grab a copy now!



Seasonality Go -- great weather app is highly customizable

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There's a lot to like about Seasonality Go ($9.99), a weather app for the iPad. And others must agree, because it's among the top 10 highest-grossing apps (including a stint at number 1). One of the things that sets it apart is all the different ways you can configure it. The app comes with a default interface that is itself quite effective. But you can also add additional screens, choosing from the 7 that they offer. In addition, you can create your own screens, selecting the elements that you'd like to have in your interface. 



Sketchbook Pro for the iPad Product Review

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Thanks to the size and resolution of the iPad, graphic artists finally have a device that is both easy to use and extremely versatile when it comes to creative visual expression.  Since the iPad's launch, several drawing applications have been released but few of them have the ease of use and intuitive, non-obtrusive user interface that Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro has to offer.



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