Recent App Reviews
I fell in love with the girl before I found out that she could cook, dance, and play tennis, plus loves movies and my friend J.R.R. Tolkien. Well, okay, a lot of that is a fantasy, but something LIKE that happened with Animoto and it’s new iPhone app, because I followed up a tech alert on USA Today that mentioned Animoto, and wow, it was a dream come true, even before they launched the app.
But first you would have to have my dream, which was for an easy way to take a bunch of my poems, or any poet’s poems, and add multi-image effects (and maybe music) to them to create a sort of MTV version of poetry.
There are a large and growing number of apps for the iPhone targeted towards art and photography, OutColor is one of them. OutColor
($1.99) by Vizros Software is an app which allows you to do some fairly sophisticated masking of images you have on your iPhone. For the casual iPhone user masking allows you to overlay different images, colors, etc on-top of a base image, as you erase layers on top of the base image you allow what’s beneath to come through, the effects can be amazing. Users of software like Photoshop, or Sumo Paint, etc are probably quite familiar with masking, but if you’re new to digital art th
I’ve been waiting for this!! Yes, as a hard core Microsoft OneNote user (remember, I’m all about tablets) I have been wishing there was a way to view my OneNote files on the iphone. Although still in Alpha, and believe me, as a tester it’s in Alpha, we finally have it. But wait! there’s more.. The aim is to allow the user to edit text too. This is fantastic. If you remember my post about wishing I could sync google docs with the iphone so that I could edit text on the go, the only solution I could find was Evernote.
Do you have a good ear for music? Do you enjoy playing Simple Simon or other memory games?
ListenListen is Simple Simon without the visuals – it depends totally on your ear. Tap the icon and listen to the sound. Then, match the sound to the icon with an identical sound within the allotted time frame. As you match the sounds, the icon dims. It’s really fun!
The game includes five sound choices: Cartoon sounds, musical instruments (drums really), piano notes (my favorite), horn notes, and bass notes.
Most people are not going to have the experience of actually defacing public property (not that I am encouraging doing so). Seems the iPhone is always providing new and unusual ways of expanding our life experiences, and it’s certainly better to throw virtual rocks than real ones. iVandal is a tagger starter kit for defacing your iPhone photo collection, but I wish I could use it to highlight screenshots instead.
For those of you who love live music, the iConcertCal app is for you. I can't count how many times my husband and I have been out on Saturday night and he'd say "Let's go find somewhere that's playing music." and then we look at each other blankly. This little app is well-worth the $2.99 price tag so that we never have to struggle with that question again.
Do you love match 3 games? Are you tired of the same old flat interface and bored with the worn mechanic of swaping two items to make a match? Cylinder is the game for you, then. It takes the concept of match 3 games to the third dimension and makes it as addictive as Bejeweled - the game that really started the genre - was. This is one match 3 game you really should take for a spin.
The Facebook app is one of the most popular free apps, with an amazing 343,000 ratings. Version 3.0 was released late this week. So if you're into social networking, and like doing it from your iPhone, head on over to the App Store and get the latest version. It requires iPhone 3.0 and has a ton of new features, including landscape mode, the ability to post photos and videos, and much more. According to online discussion, everyone is pretty thrilled with this new version, saying it's very different from 2.5 and a huge improvement.
Are you looking for a way to quickly and easily digitize your receipts for electronic storage?
JotNot for iPhone can help. Simply take a photo of the receipt, process the image with JotNot and then save it as a PDF, JPG, or PNG. It works with receipts, documents, photos, and white boards. You can then save your image, email your image or send it to Evernote.
Evernote allows you to share these digitized images with others or store them in your Evernote notebook. Evernote also makes it easy to sort notes or search for a specific note.
This is yet another great development. London Bus and Metro Paris Subway are the first apps to bring augmented reality to the iPhone. As you point your camera at the scene around you, specific information related to your location appears on the screen — superimposed over the live image. Pretty amazing. There's a video demo on YouTube that gives you an idea how it works.