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Visual Design On the iPad

Professional-level apps for the serious artist and designer

The work of iPad screen artists is absolutely stunning; it's hard to believe that such imagery was created with a finger, an iPad, and a few apps.

We all have some experience using our fingers as a drawing tool. Our first introduction may have been fing er paints, poster boards or even drawing on wet sand. As we hone and refine our talent, we extend our skills with pencils, makers and brushes. Reverting back to finger drawing can be uncomfortable at first, but our early instincts quickly resurface, and even the most stubborn of us end up embracing the iPad's touch interphase.


iPad art apps usually fall into two categories: amateur and professional. Let's take a look at the best professional-level, visual design apps on the iPad.



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There's Never Been a Better Time to be a Photographer!

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There's never been a better time to be a photographer! Well, maybe not for those trying to earn a living from it. Almost everyone has a camera these days, many of which are capable of producing high-quality images. And the fact that high-quality cameras are built into the iPhone and other smartphones means that people carry their cameras around with them to capture images as the inspiration hits them. Finally, editing digital photos is now much easier thanks to a variety of apps available to PC, Mac, and of course, iOS users.



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Other tips on programming for Cydia (or just system hacks) + new iPhone 3GS/4 video camera enhancer tools

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I've played a bit more with creating Cydia packages. I've found out the following:

If you have problems installing Fink...


iPhone 3G S / 4 Video Camera Enhancement News

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WARNING: this article can be highly technical and is definitely NOT meant for people that haven't ever tried hacking the camera of their iPhone 4 or 3G S. If I don't run into other obstacles (I find out something very important), the next one I publish will be meant for newcomers to iPhone 4 or 3G S enhancement. If you, however, are a seasoned hacker and/or a programmer interested in writing apps for Cydia and/or have previously used my hacking tools before and would like to know what the new versions contain, you will want to read on. AGAIN: this article is NOT meant for complete newcomers!

The new versions



Sing 'Joy to the (Water) World' with Waterproof iPhone case from The Joy Factory

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By making a waterproof iPhone case, The Joy Factory has gone where most case makers fear to tread (or tread water, in this situation.)    Just because you can make a waterproof case, doesn't mean you want to ship one, because you still need to make it foolproof enough that end users will seal it properly before they take the plunge.  The $40 RainBallet from The Joy Factory addresses this through several smart decisions.



Yet another great iPhone 4 video camera hack by me (v11 released with sources)!

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Having dug deep into the configuration files and the video “hacking” of the iPhone 3G S (see my yesterday's post HERE [beware, it's quite technical and mostly meant for advanced users / programmers]; I'll also very soon post a full all-in-one 3G S article for beginners), I've found the „1080p” settings I've used there applicable to the iPhone 4 too – in addition to the default (here: true HD with full frame rate, near field-of-view and bad low-light performance) and the full sensor (high-resolution video with great low-light performance and, on the iPhone 4, greatly widened field-of-view but severely reduced frame rate).


This is how you can make your iPhone 4 into a much more versatile video camera

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(Note that this article, as with most of my stuff, shows you not only how the camera can be reconfigured, but also shows you - how you can play back a YouTube video frame-by-frame; - how you can create and upload packages to your Cydia [an alternative to Apple's AppStore] repository and, last but definitely not least, gives you a full source-level explanation of the entire app that I've written to quickly switch between the different iPhone4 camera configurations. No one has released anything similar for the iPhone 4 or the iPhone 3GS [for which I'll also release a very similar utility in a few days] before!)



Turn your iPhone into a Digital SLR camera... sortof

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We usually write about products you can buy, but the iPhone4 Photography Kit is a concept that's on the drawing board, waiting for your support at Kickstarter.com.  The kit is a slider case in three parts, plus an optional neckstrap.  The left and right parts slide together and are sealed by a locking ring.  The end result looks like a digital SLR with the ring resembling the camera lens.  Actual photos are still taken with the iPhone 4's built-in camera.  White and black are planned with potentially five additional colors if the project takes off.



How do I use the iPad as a digital photo frame

htipaddigitalframeYou can enjoy all your great photos and images on the iPad while it is idle.


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How to play music with your slideshows

You can further customize your slideshows by adding music to them.

Play music with iPad slideshows:

On the iPad, you can select songs from your iTunes music library to accompany your slideshows. Here's how you do it:

  1. Open the Photos app and select the album you want to play as a slideshow.
  2. Tap on the Slideshow button in the upper-right corner of the screen to display the Slideshow Options menu.

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