Author: Terry White

Terry is the co-author of The Best Selling "The iPhone Book" 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th editions. He has been active in the industry for over 25 years and is the founder and president of MacGroup-Detroit, Inc., Michigan's largest Macintosh Users Group, host of the Adobe Creative Suite Podcast and a technology writer - Terry White Tech Blog.
Frametastic

Frametastic 2.0 with Instagram Video Publishing

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Once Instagram opened the doors to allow videos to be uploaded that weren’t recorded by the Instagram App, then App Developers started making Apps to allow you to composite multiple photos or videos together to share on Instagram as videos. One of the ones I’m really liking now for stills is Frametastic. This App, like many other apps allows you to put two or more photos together. However, unlike all the other picture stitching apps, this one will create an animation that zooms into each frame full size. Then you can save it as a video and share it on Instagram or any other social media site.

The process starts selecting the layout you want and then populating the layout with the photos of your choice. If you want to make a video you will need to do the in-app purchase of $1.99. So while the app is technically free, you will need to pay the $1.99 fee to unlock the video slideshow feature.

Here’s a sample video that I uploaded to Vimeo directly form the App.

You can get it here from the .

The Walking Dead: Dead Yourself

Dead Yourself for Halloween

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It’s not secret that there is a fascination with all things zombies. The Walking Dead is back for another season on AMC and they have updated their Dead Yourself App so that you can turn yourself into a “walker”. The App allows you to take a photo or use an existing photo. From there you can change your eyes, mouth and add other gory items to complete your zombie look. I’m a fan of Walking Dead and this app has been awesome to turn my closest friends into walkers. :-) You can chose between the New Season 4 looks or the Classic Season 3 looks. Once you have your new look complete, you can then share it via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Email and SMS. You can also save it to the Camera Roll. While the App is Free, it will put a Walking Dead watermark on the bottom of the photo. There’s enough of a variety of eyes, mouths, and other accents to make your look really custom.

You can get the Dead Yourself App here from the iTunes

Tweetbot 3 for Twitter. An elegant client for iPhone and iPod touch

Tweetbot 3.0 – My Favorite iPhone Twitter Client Gets Better

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Twitter makes a decent app for free. So the question is why would anyone pay for a Twitter app then? The answer is simple, more features. Tweetbot has been my default Twitter client on iPhone, iPad and Mac for quite a while now. I’ve always like their interface better than other Twitter clients and this new 3.0 version has gotten even better. Tweetbot 3.0 has a complete new makeover to look good on iOS 7. However, the beauty isn’t just skin deep. Tweetbot 3.0 offers:

  • Native Push Notifications
  • Mute filters that allow you to block messages from users without unfollowing them. You can also mute has tags and keywords.
  • The big one for me is the ability to sync timeline position, direct message reads, etc. via iCloud
  • Customizable Navigation
  • Support for services: Bit.ly, Instapaper, Readability, CloudApp, Doplr, and more.
  • Save drafts, add locations and POI’s, attach photos/videos, manage your lists,  and more.

I like the redesign and the app seems faster overall.

The Bottom Line

If you’re a casual Twitter user then you can certainly get by with the Twitter app from Twitter. However, if you’re a power user and do a lot on Twitter, then you definitely want to check out Tweetbot 3.0 for iPhone. It offers the best Twitter integration, but without locking you into Twitter only services for link shortening, image sharing, etc.

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See a demo here:

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