Posting pics to social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, etc. are second nature to most iPhone users these days. As a matter of fact the iPhone is still the number one used device to post photos to most social media sites. Posting individual shots is easy! However, sometimes it’s better to post 2, 3, or 4 photos together as one photo. There are several photo editing apps for iOS and several apps that let you collage photos. My favorite App for combining photos is Pic Stitch. Pic Stitch is FAST and easy. Launch the App, choose a layout and populate the frames with the photos of your choice including the ability to snap a photo on the spot, choose from the Camera Roll/Albums as expected, grab shots from Facebook and my favorite option being able to grab pics from Dropbox. Before placing the photo you can even do a few last minute edits such as adding effects/filters, frames, stickers, focus, orientation, brightness, sharpness and even selective color/Splash. Once you place a photo in a frame you can then scale it and move it around in the frame for the best look. From there you can send the collage to Facebook, Twitter, Email, Photo Album, Instagram or open in any other editor you have installed. There’s even a Print to Walgreens option. Although Instagram wants Square 1:1 aspect ratio photos, you can change the aspect ratio to many other choices such as 5×7, 8×10, 16:9 or even Facebook Cover. You can do layouts from 1 photo all the way up to 16 photos. While most of these features are found in other apps, the latest update even allows you to design your own template on the fly. This is great when you have a custom layout in mind that doesn’t exist in the App.
Although the App is free you can do optional in-app purchases to add borders and frames.
The Pic Stitch App is a Universal App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
While traveling on business and in the backseat of a car heading to my hotel from the airport I noticed a billboard on the highway for the iPad. It was Apple’s billboard and like most iPad ads, it featured apps. However, what was a little strange about this particular billboard was that it was hard to figure out what Apple was trying to convey since there was no text. The one image that stood out for me the most was the center one as it featured and old school typewriter. As a matter of fact I don’t even remember what the other two images were as they were so abstract and seemingly unrelated. I pulled out my iPad on the spot and found the App on the App Store. I’m actually old enough to remember typewriters and I had a bit of nostalgia going on so I wanted to play with this app. As I suspected the App simulates a full-blown typewriter experience complete with sound. Tap on screen keys and watch them them strike the “electronic” paper. You can even switch to the “red ribbon” if you want. Fortunately there is no need for whiteout. You can hit the backspace to fix a typo. There are even different keyboard layouts to choose from.
Once you’re finished typing your memo, you can actually email the typewritten document as an image or text anywhere you want or even AirPrint it. If you want to use it in other apps, simply save it to the Camera Roll. The app has built-in document storage and you can grab a clean sheet of paper whenever you want.
I give this App 5 stars simply for the fun factor. I can’t say that I really need “typewritten” documents, but it sure was fun playing with this App and reminiscing my past.
If you’re into Zombies then you’re probably into games that allow you to take them out. I’m a fan of The Walking Dead TV series and I was at the premiere of World War Z on day one. Needless to say that when I came across the game Dead on Sight, I was more than a little interested. You start off the game protecting a small town from the zombies that have breached the gate. You’re armed with a rifle, scope and of course a limited amount of ammo. Head shots are the key. Miss and you waste your ammo and you waste time. You can shoot zombies in other parts besides the head and you’ll blow off arms and legs and such, but they’ll just keep crawling until you get your head shot. Dead on Sight takes advantage of multi-touch gestures. When each level starts it may be difficult to distinguish humans and zombies. Also the zombies move at different speeds making it more challenging to kill them at times. If a human gets bitten then you can probably pick off several zombies that swarm around the body before it turns. Dead on Sight is a Universal App which means it runs natively on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
B&H Photo and Video is the largest photographic equipment store on the planet! Their NYC facility is a must see if you ever go to New York. I’ve used them for my photographic and video equipment needs for years and have NEVER had a problem. In many cases their prices are on par with everyone else or less. While I’ve enjoyed the iPhone version of their App for a while now, it’s GREAT to have a full blown iPad experience. The B&H Photo for iPad app is fantastic. It not only takes advantage of the iPad display size, but navigating within the app is a treat and FAST.
I did a search and the products I searched for came right up as fast as the website if not faster. I also like the way the information is displayed. It’s clean and easy to read. You can do all your shopping right in the App from searching to adding to your cart to signing in to payment. I can’t really think of too many things, if anything that’s really wrong with the app. It works as I would expect.
When was the last time you were at an event and people weren’t taking photos with their smartphones? Exactly! It’s probably been years. No matter what the event is we always see people taking photos using their various devices. While I’ll always prefer my Nikon DSLR, the reality is that I have my iPhone 5 with me 100% of the time and my Nikon D600 with me probably 60% of the time at best. We’re all taking pictures at the event, but rarely do we get to see the pics that our friends have taken unless they’ve posted them and we happen to see them. There’s a better way (or an App for that).
Adobe Grouppix creates shared albums in the cloud
Adobe Grouppix is a FREE App that allows you to create shared Albums. All you and your friends need to do is download this free App to your iPhones. One person creates the shared album and invites their friends to it. Now as each of you takes photos and adds them to the album everyone that has been invited to the album will have instant access to all the photos that everyone has shared. The best part is that you can add just the photos you want to share instead of all the ones you’ve taken like Photo Stream does.
You can invite people to your albums via email or in person using the built-in QR code in the app for the album. For example, I was sitting next to my colleague Jason Levine at an event. I had already created an Album and photos were in it. I tapped the Add Friends button and tapped on “Scan a Pass”. A QR code for that album was displayed and Jason just tapped Join Album on his iPhone and a QR code scanner appeared. He scanned my screen and within about 2 seconds the pictures appeared on his iPhone. Cool!
What if they don’t have an iPhone? If you want to share your album to people that don’t have an iPhone you can turn on the Web Sharing feature for any Album including the ability to download the photos.
P.S. If you’re an Adobe Revel user these albums will also show up in your Revel account.