You might remember my initial review of Snapseed back in June of this year and even then I knew this App was going to shake things up. Also, almost immediately after my review they came out with an update to better handle RAW files (the main complaint from readers in the comments).
However, I had no idea at the time that it would be so good that Apple would potentially choose it as iPad App of the Year. It's always a great feeling when one of our "Best App" choices becomes one of Apple's too. Use of the iPad in a photography workflow has come a come a long way and the Apps are starting to really become compelling. I use my iPad all the time for Photography stuff and while Snapseed is indeed a great App, I'm not quite using the iPad for full blown portrait retouching just yet. However, for enhancing landscapes and other shots I'd do it on the iPad in a heartbeat.
You can get Snapseed for iPad for a mere $4.99 here from the
See more of my top App picks for Photographers here.
The official Twitter App just went to 4.0 with some facelift and speed enhancements. The update specifically targets the iPhone (iPod touch) with no mention of when the iPad will get these changes. In any case the update provides some speed tweaks and new tabs. Now you have a Connect Tab that more closely matches the experience on Twitter.com where you have an Interactions tab and Mentions tab. The Discover tab lets you search as well as it shows you trending stories, suggestions on who to follow and the ability to Find Friends and Browse categories. Lastly the Me tab shows your stats, Direct Messages, Drafts, Lists, Saved Searches and the ability to switch between accounts. A single tap also lets you view your profile. This seems like a nice update and we'll have to wait and see how they implement these changes on iPad.
You can get the Twitter App for Free here from the
Normally around this time of year I'd recommend a new holiday shopping list App. However, my recommendation remains the same as last year. Gift Plan is still my top pick. Why? It just works! Gift Plan is not tied to any particular holiday. So you can use it all year long for any occasion. You can import your contacts or your Facebook Friends. It will automatically pick up their birthdays and start the countdown until their special day. You can create different lists for different occasions and add people to them. You can put in a person's sizes, likes and ideas. Another reason I like this App so much is that it's more aesthetically pleasing than many of the other ones that are so plain-jane. You get nice big photos of your contacts as well as the ability to take pictures of the gifts you want to buy.
The latest version adds:
- Tally for each person per occasion in Shopping
- Fully opaque password
- Ability to Add photos of gifts
You can get Gift Plan for $2.99 here from the
What about iPad users?
Alas Gift Plan is still an iPhone/iPod touch native App only. It can work on iPad, but is not a universal or native iPad App therefore it will be in the small iPhone size on iPad. If you have your heart set on an iPad gift list app, then I'd go with mGifts – Gift List Manager. You can get it here for $2.99 from the
A couple of days ago OmniFocus was updated to its latest version, adding support for amongst some other things, Siri. Not having an iPhone 4S myself, I can't judge how well it works, but the idea appeals to me a lot.
Being able to through Siri create a new to-do item, on the go, without having to touch my phone really makes Siri become more of my personal assistant.
All Siri-created to-do items are saved to your inbox just like any quick entry items would have been. You can then choose to file them under projects and contexts just like you would any other item.
Additionally, OmniFocus has fixed a few bugs and changed the way items are sorted in Forecast mode, displaying inbox items at the top followed by other due items.
As usual, this version of OmniFocus is available as a free update that can be downloaded from the
. If you don't have the app already, it sells for $19.99.