The latest version of Photoshop Touch for iPad adds an optimized interface for iPad mini, but that’s not the big news. The big news is that Photoshop Touch now supports various Pressure Sensitive Styli. It supports the Pogo Connect, Jot Touch and JaJa Devices. Admitedly I don’t use Photoshop Touch as much as perhaps I could or would like to and part of the reason for this lack of use is that in order to do the retouching that I’m accustom do doing, I’d want pressure sensitivity. Since the iPad doesn’t have this capability you have to look to the next best thing and that’s a Bluetooth Stylus that talks to your App (Photoshop Touch) and can relate the amount of pressure you’re applying directly to the App.
As soon as I saw the news I ordered a Pogo Connect. I can’t wait to try it.
This update also includes: Smoother Brush Strokes, Two new menu effects: Lens Flare & Stamp Pattern and Improved grid layout for project, tutorials and images.
Each year I publish my Top Picks for Holiday Gadget Gifts. This year I decided to take advantage of the Adobe Creative Cloud and build my guide in Adobe InDesign CS6 as an iPad App. This gave me the chance to go through the entire process from scratch all the way to submitting my finished App to to the App Store and going through that process. It was a great learning experience and yesterday I even submitted a minor update to it to make it even better and easier to navigate. I want to thank all of you who have downloaded it so far putting it in the Top 20 Apps on the App Store in its category.
Be sure to download your copy and you’ll get the 1.01 update as soon as it’s approved.
Adobe has released a new FREE iPad App aimed at showing you how to create iPad Apps using the Adobe InDesign and the Digital Publishing Suite (DPS). The App itself was created with the DPS technology. Once you download the App you can download the 1st issue in the App and check it out. It’s loaded with videos and examples on the various overlay types that you can take advantage of when you create your App.
See my video
I also recorded this video a few weeks back before this App was available on how the process of building your own Apps works:
One of the Apps that Apple showcased when they introduced Passbook iOS 6 was the Starbucks App. So needless to say the Starbucks App has been one of the most highly anticipated Apps that people have been waiting for to be updated since iOS 6 shipped. Starbucks tweeted that they would have their update by the end of September and that didn’t happen. It could have been tied up in that pesky App Store approval process, but it’s here now and they did a good job. Unlike the Walgreens App, the Starbucks App lets you pick up to 10 of your favorite locations to pop up your card when you are nearby. As promised you’ll see your available balance and most locations can scan the barcode right off the screen (what are the other locations like the ones in DTW airport waiting for?).
I’m pleased to see this update although they still didn’t update it yet to take advantage of the iPhone 5 display size yet. As more Apps get updated Passbook will become more and more useful. In a year we’ll probably wonder how we ever lived without it. At this point there is a long way to go, but with the Starbucks App now on board we’re one step closer to having something great.
Yesterday Apple released the much anticipated iOS 6 update. Major iOS updates typically precede the release of new iOS hardware. The iPhone 5 will be available this Friday and Apple usually wants to get the iOS update in the hands of existing users a couple of days earlier. They learned this lesson from a few years back when they released a new iPhone, new iOS update and MobileMe all on the same day. This trifecta crashed servers and caused long frustrating lines at retailers.
Passbook has promise, but could be better
Passbook is one of the cool new flashy features of iOS 6 that can hold your store discount cards, tickets, boarding passes, gift cards, etc. However, unlike my favorite app for doing this kinda stuff “CardStar“, you have to wait for the individual Apps to catch up. With CardStar you can add the cards in your want by either manually entering the barcodes or by scanning them in the App. However, with Passbook these tickets and cards are passed to the App from their native Apps or from your desktop Mac. It has only been a day since Passbook has been made publicly available and therefore there are only a few Apps that take advantage of it. Even the Apps that Apple showcased (namely Delta, Starbucks and even Apple’s own Apple Store App) have not been updated yet. This might seem kinda repetitive for those of you that were thinking Passbook was going to be your one stop shop like CardStar is. Unfortunately to add something to Passbook you will need the native App for that provider first. For example, with Walgreens you need their App on your iPhone first in order to add their Rewards card to Passbook. Now it seems that you can delete the native App after you’ve added the card to Passbook, but you’re probably going to want to keep the native App for future maintenance. To date I only have two Apps that allowed me to put something in Passbook. Actually I have five if you include United, American Airlines and Fandango, but I don’t have any upcoming flights on United and AA and I don’t have a Passbook compatible theater nearby for Fandango that I’m aware of (Fandango, a list would be nice!). The two that I have working are Target and Walgreens. With Target I was able to send their mobile coupons over to Passbook and with Walgreens I was able to send over their Rewards card. Seems like a lot of work to setup, but it does work. The benefit of these extra steps is that Passbook is very location aware and can display the pass automatically when you’re say near your Walgreens or Airport. This isn’t always implemented well either. I have two Walgreens that are about the same distance from me. However, the Walgreens App only lets you send over one location to Passbook at a time. So if I’m near the one Walgreens the Rewards card will pop up, but if not I’ll have to bring it up manually. Not a big deal, but it would be nice for it to recognize any Walgreens that I walk into or at least a few of them in my area (perhaps 5 favorites).
The Bottom Line
Although Passbook may not be what you thought it was, it’s not a bad solution. As time goes on and all of our favorite Apps support it, it will only get better. I’m also expecting Apple to tweak it as needed too.