I find that I’m capturing more and more video with my iPhone 5 these days. It captures decent 1080p Video provided that you have decent light. In most cases I’m capturing something quick that I want to share with others, but it may require a little editing to assemble multiple clips together. This is where Adobe’s new VideoBite App comes in. This free iPhone App does just that. It lets you trim your captured clips, assemble them into a finished video and then share that video with others. You can mark in/out points on clips and then rearrange those clips to make a complete video. It’s easy to use and provides a fast way to do simple edits. Best of all it’s free.
Google acquired Nik Software and didn’t waste much time updating Snapseed for iOS and also coming out with an Android version. Snapseed has always been one of my favorite image editing apps on iOS and although it has been offered for Free from time to time by Nik, now it’s free for all. One of the biggest features in this update is the ability to share images to (wait for it……..) Google+. Shocking I know, but yes Google has added Google+ sharing to their new image editing App. It seems that Google has been on a roll lately with updates for their iOS Apps. They updated the YouTube App to be iPad native, revamped the Gmail App and people are loving it and now a new Snapseed App. We can only hope that a new Google Maps App is in the not too distant future. I think Apple Maps is “OK”, but most of the things I search for never seem to be there. It’s for that reason and that reason alone that I miss Google Maps.
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.