Fixel – Quickly clean up photos

2 New Experimental Apps from Adobe Labs

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labs.adobe.com has had a long history of providing users with pre-released, experimental technologies that may or may not make their way into released applications in the future. Now the labs team is offering experimental technologies for you to play with on your iPhone or iPad. Recently the labs team released two new iOS apps that offer a glimpse of things to come (or not).

Fixel

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The first of the two apps is called Fixel.  Fixel is a Universal App for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and it has one goal in mind. Giving you Content Aware patching or spot removal similar to what you would find in Adobe Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5 and Adobe Camera RAW. Simply open up your image in Fixel and choose a brush size. Next using your finger or stylus paint over the areas that you would like to remove. Tap “patch it” and poof! Those areas are patched using surrounding pixels.

You can get Fixel for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch here iTunes.

 

Twixt – Social Photo Remixing

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The next one is Twixt Social Remixing. This App is aimed at letting you have some fun by superimposing other images onto your photos. It could be animals, celebrities, or other objects. The effects are pretty real looking in many cases and will certainly impress your friends on social media.

You can get Twixt for iPhone/iPod touch here iTunes.

 

Both Apps are of course FREE to download and play with. You can write reviews on the App Store so that the labs team can get your feedback and of course you can leave comments below this post if you like. Hope you enjoy these 2 New Experimental Apps. I gotta say that I’m loving Fixel and would love to see that technology in Photoshop Mix and Lightroom Mobile (iPad | iPhone).



Apartments for Rent by Apartment Guide

Apartment Guide App is Best!

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Recently I had to search for an apartment in another state for an upcoming relocation. My search started on the web at various popular apartment search sites. However, as I began to narrow down my search and plan a trip to the area I wanted to have an App. Sadly the site that I was using on my computer had an app that wasn’t great at all. This caused me to download a few different apps and try them out and hands down the Apartment Guide App stood head and shoulders above the rest. This app seemed to have all that I was looking for in a nice UI (user interface). I liked being able to see photos of the various properties (a must and a given) and see floor plans right in the app. It has a very good search and filtering feature so that you can narrow down your search for the listings that have exactly what you’re looking for. Once you find a property you like you can easily save it as a favorite and quickly get back to it. You can check available via the built-in email feature. You can call and schedule an appointment right from the app and get directions. The “compare” feature lets you see two saved properties side-by-side. The app will also show you any deals listed in the area you’re searching. If you sign in with a free account then your saved properties will be on your iPhone, iPad and on the web on your computer.

This app made it super easy for me to find exactly what I was looking for and to quickly eliminate the others. I booked all the appointments right from the app. If you’re looking to make a move I highly recommend that you start your search with this app. It’s a Universal App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and it’s free.
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Creative Cloud Tutorials

700+ Free Tutorials for Creative Cloud on your iPad or iPhone

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Want to learn more about your favorite Adobe Creative Cloud applications? Well you can for FREE right on your favorite iOS device. The Creative Cloud Tutorials App is a Universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and it’s loaded with 700+ free tutorials for Creative Cloud from industry experts all over the world including yours truly. You can browse by category, by products or by show. Watch as many as you want as often as you want for free!

You can get the Creative Cloud Tutorials App here from the iTunes.

Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic

Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic

waze-iPhone5s I’ve been using various GPS apps on my iPhone since the very first ones appeared for the iPhone 3G. While Navigon North America is still my goto app for all my regular travel, I’m really digging the Waze Social GPS app. Most of the time when I travel in other states I’m not renting a car. Therefore I rely on taxis and Uber. I noticed more and more Uber drivers using Waze to route them through busy metropolitan areas. Unlike the other GPS apps out there such as Apple’s built-in Maps App, Google Maps, Tom Tom, Navigon, etc. Waze combines a GPS turn-by-turn App with a social community aspect. In other words drivers (hopefully passengers) report LIVE on what’s going on during their commutes. For example, even with the built-in Traffic alerts in Navigon, there have been times I’ve been in bumper to bumper traffic because an accident just happened and hadn’t made its way into the traffic reporting feature in my Navigon App. With Waze the accident is reported by people that are experiencing the traffic slow down immediately. This will translate into Waze routing you around the traffic more effectively because the app is getting the information about congestion quicker. People can also report things like speed traps, red light cameras, etc. and Waze will give you audible alerts to these monitoring devices as you approach them on your route. Waze-iPhone5s-carstopped I decided to try it from the backseat of my Uberx ride to the airport in Houston. It was a fairly clear day for traffic as it was a Saturday morning. However, it alerted me to a car on the side of the road and although I couldn’t see it yet it was giving me the distance countdown as I got closer to it.

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Sure enough there was a car on the should with the hazzards flashing exactly where it said it would be and had it not been there anymore I could have reported that it was gone. Very cool!

Another cool features is that you can share not only your route and ETA with a friend/colleague but the custom link you send from the app will also track your progress.

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Again I don’t encourage anyone to interact and make reports while behind the wheel. We have enough distractions as it is. However, if you have a passenger or you are the passenger you can be the navigator helping not only your driver but the rest of the drivers around you. Waze is a FREE download and no signup is required unless you want to report on things. As you report more things you get points/levels. My only wish is that the app would broadcast via the bluetooth in my car. Either it’s not supported or simply not working with my car as my other apps such as Navigon do broadcast through my car’s speakers. You can get it here from the iTunes.

PDF Printer

Create PDFs on your iPhone or iPad with PDF Printer

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There are tons of good PDF Apps for iOS out there. My favorite one to manage and create PDFs with is PDF Expert. However, there is one small thing that most of them lack and that is the ability to create a PDF from text or an email. All of the apps that let you create PDFs are based on converting an existing document into a PDF or a web page. One day I needed to convert receipt to a PDF so that I could submit it with an expense report. The problem was the receipt was in the body of an email (shame on you Marriott). It wasn’t an attachment. It was just HTML text (it also hadn’t made it into my account history on Marriott.com either). Had I been on my desktop/laptop Mac it would have been no problem. I could simply hit “Print” and choose PDF as my output. However, in iOS when you go to print an email or anything else your only option is to AirPrint directly to a printer. This led me to search for a better PDF converter for iOS. My search led me to PDF Printer. Based on the name alone I knew I had a shot of this app doing what I needed. I thought for a minute it would show up as a printer in iOS. However, I guess the hooks in iOS don’t allow 3rd party apps to do that. Instead they do the next best thing. They let you convert to PDF from anything that is on the clipboard. All I had to do was select all of the email, copy it, open PDF Printer, tap the “Clipboard” button and there it was. My beautifully formatted HTML email was now a PDF. From there I could use the “Open In” command and send the PDF to any other App I wanted including my expense report App (Concur).

Since PDF Printer is a full blown PDF conversion app it can convert to PDF from: Documents, Web URLs, photos, a built-in scanner function, the Clipboard, Contacts and Messages. It’s a Universal App that works natively on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. There is also built-in support for Dropbox so that you can access whatever you have stored there  as well as send converted PDFs to Dropbox. This app does exactly what I wanted it to do and saved the day (or at least made it so I could submit my expense report on time while on the go).

You can get PDF Printer here from the iTunes.

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