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3 Apps That Monitor My Health

On my tech blog I did a quick post about 3 Connected Devices That Monitor My Health. I figured I might as well cover the 3 Apps That Monitor My Health here.

Nike+ Fuelband

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This app allows you to connect your iOS devices wirelessly to your Nike+ Fuelband. It will give your current stats as well as your progress for the week, month or year. You can add your Nike+ friends to see how you’re doing against them as well. The most recent major update added sessions and you can use it to track your sleep if you want. The app also allows you to easily control the settings of your Fuelband like which wrist you will wear it on so that it can rotate the display to the proper orientation. You can check battery status as well as turn on/off features for the Fuelband display such as calories, steps, Fuel points, etc. This animated app displays your trophies and goals in a motivating manner with all the fanfare of people cheering you on!
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Withings Health Mate – Steps Tracker and Health Coach

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The Withings Health Mate allows you to log into your Withings account and see your progress and stats from your Withings WiFi Scale, Body Analyzer and Blood Pressure Monitor. This latest version also leverages the iPhone 5s to monitor your steps. It also has a fresh new iOS 7 look and feel.
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Lose It

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I saved the best for last. Lose It allows me to monitor my daily calories by simply inputing what I had for each meal. It tracks exercise too. It’s constantly being updated with new restaurants and grocery items so that you can simply pick from the built-in lists to simply the input process. What I like most about this app is that it also has built-in support for your Nike+ Fuelband, Withings connected devices as well as the other most common fitness devices. This means that I can track pretty much everything I want to see at a glance in this one app.
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Starcount

Follow your favorite celebrity social media accounts all in one App – Starcount

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I’ll be the first to say that I don’t really follow or care about my favorite celebrity’s private lives. Sure it’s nice to see candid photos on Instagram, but as far as their relationships, children, family drama goes, I’ve just never really cared that much. However, I know that many of you including some of my friends love to follow your favorite stars. The good folks over Digitales have come out with a new App called “Starcount”. The concept is simple. Just download and install the app. Next you would do a search for each of the stars/celebrities you want to follow. You add them to your “Social Playlist” and now you have a stream of all their tweets, Facebook posts, G+ posts, YouTube and Instagram posts all in one spot. Now you can check one app to keep tabs on your favorite stars and what they’re doing on social media or stories that have been done about them. The next time there is some Beyoncé drama unfolding you won’t have look beyond Starcount to see what’s going on.

P.S. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself “Terry White” in the app. :-)

You can get Starcount here: iTunes.

Easy Release - Model Release App

5 Apps That I Use On Every Photo Shoot

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My iPhone and iPad have become an integral part of my photography workflow and while I have dozens of photography related apps on my devices there are 5 that I find myself using pretty much during every photo shoot. Some I use on my iPhone because it’s on me during the shoot and some I use on my iPad because of the bigger display. However, most of these are Universal Apps that work on both.

Photosync

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Since I’m usually shooting tethered to my MacBook Pro and into Lightroom the shots are going directly from my camera into my computer. Usually after the 1st look or scene I want to get one of the best images that I’ve taken so far over to my iPad so that I can have it ready for the model release process. Photosync is the easiest way to do this. I have an export preset setup in Lightroom that makes a JPG from the selected image(s) and then drops it on the Photosync companion app running on my MacBook Pro. From there Photosync wirelessly transfers the image(s) to my iPad (or iPhone) and drops it on the Camera Roll.

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Easy Release

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I get a model release for every shoot that I do. I moved away from actual paper releases a few years ago. I now do the exclusively on my iPad (and on my iPhone in a pinch). The App I use for model (and property) releases is Easy Release. You can of course input (copy/paste) your own custom release text in the app. I love that each release can include a photo (that’s why I use Photosync above). Once I add the model either manually or from my contacts, I then grab a photo from the Camera Roll and insert it in the release. Lastly the model signs right on the iPad/iPhone and lastly I email a copy to both of us right from the App.

iTunes.

Shuttersnitch

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If I’m in studio I’m usually shooting tethered right into Adobe Lightroom. However, if i’m shooting on location then I usually have an Eye-Fi card in my 2nd SD slot. In this case I shoot RAW+JPG where the RAW files go to the main card in slot 1 and the basic JPGs go to the Eye-Fi card in slot 2. Using the Shuttersnitch App the images wirelessly transfer to my iPad or iPhone for a quick review or to share out on social media. Although you can download the Eye-Fi App for free, Shuttersnitch offers a ton more features including several upload/sharing options, FTP support for my Nikon D4/WT5-A and rating options.

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PicPlayPost

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At some point during the shoot I’m going to capture some “behind the scenes” shots and videos either with my iPhone or DLSR or both. My favorite app for creating a collage of both the stills and the video is PicPlayPost. This App does a great job in letting you choose a template and importing stills or videos into each frame. From there you can pick any song from your device. It even lets you fade down or mute the original audio from each clip. After that you’re one tap away from sharing on your favorite social site.

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Instagram

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When it comes to sharing status updates, Facebook and Twitter come to mind. However, when it comes to sharing photos my first choice is Instagram. Besides sharing my pics to my Instagram followers I can also optionally share them simultaneously with my Facebook friends, Twitter followers, Flickr followers, email and even do a Foursquare check in.

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Wacom Bamboo

Also here’s my favorite stylus/pen to have models/clients sign their releases and contracts

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My favorite stylus/pen is this one.


Adobe Voice - Show Your Story

Tell your story for free with Adobe Voice for iPad

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Imagine if there was an iPad App that allowed you to tell your story complete with pictures, icons and music and all you had to do was narrate it. That’s exactly what Adobe Voice for iPad allows you to do. This FREE App is beautifully designed and very very easy to get started. I woke up this morning seeing that it had been released on the App Store and after downloading it I was creating my “How I Got Started Story” in a matter of minutes. Adobe Voice lets you grab images from your iPad, iPad camera, Creative Cloud, Facebook, Dropbox or by doing a search for royalty free images. It has a large variety of background music and themes to choose from.

How can I tell my story?

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You start off by simply narrating the first slide/image/icon. Then you can choose one of the built-in icons, an image or type text. Then you repeat the process for the next slide and the next slide. At any time you can play back a single slide or the whole story. At any time you can change the music or theme and of course swap out images. Once you’ve told your story, you can share it via email, iMessage, Facebook, or Twitter. Your video story is hosted by Adobe for free. I sent myself the link and once I viewed it in the browser I was able to easily grab the embed code so that I could include it in this post below:

I’m ecstatic to see such a cool product that takes advantage of the mobile nature of the iPad and is so easy to use that I expect to see more people telling their story than ever before.

Download Adobe Voice here iTunes.

Google Docs

Google Docs and Sheets are here for iPhone and iPad

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When Google announced the availability of stand alone apps to edit and manage your Google Docs and Sheets some cheered but many screamed! The ones that screamed mostly are users of the Google Drive App. For those of you who are new to this, Google Drive was a single app that allowed you to not only manage the files you stored via the cloud service, but also to edit your Google Docs (word processing) and Sheets (spreadsheets). In other words you had one app that did it all and now Google has divided these tasks into three separate apps. From a shear convenience standpoint I certainly can be tempted to pick up one of those pitchforks and get ready to storm the Google castle, however, since I really wasn’t that big of a Google Docs/Sheets user I’m willing to look at what they did and go from there.

What can you do with Google Docs and Sheets?

With Google Docs or Google Sheets you can create and edit cloud based word processing and spreadsheet documents right on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. These documents are sync’d to your Google (GMail) account. This means that they are accessible in any browser on any device. Having the Apps on your iDevices means that you not only have access to these documents while you’re online, but you can also choose to have them on the device for offline editing. One of the biggest attractions to Google Docs and Google Sheets is that you can also share these documents with others and give them access to be able to edit them. This is AWESOME for collaboration. Want to author a document and get feedback. Share with someone and either allow them to leave comments or edit the document. In a work environment this is very handy as it allows people to get input from their peers or clients quickly and easily without the peers or clients having to download any special software. They can just fire up their browser click on a link and see/edit the documents. Even if you don’t want them to edit or comment you can still share a document and make it View Only. My word processing and spreadsheet needs are so basic that I could easily get by with just these two apps/services. Well almost. Just as I was typing that last line I thought about what I need in a word processor besides basic formatting and the first thing that came to mind was spell check. So I mistyped a word on purpose and to my surprise, NOTHING. No red underline, no warning. Just the typo. Oddly enough bringing that document up in my browser on my Mac I got the red underline and the ability to correct it. I can say without a spell checker this app just became a lot less useful.

Next I created a quick sample in Sheets and I ran into more omissions. First off tabbing on my iPad Logitech keyboard didn’t take me to the next cell. That annoys me to no end. After moving past that I created 4 cells and wanted to get the sum of 2 of them. Umm, where is the formula bar? Sure I could MANUALLY create the formula (=Sum(b1:b2)) but I had to type it in manually. Wow! Once again heading to Google Sheets on my desktop Mac there’s a formula button right there on the bar. So unless I’m missing these features in these apps I’m floored that there is no way to do very basic things I would expect to be able to do in dedicated apps.

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The Bottom Line

While these Apps have promise and a nice native feel including offline editing, they lack some of the things I would expect (yes even in a free app). If you’re going to spend most of your time editing existing documents, then these apps will probably be fine. However, you will probably be disappointed if you plan to do a lot of authoring or creating documents from scratch on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Hopefully Google will update these with the missing features that they should have.

You can get Google Docs here iTunes.

You can get Google Sheets here iTunes.

You can get Google Drive here iTunes.

 

 

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