iPad

All of the apps that we have reviewed that have iPad support and are available to use natively on the iPad. If an app is in this index, you won’t have the 2x iPhone app interface.

Lose It! – Weight Loss Program and Calorie Counter

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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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.

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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.

 

 

Followers + for Instagram - Follow Management Tool for iPhone, iPad, iPod

9 Must Have Apps for Instagram Users

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I basically use three social networks every single day. I use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Sure I use Google+, LinkedIn, etc., but these are the three that I’m on throughout the day. I like Instagram because it allows me to post pictures (and now videos) to my followers there as well as send those same shots to Facebook and Twitter (as well as Foursquare, Flickr and email) simultaneously. The Instagram App is good and gets better all the time, but it’s far from perfect and it’s certainly not the only App I use for my Instagram posts. Actually I use several Apps for posting to Instagram depending on what I’m trying to accomplish. Here are the 9 Must Have Apps for Instagram Users:

Squaready – Instagram Layouter

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Instagram photos are square (1:1 aspect ratio) and many times I want to post a portrait shot that I took with another app or my DSLR. For some odd reason the Instagram App will not simply shrink the portrait image down, instead it insists on cropping it. Square Ready allows you to take any photo and make it square by adding a background color or your choice to it so that you can see the entire photo or the portions you want and then shoot it right over to Instagram for posting.

Get Square Ready here iTunes.

 

Followers+

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Instagram will let you see your followers and the people you follow. However, that’s pretty much it. What about the people that unfollowed you? Who are your most loyal followers vs. your stalkers (you know the ones that never Like your pics. LOL). Followers+ can give you a detailed analysis of all the following, liking, lurking and unfollowing going on on your Instagram account.

Get Followers+ here iTunes.

 

PhotoRepost

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Part of being on a social network is sharing and sometimes you see something that is so good that you want to share (regram) it to your followers. Photo Repost allows you to do this easily and even works with videos. I like it because it also gives the original poster credit.

Get Photo Repost here iTunes.

 

InstaWeather Pro

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Sure you can take a picture of your current conditions and write in the description that it’s cold or hot, but why not let your iPhone do the work? InstaWeater can use your location and superimpose the current weather conditions right over your photo or video. It can even let you brag about how great it is where you are compared to say the people freezing back home. This app gets better with each update and continues to have more and more skins.

Get InstaWeather Pro here iTunes.

 

InstaFood Pro

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InstaFood is by the makers of InstaWeather Pro and InstaPlace below. Like the other two this app allows you to superimpose information about your restaurant right over the top of that great food pic you want to post. If you’re going to take the time to post a pic about what you’re eating, you might as well do it with style.

Get InstaFood Pro here iTunes.

 

InstaPlace

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InstaPlace like InstaWeather Pro InstaPlace let’s you superimpose information about your current location right on your pics before you post them. However, unlike InstaWeather Pro, this app is not weather related. It has general travel themes for the places you visit. After all in the summer when the weather is good pretty much everywhere, no one really cares about posting the temperature or forecasts, so this App let’s you put other cool info on your pics.

Get InstaPlace here iTunes.

 

PicPlayPost

There are several apps on the App Store that let you collage multiple pics together. However, my default choice is PicPlayPost because it not only let’s you do pictures, but you can also fill the frames with video and add music. This App does it all and let’s you create some pretty dramatic clips. Definitely a must have for Instagram Users.

Get PicPlayPost here iTunes.

 

Flipagram

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Flipagram is a great app that allows you to make a simply flip book style video from multiple photos. You can also add music. The flipagram that you create will be automatically timed based on the number of photos you have and the length of the clip (15 seconds max for Instagram).

Get Flipagram here iTunes.

 

InstaQuote Pro

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Although Instagram was originally created to share photos, there are probably more text based photos than there are regular pictures. In other words instead of posting a pic, people like to post quotes. InstaQuote Pro let’s you say what you want on a variety of different backgrounds and fonts as well as the ability put text right on top of a picture. This app is a must have when you just want to simply say something on Instagram whether you have a photo or not.

Get InstaQuote Pro here iTunes.

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