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.
One of the things that Apple pulled from iOS 6 was the built-in YouTube App. This brought both pain and joy to different users. The pain was losing a familiar App, the joy was getting a new, better App that would be updated more frequently. Google shipped the stand-alone YouTube app right on time for it to be ready for the iOS 6 update, but there was one major thing missing. There was no iPad native version. That changed yesterday when Google updated the YouTube App to be a Universal App not only with iPad support, but also built-in AirPlay support as well. Very cool! This new update works well. I was able to log into my account and gain immediate access to my videos, subscriptions, playlists, etc. If you have an iOS device running iOS 6 or higher, you should get this App!
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A friend of mine asked me was there an App that would allow her to get prints from the photos on her iPhone? She doesn’t have a printer at home and basically just wanted to be able to upload the pics she took and go pick up the physical prints somewhere. Of course the answer is yes, there’s an app for that. Actually there are a few Apps for that and here are my 3 choices.
The CVS App keeps getting better. They recently updated it to the iPhone 5 display size and streamlined the interface. You can log into your account and even display your CVS card at checkout with it. It of course has the ability to upload your iPhone pics and then pick them up at a CVS of your choice. CVS also seemed to have the lowest 4×6 Print price!
Like the CVS App, Walgreens offers the same features, but in addition to allowing you to display your Rewards card in the App, they also support Passbook and you can add your Rewards card to Passbook too. (CVS not sure why you haven’t done this yet?). However, the Walgreens App has not been updated to the iPhone 5 display size yet. Go figure. The Walgreens app will also let your grab photos from Facebook to print.
Mpix Tap to print
The pros use Mpix.com and while you can’t walk into an “MPIX” and pick up your prints, you can use their App to order prints and have them sent to you. If you’re looking for a bit of added quality and paper options, then MPIX is going to be your App.
The Bottom Line
If you’re looking to snap, edit and print right from your iPhone the Apps above will deliver. This holiday season this could be useful as many of you will be traveling and away from your traditional printers. Enjoy!
If you’re a photographer, then you’ve probably heard of 500px.com. It’s a social sharing site for photography. Many of us go to this site not only to share our own photography, but also to be inspired. While there are lots of photo sharing sites out there, it seems that 500px has a bit more quality content then most of the others. It’s one of the few sites that I can go to and just browse for what seems like hours on end. The images are uploaded and put into categories making it easy to search for the kinds of images you want to see. 500px had already released their iPad app long ago. However, for some reason there was no iPhone version. While the iPad is a natural for this type of browsing, there are more iPhone users than there are iPad users. Well the wait is over and 500px is now a Universal App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
The update includes support for the iPhone 5 screen size as well as a redesign for iPad. You can now also upload your avatar as well as customize your visual presence right in the App. I’m looking forward to being able to check out 500px on my iPhone as well as my iPad.
You can check out my photography on 500px here
Manually entering your contacts from all the business cards you receive is bad enough. However, trying to enter these manually via your iPhone makes it even more difficult. This is why when someone hands me a business card, I nod and thank them, but that card will only be in my possession long enough to scan it in directly via my iPhone. I’ve reviewed various Business Card Scanner Apps in the past and I would have to say that WorldCard Mobile has the most options for any that I’ve seen. It does the basics that we would all expect. It allows you to take a picture of the card with your iPhone camera and then it will OCR (optical character recognize) your card converting the picture into text and intelligently putting the information into the correct fields. The 1st card I tried was my own business card and the App got everything right except that it missed the T on my first name. That of course was an easy correction and with a couple of taps the entry was complete. I was very impressed to also see that they not only allow you to add the card to your iPhone contacts or just keep it in the App, but they even allow you to choose which Group you want to put it in on your iPhone’s contacts. That’s a 1st. I’ve not seen any other Apps to date that let you do that. Another nice feature that I hadn’t seen on the other Business Card Readers is the ability to scan QR Codes. QR codes typically take you to a website. However, there are QR codes that contain vCards or basically business cards. This kind of entry is the BEST as there would be no need to do any OCR. It also supports 16 languages, selective/partial recognition, Google Contact Sync, and a very nice ability to copy an email signature and convert that data into a contact <-slick.
Sounds good, but…
This App does a great job at what it’s designed to do, but there are some things I’d like to see in the next version. First and foremost is an update that gives us full iPhone 5 screen size support. While there is the ability to share a contact from the App via email, I’d like to see some additional sharing options such as via the Messages app. The App allows you to Add a photo to the contact just like the built-in Contacts App does. However, it also shows a picture of the card you scanned next to that photo. I’d like to see the option of making the business card image the default photo for the contact if you don’t choose or take one. Lastly a batch capture option would be nice. It would also be nice to see this as a Universal App for both iPhone and iPad. Since we often get more than one card when we attend meetings and conferences, it would be nice to be able to snap all the cards in one session and then have the App do all the recognition in the background. Lastly all you would need to do is proof them before recycling the physical cards.
Overall this is definitely one of the “BEST” Business Card Managers for iOS that I’ve seen.