I have several great weather Apps. On Monday I even showcased a new one called Haze. While these apps are great at showing you all about the weather for a given location, they are all missing one thing. They are all focused on one location at a time and not geared to show you a forecast for multiple cities on a trip or tour. I’m currently on the Adobe Create Now World Tour and in some cases going to a different city each day. As I was flying from Baltimore to Milwaukee with a layover in Minneapolis and then later driving to Chicago I wondered what the weather was going to be like for those destinations on the days I’d be there? While I can certainly sit down and put each city into any of my weather apps, I wanted to have an App that gave me the upcoming weather for multiple cities in one view. Trip Weather was the 1st one that I found to give me just that. The concept is simple. You enter the cities and the dates you’ll be in those cities. When you’re done, you’ll have a scrolling display of your weather forecast for your upcoming stops. It does this well.
Great, but I want more detail sometimes
The App does exactly what it says it does and I can’t fault it for what it does. However, what I’d like to see in an update is the ability to tap on any given day/city and get more details for that day/city. Perhaps it would expand with an hourly forecast. Other than that simple request Trip Weather was exactly what I was looking for. I even like how it’s in the Travel category on the App Store instead of the Weather category. It’s definitely a travel tool more than a weather app. If your travels include multiple back to back destinations, then you definitely should check out this app.
Although we cheered when Google Maps returned to iOS as downloadable App, there was one feature missing that we had before. The ability to search your contacts for addresses to navigate to. Although this update is not using the built-in contacts, it will use your Google (GMail) contacts in all searches now. I don’t mind this since I sync my iOS and Google contacts with this great app. It would have been nice to use the built-in contacts since that’s where most users will have their contacts, but I can see Google (an iOS competitor) wanting to keep everything in their own eco-system (just like Apple does). This update also brings fast category searching such as restaurants, bars, cafes, gas stations, etc. and the ability to choose between Miles or Kilometers as your preference.
The more I use Apple Maps, the more I’m happy that we have alternatives. While Navigon is still my overall preferred full featured turn-by-turn navigation App, Google Maps is great for a free alternative.
Adobe just released its very popular photo editing tool originally for iPad, Photoshop Touch on iPhone and Android. That’s right you can now have the power of Photoshop Touch on your iPhone or your iPad. This new App offers a touch friendly interface to the functions that users will need the most when editing and compositing images on their iPhone. I have to say I’m even more excited to see Photoshop Touch on iPhone than I was when it was released for iPad. The simple reason is that I take way more photos with my iPhone camera than I do with my iPad and therefore I’m more likely to use a photo editing App on my iPhone than my iPad. Also since Photoshop Touch works with Adobe Creative Cloud I can start an edit on my iPhone and finish it on my iPad or Photoshop on the desktop if I choose.
Adobe Photoshop Touch for phone offers powerful new capabilities for smartphone users:
· Enhance images using popular Photoshop features such as layers, selection tools, filters, tonal and color adjustments
· Apply effects and add graphical text for endless creative possibilities
· Edit images as large as 12 megapixels with layers
· Combine images together quickly using the Scribble Selection feature, and easily refine your selection with the Refine Edge tool
· Automatically sync images to Adobe Creative Cloud™ with free 2GB of storage
You can get Photoshop Touch for iPhone here
You can get Photoshop Touch for iPad here
Yes you can also get it for Android here.
To make it even better, get one of these
Brushing with your finger is ok, but if you want more precision I highly recommend getting one of these Wacom Bamboo Styluses for touch screens.
You can get one here.
I use my iPhone 5 as my point and shoot camera and while the built-in Camera app works fine there are other Apps that work even better. In most cases you’re either going to want more control while taking your shots or you’re going to want to do something with them immediately after shooting them. That’s where these 10 Best iPhone Camera Apps come into play.
Let’s start with Camera+. This App aims to allow you to take better pictures in the 1st place by offering both tap for focus and tap for exposure lock as well as stabilization features for anti-camera shake. After take your shot you’ve got a ton of great scene modes, filters and adjustments to use.
Camera Awesome is by SmugMug and like Camera+ it aims to help you take better pics to start with by offering various composition features as well as tap to lock in focus and exposure. After you take the shot you’re one tap away from “awesome”. Just tap the Awesomize button to make your shot “awesome”. You can crop, apply effects and filters and of course share your shot on several social media sites including smugmug.com
I’ve tried several HDR Apps and hands down True HDR is the best IMHO. It just get’s the whole process right and results are stunning! You can shoot in auto mode or manual mode, merge your 3 shots together and then adjust the Warmth, Contrast, Saturation and Brightness as well as one tap effects.
On my techblog I just reviewed the Dropcam HD WiFi Wireless Video Monitor Camera for home security. One of the benefits of this camera is that you can monitor it from an iOS or Android device. After I got the Dropcam HD setup I downloaded the iOS App for both my iPhone and iPad. Once you have the App installed you simply log into your Dropcam.com account (the one you setup when you setup the camera) and you’ll will have the ability to view a live feed from your Dropcam HD(s). The video quality over WiFi was great and I could even hear the sound of what was going on in the room. If you have a DVR plan with Dropcam.com you can even review recorded events. However, if all you have is the free account you can still setup your push notifications to alert you if there is movement going on in front of your Dropcam HD so that you can start viewing.
Watch Live or Watch Recordings
The App lets you tap and watch full screen views of any of your configured Dropcams even if they are in different locations around the world. You can see either live views or clips that recorded due to motion events. You can even share still images directly from the App. The App also allows you to change the settings of your Dropcam HD remotely. You can change the settings for your microphone, status light, or 180° rotation when mounting from the ceiling. If you have multiple Dropcam HD’s you can also rename them so that you can easily pick which one you want to watch.
The Bottom Line
The app works as advertised and you’ll like it even more on iPad. I’d love to see a “mute” button right on the main display, but otherwise the App works well. If you have a Dropcam HD, then you should definitely have this app!
Get the Dropcam HD here.