Behance.net is the largest online creative community with well over 1 million members. While I’m a member of several different photography sites to showcase my photography, Behance isn’t just focused on photography. It’s about all types of creative projects. It’s free to join. Once you join you can post projects that are a work in progress or completed. You can get inspiration from the over one million other creatives as well as get feedback on your own projects. There’s an iPhone App for Behance. With the Behance App you can follow the comments on your work. See the activity of the people you follow as well as post new work directly from your iPhone. You can also use the app to “Appreciate” the work of others and leave comment. Since Behance isn’t just limited to photography you can post your audio and video projects too. If you have an Adobe ID you can setup your Behance.net account by just signing in with that. Once you’re signed in/signed up, download the iPhone app and away you go interacting with your Behance community.
Download the Behance App here:
Remember to follow me on Behance here.
Your Behance Prosite Portfolio on your iPad or iPhone
While Behance.net is free to use, there is an option for “Prosite”. If you’re a Prosite member (included in your Adobe Creative Cloud membership) you can create a customized professional portfolio using any of your Behance Projects. You can completely customize the look and feel of your Prosite portfolio. Once your Prosite portfolio is built you can take it with you on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Just download the free Creative Portfolio App and sign in. Your Prosite projects will sync to your iOS device. This means that you can even show off your Portfolio if you’re offline. You can even show your work wirelessly on an Apple TV via Airplay. If you’re an Adobe Creative Cloud member head over to prosite.com log in and get your Portfolio started. Then simply download the Creative Portfolio app and enjoy showing off your Prosite Behance projects right from your iPhone or iPad.
Download the Creative Portfolio App here:
Check out my Prosite here.
Adobe makes industry standard Apps for your desktop that creatives rely on every single day. However, Adobe also makes some pretty cool iOS Apps too and the best part is most of them are FREE. Here are 7 that you should check out today!
Actually Adobe Ideas started out as a free App but then it went paid. The price was $9.99, but as of today it’s free again. With Adobe Ideas you can draw, sketch and even trace over a photo. The new version will even pull your color swatches in from your account on kuler.adobe.com. With your free or paid Creative Cloud account you can sync your creations to be able to access them in Illustrator on your desktop. Universal App for iPhone and iPad
Adobe Photoshop Express
While Photoshop Touch is the king when it comes to all the editing power you could expect on a mobile device, the Free Adobe Photoshop Express is great for doing basic things like adjusting the exposure of an image, cropping, framing, special effects and the best noise reduction I’ve seen in a mobile app.
Adobe Kuler for iPhone has to be the most “fun” Adobe App for iOS. It allows you not only the ability to mix color themes with the color wheel, but you can also use your device camera to interactively capture the colors around you for inspiration in your creative projects. Once you capture or mix colors you can sync them to your free account on kuler.adobe.com and into Adobe Illustrator CC.
See my demo of Kuler here:
I travel for a living and therefore I rely on several travel apps to keep me on time and alerted to travel situations that could impact my trip. Realizing that many of you don’t travel for a living, but you may be headed out this summer on vacation and therefore you may want some App recommendations. I could easily list 20 or 30 apps, but here are my picks for the 10 must have travel apps for general travel.
The first part of planning a trip is not only figuring out where you want to go, but also seeing reviews on potential places you plan to stay and go. Trip Advisor has detailed reviews by real people. I always check this App when I’m in doubt or have to choose a hotel in a place where I’ve never been before. It’s for both iPhone and iPad.
Another tool in my arsenal is Kayak Pro. With this one App I can check/book rates on flights, hotel, and rental cars. It’s for both iPhone and iPad.
Once I’ve planned and booked a trip I like to have all the details in one place. Things like schedules, addresses and confirmation numbers are nice to have in one App. That App for me is TripIt. Once you setup your free account you can simply forward your confirmation emails from airlines, hotels, rental cars etc. to a TripIt email address and it will automatically ingest the details and place them in your trip, which syncs with your App. It’s for both iPhone and iPad.
I remember teasing my buddy Rich Harrington about his use of the My TSA App. He and I are both frequent travelers and probably know the information for what you can bring on board airplanes by heart. However, the rules are always changing. I remember someone asking me “can you bring a corkscrew in your carry-on bag?” I paused for a second, cursed and downloaded the app. The answer was yes as long as it didn’t have a blade on it. Nonetheless, the App made it’s way into the “Flying” folder of my iPhone. Again today I fired up the App because I wanted to know how busy the airports would be today (the day after a holiday weekend). This is where I had a slight disappointment. Sure enough there were wait times listed, but the information in some cases was several hours old. It appears that this info is dependent on flyers loggin their own wait times. So if no one logs a wait time for your airport today, then you won’t be able to see what the wait times are. While that was a disappointment, the app is still useful for airport delays, what you can and can’t bring onto a plane and most importantly to me these days, which airports have TSA Pre Check.
What would make it better?
This app is OK, but it could be a lot better. First off upgrade the screen size to support the iPhone 5. Use real-time wait times. Let me have all the same features for any airport I pick, not just my default/closest airport. Let me create a list of favorite airports.
Air Travel can be bad enough without extra security headaches. Wether you’re a frequent flyer or an occasional flyer this app will probably come in handy. They less often you fly, you’ll probably need it even more.
I’ve been a fan of the Google Search App for iOS almost from the beginning. Sure Safari and Google Chrome have a search feature built right into the browser, but the dedicated App offers many more features. For one, when I sign in with my Google ID I get access to my search history even if I did the searches on my notebook/desktop. The app also supports voice search. What’s new in this 3.0 version is the integration of location based Google Now. These cards can start you off with the current weather conditions and traffic conditions. Beyond those basics you can see what local restaurants are in the area as well as sports scores and breaking news. I tend to use a couple of other apps to get this kind of info, but it’s nice having all there at my finger tips when I go to search for something. Also if you search for a business location or other destination, Google Search integrates nicely with the Google Maps app on your iOS device. Just tap and you’re on your way with turn-by-turn voice directions.
Get Google Search featuring Google Now on iPhone or iPad here for free: