Once Instagram opened the doors to allow videos to be uploaded that weren’t recorded by the Instagram App, then App Developers started making Apps to allow you to composite multiple photos or videos together to share on Instagram as videos. One of the ones I’m really liking now for stills is Frametastic. This App, like many other apps allows you to put two or more photos together. However, unlike all the other picture stitching apps, this one will create an animation that zooms into each frame full size. Then you can save it as a video and share it on Instagram or any other social media site.
The process starts selecting the layout you want and then populating the layout with the photos of your choice. If you want to make a video you will need to do the in-app purchase of $1.99. So while the app is technically free, you will need to pay the $1.99 fee to unlock the video slideshow feature.
Here’s a sample video that I uploaded to Vimeo directly form the App.
You can get it here from the
It’s not secret that there is a fascination with all things zombies. The Walking Dead is back for another season on AMC and they have updated their Dead Yourself App so that you can turn yourself into a “walker”. The App allows you to take a photo or use an existing photo. From there you can change your eyes, mouth and add other gory items to complete your zombie look. I’m a fan of Walking Dead and this app has been awesome to turn my closest friends into walkers. You can chose between the New Season 4 looks or the Classic Season 3 looks. Once you have your new look complete, you can then share it via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Email and SMS. You can also save it to the Camera Roll. While the App is Free, it will put a Walking Dead watermark on the bottom of the photo. There’s enough of a variety of eyes, mouths, and other accents to make your look really custom.
You can get the Dead Yourself App here from the
Now that Breaking Bad has ended I was looking for other shows to fill the void. A couple of friends of mine suggested Dexter on Showtime. Just like with Breaking Bad, I haven’t seen any of the previous seasons. However, with Breaking Bad I was able to catch up to the current season with Netflix. Unfortunately Dexter isn’t on Netflix. I subscribed to Showtime via my Comcast Cable provider at home and then started watching season one of Dexter via the Showtime Anytime App. While the App worked as advertised, It doesn’t allow for AirPlay to play the shows on Apple TV. A friend suggested that I try the XFINITY TV Player App and unfortunately it has the same AirPlay restriction with Showtime content. I really wish the studios would get over their paranoia and allow this since I am paying for subscription to watch it anyway. Why not allow me to watch it on the device that I want to (an HDTV!). While the XFINITY TV Player app was no better in this regard, I never went back to the Showtime Anytime App. I liked the XFINITY App better. One of the major advantages it has is the ability to either stream the content OR download it to your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch so that you can watch offline! This is huge since I travel a lot. I downloaded a few episodes of Dexter to watch on the plane it and it worked great! Also the XFINITY TV Player App isn’t just limited to Showtime content. There are tons of shows/series and movies to watch.
There are limits. While I could stream or download episodes of Dexter, I can only stream movies and other shows. It appears that the ability to download is on a show by show basis and likely controlled by the Networks that own the show. Some of the more recent shows will also have ads that play at the beginning. However, even with these restrictions the XFINITY TV Player App provides a ton of “on demand” content to watch when you’re on the go.
If you are a Comcast XFINITY subscriber then you’ll definitely want to download this FREE Universal App.
Recently I did a couple of workshops and I decided to use Eventbrite.com to manage the ticket selling/registration process. This site is great for people doing events, but don’t want to be bothered having to setup a website to handle the credit card transactions and registration tasks. As you would expect Eventbrite takes a small cut of the tickets you sell. There is no upfront cost or monthly fees or minimums. You can either choose to absorb the fees or pass them on to your attendees. As my event got closer I got an email from Eventbrite.com reminding me and offer some options such as printing off an attendee list, name badges, etc. However, I also noticed in that email that they had an iOS App that would actually allow me to do the check in process electronically. Once I downloaded the App and signed in my event was right there and up to date with the number of attendees I had. I could then check people in as they arrived either by tapping on their names and checking them in or scanning the barcode on their tickets that they printed from the site. Very cool! My events we small, but I could see where this app would really be useful for large events as it would help cut down on the time it takes to get people through the door and the safeguards built-in to prevent duplicate tickets being presented.
If you’re going to use Eventbrite.com for your event, then you’re definitely going to want this app for fast check in! The App is a Universal App native to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Yes, you can use multiple devices running the App to check people in for your event even faster.