iPod Touch

If you’re an iPod Touch owner you are in the right place. These are all apps we have written about that can be used on the iPod Touch.

Facebook Mentions

Facebook Mentions App for Celebrities and Public Figures (like me)

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It seems that more and more social networks are coming out with multiple apps instead of trying to do it all in one. This has its plusses and minuses. When it comes to Facebook, there’s the general Facebook App, the Facebook Messenger App (that you’ll be forced to use soon), the Facebook Pages Manager App for people that have Facebook Pages and now a new exclusive app called Facebook Mentions for celebrities and public figures that have “verified” Facebook Pages. Once Facebook decides to verify your page as a celebrity or public figure you will then have access to the new Facebook Mentions app. One day the “verified” stamp appeared on my Facebook fan page and I didn’t think too much about it other than I wonder how they verified me? Now that the Facebook Mentions App is out I was invited to try it. I was intrigued to see what they offered us beyond the standard Facebook Pages app and to be honest I’m not really seeing a whole lot of difference between the two. As a matter of fact I seem to be able to MORE with the Facebook Pages app than I can with the Mentions app at this point. This means that I have to keep both on my iPhone. Speaking of iPhone, another pet peeve is that this isn’t a Universal app like the Facebook Pages app is. That also takes it down a notch as I’m not always doing social media on my iPhone.

What’s Mentions for?

At this point let’s cover what this App aims to do. Like the name implies you CAN very easily track your “mentions”. When someone mentions you (your page) in a post you see those posts in a nice tab/feed. Also for some odd reason the App requires you to follow at least one other celeb/public figure before you can even get started using the app. This seems like an odd request since the App is aimed at helping YOU connect with your fans better. You can post status updates, photos, and videos just like the other Facebook apps, but you can also start a Q&A.

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You can see what topics are trending so that you can jump in and voice your opinion, give your sage advice or simply be in the know about what’s going on in the world. After the initial day of use once I downloaded this app, I found myself back in the Facebook Pages app by default. I have to think to go to Facebook Mentions at this point which says to me it’s not solving enough problems yet or not letting me do enough things that make it a killer app.

Like most things with Facebook, this app will evolve and hopefully become more useful. However, at this point if you’re a celeb/public figure you may not get a lot of use out of Facebook Mentions just yet.

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Fixel – Quickly clean up photos

2 New Experimental Apps from Adobe Labs

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labs.adobe.com has had a long history of providing users with pre-released, experimental technologies that may or may not make their way into released applications in the future. Now the labs team is offering experimental technologies for you to play with on your iPhone or iPad. Recently the labs team released two new iOS apps that offer a glimpse of things to come (or not).

Fixel

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The first of the two apps is called Fixel.  Fixel is a Universal App for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and it has one goal in mind. Giving you Content Aware patching or spot removal similar to what you would find in Adobe Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5 and Adobe Camera RAW. Simply open up your image in Fixel and choose a brush size. Next using your finger or stylus paint over the areas that you would like to remove. Tap “patch it” and poof! Those areas are patched using surrounding pixels.

You can get Fixel for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch here iTunes.

 

Twixt – Social Photo Remixing

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The next one is Twixt Social Remixing. This App is aimed at letting you have some fun by superimposing other images onto your photos. It could be animals, celebrities, or other objects. The effects are pretty real looking in many cases and will certainly impress your friends on social media.

You can get Twixt for iPhone/iPod touch here iTunes.

 

Both Apps are of course FREE to download and play with. You can write reviews on the App Store so that the labs team can get your feedback and of course you can leave comments below this post if you like. Hope you enjoy these 2 New Experimental Apps. I gotta say that I’m loving Fixel and would love to see that technology in Photoshop Mix and Lightroom Mobile (iPad | iPhone).



Apartments for Rent by Apartment Guide

Apartment Guide App is Best!

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Recently I had to search for an apartment in another state for an upcoming relocation. My search started on the web at various popular apartment search sites. However, as I began to narrow down my search and plan a trip to the area I wanted to have an App. Sadly the site that I was using on my computer had an app that wasn’t great at all. This caused me to download a few different apps and try them out and hands down the Apartment Guide App stood head and shoulders above the rest. This app seemed to have all that I was looking for in a nice UI (user interface). I liked being able to see photos of the various properties (a must and a given) and see floor plans right in the app. It has a very good search and filtering feature so that you can narrow down your search for the listings that have exactly what you’re looking for. Once you find a property you like you can easily save it as a favorite and quickly get back to it. You can check available via the built-in email feature. You can call and schedule an appointment right from the app and get directions. The “compare” feature lets you see two saved properties side-by-side. The app will also show you any deals listed in the area you’re searching. If you sign in with a free account then your saved properties will be on your iPhone, iPad and on the web on your computer.

This app made it super easy for me to find exactly what I was looking for and to quickly eliminate the others. I booked all the appointments right from the app. If you’re looking to make a move I highly recommend that you start your search with this app. It’s a Universal App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and it’s free.
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Creative Cloud Tutorials

700+ Free Tutorials for Creative Cloud on your iPad or iPhone

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Want to learn more about your favorite Adobe Creative Cloud applications? Well you can for FREE right on your favorite iOS device. The Creative Cloud Tutorials App is a Universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and it’s loaded with 700+ free tutorials for Creative Cloud from industry experts all over the world including yours truly. You can browse by category, by products or by show. Watch as many as you want as often as you want for free!

You can get the Creative Cloud Tutorials App here from the iTunes.

PDF Printer

Create PDFs on your iPhone or iPad with PDF Printer

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There are tons of good PDF Apps for iOS out there. My favorite one to manage and create PDFs with is PDF Expert. However, there is one small thing that most of them lack and that is the ability to create a PDF from text or an email. All of the apps that let you create PDFs are based on converting an existing document into a PDF or a web page. One day I needed to convert receipt to a PDF so that I could submit it with an expense report. The problem was the receipt was in the body of an email (shame on you Marriott). It wasn’t an attachment. It was just HTML text (it also hadn’t made it into my account history on Marriott.com either). Had I been on my desktop/laptop Mac it would have been no problem. I could simply hit “Print” and choose PDF as my output. However, in iOS when you go to print an email or anything else your only option is to AirPrint directly to a printer. This led me to search for a better PDF converter for iOS. My search led me to PDF Printer. Based on the name alone I knew I had a shot of this app doing what I needed. I thought for a minute it would show up as a printer in iOS. However, I guess the hooks in iOS don’t allow 3rd party apps to do that. Instead they do the next best thing. They let you convert to PDF from anything that is on the clipboard. All I had to do was select all of the email, copy it, open PDF Printer, tap the “Clipboard” button and there it was. My beautifully formatted HTML email was now a PDF. From there I could use the “Open In” command and send the PDF to any other App I wanted including my expense report App (Concur).

Since PDF Printer is a full blown PDF conversion app it can convert to PDF from: Documents, Web URLs, photos, a built-in scanner function, the Clipboard, Contacts and Messages. It’s a Universal App that works natively on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. There is also built-in support for Dropbox so that you can access whatever you have stored there  as well as send converted PDFs to Dropbox. This app does exactly what I wanted it to do and saved the day (or at least made it so I could submit my expense report on time while on the go).

You can get PDF Printer here from the iTunes.

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