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.


CrashPlan Gives You Complete Access To Your Cloud Backups

I started using CrashPlan as my cloud backup service in January of this year. I'm a bit of a backup freak. I have multiple backups including Time Machine, clones and lastly cloud backup for disaster protection. I always felt that a backup located in the same place as the computer offers no protection in the event of a disaster such as flood, fire, theft, etc. I went with the unlimited Family Plan and have multiple computers backed up to the service. While CrashPlan has always offered the ability to access your backed up files via their website, now they've introduced Universal iOS Apps that allow you to access your backed up data from anywhere you are from your iDevice. 

Complete Access To ANY of your Files from your iDevice

Since all of my computers are being backed up to CrashPlan, this App means that I have access to ALL of my files now from my iPhone or iPad. If there is a document that I left on my computer (and it's been backed up to CrashPlan), I can access that document, view it on my iPad (if it's in a compatible format) or simply email it to someone all from within the App. CrashPlan takes advantage of the "Open In' command to say open a RAW file in an App like Photogene or open an Excel file in Numbers. Image files like JPGs can be viewed right in the App. Once a file is downloaded into the App it remains local and available offline until you remove it. 

It works great! My only complaint is that there is no preview to the image files BEFORE you download them. In my case, say I have a folder of 100 JPGs and I want a particular one, they will be listed by name, but I'll have no way of know which one is which unless I know the names. This means tapping on and downloading each one until I find the one I want. Otherwise, this App more than meets my expectations and it was a pleasant surprise to see it released.

You can get CrashPlan for FREE here from the iTunes


Fooducate Plus Helps You Make Healthier Food Choices

While it's pretty easy to look at a nutrition label on a food package, you not only have to know what you're looking at but you also have no way of knowing which one is better for you unless you manually compare the two. Fooducate Plus aims to make this process as easy as scanning a UPC label. Instead of having to decipher those crazy ingredients Fooducate Plus gives you a simple letter grade. The lower the grade the worse the product is for you. This is cool, but what makes this feature really sing is the ability to scan two products and have it compare them for you. This way you'll know at a glance which one to keep and which one to put back on the shelf. Even if you don't have a second choice in hand, Fooducate Plus can recommend alternatives right in the App. No further scanning necessary. There's even a social aspect to it that allows you to "Like" or "Don't Like" a particular item. The likes for a particular product are displayed as well. 

I can't really find anything wrong with this product functionally. I love the fact that you get a nice box shot of the product, but I would like to see the text in a slightly larger point size. Other than that, I give this App two thumbs up. 

You can get Fooducate Plus (ad free) for $3.99 here from the iTunes

You can get Foodcate for Free here from the iTunes

Special thanks goes out to my buddy Dave Marra for this App suggestion!


Postcard on the Run

I travel for a living and many times I get to see some really cool places and scenery. While I often share photos online and via social media sites, it's great sometimes to send someone a physical postcard. As a photographer though I like to send my own photos and not the ones off the rack. I've reviewed Apps in the past that let you do this from your iPhone, but this new one adds a few tricks. Postcard on the Run let's you snap a photo (or choose an existing one) with your iDevice, compose a message, choose a contact and then pay a small fee (postage and printing) to have the card sent directly to your contact's physical address. That's what they all do! However, I like a few things that Postcard on the Run does that the others don't do. First off it lets you sign the card with your finger or stylus which is a nice touch. Beyond that you can change the font and color of the text in your message. Lots of formatting options. Lastly the thing that intrigues me the most is the ability to include a small map of where you are at the time you compose the card. I love Apps that can use Location Services for stuff like this and this is really a nice touch. 

How does it work?

After you build your card in the App, you can then pay by credit card the one time charge to print and mail that card. I did a test and mine came to $1.49. I like that they don't make you buy a quantity of stamps/cards up front. You pay as you go. My test card came back and while the printing was decent, the image was a little dark. This is not uncommon with digital prints, so you may want to adjust your images to be about 5% brighter before you put them in the App. My only other complaint is that while the geotag feature is cool, you can't use it after the fact. For example, my test was with an image from Russia. However, I was at home when I did the test. The map in the app indicated my current location at home and not the one in the photo. From what I understand is that developers can't access the geotag info a photo after the fact and while this may be true, it would be nice to have to option of specifying where the photo was taken in the absence of current location info. A simple drop a pin on a map would be better than your current location or nothing at all. Otherwise, Postcard on the Run is a great way to send real postcards from your iDevice.

You can get Postcard on the Run for free here from the iTunes


Easy Release 2.0 Becomes a Must Have App for Photographers

As most of you know I’ve been using Model/Property Release and Contract Apps on my iPhone and IPad for a couple of years now. With each new update these Apps get better and better. Easy Release has been a favorite of mine for a while now because I just love the way the final release is formatted. However, one of things that it has lacked over the competition is more customizable fields. With 2.0 not only does Easy Release catch up in many key areas, but with a low cost in-app purchase you can go nuts with customizations!


 New, simpler user interface for managing and editing brands and custom release templates.
 You can now add any data field from your release to the legal text, using a complete set of placeholders.
 You can add “notes” for any release. These will not be included in the PDF file, but will be included in email you send from Easy Release.
 Support for the Advanced Customization Pro-Pack. The Advanced Customization Pro-Pack is a $3.99 upgrade available via In-App Purchase.

Advanced Customization Pro-Pack

The Advanced Customization Pro-Pack brings professional customization features to Easy Release.

 Multiple Brands
You can define more than one brand, and easily select the brand you want on a per-template and per-release basis.

 Optional Fields
You can turn off some of the old built-in fields, and/or turn on some new built-in fields.
– You can choose to turn off Witness, Gender and/or Ethnicity.
– You can turn on Shoot End Date, which allows your release to cover a range of dates, rather than just a single day.
– You can turn on Other Names. This adds two fields to your release: Stage Name and All Other Names. Use this to help collect required 2257 information for your models and performers.
– You can turn on Compensation. This adds two fields to your release: Amount and Tax ID.

 Custom Fields
If the built-in fields are not enough, you can now add custom fields.
– As many as you want
– Three types: Text, Long Text, and Date
– Specify a label and default value for each one
– You can mark any custom field as ‘required’

 Import/Export Custom Versions
Share custom templates via email. Recipients just click on the link in the email to import your template. <-This is a biggy for me keeping the same release forms on multiple iDevices!

If you’ve been waiting to get a Model/Property Release App, then wait no longer! You can get Easy Release for $9.99 here from the .


CardMunch – Business Card Reader by LinkedIn

Recently I reviewed a new business card reader by Readdle that uses OCR to translate the picture of the business card that you take to text. OCR is not perfect and therefore will usually require some manual checking, verifying and corrections. These corrections are made by you, a human. What if you could hand a stack of business cards to your Administrative Assistent and have him/her enter them for you? If you've got an Admin, then you probably can. For the rest of us it's up to us to get our Contacts entered on our own. One of my readers suggested that I take a look at CardMunch, so I did. 


CardMunch uses humans :)

The big difference between CardMunch and all the other Business Card Reader Apps is that when you take the picture of the business card with CardMunch, it uploads to a LinkedIn powered service that employs real human beings to transcribe the business card, proof read it and then send it back down to your iDevice with a push notification to let you know it's done. Best of all it's FREE! Wow! Once you upload the photo of the card via the App it can take anywhere from 10-20 minutes on average to get the transcribed card back. However, in every one that I've tried to date they have come back 100% correct requiring no further editing on my part. You are required to have a free LinkedIn account to use the App. Since the cards are being transcribed by humans it doesn't matter how complex the card is in terms of hard to read graphic backgrounds that would confuse the OCR based solutions. Once you get the transcribed card back down into the App you can then choose to add it to your iOS Contacts or just keep it in the app. Bonus Tip: When you turn your device to landscape orientation it gives you a cover flow style view of all your scanned cards. Cool!


Sounds great! What's the downside?

While this is very magical and seems perfect, there is one bit of concern and that is that you are submitting your business cards/contacts to a 3rd party. This may be a concern to those who have Privacy issues in general. 


You can get CardMunch for Free here from the iTunes

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