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.


Email Signature Pro Gives You The Multiple Signatures You’ve Always Wanted


We're on iOS 4.x and there are a few things that still haven't been implemented into Apple's Mobile OS. To this day the built-in Mail client doesn't have any support for multiple Email Signatures. While you can certainly create multiple email accounts, the default email signature for each of them will still be "Sent from my iPhone" or "Sent from my iPad", etc. You can change this signature to whatever you want it to say including clever messages like "Sent from my iPhone, typos and all". However, what you can't do is assign a different signature to each email account or have a selection of signatures to automatically insert into an email message. I have 5 different email signatures that I use regularly on my MacBook Pro, but have no access to those signatures on my iDevices.

Email Signature Pro Saves the Day

My good friend Sarah K noticed that my signature coming from my iPad 2 was pretty generic and turned me on to Email Signature Pro. Email Signature Pro allows you to create up to six custom signatures complete with not only text, but also your photo, a second custom image, as well as social media icons complete with active hyperlinks. As a matter of fact while all of this is doable on the desktop, it's so much easier to create these signatures in the App.
Once you create your custom signature(s) you can then launch the app and tap one button to copy any one of your signatures to the clipboard. Then you can switch to Mail or any other App and paste it in. This is handy when replying to an email. However, if you are creating a new email from scratch you can tap the "insert Signature into New Email" button for the signature you want to use and the App will generate a new email (either in the App or using the Mail client-your choice) complete with your custom signature right in the body of the email. You can also export your custom signatures to your desktop/webmail client with images and links.

While the App is really slick and provides all the features I want, I do have a few gripes. First off there is no native iPad support. Don't worry, the App works just fine on the iPad, but it would be nice to have it in native iPad size. My second and larger gripe is that the App crashes a lot. I have found that when switching screens if you have an image setup and you don't wait for that image to display the app will almost be assured to crash. Luckily everything is preserved and all you have to do is re-launch it. Also you would probably only see this crash during the creation/editing of your signatures and not during the day-to-day use. I'd really like to see this bug(s) fixed and the App updated to be a lot more stable. My last couple of suggestions to the developer would be to spruce up the social media icons a bit. The colors seem very muted and I'd also like to see a sizing option for the custom graphic. It appears to only support one size and it's a bit too large for my taste (I know that clients usually say, "make the logo bigger!" However, it's not always what we want).

Overall Email Signature Pro provides a feature that should be built-in to iOS. Until Apple builds this in I'll be using Email Signature Pro.


You can get Email Signature Pro for $4.99 here from the iTunes


TripIt Now Available On The iPad

TripIt for iPad

I have said it a lot. Terry has said it a lot. TripIt [http://www.bestappsite.com/2010/07/19/tripit-manage-your-travel-itineraries/] is hands down the best service for keeping track of your travel itinerary. The best part of the service is that it is free! Yep, you heard me right, using TripIt doesn’t cost you anything at all (unless you opt for their pro version with more features).

Almost a year ago, TripIt rolled out their own iPhone application which was great in many ways and let you keep track of your itineraries in a very smart and straightforward way. What has been missing for all this time is a native app for the iPad. Wait no more. TripIt is now on the iPad.

In the latest update to the TripIt application, it became a universal binary which means that it runs natively on the iPad as well as the iPhone and iPod Touch. The interface on the iPad is pretty similar to that of the iPhone, except it is using all the extra real-estate of the iPad very well.

Using the TripIt app in portrait orientation is a bit clunky, considering you have to open the pop-out bar in order to go to a trip and then again for the trip details. I would prefer if it stayed open when selecting my trip so that I could easily check the details as I want.

A major missing feature on TripIt for the iPad is the ability to edit and add plans like you now can on the iPhone. Sure the implementation on the iPhone is just taking you to their mobile version of the service in an embedded browser, but it is still easy and painless to add and update the itinerary. On the iPad? Impossible!

If you are traveling a whole lot or just once in a while doesn’t really matter. TripIt is one of these must haves if you do travel. The account is free and the app is free (ad-supported unless you are a pro member, or pay for the app).

Get TripIt for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch: TripIt - Travel Organizer - TripIt


Adobe Connect Mobile 1.5 Goes iPad Native

One of the Apps that I've been waiting for for iOS is finally here! I participate and give presentation over the web via Adobe Connect Pro all the time. However, in order to really participate in those meetings up till now I've had to do so on my MacBook Pro or desktop computer. In a pinch I could participate via the older iPhone version, but the screen was just too small at times to see some of the slides. Now that Adobe Connect Mobile 1.5 for iOS has become a Universal App and has support for the iPhone's retina display, viewing live meetings will be much much easier on iPads, iPhones and iPod touch devices. With the 2-Way Video Feed Support you can even share your video/audio feed from your iOS device including iPad 2.

See it in action here:


Adobe offers regular webinars and internet presentations on Creative Suite. I usually do a couple of "Ask a CS Evangelist" sessions a quarter as well. Now you'll be able to check those out on your iPad in all of it's 10.1" display glory. To find out when the next Creative Suite session is, follow the Creative Suite Twitter account here or check us out on Facebook here.

Learn more about how you can get your own Adobe Connect Pro Online Meeting Room here.

You can get Adobe Connect Mobile 1.5 for FREE here from the iTunes


HBO Go Comes To iOS

if you're currently an HBO subscriber through your cable or satellite provider you can now take HBO with you on the Go. This new App from HBO allows you to stream all of your favorite HBO shows directly to your iOS device. I was quite impressed by the shear number of available titles. Of course my favorites were there like The Sopranos, Sex in the City, Big Love, etc., but there were dozens of series that I hadn't ever watched before including ones that are no longer being aired. This is a great way to catch up on shows you missed or series you never watched before. While I can certainly TiVo stuff at home and even watch it via my Slingbox on my iPad, the streaming quality of the HBO Go app blows it away. As a matter of fact, I watched a comedy show while waiting at the barbershop, via 3G and it was almost like watching a movie that was stored on the device. The interface is clean and I haven't had any issues.

You need to be a subscriber

Although the App is FREE, it won't do you much good if you're not  subscriber of HBO at home. I subscribe via Comcast (Xfinity) and it was just as easy as logging into my Xfinity account in the HBO Go App and after a minute or two I was able to watch anything I wanted. While I do wish there was a way to download and watch offline, I will certainly take this FREE way of watching content that I'm already paying for, when I'm on the road. I'm also a little surprised that they don't offer a low monthly subscription rate directly in the App for those who don't have cable/satellite at home. Seems like a missed opportunity.

You can get the HBO Go App for FREE here from the iTunes


Use Noir Photo for Dramatic Lighting Effects

Red Giant Software, the makers of the fantastic Plastic Bullet App are back again with a new App. The new App is Noir Photo. This App allows you to use the photos on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and apply dramatic lighting effects to them as well as convert them to black and white. The controls are very straight forward. First you pick your lighting pattern. Then you can choose the shade of color that you want and lastly you can dial in the angle or use your finger, the intensity and contrast. Once you've completed your masterpiece you can save it back to your camera roll.  The App also features built-in documentation. 

It's simple!

It's almost too simple. After I used the App a few times I was left wanting for more! That's not a bad thing, it just means that the App was so easy to use that I almost felt like I must be missing something. The effects work well and they are what they are. Also unlike other effects apps Noir Photo lets you dial in the numbers. This makes it easy to repeat the same look on different photos. If you like an effect that you've customized you can make it the new default.


The bottom line

It's fast and easy to create lighting effects right on your device. I would have liked to have seen an opacity slider for the effects so that I could blend back in some of the original color. Otherwise, it does what it says.

You can get Noir Photo for your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch for $2.99 here from the iTunes

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