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.

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Tiny Wings: Another Addictive Game for the iPhone

Tiny Wings

Today I felt that it was time for a game and to have some fun. Tiny Wings is one of these small games with a simple game play idea which gets very addictive. The game objective is very simple. You have a little bird (with wings so tiny that it cannot naturally fly) that you are going to get as far along the course as possible before the sun sets. What’s stopping you? The course is all full of hills that you must utilize in order to get the bird to fly. iTunes

What you do is utilize gravity and enable more gravity to get the bird to come down in just the right place to get the power from the half-oval hill down and up. Obviously for a game, objectives are added that makes it more interesting and challenging to play. Such ones can be reaching the clouds a certain number of times, or doing X amount of perfect hill slides. The game objectives will in turn give you a better nest, basically their way of saying a better score multiplier. It can therefore be not only fun but beneficial to try and reach the objective to upgrade as this makes it easier to get a higher score each time you play. Unfortunately there is no multiplayer mode available which is what I would definitely like to see. Being able to play against friends either on a local network or better yet, through game center and have their birds flying in the same game window would be an absolute killer feature.

Conclusion

It is very hard to put the fun of Tiny Wings into words. Given that it’s just one of these addictive games which keeps you just wanting to continue playing, it is well worth its low price in the app store. The graphics are very well made and makes for an enjoyable play.

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OmniFocus for iPhone: A Powerful To-Do List

OmniFocus for iPhoneBefore I get in to this review, let me state that OmniFocus is available on the Mac, iPhone and iPad. Because of the different layouts in the iPhone and iPad client, I have chosen to review them separately. For a few years, I have been using Things as my todo list. Only recently, I have begun looking at a system which is slightly more powerful, offering more advanced sorting of tasks etc. OmniFocus lets me do this. Firstly, OmniFocus on the iPhone is very neatly designed using tall the common iPhone User Interface Elements that we are all so used to by now. They have quite successfully managed to cram (and I mean cram in a positive way) most of the features from the Mac app into the iPhone. As a result of this, the app features all projects, contexts and custom perspectives that you’ve set up. Additionally, you get a few extra features on the iPhone such as the forecast view and the nice Map view. You link a context to a pin on a map and you will be able to see, graphically, how far you are to this context where you can do your tasks.

Conclusion

Overall, OmniFocus for iPhone is a brilliant app if you require a feature-rich system that allows you to do a lot of managing with your actions. Naturally, the app shines when you are using it together with OmniFocus on the Mac (with which it syncs over the cloud for free) but can be used nicely by itself, maintaining the high-performance environment.  

OmniFocus for iPhone iTunes

OmniFocus for iPad iTunes

TiVo

TiVo FINALLY brings their App to iPhone and TiVo Series 3

I've enjoyed the TiVo App since day one on my iPad. However, it came at a price. In order to use the original TiVo App you had to not only have an iPad, but also a TiVo Premiere (Series 4) box. I bit the bullet and upgraded to a TiVo Premiere XL, but many loyal TiVo customers were quite ticked off that their perfectly working TiVo HD Series 3 boxes weren't supported. Also it was kind of a pain not to enjoy some of this TiVo remote love on the iPhone/iPod touch. 

TiVo aims to make almost everyone happy this time around

TiVo not only updated their App making it a universal App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, but they also added limited support for TiVo Series 3 boxes. The first question I had was "what are the limitations on the iPhone and TiVo HD boxes? Since I have an iPad and a TiVo Premiere I can use all of the functions of the App. However, I do also plan to use this on my iPhone and I still have a couple of TiVo HDs.  Here's what you can and can't do:

If you have a TiVo Series 3 or 4 you will be able to see your programming guide, schedule recordings , and control your TiVo remotely while on your WiFi network. However, if you have a TiVo Premiere (series 4) you'll also be able to access your Season Pass manager, ToDo List and browse the list of recorded shows. iPhone users will not be able to start the playback of shows via the remote.

While it would be nice to have all the features on all platforms, it's nice to at least have some functionality for almost everyone.

You can get the TiVo App for Free here from the iTunes

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TiltShift for iPhone and iPad

Since I bought my iPhone, mobile photography has become more and more a part of my every day life. I think this is because of a couple of reasons. First, the camera on the iPhone is a whole lot better than it was on my last phone (Blackberry Storm), and secondly, the photography App quality and variety far exceed that of any other mobile platform that I have ever tried.  TiltShift Generator is a prime example of that quality. Allowing exacting control over blur, vignette, and a myriad of other adjustments, this App is an important part of my mobile photography workflow and it should be a part of yours too.

 

What I love…

When I downloaded TiltShift Generator for my iPhone, I was just looking for vignette control. I like to add a little bit of vignette to a lot of my images but I like to do so in a soft, natural way. The majority of the Apps that I have tried tend to distort the vignettes and make them look unrealistic. There is precise control over the vignette amount and the App automatically feathers it very nicely.

Adding a nice blur is something that I have found myself wanting to do recently as well. The "tilt-shift" of this tilt shift generator is the blur effect. They have done a really nice job with the control within the App. Not only are you able to chose between blur amount, and placement, but you are also able to change the shape and size of the blur as well. This really gives you a lot of control when adding this effect.

 

Other Control

Not only do you have tilt shift capabilities, and vignette control, but you also have the ability to control saturation, brightness, and contrast. Most of the time I add my color effects in another App but you could do some adjustments with these sliders if you wanted. To be honest however, I feel that the sliders are a little heavy handed. I haven't been able to get them to really add or subtract to an accuracy that I have been happy with so I really don't use them.

Within the settings tab, you will find the option to work on your image in different resolutions. They range from 480X640 to 1200X1600 or original(if it's larger than 1200X1600). I generally work in the largest available to me. I don't want to cut off any more pixels than I have to.

A Couple of Tweaks and It's Perfect!

I only have a couple of things that I'd like to see different on this App. First, no matter how you close the App, or shut it down, it retains the settings from your previous edit. This means that if you have adjusted the saturation, brightness, or contrast at all, you have to readjust them just for the image to look normal. This is a bit of a nuisance. I'd like to see all of the sliders "back at zero" as with most photo editing Apps. Also a lack of an undo button seems to both some but for me none of it is permanent so I don't see a need for one. The last thing that I would like to see is a few more options on output. Currently there are the big two Facebook and Twitter, as well as superpop cam but I'd like to see the addition of Instagram, Flickr, and even 500px. I know that's a little nit picky but I can ask for anything can't I. :)

 

Concluson

The bottom line is you can't go wrong with this App. If you enjoy adding vignettes or the tilt shift look to your images, TiltShift Generator does one heck of a job.

 

You can get TiltShift Generator for you iPhone or iPod Touch for $.99 from the iTunes store here: iTunes

 

You can get TiltShift Generator for your iPad for $2.99 from the iTunes store here: iTunes

CloudAlbums

CloudAlbums syncs your photos to Dropbox

If you've ever read any of my iPad portfolio App reviews here then you know that I usually ding them all on one thing I'd like to see and that is syncing with Dropbox.com. I love Dropbox and use it all the time for all kinds of things. I pay for their top tier (100GB of space) and have been very happy with the service to date. One of my uses for it is that I use one Adobe Photoshop Lightroom's features called "Hard Drive Publish Service" and this allows me to publish and update a select number of photos to a folder on my hard drive. That folder happens to be in my Dropbox folder. This way I can use sub folders for each subject of my portfolio (beauty, fashion, etc.) and that folder is then sync'd to not only all my computers, but it's also available via the Dropbox App on iOS and Android. What I would LOVE is a portfolio App that not only can load photos from Dropbox (which most do), but actually keep them in sync!

CloudAlbums answers this request

CloudAlbums is NOT a portfolio App. It doesn't have all the cool features of the dedicated portfolio apps such as customization, music, slideshows, transitions, etc., but what it does do is the one thing that the dedicated portfolio apps don't. It can actually "sync" your Albums with the photos in your Dropbox folder. This is great and it's exactly the feature I've been asking for from several developers. The problem is is that it's in the wrong app. :) Don't get me wrong, CloudAlbums isn't trying to be a portfolio app, so it's not their fault. CloudAlbums is an App that designed for ANY user that is tired of having to manually sync photos between your iOS devices and your computer via iTunes. While Apple is promising some cloud photo syncing features with iCloud, CloudAlbums is delivering this functionality today!

How does it work?

Once you launch they App you will be prompted to sign in or create a FREE Dropbox.com account. You can then create your Albums in the App and add photos to those albums via your existing photos on your device. As you might expect this is creating folders (one for each album) in an "Albums" folder in your Public folder. The minute you tap the sync button those photos will be uploaded to your Dropbox folder. While that's great, the real magic is when it works in the other direction. Now you can just drop photos into that folder from your computer and the next time you tap the sync button those photos will be added to your album in CloudAlbums. It's this two way syncing that all the other Apps lack.

As you would probably expect, there is photo sharing via email, Facbook and Twitter right in the App. You can also save images to your Camera Roll to be used by other Apps. There is one catch. While the App is FREE, you only get ONE Album for Free. If you want multiple Albums you can unlock unlimited Albums via a $1.99 In App Purchase. Once you've made the In App purchase you'll be able to easily create additional albums either on your iDevice or on your computer by just creating additional folders in the main Album folder.

 

The Bottom Line

CloudAlbums does EXACTLY what it claims to do and nothing more. The App is targeted towards a broad user base of iOS users that want to easily and wirelessly sync their photos to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. If you want more in terms of presentation of those photos then you're going to be disappointed. You can see your photos full screen and swipe between them and that's about it. It would be nice if you could rearrange the photos in an Album but I didn't see a way to do that. Lastly and probably most surprising is that there doesn't appear to be any support for landscape orientation and I find that to be very odd for ANY App designed to sync and display photos full screen. 

If you're looking for a way to "sync" photos with Dropbox.com and display them on your iOS device, this is it.

You can get CloudAlbums for Free here from the iTunes

You can sign up for a FREE Dropbox.com account here.

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