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Adobe Photoshop Touch

Photoshop Touch Adds Pressure Sensitive Stylus Support

The latest version of Photoshop Touch for iPad adds an optimized interface for iPad mini, but that’s not the big news. The big news is that Photoshop Touch now supports various Pressure Sensitive Styli. It supports the Pogo Connect, Jot Touch and JaJa Devices. Admitedly I don’t use Photoshop Touch as much as perhaps I could or would like to and part of the reason for this lack of use is that in order to do the retouching that I’m accustom do doing, I’d want pressure sensitivity. Since the iPad doesn’t have this capability you have to look to the next best thing and that’s a Bluetooth Stylus that talks to your App (Photoshop Touch) and can relate the amount of pressure you’re applying directly to the App.

As soon as I saw the news I ordered a Pogo Connect. I can’t wait to try it.

This update also includes: Smoother Brush Strokes, Two new menu effects: Lens Flare & Stamp Pattern and Improved grid layout for project, tutorials and images.

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WorldCard Mobile - business card reader & business card scanner

WorldCard Mobile To Scan Your Business Cards

Manually entering your contacts from all the business cards you receive is bad enough. However, trying to enter these manually via your iPhone makes it even more difficult. This is why when someone hands me a business card, I nod and thank them, but that card will only be in my possession long enough to scan it in directly via my iPhone. I’ve reviewed various Business Card Scanner Apps in the past and I would have to say that WorldCard Mobile has the most options for any that I’ve seen. It does the basics that we would all expect. It allows you to take a picture of the card with your iPhone camera and then it will OCR (optical character recognize) your card converting the picture into text and intelligently putting the information into the correct fields. The 1st card I tried was my own business card and the App got everything right except that it missed the T on my first name. That of course was an easy correction and with a couple of taps the entry was complete. I was very impressed to also see that they not only allow you to add the card to your iPhone contacts or just keep it in the App, but they even allow you to choose which Group you want to put it in on your iPhone’s contacts. That’s a 1st. I’ve not seen any other Apps to date that let you do that. Another nice feature that I hadn’t seen on the other Business Card Readers is the ability to scan QR Codes. QR codes typically take you to a website. However, there are QR codes that contain vCards or basically business cards. This kind of entry is the BEST as there would be no need to do any OCR. It also supports 16 languages, selective/partial recognition, Google Contact Sync, and a very nice ability to copy an email signature and convert that data into a contact <-slick.

Sounds good, but…

This App does a great job at what it’s designed to do, but there are some things I’d like to see in the next version. First and foremost is an update that gives us full iPhone 5 screen size support. While there is the ability to share a contact from the App via email, I’d like to see some additional sharing options such as via the Messages app. The App allows you to Add a photo to the contact just like the built-in Contacts App does. However, it also shows a picture of the card you scanned next to that photo. I’d like to see the option of making the business card image the default photo for the contact if you don’t choose or take one. Lastly a batch capture option would be nice. It would also be nice to see this as a Universal App for both iPhone and iPad. Since we often get more than one card when we attend meetings and conferences, it would be nice to be able to snap all the cards in one session and then have the App do all the recognition in the background. Lastly all you would need to do is proof them before recycling the physical cards.

Overall this is definitely one of the “BEST” Business Card Managers for iOS that I’ve seen.

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iWatermark

iWatermark Lets You Watermark Your iPhone and iPad Photos

Usually when I post my photography on the web I like to watermark it with my logo. However, when I’m viewing it on my iPad or iPhone or showing it to others via my portfolio I don’t want my images to be watermarked. This means that I put the images on my iPad and iPhone without the watermarks/logo. The problem comes in when I want to post an image or email an image directly from my iPad or iPhone. I don’t want to send or post an unwatermarked image. This is where iWatermark comes in. This Universal App has several built-in standard watermarks such as text “Confidential”, copyright symbols, etc. Yes, you can even put your own custom watermarks in such as your signature or in my case my logo. Now when I want to post or send an image with a watermark on it, I just fire up iWatermark, watermark the image(s) and then I can save them back to the camera roll or email them directly from the App. You can even put a QR code on your images.

Why watermark? Photoshop has become sophisticated enough and easy enough for just about anyone to remove a watermark if they are trying to steal your images. So don’t think for a moment that watermarking an image “protects” you. I do it for branding! Once you use iWatermark you can size the watermark, move it around on your image with your finger and even adjust the opacity. This app does exactly what I wanted. However, with that said there is room for improvement. For example, after watermarking an image, I’d love to be able to “shake” to undo. Sometimes I accidentally rotate a watermark. It would be nice to have an undo. While the App does have Email, Facebook and Twitter support, next on my list would be the ability to use the “Open in” command so that I can send it directly to the App I’m trying to post to such as Instagram. No need to save to the Camera Roll in all cases. Of course I’d like to see the App optimized for the iPhone 5 screen size. Also for some strange reason when I bring up my photos to chose one, my albums seem to be in some random order. Not alphabetical and not in the standard iOS order either. Weird. Lastly, while the App does allow you to watermark multiple images at once, I’d like the option to adjust the watermark on each image as I’m saving.

Despite these minor things I’d like to see done/added, It’s by far the best watermarking App that I’ve seen to date on iOS.

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NAVIGON North America

Black Friday Deals on iPhone and iPad Apps

It’s Black Friday and therefore some App Developers are also having sales on their Apps. Here are a few to start with and I’ll update this post with more as I discover them, so come back to this page throughout the day to see what’s new.

 

Garmin (formally Navigon) GPS Apps

Navigon North America (the one that Terry Uses)

$29.99 ($30 off)
NAVIGON North America - Garmin Wuerzburg GmbH

Navigon is having a ONE DAY Sale today on their My Region Navigation Apps. Normally they are $24.99, however today they are only $14.99 each today!

Now you can get: MyRegion US East – covering: (AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, IN, KY, MA, ME, MD, MI, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, Ri, SC, TN, VT, VA, WV) On Sale for $14.99

MyRegion US Central – covering: (AL, AR, CO, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NE, NM, ND, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, WI, WY) On Sale for $14.99

MyRegion US West – covering: (AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY) On Sale for $14.99

 

Reedle Apps on Sale

 

PDF Expert for iPad $9.99 -> $4.99 (one of my favorite PDF apps for iPad)

Scanner Pro (universal) $6.99 -> $1.99

Calendars (universal) $6.99 -> $1.99

Printer Pro for iPad $6.99 -> $1.99

Printer Pro for iPhone $4.99 -> $1.99

Remarks (iPad) $4.99 -> $1.99

ReaddleDocs for iPad $4.99 -> $1.99

PDF Converter for iPad $6.99 -> $1.99

ReaddleDocs for iPhone $4.99 -> $1.99

Shakespeare Pro (universal) $9.99 -> $1.99

FREEBIE: PDF Expert for iPhone ($9.99 -> FREE)

 

1Password Pro 30% off (my password manager of choice)

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Documents To Go Premium 40% Off!

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Get 20% off ANYTHING from the App Store or iTunes

Well this is technically true. Best Buy is selling the $100 iTunes Gift Card for $80. That means that you are saving 20% and therefore saving 20% on ANYTHING you buy from iTunes, the App Store or Mac App Store. Check it out here.

I find these iTunes Gift Card Sales to be the cheapest way to buy content from the App Store and I always buy a couple when they are on sale.

Just Landed™

Just Landed Lets You Know When It’s Time To Head To the Airport

I have a few different flight tracking Apps on my iPhone. Just Landed is aimed at solving a different problem. Rather than just tell you when the flight is scheduled to land, Just Landed is designed to tell you when it’s time to head to the airport to pick up your incoming passenger. It does this by not only tracking the flight but also by looking at your current location and how far you are from the airport. It also looks at flight delays and adjusts accordingly. You can look at the app at any time to see how much time you have left before you should leave and if you’re not looking at the App you’ll get a push notification when it’s time to go. Best of all it also factors in traffic.The App also tells you the gate info and baggage claim number. On top of all this good info it has a really nice design and UI. If you are going to be picking up friends, family and colleagues from the airport this holiday season (or any other time) this is a must have app!

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