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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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Angry Birds Star Wars HD

Angry Birds Star Wars is Here

If you’re an Angry Birds fan and a Star Wars fan then you probably already have been playing this game :-) Angry Birds Star Wars is here. What does that mean? It means we get the highly addictive Angry Birds game with a Star Wars theme on top of it. That’s pretty much it. Yes, the developers got the chance to add some additional characters, but in a nutshell this is Angry Birds and that’s not a bad thing. You’ll get some new challenges as you always do with a new version of this game, but you get to re-live your Star Wars fantasies while you’re playing a fun game too. Here’s a first look video from yesterday when I launched the game for the 1st time:

 

The Bottom Line

There really isn’t anything not to like about this version of Angry Birds, but if you were looking for a radically different game with you swinging a light saber, then you may be a little disappointed. :-) With that said you will be able to Use the Force (Push) and have your Angry Birds swing their light sabers, taking out pigs and deflecting blaster fire as you progress through the levels. Also if you liked Angry Birds in Space you’ll be happy to know that there are some levels that incorporate the space/gravity themes in them too. It’s fun! I’m a geek! Enough said.

The Force is strong with this one…

Angy Birds Star Wars HD for iPad iTunes

Angry Birds Star Wars for iPhone iTunes

National Geographic Magazine

National Geographic Does the iPhone Right

I have to start with a confession. I think the iPhone display (yes even the 4 inch iPhone 5 display) is too small for graphically rich magazines. With that said, I was curious about all the fuss my colleagues were making over the newly released National Geographic Magazine for both iPad AND iPhone. I decided to take a look and buy one issue (you download the App for free and either buy single issues or a subscription if you don’t already have one). I must say that I found that they really did a good job making it easy to enjoy the text of the articles as well as the photos. They didn’t fall into the common “design hole”! In stead of trying to take a large magazine page and size it down to a smaller iPhone size, they redesigned the experience completely. When I tapped to read the “Sailing the Dunes” article, there was ONE picture at the top and the rest was simply the text of the article. However, this is after all National Geographic. They are known for beautiful imagery. At this point I noticed at the very top right of the interface and there are two buttons “READ” and “LOOK”. When you’re ready to look at all the pretty sand dune pics you tap “LOOK” and you get several slideshows to choose from. Brilliant! Don’t try to squeeze a normal size magazine page down and make a pinching, zooming, scrolling nightmare. Instead rethink the experience and medium in hand. Also keep in mind that this is a Universal App. So if you do have an iPad, you’ll enjoy it in all the iPad’s display size glory.

Great, but not perfect

The one thing that I do have to ding National Geographic on was that this App is not sized for the 4″ iPhone 5 screen yet. It would be even nicer if it filled my screen from top to bottom. The only other thing I’d like to see is at least one “free” issue. Get people hooked with the free sample!
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