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FlightTrack 5

FlightTrack 5 Offers A Slick Interface for All Your Flight Tracking Needs

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I’ve been a fan of Mobiata’s FlightTrack Pro for a few years now. It’s my goto flight tracker and since I travel for a living I’m using it almost weekly. When I saw that they released a brand new flight tracker FlightTrack 5, I was more than just a little curious. I wondered was this an upgrade of my Pro version or at least a peek at things to come. FlightTrack 5 is a completely new app, built from the ground up with a slicker more animated user interface. The layout is very clean and it’s optimized as a Universal app for your iPhone or iPad. This App gives you just about everything you could possibly want to know not only about your flight, but also where you’re headed. Sure you get the take off and landing times, but you also get details about the plane itself such as the model and seat maps. Flight delayed? Get alternate flights and you’re one tap away from calling the airline without having to look the number up. It can also automatically sync your flights to your calendar as well as share the flight details with anyone you choose via Messages, Mail Twitter or Facebook. flighttrack5-weather

On the iPad the experience gets even more detailed with Airport Details such as a beautiful weather forecast, and terminal maps. Unless I’m missing them I couldn’t find these extras on the iPhone. The seatmap is powered by SeatGuru and will not only show you a layout of the plane you’re going to be on, but also amenities such as WiFi, power, video entertainment, etc. You can input multiple flights and one of my favorite features is the ability enable auto deletion of flights 24 hours after they’ve arrived.

The Bottom Line

It’s hard not to love this flight tracker. However, there are definitely a few things on my wish list. First and probably the biggest reason I’ll stick with FlightTrack Pro for now is that this version doesn’t have integration with TripIt.com. All my travel plans are automatically sent to TripIt.com from my online booking tool. FlightTrack Pro automatically picks them up and populates all my flights in the app without me having to do any manual entry. I can only guess that there must be some contract negotiation going on here as to why they would omit this key feature from their new app. The other thing I’d like to see since it doesn’t support syncing with TripIt right now is at least the ability to sync manually entered flights with iCloud so that they show up on my iPad AND iPhone no matter which device I input the flights into. Lastly it would nice to send flight info to other FlightTrack 5 users so that they don’t have to manually enter my flight info as well. FlightTrack 5 offers the ability to add other contacts to your flights, why not let me send them the flights so that they can have them in their app as well? Other than those few things, this is a very solid app and I’d easily recommend it to any flyer that isn’t using TripIt.

You can get FlightTrack 5 here iTunes.

Easy Release - Model Release App

5 Apps That I Use On Every Photo Shoot

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My iPhone and iPad have become an integral part of my photography workflow and while I have dozens of photography related apps on my devices there are 5 that I find myself using pretty much during every photo shoot. Some I use on my iPhone because it’s on me during the shoot and some I use on my iPad because of the bigger display. However, most of these are Universal Apps that work on both.

Photosync

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Since I’m usually shooting tethered to my MacBook Pro and into Lightroom the shots are going directly from my camera into my computer. Usually after the 1st look or scene I want to get one of the best images that I’ve taken so far over to my iPad so that I can have it ready for the model release process. Photosync is the easiest way to do this. I have an export preset setup in Lightroom that makes a JPG from the selected image(s) and then drops it on the Photosync companion app running on my MacBook Pro. From there Photosync wirelessly transfers the image(s) to my iPad (or iPhone) and drops it on the Camera Roll.

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Easy Release

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I get a model release for every shoot that I do. I moved away from actual paper releases a few years ago. I now do the exclusively on my iPad (and on my iPhone in a pinch). The App I use for model (and property) releases is Easy Release. You can of course input (copy/paste) your own custom release text in the app. I love that each release can include a photo (that’s why I use Photosync above). Once I add the model either manually or from my contacts, I then grab a photo from the Camera Roll and insert it in the release. Lastly the model signs right on the iPad/iPhone and lastly I email a copy to both of us right from the App.

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Shuttersnitch

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If I’m in studio I’m usually shooting tethered right into Adobe Lightroom. However, if i’m shooting on location then I usually have an Eye-Fi card in my 2nd SD slot. In this case I shoot RAW+JPG where the RAW files go to the main card in slot 1 and the basic JPGs go to the Eye-Fi card in slot 2. Using the Shuttersnitch App the images wirelessly transfer to my iPad or iPhone for a quick review or to share out on social media. Although you can download the Eye-Fi App for free, Shuttersnitch offers a ton more features including several upload/sharing options, FTP support for my Nikon D4/WT5-A and rating options.

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PicPlayPost

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At some point during the shoot I’m going to capture some “behind the scenes” shots and videos either with my iPhone or DLSR or both. My favorite app for creating a collage of both the stills and the video is PicPlayPost. This App does a great job in letting you choose a template and importing stills or videos into each frame. From there you can pick any song from your device. It even lets you fade down or mute the original audio from each clip. After that you’re one tap away from sharing on your favorite social site.

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Instagram

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When it comes to sharing status updates, Facebook and Twitter come to mind. However, when it comes to sharing photos my first choice is Instagram. Besides sharing my pics to my Instagram followers I can also optionally share them simultaneously with my Facebook friends, Twitter followers, Flickr followers, email and even do a Foursquare check in.

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Wacom Bamboo

Also here’s my favorite stylus/pen to have models/clients sign their releases and contracts

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My favorite stylus/pen is this one.


Followers + for Instagram - Follow Management Tool for iPhone, iPad, iPod

9 Must Have Apps for Instagram Users

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I basically use three social networks every single day. I use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Sure I use Google+, LinkedIn, etc., but these are the three that I’m on throughout the day. I like Instagram because it allows me to post pictures (and now videos) to my followers there as well as send those same shots to Facebook and Twitter (as well as Foursquare, Flickr and email) simultaneously. The Instagram App is good and gets better all the time, but it’s far from perfect and it’s certainly not the only App I use for my Instagram posts. Actually I use several Apps for posting to Instagram depending on what I’m trying to accomplish. Here are the 9 Must Have Apps for Instagram Users:

Squaready – Instagram Layouter

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Instagram photos are square (1:1 aspect ratio) and many times I want to post a portrait shot that I took with another app or my DSLR. For some odd reason the Instagram App will not simply shrink the portrait image down, instead it insists on cropping it. Square Ready allows you to take any photo and make it square by adding a background color or your choice to it so that you can see the entire photo or the portions you want and then shoot it right over to Instagram for posting.

Get Square Ready here iTunes.

 

Followers+

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Instagram will let you see your followers and the people you follow. However, that’s pretty much it. What about the people that unfollowed you? Who are your most loyal followers vs. your stalkers (you know the ones that never Like your pics. LOL). Followers+ can give you a detailed analysis of all the following, liking, lurking and unfollowing going on on your Instagram account.

Get Followers+ here iTunes.

 

PhotoRepost

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Part of being on a social network is sharing and sometimes you see something that is so good that you want to share (regram) it to your followers. Photo Repost allows you to do this easily and even works with videos. I like it because it also gives the original poster credit.

Get Photo Repost here iTunes.

 

InstaWeather Pro

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Sure you can take a picture of your current conditions and write in the description that it’s cold or hot, but why not let your iPhone do the work? InstaWeater can use your location and superimpose the current weather conditions right over your photo or video. It can even let you brag about how great it is where you are compared to say the people freezing back home. This app gets better with each update and continues to have more and more skins.

Get InstaWeather Pro here iTunes.

 

InstaFood Pro

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InstaFood is by the makers of InstaWeather Pro and InstaPlace below. Like the other two this app allows you to superimpose information about your restaurant right over the top of that great food pic you want to post. If you’re going to take the time to post a pic about what you’re eating, you might as well do it with style.

Get InstaFood Pro here iTunes.

 

InstaPlace

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InstaPlace like InstaWeather Pro InstaPlace let’s you superimpose information about your current location right on your pics before you post them. However, unlike InstaWeather Pro, this app is not weather related. It has general travel themes for the places you visit. After all in the summer when the weather is good pretty much everywhere, no one really cares about posting the temperature or forecasts, so this App let’s you put other cool info on your pics.

Get InstaPlace here iTunes.

 

PicPlayPost

There are several apps on the App Store that let you collage multiple pics together. However, my default choice is PicPlayPost because it not only let’s you do pictures, but you can also fill the frames with video and add music. This App does it all and let’s you create some pretty dramatic clips. Definitely a must have for Instagram Users.

Get PicPlayPost here iTunes.

 

Flipagram

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Flipagram is a great app that allows you to make a simply flip book style video from multiple photos. You can also add music. The flipagram that you create will be automatically timed based on the number of photos you have and the length of the clip (15 seconds max for Instagram).

Get Flipagram here iTunes.

 

InstaQuote Pro

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Although Instagram was originally created to share photos, there are probably more text based photos than there are regular pictures. In other words instead of posting a pic, people like to post quotes. InstaQuote Pro let’s you say what you want on a variety of different backgrounds and fonts as well as the ability put text right on top of a picture. This app is a must have when you just want to simply say something on Instagram whether you have a photo or not.

Get InstaQuote Pro here iTunes.

Eatminder App

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Many of us started off the new year with resolutions about dieting and exercise. One thing I’ve found to be true is that it’s easier to lose weight by eating smaller, healthier meals throughout the day. One of programs I’ve used and am currently on (Medifast) means eating 6 times a day. Usually a meal every 2-3 hours. In the past I simply used the built-in iOS Alarms to remind me when it was time to eat and that’s fine as long as you stick to the alarms. However, it’s much easier to get off track unless the app is actually bugging you throughout the day not only with audible reminders, but also the ability to delay an alarm and have it actually keep track of which meals you’ve had such as 1st meal of the day, 2nd and so on. However, the biggest thing I like about Eatminder over the regular Clock App is that I don’t always eat at the exact times every day. With Eatminder I tap that “I just ate breakfast” and then it starts the countdown to the next meals from there. Also let’s say that due to a meeting or other activity that means you won’t be able to eat at your next scheduled time, you can go ahead and tap the “Got hungry…” button to indicate that you ate the next meal and to start the count down to the next meal at that point. This is much easier than trying to keep the regular alarms going.

Eatminder is GREAT, but there a couple of things I’d like to see. Sometimes I just can’t stop to eat. This is fine as Eatminder will keep reminding me every few minutes. However, it will stop reminding you if you let more than 30 minutes go by. When you go to the app at this point it will let you pick up where you left off, but you have to tell it what meal you just had instead of if simply using the normal count that’s built-in. Also as other reviewers have indicated it would be nice to have louder alarms. Otherwise Eatminder is well worth the price of admission and I depend on it daily.

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1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet

10 Must Have Apps for the New iPad or iPhone User

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Did you get a new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch for the holidays? Then chances are you’re wondering which Apps you should grab from the App Store first. There are literally over 1 Million Apps in the App Store and you could easily find dozens or hundreds of Apps to install every time you look. However, here are 10 to get you started right away.

 

YouTube

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When the iPhone first came out Apple had a built-in version of YouTube. However, those days are gone now. If you want to watch YouTube videos on your iDevice then the best thing to do is download the YouTube App. You can sign into your account and see your favorites, uploads, subscriptions, etc. It’s way better than the built-in App ever was.

Hey! Be sure to check out my YouTube channel here.

Get it here for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
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Google Maps

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Your new iDevice has Apple Maps built-in and while Apple Maps has improved since its initial launch, it still pales by comparison of Google Maps. Google Maps will give you turn-by-turn directions and many many many more points of interest.

Get it here for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
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Navigon USA

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Google Maps is great, but if you’re looking for a full featured gps turn-by-turn navigation App that doesn’t rely on a constant data connection, then you should check out the Navigon line of Apps. Navigon is full featured with downloadable maps so that you don’t have to be constantly connected to the internet while you’re driving, especially through spotty rural areas.

Get it here for iPad and iPhone
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Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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If you’re the least bit into social media then you’re going to want the top three social networking Apps right off the bat. There are many others, but these are the three people are going to want right away.

Get them here:

Facebook iTunes.

Twitter iTunes.

Instagram iTunes.

Although the Twitter App above is FREE, my favorite Twitter App is Tweetbot for iPhone . and here for iPad .

 

PicPlayPost and Flipagram

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Speaking of social, you’re probably going to be posting lots of pics online too from all your holiday activities. PicPlayPost allows you to combine multiple photos/video together and Flipagram allows you to combine multiple photos together in a slideshow.

PickPlayPost iTunes.

Flipagram iTunes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Remote

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I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that if you got an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that you also have iTunes running on a computer somewhere or an Apple TV. If that’s the case you’re definitely going to want to get Apple Remote. This App allows you to remote control your Apple TV or iTunes on your computer wirelessly via WiFi. This latest update even controls iTunes Radio!

Get it here for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
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1Password

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In this world of hacking and identity theft, having and managing good passwords couldn’t be more important. My absolute favorite password manager is 1Password. It can not only manage all your passwords and logons for your various sites, but it can store other sensitive info such as credit card numbers, secure notes, serial numbers and more. It can also help you by generating random, long, secure passwords and then remember them. If you have a Mac or PC you can also get the Mac or PC version and sync the encrypted 1Password file so that your passwords are up to date on all your devices.

Get it here for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
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Get the Mac version here:

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Open Table and OneTap Movies

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Dinner and a Movie tonight? This is a common date scenario. Well these two Apps will help you tremendously in this area. Open Table will show you restaurants in your area that have tables available and even let you book your reservation right on the spot. OneTap Movies is still my favorite for being the FASTEST app and simply answering the question what times are the movies playing that I want to see at my local theater?

Open Table iTunes.

OneTap Movies iTunes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxi Magic and Uber

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If you’re traveling and you are in need of being picked up and dropped off, then you’ll definitely want to check out Taxi Magic and Uber. Taxi Magic actually ties into the taxi booking system in several major cities and allows you to schedule a taxi pickup right from the App. If you’re in a area that they’re not setup for direct booking, it will list the taxi companies in the area and let you call them. Uber takes it up a notch by letting you summon a “black car” or “suv” to pick you up and drop you off. Both apps allow you to pay right from the App.

Taxi Magic iTunes.

Uber iTunes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Temple Run 2

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OK, it’s fun time. There are more games on the App Store than probably any other category. So you’ll always have your source for entertainment. Temple Run 2 is an addictive game where you control the character running at top speed through a maze of obstacles.

Get it here for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
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Hey Terry! That was more than 10 apps. Yes, you’re welcome. :-)

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