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Easily Add Text To Your Photos with Over

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Believe it or not, one of the most frequently used tools in Adobe Photoshop is the Text tool. People use it all the time to add text to their images and designs. I guess you can say that there times when a picture is worth a thousand words, but you still need to a few more words to drive your point home. However, when it comes to most photo editing apps on iOS they seem to miss this important feature. Sure there are more image editing apps than I can count that will let you adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation and crop your photos, but when it comes to adding text the number of apps goes way down. Luckily there’s an elegant solution that is geared to do one thing and do it very well.

You can easily add text and artwork to your photos with “Over”. This App is very easy to use. Bring up the photo you want to add text to and tap the “Add Text” button. Sample text is placed right in the middle of your photo and from there you double tap to edit it to say what you want and then position it where ever you want on your image. You can change the color, opacity, justification and size very easily too. You also have a choice of fonts to choose from or you do an in-app purchase to buy even more.

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Once you get the text just right on your image you have a variety of sharing options such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Messages, email and more. This app handles my text needs perfectly on iPhone and iPad as it’s a Universal App.

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PDF Expert 5 - Fill forms, annotate PDFs, sign documents

PDF Expert 5 Now Native on iPhone Too

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My favorite all purpose PDF tool on iPad just went Universal and is now on iPhone/iPod touch too. There is no better app for editing and managing PDFs on iPad than PDF Expert 5. It does it all. Annotations, digital signatures. highlights, password protect PDFand even fill-in PDF forms. It syncs with a variety of cloud services such as Dropbox, iCloud and Google Drive. Now all of this wonderful power and updated UI is available on iPhone as well. There was a PDF Expert iPhone version before, but it lagged behind the iPad version. I’m glad that they gave up this two app effort and replaced it with a Universal App that is now the same on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

I primarily use PDF Expert to access my device manuals such as my camera gear manuals that I store on Dropbox. Anytime someone sends me a PDF via email and I need to comment on it I can simply choose Open In: PDF Expert 5 right from Mail and begin the markup process. However, my favorite feature is the ability to sign a document right in PDF expert. Recently someone sent me a contract as an email attachment. However, I wasn’t near my computer. Sure I could have waited til I got home, but being able to sign the form and email it back right on my iPhone meant closing the deal that much sooner. I could use my finger, but I prefer to use my favorite stylus. Once I signed the newly converted PDF I was able to drag it into the iCloud area so that it would be accessible on all my devices. I then emailed the newly signed PDF right out of PDF Expert to the person that sent it to me.

PDF Expert 5 has just everything I need to deal with PDFs on a regular basis, however, there are a few other PDF apps on my devices because there are a couple of features that PDF Expert 5 doesn’t do yet. For one, that contract I received above was sent to me as a MS Word document, not a PDF. So I needed to convert it to PDF first before signing. While PDF Expert 5 can import MS Word documents, you can’t really do much with them in PDF Expert 5 besides reading them, adding bookmarks and emailing them back out. It would be great if it could convert to PDF as well. It would save me the one extra step of sending the MS Word document to another App first. Next up I received a FAX and I was able to get into to PDF Expert 5 as a PDF, but it was upside down (that’s the way I received it). It would be nice to be able to rotate pages in PDF Expert 5. (Actually you can rotate a page. It’s buried a few layers deep in the UI, under the Action button, but it’s there.) Readdle is really good about updating their apps and I have no doubt that PDF Expert will continue to become more and more powerful. If they add the features I want above in addition to everything else they already have, I’d be 100% happy and willing to give it that highly coveted 5th star!

You can get PDF Expert 5 here iTunes.

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.

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