TouchMyApps » Flackrum http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:31:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 ColorSplash in Review – Visual Emphasis + 1 Promo Code http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/02/25/colorsplash-in-review-%e2%80%93-visual-emphasis/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/02/25/colorsplash-in-review-%e2%80%93-visual-emphasis/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2009 11:09:19 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=5656 Sometimes photographs need a little more panache, style or dramatic emphasis but it’s not always convenient (or enjoyable) to transfer photos to a home computer for post-processing. ColorSplash, the aptly named photographic manipulation app, gives you a bit of that Photoshop-like power in the palm of your hand. Specifically, it allows you to select the … Read more]]>

01_colorsplash_trainSometimes photographs need a little more panache, style or dramatic emphasis but it’s not always convenient (or enjoyable) to transfer photos to a home computer for post-processing.

ColorSplash, the aptly named photographic manipulation app, gives you a bit of that Photoshop-like power in the palm of your hand. Specifically, it allows you to select the features of your images that will stand out in full color while the rest is converted to grayscale (black & white). While this single ability may sound simple, its results are anything but. Before we delve into the intricacies of the app, you need to see what I’m going on about.

Here’s the original photo of my cat. I was kind enough to skip over my lolcat pics. You’re welcome.

02_colorsplash_catorigAnd this is the result of it being ColorSplashed:

03_colorsplash_catfinalThe eyes stand out dramatically and the photo now exudes a refined mood. Pay particular attention to the fur covering portions of the eyes. Not only is this app convenient and powerful at its job, it allowed me to zoom in enough to work comfortably around delicate edges.

Simply take a photograph from within ColorSplash or load one from your library.

04_colorsplash_loadAnd now it’s ready to rock. The bottom icons represent the various tool modes. Pan & Zoom disables editing while moving and zooming into specific areas of the photo to avoid accidental alterations.

‘C’ adds the original color to the area you touch and ‘G’ returns it to grayscale (like a pencil and eraser). While using either of the two tools, zooming can be accomplished by pinching with two fingers. Likewise, sweep with two fingers to pan.

05_colorsplash_beginThe upper bar displays file management, instructions, two view modes, brush strength and undo icons (from left to right, respectively). The red circle icon highlights in red all of the areas you’ve colorized. This allowed me to correct mistakes and find areas I might have missed while finger-painting color back into my photo. The rainbow icon returns the view to default.

06_colorsplash_beginSimply touch the ‘C’ icon on the lower bar and swipe your finger across portions of the photo you wish to return color to. ColorSplash helps by filling in the immediate areas that are similar to what you’ve just touched, making the process quick and painless. The app allows you to literally zoom in until you can see individual pixels in order to work on tricky areas.

The white circle icon opens a menu for choosing the brush strength and edge (I used the default brush most of the time). Tap the screen to hide the menu bar for a fullscreen view.

07_colorsplash_brushesA welcome addition to this app would be the ability to change the hue and brightness of selected areas of the photo. Such a feature would salvage inferior photos (due to shadows and poor lighting conditions) while offering unique contrasts.

You can save the session to continue working on it at another time, or save the finished photo to your Camera Roll and show your results off to friends and Flickr acquaintances. Voilà.

When initially approaching this app I had my doubts that it would be effective on portable hardware, particularly given my lack of patience and finger-finesse. ColorSplash proved me wrong. I came across no bugs, crashes or inconveniences while manipulating photos and I genuinely enjoyed every moment. I think you will too.

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App Summary
Title: ColorSplash (v1.0) Developer: Hendrik Kueck
Price: $1.99 App Size: 0.5 mb
  • Intuitive interface
  • Smooth & Responsive
  • Powerful and useful tools
  • Beautiful results
  • Lacks hue/brightness options

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Measures – Unit Converter in Review – Aesthetic Unit Conversion http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/02/22/measures-unit-converter-in-review-aesthetic-unit-conversion/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/02/22/measures-unit-converter-in-review-aesthetic-unit-conversion/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2009 16:01:20 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=5465 Measures – Unit Converter puts an elegant spin on the crowded genre of unit conversion apps with its single screen color-changeable interface, convenient scroll wheel, and clean design. Instead of a distracting sliding keyboard, Measures uses a familiar calculator-esque keypad to easily input numbers and choose amongst four customizable category favorites (orange icons). Tapping the … Read more]]>

01_measure_colorsMeasures – Unit Converter puts an elegant spin on the crowded genre of unit conversion apps with its single screen color-changeable interface, convenient scroll wheel, and clean design.

Instead of a distracting sliding keyboard, Measures uses a familiar calculator-esque keypad to easily input numbers and choose amongst four customizable category favorites (orange icons). Tapping the faux-LED display expands the keypad into a helpful standard calculator.

Units are converted on-the-fly while calculating with exception to negative numbers which display “N/A” for most categories.

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Icons in the left column of the scroll wheel represent the various popular categories of units and the input screen provides a textual description of the current selection. The black-and-white category icons would benefit with some color for quick referencing but are otherwise clear and consistent.

Shaking the device swaps the units you selected in the scroll wheel, eradicating one of the more monotonous chores common to other conversion apps. Alternatively, shake response can be disabled or set to clear the user input.

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Currency data is conveniently auto-updated when running the app or can be manually updated or disabled via settings. The date and time of the update is listed at the top of the display for confirmation.

The accuracy of the data is somewhat difficult to measure given the slight variance among providers: XE.com, Yahoo!, and Bloomberg were all within three tenths of a dollar above or below Measures’ USD-to-Euro conversion.

The weakest point of Measures is its inability to create or import custom conversions. New conversion categories are usually added with each app update, and the developers are open to suggestions.

Currently Supported categories according to Neuwert Media’s website:

“Length, Area, Weight, Volume, Temperature, Time, Fuel Consumption, Information / Data Storage, Speed, Currencies (170 countries), Acceleration, Pressure, Energy, Power, Force, Torque, Angle, Charge, Density, Luminance, SI Prefixes, Flow, Radioactivity (Ci, Bq, rd), Magnetic Flux, Magnetic Flux Density, Clothes and Shoes Sizes, Radiation Exposure (rem, Sv), Sound (Bel, Neper, dB), Blood Sugar (mg/dl, mmol/l), Viscosity (dynamic & kinematic), Radio Frequency (dBm, W, mW), American Wire Gauge.”

[Source: Neuwert Media]

Categories and their specific units can be selectively hidden. All of the app’s modest settings (and straightforward instructions) are available through the info icon.

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Although Measures didn’t suffer any crashes during testing, the ‘Dose’ category icon randomly disappeared from time to time requiring the app to be re-opened to recover it (functionality was not hindered).

Overall, Measures provides a simple yet comfortable conversion experience. It lacks conversion customization and expandability, but arguably makes up for it with its eye-friendly interface and overall ease-of-use.

If you’re looking for a convenient conversion app for popular units, Measures – Unit Converter at $1.99 is a fair buy. If you’re more interested in customization than aesthetics and simplicity, give A2Z Pro a try.

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App Summary
Title: Measures – Unit Converter (v1.2.4) Developer: Neuwert Media
Price: $1.99 App Size: 1.1 mb
  • Convenient
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Provides a calculator
  • auto-updating currency data
  • Lack of customization
  • Limited unit categories
  • Minor bugs

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