Fans of TapTapTap’s Camera+ (TMA Review) will undoubtedly recall when Apple rejected an update last year that allowed users to snap photos with the volume up button. The reason Apple provided the devs with was:
Your application cannot be added to the App Store because it uses iPhone volume buttons in a non-standard way, potentially resulting in user confusion. Changing the behavior of iPhone external hardware buttons is a violation of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement.
Well now that iOS 5 itself features the very same functionality, it would only make sense that Camera+ gets its mojo back, right? Lo and behold, with a single addition to its most recent update, TapTapTap somehow sneaked in what’s probably the single greatest “What’s New in this Version” blurb ever:
VolumeSnap is back, beyotches!!
Update: It appears that VolumeSnap on Camera+ only works on iOS 5. So if you’re still on 4.3.3 (and earlier) and want the app mainly for this feature, you may want to hold off until you upgrade to the latest OS.
tap tap tap, Camera+, – $0.99
In celebration of the launch of the International iPhoneography Show, MacPhun, makers of the fantastic FX Photo Studio (TMA Review), is offering Perfect Photo as a free download for the weekend. Perfect Photo is a highly capable and easy to use image editor for the iPhone/iPod Touch that’s been getting rave reviews from all around (current version has 4 1/2 stars from 540 ratings). The app features 28 essential tools that includes spot healing, saturation, colour balance and levels balance controls, as well as effects like vintage, pencil paint and posterize. While iOS 5 now allows you to do some basic photo editing, Perfect Photo will give you much more control for manipulating that image just the way you want it. If you make use of that i-camera even in the slightest, be sure to grab it before the week’s over.
MacPhun, Perfect Photo, – Free
One of the iPhone 4S’ selling features is the improved 8MP camera, which was recently confirmed to be made by Sony. But how much better is it than that of the iPhone 4? According to PC World, about 7 points out of a 100 (81 vs 74.6). Using the very capable Nikon Coolpix p300 as a control subject, and the likes of the Galaxy S II and MyTouch Slide 4G, the iPhone 4S performed very well, though it wasn’t quite top dog when it came to overall still-image quality scores.
Snapseed, a former iTunes app of the week (last month) and one of the best photo editors on iOS, is now free for the next several days. Not only does the app make photo manipulation easy and intuitive, it also provides plenty of features to help transform your photographs just the way you want it.
• Easily browse and adjust your photos with a single tap using Auto Correct
• Tweak your photo to perfection with Tune Image
• Use Selective Adjust to enhance specific objects or areas in your photos
• Experiment with fun and innovative features like Drama, Vintage, Grunge, and Center Focus
• Add Borders for incredible finishing touches
• Email your creations or share them on Facebook and Flickr
Previously priced at $4.99, this is one excellent price drop you don’t want to miss out on. And the fact that it’s a universal app (it’ll work natively on both the iPhone and iPad) is just icing on the cake. Now go forth and have fun editing your images till your heart’s content (though not before checking out some of Snapseed’s demo videos after the gap).
Nik Software, Snapseed, 15.0 MB – Free
A few months ago I reviewed three nice universal apps that streamline the transfer of photos between iDevices and your desktop (see TMA review). Since then I’ve kept my eyes open and found a few more which are also noteworthy. These are quite different apps from each other with unique features that you might find appealing.
MediaTransfer – Perfect for the person who takes lots of snapshots and just wants to periodically dump new ones to a folder his or her computer without any fuss — and it’s FAST!
PhotoSync – Lots of options and a very nice user interface. The best transfer app I’ve seen for sending and receiving photos and videos between devices and other services.
After breaking my arm a couple of months ago, I learned a bit of biology. Bones are serious buggers, you know; they don’t just Lego into place after snapping. But even at 31 and five fingers down, I applied myself very fastidiously to apps that I could use one-handed. At first, they may seem eclectic, but I assure you that they were the best medicine. If you’re intent on joining my club, send in your resumes, apply something heavy/swift to your long bones, and then follow the gap!
For the longest time, even considering the iPhone camera to be a viable solution for taking everyday photos was out of the question for me. But that all changed with the release of the iPhone 4. The larger sensor, advocated by Steve Jobs, does indeed make a difference, and despite its somewhat slow focus, the latest iPhone has essentially replaced my point-and-shoot camera for most occasions. After all, they say the best camera is the one that is always with you! That said, its performance is not quite perfect (in spite of the touted built-in HDR photography feature) and if you really want to get the most out of your i-photos, the optimal solution involves dedicated photography apps like iCamera HDR: All-in-One.
I’m a huge fan of iPhone photography. So much so, that I started my own photo blog just to show off pictures taken with my iPhone 4. As such, I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting camera apps. And it is this very search that led me to my latest find – Halftone by Juicy Bits.
Apple has just released the mighty impressive GarageBand app for the iPad ($4.99). Made to work on both iPad 1 & 2, GarageBand is a powerful music app that will turn your tablet into a mobile recording studio.
GarageBand turns your iPad into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play pianos, organs, guitars, drums, and basses on your iPad. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument. Enjoy a full range of Smart Instruments that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before. Plug an electric guitar into your iPad and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Use the built-in microphone or a guitar to record, or capture any performance. Then mix up to eight tracks to create a song you can share.
Apple’s own iMovie app was also updated today and it is now universal, supporting the iPhone 4, iPod Touch (4th gen) and iPad 2. Sadly, owners of the original iPad won’t be able to run this memory intensive movie editing application. If you already own it for the iPhone/iPT, be sure to grab the update as it offers quite a few new features. The guided video tour for both iMovie and GarageBand can be found here.
Camera+ v2.0, released in December 2010, is the top selling iPhone photo app for a reason. Developer tap tap tap has built a fantastic app that is well designed with some easy to use workflow that enhances the user’s i-photography experience. The highest praise I can give Camera+ is that it has become my go to app for taking pictures.