Taptivate’s Friends app for iPhone and iPod touch is like that social butterfly everyone liked back in school. It attempts to be all things to all social network users, and succeeds admirably, allowing you to access Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and MySpace in one slick iOS-powered package.
The most striking thing about reading an issue of The Daily is how much it doesn’t feel like a newspaper. But that’s not necessarily a good thing.
In a time when most traditional newspaper publishers are cutting staff and trimming costs to stay in the black, The Daily represents more than just a potential revenue stream -- it’s a reboot of the whole industry. And as one of those fortunate enough to still have a job in said industry, I’ve hung on The Daily’s every word, hoping it would be every bit as revolutionary as the device it’s made for.
Perhaps it’s only us old folks who remember a time when taking screenshots involved a kludgey and arcane process requiring multiple applications. It’s much easier these days to save an image of what’s on your display, but even OS X’s built-in tools leave room for improvement. Voila from Smith Micro is a one-stop solution for grabbing everything from simple screens to video, and it has some handy features that elevate it far beyond your Mac’s stock capture tools.
In a world studded with Photoshop-style image editors and Painter-like natural-media tools, it’s really tough to find a new kind of artistic software that brings something truly unique and innovative to the table. But the little-known Studio Artist 4 totally pulls it off, delivering a one-of-a-kind creative application that can craft visuals like nothing else—if you’re prepared to spend some time mastering its intricacies.
Our trusty TiVos can’t be everywhere at once. Sometimes, something great will happen that we didn’t record, and we won’t catch the snappy references at the next day’s staff meeting. For instance, did you see Neil Young sing the “Double Rainbow” song? For missed moments like these, Hulu Plus serves up a massive roster of TV shows and a smattering of movies to quell our pop-culture needs. You’ll be able to quote lines from old favorites--“It’s a floor wax and a dessert topping”--and recent hits. But before you mumble, “I want to go to there,” be warned that Hulu Plus still might leave you out of the loop at that meeting. In spite of the great iPad and iPhone apps, it omits certain episodes and other crucial features.
Since Flickr’s inception in 2004, shutterbugs have been posting their photos to flickr.com for the world to see--and comment on. And Flickery from Eternal Storms improves that experience by providing a portal that makes everything cleaner and faster.
Considering how wired we are, the simple act of sharing a file with a coworker is way more complicated than it needs to be. If I ask Susie to grab a screenshot for a review, we always have to pause to figure out how she should send it. Should she email it to me, IM the file over, or put it up on the server? Where on the server should she put it? It’s a huge waste of time when you consider that all we’re trying to do is share a file. CloudApp aims to simplify the process of quickly sharing files and web links, either with your coworkers, or with friends on social networks like Twitter or Facebook.
Zinio's multiplatform reader -- which lets you download digital magazines and view them on numerous devices, including iPhone and Mac -- expands to iPad in a stellar app, delivering hundreds of top publications with single issue and subscription purchases. At launch, the Zinio app displayed a few frustrating stumbles, including slow-loading pages and blurry text when zooming. Luckily, numerous post-release updates have largely addressed these quibbles, making for a worthwhile reading experience on the iPad.