There's an app for that. And an app for that. And an app for that. And pretty soon your iPad is packed with apps that do just one thing really well. Take e-readers. Kindle is good, if you buy their format exclusively, but it’s not so hot for anything else. Stanza handles most e-books, but CBR- and CBZ-formatted e-books are a bit blurry, and PDFs lack decent controls. GoodReader is brilliant for PDFs and several other formats, but EPUB files don’t make the cut. And you could say the same for other media.
If only there were one VLC-style, Swiss Army knife app for all digital media. Well, Zen Viewer HD aims to be that app.
Without the YouTube app, you’d be unable to watch videos on that site with your iOS device, but Vimeo’s clips have been playing perfectly inside your web browser for a while, so why would they release an official app for it? After all, the app's browsing capabilities of this new piece of software aren’t very good -- it doesn't even have a search field. This is because the main purpose of the app is to let you edit your videos and upload them straight to your Vimeo account.
TiVo forever changed the way we watch TV, but its arrival on the iPad sure won’t spark a similar revolution. This app definitely delivers some killer new functionality, but it doesn’t do the one thing you probably most want it too: streaming.
Still, what it does do, it does quite well, turning your iPad into a killer remote control -- if you have the right TiVo hardware.
Being able to record HD video with an iPhone or iPod touch is quite amazing, but each minute takes up an average of 80MB, so it won’t take long to fill your device’s storage capacity. Since it’s far from realistic to record everything you see, you’ll hope to press the button just before something amazing happens… but more often than not, by the time you hit Record, the moment will be lost.
Holding a camera steady while recording is hard enough, but the lighter it is, the more the slightest shake of your hand will show up in your clip. iMovie on your Mac does a great job at smoothing out any jerkiness, but iMovie on your iPhone has no such feature...until someone made an app for that.
We've got high expectations. Not only do we want to be able to use our phones to make calls and send texts, but we also want internet access, games, apps that get us to social media, a music player as well as online music. We want to watch movies and read books and take pictures and -- whew, our little phone is starting to get a little crowded. And pretty much the same story goes for the iPad even with its bigger memory. Streaming music can take some of the load off, but if we could move a few of those episodes of Mad Men off our iOS devices, that sure would free up some space.
Get your actual living-room shows anywhere; SlingPlayer Mobile presents content from your personal TiVo, cable-tuner, and other devices online. The iPhone and iPad apps connect to your Slingbox hardware ($179-$299), streaming home content anywhere, even over the 3G network.
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.
We have a serious media problem in this country. No, not the state of cable TV news—the fact that today’s mobile devices lack the storage to take all our media with us on the go. Even a mighty 64GB iPod touch can only hold so many movies. Enter ZumoCast, a free service that lets you stream videos, music, and more in almost any format from your Mac to other computers and iDevices. While its price for these features is certainly right, ZumoCast left us wanting more polish and stability.