What’s on your lap? If you said, “Why, my Mac, of course,” aren’t your thighs getting a little warm? Or perhaps your neck hurts from hunching over to better see the screen. Well, sit up straight, Hot-Thighs McSlouchy, because the mStand can help.
Showtimes provides simple movie theater box-office information see what’s playing nearby. This free version of OneTap Movies lets you scroll through a list based on ticket sales, rating, recent additions, or you can browse local theaters. While the theater list included most of our local favorites—even small locations—this scaled-back software is missing features from free competitors.
Originally named BoxOffice, Now Playing navigates the web of movie listings from your iPhone. The app hits all of the critical basics, listing theatres in proximity to your location; and movies by release date, rating, or title. The clean interface includes links to trailers and reviews. Even small theatres typically include full showtimes.
OneTap Movies includes only the basics to find movie time listings; it shows recent movies, high-grossing movies, or theater schedules near your location. If that’s nearly all you need, the interface works well, displaying theaters with a disclosure triangle to reveal specific movies and movie times.
Movies aptly shows current and upcoming theatrical releases. It automatically reads you location—or manually entered ZIP code—to show relevant, local results. And items are salted with relevant details; most current releases include trailers, nearly every listing shows a poster, and Movies slurps in reviews, synopses, and more.
A protective, easy-access mode of transport for your SLR camera can be hard to come by if you’d like to carry it with a laptop and other common digital photo gear. As with traditional camera shoulder bags, a photography-specific messenger pack can be bulky and heavy enough that you end up with an aching back. Luckily, we found Lowepro’s new Fastpack series of camera bags, which combine the right amount of storage with an easy-to-carry design.
Like many of its features, photos taken with the 10-megapixel Kodak Z1085 IS look good initially but lose their luster on closer inspection. Most images are stippled with visual noise, and background details often jumble together. An optical image stabilizer keeps many handheld shots steady, and a manual mode even lets you set the aperture and shutter speed. HD-video mode captures high-resolution video, but muddy quality looks worse than footage at a low resolution. We can’t get too excited about the Z1085, but it does manage to cover the basics.
Bling! It is made specifically for anyone who photographs items to post online. In particular, they’re going after users who sell on sites like eBay; in other words, people who don’t have the budget to hire a professional photographer and who need to get the best possible image online quickly.
The EX-F1 is an unevenly performing camera that almost always seems to present a downside to counter each amazing high point. Its most unique feature is its ability to capture video at amazingly high framerates, all the way up to 1,200 frames per second. Five seconds of real-time footage turns into more than three minutes when played back, transforming a bumblebee’s flight and falling raindrops into a backyard ballet. But faster speeds severely limit resolution, curbing possibilities in both recording and playback. Still photos look good, with bright, accurate colors, but RAW images drastically slow down the camera.
Nolobe Software’s Iris is billed as the “ultimate image editor for Mac OS X,” which, depending on your point of view, is about as true as the statement, “Martians live among us.” This app is an all-out dud, offering very little reason for anyone to enlist it as a creative tool.