For frequent Photoshoppers, Adobe Nav is the most worthwhile of Adobe's trio of iPad apps, built on its new Photoshop Touch SDK. This $1.99 app displays Photoshop’s desktop tools on the iPad screen, allowing you to access them without touching the mouse. Well, most of the tools, at least, with some very notable exceptions.
This week we're taking dedication to the next level. Anything that makes us want to use exclamation marks and talk like the dude in the Bowflex commercials is fair game this week, when we're whipping out the most hardcore games you've ever played. We take a look at Mortal Kombat (with fatalities! and blood!) to Line Surfer (get crushed by waves!) and then check out an extra secret contender that might just be the most hardcore game of all time. This week's Game Time is not for the feint of heart.
This problem can be solved in a relatively low-tech manner: a leftovers calendar. If you already have a calendar lying around, you can use that, and if you need to print out a blank calendar, open up iCal, start a new calendar named “blank” (or whatever), uncheck all the other calendars you’re already using, select the Month view, and press Command-P to print that month. Hang this calendar on your fridge, and when you have dinner leftovers, jot them down on the date you made (or bought) them. That way you’ll be able to see at a glance which leftovers have been in your fridge the longest -- just cross ’em off as you eat them. You can even add raw, perishable items (eggs, milk, meat, fresh veggies) to the calendar, marking the day you bought them and the day they expire. Glance at the calendar as you plan your meals, and you’ll be more likely to use it up before it goes bad.
We know, you hate your job -- we would too if we had to work on a PC all day. But just because the economy stinks doesn’t mean you can’t change jobs. It only means you’re going to have to work a little harder at it. These days, your professional online profile is as good as a first impression, so spend a little time sprucing up your LinkedIn.com profile with an updated résumé, skills, and a photo (not one of your drunken Facebook ones; in fact, you should probably delete those altogether). Think of the web as your first interview and present yourself accordingly.
Progress makes today’s labor-saver tomorrow’s drudgery, so maybe it’s a matter of time before even dropping files from one window into another feels like work. That seems to be the logic behind Drops, a barely there FTP client that’s so streamlined it hardly exists on your Desktop at all. We’re big fans of simplicity, and while this app does its job, that job is pretty limited.
You'd be forgiven for mistaking the recently released iOS game Backstab for a mid-level PSP game, but it's actually the latest surprise from the iPhone 3GS/4 hardware. Companies like Gameloft continue to push the graphical envelope on the system, and if Backstab is any indication there's plenty of room left for games to grow on the platform.
If you live in an area where parking is a challenge, you know how excited you are when you see a spot up the block and how disappointing it is to find out it’s either a driveway or worse, a fire hydrant. Fortunately, there are apps out there that help you find a spot without breaking your heart.
If touch is the future of computing, how come no one's gotten it quite right on the desktop yet? Adobe is attempting to do just that with its new Photoshop Touch SDK, and Adobe Eazel app is all about using your fingers to create on the iPad, then sending your work to Photoshop CS5 on your Mac.
What do you get when you merge pirates, voodoo, clowns, and a hot dog? Why, it’s Jolly Rover, a point-and-click adventure! Gaius James Rover sails the seas, transporting a shipment until he’s captured by pirates. And so begins James’s jaunty adventure through voodoo, pirates, and romance as he seeks his secret goal…to become a clown like his father.
Priced at $2.99, Color Lava lands between the convenience of Nav and the questionable utility of Eazel. Essentially, it turns your iPad into a digital paint palette capable of mixing your own colors and accessing them immediately in Photoshop CS5.