It only takes 5 minutes to go from 2011 back to circa 1968 with a new $1.99 iOS video app called iSupr8. That's how long a 1:30 video clip spends in iSupr8's "Development Room," where the app works its magic and turns raw video into something with color tones and "film jitter" that will remind people (well, people old enough to remember, at least) of the 8mm movies popular during the waning decades of the last century.
Let's face it: Monty Python and the Holy Grail has a special place in my heart. And the scene where King Arthur and his knights approach a French-occupied castle only to be insulted, pelted with objects and then have a rather large cow hurtled at them, only more so.
Thus it stands to reason that an iOS game centered around both the attack and hurling a very large animals to repel the attack would come into existence. Enter Monty Python's Cow Tossing HD, a title in which you take control of the French catapult and must fling assorted animals at King Arthur's forces before their battering ram destroys your gate and the invasion is complete.
How does the GarageBand that we know and love work on the iPad? Simple. It doesn’t. Instead of futilely attempting to replicate the experience of the Mac version, GarageBand for iPad plays to its touchscreen strengths and ultimately feels more accessible and less demanding. Is it stripped down? Definitely. Dumbed down? Anything but. Make no mistake -- GarageBand for iPad is not an inferior wannabe version.
If MLB At-Bat and Baseball Superstars haven’t lured every die-hard baseball fan to the iPad, Pennant is almost certain to rein in any stragglers.
As any fantasy team owner will tell you, baseball is the rare sport that’s as beautiful off the field as on; web gems aside, a scorecard can be extrapolated into a veritable portrait of numbers and letters. With exhaustive thoroughness, Pennant collects some 50 years of these stats with such elegance and simplicity, you’ll never look at a box score the same way again.
Some writer's opinions here notwithstanding, Angry Birds is clearly a gaming phenomenon. While Plants v. Zombies, Peggle, and other app store hits may have their loyal fan base, the avian slingshot game has spawned toys, has been parodied as a Michael Bay film, is being used as inspiration by Ohio union members fighting for their jobs, and copied to death endlessly by app after app after app.
So if you've grown tired of the birds, if you've finished every level and await thirstily for an update, or if you're interested in twists on what is clearly destined to go down as a classic, come fly with us.
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.
Vimeo just released an app to help your browse their catalogue of videos and edit your own. Although it isn’t too good at the former, its editing capabilities are very impressive for a free program, and you should definitely take a look at it if you fancy making your own short films. This tutorial will guide you through the basics.
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.
For most of us, Apple’s Calendar app does a perfectly fine job of keeping our important dates in order. But those of you looking for a little extra oomph from your digital day planner might want to take a look at Calevents. Unlike the 17,000 other calendar apps overflowing the App Store, Calevents works as a sort of standalone plugin for Calendar, adding functionality without upsetting Apple’s traditional user experience.
The Nintendo 3DS launched this week, delivering a stereoscopic 3D handheld experience without the need for special glasses. But if the thought of dropping $250 on a new portable gaming device sends you into a conniption -- especially scant weeks after the iPad 2 release -- worry not. Many of the Nintendo 3DS launch games (or suitable substitutes) are also available for iPhone and iPad. These games lack the 3D effects and offer varying features, but you'll avoid straining your eyes as well as your wallet, as all of these games sell for much less than the average $40 3DS game.