I don't know anything about building houses, or furnishing them. I've been living in apartments for the past five years and as I'm looking toward the future, to a place that's big enough for a dog and without a chronic mold problem, I'm consulting design magazines and perusing blogs for ideas on how to decorate and get the best use of space. Houzz Interior Design Ideas has over 200,000 beautiful photos of interior design, and links to where you can purchase everything that is featured. The app also offers ideabooks from guest posters with pictures of their own dwellings, as well as a "yellow pages" section where you can seek our general contractors, designers, and other professionals in your area to hire for your project. And, if you sign up, you can join in the community of other designers to share ideas.
This has happened to me too many times before: I buy a pair of shoes at full price one week, only to discover that they're 20% off a few days later. It's definitely what you'd call a "first world problem," but it's infuriating. I would have loved to save the $20 and put it toward a bag of groceries or, more frivolously, a belt to match those shoes. ShopAdvisor for your iPad can help you avoid these kind of situations by bookmarking the product you're looking for and alerting you when it falls below a certain price.
I found this gem on the front page of the App Store and it's a delight. The app takes you through a tour of the world's most beautiful sites and lets you pinpoint your favorites for future jet-setting adventures. Fotopedia Heritage also offers high resolution photos for use as wallpapers on any of your iOS devices, as well as interactive maps to see where everything is in the world in relation to where you're located. It's a fun little free travel journey and is sure to instill a sense of adventure.
Has anybody been doing anything else on their iPhones besides playing Draw Something? I know I haven't. You wouldn't believe how many hours I've wasted playing co-workers, friends, and various Mac|Life readers on Draw Something this week. When I can finally peel away from Draw Something, I know I'll want to finally book hotels for that trip I'm taking this summer down to Southern California. Hotels.com's iPad app can help me out.
I'm going on a road trip this summer and while I've been perfecting my Spotify playlist for the occasion, I'd like to use the trip as an excuse to discover new music, too. One of my favorite places to discover music is on NPR. Sometimes they'll stream the new album of one of my favorite independent artists, and sometimes they'll have news story about some incredibly melodious sub-genre I might want to delve into. With their iPhone app, now I can get all this music on demand.
Looking for a viable alternative to Evernote? Microsoft OneNote for iPad is an incredibly powerful note-taking application that stores all of your to-dos, notes, photos, and clippings in the cloud. And just like Evernote, it's free!
You love your friends and their sometimes unintelligible tweets and Facebook posts, so why not turn them into a novel? Storify lets you create stories out of your social networks. Finally! You can do a little damage to the High School Beauty Queen's Facebook timeline. Or maybe that's just my fantasy…
Welcome to another thrilling rendition of Free App Friday. While the new Messages beta for OS X is what's on everyone's minds (and you can read Susie's first impressions about the beta app here), maybe there's some of you out there who don't want to text message with your Apple ID and would rather employ your Google Voice number instead. BigPhone Lite is a free Mac App that lets you utilize Google Voice from your computer. So now, when you're engrossed in an angry text fight, you don't have to get frustrated that you can't get your point across fast enough.
And we're back! It's not as exciting as A Dinosaur's Story from 1993, but it does involve free apps. And who doesn't love free stuff?
What's on the agenda for this week? For you Instagram addicts, which has apparently become the new Flickr for iPhone users, InstaPad is an Instagram gallery for the iPad. Currently, there's no convenient way to really go through an Instagram gallery on your Apple tablet, but Instapad lets you browse through popular photos and snapshots from your friends, as well as follow new people and favorite or comment on photos.