The other day on Twitter, I lamented about how hard it was for me to get over my shyness and say hello to my mat neighbor in yoga class. And then I realized it's because everything I know about being social I learned from Twitter and Facebook. And then I got a little sad when I realized that's what my generation has come to. But that's alright, because I suppose that just gives me more of a reason to use my iOS devices, right? So I can stay friends with the few people I've met IRL? Oh crap, I'm using acronyms now. I've become the problem.
So, anyway, welcome to Free App Friday. And here are three social apps to help you stay in touch with friends.
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.
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.
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.
You may not be privy to the world of Android (or even interested in learning its ways), but you can't deny that you don't utilize Google just a little bit (a tiny bit, even) on your own phone. Stop being so bashful about the habit and give in! Here are three free apps to help reinforce your Google habit with your iOS device or Mac, and three more reasons why Google's services still play a heavy party in our daily lives.
The notion of that is kind of scary, by the way. But we'll deal.
The Opera Mini web browser got a welcome update last week, bringing a new look and feel as well as long-awaited native iPad and Retina Display support -- which got us thinking, could be it good enough yet to take the place of Mobile Safari for your iOS web surfing?
The worst part about living in a city is that if you plan on driving anywhere, you'll have to factor in 40 extra minutes to find a spot, successfully parallel park and then walk the three blocks it takes to get to your destination. Fortunately, iOS apps are good for this, and while you shouldn't be using your phone while you're driving, you could always double park, take a deep breath, and check to see your apps if you can find a solution.
If you find that it’s simply too much trouble to reach into your pocket to look something up in your Merriam-Webster Dictionary app while browsing on your iPad -- well, it turns out the company has finally enabled such laziness by making a version especially designed for that tablet.
You know how the song goes: I get by with a little help from my apps. Your apps can help guide you through the levels of a difficult console game, learn to play an instrument, and keep time, just like your human friends would. Well, except for that last part -- especially if you're trying to make it home by curfew. That never works out, so stop trying.
Don't know what it's like outside? Too lazy to open up the curtains and take a peek? Use your Mac or iOS devices to check and see what the weather is like. Here's a quick look at five free weather apps that let you know whether today's the day to leave the jacket at home.