This is practically a super how-to week here at Mac|Life. If you've been missing the site this week, you've been missing a lot of tips and hacks that can make your life so much easier. Of course, that's not all that's been going down, as you'll see below the fold.
Addicted to Instagram? Yeah, join the club. Whether we're hiking giant mountains or watching television in bed, you can bet that something is being photographed into a Hipsterific photo. Like the ocean. Or that curtain. Or the cat at our feet. But how do we get our fix when our iPhones aren't around? We use it on our Macs, of course.
If you can’t quite imagine what it’d look like to leap from the tallest building in Malaysia or fly over the mouth of a volcano like Mount St. Helens, consider parting with $1.99 to give yourself perspective with the 360-degree, 3D video on im360, a universal app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Holy guacamole, it's practically October? October is tomorrow? Is this the fastest year ever, or what? As the leaves start turning and the days get shorter, it's comforting to know that some things never change -- like all the sales in the App Store.
OK, technically those do change; they change all the time! Which is why we tell you about them, in Friday's Price Drop column. This week we'll help you work out, pig out, and then bliss out with one of the funnest games of all time.
Apple's Photos app is functional enough, but lacking in features. Photo Gallery+ promises to give you greater control over how you manage and share your precious photographs and home movies -- although it comes with its own set of limitations.
Nik Software offers some truly remarkable photo post-processing software for the Mac, but it's not cheap, ranging in price from $100 to $200. So I'll admit, when I first downloaded Snapseed -- Nik's $4.99 universal iOS app -- I wasn't expecting a lot. I just didn't figure Nik would cram that much into such an inexpensive package. I was very wrong.
Most people use the camera on their iPhone or iPod touch for taking snapshots. But when you're ready to get artistic, Magic Shutter can help you do more. This $3 app lets you control the lens’s shutter and leave it on for longer than the usual split second, thereby creating interesting visual effects.
Ah, the eternal questions: are we alone in the universe, just who did let the dogs out, and will that free TV on the curb fit through my doorway? You’re on your own with the first two, but CaMeasure can help with the last one. It’s an app that lets you measure objects just by taking their pictures and then putting in a fair amount of work on your touchscreen. It’s not magic, but it gets the job done.
It may be hard to believe, but July is here and summer is finally in full swing. Most Americans have a three-day weekend to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday on Monday, and the majority of us will wrap up the long weekend by taking in a fireworks show that night -- so here are some tips for getting the best photos of the event, regardless of what kind of camera you’re using.
Apple's built-in Camera app leaves a lot to be desired -- hence the glut of third-party apps aiming to provide more features. QuickPix lets you shoot both video and stills, but its primary focus is taking pictures, with some nifty features that might quickly become indispensable.