Big news last week was Mountain Lion's sneaking out the gate without a big hoopedy doo Keynote. There's been little news on that front since then, but there are a few pieces to the puzzle, along with iCloud follies, and a few Apple TV tips (which might just be Apple's next big thing). Let's see what's cookin' in the hot stories this week.
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.
These days, it seems that we spend more time uploading and sharing photos to multiple websites than actually interacting with the people we're sharing with. That is, unless you get on board with an online service called Pixelpipe, which enables you to share content with multiple services.
When you’re out walking and you have a camera, it’s always worth looking out for interesting skies, because you never know when they might come in useful. You don’t have to snap loads – a single sky can often be used to enhance lots of different images.
This is what’s been done here to transform a dull-looking landscape, creating a vivid sunset effect that’s quite easy to achieve. Usually when you blend in a new sky, your first thought might be how to create the right kind of selection, especially if you’ve got a complicated horizon with tricky tree lines, for example.
Digital cameras save a wide variety of shooting data when you take a picture, and it’s embedded invisibly in the image as ‘EXIF’ data. iPhoto can use this in a variety of ways. For example, it uses the date saved by the camera to sort photos chronologically. But there’s a lot more information in there that you can use to find your photos quickly, and without having to resort to manual keywords or albums.
You’ll soon be up to your eyeballs in photos taken over the holiday season -- and not all of them are likely to be worth sharing with family and friends. While there are many options for enhancing photos, the original is still one of the best: Adobe Photoshop. So without further ado, here’s a look at five ways to beautify those digital images before you hand them out to loved ones.
With iOS 5, iPhone users finally have native photo editing. But Apple kept things simple, so all you get is rotate, crop, red eye removal, and auto-enhance doing its thing. Prior to this small selection there was nothing, so the App Store is packed full of alternate cameras and photo editing apps for your shutterbug delights.
Oh, the glorious launches! How I always look forward to this day. Not only do I get to work from home, but I get to walk around downtown San Francisco, talk to the Apple-heads in line and partake in the glory of another one of Apple's mobile product launches. It's actually really fun, and if you play your cards right you can end up with free breakfast.
I do want to mention, however, that this year's iPhone line seemed really underwhelming compared to the iPad 2 launch earlier this year, or even last year's iPhone 4 debut. But regardless of the number of bodies in line, the numbers of pre-orders prove that more people just decided to go to work today and have the UPS guy drop off their new iPhone, rather than wait in line. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the 4S is just a bump up from its predecessor, or perhaps it's evidence of an economic climate that prevents us from taking time off from work to get our iPhones from the Apple Store. But I'm not going to sit here and get political. Let's go look at the photos!
iOS 5 now has full Twitter integration, which may or may not become a time consuming bad habit. Regardless, iOS 5 lets you sign in to your Twitter account once and enable you to tweet directly from Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube, or Maps. It'll also let you update your contacts with Twitter usernames and profile pictures. We’ll show you how easy it is to set up and use Twitter in iOS 5.
Creative types are always on the prowl for ways to enhance their work, regardless of whether it’s for print, online media or even video and film projects. Traditional camera filter maker Tiffen is happy to help extend those creative possibilities with a huge new update to their popular Dfx software.