The term “desktop publishing” no longer holds quite the same allure it did when PageMaker started a revolution on the Macintosh. More than 25 years later, print media is at a crossroads, with readers turning to tablets for consuming content once strictly confined to paper. With InDesign CS6, Adobe has finally hit its stride after years of trying to shoehorn digital media features into traditional print software, often with awkward results.
Can anyone truly be a filmmaker? Francis Ford Coppola famously predicted such a future in the documentary Hearts of Darkness, and developer John Clem seems to agree, having created the CinePro app for this very purpose. The video-shooting iPhone app offers a more robust tool set than Apple’s own Camera app, but while the price is fair, some bugs make for a cautious recommendation.
The design philosophy behind many free-to-play games seems to be latching onto players’ bank accounts and doing as much damage as possible. This is usually achieved by limiting essential resources, or by holding the shiniest, most powerful items behind a fat price sticker. This is all fine and well, so long as the core mechanics remain fair and engaging. That's not the case with Monster Paradise.
It's far too easy to sit down with the intention to get lots of work done only to wind up wasting half of the day away checking e-mails, playing games, fiddling with random junk, and being bogged down by other myriad distractions. 30/30 offers a great alternative to having your boss or significant other standing over your shoulder to crack the whip when you have important tasks that need tackling. This simple, attractively designed task manager lets you plan out your day into neat and tidy blocks of time, then helps keep you on track.
When Apple released Final Cut Pro X last year, many veterans were up in arms. FCPX wasn’t just an update to the program they’d come to rely on--it was a complete departure from what they were used to. You either loved it or hated it, and Adobe was only too pleased to welcome new clients to its platform. With Premiere Pro CS6, Adobe is working very hard to make sure its clientele stays put.
A follow-up to the popular Tiny Tower, NimbleBit's Pocket Planes offers a charming, well-presented take on airline management that kept me hooked for hours, ferrying passengers and cargo from one place to another in planes of varying capacity, range, and speed.
Adventure Time’s weird brand of off-beat humor has struck a chord with children and adults alike, so it’s no wonder that Cartoon Network hustled to get an app released on iPhone. Legends of Ooo is one of the simplest point-and-click adventure games ever made, which actually fits the show’s content well, since the duo spends more time helping strangers with menial tasks than they do actually battling monsters. That said, it’s a little too simple for its own good.
Now that music is in the cloud, the embarrassment of riches can lead to decision-making paralysis. What do I listen to now? Services like Pandora, Spotify, and Rdio can play you never-ending stations, but require fees, and the Genius Mix feature in iTunes is limited to music you actually own. Which is why Songza is my new jam.
Ever since I was first introduced to the tabletop fantasy card game Magic: The Gathering in high school, I've spent countless hours of my existence tapping mana, flinging spells, and sending hordes of bizarre beasts onto the battlefield. The Duels of the Planeswalkers spinoff series did a great job of reviving the classic wizard dueling strategy on consoles in recent years, but Magic 2013 is the first installment to hit a portable device, and it's absolutely fantastic on iOS.
We’ve all been there: Awaiting a loved one’s arrival at the airport, only to discover that his/her flight is delayed. Never again fear such predicaments, because Just Landed has been cleared for landing on your iPhone. Combining GPS-based location services with up-to-the minute flight data, Just Landed knows exactly where you are and how long it will take to get to the airport. Run errands, have a bite to eat, or watch TV from the comfort of home, and the app pings you when it’s time to head to the airport.