The iPhone is the most widely used digital camera on the market today, and with the phone currently pushing 8 megapixels with the 4s, image quality is getting better. The one problem though with this phone, and most camera phones in general, are the difficulty in which they sometimes can be hold to shoot an image. Let’s face it, the iPhone form factor isn’t all too conducive to shooting photos or videos. It is cumbersome and can get unwieldy just trying to hold the phone to frame a shot. PhotoJojo has come up with a solution that helps photographers (did I just say photographers? using an iPhone?) and videographers to better get a handle on their phone to shoot better pictures with a device called the iPhone Shutter Grip. The iPhone Shutter Grip is a piece of hardware that attaches to your iPhone 4S that puts a shutter release button in its natural place, right where your index finger would go if you were using a regular digital camera. You connect the grip via the iPhone charging slot that also acts as the communication port to the release button. No more tapping the screen to get the shot or to start the video, And the grip expands to accommodate most iPhone cases, so you don’t have to remove the phone from your case. Plus, there is a tripod mount built into the grip as well. $40. Get it at PhotoJojo.com. Get it. Use it.
24 May 2011 Leave a Comment
One Click Publishing from shinywhitebox enables you to publish video, ad free from within the company’s iShowU, iShowU HD and iShowU HD Pro. It is largely a one click affair, according to the company, enabling the publishing of video to Apple’s devices such as the iPod, iPad, and Apple TV, as well as most modern Web browsers that support HTML 5. One Click Publishing encodes the video to ensure device compatibility, with the encoding and uploading occurring entirely in the background.
A link is then created as publishing begins, enabling the user to start the publishing process and then email the link to interested parties who wish to view the video. Pricing varies with hosting credits available on an ad-hoc basis. Videos can then be embedded into other websites and the service will also show a Flash video as a backup, in the event a non HTML 5 complaint browser is used to view the video. For more information, visit http://shinywhitebox.com
06 May 2011 Leave a Comment
INTERSOG Mobile’s Cam Capture for the iPhone 4 enables you to take and format “formal-document-ready” portrait photos in a few simple steps. The app also has an in-app purchase capability that includes digital formal wear to make the t-shirt wearing crowd seem cleaned up. According to the company, the application is ideal for those who need a photograph for passport or visa applications and other occasions. It includes a step by step layout process for choosing the best virtual formalwear for the occasion. Sound confusing? Well, to sum it up, if you need a passport photo and don’t like what you are wearing, this app will create a virtual wardrobe for you, snap the photo with your iPhone, and all you have to do is print it out. All sizing is done with the app so you get the correct photo size for your application. The application works with the iPhone 4 and will soon support all iOS devices that have a front facing camera.
* iPhone, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 10.4 MB
27 Apr 2011 Leave a Comment
For those who are not satisfied with the standard camera controls that ship with the iPhone (or iPad), Two teeth Technologies has an application called QuickPix that makes the standard camera 100 percent better. Now in version 1.2.1, QuickPix offers a range of features and settings that enable you to better control the camera. I reviewed the app on an iPhone 3Gs, but it works with the iPhone 4, iPad 2 and iPod touch with camera. Your icons will vary based on the device you use. On an iPhone 3Gs, when you launch the app, there are four icons on the main display; the familiar video camera and still camera icons, the Photo Browser icon that resides between the two, and a settings icon in the upper right corner.
Settings include Special modes, which feature RapidFire Mode (hold the still button for burst capture), VideoPix mode, which enables you to capture still images while in video mode; and QuickPic mode which is a setting to automatically take a photo when QuickPix in launched.
Camera mode features a Focus Lock feature which locks the focus after a tap; Exposure Lock, which locks the exposure after a tap or double tap; and White Balance lock, which locks the White Balance on tap.
The final user adjustable settings deal with the interface. You can change to a Grid setting, which gives you grid based viewing; Pinch to zoom, and Display zoom slider. When you pinch to zoom the slider moves accordingly. Or you can just use the slider. When you take a photo, a picon appears between the video camera icon and the camera icon. Press down on the picon and the Photo Browser opens within the QuickPix application. Rather than navigate with a swipe of your finger, you navigate by pressing the arrow buttons. There is also a custom button mode that enables you to change the look of the video camera and camera icons. These range from a flip out viewfinder video camera, to a hand sketched model.
QuickPix adds more capabilities to the standard camera that ships with Apple’s mobile devices. It gives the camera the capability to shoot in rapid succession, up to two pictures per second on the iPhone 3Gs and 4, 14 pictures per second on the iPad 2, and six pictures per second on the iPod touch. It has a built in Focus Lock, White Balance Lock, and Exposure Lock, giving you more control over what the camera outputs. And you can capture still images while shooting video. For $0.99, QuickPix 1.2.1 adds more than enough functionality to the iPhone’s camera. Now if it could only improve the image quality on the iPad 2.
QuickPix 1.2.1 is a very cool app for those who take lots of pictures with their iOS devices. Super LIKE.
Two Teeth technologies
QuickPix 1.2.1 for iOS
20 Apr 2011 Leave a Comment
CodeCrop’s Snap 1.1 for iOS devices enables you to snap photos with your iPhone camera and overlay notes on the images. You can change the color of your notes for specific effects or categories, as well as the type of font and size of the text. AirPrint has also been added so you can print your annotated pictures from your iPhone, the company said.
You can also make notes on any photo in your iPhone library, autosave, geotag your photos, touch to focus, touch for exposure, control the flash on the iPhone 4, choose image quality, pinch and zoom, and select portrait or landscape mode. Snap 1.1 can replace the regular camera tool on your iPhone and requires an iPhone, 4th generation iPod touch, or iPad 2 running iOS 4.0 or later and 4MB free disk space.
Available for download at the App Store in the Photography category.
30 Mar 2011 Leave a Comment
The Harman JBL OnBeat loudspeaker docking station for the iPod, iPhone and iPad incorporates dual Phoenix full-range transducers with computer-optimized DSP equalization, which the company says creates a richly detailed sound. The universal connector enables you to rotate the iPod and iPhone screens, and it ships with an infrared remote control for music navigation and system function at your fingertips. An optional composite video cable sends video content from your device to a big screen TV. It sports a built in USB connector for syncing and charging devices when connected to the iTunes music library as well as a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack.
Harman JBL OnBeat loudspeaker docking station
18 Mar 2011 Leave a Comment
iQuik-Depth of Field for iPhone
iQuik-Depth of Field (iQuikDoF) for iPhone released. iQuik-Depth of Field is aimed at iPhoneographers and enables you to selectively focus your images so you can produce macro lens effects, tiltshift effects, miniature effects, blur effects, and Bokeh effects from your iPhone/iPod camera images. It features Retina display support for iPhone 4, three depth of field presets, and manual drawing capabilities, fully adjustable blur, adn the capability to draw, erase, zoom in and out, pan, and save or upload directly to Facebook. It requires iOS 3.2 or later, 4.7MB free space, and an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with a camera. It can be downloaded at the iTunes App store for free.
Free at Apple App store
16 Mar 2011 Leave a Comment
16 Mar 2011 Leave a Comment
algoriddim’s djay for iPhone and iPod touch 1.0 enables you to have a full DJ setup in your pocket. It features a dual turntable and mixer interface for spinning, scratching, and cueing right in the palm of your hand. You can work each turntable individually, the company said, enabling you to beat match, adjust EQs, loop, and cue. It offers a direct link to your iTunes music library so you can perform live, mix a favorite playlist automatically using the Automix feature, and even listen to a continuous mix while connected to the Internet or playing a game on your iPhone/iPod.
Other features include live recording, airplay integration, pre-cueing, BPM sync, auto loop, and bounce loop. Djay for iPhone/iPod requires an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, 3G, 4G iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later and 8.5MB free space.
algoriddim’s djay for iPhone and iPod 1.0
$9.99 at the iTunes store
12 Mar 2011 Leave a Comment
n-Track Software’s n-Track Studio now available on iTunes App Store
n-Track Software’s n-Track Studio digital audio workstation is now available for sale on the iTunes App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod. It is priced at $3.99. n-Track Studio enables you to record multitrack songs on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod and transfer them to the DAW on your computer for editing.
On the iPhone 3G, you can record up to four tracks. With the iPad and iPhone 4, n-Track Studio offers support for more than 10 tracks, according to the company. You can overdub, edit and export your recordings in mixed down wave and SNG format. The tracks created in n-Track Studio can then be exported to any audio editing application on the Macintosh or Windows platform. N-track Studio also includes an EQ, Spectrum Analyzer, and Tuner.