Had to write a post to tell you about some interesting apps that you may find are worth your time and cash… They are a mix of; a photo editing app with a difference, an app to help you find where the heck that car is parked, one is a great professional sound app that is great in education and the music biz and then another music app, but with a far simpler purpose, to help you make your own ringtone! We also look at an app that anyone with an app idea, or iPhone devs may want to have a look at, to sketch them out with the UI elements.
Liquid Scale Developer: Savoy Software Version 1.2
This is a photo editing app that is very different from others. It allows you to scale images without distorting the content. You can actually choose the content that you want preserved and then scale the area around it – say water or grass etc… It’s an interesting idea and the examples they have provided show it working really well. I had a try and it is very easy to use and it’s just a case of selecting which direction and how much you want to have it edited.
Interesting idea and worth a look at. There is a video on their site that you might want to have a look at if you are not convinced.
Four Track Developer: sonomawireworks Version: 3.1.1
This app has been on the store for a long time now and they are continually improving and add to it. A recent update saw the addition of audiopaste, which means AudioCopy Apps, PromoTracks, and MasterFX are all compatible with cross copy and paste. It means more integration with other compatible music apps on your phone.
Seriously though – check out the interface on that beauty! –>
…this is a songwriting and practice tool for singers, guitar players, piano players and other musicians who want to capture musical ideas and record songs on their iPhone and iPod touch 2nd Gen. Plug in a microphone, arm a track, record, and repeat. FourTrack works with the iPhone built-in microphone or aheadset mic.
In addition to that, there are now a variety of tracks in the app from different artists and genres which have promo tracks as well as samples. This is an area they plan on continues updates.
Some of the new tools are
There is also WiFi Sync – so you can transfer to any desktop computer either by launching RiffWorks desktop audio recording software and clicking import; or by downloading the tracks with a browser, then importing them into any recording software (DAW).
I know that there are many courses now using this app in their music departments because of the number of features and functions so it is an educational tool as well as music.
Ringtone Piano Developer: Blackout Labs. Version: 1.2.3 is also a music app but with a different purpose. This is a sweet little app that allows you to make ringtones on the keyboard. It has an easy to understand keyboard and there really is no learning curve at all, it does what it says. There is now also a free version so you can give it a try for yourself.
Some great things about the app is that you can share your ringtone on Twitter (this is a terrific idea!), send them in an email or send them to your computer using wifi. There is a variety of instruments from piano, synth, drums and some sample packs. There is also your own custom gallery to save all your tones.
This next app I wanted to show you is a productivity app, Mockup Developer: Lextech Global Services Version: 1.1 which is designed to help you design your UI for iPhone apps. Their latest update sees the addition of new components, and a zooming feature when dragging in new components.
Where this app is good is for on the fly idea generation. There are times where you may be out and an idea comes to you, you can set out the elements so you will have a reminder when you get home. Also it may be that you are having a brain storming session and it is far easier to show the design as you discuss it rather then you both trying to imagine what it might look like. It has a neat little feature where you can share screens, you select which screen you are designing and it emails the file as a MockUp file so they can also edit it, or as an image if you just want them to see it.
I do think the app does take a little bit of time to get used to before you can use it quickly and effectively but I also think it is worth your time trying it. Also, I still think it should have more components still, or maybe some function where we can import our own. Overall though this is a nice app to have on your device and it’s a nice way to map your ideas out.
Park n find Developer: Affinicore Version: 2.2
This app helps you find where you parked your car. (I’m still a huge fan of MeterMaid that I looked at in a previous episode, and it lives on my homescreen), but I thought it would be worth mentioning this app as it provides a wide range of features to get you back to your parking spot every time.
It has a map which automatically zooms and pans as you move closer to your parking location, 3GS users are guided by a “go this way” arrow. You can also add a description, attach photos, record a voice note, or set a reminder to pay the parking meeter. I like voice notes and this is always a big hit with me. It’s worth a look at because it does seem to offer a lot of features and if you are like me and do find it difficult to remember where you parked then you may want to have a look.
It isn’t the best of interfaces or the slickest and I don’t like their app icon but it has some great features.
Hope you enjoyed some of that selection. There are some great apps out there and some really try to do things a little differently. If you are using an app or have made one that you think is different form the rest then please give us a shout!
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