If you have an Apple device, by now you’ve noticed lots of great operating system changes with the latest iOS5 update. One that is getting very little mention however, is one that can save the average user oodles of time and energy. It’s the ability to add “text expansion” short cuts to your device. Most of us type the same things over and over, whether it’s our email address, a quick text message or a brief canned email reply. With iOS5 text expansion short cuts, you can program any word or phrase into your short cut list and make working on your i-device quicker and easier. (more…)
Inkstagram is third party web application for one of my favourite iPhone apps, Instagram. It ties into the Instagram API and gives you a way to interact with your Instagram friends, photos and feed outside of the iPhone application. I love Instagram, but sometimes I want to share or discover photos outside of the app and at this time Instagram doesn’t offer any type of web interface. With Inkstagram I can:
If you use Instagram and have a Mac, you have to check out Screenstagram. It’s a great free screensaver that pulls Instagram photos from you and your friends – or from popular posts if you don’t have an Instagram account – and creates a constantly changing collage of images. For a photo junkie like me, it’s as good as it gets! Not to mention that it could apparently keep 4 year old Oliver entertained for quite some time ;)
So if you have a Mac, go download it now. Fun and free, what’s not to love?!
Thanks Matt Brett for the tip!
One of my new favourite apps for iPhone is Instagram. Instagram is promoted as “a fun & quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures“. I describe it as micro-photo-blogging; a Twitter-esque social networking experience using photos, with flavours of Fourquare and Facebook. It’s quick, fun and creative and it is perfect for a photo lover and social media junkie like me. You take photos in-app or select them from your camera roll and apply one of the dozen filters to give it retro instamatic look. You can add location information – which is slickly integrated with Foursquare – a description, and you can chose on a photo by photo basis to share on Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Tumblr and Foursquare. Photos are then published in a feed, which is similar to your Facebook feed. You can ‘like’ and comment on your friends photos in the aggregated feed, and you can view friend’s individual feeds in-app. Your friends list can be populated by your Twitter “following” list, which is a quick and easy way to get started.
Unfortunately it’s lacking online profiles or photo streams, so sharing photos outside the app isn’t easy. Instagram is apparently working on this and other features, so hopefully we’ll see them added with future updates. But even though it’s limited in functionality, it’s still a really fun social experience and worth trying out. Instagram won’t replace any of my camera or social media applications, but I love it as a compliment to them. It is a free download, and according to the developer the core product will remain free. It’s so much fun that I’d be willing to pay for additional filters and an online profile, and I’m looking forward to finding out what they’re planning on adding to the service.
It’s fun, it’s creative and it’s free, and definitely worth giving a try!
It’s a holiday Monday here in Ontario, and I’m enjoying marvelous quiet morning drinking coffee and watching the kids play. We got away for the weekend and they have been having an amazing time, swimming and playing outside, and being spooled by their grandparents.
I’ve had a chance to relax and take it easy (thanks granny!) and finally had opportunity to play around with the app Camera Plus. I had downloaded the lite version about a month ago, and I liked it so much I nabbed the Pro version when it went on sale last week. It’s a great camera app, with options like anti-shake and burst mode, but the best part of this app is it’s photo editing options. There is everything you need to make your iPhone photos look their best, including a faux flash, cropping, a full range of adjustment options – contrast, hue, etc. – and lots of great filters. I have been really enjoying editing and sharing my photos, which is made super easy with full social networking integration. If you’re into photography at all, I highly recommend checking this one out.
Happy holiday Monday to those who are off today, and a great week to everyone!