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ProCamera Makes A Decent Camera For Pros [Review]

That’s my kitchen that is

Looking for a “pro” camera app for your iPhone? There’s no shortage of options on the App Store. This week, we’re taking a look at one that has the most descriptive name: ProCamera.

ProCamera’s closest rival has got to be the much-lauded (not least by us here at Cult of Mac) Camera+. So how do the two stack up against each other? Pretty well. Feature-for-feature, it’s a pretty close race. Camera+ has more style, there’s no doubt about that. It’s a better-looking app all round. But looks aren’t everything. Camera+ is cheaper by a couple of dollars, but ProCamera is – at least on my iPhone 4 – noticeably faster.

One thing ProCamera does well is separating the camera mode from the edit mode and the settings mode. Yes, “settings mode”. That’s what I call it, anyway. There are so many different settings and prefs (it is a Pro camera after all), that they are sensibly tucked out of sight. Switching to them requires you to wait a couple of seconds, which can be frustrating if you’re trying to vary your photos frequently and rapidly.

What ProCamera offers is a decent degree of manual control – about as much as you’re going to get from an iPhone camera. You have command of the focus, exposure and, to some degree, white balance. All of these are done with simple on-screen buttons that don’t get in the way when composing a shot.

When you’re not in shooting mode, a camera icon always sits at the top-right corner, so you can jump back into it any time. The edit functions are nicely done, although tucked away. From shooting mode, you have to tap the “PRO” button, then “Album & Studios”, then another icon with a paintbrush on it, then one of the options it calls up. That’s a lot of taps before you start editing.

Having started editing, though, the controls are responsive and neatly laid out. There’s a nicely detailed view of the EXIF data for every image, oddly split into two tabs labelled “Pro” and “Expert”. I thought they were roughly the same thing. Anyway.

Finally, there are some built-in special FX, split into four categories. The thumbnails you see are thumbnails of the image you’re working on, which is particularly helpful. Few of the preset FX really appealed to me that much, but that’s just personal taste. There’s a decent choice on offer.

Pro: Does the job simply, quickly and without fuss

Con: More expensive than some just-as-well-equipped alternatives


from Cult of Mac http://www.cultofmac.com/168035/procamera-makes-a-decent-camera-for-pros-review/

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Almost Every iOS Text Editor Compared

No, it’s too small to read here. Don’t even try it

There are more iOS text editors in the App Store than there are stupid giant-screen iPhone rumors “sourced” by Digitimes. And this makes it impossible to choose. Does Elements support iCloud? Does Readdle Docs play nice with TextExpander? And have you ever even heard of FastEver XL? The answer to all these questions, plus many you didn’t even think to ask, are in Brett Terpstra’s exhaustive, crowd-sourced iOS Text Editor roundup.

The iOS Text Editor roundup was compiled by developer, tinkerer and writer Brett Terpstra by openiing up a Google spreadsheet and siccing his savvy blog audience on its partially filled-out ass. The criteria were simple. The apps had to be for iOS, and they had to edit text. The 35-strong list contains sections for syncing capabilities, export options, features, and device compatibility (iPad, iPhone, both).

The list works best on the desktop because of the size of the table view, but is also great (as you’d expect) in Mobile Safari (tap the app names to see extra notes and links to the apps’ home pages). Scroll down and you’ll also find a section for each and every app, with current version screenshots and links.

In short, for the iOS text editing nerd, this is a paradise in which you will lose may hours (and possibly — if you decide to buy things, many, many dollars). Go check it out.

from Cult of Mac http://www.cultofmac.com/158434/almost-every-ios-text-editor-compared/

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These 5 Ultra HD Videos On The New iPad Are The Future Of YouTube

Your grandpa’s never seen videos like these

You know all about the new iPad’s retina display and how ridiculously gorgeous pictures and retina graphics look on the shiny new screen, but what about video? The 1080p resolution of HD videos is great and all that, but the new iPad has a 2048p resolution, which means even if you’re watching a high-def video there are still a lot of pixels that aren’t utilized to their full potential. We wanted to know what video will look like on our new tablet once ultra-hd videos become more popular, and even though 2048p clips are scare, we found five videos that showcase just how awesome online videos are going to look on the new iPad really soon.

Right now there aren’t a lot of devices that capture video at 2048p, but lucky for us NASA has a couple ultra-hd videos they’ve posted. Animation studios can also create ultra-hd videos by boosting pixel count for their CGI movies – like Sintel below – and if you want to make your own ultra-hd movie at home you can use a still images camera that can take pictures at 2048p to make a still-motion or time-lapse movie.

The videos are embedded below, but we’ve included a link to go to YouTube proper for the full res video.

Solar Coronal Holes

Giant Twisted Solar Filament Eruption

LOOP: The Movie

Sintel

Rolandia PR

[via Fast Company]

from Cult of Mac http://www.cultofmac.com/156240/these-5-ultra-hd-videos-on-the-new-ipad-are-the-future-of-youtube/

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A Beautiful Collection Of Retina Wallpapers For Your New iPad [Gallery]

John Carey makes some fantastic wallpapers for your Apple gadgets.

We’ve shown you a couple collections of Retina-ready wallpapers for your new iPad already, but you haven’t seen some of the best photos available until you check out John Carey’s work. Many of you may already be fans of Carey’s blog/wallpaper site fiftyfootshadows.net. He’s been posting 100% original wallpapers there for desktops, iPhones, iPads, etc. for quite awhile.

Carey recently updated some of his best wallpapers for the iPad’s glorious Retina display. You won’t be disappointed with what he has to offer.

I would honestly love to be able to include every wallpaper I have ever released and simply update the files on the backend but it would be far to great in scope for me to handle on my own. For whatever reason I don’t have an intern handy to sit at a desk and crop images for me all day. That said, I have done my best to get a nice healthy group of many favorites from the past all in one place as a way to catch up to the newest tech. From here forward expect every new wallpaper post to include the larger retina sized iPad images as well as the other usuals.

Here are some thumbnails from Carey’s Retina iPad collection:

We’ve been asked to not link to each photo directly, so please visit fiftyfootshadows to download the wallpapers you like. Remember that there’s a current issue in the iOS version of Safari where Retina-sized images don’t download at their full resolution. If wallpapers aren’t saving to your iPad’s Camera Roll at full resolution, download them on your Mac and send them to your iPad. Enjoy!

from Cult of Mac http://www.cultofmac.com/156242/a-beautiful-collection-of-retina-wallpapers-for-your-new-ipad-gallery/

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The iPad’s Split Keyboard In iOS 5 Has 6 Invisible Keys Which You Don’t Know About

Apple introduced an interesting interesting feature to the software keyboard on the iPad with iOS 5, and it’s one that some had been crying out for, and others loved without even knowing they wanted it.

The split keyboard, for use when the iPad is in the portrait mode, makes it easier to type on the device with just two thumbs by splitting the keyboard into two and pulling the halves to the sides of the screen. It’s great for using when you don’t want to use the iPad in landscape and want to type with your thumbs a little more easily.

While that’s all fine and dandy, it turns out that the split keyboard actually has another trick up its sleeve, and it’s a doozy!

See, people type in a few different ways, and to some the split keyboard actually splits in the wrong place, making it uncomfortable to hit certain letters.

Users may, for example, wish to tap the ‘T’ button with their right thumb, rather than the left as Apple expects them to. They can do that now, but they need to reach right over to the opposite side of the screen to do it. It’s a great idea to chew on, and it’s actually rather cumbersome, too. But it’s OK. Apple’s got your back.

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Now it’s been discovered that the iPad actually has six phantom buttons allowing users to tap the opposite side of the screen to where the T,G,V and Y,G,B buttons are and still have them registered by the keyboard. Tap just next to the letter ‘Y’ and you’ll be given a letter ‘T.’ Pretty cool, right?

It might not seem like much, but it can really help speed things along if you tend to type this way on a hardware keyboard.

Go ahead, give it a try yourself. You can split the iPad’s keyboard in two by either tapping and holding on the ‘toggle keyboard’ button on the lower-right, or simply pulling the keyboard apart at the middle. We prefer the latter method, if only because it makes us feel a bit special.

Yes, we’re easily pleased!

(via TNW) (source FinerThings)

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A Complete Illustrated History Of iOS Every Apple Fan Needs To Read

Wow, Merry Christmas indeed. Dieter Bohn over at The Verge has put together the end-all-be-all guide to iOS, an overview of Apple’s plucky little mobile OS so well-illustrated, informative and complete, all we can do is stew in jealousy we didn’t do this ourselves.

The whole thing is just too massive to even begin to summarize, so we’ll just give you a taste of the lede:

In what is widely regarded as his greatest presentation ever, Apple’s Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world on January 10th, 2007. In the nearly 5 years since then, the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch have literally redefined the entire world of mobile computing. That world is moving so quickly that iOS is already amongst the older mobile operating systems in active development today. That certainly doesn’t mean it’s underpowered or underfeatured — quite the contrary. Through what can only be described as relentless and consistent improvement over the years, Apple has made iOS one of the most feature-rich and well-supported platforms on the market.

iOS 5, the system currently powering Apple’s mobile devices, offers an easy-to-understand smartphone operating system to new users, a powerful platform for app developers, and a relatively un-fragmented experience across multiple devices. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about iOS is how similar the OS as it exists today is to the OS as it existed 2007, yet the number and breadth of features that Apple has baked in since then is mind boggling. Far from suffering from the “feature creep” that typically bogs down operating systems over time, iOS has managed to stay relatively snappy and is more internally consistent than anything else available today.

What are you waiting for? Get on over there and read it already. This is the best Apple feature you’ll read all week.

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Take A Tour Of The Solar System With Solar Walk [Review]

Solar Walk for iPad

Solar Walk is an excellent educational app about space and everything in it. With Earth as your home base, you wander the Solar System, cruising the planets and moons and making discoveries along the way.

There are many similar apps, it’s true, but Solar Walk has some little extra touches that make it very appealing. One that I liked, and that my nine-year-old son had to be pulled away from, was the view of man-made satellites in Earth orbit.

You can see exactly where each satellite is right now, where its orbit will take it next, and what job it’s supposed to be doing up there above our heads.

As you take your celestial tour, there are two viewing modes. One displays the planets as you might see them in a picture book, with Jupiter looming huge just behind the Moon, as though someone left it there by mistake. Flick a switch in the options list, though, and a degree of scientific reality is promptly imposed, giving the reader a much better idea of the enormous distances between planets.

There are a handful of built-in video sequences too, explaining things like phases of the Moon, and how solar eclipses happen.

As long as you stay inside our Solar System, Solar Walk provides a decent amount of information about all the heavenly bodies (natural and artificial) encountered. We’re not just talking planets, but all the decent-sized moons too. The 3D models look great on an iPad screen, so you can zoom in close on the ugly potato that is Mars’ moon Phobos, or skim over the surface of Europa (without, of course, attempting any landings there).

Venture further into interstellar space, however, and things get a little sparse. The stars view is pretty, but all you get is a shiny point of light with a name. There’s no info about the highlighted stars, not even their distance from here. It would be nice to see these added, along with details about all the little stuff too – not just the big moons but the little ones too, and some of the other asteroids, rocks and comets that are flying around out there.

That said, you get a decent amount of useful content here for just three dollars, and any kids with even a vague interest in science will love exploring space with it.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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Transfer Files From iPhone, iPad, iPod touch To PC Or Mac Effortlessly Without Using iTunes

As anybody familiar with Apple products will know, music video (and pretty much everything else) is centered around the iTunes app, and if the Cupertino company had it their way, that’s how it would stay.

The problem is though, it’s pretty much one way traffic, and although everything syncs smoothly in true Apple style, transferring content from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch onto a PC or Mac is not quite as simple.

In the overbearing vigilance against copyright infringement, what used to be a simple trip to My Computer or Finder can often turn into war and peace. Since the DRM was scrapped on the fruit company’s digital content in favor of vaguely traceable information on the downloader, it’s become a lot harder to extract certain files sitting on our devices.

This assumption that everybody’s a pirate has helped third party applications which facilitate full device browsing and back and forth transfer.

DiskAid is a prime example of how things should be done, enabling just about any file to quite effortlessly be moved onto a PC or Mac for safekeeping. The app has just been updated to version 5, and brings with it a few key new features making iDevice management easier than ever.

DiskAid

The free version of DiskAid allows users to transfer unlimited files from iOS to OS X or Windows, as well as explore the innards of Apple’s mobile operating system.

The paid version, as you’d expect, steps it up a notch, allowing the transfer and backup of  SMS text messages, call history log, voicemail, voice memos, notes, contacts list, music, videos, and podcasts. Whilst it could be argued that iTunes backs everything up in a rather simple manner, this method allows you to pick and choose which to keep and which you’d like to discard – giving you more freedom and general control.

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Despite allowing capacities of up to 64GB of memory, iDevices cannot natively used as mass storage devices – once again akin to the paranoid mindset that users will steal and distribute paid media. DiskAid makes that space accessible to drag and drop any file of your choosing – the perfect excuse to ditch the rather exaggerated USB dongle.

The full version costs $24.90, which is very reasonable for quite simply the best all-round iPhone, iPad and iPod touch file transfer utility.

Grab it now from the DigiDNA website!

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Zoom Features That Help When You Lose Your Reading Glasses Or Are Vision Impaired [iOS Tips]

I recall the time I met someone who was not only vision impaired, but nearly blind. However, their loss of vision didn’t prevent them from enjoying computers. Although we were both able to get a lot done, they wouldn’t have been able to get as much as I can get done without special tools like a large display with overly magnified and software enhancements on their computer.

Apple’s iOS mobile operating system offers nearly the same features to help the vision impaired and even people who depend on reading glasses to see things displayed on the iPhone’s tiny display. Here’s how to access them.

Launch the Settings app, tap General, tap Accessibility and you will see two options that might help you if you have problems reading your iPhone screen.

Zoom – turning this option on will allow you to quickly zoom in and out of screens by tapping once with three fingers at the same time to toggle the feature on or off. Now double tap again with three fingers, hold and drag up and down to change the zoom level.  I really like this feature so much I leave it turned on all the time due to the ability to toggle it on/off easily.

As you can see from the screen shot below there is a lot more that you can do with zoom. You can move the screen around by tapping and holding with three fingers firmly on the screen while dragging.

My most favorite thing about zoom is what happens when you double tap with three fingers and you move them up or down while your fingers are still on the screen. The up or down motion quickly zooms in or out on the screen. Stop and the current zoom level is maintained.  When you are ready to go back to a normal screen  just double tap again with three fingers.

Large Text – turning on this option will make the text displayed in the Calendar, Contacts, Mail, Messages and Notes apps a lot bigger. You can go from normal (off) sized text to anything from 20pt text to a whopping 56pt text. Definitely handy if you’ve misplaced your reading glasses or if you are vision impaired.

These simple tips about iOS aren’t rocket science, but could easily be missed by people due to their location in the Settings app. I cannot tell you how many people appreciated these small tips when I wrote about them a couple of years ago. Now that I’m older and wear glasses (of which there never seem to be enough of them lying around)  I am glad to be able to fall back to using these tips to see my iPhone display whenever my glasses aren’t around.

Updated 11/17/2011 at 3:24 PM PDT: I restored a few paragraphs that went missing after a technical glitch interrupted my internet connection this morning.

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Typed Cards App Shares Your Thoughts With The World [Review]

The amazing thing about The Amazing Type-Writer app is that it isn't just about typing on a virtual typewriter

It's also a social network of sorts, a place where you can find other people's thoughts and ideas, copy them, and add your own

Other people can see the cards you make public

then copy them and add their own annotations, and share them again. Like this:

(some make art with it)

(some share quotes)

(some do weird stuff)

each card becomes whatever you want it to be

and can be made the way you want to make it

It's deliciously odd, so whatever you use it for: enjoy the oddness

(And now, a text transcript…)

The Amazing thing about the Amazing Type-Writer app is that it isn’t just about typing on a virtual typewriter.

It’s also a social network of sorts, a place where you can find other people’s thoughts and ideas, and add your own.

Other people can see the cards you make public, then copy them and add their own annotations, and share them again. Like this. (Examples follow.)

Some make art with it. Some share quotes. Some do weird stuff.

Each card becomes whatever you want it to be, and can be made the way you want to make it. It’s deliciously odd, so whatever you use it for: enjoy the oddness.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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