App Review – Repix

Today’s App Review is Repix by Sumoing. Repix is a simple photo editing App that allows you to make simple color edits to photos.

All you have to do is load up a picture and off you go. There are many free options such as bleach which will make your whites brighter, cartoonize and charcoal which change the texture and you can add some water drops as well as circles and dots.

While there are in-app purchases you can still use 12 free image effects. In addition to these you can also crop images as well as adjust brightness, color, saturation, vibrance and more recolouring options.

The App contains quite a lot for free and I am more than a little surprised yet happy that the App isn’t full of ads. If you like the App you can add on sets of color brushes which contains four brushes including sepia, artistic brushes which also contains four brushes including spray paint or light brushes which adds sparkles, glow, smoke and stars. Each set costs €1.79 each or you can buy all for €4.49.

While I love the included brushes I splashed out and purchased the light brushes bundle which instantly upgraded my option from this being an average App to it being one of my favorites. These are effects that often look cheap in other Apps but are done very well in this.

Once compete you can share all your images via social media or email as well as saving them to your camera roll.

To get the App you can download it from HERE

App Review – Facetune

Today’s App Review is Facetune by Zeev Farbman. There are plenty of photo Apps out there that crop, rotate and color edit photos but not very many for touch ups. Factune is an App that does just this. Using the various tools you can get rid of piercings, blemishes, stray hairs and more. You can even banish those wrinkles and gray hairs. You can also remove red eye or change eye color.

All you need is a photo and the opportunities are endless. The effects are very realistic and don’t end up looking like you painted all over someones face.

My favorite feature  is how you can defocus an background so that it is blurry behind a clear face. You can also add filters and effects to the background.

Once complete you can share your images on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr or by email.

The App is definitely got for retouching images and like I said very few Apps can do this realistically. Because of this I was still using Photoshop but this App is faster and produces the same quality results.

To get the App you can download it from HERE.

 

App Review – Sphero Apps

Today’s I am going to review something a little different I am going to review Sphero iOS accessory and the associated Apps. Searching the App store for Apps to review I stumbled across Sphero Apps and at the time was disappointed that they required you to purchase a $100 accessory in order to use them.

I was lucky enough to get a present of a Sphero recently and was very excited to download the Apps. Sphero is a round ball which vibrates, changes color, floats in water and rolls around the floor when instructed by an App. It is very interactive and a user has full control over it. There are over 20 different Apps available and they vary from game Apps, music Apps, augmented reality Apps and an App for pets. The augmented reality and pets Apps appealed to me right away and were among the initial Apps I downloaded. The App for animals makes the ball vibrate and roll across the floor. My cat found it a lot of fun especially the boosts which make it move crazily across the floor and the function to change colors. The App did have her amused but this didn’t capture her attention as long as an 80cent feather toy from the pet store.

Sharky the Beaver is an augmented reality App and it was also a lot of fun and once you had your little character placed where you wanted you could throw donuts and cakes around the room. This worked very like string augmented reality Apps and was a lot of fun.

My favorite of the Apps is Sphero Exile which works pretty much like space invaders and you use the Sphero as a control for it.

You can also use your inbuilt device camera to record Sphero which is especially handy if your pet is playing with Sphero. For android users you can download Sphero cam App for iOS users the function is built into the Sphero App and can be activated in the bottom right corner options of the App

All in all Sphero is a lot of fun and I am glad I have given it a try. I do think it is overpriced and that $50 would have been more than enough to pay for it.

There are a few things that I do not like and this is mainly to do with the Apps. The website is very deceiving and says that there are over 20 free Apps. This does not mean there are 20 free Apps for iOS devices in fact there are actually  7 paid iOS Apps costing from 89cent there are also there are many Apps that are only available on the Google Play store and in reverse many not available for Google Play users. For iOS users there is a total of 18 available Apps 7 of which are free so the claim of over 20 free Apps should really be rephrased.

Another thing is the search function in the iTunes store. If you type in Sphero you will not get the full selection of Apps for example Sharky the Beaver is not shown. To get these Apps you then need to search further or look up their names.

All that being said if you have the spare cash I would recommend getting one. They are tons of fun for people (and animals!) of all ages.

To buy a Sphero check it out HERE

You can find available Apps HERE

What is Sphero? from Sphero on Vimeo.

App Review – The File Converter.

Today’s App Review is The File Converter by Ghost Mobile. There have been many times where I have landed myself in a situation where I have landed something in my Dropbox and left my Macbook at home without realising later that I will have to use a PC which many not be able to open a specific file created on my Mac. The most common issue I have is forgetting to export Pages documents to Word or PDF. My usual solution to this would be to open on my iOS device in Pages and export again. While this is a great and tried and tested solution I do need the Pages App. Another mistake would be forgetting to export something like a Photoshop .psd file which cannot be opened without the software itself.

The File Converter is great in situations like this and will takes files from your email or iOS device. Below are the options available.

  • Video Converter: Convert to 3GP, 3G2, AVI, FLV, MKV, MP4, MPEG-2, OGG, WEBM, and WMV
  • Document Converter: Convert to PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, ODT, FLASH and HTML
  • Audio Converter: Convert to MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA, AAC, FLAC, M4A, and MMF
  • E-book Converter: Convert to EPUB, MOBI, PDF, LRF, FB2, LIT, PDB, TCR
  • Archive Converter: Convert any file to ZIP, BZ2, 7Z, GZ

The App may not be one I would use all the time but definitely one that I can see saving me in emergency situations like the one described above. I can definitely see the e-book and documente conversion options being very useful.

The App costs €2.69 and can be downloaded  from HERE.

App Review – Posing App

Today’s App Review is Posing App by Sia Mendo. I have trained and had experience as a photographer so understand how important it is to having poses in mind when going on a photoshoot. Several situations arise when your mind would go blank and you cannot figure out what to do next. The most common issue I had was that a model was in a mood where she just did not want to be there so it was a major struggle getting good photos. Now as a photography teacher I see my students facing the same problems and this App is fantastic to have for those awkward moments or even just to look at beforehand for ideas.

The App contains sets of black and white line photos showing different suggestions for poses for all groups of people including children, women, men, couples, groups, wedding and glamour. Each set contains at least 20 different examples so there are plenty to choose from. You can add any ones you like to a favorites folder to access easily later.

As an added bonus the App also includes tips and tricks where it advises on different aspects of a shoot from the basics of using lighting to making your model feel a ease. There is also advice on photographing eyes, legs, body, head and hands as well as suggestions on composition and what equipment to use and avoid in certain situations. For examples it tells you the right aperture range to use for portrait shots.

The App is definitely an asset to any photographer whether you have been at it for years or just starting out.

The App can be downloaded from HERE.

App Review – Magisto

Today’s App Review is Magisto by SightEra Technologies. I am a massive fan of Animoto (previously reviewed HERE) and use it all the time both personally and in my classroom and up until now no video editor has managed to come close to offering as many features. Magisto is a definite contender here though. Like with Animoto you can use existing videos and photos or choose to take new ones.

The free version of Animoto limits videos to 30 seconds and this is where Magisto has a clear win as it offers unlimited length videos. There are 8 free video styles to choose from and after picking a theme which may be the really cool traditional black and white old movie theme the App will then work its magic and create a video from what it considers to be the best bits of your movies.

You can then choose music from the in-app selection or add from your device then your video is done.

I tried one video with video clippings and it came to just under 3 minutes and it only took a couple of minutes to render and save. I hated my music choice but was able to go back and choose another.

The only main improvement I would like to see is more themes or even an in-app purchase for more themes because there are only 8 styles which limits the App if you are using it often.

The App has full social media integration so you can share your videos with friends. If you want to save the videos to your camera roll you have to pay 89cent each or opt for the alternatives of €4.49 for a month of unlimited downloads €15.99 for a year of unlimited downloads. Magisto can be downloaded from HERE.

App Review – Diptic

Today’s App Review is Diptic by Peak Systems. There are many different types of photo collage Apps but the problem that I often find is that although some many have funky shaped frames quite often an image cannot be edited or moved around whilst in them meaning a persons head is chopped off or the image is otherwise oddly placed. Diptic is offers a great range of frame options which let you choose how many images you want to use. After choosing images from your camera roll or taking new images the App places them and then the real full begins.

All the frames can be edited for thickness, shape and color effects. There are also edit points which allow you to drag points of the frame so that you can create your own shaped frames. This is a feature that some developers often miss out on. You can also rotate and flip images.

My favorite feature of the App is that you  can edit and add effects to the images so can change them to b&w, sepia, cyan and more. My favorite color edit is cross process which in cases where there is more than one photo you are given the option to edit the color tones of any or all images so that they match eachother. This is a pretty simple and quick fix if say one photo has more yellow tones can another.

The one downside to the App is that I find the text effect very limited and although you can change the font style and color it is tricky to change the text size which is by default very small. I am considering purchasing an option text effects add-on which should help with this problem.

The basic App costs 89cent and you get a large selection of frame patterns, colors, effects etc there are also 6 optional add-ons available. Costing 89 cent each they offer extra textures and text effects.

There is full social media integration so once complete you can share your creations with your friends or alternatively save hem to your camera roll.

To get the App you can download it from HERE

App Review – Tangled FX

Today’s App Review is Tangled HD by Orange Qube. After trying so many different photo-editing Apps it is hard to be impressed and many do the same thing. Tangled is definitely my new favourite photo App and the effects offered are pretty cool.

All you need to get started is a photo which can come from your camera roll or you can take a new one. After loading the photo you can choose from 16 different effects. Each effect is visibly different and transforms even the most basic of photos into a visual masterpiece.

My favourite effects are “the dark side” and “b&w etching” which transform your photographs into a blend of fibres and colours.

The effects offered are definitely ones I have not seen offered in other Apps and you get a large selection for €1.79

There is also social media integration so you can show off your creations.
To download the App visit HERE

App Review – Paint my cat

Today’s App review is Paint by Cat by Nanu Interactive. I am a massive fan of augmented reality and find it entertaining both in and outside of the classroom. I also like cats so definitely had to buy this App.

While traditional AR apps like String and Aurasma are great there have been many fails along the way so I was a bit worried at first but had no reason to this App is right up there too. The thing I like most is that you can either use the App itself to create the templates and scenes or you can download 1 of 17 different colouring pages at paintmycatapp.com and use real life crayons and markers to color your creation this  makes the features more accessible and more child and user friendly than the likes of Aurasma. The App features over 80 different colours and 3 brush styles to choose from so is perfect for all artists of all skill sets. There are also different scene choices and like the cat character scenes can also be coloured and customised. The one thing I found is that the features are easier to colour if you have an iPad touch pen as the edges can otherwise be blurred other than that thought it works great.

Once your characters are ready you can then transport them into a 3D augmented reality world. The sound effects bring the cats to life and you can go explore the fully touch interactive rooms and items.

The game is definitely suitable for learners of all ages and costs €2.49 which is a great deal for the features it offers. To get the App you can download it from HERE

App Review – Qwiki

Today’s App Review is Qwiki by Qwiki.

There are several Apps that can be used to make video slideshows but Qwiki has got to be one of the easiest and fastest to use. Qwiki can access your camera roll or social media photos and will create a slideshow in seconds. You have a choice of making a custom slideshow where you choose all the features yourself or Qwiki can do the job and create an auto one for you.
And added feature is that you can add photo effects such as sepia, blue and greyscale. Photos can be reordered and captions can be added if you want. The App can access your music so you can add your favorite tune to accompany your slideshow.

Once complete you can then email your slideshow, share it on Facebook or Twitter, email it or publish it on Qwiki’s servers.

You can also search Wiki’s servers for videos made by others.

So if you’re looking for a quick and easy slideshow creator this is definitely the App to start with. It is free and can be downloaded from HERE