This week we’ll take a look at some deep applications that won’t break the bank. We’ll also look at one of the more physically intriguing iPad cases on the market.
CampFire by X-Doria; $59.95
What’s the result of combining the latest in technological tablets and the great outdoors? The weirdest iPad case yet.
The CampFire by X-Doria takes the cake for oddest-looking case I’ve ever had the pleasure of testing. A thin metal casing is attached to a cushion that resembles a huge inflated lifeboat.
The cushion can be manipulated to sit the iPad in just about any position desired. A drawstring is used to tighten the cushion.
The overall size of the item is much larger than other cases on the market. You’ll need a little bit of room to sit everything up.
I’m not the biggest fan of the casing part of this particular product. It’s very simple and slender, but leaves no position for an Apple Smart Cover. The back cushion can be reversed to cover the screen when it’s not in use, but that is not enough protection. It does, however, make for a great way to transport your tablet around.
The CampFire definitely scores points on the originality scale. People will definitely take notice if you were to use this out in public.
Ultimately, I fail to see the big use of the case other than for propping it up on a table at home or the office. There are way better, and cheaper, options to consider in that case.
Smart Plans by Left Coast Logic; $20
It’s not always easy managing time on all the various projects that are due. Left Coast Logic’s newest planner application serves as a personal assistant to using your precious time wisely.
It all starts with creating a project. From there, add as many tasks and jobs that you need to finish this project.
Alerts and deadlines are set to make sure you remain on task and focused.
Milestones can be set to give you a pat on the back after achieving a particularly grueling or tough part of your project.
Everything is synced through the calendar application. Thus, you can share your Smart Plans between an iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
I’m always a fan of developer’s including an iPhone and iPad version in a single app. That’s the case here and both can be synced with the rest of Left Coast Logic’s suite of applications.
The heart of Smart Plans is the ability to view your data in a Gantt chart. This chart, developed by Henry Gantt, covers a project from beginning to end while highlighting the important deadlines that must be met.
The addition of this viewing method shows the extra effort and love that the developers have put into this app.
Smart Plans is a bit steep in price for an iOS application, but I recommend it wholeheartedly to those who need an extra push in completing their projects. Time is money and this application can pay for itself in a hurry.
ScrapBook by Left Coast Logic; $4.99
You can really tell when a developer understands that simplicity is one of the keys to a successful application. Left Coast Logic is at the forefront of this belief and it shows in an app dubbed ScrapBook.
Physical scrapbooks can mean more to a person than anything. Photos, letters and stories are just some of the precious material that line the pages.
This application does the same thing, only in the digital format.
The app allows for the creation of several different journals that can be linked within one another if desired. Thus, you can easily set up one event to appear in multiple books.
The pages are extremely easy to change. An editable title text box appears at the top of the screen. Clicking the “+” icon at the top allows for one to create a new page, choose a photo for the book or change the surrounding skin around the pages.
When creating a new page, the “+” icon changes to support note, To-Do list, photo or map creation.
Speaking of photos, ScrapBook does a fantastic job of displaying timeless moments. You can touch and drag the photo to the desired spot on the page. You can also size the picture by pinching in and out with your fingers.
Choosing maps pops up a menu to select the area you wish to associate with that particular memory. It can also be moved and sized accordingly.
Adding a note is one of the better features, as you can add a photo or voice note to go along with your text.
ScrapBook is one of my favorite apps on Apple’s store. You get an insane amount of customization in a program that also serves as a journal and to-do list. It doesn’t get any better than that, in my opinion.
Expect to see iPads loaded with this app at your next family reunion. And guys don’t feel so bad scrapbooking when they can check the sports scores on the same device.
Color Splash Studio by MacPhun; $3.99
MacPhun’s SnapHeal is one of my favorite Mac applications on the App Store. Now the team is back with Color Splash Studio, software that allows for photo editing and canvas printing.
Moving around Color Splash Studio couldn’t be easier. You can drag and drop the photo you wish to edit, or import from a camera or storage tool.
Next, you’ll decide how you wish to edit the photo. You can change the picture to appear in grayscale, sepia or bluetone. Then, you can color over the photo to highlight a particular element or object.Pretty much any element of the photo can be manipulated, including the brightness, contrast, blur and saturation. The diameter, softness and opacity of your brush can be sized to the desired spot as well.
Your photos can be shared with the click of a button. Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and email are all supported ways to show others your magnificent photo-editing skills.
The coolest part of the application is the ability to order a canvas print of your photo. You can select 8” x 10”, 16” x 20” and 20” x 24” canvas sizes.
Canvaspop is currently offering a free 8” x 10” canvas photo to those who purchase the app. The company says it takes around 7-10 business days to get your print. I find that to be quite great when compared to most alternatives in the same realm.
Color Splash Studio is an awesome artists tool for those who wish to begin editing their own photos. I would recommend checking the application out if only for the free canvas print. After all, how cool is it to have your own edited photo hanging on the wall?
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