The update to iOS 7 is huge. I feel like I’ve read a few thousand articles about each of the new features — from the new multi-tasking to Notification Centre — but very few articles about the new apps in iOS 7. That needs to change. After all, these are the very first stock iOS apps to be designed from the get-go with the big screen in mind. Let’s not forget that the iPad wasn’t around until iOS 4.
Over the years, a lot of us have replaced the stock iOS apps on our iPads with apps that were more aesthetically beautiful or functional. iOS 7 is such a significant change that it’s time to revisit those stock apps and see if they’re worth keeping around. Without further ado, read on for our thoughts on the iPad’s stock apps.
Let me get this out of the way: iOS 7 is great. I love it. But it’s not perfect. There’s a million fantastic improvements, but there’s also a few things that Apple still hasn’t gotten around to improving. I’m not talking about design problems (although there are a couple of those), but rather about some of the little quirks that still drive me crazy.
With that in mind, this is my attempt to keep a small log of the things that really bother me. Consider this is a wish list of tiny things I wish Apple would get around to in iOS 7.1.
It’s Productivity Month on iPad.AppStorm! Throughout July, we plan to share with you all our tips, tricks, apps and resources to help you both improve your iPad experience and work better and more productively!
We’re slowly moving towards a web app culture where a significant part of our collective creation and curation of content is done through online services rather than living solely inside native apps. With this shift, sharing content is an easy process… if you’re looking at just one or two similar types. A service like Flickr is great for sharing photos and putting together albums, but what if you want to bring in a webpage to include? If only you could have a way of presenting all the types of documents you need for a specific purpose together, as one.
That’s where Moxtra comes in — an app that presents itself as a virtual binder of content — bringing in items like photos, videos, web clips and more into a single “folder” of project content. You can then even record a narrated presentation going through the slides of your binder for even easier, enhanced sharing. Let’s take a look! (more…)
Touching up images is fast becoming a favourite past time. After reaching a peak with the launch of Instagram, image manipulation isn’t a rage anymore, but it is clear that it isn’t a fad either. In the app, image manipulation apps that offer you a ton of creative ways to play with your images are still on the rise.
In the recent past, I had the opportunity to review a few such apps. In my experience, I found the image manipulation apps to be fabulous examples of the power of the iOS ecosystem. The newest edition of the popular Halftone 2 app is the latest to join the list. Turning photographs to professional looking comic pages sounds like a lot of fun. Isn’t it?
Meddling with photographs is fast becoming a favourite pastime. Photos are supposed to say something subtle and profound to a viewer. These days people ensure that they convey the message literally by doing all kinds of stuff on the images they have shot.
Image manipulation apps are available in all types and sizes with Instagram leading the pack. Recently, I discovered Over and was surprised by the niche they have chosen to focus — the app offers a ton of ways to add text to your photographs. It’s a far cry from the apps that let you add filters or doodle on images. Want to know how? Do read on!
There are many cloud storage services available these days (SkyDrive, Google Drive, SugarSync, Box and even Apple’s iCloud), but in my mind, Dropbox reigns supreme. I love the file management system, the ease of syncing content between devices, and the manner in which I can share files with others. Simply put, I’m a Dropbox fanboy.
Just before the holidays version 2.0 of Dropbox was released, bringing with it a brand spanking new design and new features geared towards uploading and managing photos. Having put away my ugly sweaters and wiping the eggnog from my chin, I’m ready to let you know if version 2.0 is a winner. All you have to do is hit the jump. (more…)
I’ve been a fan of Keri Smith’s illustration work for quite some time now and so was delighted to discover that This Is Not A Book had recently been released as an iOS application, under the similarly brilliant name of This Is Not An App.
For the uninitiated, This Is Not An App and its paper counterpart are an exercise in creativity, containing a treasure trove of activities designed to free your imagination and inspire even the most artistically challenged of folk. But the question is, just how well does this popular Penguin book translate to the iOS format? Let’s find out after the jump. (more…)
Every so often I’ll be out at an event, or maybe just watching TV, and I’ll see someone using their iPad either to take video or a still shot. And I think to myself, “Why are they doing that?” To me, it looks like you’re holding a clipboard in front of your face, and it’s just not quite as svelte or nice as it would be with your iPhone or dedicated camera.
But maybe that’s just me. What do you think? Do you use your iPad to take pictures or shoot videos? Let us know in the comments to the right!
Guardian Eyewitness debuted in 2010 and is still tremendously popular on iPads. Not unlike The Wider Image, the app is a way to get news via visuals instead of blocks of text. Once a day, the app is updated with a photo hand picked by The Guardian’s editors. There’s a little info bubble that displays information about the photo and a pro photographer tip to help you capture similar moments with your own camera.
That pro tip is what really separates Guardian Eyewitness from other like-minded apps. The focus here is primarily on photography; news is a secondary function. This is an app meant for photographers, and probably designed by photographers too, which is definitely a good thing. (more…)