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NFB StopMo Studio is a Complete All-in-One Stop-Motion Suite for iPad

Posted by on March 14th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

NFB StopMo Studio is a complete stop-motion utility for iPad that not only teaches you the basics of stop-motion animation, but lets you shoot your first stop-motion film as well. The application was actually born from the National Film Board of Canada’s “legendary animation workshops,” and concentrates “decades of expertise” to make it the App Store’s very best stop-motion tool.

The app features a wide variety of capture tools including time-lapse features, access to both front-facing and rear-facing cameras, “onion skins,” a grid tool, and more. Additionally, after you’ve shot your stop-motion film the app also provides many editing features such as the ability to add an iTunes soundtrack, add fade-in, fade-out, and sound effects, and the ability to export your film to MP4 format.

You can get NFB StopMo Studio from the App Store for $0.99. The app is only compatible with iPad.

Check out the below stop-motion video, which was made with the StopMo Studio app:

Units convert Review

Units convert Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Units convert not only provides hundreds of units across a long list of categories, but it also allows users to save their favorite unit pairs.

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THX tune-up™ Review

THX tune-up™ Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
THX tune-up is a fantastic utility that makes it simple and easy to adjust your TV's display and sound system.

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Weather+ Touch HD Review

Weather+ Touch HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Weather+ Touch HD is a simple and quick interactive forecasting app, but it doesn’t quite stand out from its competition.

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I want to just work from my iPad. I’m sick of desktops, laptops, and netbooks. The iPad is lightweight, has great battery life, and I don’t have to take it out of my bag when I’m flying. Most of the work that I do is writing, covering iOS and Android, so it seems appropriate to primarily do this work from mobile devices, right? That’s what I want, but there’s still just so many shortcomings that keep it from being a regular reality.

What I find is that for basic tasks, the iPad is great. I like the focus that the iPad’s limitation of running a single app on screen at a time provides, especially for writing. I use a portable Bluetooth keyboard, and while it’s not full-size, the benefits I get from being forced to focus on what I’m writing is a huge benefit. As well, with the customer support job I work with that uses Zendesk, I discovered that it’s actually quite easy to do it efficiently through Safari and the Zendesk mobile app. I didn’t feel like I was any less productive in working from the iPad than I do when I work from my Mac in this case. But it’s the exception to the rule.

The problems always come in when I have to work with files. For example, when I have to upload images to WordPress, it does not go well. Until iOS 6 hits with the ability to upload images from the browser, I have to upload through the app, which requires that images be placed in the body of text, not in the galleries that are below posts. Adding images to an article from the iPad is problematic as well, as the menu doesn’t display properly unless I’m in portrait.

Thankfully, things are a little better outside of WordPress. An app like GoodReader for iPad helps when trying to work with files and performing basic tasks like unzipping archives or just saving photos to the Camera Roll, but it feels like a workaround to a real solution, and it’s ultimately more time-consuming. Android is better-equipped to deal with files, but it’s still a clunkier experience than working from just a computer.

Now, what about remote computing apps? These either require having a computer set up and running somewhere, like with LogMeIn, or using something like OnLive Desktop, which requires a good enough low-latency wifi connection, which can be hard to get while mobile. Clear’s mobile WiMax hotspot worked well enough for me on a recent trip to Chicago, but most publicly-available wifi spots struggled with it. This isn’t even considering the key problem with all remote computing apps: the touch screen is not a mouse, and trying to use it as one is awkward.

Really, that’s the problem with the iPad as a work device. It may be a post-PC device, but work is still caught in a PC state of mind. I am at a point where I can do most of my work if absolutely necessary from my iPad, especially writing and answering emails. But I still hit a bottleneck where it’s woefully inefficient. Until the necessary services adapt to the needs of tablet users like myself, I will still have to fight through that bottleneck.

It’s 2012 and everyone has all manner of overly intricate phones that do way more than a phone really should. Remember when phones (even cell phones) weer just that? Phones? Well Writers Hi, Inc does, and they’re going back to the basics. The very basics. Now we can all take a step back and enjoy knowing just how far we’ve come thanks to Landline – Analog Dialer.

In essence, Landline turns the iPhone into a rotary phone. For anyone old enough to remember those things, it involves manually spinning a dial repeatedly in order to input a number. About the only older phones out there are the hand-crank models that could only connect with the operator. Access to contacts and redialing is always a possibility, but users will still need to touch and drag the rotary over and over again when they wish to dial out. It’s so ridiculous in contrast to what we’ve all grown accustomed to that it’s hilarious. At least to me.

It looks like more of a reminder/homage rather than a really useful app, but I think that’s the point. Plus it makes for something of a conversation piece to have a sleek smartphone with an archaic dialing mechanism. Also it’s free, so there’s no harm in having a little fun with it.


FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-13 :: Category: Utilities

Finder Reminder

Finder Reminder

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Finder Reminder corrals the photographic post-it notes scattered throughout your iOS device into one place, attaching important details like GPS location and description so you might actually remember why you took them in the first place.

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.Parking Review

.Parking Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
.Parking is an all-in-one solution for most of your parking needs.

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iCam (Webcam Video Streaming)

iCam (Webcam Video Streaming)

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Use it for security, baby monitoring, watching a pet, or just plain show it off to friends, iCam is a must buy

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Evernote

Evernote

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
What you can accomplish with Evernote will vary depending on your needs. Because the application is so flexible the application can do more than you can initially anticipate. As this is the case you will feel as if you're not getting 100% out of the application until you've used it for a while.

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Drinkspiration by Absolut

Drinkspiration by Absolut

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
If you're looking for fun and interesting ways to come by new drinks then you should pop out your wallet and pay for a drink because there isn't a sweeter tasting chaser than a price like free.

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I’m shocked that I’ve been posting these picks for five weeks already. For this week, my utility of the week is the IMDB app – Movie Genie.

Movie Genie is basically just an interface to IMDB (Internet Movie Database). It allows you to search movies and actors and provides you with a ton of details about them. Movie Genie is a well developed and fast app that interfaces with IMDB perfect. The developer promises a lot of features in the feature, but the app is great as-is. Check out the review here.

If you’d like to suggest a utility for my “utility of the week”, visit my thread on our forum here. And below is a list of previous Utility of the Week picks:

Week 1 – Groups
Week 2 – Put Things Off
Week 3 – Stick It
Week 4 – Air Mouse Pro

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-06-15 :: Category: Reference

A Day In The Life

I’ll say it now – I’m an iPhone addict.

Every week, I have to go to a 12 step program designed to wean me off my addiction.* But, you know what? It’s not working. You see, to be cured of an addiction you have to want to be cured. I love my iPhone. It’s a part of my life. It’s never far from my grasp, and I use it many, many times throughout my day. I don’t want to be cured.

Paul Pelosi, look at his hands, is also an iPhone addict.

Paul Pelosi (look at his hands) is also an iPhone addict.

When I first got my iPhone, I was amazed – due to the superb implementation of the web, that I could actually use it to buy my wife’s Christmas presents… from the sofa… while she sat next to me. I would ask her what she wanted, she’d have a little think, then tell me, then I’d buy it, without her even realising her wishes were coming true within seconds of her uttering the words. She might as well have been saying abracadabra. It was magical, and exciting in a way only another iPhone-phile can understand.

This is how my iPhone and I spend the day.

Wake Up Call
Even before I awake, my iPhone is there for me, dragging me from my slumber with the sound of Marimba. Clock has become my Alarm Clock. I’ve even taught it not to wake me at all at the weekend – at those times my iPhone allows me to dream on (although my daughter does not respect the covenant me and the iPhone have made).
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For week four of my Utility of the Week picks I decided to pick an app that’s already been out for a while but happened to go on a huge sale this week – Air Mouse Pro.

Air Mouse Pro is an accelerometer-controller (or touchpad-like) mouse for your computer. After downloading the app and the computer software that goes along with it, Air Mouse Pro can become your mouse, your keyboard, or even an app similar to Remote (to control your media).

Air Mouse Pro is on sale for $1.99. It went on sale on June 12th and I’ve heard that it will only be on sale for a week, so get it by June 19th!

If you’d like to suggest a utility for my “utility of the week”, visit my thread on our forum, here. And below is a list of previous Utility of the Week picks:
Week 1 – Groups
Week 2 – Put Things Off
Week 3 – Stick It

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2008-09-15 :: Category: Utilities

This is week three of my weekly choice of a utility (or non-game) that will help turn your iPhone into the perfect pocket companion. My week one and two choices were Groups and Put Things Off, check out the links to read their reviews and the following links for the Utility of the Week posts: Week 1, Week 2. This week my choice is Stick It, similar to last week’s choice of Put Things Off, Stick It is also a sort of to do or task management app but can be used in addition to a to do app instead of replacing one.

Stick It allows you to create sticky notes as your wallpaper. This can be useful in all sorts of ways and the choice is completely up to the user. Some specific ways I have used it so far is as a shopping list, my day’s plans, and simply as decoration. Once you’ve created your wallpaper of sticky notes it becomes the quickest way to give yourself reminders… simply bring up the locked screen whenever you’d like to check your notes.

Check out my review of Stick It here. It’s currently on sale for $0.99. Suggest an app for my Utility of the Week award at our forum here.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-05-28 :: Category: Utilities

Read It Later

Read It Later

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Read It Later is a bookmarking alternative intended for articles that you just want to flag for later reading. This app, however, also stores pages for offline reading, and it's quite the useful utility!

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Games are great, but when you have a device as complex as the iPhone you want it to do a little more than just play games. I have a very specific goal for my iPhone – use it to help streamline everything that I do on a day to day basis. For anyone joining me in this quest to make the iPhone simplify your life, I will be posting an app every week that I have deemed worthy of everyday use. This app can be a utility, a productivity app, an education app, a finance app, etc – anything that’s not a game or entertainment app. You can make suggestions for the “Utility of the Week” thread on our forum.

My pick this week is “Groups”, developed by Guided Ways Technologies (check out the review). For $2.99, you’ll receive the most perfect contact organization companion in the app store. This app has replaced the Contacts app on my dock, and is now sitting beside Phone, Mail, and Text. Congratulations Groups! You are officially the first non-native application to earn a spot on my dock.

$4.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-02-08 :: Category: Productivity

Air Mouse Pro

Air Mouse Pro

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Air Mouse Pro allows you to use your iPhone as your computer’s mouse over your wireless network. If you like to hook your computer up to your television or like surfing the web from your sofa, Air Mouse Pro may just remove any need for you to ever move from the sofa.

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Convertbot

Convertbot

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
The newest entry into the crowded field of conversion utilities is from the developers at Tapbots. That alone is worthy of our attention and Convertbot does not disappoint.

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TextGuru

TextGuru

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
TextGuru is a full fledged text editor for the iPhone. It let's you organize files in nested folders, offers cut, copy and paste, can share files via wifi, and can import files via FTP and the Internet. It also serves as a viewer of common file formats such as PDF, MS Office, and more. It's a jack of all trades utility for those serious about their documents.

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Save My Docs 2.0

Save My Docs 2.0

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
While Save My Docs is a one trick pony, all it does is save documents viewed within Safari and then allow you to view them within the app, it does it fairly well. Other viewers offer a variety of ways to get documents onto your iPhone, but Save My Docs is novel and useful.

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Snap

Snap

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Snap is a network prober -- gives you info on what devices are on your network

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HTML Colors

HTML Colors

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
HTML Colors is a color reference for HTML jockeys

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ASCII Chart

ASCII Chart

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
ASCII chart is a good reference for anyone needing ASCII codes

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Units

Units

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Number conversion utility with great options.

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Where To?

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Where To? adds a convenient categorized list of search terms to feed into Google Maps.

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Update: 8/2 – it’s gone yet again.  Hope you got it while it was available.

Yesterday, NullRiver released NetShare (App Store), a $9.99 application that lets you use your wireless signal on your iPhone on your computer.  A process knows as tethering, even if it’s done over wireless.

That application was mysteriously pulled down by Apple late yesterday. According to TechCrunch, the application has reappeared in the App Store. Tethering is something that most smartphones can do but is something that carriers generally charge extra for.

We suggest that if this application is something you might use that you grab it now as AT&T is likely to ask Apple to take it down. Here’s a quick tutorial to help you set it up.

If the application stays up in the store we’ll post a review soon.

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