Camera+ updated to v2.3

The brilliant Camera+ app has been updated to version 2.3 and includes a new feature. You can now add captions to photos.

This update also brings a number of improvements, such as performance improvements, a new style to the edit bar in Lightbox and more.

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TweetDeck for iPad

Nope, there’s no mention of it if that’s what you thought when you read the title. But it is the subject of this musing.

I wonder if we will still see TweetDeck on the iPad following the Twitter buy-out. I really hope so as I love TweetDeck on Chrome, it’s by far the best Twitter experience, in my most humble of opinions, and I truly hope that an iPad app is stil in the making and that it will offer a similar experience to “ChromeDeck”.

What do you think? Will we see TweetDeck on the iPad?

I am @craigt44 on Twitter and you can find me on Google+ here.

Flickbooks for iPhone

When I first heard of Flickbooks I immediately saw the potential for a great novelty gift for family and friends.

Flickbooks is an app for the iPhone that allows you convert a 6-15 second video into a 50 page Flickbook, delivered to your door.

How it works

The process is very straightforward and the app well designed, making it all very easy.

Using the Flickbooks app you can either shoot a video directly within the app or choose an existing video clip from your iPhone. As the Flickbook needs a video clip of between 6 and 15 seconds , the app then presents an editing screen that allows you to choose the segments you prefer.

Editing is simply a case of dragging start and end markers until you have a section of suitable length video. There is a handy indicator at the side of the video editing screen that shows the duration of the segment you are editing. Choose the start and end points, ensuring the indicator sits between 6 and 15 seconds and you are ready to move to the next stage.

Video edit screen

The app now uploads your edited video clip to the server (you will need WiFi or a good 3G connection here) and presents you with the Flickbook cover for you to customise. Here you get to choose the text that adorns the front of the Flickbook as well as text colour and the colour of the Flickbook cover.

Cover edit screen

That’s just about it, it really is that simple. You can, at this point, either save the Flickbook to edit later or order a copy. Flickbooks are just €9.90 plus postage (typically €3 plus €1 per extra copy).

As a novelty gift idea I think that’s quite reasonable. Yes, you can view the video on your computer at any time but there’s something about having a tangible, physical thing to hold, it’s all so tactile and, in my opinion, a great keepsake for years to come.

I have created a Flickbook and shall update this post when it arrives in the post. I’m really looking forward to seeing how it comes out and showing the boys (I think they will love it).

I am @craigt44 on Twitter.

Panamp for iOS

Panamp is a music app for the iPhone from Clever & Son. It allows you to listen to your music, control playback, organise tracks and browse your music collection all via a very well considered and designed user interface.

Panamp Logo

The Panamp UI has clearly been given thought, not only are the aesthetics very pleasing but the overall experience is one that will keep the user coming back (it’s certainly kept this geek interested). Controls are very intuitive and Clever & Son have designed in some very nice gesture based controls to make playback control and queuing tracks very slick.

Panamp syncs fully with your iTunes library so you will find all of your music, podcasts and iTunes playlists available. On first opening the app there’s a similarity in layout and presentation with the native iPod app as you are presented with lists of your music. Lists of songs, albums, artists and your iTunes playlists are available via the icons at the top of the screen. However, Clever & Son have made great use of the screen real estate and each list shows a larger selection of tracks, albums and playlsits than the native app.

There are three distinct areas to the app. Search, Music Library and Dynamic Queues.

Search
The left most icon along the top bar invokes the search feature which works exactly as you would expect.

Dynamic Queues
The right most icon along the top bar takes you to the music queue, which is one of the best features of Panamp.

Music can be queued very easily on-the-fly. Navigate to the artist, album or track you want to add to the queue and simply swipe right. The artist, album or track is instantly added to the queue which can then be re-ordered simply by dragging them up or down the queue. Tap any track to begin playing it immediately and use the controls at the bottom of the screen to pause, resume, skip through the track or select the next (swipe left) or previous (swipe right) tracks.

Queue
Queue

The queue can be updated immediately by adding more tracks, re-ordering them or removing them (swipe left on a track to take it out of the queue).

Music Library
Panamp is a music payer so of course artists, albums and tracks can be played directly from the appropriate list simply by tapping om them. Tracks are played in order and the same intuitive controls are invoked enabling full control of playback.

Cascading Views
When viewing the playlist, album or artist lists, tapping a title instantly expands out the contents of that playlist, album or artist. Tapping the title again intuitively rolls the contents back up. This is another great feature that demonstrates attention to detail in the design process. There is no need to jump around different screens, moving back and forth to view contents of albums. They are simply cascaded right there on the same screen.

Cascading View
Cascading View

 

Panamp is kept in sync with your iTunes library at all times, including playlists and supports iCloud and AirPlay.

The Panamp site talks about interacting with your music being an effortless delight and they are absolutely right. Panamp is simple to use and offers a very intuitive user interface that makes listening to your music that much better.

Panamp is available now from the Apple App Store, priced at $2.99 /£1.79 /€2.39.

I am @craigt44 on Twitter.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the app to review for this article