Very cool! High quality yet affordable. Very minimalist. Worth checking out!
But that all changes with the launch of the Pocket Operator synth and drum machine series, a set of three calculator-sized music-making tools that can be yours for less than $200 total. “Our goal was to make a synth that cost $49,” says CEO and head of design Jesper Kouthoofd, before pausing a bit sheepishly and admitting: “but we failed on that, so it’ll be $59.”
I love the idea of taking a good photographic image and manipulating it so it looks like it was a painting. It follows then, that I quite enjoy experimenting and finding a cool ios filter app that facilitates this.
I like seeing how technically gifted people have created software to ‘see’ as a watercolour artist sees, or as an impressionist sees. Creativity. You can see some of my experiments on my Flickr stream.
My latest exploration has been with Brushstroke — a rather fully-featured iOS filter app. The Blue Jay image above is a render created with Brushstroke — almost has an illustration quality about it.
Yeah, it’s pretty powerful — handling both watercolour style as well as oil — and things in-between such as acrylics and gouache.
Unfortunately it doesn’t really label them all accordingly (Oil, Washed, Hatched, Simple, etc) but then again, it’s kinda fun to explore.
You’ve probably seen the online hype around Duet — an OS X display extender app for iPad. Basically it’s supposed to allow you to extend your current desktop screen to an iPad — just as if you had an extra monitor. Other apps already do this, but Duet’s claim to fame is it will extend your desktop in a way that’s lag free. So if you’re watching movies or animation and moving elements between monitors, you’ll not notice lag.
Duet’s unique feature that allows this is that Duet connects to your Mac using the USB port and either 30 pin connector or Lightning connector.
I’ve previously used similar apps, Air Display and DisplayPad, though both have utilized WiFi to link your display to the computer. Also, both support Windows or OS X. Currently, Duet doesn’t support Windows.
Duet also doesn’t support the original iPad, where the two other apps do — a consideration if you have an older original hanging around, as I do.
Duet has been getting mixed reviews on the iTunes App Store, but that may be related to the high CPU usage needed to render out a retina display to a retina iPad — there’s a lot of work going on. If you’re using a new computer, or have a lower resolution iPad, then you may not encounter this issue.
Regardless, I’ll take a look at the app and report back when I’ve been able to give it a workout.
It seems like a few of the good strategy and board games are going on sale now on the Apple App Store as quality publishers have started cutting prices revealing their holiday app deals.
I’ve played these games and do recommend them as valuable additions to your iOS gaming collection. Prices are discounted at the time of this post, but they may change at the whim of the publisher.
And on with the deals:
Talisman - A great conversion from the well-known adventure board game. Reduced to @2.99 from $6.99.
Small World 2 — Huge discount (9.99 -> 2.99) for this sequel to strategy board game of the year. Well worth picking up at any price.. a steal here
Battle Academy — Derived from an original BBC online game concept, Battle Academy blends intuitive design, compelling gameplay and technical innovation. Reduced to $9.99 from $19.99. Yes, a premium priced title that gets you hours of engaging gameplay.
Drive on Moscow: War in the Snow — Half-priced. Full value. Great strategy presentation of the pivotal battle for Moscow in WWII.
Panzer Corps — Grognards rejoice! Considered teh spiritual successor to the Panzer General series, Panzer Corps is the closest you can currently get to serious armor strategy on the iPad. Reduced from $6.99 to $2.99.
I tend to keep my photography over on iPadDarkroom, but since I’m writing about iOS photo apps that I’ve discovered or have dominated my work this year, it seemed fitting to look at apps that have influenced my photo work.
You’ve likely seen some work created with these apps before, but they’re worth profiling again as my picks because they’ve stood head-and-shoulders above the other apps in the photo editor / filter space.
So, on to the apps…More