Here’s a highly specialised App for the serious photographers out there SetMyCameraPro.
Taking photographs can be a tricky task, especially if you need a better quality or a more specific image then a standard point and shoot camera can provide, SetMyCameraPro can help.
SetMyCameraPro is not a regular camera app for the iPhone, in that it’s not designed to capture photos, it’s an app to help you take better photos on your professional standard camera.
Providing multiple tools to help you calculate the best photo, SetMyCameraPro allows you to check your shutter speed calculations, depth of field, field of view as well as providing tools for distance unit calculations and remote photo capture.
Tune your Pictures
Most photos are impacted by camera movement and SetMyCameraPro provides a utility to help you minimise the risk to your images by suggesting a minimum shutter speed based on complex calculations for the amount of camera movement.
SetMyCameraPro allows you to easily select your camera type so you know the provided settings will be accurate for your device.
If you aren’t familiar with Traditional photography then you might find this App complex to use, although a good user guide is included, but if are a serious photography and you need your photos to be right first time then SetMyCameraPro can help you be prepared and really make a difference.
Owners of Android devices have had access to the Google Now service for a while and it’s proven to be a popular hit with it’s users.
Google Now detects your location and provides context sensitive information which has been personalised for you. Information cards are presented on screen containing information about your local weather, sport news, traffic and public transport. It’s a great personal assistant app.
On Android devices Google Now is integrated into the operating system but on the iPhone it’s integrated into the Google Search App which can be downloaded from the App Store.
Whilst the information isn’t as readily available as it is on Android it does bring the useful service to the Apple devices.
In App purchases have made the news recently as a number of young children have managed to generate large bills through apparently free games.
Fortunately there’s an easy way to prevent In-App purchases on iOS devices.
To Block In-App Purchases on the iPhone and iPad.
Open the Settings App
Click on the General Section
Open the Restrictions tab.
Turn on Restrictions by selecting Enable Restrictions
You will be asked to set and then re-enter a Pin Code, don’t forget this number
You will now be able to alter the restrictions on your device – Turn the option to turn In-App purchases off.
You can reactivate the ability to make in-app purchases at any time but you’ll need to know your Pin Code.
Meetings take many forms sometimes planned, often adhock, face to face or at a distance, capturing the details of meetings is sometimes tricky.
A lot of our readers will be aware of a web service called Evernote, an online repository for notes and information which can be shared between all your devices, and they have released Evernote Hello a tool for logging meeting details.
Evernote Hello is a tool which allows you to quickly log the details of a meeting based around the contact details of the person you are meeting with. As your meeting starts simply enter your contact’s email address into the App and the meeting start time and GPS location is logged. You can now add further details about your contacts eg phone number & photo. The contact details that you enter can also be imported into your iPhone contacts, and access to social media tools is provided so that you can connect online with your contact.
A field is provided for you to enter notes from the field so that you can keep a record of the conversation and actions. When you have finished recording your meeting the details are synchronised as notes to your Evernote account.
Within the Hello App meetings are presented on a time line allowing you to scroll through all your meeting notes quickly and easily.
Smartphones come into their own when you need to capture data at any time and with Evernote Hello you can always have access to your meeting details.
Since the creation of the photograph people have enjoyed storing their collections in photo albums, and as technology has moved photos into the digital age photo albums have followed suit onto our devices & PicStory on the iPad is a great example.
Albums can be created from photos stored on your device or from cloud services such as Dropbox and Picasa, this makes the creation of albums very flexible and you don’t have to store all your pictures on your device.
All your individual albums are presented from the PicStory home page in a very attractive manner and the app interface can be skinned from a selection of themes.
Several on-Line services are supported
Selecting an album will open a preview and option column allowing you to quickly select a picture for viewing or uploading to your cloud services. After you have opened an album you can create a slideshow to view your pictures to a soundtrack. You can also choose to share your pictures with your social media and cloud services.
Keeping track of your pictures is always difficult but to help PicStory allows you to add tags onto your albums allowing you to categorise your pictures in an organised manner, it’s one of the value added touches that makes PicStory stand out.
PicStory is a fantastic app and if you take a lot of photos and looking for a nice way to present and organise them then this is a great app for you.
In this world of quick delivery information sometimes you just want a blast of the latest news compressed into short summaries, and here’s a nice app which automatically summarises the latest news into manageable chunks Summly.
Summly takes the latest news articles from a number of top sources and applies a clever algorithm to compress the stories down to under 400 characters meaning that you get news quickly and easily.
When you load the app you are presented with a cover page which displays trending articles, swiping to the right then reveals a customisable topic list. The interface is reminiscent of the Windows Phone interface with large colourful buttons and swipe based interface, its attractive and easy to use.
Summly is a modern app for a modern world, it delivers important news to you in manageable chunks, check it out in the Apple App Store.
When browsing the Internet you often come across videos which you would like to download to your iPhone. As standard the iPhone is somewhat limited in features for downloading multimedia through its web browser but here’s a nice App which does the job well.
Video Downloader Super Lite is the free version of Video Downloader Super+ which allows you to download web based videos onto your iPhone.
Providing an alternative web browser the App lets you navigate to a web based video eg a video on YouTube and download it into your iPhones RAM for offline viewing, and if the video isn’t protected you can even save it to your iPhone’s Camera Roll.
Video Downloader Super allows you to prepare a video for off-line viewing if you know that you are going to be in a poor signal area, or to store videos in a library for long term storage.
Check it out in the Apple App Store know.
Many iPhone users are experiencing difficulties with the new Apple Maps App and are looking for alternatives and In this previous article we looked at how to install Google Maps on the iPhone. There are other respected suppliers of map apps and Nokia has developed a good reputation for the quality of both their Maps App and their Maps data. Traditionally Nokia have produced their Maps App for their own hardware platforms but they also produce a Web App version which works rather well on the iPhone. One advantage that Nokia Maps has over some of its rivals is that its possible to download routes and maps for off-line use.
To install Nokia Maps on the iPhone:
1) Open the Safari Web Browser
2) Navigate to http://maps.nokia.com in the browser
3) You’ll see a box inviting you to install the Nokia Maps Web App.
4) Tap the Arrow Icon
5) Select the Add to Home Screen option
The Nokia Maps Web App will be installed on your iPhone.
Despite the progress in Technology the most common way to share business contact details is still through the use of printed business cards, a practice which causes storage issues for mobile workers who need to collect and store the cards. Sharing contact details would be much easier if you could quickly and easily import the contact details into your electronic contacts list, fortunately there’s an App for that with this iphone business card scanner.
WorldCard is an App for the iPhone which can scan business cards, perform Optical Character Recognition and automatically input the data into your Contact list.
There are four ways of capturing contact details in WorldCard, the first and primary method is through the iPhones camera. Simply point the camera at a business card, capture the image press the recognise button and the App starts its magic.
WorldCard automatically recognises key fields e.g. name, business name, tel number, email address etc and puts them into the appropriate fields, the percentage of success on recognition is very high but you are given the chance to amend any of the fields if you wish.
It is also possible to capture contact details from previously taken photographs of business cards, email signatures or QR codes. You can also add social media contact details to help build a professional social network.
Text Recognition on Business Cards
You have choices on how you can store the contact details, you can choose to store the captured contact details in either your normal contact list, just in the App or in both. If you choose to only save contacts within the App then you can still interact with the contact in the usual ways.
There are very few Apps that can be considered to be essential purchases but if you use your iPhone as your primary work phone and meet many contacts then WorldCard Mobile is an essential app. You can download World Card Mobile from the App Store or by clicking here.
You can see World Card in action in the following video
Podcasts are audio or video recordings that are distributed over the Internet. They are generally released on a regular basis and some have very large followings of dedicated listeners. iTunes has provided Podcast subscription and management tools on computers for a long time but on the iPhone & iPad podcasts have been hidden away deep in the more section of the Music App, but this has now changed with the release of a dedicated Podcasts App from Apple.
The Podcasts App provides a user friendly way of accessing all of your Podcast subscriptions from your iPhone, including setting options for auto downloading new episodes, setting how many episodes to keep and when episodes get deleted. Previously it wasn’t possible to manage podcasts at this level from your device so this App is a welcome addition.
They are many many podcasts available, and getting started for the first time can be daunting, fortunately the Podcasts App can point you in the right direction. As well as providing direct access to the Podcast Catalogue the app provides access to a selection of ‘ Favourite Stations’.
The Favourite Stations section provides access to a small selection of highly rated Podcasts in many different categories, so by choosing a category that interests you, you are bound to find a high quality podcast to listen to, it’s a great feature and makes podcasts more accessible to everyone.
If you subscribe to Podcasts or are interested in giving them a try then now if the perfect opportunity to do so.
The Podcasts App can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store.