Here are some of the Cool apps and Tips from our November appalulu. Mahalo Gregg and gang!
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Photos - Markup Feature
Markup Your Photos in Apple Photos - this feature is free in the latest Photos version that comes with Sierra. Here's a MacMost demo. Click the Full Screen button in the right lower corner of your YouTube screen (mouse over the corner if you don't see it at first). Press the ESC button to back to normal mode.
Messages - Animated Gifs
Messages Animated Gifs are still photos stitched together to make a kind of choppy video to add to your message - search for a happy, sad, funny, "bye-bye" one and send with your iOS message. I couldn't find a video showing this feature but here's the Apple keynote on Messages. At about minute 14 he shows jibjab's app which is like the animated gif library. You may think you'll never do this but you have to try it. It's really fun and brings smiles.
Wunderlist is a good planning aid creating checklists, adding notes, sending your reminders and sharing lists with others who can update it on the fly from your Mac, iPad or iPhone. Here's a good how-to video.
Note: The Pro version is $4.99 a month but it sounds like it's a very good investment for a business or team for collaboration and even making assignments. Upload files with no size limit.
Pigment by Pixite LLC - an iPad/iPhone Coloring Book for Adults
ColorSplash is a $.99, fun app for desaturating (removing all the color) from one of your photos, then painting it back just where you want it. You paint with your finger or stylus. It gives the part you paint dramatic focus. Made a mistake or changed your mind? Just click the Gray button and paint the gray back.
Snapseed has been one of the premier free iOS apps for a long time. Version 2.0 was released this year. Basically you click to open the edit feature then drag Up and Down to switch between the tools in that set. Once you choose a tool you drag Left and Right to increase or decrease the intensity of that tool. It's so heavily used there are lots of YouTube tutorials on how to use different tools. Mahalo Bill Marhoffer for showing us how it works.
Marcy Katz shared this photo of the NY skyline taken and edited in Snapseed by her cousin Dennis. He is a professional photographer and gave her permission to share it. Marcy was there but never noticed the clouds. He desaturated parts of the image and applied artistic filters to others, all with this free app.
Fantastical is a calendar program for Mac or iOS that makes it easy to see what your appointments and tasks are for the day, week and month, sends reminders, and lets you type in events with "natural language". It then drops the info into the right field for you. It's $49.99 for Mac. Expensive but here's a review Get it here :
$4.99 for iPhone/iPad. Some consider it the best calendar program for Apple devices.
Airmail 1.3 for iOS ($4.99) and Airmail 3 for Mac ($9.99) offers an alternative to your native Apple Mail program. You can turn on integration with iCloud, Dropbox, different Calendars, Evernote and other apps, create nested folders to organize your mail and other functions. Here are the app store links:
Family Wall - see where family members are, get notifications when they arrive at a destination, chat together in real time. Free For iOS with a paid Premium version with more features. As Gregg explained "chat" No video but here's their site
and More......Take Your Smartphone Photography to the Next level
Bill Marhoffer just shared a great article from the NY Times about several apps that bump your iPhone and iPad photography and photo editing up a notch, or two. Pro Camera works like a DSLR with controls for white balance, ISO and export size. Adobe Photoshop Fix and Darkroom Photo Editor, and easier app are free. Want a free scanning app for your phone? The article links to Photoscan. Check out the article with the link above. It has direct links to the apps.
And for your security....Malwarebytes
Norm Hallet shared a great find. When he contacted Apple because his computer was misbehaving the tech used Malwarebytes on his computer and it found several suspicious files that it removed. He said the Apple Store genius also recommended it. It's free and works instantly. Download from their site
Security tip: Always download apps from the company site or a reliable source such as the App store. Sites such as download.com and Softonic have passed on some harmful links. Read more important ways to protect yourself in this article on their site
Found another fun looking app. Multiple Exposure lets you make double exposures on your iPhone