If you don't like the built-in photo viewer in the Photos app in iOS, RotoView has a free solution for magnifying your photos and easily scrolling around with gestures and phone movements.
A double-tap on the screen zooms in. You can scroll by moving a finger and rotate an image by moving the phone. There's also something called "Throw and Glide." The Throw gesture rapidly scrolls enlarged photos in response to the way you tilt your phone at a rate much faster than the standard flick touch gesture. The Glide gesture follows the Throw gesture automatically with slower and more precise scrolling. The RotoView interface works well with touch gestures, providing a smooth transition between rotation and drag.
Some of the moves are very complex, and certainly outstrip what you can do with a stock iOS photo viewer. Settings are also complete, and you can adjust the accelerometer and rotation thresholds, as well as the amount that an image rotates. Thankfully, you can also turn off the sound effects, which sound pretty obnoxious...
If you have a lot of photos on your iPhone or iPad, and often find you need to examine them in more detail, the RotoView app is for you. The price of free is just right. Prepare to spend some time figuring out the gestures, and soon they will be second nature.
RotoView Photo Magnifier is not a universal app, but runs on iPads at iPhone resolution or scaled up. The app requires iOS 6 or greater, and it's optimized for the iPhone 5.
RotoView Photo Magnifier for iOS: Using gestures to examine images in detail originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Phone Amego is the missing Mac telephony link that makes it easy to integrate your phones with your Macs and your data.
What's different about Phone Amego is:
Note: While the software is classified as freeware, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.
TrailRunner is the perfect companion for runners, bikers, hikers, and all people wandering under the sky. Plan routes on a geographical map. Import GPS or workout recordings and journalize your activities in a diary.
These days, gameplay footage with commentary is one of the most popular categories of streaming content on sites like YouTube, but it wasn't long ago that recording high-quality gameplay was a massive hassle even for Windows users. Finding a piece of recording hardware that was compatible with OS X was simply an exercise in frustration. Today, however, things have changed, and Hauppauge -- one of the leading hardware makers in the field -- gave me the opportunity to test drive two of its Mac-compatible products: the HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus and the newly released HD PVR Rocket (pictured above).
The PVR 2 is a small box about the size of a Mac mini that can record HDMI, component, S-video and composite inputs via a zero-latency passthrough. The PVR connects to your Mac via USB and syncs with the HDPVRCapture software for OS X. The software offers a ton of options for encoding the video as it's being recorded to your Mac's hard drive, including variable bit rate and image controls.
Once you've finished recording your footage, you can upload it as-is or tweak it using iMovie. Your capabilities for editing huge files in iMovie will depend on the power of your computer itself, but I had no problem moving files of over 2 GB directly to iMovie in just a few seconds.
If you need to be able to tweak your video as you record it (rather than afterwards), the HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition Plus is the perfect tool for the task. However, if you'd rather just capture extremely high-quality video and manipulate it after the fact, you may be more interested in the HD PVR Rocket.
Unlike the PVR 2, the Rocket requires no computer connection to record. You simply plug your input into the device, plug the passthrough HDMI cable into your TV and power the device using any available USB source (if you're using a game console, they all come with free USB ports that work just fine). Plug a USB flash drive into the Rocket, press record and the tiny gadget will fill your storage device with footage.
The Rocket also has a built-in microphone jack for adding commentary to your footage as you play, which is particularly handy if you don't feel like adding your voice to the track in post-production. The device will stop recording when you press the recording button again or when your flash drive is full.
To be perfectly honest, I wasn't expecting much from the Rocket, as these types of standalone recording gadgets never seem to be able to live up to their full-fledged counterparts, but the Rocket definitely surprised me. The video above was recorded with the Rocket, and as you can see (be sure to bump the quality up to 1080p), the video is virtually flawless. It was recorded without issue and, aside from the tiny Rocket box blinking on my desk, you'd never have even known the gameplay was being recorded.
The two devices are priced nearly identically -- the HD PVR 2 GE Plus is US$179.00 and the Rocket is $169.00 -- so it really comes down to whether you prefer the litany of recording options on the PVR 2 or the portability and "it just works" quality of the Rocket. Personally, I'd favor the Rocket for simplicity alone, but to each their own.
Hauppage HD PVR Rocket may be the easiest way to record console gameplay footage for Mac users originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
OK, you've had your turkey and suffered (or enjoyed) time with loved ones. There are only two days left to enter the #tuawthanksgiving contest with Los Angeles' startup FilmThis. What's it like to feel the burden of being the tech-savvy member of the family?
Make an awesome (short) video, rally your friends to vote and win amazing iAccessories (not to mention inevitable fame and fortune). BeyondTheTech told us his nightmare of trying to run expansion packs for The Sims 3 on Windows 8 and spending about 15 hours trying to figure out a fix for the program crashing. Think you have a story to top his? Show us what you've got!
Remember, there are only two days left to enter so get creative and get lots of votes. All you need is a Facebook or Twitter account to enter (FilmThis and TUAW's giveaway rules do apply).
Time is running out to tell us your holiday IT stories originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Adium is a fast and free instant messaging client which supports AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, Yahoo! Japan, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Novell Groupwise, SIP/SIMPLE (Text), and Lotus Sametime. Adium supports beautiful WebKit message display, tabbed messaging, encrypted chat, file transfer, and more. Give it a try; you won't look back.
Adium is currently translated into:
OS X 10.6.8 or later
iFFmpeg is a graphical front-end for FFmpeg, a command-line tool used to convert multimedia files between formats. The command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does all the hard work for you. This allows you to use FFmpeg without detailed command-line knowledge.
BusyCal is an award-winning desktop calendar that combines personal productivity features for individuals with powerful calendar sharing capabilities for families and workgroups.
BusyCal's unique features include a non-modal Info Panel for easier data entry; To Dos that display in the calendar and auto-forward until completed; repeating To Dos; customizable calendar views including a List view and scrolling Month and Week views; adjustable font styles and sizes, live weather feeds, moon phases, graphics, sticky notes and more.
BusyCal allows families and workgroups to share calendars with MobileMe, Google Calendar, iCal Server, and other CalDAV Servers. You can even share calendars with other BusyCal users on a local area network without the need of a server. And BusyCal syncs with iCal, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and other apps and devices that sync with MobileMe or Sync Services.
Over the past month or two, TUAW has reviewed a number of keyboard cases for the iPad Air. Logitech's Ultrathin Keyboard Folio and FabricSkin Keyboard Folio both proved to be capable companions to the newest iPad, although I found the key layout on those devices to be a little odd due to being offset a bit to the left. Missing in that review was the third member of Logitech's iPad Air keyboard family, the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover ($99.99). That device just arrived at TUAW Labs, so we gave it a full workout for this review.
To begin with, the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is not a full case -- instead, like its earlier sibling for the iPad, it's a removable screen cover that just happens to be a keyboard. The bottom of the keyboard is made from aluminum, and the entire device comes in either white or black/slate gray to match up to your iPad Air. If you're looking for a thin iPad Air keyboard solution, you've come to the right place: the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is just 0.29 inches (7.3 mm) thick. It weighs in at .73 pounds (330 grams), adding a scant bit of weight to the iPad Air for a lot of extra capability.
The secret to this cover is ... magnets. There are magnets that hold it in place Smart Cover-style to protect the screen and once you take it off of your iPad Air, strong magnets in a channel on the keyboard hold the tablet in place as you type.
Now, here's the strange thing -- as I mentioned, the other two iPad Air keyboards from Logitech bothered me a bit as they were slightly offset to the left. On the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover, the keys are in their proper places. Rather than combining the tab and Q/Caps Lock and A keys and requiring a press of the fn key to enter a tab or go into caps lock mode, those keys are all separate -- as they should be. Why Logitech chose to go with a non-standard layout for the other two keyboards and return to the tried-and-true layout for the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is just plain odd.
As with most of the keyboards I've tested, the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover uses a standard USB to micro-USB cable for recharging. Based on two hours of use per day, Logitech says you can expect to use the keyboard for about three months between charges.
The test of any keyboard is how quickly a touch typist is able to accurately type on the device, and I'm happy to say that the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is excellent. I was very impressed with the solid feel of the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover, the response of the keys, and how my fingers were able to find the keys from muscle memory -- something I couldn't do with the other two Logitech keyboards.
The keyboard has only five rows of keys; the top row of number keys can be used with the fn key to access a number of iPad shortcuts. There's also no backlight for the keys. Those who feel that a backlight is a must and who like to use shortcut keys to perform tasks normally done with a tap on the screen may find the ZAGGkeys Folio for iPad Air ($99.99) to be a better fit to their needs.
Pairing the keyboard with the iPad Air took only a few seconds. With the Bluetooth settings open on my iPad Air screen, I turned on the keyboard (there's an on/off switch) and then pressed the pairing button. When the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover appeared in the list of discovered devices, I tapped it and was typing on the keyboard within seconds.
If you're looking for full protection for your iPad Air, you probably want to look at one of the folios we've reviewed as they completely cover the back and screen of the tablet when not in use. But if you're looking for the absolute thinnest keyboard around and feel that protecting the screen is good enough, then the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air may be the best solution for you.Conclusion
Logitech's Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for the iPad 2/3/4 was considered by many to be the ultimate keyboard for those tablets, and the new iPad Air version is a worthy successor. It packs a top-notch keyboard into a thin, sturdy case, and definitely provides a portable and lightweight solution for mobile typing.
Who is it for?
Logitech's Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air: Thin, sturdy, and a joy to use originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
InPreflight Pro is a powerful all-in-one solution to check InDesign documents and prepare them for final output and shipping.
Package multiple InDesign documents. InPreflight is the only program that can package multiple documents. It can collect all files into one folder, eliminating the need to collect the same links multiple times for each design. The savings can result in gigabytes of space and hours of production time.
Quality control. InPreflight quickly gathers extensive information about document fonts, colors, and links, and lets you instantly locate potential problems according to user-defined settings. InPreflight reports several important link attributes not available in InDesign, such as EPS/TIFF compression, embedded fonts in Illustrator, and more.
Print and save PDF graphic reports. InPreflight's report is like an interactive screenshot of its interface with the detailed link info saved in PDF comments.
Google’s putting a lot of energy behind its packaged apps these days as the company continues to push Chromebook to the masses. Now, it appears that the company is building a toolkit to help developers create similar style Chrome apps for both Android and iOS.
The discovery of this future project comes via a GitHub repository that Michael Mocny, a software developer at Google is currently working on. Included in the depository is documentation that places more light on what the company is working on…packaging Chrome apps for Windows, OS X, Linux and Chrome OS are only the beginning.
Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: Android, Chromebook, GitHub, Google, Google Chrome OS, iOS, Linux
The iOS/Android debate often devolves into a basic analysis of market share. This makes sense given that market share analytics provide a simple and easy-to-digest manner with which to compare the two competing platforms.
But market share only tells one part of the story. In detailing the strength and popularity of each platform, there are a number of other metrics to consider. One such metric is the ability to run updated versions of an OS on older hardware models. In this regard, iOS runs circles around Android.
The following chart was put together by Fidlee and demonstrates how iOS continues to support iPhone models that were released a number of years ago. In stark contrast, many current Android devices ship with iterations of Android that, at the time of sale, were already a generation behind the current version.
Even more jarring is that some Android models, just two years after their initial release, are two major versions of Android behind. Three years out, you'd be hard-pressed to find an Android device that isn't three or four major versions of Android behind.
Things look a whole lot different on the iPhone side of the equation. An iPhone 3GS for example, a device which first launched in June of 2009, was compatible with all iOS updates up until Apple released iOS 7 this past summer. The takeaway is that when you purchase an iPhone, you can be confident that you will be able to take advantage of future iOS features and enhancements many years down the line. The value proposition provided by the iPhone in this aspect is simply unmatched by Android.
Fidlee also provides some interesting data points:
Zero of the 16 devices were discontinued less than or equal to an year after release.
Six out of 16 devices never ran a current version of Android.
Four out of 16 devices stopped getting any updates less than an year after release.
None of the 12 devices received updates for two years after release (excluding the top four devices, which are scheduled to receive future updates).
All 15 devices (except the Nexus 4, which still has 11 months left for completion of two years from release date) were at least one major version behind within their two-year contract period.
13 out of 15 devices were at least two major versions behind within their two-year contract period.
Eight out of 16 devices were at least two major versions behind within one year of their contract period. The Galaxy Nexus was on the current version of Android for the longest duration of one year and 10 months.
Indeed, the very thing that makes Android attractive to some users -- options, options and more options -- is what also makes getting users on the latest and greatest version of Android a daunting, if not impossible, task. Pesky carriers and older hardware that sometimes isn't up to snuff remain lingering problems.
Apple, meanwhile, has an unparalleled ability to quickly get the majority of its users onto the most recent version of iOS. With iOS 7, for instance, analytics firms found that the adoption rate for Apple's revamped mobile OS had already crossed 50 percent by September.
A similar iOS/Android support chart was compiled back in October of 2011 and it doesn't seem like all that much has changed.
When it comes to supporting older devices, iOS outshines Android by a mile originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
I'm not going to beat around the bush with this one; what we have here is an overblown story about a non-story, with a bit of overreaction mixed in for good measure. This is what happened:
Target sold an iPad Air that was meant to be a demo unit to a Canadian woman on Black Friday. She opened it and booted it up, finding a bunch of apps, a bunch of photographs and a bunch of contact information already on the device. She freaked out and contacted CTV, a Canadian news agency, and now it's being spread with headlines like "Woman buys 'new' iPad Air (full of someone else's stuff)."
No, she didn't buy someone's old iPad. She bought a demo unit filled with pre-loaded eye candy that was supposed to be stuck on a plastic arm and paged through by bored shoppers. If you take a look at the video above, you can see that all the photos in the iPad are professionally shot and even the profile images for the "previous owner's" contacts are perfect head shots on white backgrounds. Yep, it's a demonstration unit.
Not only that, according to the original report, the customer noticed that it was a demo unit after inspecting the sticker on the bottom, but instead of simply returning it to Target she decided to call a local news agency. You know, for justice.
But while this particular instance is clearly a stocking mistake and has nothing to do with privacy (which it is being exploited as elsewhere), it's a fine reminder that if you're ever in the position of returning an item like a smartphone, tablet or computer, be sure to wipe it ahead of time. The mythical "woman from California" that owned this iPad Air has nothing to lose, but the same probably can't be said for you.
Thanks to TUAW reader Adam for pointing this one out!
Target accidentally sells demo iPad unit, new owner freaks out originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
A man accused of attempting to steal copper hardware from the site of Apple's new "spaceship" campus in Cupertino has been arrested, San Francisco's CBS affiliate is reporting. The man, named Glenn Cartwright, (who may or may not own an Android phone) was apprehended by sheriff's deputies with the help of both a sheriff's department helicopter and a police dog (who could have possibly been named Siri).
Apple security personnel noticed that the gate to the work site had been opened after they shut it earlier in the night on Saturday, November 30, and proceeded to call the authorities (possibly using their iPhones). After Cartwright (who may have spent his last few dollars on a Windows 8 tablet during a Black Friday sale) was found, a stash of copper pipes and wiring was discovered nearby.
The new Apple facility isn't slated to be completed until 2016, so there's still plenty of time for Cartwright to plan out a more well-thought-out heist (perhaps with the help of an Amazon "Mayday" support representative on a Kindle Fire HDX).
[Image credit: Editor B]
Thief arrested for snatching copper pipes at site of Apple's new campus originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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To-do Lists provides simple but powerful interface for tasks and to-dos management.
To-do Lists features:
Note: The version available for download is 1.5.7. The version available in the Mac App Store is 1.5.4
OS X 10.6.6 or later
ForkLift is a powerful file manager and ferociously fast FTP client clothed in a clean and versatile UI that offers the combination of absolute simplicity and raw power expected from a well-executed Mac software.
ForkLift will connect to any remote server FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, the SMB and AFP shares on your local network,- pretty much anything you can plug into or hook up to a Mac. ForkLift also carries a complete toolbox for managing your files, including Folder Synchronization, Batch Renaming, Archive handling, Application deleter, editing files over remote connections and many more. All these power features are packaged into a Finder-like, dual-pane interface that delivers superior workflow while remaining absolutely familiar to use, along with QuickLook, Spotlight search and all.
Coollector Movie Database is the most complete tool for the movie lovers. It's a huge database of movies and series, personalized with what you've seen, how much you've liked it, and what you wish to see. It's also a video collection manager, to track what DVDs you own, where they're stored, and which ones you've loaned. It can handle your digital collection too, with a lightning-fast file scanning feature. Last but not least, it'll analyze your taste to give you the best movie recommendations you've ever had.
OS X 10.7 or later
When Apple acquired voice-recognition application Siri, it was fairly clear what Apple had up its sleeve. Same with Apple’s purchase of fingerprint scanner developer Authentec. Apple recently acquired motion-control-specialist PrimeSense, and we already know what Apple will likely do with those resources. But when news broke last night that Apple had acquired social data firm Topsy, the answer to what Apple would do with those resources was not so clear. Perhaps they’ll use the technology to improve iAd, Siri, big data or other social apps. Maybe it is for an entirely new product. What do you think? Tell us in the poll above or in the comments below.
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Honda was one of the first automakers to sign on to Apple’s Siri Eyes Free program for in-vehicle voice commands, but with the new version of its connected in-vehicle system it’s getting even cozier with the smartphone maker.
The new version of HondaLink will be available in 2014 Honda Civic, which goes on sale tomorrow, and it bring an iPhone feel to the dash. The seven-inch screen can be navigated through familiar smartphone gestures such as swipes and pinches, but it also further integrates Eyes Free into its user interface, allowing drivers to launch apps and access iPhone features through spoken commands to Siri and physical buttons on the steering wheel.
Honda is also launching a new set of apps for the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c, which will connect directly to Link’s screen and in-car user interface. First up is a launcher app will act as bridge between third-party apps on the phone and Link. The pickings appear to be a bit slim at launch – Honda highlighted only Pandora and Sirius XM radio at its media event – but the automaker said it plans to bring more apps online from select developer partners. Unlike GM and Ford Honda hasn’t opened up its developer program.
But that doesn’t mean Link will be short on content. It’s partnered with Harman to build its Aha streaming service into the dash. Controlled for the iPhone app, Aha features thousands of channels, ranging from internet radio to text-to-voice translations of your Twitter and Facebook feeds.
Like most automakers, Honda isn’t allowing outside smartphone navigation app into its system. Instead it’s one of the first automakers to use Nokia’s new Here Auto navigation system across both iOS and the infotainment screen (It’s still unclear whether Nokia is powering Link itself or is only supplying its mapping software).
Nokia’s Here smartphone app is available as a free download to iPhone users, but if you want the version that integrates with link it will cost you $60 on iTunes. The auto industry is still clearly trying to protect its navigation service revenues, even though smartphone apps like Google Maps or Here could easily be extended to their infotainment screens.
The final app is called Connect, which brings a host of basic information services like weather updates and local search to the dashboard. Honda is also adding new telematics features such as accident detection and driver emergency assistance.
So what about Android? More support for Google’s market-leading OS is coming, Honda says, but right now Android owners who want a new Honda Civic will have to be content with basic connectivity features, such as Bluetooth integration and Pandora. Though the new version of Link is clearly Honda’s big entry into the connected car market, it appears to be introducing it gradually to its vehicle line. The next car to get the user interface technology powering will be the 2015 Fit, scheduled for release this spring.
Related research and analysis from Gigaom Research: