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As a professional photographer, the iPhone and iPad can be excellent tools for your business. You are probably already aware that there’s a lot of great apps out there focused on editing photos, but if we’re being real, as a professional, you’re not going to use them. However there are many other great apps that can help compliment your business, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites.
If you’re a photographer who offers prints and canvas to your clients, then Shoot and Sell is a fantastic app to show off how your clients’ photos will look on the wall, even their wall. Designed by by the creators of Photographer’s Wall Display Guides, Shoot Sell is sure to help you generate more sales from each client.
FolioBook is your digital portfolio. Forget showing your website with Safari and use FolioBook to show off your work to potential clients. It lets you create a custom branded home page and as many galleries you’d like with up to 200 images per gallery. You can also create slideshows with transitions and music. The amount of customization that FolioBook allows is incredible and really lets you create a portfolio that reflects you and your brand.
As the owner of a small business, utilizing a point of sale system like Square will simplify your life and impress your clients. People don’t like carrying around checkbooks and cash, so accepting credit cards is a vital aspect of any business, and Square is a great option that will keep your costs down and bottom line up.
If you’re a portrait photographer, you likely have your clients sign model releases and other contracts. Easy Release is a great app that comes preinstalled with some great release forms. You can also edit them to be more tailored to your business or create your own from scratch. Each release can be branded with your business and you can email to your clients immediately after they sign them.
If you prefer to stick with the contracts and release forms you’ve already created and formatted into PDFs, you can still go paperless with PDF Expert. You can easily keep all your forms organized, and since PDF Expert supports annotation, your clients can easily sign the forms as if they were printed out in front of them.
When it comes to portrait photography, location is key, and Rego will help you keep track of all your favorite spots. With each location you can add photos and make notes about the lighting and anything else you want to remember.
Running a business requires a lot of various tasks, and with Photography in particular, each shoot is like an individual project each of which has a set of required tasks. Things for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, is a great trio of apps to keep you on track and organize your business. It’s a bit pricey and isn’t the prettiest of apps, but it works really well.
As a photographer, you are likely driving all over the place to different shoots, and since all those miles are tax-deductible, a solid mileage tracking app is a must. Trip Cubby is an awesome choice and makes this daunting task a lot less cumbersome and is designed with IRS compliance in mind.
Trip Cubby does not support the iPhone 5′s larger screen, and this is normally a huge turn-off for me, but it’s truly one of the best options out there.
One of the most difficult parts of running a business is keeping track of the finances. If you use Quickbooks, then the iPhone and iPad versions are a must. Having the ability to stay on top of your business finances on the go is a great convenience.
To successfully run a photography business, you must keep a lot of paper work, including contracts, release forms, invoices, financial records, and of course photos. The last thing you need is for some freak accident to cause you to lose it all, and with Dropbox, you can rest assured that your files are forever safe. Many of the previously mentioned apps in this list include Dropbox integration which makes it one of the best cloud solutions out there.
So there you have it! iMore’s best apps for iPhone photographers. Did we miss any of your favorites? What apps do you use to shoot, edit, enhance, and show off your photos taking with your iPhone?
Apple’s anticipated reveals of new iPad hardware may only be a couple of months weeks away (unless they shock us all and reveal them at WWDC), and it looks like they’re trying to move as much of the old stock as they can. That’s good news if you’ve been looking for a comparatively low-cost iPad directly from the source, as Apple today announced discounts of 15 to 17 percent for refurbished iPad 4 units and iPad Minis for the Apple Store.
The discounts for the iPad 4 units might be just enough to win you over if you’ve been holding out on buying one of the new devices since their release last October. With Apple’s new promotion, you can acquire a refurbished 16GB iPad 4 with WiFi for $419, down from its original refurbished price of $499. Meanwhile, the 64GB iPad 4 is available for $689, a significant departure from its $829 retail price.
If you’re looking for low-cost options, you can’t go wrong with the refurbished 16GB WiFi-only iPad Mini, which is now priced at $279. Until recently, refurbished versions of the unit sold for $299, down from a new iPad Mini’s shelf price of $329. If you’re looking for a good deal on the high end, you can snag a 64GB refurbished iPad Mini with both WiFi and a 3G plan for $549, down $110 from the price of a new one.
Impressive numbers, but as 9to5 Toys reports, it’s possible to find better deals elsewhere. If you head to Wal-Mart, apparently, you can acquire a 16GB iPad Mini with WiFi for a mere $250, with free in-store pickup or a $5 shipping charge. According to 9to5, that’s the lowest price ever reported for a refurbished iPad Mini from a reputable seller. Even more impressively, Wal-Mart’s also selling brand new 64GB iPad Minis with WiFi for a low $450.
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It’s possible to forget, but Apple used to have their own line of digital cameras. Back in the mid-nineties they launched three cameras under the ‘QuickTake’ product banner. What we have here is the second of those; say hello to the Apple QuickTake 150.
Launched in 1995, the QuickTake 150 cost new a staggering $700. Granted, this was a time when digital cameras were in the early days, but $700 meant this was not an item for the masses — much like Apple’s computers of the time. So what does an 18 year old camera provide in the way of specs?
The QuickTake 150 has an 8mm fixed focus lens, a flash, and 1MB of flash storage. It’s capable of shutter speeds between 1/30 and 1/175 of a second, and produces 24-bit images at 640×480. The on-board storage stores only 8 photographs taken at the full resolution, or 32 taken at 320×240 resolution. Unthinkable today that you would ever take an image so small. The QuickTake 150 also included a separate close up clip on lens as part of the kit.
Battery power comes by way of 3xAA batteries, with support for rechargeable ones with the optional charger that was sold separately.
By modern standards, the QuickTake 150 is a rather unusual shape. It’s more akin to a pair of binoculars than a camera, with a large eyepiece at the rear alongside the main controls, with the flash together on the front with the lens. While the shape may be unusual, it’s still surprisingly comfortable to hold.
A neckstrap was included in the box too as part of the kit, and it is insanely long. Apple also included their own image software with the camera — all 4 floppy disks worth of it — along with the serial cable required to connect the camera to the computer. With the QuickTake 150 Apple added support for Windows 3.1 — the previous iteration, the QuickTake 100 had been Mac only — in an effort to widen the market appeal.
The photos taken are stored on the camera in QuickTake file format, but can be converted using the bundled software into more regular and supported file types such as JPEG, BMP and TIFF. So, the bundled QuickTake software and the serial cable are 100% necessary to actually get images from the camera to the computer, and there lies the very reason that sadly I won’t be able to use it. For now, at least.
The QuickTake 150 can’t be connected directly to a more modern Mac running OS X, because there is a lack of support for the Apple serial protocol used. I simply don’t have any hardware old enough to support this camera, an unusual situation to be in. And, because the QuickTake 150 doesn’t have any kind of display on it there’s no way to preview any of the images taken without taking them off the camera first.
However, thanks to the Internet — and in this case, Wikipedia — here is a sample picture taken at maximum resolution with the QuickTake 150. Also thanks to the Internet, the full original user manual for the camera is available to view from Apple.
So, there’s a quick look at a piece of vintage Apple. The camera line didn’t live for long, with the QuickTake 150 being discontinued in 1997. It was though followed by a much improved model, the QuickTake 200 that looked a lot more like digital cameras of the modern day. It was also cheaper, had removable flash storage, a much wider range of shutter speeds and user-selectable focus and aperture controls.
It also serves as a reminder as to just how far camera technology has advanced. Sat next to my Panasonic Lumix G2 Micro 4/3 camera, the QuickTake 150 strikes an imposing figure.
So, did anyone of you purchase a QuickTake digital camera back in the nineties? What were your memories of it and what made you ultimately decide to purchase one? If you’ve any stories to share about your experiences with Apple’s short-lived range of digital cameras, drop us a line in the comments!
In the shadow of the dearly departed Skyview Drive-In Theater, Santa Cruz’s weekend flea market was another bit of my youth’s paradise. Between all of the horrendous and delicious fried foods, and the empty promises of a vegetable chopper destined to make your life more convenient, the true prize would always lay between plastic, cardboard and twist-ties. Some would call them Hero Rangers, Adventure Turtles, or even Chopper Rats from Pluto, but despite their off-paint jobsm they often could provide as much enjoyment as their copy-written cousins. Knock-offs are what make budget-conscious world go round, and the iOS eco-system is hardly different.
The tattered remains of a Changetron. Photo courtesy of Cody Swanson.
Determining what a quality derivative work in the iOS store is can be a challenge– let’s face it, there are only so many Zombie Mine Auto-Runner Social Networks we can all handle. However, every once in a while a game can wear its influences on its sleeve and be surprising. Bombcats is an Angry Birds inspired active puzzle game that requires you to fling explosive felines to rescue miniature explosive kittens from cage orbs. Isn’t the internet wonderful? The gameplay is certainly familiar, but fortunately the physics feel right, and the felines are adorable.
Antithetically, sometimes the copycat can surpass the original concept. No one would dispute that Airbnb is now the king of the short-term private rental services. Was it a case of being at the right place at the right time? Probably, but veteran rental service HomeAway has taken the torch right back, and provided even better refinement of amenity searches. With a database that spans a longer period of time than their upstart competitors, this is a case where going with the original smooth can prove beneficial– even if their app is totally a knock-off.
Always curious is the case of an industry where many competing services can co-exist and all thrive. In the world of online food delivery there are a number of services out there, and while each of them provides a wrinkle of their own, they cover relatively the same ground. While Seamless has the longest history and the biggest foothold in many cities, Eat24 happens to be my personal favorite. Between their tireless weekly promotions, ribald attitude, the handsome app, and their lightning-fast customer service, it’s hard not to side with San Bruno-based company. Whoever writes their copy and runs their social networking also happens to be a comedic genius.
Click here to download Eat24 from iTunes.
Do you have any suggestions for some of the great copycats of the App Store? Be a true “Hero-Man of the Spider” and reply in the comments, tweet me @Octillus, or drop a line at email@example.com.
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Honestly, this game had me at the cat wizard.
Then came the flying explosive felines.
So here’s a look at an already price-refined map of a section of London I wanted to go visit.
Here are some of the subfilters that I can find based on the parameters of amenities I’d like to set even based on my already in-place price filters.
Honestly, I’d just like a burrito right now. Right this second. Even a crazy one will do.
It’s little quips like this throughout the entire Eat24 experience that keep me coming back.
I love my Apple TV, but what I’d love even more is a healthy dose of regional content on it. AirPlay is OK, but I see it more a means to an end in certain circumstances, not an integral part of my experience. When I’m relaxing watching TV, I don’t want to have to reach for my iPhone or iPad, or even my Mac in order to put something on there to watch.
The major free-to-air channels in the UK — BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 — all have on-demand video services. Each of them also has an iOS application to watch their TV content on your iPhone and iPad. On the Mac, you only need the web browser. On the Apple TV, I’d love each of these to have their own channel.
AirPlay is great, I use it all the time. Be it sending music or video from my iOS devices or mirroring the display on my Mac to the TV. Mirroring a Mac display doesn’t help in this situation though, because I can’t use it for anything else. OS X doesn’t provide the same media-only AirPlay options that iOS does. (Fingers crossed for OS X 10.9…)
The other issue is that the apps have to be specifically AirPlay enabled. For example, this method works great on the BBC iPlayer app, but doesn’t work at all on the ITV Player app, because it doesn’t have AirPlay enabled. Whether it’s DRM issues or contractual obligations that keep apps AirPlay free, or force strange AirPlay implementations, it makes no difference to the end user. We just think it’s broken.
In the absence of proper channels, AirPlay is all there is, for those that support it. I find myself using apps like the iPlayer more than ITV Player simply because I can watch them on the TV if I want to.
Never mind when you try to mirror from an iPhone and the Phone app actually rings, killing the TV…
I like to relax when I’m watching TV, so when I’m using my Apple TV I just kick back, find something to watch and off I go. There’s just not quite enough content to make me want to use the Apple TV more. The hardware is fine, the software is fine — to me, at least — I just want more content. I want to use my Apple TV more. I want to have one under every TV I have, and not have to think about whether I’ll need my iPhone or iPad to help decide what I want to watch.
So, coming out of WWDC I would really love to see some Apple TV news. I’d love to see Apple announce that they’ve struck a whole bunch of regional content deals all over the world. Or the ability for developers to make apps for the platform so the likes of the BBC could do it themselves. And I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing for a better spread of regional content.
So, what would you love to see Apple do with the Apple TV at WWDC? What kind of content are you longing for in your part of the world?
ATT’s prepaid GoPhone service and the iPhone have always had a complicated relationship — mostly because the carrier limited its service to voice and text. But that’s about to change at long last.
MacRumors reported Thursday that ATT is about to expand its prepaid GoPhone service, which will now include support for the carrier’s 4G LTE and HSPA+ network for the first tim ever.
Prepaid and no-contract services have been heating up over the last year or so, particularly now that so many of these carriers now support the iPhone. ATT has been a curious omission since Apple debuted the handset in 2007, refusing to include cellular data access for that device with its GoPhone service.
That will apparently change for existing GoPhone customers starting June 21, with three service plans available for the iPhone, including a $65 per month package with unlimited voice and text plus 1GB of LTE-capable data. Cheaper $25 and $50 plans are also available, but require a separate data package purchase.
4G LTE via prepaid will be a welcome change, since most services such as Straight Talk are limited to slower data seeds. The report also claims official Visual Voicemail support will be part of the GoPhone package as well.
Although there has been no official announcement from ATT, the new GoPhone expansion is expected to launch today, but existing customers will need to call the carrier in order to manually be upgraded prior to June 21.
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Senior Editor at iMore, part time racing driver, full time British guy