PicsPlayer Pro: ‘That’s The Way’ I Like It

As always, I’m often a bit late looking at the latest snazzy app, but I finally got around to checking out PicsPlay Pro. I think it’s been around on Android for awhile and made it to iOS a few months ago. There are already a number of reviews out there so I can’t really add much. It is an app with a lot of presets, as well as a rather large set of editing tools. The description on iTunes is long, but here is the very start.

PicsPlay Pro contains 200 presets and all editing features which allow you to express the best moment of your life.

Photos of your daily life and travelling can be depicted as the most memorable moment.
PicsPlay Pro is easier and more convenient than any other editors. Touch and touch! With few taps your photo will be amazingly changed. You can be a professional photographer!

* PicsPlay Pro is a universal photo editor with optimized user interfaces for both iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch devices!
* New & Noteworthy selected by Apple staff in over 110+ countries, November 30, 2012

Thinking of a Photo: Created with PicsPlay Pro on iPhone

Thinking of Photography: Self portrait created with PicsPlay Pro on iPhone

The company that makes the app (JellyBus) has a nice video that shows a lot of the features.

Here are two of the reviews I stumbled on: a review on AppAdvice, and a review in French with some nice photos (English translation).

It really is a nice Universal app for just $1 over on iTunes. There is a free version that has limited features.

And for those that liked the music in the video, here is a link to the song by Zack Borer called That’s The Way (thus the title of this blog post!). Zack Borer- “That’s The Way” LIVE on YouTube

Why is My iPhone out of Space? What Can I Do?

For those that take and edit a lot of photos on your iPhone (or iPad), storage space can become a concern after a few months have passed. For those that use iCloud to do backups of your iOS device, this can also become a concern. I made a video (about 6 minutes long) that includes just a few tips that I use regularly. I’m sure there are far more that I’m not aware of.

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The three main things I cover are storage space of photos themselves, apps that can take up storage space, and backup space on the iCloud. To get started you’ll open the Settings on your iPhone and then choose General > Usage. It may take a few moments (about 10 seconds on my iPhone 5) but you will then see a screen with a lot of information. The top most thing is the storage. It shows you how much is available and how much has been used.

In my case I’m doing OK right now since I still have 8.3 GB available. How much is that? A large game app might be 1 GB, and a 1000 photos taken with the iPhone 4S/5 built-in camera will be around 2 to 3 GB. So with 8 GB available, I can take a few thousand more photos. So I will keep taking shots. :)

Aquarella? Nifty Water Color App

Like many apps, I have no idea what the name means, but Aquarella must mean something cool or hip…or one of those words. It is the latest from JixiPix which makes a lot of nice apps. I’ve tried it out for a few shots and so far I’m enjoying it quite a bit. It seems to work with no problems and save at full resolution (on my iPhone 5). It takes a bit long to save the file, but since the output is full res it’s worth the wait. JixiPix also seems to get their apps to run faster over time.

From the description:

Watercolor, or Aquarelle is a wonderful transparent and luminous artistic media. Watch as Aquarella transforms your image into one with liquid pools of color blended fluidly on paper to create a watercolor with all the delicate details found in a traditional watercolor media.

Look closely as you render your aquamedia to discover light delicate “blooms” of wet color running throughout your creation and brush strokes of overlapping pigment dried dark along the edges. You will be thrilled when you see your newly rendered watercolor – Auquarella is a professional artistic app and will deliver a high-end watercolor result true to the original media.

There is a separate iPhone and iPad version of the app. Both are currently $1.99. Aquarella for iPhone and Aquarella for iPad.

Here are a few shots I’ve put up on Flickr that I created with Aquarella. Click on them to see a larger version.


23/365, Wandering


A Gorgeous Blog: Marmalade Moon

Instantly Develop Everyday Magic. That’s a nice tag line for a blog about iPhoneography!

There are a lot of blogs out there. Trust me. I know. I follow so many I often feel inundated with information. I’m sure many of you feel the same way. A few weeks ago Kate England dropped me a line with a question about software and it led me to her blog, Maramalade Moon. It’s one of those blogs that is gorgeous and sleek with lots of interesting and informative posts. I’ll be honest, just looking at the photos that get posted help me relax at the end of the day.

Blue Day #instagood #instamood #iphoneonly #hipstamatic #flowers #beautiful #dreamy
A picture from Kate England via Flickr. Click for full image.

For fun Kate asked me a few questions which ended up being a story about me, a dreadfully addicted iPhoneographer. My story is definitely not the most interesting thing on the site, but you gotta like my bad hair day pic. :)

So if you get time, check out Maramalade Moon, another great site to include in your bookmarks, RSS feed, Flickr, Twitter, and/or all that other fun social media.

24 Hour Sale on Snapheal

For those that use a Mac and don’t want to spend big bucks on Photoshop to remove things from your photos, Snapheal is a really nice way to do that. For today only it is on sale for just $7.99. Usually $29.99. Pretty good deal for one of the “Best of 2012″ Apps that is the #2 selling app on the Mac App Store (behind iPhoto by Apple).

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Snapheal is Incredible, intuitive and inspiring app to help you fix photos in minutes. REMOVE unwanted objects from photos, FIX bad skin, RESTORE damaged pictures and perform more complex edits faster and better than most other photo editing apps.

You can read more about it on their website, and download from the Mac App Store.