Tag: Tech Tutorials

Must Have Photo Apps! {Mobile Monday}

Must Have Apps

It’s almost impossible to avoid the many cell phone camera apps these days, so as part of Mobile Monday I thought I’d share my favorite apps! Unfortunately, since I have an iPhone, these apps are ones I use regularly on my phone – I will link the Android Version where available!  (BTW, did you know that All Things Pueblo is on Instagram?)

These apps are in no particular order – and I can’t really say I have an absolute “Favorite” photo app!

PicStitch Pic Stitch – FREE – iOS

This app is great for Instagram Collages! (Such as our All Things Pueblo Halloween Funday on the left!) I don’t typically use it for more than 4 images – as they tend to be fairly small beyond that point – but you can get as many as 12 boxes on one square image!

Also, with a recent update Pic Stitch has added different sizes – so you can make web graphics and even an 8×10 size option! (Although I tend to prefer the squares for Instagram photos, and haven’t used it for much more.)

Studio

Studio – FREE – iOS

I have an addiction to adding text to my photos – especially those that are going on Instagram! (It’s fun to be able to create a quick quote or make a note of where/what you were doing!)

Studio is a free app, with plenty of add-ons available (in-app purchases) — However I’ve been happy with those available and have not purchased extras for this specific app.

 

Rhonna Rhonna Designs – $1.99 – iOS

This app does cost $1.99 (plus additional in-app packs available) and it is worth EVERY PENNY!!

There is SO MUCH you can do with this app, beyond just adding text or pictures. It is an incredibly innovative app in terms of mobile editing! It’s sort of like scrapbooking on your iPhone!

Like Studio – you can also add filters (which I tend to do BEFORE Instagram if I can, I tend to like the filters in Rhonna Designs the best of any app.)

 

LabelboxLabelbox – Free – iOS/Android

This app is simple, to the point and easy to use. You add a label to your photo.

This was one of my first “extra” apps, and it’s one that I still use with some regularity.  Again, it’s FREE, with in-app add-ons available. (Although I’ve never added extras, unless they are offered on a free promo!)

The downside is that you can’t edit your text once it’s typed! But, it’s a great app for someone not wanting to do much customization.

 

A Beautiful MessA Beautiful Mess –  $0.99 – iOS

This app is along the same lines as a few I’ve already mentioned – adding graphics, text and boarders to your photos. Like the others – it also keeps the square format (instagram ready)

The downside is that without extra purchases, you’re pretty limited on both graphics and fonts. (I’d say this was my “gateway” app to paid photo apps, I was addicted to all the things I could do with it!!)

Over App Over – $1.99 – iOS

 More of the text/graphics over photos, although this time you have the ability to leave your image full size!! (And a huge variety of artistic options – if you opt for in-app purchases! Which I must admit, I’ve opted for most of the add-on packs!)

One of my favorite things about this app is the wide variety of ready made quotes/graphics/expressions aimed at outdoorsy activities!

Mobile Monday

How about you? What’s your favorite photo app?  (And stay tuned – we have a guest-blogger in the near future with Android Apps!)

Why I Use the Pocket App! (Mobile Monday)

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Last week I was on vacation and realized just how much I utilize the Pocket App! Standing in line at the store, waiting for a friend at a restaurant, waiting for an open gas pump, I was constantly using Pocket! So I thought I would share a little about this fun app with you guys!

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What exactly is Pocket? Pocket is a “Read it Later” app, basically a fancy way of bookmarking from your phone. Makes it easy to save and share web links, photos, videos and more from within other apps (like Twitter, CNN or the internet!) And then sync them with your other devices for reading later.

When and why would I use it? I find myself using it all the time – if I have a few minutes to wait and I am browsing Twitter, Facebook, or the web from my phone I find that I usually find something I want to save for later. A blog post, a book review, an article. So I use pocket, that way I can find it on my phone, my iPad or my computer when I have more time!

Why not one of “the others”? There are a lot of Apps out there that do this (and it’s equally as easy to email yourself the link) But I have found that Pocket is simple, to the point and user friendly. And best of all? Free!!  Pocket supports most other Apps and Devices (which is a problem with some of the competition). It’s also incredibly customizable! (Fonts, Sizes, Colors – you can change it all!) It has Firefox and Chrome extensions, so you can use it on your laptop/desktop as well.

I have previously used Instapaper, Delicious and Readability – but I’ve found that Pocket is the easiest to use, syncs flawlessly and it gets the job done. (And again, it’s FREE!!)

There are also plenty of IFTTT recipes already created for Pocket!!  (What is IFTTT?)  For example, if I “Favorite” something on Twitter, the link from that tweet will automatically go into my Pocket. (Aside from All Things Pueblo, I write a Book Review blog – so I use this for books I’d like to read, discussions I’d like to post, etc!)

Pocket IFTTT

Pocket is one of my favorite organizational apps. It sat on my phone for six months before I really realized the beauty of this app, and thus I wanted to share it with you all!

Mobile Monday

 

IFTTT Recipes

Why You Should Be Using IFTTT {If This Then That}

If you’re anything like me, you are always on the lookout for the newest, best way to organize your life! (Both your calendar, and your online accounts!) And even if you’re not? You still need to check out IFTTT!  (Pronounced like “Gift” without the G!)

If This Then That is a new(ish) online service – and iPhone App – that you create recipes for your favorite websites that cause an automated response!
IFTTT (If This Then That)

 

What is IFTTT?

You pick a Trigger (IF THIS) and an Action (THEN THAT).

It’s really that simple. You pick a website/app/action as your trigger (the weather, a facebook status update, and instagram photo, etc)  and the follow up Action (send a copy to your dropbox, a text, upload to facebook, etc) and then the website does the rest!!

Recipe

 

 

You can make your own recipes from literally thousands of combinations!

A few of my personal recipes?

IF I post a photo to Instagram, THEN it also posts to my Flickr account.

IF I text IFTTT, THEN they create a new item in a spreadsheet on Google Doc (I log my Grocery Spending and Gas Purchases that way!)

IF I text IFTTT, THEN they call my phone!  (I have to admit – I’ve used this when I want to excuse myself from an uncomfortable situation – “Gee, sorry, I have a phone call!” )

IF it is Monday at 5pm, THEN I get a text reminder to set my trash out for trash pickup on Tuesday Morning.

IF someone tags me on facebook, THEN I get a text.

IF I save a website to Pocket, THEN the site is saved to my Evernote as well!

It’s a never-ending variation of recipes that you can set for yourself. You can have the weather texted to you (every morning, or just when the weather hits a certain temperature!) You can have updates from the NYT’s or other websites sent directly to your email.

IFTTT Recipes