Archive | May, 2012

Geek or not, everyone uses izDial!

15 May

You too love your iPhone, it’s always there with you at hands reach. You talk to it, you touch it, you tap it, …

But iPhone makes you lazy,

  • when you call a friend, you open the address book enter their name or browse down the list to find it … exhausting!
  • or you can go to the phone menu, check the last call and browse down  … got the finger on fire!
  • or you can go to the phone menu, tap the favorite icon, then scroll down to your friend …  lots of finger gym.

I have the solution for your tired fingers: izDial, it’s a great app that lets you reach your 12 most called contacts in only 2 taps!

I did the math and a average person usually has 10 contacts that are regularly called.

When you download the app, and launch it for the first time, you face 12 white izDial icons begging to be attributed to your bff.

  • tap on a icon
  • it opens the address book with all your contacts split by number (one number, one contact). Let’s say you have your mom’s cell phone number, her home number and work number, she will then appear 3 times in the address book where you can pick the number you call the most
  • then mom appears on your screen with her picture, if you have a contact who without a picture, izDial will give you the default read icon.

ChaseIt or Bchased ?

ChaseIt because it’s a smart and useful application

  • I like the fact under the picture of your contact you have their name.
  • Also when you finish attributing your izDial slots, you have a nice personalized screen with all your favorite contacts ready to be called.
  • It save me time when I want to call one of my 12 izDial contacts.
  • And if you need glasses to read, you will be abble to call just by recognizing the picture of your contact.
  • It’s only 0,79euros or 0,99$.

Follow them on Twitter @izDial

Like their Facebook page

Whatch the video “Lady G. is gaga of izDial

iPhoto and journals

1 May

iPhoto is the missing link between your iPhone/iPad and your pictures.
With this app come lots of functions to correct your pictures (exposure, color, blur/sharpen, …) but also to present and share your pictures with friends and family (like you used to do with the RIP-MobileMe Gallery).
Let’s browse through the fonctionnalities and then create a Journal.

When you launch the app, you have to wait for your photo library to be updated which is a little bit long … and boring.
Then, you are up to give a boost to your pictures: choose the picture you want to work on, then choose which tool you need in the bottom bar

  • Crop & straighten
  • Exposure
  • Color
  • Brushes

I use a lot the Lightnen brush as when I use my iPhone sometimes the pictures are a little bit too dark. Also, I like to blur (Soften brush) people faces I don’t know in my pictures. But Red Eye, Saturate/Desaturate, Sharpen and Darken brushes are always handy.

  • Effect

is a nice option with 6 different styles Warm&Cool, Duotone, Balck&White, Aura, Vintage, Artistic then you slide on the effect bar to find the desired effect

  • Auto-Enhance
  • Rotation
  • Mark as flagged or favorite
  • Hide a photo

When you are done with enhancing your pic, Share it (or it will stay inside the app) to a

  • Journal
  • Camera roll
  • iTunes
  • Email
  • Beam
  • Print
  • Twitter
  • Flickr
  • Facebook
  • or start a Slideshow

I use a lot the sharing option to create a Journal, because it’s really handy to showcase an event (pick the picts you want to showcase) and also because you can share it online.
To create a journal,select by tapping the pictures you want to use, then select the Share option and pick Journal, then you have the following options

  • Selected (with the number of selected picts)
  • Flagged
  • All

You will choose the “Selected option“, remember you just did the selection
Enter the name of your journal or choose one of your already existing Journal
Then confirm if you want the iDevice to add the selection automaticaly to a new page or to an existing one, then Add to Journal.

iPhoto is a cool app if you look for an all-in-one app, it will do the trick.
Effects and results are really cool. Thanks to the iCloud, you will buy it once for your iPhone and it will be available on your iPad without any more cost.

To bad that when you start a journal on your iPhone, you can’t continue to work on it on your iPad:  you can  only browse  it. Too bad, that’s the purpose of the iCloud. Maybe an upgrade will correct this issue.

The more you’ll play with it, the more you’ll like this app!

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