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SLIDESHOW PRESENTATION HD [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (80%)

Slideshow Presentation HD is a digital photo frame tool and is released by Apps by Chris.

“Create stunning and custom slideshows and photo projects that you can set to music. Turns your TouchPad into a beautiful digital photo frame!”

This application opens to an information screen that tells you a bit about the application and how it works, along with telling you not to switch off while the application is saving.

The main menu once opened is well layout out and immediately allows you to jump into designing your first slideshow.

You can add any photo from your Touchpad into the slideshow, by either folder or selecting them manually out of the picture selection screen.

The application offers you lots of customisation on how the images will be displayed and added to the slide show. You can really customise everything from the order they are displayed, adding Captions, Transitions and display durations.

You also have the option at add music tracks to the Slideshow, or you can leave it with no music if you wish.

You can even create and store more than one slideshow, so you can create as many as you wish and swap between them to suit your mood.

The user interface is generally good, some of the options are simple to find to use, others you will need to guess at or hunt for, however, the developer has added a useful help section.

On the upside:

  • Really nice slideshows can be made.
  • Plenty of options and settings to get the exact photos and display settings you want.
  • Simple to add your facebook galleries into the slideshows.

On the downside:

  • The odd user interface issue with menu items (oversized text on buttons or thumb nails not displaying.)

Overall, the key features of the application as easy to set up and use. The developer has clearly taken time to consider all the possible options someone would want from a digital photo frame. My parents own a digital photo frame, and this application really puts that devices options in the shade. If you love viewing photos, then this applications is well worth a look.

Rating: 80%

Size: 9.4 MB

Price (at time of review): £2.99 (developer.palm.com claims $1.29 in U.S.?)

Link: Slideshow Presentation HD – Apps by Chris

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IMAGE WORKER PRO [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (55%)

Image Worker Pro is a photo editing tool released by MetaViewSoft.

“Enhance your photos and share them with your friends. ImageWorker is a 100% local image processing app on WebOS. It doesn’t depend on data connection coverage, it’s fast and saves you bandwidth and therefore money.”

This application allows you to select a photo from your Touchpads storage and then edit it and save out the results.

The main features the applications offers are to change the colours, the size, turn the image and enhancement the levels of the image.

Depending on the feature selected the application can work well. For example, if you just want to change the image from a standard image to sepia blue, then the application works fine and quickly.

However, as soon as you ask the application to do something more advanced like resize or change the levels the application becomes very slow indeed. You find yourself tapping on features and waiting, then tapping again as after 10 seconds nothing has happen.

The features that are present are fairly limited with only four resizing options and only a dozen colouring options.

Unfair as it is, you have to compare this application with the options on the iPad as they are doing the same job, and this is not match for even the most basic versions due to the lag of the application.

The user interface is basic, and not all parts of the user interface work as expected.

On the upside:

  • A useful tool for editing photos/images on the Touchpad.

On the downside:

  • Limited functionality.
  • Too laggy when changing between functions.
  • Poor user experience.

Overall, I was disappointed by this application. I have used lots of photo editing tools on iOS, and this application although useful just does not match the experience. I would find myself stuck on a function unable to leave it and just waiting for the Touchpad to catch up. Basically, if you are desperate to edit and image on the Touchpad and willing to wait you may find a use for this app.

Rating: 55%

Size: 3.5 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.59 ($1.99)

Link: Image Worker Pro – MetaViewSoft

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in App - Photographic, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

CAMERA FOR TOUCHPAD [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (71%)

Camera For Touchpad is a photo tool released by Keen Studios.

This application allows you to take photos with the front facing camera on the Touchpad and then allows you to manipulate or print without having to enter the photo gallery (Camera Folder).

The camera on the Touchpad is only 1.3 MP, but good enough posting a photo of yourself to facebook etc.

The application opens with quick flash screen to say how the applicaton works and then the screen will change to a preview of what the camera is seeing and you have a camera icon in the bottom of the screen.

The developers has also made it so you can use the volume controls to take photos, however the webOS will still pop up the volume changing icons while you do this.

The images are automatically saved into the Camera folder, and you can see previews at the bottom of the screen, however, this only shows the last four photos taken, click on one of these and a new card will open that allows you to browse the photos, delete them or set as wallpaper.

I am not sure why, but the photos I took seemed even more blurry than the ones I took of the same items with the DigiKat app? Maybe just a focusing issue.

The user interface is generally good, just a little limited in scope.

On the upside:

  • Makes the front facing camera useful.
  • Great for Touchpad owners without easy access to a digital camera or computer.

On the downside:

  • Some launch issues, the first time I opened the camera folder did not get created.
  • No built in editing, just the camera.

Overall, this is a nice little application, however for me, if you want to take photos now with your Touchpad then DigiCamera lite is free and does the same thing. This version has the edge on the in-app selection and setting as wall paper, but as it is one click to the photo app it is not a huge advantage.

Rating: 71%

Size: 2.2 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79

Link: Camera for Touchpad – Keen Studios

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2011 in App - Photographic, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

PIMP YOUR SCREEN [IOS] – REVIEW (85%)

“Pimp Your Screen – Your Device Never Looked Cooler Before” is a way to modify the look of your lock and home screens and is released by Apalon.

The idea of Pimp your Screen is very simple, to allow you to change the look of your home and lock screens on the iPad or iPad by selecting from images (merging frames and effects if you wish) to make the screen you want.

There is some excellent artwork in the application, and there really is something for everyone here. You should be able to find something you have an interest in. You are even able in the custom screen making screen able to add images from your own camera rolls.

On the iPhone this application works perfectly, due to the lack of rotation on the iPhone screen.

On the iPad the application is still very good, but several of the images that is save does have issues when changing between landscape and portrait, with some misalignment on the boxes etc. However, in the main this is not a major issue overall.

The way the game works by building an image onscreen (you can overlay some mock images to get a better idea how it will look) and then when you have created a screen you can save the image to the camera roll. It is then up to you to go into preferences and add the image to your home and lock screen (full instructions are in the application if you are not sure how to do this). It is clear that the application would not be able to do this directly due to Apples sandboxing rules.

You will need access to WiFi or 3G to use this application to download the images available (as the images are not held in the app), this is good as it keeps the size of the application low.

The user interface is easy to use allowing you to browse options.

On the upside:

  • Beautiful artwork.
  • Easy to use.
  • Universal App.

On the downside:

  • Some of the iPad images had layout issues between landscape and portrait.
  • You may lose hours of productivity pimping your screens.

Overall, this is a great little application. It is such a simple idea, but works very well. There is some excellent artwork in the application which I have even used away from the iPad screen. I sent more time using this application than some £0.69 games I have reviewed. This is well worth downloading if you have any interest in tweaking the look of your iOS Device. 

Rating: 85%

Size: 11.6 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Pimp Your Screen – Your Device Never Looked Cooler Before – Apalon

 

DIGICAMERA PRO: STILL LIFE [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (74%)

DigiCamera Pro : Still Life is a photo tool released by DigiKat Software Ltd.

(Screenshot taken with the application, as screenshot function does not show camera output.)

This application allows you to take photos with the front facing camera on the Touchpad and then allows you to manipulate or print without having to enter the photo gallery.

The camera on the Touchpad is only 1.3 MP, but good enough posting a photo of yourself to facebook etc.

The application opens with a preview of what the camera is seeing and you have a camera icon in the bottom of the screen to press if you wish to take a photo. There is also a preview slider, so you can switch on and off.

If you have preview off, the photo is saved to the Photo app automatically, however, if you have preview on you will be able to look at the photo before saving. Delete it if it is poor and rotate and print the photo.

Once you save the photo it will enter a “DigiCamera” folder in the Photo application.

The user interface is generally good, however, resizing is difficult to do and there are no real preferences at this time.

There is a Lite version of the application of the application available on the catalog, which has the basic photo function, but none of the preview option, it is also very unlikely to get the video recording option when available.

On the upside:

  • Makes the front facing camera useful.
  • Great for Touchpad owners without easy access to a digital camera or computer.

On the downside:

  • Some user interface improvements needed.
  • Sometimes the application fails to launch, with a spinning icon on screen, close and relaunch fixes.

Overall, this is a great little application that HP really should have added to the Touchpad themselves. At the moment the application is a little limited in functionality, but with the promise of video capture and more to come I think at that stage the price will be more than justified. If you want to take photos now with your Touchpad then DigiCamera is well worth getting, but for some the lite offering may enough for now at least.

Rating: 74%

Size: 18 MB

Price (at time of review): £2.38

Link: DigiCamera Pro : Still Life – DigiKat Software

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2011 in App - Photographic, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS