iPad Photo editing apps hit the App Store

In the last few days a number of photo editing apps have gone live in the app store ready for the iPad launch.  You are not going to be editing your RAW files yet on the iPad, it doesn't seem to have the processing power for that at the moment, although we would like to see just how slow it is as processing RAW files.

But if you have JPEG files in your iPhoto library, or presumably on a camera/SD card although we haven't confirmed this yet, then you can have a go at editing them on your brand spanking new iPad.  Here are a couple of notable mentions.



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The best looking app and the one that got us most excited is Filterstorm.  The interface looks really nice and the app is FREE for a limited time after launch day tomorrow, so if you are getting an iPad, go and get it now and let us know what you think.  The app takes the approach of having three Image Editing modes: 1) affecting the whole image, 2) brushing on colour and effects to selected areas, or 3) applying filters to a specific colour range.

The ability to use an adjustment brush on your photos, much like you can in Aperture or Lightroom, really appeals to us and makes this app stand out from some of the others. Do check out the Filterstorm site and have a look at the screenshots.  The developer, himself an accomplished photographer, is honest about why he is giving the app away for free, basically because there are some features that he has not had time to put in, such as image rotate and cloning/healing tools, and he has not tested how fast it runs on a real iPad!  There is a work-through tutorial on the developer's site too, which helps you see in practical terms how useful this app will be. 



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Photogene is an app we have been using on the iPhone for a while, and which now has its own iPad optimised version out in the app store for £3.49.  In our opinion the iPhone version of this app is quite powerful but the interface and interaction is not as well refined as some apps.  When you get used to the interface for the app though, and discover where all the key tools are hidden, it provides a lot of useful features.  Nothing out of the ordinary really, but it is good to see Photogene on the app store and being developed for the iPad platform.


Camera Bag

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Another little heart flutter came upon us when we saw that Nevercenter had announced a version of their wonderful retro-filter app Camera Bag for the iPad.  It is a firm favourite of ours on the iPhone, but it has always felt a little cramped at that screen size, so we are salivating over seeing this running at fullscreen on our iPads, and at a special launch price of £1.79, we think it is a bargain.

New for the iPad are interface optimisations and increased resolution, but also a new 'Vary' feature, which allows personalisation, maybe a little randomisation, of the filter effect that you have chosen, to give individual results for your images.

We can't wait to try it.

Over to you

If you have tried any of these apps on your iPad and can tell us how well they run, or you have used another photo editing app that you think we should be looking at, please let us know in the comments.

TweetDeck finds its natural home

After it's fledgeling flights on the PC/Mac desktop and iPhone, TweetDeck finally comes home to roost. iPad Creative is thrilled to reveal that TweekDeck for iPad is available for free right now, just in time for tomorrow's launch. Doesn't it just look gorgeous?

Somewhere a Sony exec is weeping


As if the recent news of the decimation of Sony's PSP format at the hands of the iPhone and iPod touch weren't depressing enough, here comes Firemint with their swanky new Real Racing HD footage to really put a downer on Sony's portable gaming aspirations. Real Racing for the iPhone is one of our favourite games, it's certainly in the games-we-are-never-deleting category and if this video is anything to go by the HD version will have a permanent place on our iPads too.

If you live outside the US you'll have to make do with playing this video back at full screen on your laptop display whilst clutching the edges of the screen and pretending. For those in the US you have less than 24 hours before all this is yours. Grab yourself a copy now.

For comparison we present a video from yesterday's gaming format, Grand Turismo for the Sony PSP. There's plenty of detail, but the frame rate is quite pedestrian.

Check back tomorrow for further analysis on how the iPad could become the dominant portable gaming format in the very near future.

Friday Fun: We've already seen iPad in Star Trek (Video evidence)

It is a Public Holiday here in the UK so we are in a light hearted mood on iPad-eve.  A lot of people have commented on the iPad looking like the tablet devices that are used in Sci-Fi TV and Films, and there is an app ready for the iPad launch which will make your iPad look like a Star Trek tablet device. 

So to start the day off we give you video evidence of Steve Jobs' inspiration.  Enjoy!


Apple publishes a list of iPad ready video providers

Apple have recently added a new page to the iPad area of their site.  They call it iPad ready and it is a list of the organisations or companies using HTML5 to deliver their video, at least as an alternative to Flash and a few instead of. Those mentioned include Reuters, Vimeo, Time, Flickr and the White House websites; and the list is growing.

We think it is an interesting move for Apple to specifically name these companies and it does feel like there has been a bit of a rush by some of them to meet the iPad launch on Saturday.  Maybe this is just a perceptual thing because much has been written since the iPad announcement in January about the continued lack of Flash support in the iPhone (and now iPad) OS, but more so in the last couple of weeks leading up to the iPad launch.

Still, it is further evidence of Apple's marketing prowess and the benefits for companies and organisations who can ride in Apple's wake as they launch a new product are obvious.  Anything that benefits the consumer has got to be good though in our view and Apple's devices are not the only mobile computing devices without Flash support.  It is going to be interesting to see how HTML5 and standards adoption will shape the Internet in the near future.

If you are interested in knowing more about Video formats for the web and how this is different in HTML5, this article over at diveintohtml5.org is brilliant and super nerdy in its details.

You know those digital photo frames that everyone bought last year? 

Your photos, your Twitter updates, your RSS feeds, your music. PhotoFramePlus Looks like another killer app for the iPad.

Walt Mossberg iPad Review Video and more detail

For those that haven't seen it yet, here is Walt Mossberg's review summary video from the All Things Digital site, take a moment to watch it through, we have made a few observations below. 

Over the last few weeks we have been discussing here at iPad Creative the potential of the iPad as a Publishing device and Walt makes a comment in his review about working with the Pages app and its integration with the ubiquitous Microsoft Word:

This is a serious content creation app that should help the iPad compete with laptops and can import Microsoft Office files. However, only the word processor exports to Microsoft’s formats, and not always accurately. In one case, the exported Word file had misaligned text. When I then tried exporting the document as a PDF file, it was unreadable.

Not all positive, but this is probably more about software compatability and can no doubt be enhanced by Apple in future updates, this is after all Version 1.0 of the iPad apps and we should probably expect things to take a while to settle down.  But he does say that Pages is a 'serious content creation app', which we felt was the case after seeing Apple's walkthrough video.

Another area we are interested in is the iPad's handling of photos, and Walt encourages us a little by saying:

The photo app is striking, and much more like the one on the Mac than the one on the iPhone.

Still no word on editing our photos though, it looks like we will have to wait a few days for people to play with some of the iPhone apps on the iPad to see how it copes with this.

He then goes on to give a little bit of counter-balance by pointing out some of the things that we all know already, but that are missing from the iPad:

I did run into some other annoying limitations. For instance, the email program lacks the ability to create local folders or rules for auto-sorting messages, and it doesn’t allow group addressing. The browser lacks tabs. And the Wi-Fi-only version lacks GPS. Also, videophiles may dislike the fact that the iPad’s screen lacks wide-screen dimensions, so you either get black bars above or below wide-screen videos, or, if you choose an option to fill the screen, some of the picture may get cut off. 

As we mentioned in our previous post, the review is on the whole positive and places the iPad in its own niche, not as a specific replacement for any other device.  Check out the full review here.

The first iPad reviews are in

What struck us about these early reviews is how much more uniformly positive they are than the first iPhone reviews. Of course, glowing reviews from Apple's privileged few won't guarantee success for the iPad, but it certainly can't hurt. We are predicting that the iPad will be sold out for a very long time to come.

Here's just a flavour of the early reviews:

Andy Ihnatko - Chicago Sun-Tumes

"In fact, after a week with the iPad, I’m suddenly wondering if any other company is as committed to invention as Apple. Has any other company ever demonstrated a restlessness to stray from the safe and proven, and actually invent things?"

"When Apple looks at a fingertip, they see a warm, living thing that can feel. They don’t see a poor substitute for a mouse."

"They create the iPad. The iPad user experience is instantly compelling and elegant. It’s not every computer and every function. It’s a computer that’s designed for speed, mobility, and tactile interaction above all other considerations."

Walt Mossberg - All Things Digital

"For the past week or so, I have been testing a sleek, light, silver-and-black tablet computer called an iPad. After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop. It could even help, eventually, to propel the finger-driven, multitouch user interface ahead of the mouse-driven interface that has prevailed for decades."

"I was impressed with the iPad’s battery life, which I found to be even longer than Apple’s ten-hour claim, and far longer than on my laptops or smart phones. For my battery test, I played movies, TV shows and other videos back-to-back until the iPad died. This stressed the device’s most power-hogging feature, its screen. The iPad lasted 11 hours and 28 minutes, about 15% more than Apple claimed."

Omar Wasow - The Root

"I had my doubts, too. So, when Apple provided me with an iPad a week ago, I was curious to see which side was closer to the truth. After playing with the sleek tablet for much of the last week, I have no doubt that the techies were wrong and Steve Jobs was right."

...as with the iPhone, Apple pulled off a remarkable balancing act in that it has designed the iPad in such a way that in can simultaneously appeal to both newbies and nerds. For low-tech users looking for an affordable entry-level PC, the iPad is a computer without all the distractions. For example, when my family outfitted my 90-year-old grandfather with a new computer a few years ago, he was constantly thrown for a loop by small frustrations like one window being hidden behind another. Had an iPad been available then, it would have been a perfect way to connect him to email, the Web and the drawing software he grew to love. For the tech-savvy with $500 to drop on a gadget, the iPad offers a convenient way to consume and enjoy digital media without being tethered to a computer all day.

Xeni Jardin - BoingBoing

"Tapping and swirling my way through iBooks (the store includes free, public domain titles in addition to the $9.99-$12.99 bestsellers), and iPad native apps provided at launch such as the spectacular, game-changing Marvel Comics app (crisp, lucid art, the ability to navigate frame-by-frame, rendering spoilers down the page obsolete), the Epicurious recipe browser, and the news browsing app by Reuters (free app in which video is, again, a seamless delight), the idea hits. This is what we wanted e-books to be all along. Rich, nimble, and dense with image and sound and navigability, right there inside the flow of the story. And this is what we wanted the web to feel like all along. We just want it to work, and we don't want to be aware of the delivery method while we're enjoying what's delivered."

"Gaming possibilities are profound. Accelerometer-driven games like the Real Racing HDiPad app ($9.99) available at first release thrill in a new way, like when I first held a Wii. There's something about tilting and steering and braking with a device you hold in your hands, just like a steering wheel, that's so much more viscerally pleasing than a big old shelf-bound console." 

Gizmodo - iPad mockups we want for real

For the last few days Gizmodo have been running a competition asking readers to submit their mock-ups and ideas for apps they want to see on the iPad.  Today they posted the winners and included a gallery of all the notable entries, all 53 of them.  Some of the entries are a bit borderline humour/offensive (you have been warned) but there are some really good ones too.

Interestingly, a few of them echo our wishlist in our recent five part series on the apps we want to see on the iPad (which ended today), including the GarageBand app, the sort of iMovie app, the Sketchbook app and a Photoshop app. An honourable mention goes to the DSLR remote control/Live View app for Photographers too.  Who knows, perhaps we will see some of these for real soon?

Do check these out though, there are certainly some talented Photoshop users out there!

5 Apps We Cannot Wait To See on the iPad - Part 5

With the US launch of the iPad now just a few days away, we have been taking a look at some of the apps we know are coming to the iPad, or that we really want to see hit the platform when it launches.  

Some of this has been wishful thinking (Aperture on the iPad for example), some of it is just us getting excited about the ways we can hopefully use our iPads.

In case you missed any of the posts, we have listed them here:

Part 1 - Art (Brushes App)

Part 2 - Video (Reel Director)

Part 3 - Photography (Photoshop Mobile)

Part 4 - Music (Four Track)

Our fifth and final part of the series looks at pulling all of this together and we call it:

Creative content creation - Pages for the iPad

Why are we getting excited about Pages for the iPad?  Well, for a start, it looks gorgeous, Apple have done a fantastic job of optimising the app for the iPad as you would expect, and it stands out as a fine example for other Developers of what can be done on the iPad platform.  If you are not sure what we are talking about, take a moment to watch Apple's guided tour video for Pages first.

Looks great doesn't it?  Bearing in mind that this is version 1.0 of the software, we think that Apple have made content creation easy and fun, but at the moment Pages for the iPad only appears to create gorgeous, but static, documents.

With the ability to output to PDF or back to Pages on the Mac, this may well be enough for some Creatives, and at just under $10 we think it is a bargain given its current functionality.

Ideally though, we would like to see a bit more integration with other media. This would be a great advantage for self-published content creator.

Imagine you run a small fanzine and currently print out a greyscale magazine every few months, it takes you a long time and costs you quite a bit more than you make in subscriptions, but you love the subject and you really don't care about making money.  You have decided to take the fanzine entirely digital.  You have no budget, but you have an e-mail list of dedicated readers who are open to new ways of reading your publication.

You have a great idea for a fully integrated magazine blending together different media into one publication that you can e-mail out to your subscribers.  In your head this new fanzine has video clips, audio comments and interviews from some of the content creators you follow, a 'Fan Art' section with bios of the artists, audio messages fans have recorded on their iPhones and e-mailed to you that you want to collate together on a 'Your Comments' page and obviously plenty of photos too.  

How great would it be for someone like this, or the Educator creating learning materials, or perhaps a Student putting together a project, basically anyone who wants to produce creative content, to be able to all of this in ONE iPad application and share it with others, either on a site or via e-mail?

This is possible, we realise, with a combination of PDF (Acrobat) and ePub and possibly now HTML5 for video (HTML5 is good for iPhones/iPads), but it seems to be fiddly and/or expensive to get these documents together at the moment.  After watching the video above, we are certain that Pages could be the foundation of the one piece of software that can fulfil this need for independent, busy and probably cash-strapped creatives.  Whether the iPad can cope with all of this remains to be seen, but at this early stage it certainly seems like it will be able to, if not now, in future iterations for sure.

Pages as it is though looks great and we cannot wait to get our hands on it.

We hope you have enjoyed our mini-series of posts about the type of apps we want to be using on our iPads.  If you have any observations, or your own ideas about what you want to be using your iPad for, please let us know in the comments. 

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