Shadow Puppet

For those moments when a picture really does contain a thousand words, the Shadow Puppet iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad app shares your photos and the stories contained in them. The simple, straightforward, and easily accessible navigation leads you step-by-step, as you record audio to share the words at the same time as the pictures.
The Shadow Puppet iPhone app opens with a bright pop-up filled with the three steps necessary to create one. The concise, clear instructions are reinforced by a quick 18 second video that shows gestures. The Shadow Puppet iPhone app has a broad audience and appeal, so the careful attention to streamlining the interface and demonstrating clear directions makes it accessible to those with little tech finesse.
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The home screen is bright and well-organized. The top menu bar has two icons. The camera icon opens the in-app camera with one touch. The wheel icon transforms the screen to a list of settings options. The feed is a matrix of photos and title of stories. You tap the plus icon on the matrix to add your shadow puppet story.
You move through the Shadow Puppet iPhone app methodically with step-by-step written instructions and clear graphic icons to aid in navigation. First, you add photos. The order of photos is determined by the timing of your touches, but you can also tap reorder to drag and drop them into your preferred order. Then, you tap the microphone icon to record your thoughts. While you speak, you can use gestures like double taps to zoom and pinches to emphasize different parts of the photo. When complete, you add a title, note, and select sharing features.
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The sharing interface is lovely. You can select to share on Facebook, Twitter, and Shadow Puppet social networks with a touch on the corresponding icon. You also enter an email or phone number to send a shadow puppet story as a video. It is not necessary to have the Shadow Puppet iPhone app to view your story, so you don’t have to worry about compatibility issues.
The choice by the developers to incorporate the account creation phase after you create a shadow puppet story is unusual, yet sensible. You may create an account with an email or Facebook authorization. To sync with Facebook, you must authorize access to your basic profile and friends, but the Shadow Puppet iPhone app promises to refrain from posting without specific authorization.

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Office Mobile

iPhone Screenshot 1Microsoft Office Mobile is the official Office companion optimized for your iPhone. You can access, view and edit your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere. Documents look like the originals, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt graphics and shapes. When you make quick edits or add comments to a document, the formatting and content remain intact.

Access documents from virtually anywhere:
* Cloud – With your phone, you can access Office documents that are stored on SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro, or SharePoint.**
* Recent Documents – Office Mobile is cloud-connected. The documents you’ve recently viewed on your computer are readily available on your phone in the recent documents panel.
* Email Attachments – You can view and edit Office documents attached to email messages.

Office documents look stunning:
* Great-Looking Documents - Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents look great on your phone, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics, and shapes.
* Optimized for phone - Word, Excel and PowerPoint have been optimized for the small screen of your phone.
* Resume Reading - When opening a Word document from SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro on your phone, it automatically resumes at the place where you left off reading, even if you last viewed the document on your PC or tablet.
* Presentation Views - The Slide Navigator view in PowerPoint lets you browse slides faster, while speaker notes help you practice your presentation.

Make quick edits and share:
* Edit - You can make quick edits to Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
* Documents Remain Intact - Formatting and content remain intact when you edit Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents on your phone.
* Edit While Offline - Your device doesn’t have to be continuously connected to the network to work on an Office document that is stored online. You can view and edit recently used documents even while you’re offline. Your changes will be saved online when your device reconnects to the network or to Wi-Fi.
* Create – You can create new Word and Excel documents on your phone.
* Comments - You can review comments that have been made in Word and Excel documents on your phone and add your own comments.
* Share - When you’re done with your edits or comments, simply send the document in email or save it to SkyDrive or SharePoint.

* A qualifying Office 365 subscription is required to use this app. Qualifying plans include:
- Office 365 Home Premium
- Office 365 Small Business Premium
- Office 365 Midsize Business
- Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4 (Enterprise and Government)
- Office 365 Education A3 and A4
- Office 365 ProPlus
- Office 365 University
- Office 365 trial subscriptions

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AutoCAD 360

iPhone Screenshot 1AutoCAD 360 is a free*, easy-to-use drawing and drafting mobile app that allows you to view, edit, and share AutoCAD drawings—anytime, anywhere. Simplify site visits and fieldwork with powerful design review and markup tools—available online and offline. Seamlessly share drawings with others across desktop, web, and mobile devices. Easily access drawings from web browsers using the free companion AutoCAD 360 web app. AutoCAD 360 Pro subscription plans further expand the functionality of the app, bringing additional capabilities to the field.

•Open 2D and 3D DWG drawings uploaded to your free* AutoCAD 360 online account
•Work offline, then easily upload changes when you are back online
•Upload and open files directly from email on your device
•See all aspects of your DWG file, including external references, layers, and image underlays
•Use multi-touch zoom and pan to easily navigate large drawings
•Use your device’s GPS to orient yourself within a drawing

•Draw and edit shapes with accuracy using Snap
•Select, move, rotate, and scale objects
•Add and edit text annotations directly on your drawing; no need for paper mark-ups
•Validate distance measurements in the drawing while you are onsite
•Save edits to your AutoCAD 360 online workspace, so your drawings stay up to date

•Share your designs with others directly from the mobile app
•Add comments and images and invite responses using the Design Feed
•Print remotely from your mobile device using HP’s ePrint & Share service
•Plot your designs to PDF or DWF and share them via email

AutoCAD 360 Pro Subscription Plans
AutoCAD 360 is free* to download and use. AutoCAD 360 Pro subscription plans allow you to get much more out of the app, enabling:

•New drawing creation
•Larger file size support
•Connectivity to third-party storage, including Dropbox, Box, and more
•Advanced layer management
•Properties and attributes
•Block libraries
•Drawing coordinates
•Priority support
•Increased storage space
•New tools and much more

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Voice Texting Pro

iPhone Screenshot 1It's simple: just speak into the microphone and convert your speech into text. Then directly send your message to e-mail, sms, Twitter or Facebook. You can also send it to your clipboard (copy) and paste the dictated text in any other application.

Voice Texting Pro uses superior speech recognition. There are no settings required, just say the words!

Voice Texting Pro doesn't need to learn your voice, no training is required. It works straight out of the box. By default, it uses the language appropriate to the settings of your device. So if you are in Spain, it recognizes Spanish, etc. You can change this language in the settings page.

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Grid by Binary Thumb review

The Grid by Binary Thumb iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad app adds a Pinterest finesse to iOS productivity tools and features. It successfully blends pencil, paper, hand-written calendars, and scrapbook activities like post-it notes, doodling, and taping a photograph into an album. Then, it infuses whimsy, elegance, and excitement for a creative, fresh approach to organizing. For those, like me, who sometimes feel stifled by the structure of iOS productivity apps, you literally can doodle on the edges as you explore, plan, and think about a new idea or activity.
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The interactive introduction is punctuated with the perfectly-timed sound of an orchestra tuning its instruments. The simple white grid screen invites you to touch a square and drag your finger to combine them in virtually any configuration. Then, you select from one of four icons. The pencil icon composes a note. The camera icon adds a photo from your iPhone library, or you can shoot one with the in-app camera. The friends icon allows you to connect your contact list. With the location icon, you add maps of places you may want to visit. You are asked to register or continue to use without registration.
After you are introduced to the features, you move back and forth between a home screen with all of your grids and a screen with a selected grid. You simply tap the new grid icon to craft a new one. I made grids for each of my sons to help me plan for their back to school needs. Inevitably, they drop ideas, hints, preferences, and dislikes at times where I have nothing to scribble down the details other than my iPhone. As a person who thrives on visual organization tools, this is a perfect choice for me to grab my iPhone right after they have shared they prefer blue binders, red folders, and a black belt. I highlight a square, select the compose icon, type in my note, and then adjust the color by using the paintbrush icon. My note is simply binders in a blue box. You can change between bold and italicized text, as well as adjust justification and font size. When you add a contact, any attached photo fills the square and you can call or email from within the Grid by Binary iPhone app. When you choose a location to add, you enter it in the search bar and a map of the location fills the grid.
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The Grid by Binary Thumb iPhone app could be an interesting way to get your kids to study, as they could create visual flash cards. One of the suggested grids was a cool way to learn Japanese. There was a photograph and Japanese word with English translation. It would also be a great way to log the items you need from the grocery. Shoot a photo from the in-app camera, and you can use it as a reminder that you prefer the 2% plain greek yogurt–not the 0%.
The Grid by Binary Thumb iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad app fills this void for those of us who prefer a creative, visually stimulating, yet organized perspective in our daily life. It’s striking, intuitive, smart, and sophisticated.

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