CHRISTOPHER KIRBY

SHARING HOW I MAKE TECHNOLOGY WORK FOR MY FAMILY AND ME

January 22, 2014

App Review: Storehouse

According to their website, Storehouse for iPad claims to be,  ”The easiest way to create, share and discover beautiful stories.” I have to say, not only are the stories beautiful…, so is the app itself - but I guess when Apple’s former user experience evangelist and UI designer is involved, that’s to be expected.

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January 17, 2014

App Review: Horizon

Finally! Someone felt my pain and created an app that forces your video to always be shot horizontally.

Never understood why so many shoot video with their phones held vertically. Maybe they all have their televisions turned on their sides?

January 15, 2014

App Review: Curator

If Pintrest, Evernote and Flipboard had a baby, this would be it. Called a way to “see your ideas” by its developers, Curator is a visual way to gather, organize and present collections of websites, text and images, which can be arranged on different boards through a simple, elegant interface.

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November 11, 2013

Yearbook Production Blog: Chapter 4

MagCloud-Cover-Stock

Maybe this is a new option – or maybe the option existed and I didn’t see it until recently – but MagCloud now offers perfect binding for publications of at least 20 pages, which includes a heavier, 80# cover stock. It costs an extra $1 per copy, but it’s an extra dollar well-spent.

In a previous post I mentioned how the lack of a heavier cover stock was one of the few downsides to using MagCloud to print your yearbooks. Each year I would get several complaints from parents whose children had torn the cover off their yearbooks, and I’ll be the first to admit that the text-weight cover stock left a little to be desired.

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October 18, 2013

iOgrapher

iOgrapher

Perfect timing that I would stumble onto this new device the week after I wrote about Touchcast, because I can see the two going together like chocolate and peanut butter.

The brainchild of a high school media arts teacher, the iOgrapher is a simple, inexpensive shooting rig for your iPad or iPad mini. Pop your device into it, and the side handles give you a much more stable way to hold your iPad, alleviating a good amount of that jerky, hand-held camera shake that plagues most video shot with a tablet or mobile device. It also gives you a tripod mount for the ultimate in stability.

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