Welcome to our weekly installment of Picks of the Week at iSource where we provide our expanded coverage of Apple accessories and applications  Here we will promote our favorite iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and Apple TV related items, as well as bring you occasional tips and tricks.  Hopefully many of our favorite items will also […]
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iSource Picks of the Week

Welcome to our weekly installment of Picks of the Week at iSource where we provide our expanded coverage of Apple accessories and applications  Here we will promote our favorite iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and Apple TV related items, as well as bring you occasional tips and tricks.  Hopefully many of our favorite items will also be of interest to you. Please feel free to comment on our selections, and suggest picks of your own.  Check out this week’s picks after the break


King Camera (v2.0 )

Picked by: Jack Hickman

King Camera

I’ve been searching for that single camera app that I could use to replace the multitude of camera apps I already have, and I think I found it. It’s called King Camera.
All my other camera apps worked fine, and I really appreciate the developers who created them, but most of them missed one thing–they didn’t do everything.
Then I found King Camera. This app has it all.  Here’s a short list:

Time-lapse – Full Resolution Photo Burst – VIDEO with Flashlight, White Balance & Exposure Lock, Separate Touch Focus & Exposure, Rule of Thirds Grid, Big Button! – Exposure Lock – White Balance Lock – Separate Touch Focus & Exposure – Self-Timer – Anti-Shake Trigger – Sound Trigger – Photo Backup – Standard Flash Options + Flashlight – Zoom – Rule of Thirds Grid – Direct Access to King Camera Video Tutorials, Free Custom Photo Filters and Effects….Really, you’re just gonna have to go to their website to check out all the features because I’m sure I don’t have room to mention them all here.

I’ve messed around with King Camera for a few days now and it really does live up to it’s claims.

King Camera_icon

($0.99)  iTunes Link

*On Sale Now*



Picked by: Jay



As a frequent MS Windows user, when I returned to a MacBook Pro a few years ago, I often wondered how best to completely delete and remove an application. It seemed that although dragging and dropping an icon to the Trash seemed to eliminate most applications, I have never been able to completely uninstall and reinstall the Firefox browser. Even after consulting Mozilla, who eventually dropped my question, I still can’t install the newest Firefox (and am just pissed enough to not waste my time).

So this week, I’m recommending a small app for the Mac, AppCleaner, from FreeMacSoft. This small utility app takes the place of dragging to the Trash icon, and instead by dragging the undesirable app to AppCleaner, you get a populated list of where the app has littered itself throughout your system. You can remove the offending app, or just parts of it, by selecting all or some of that list and hitting Delete.

Shazam! Blam! Gone! Now if only I could figure out how to solve that friggin Firefox problem.

App Cleaner_icon

(Free)  Link



Apple Stores

Picked by: PatrickJ


OK, so this is cheating a little. My pick is not an app or an actual Apple or Apple-related product. But hey – it’s one of the very nicest ways to find, explore, and get to know all those lovely Apple products that you are the future owner of.

I’m not a fan of shopping or spending time in retail stores, not at all. I’m one for going out knowing very specifically what I need or want to buy, finding it as fast as I can in a shop, making sure it’s not rip-off priced, buying it and getting the fork out.

The Apple store is the exception to the above. If I walk past it in the local mall, or even near, or perhaps a floor below it, I feel tempted to stop in. There must be a critical accessory I am missing is what I tell myself as justification for making a visit. More often than not, it’s not true – I just want to take a look at what’s new. Even my 8 year old daughter – who is generally not a fan of any store not selling dresses or stuffed animals – always gives a big, enthusiastic yes if I ask if she’s cool with an Apple stores stop. And she’s not following dad around bored when we’re in there – she’s checking out the whole iPod line, or messing around on a MacBook Air or iMac. Or even making sure iSource and iPad Insight are loaded up on a few machines’ browsers – ah, good girl. 🙂

The store is always buzzing. Almost too busy and loud at times, but then again it’s fun to look around and see so many people discovering that they love the iPad, or the MBA, or …

This week especially reminds me of another reason I love Apple stores. The staff. This is a big Apple launch week, and following my pre-order nightmare with AT&T, I’ll be lining up in the wee hours of the morning tomorrow to get an iPhone 4S. I’ll have to get up stupidly early and I know I won’t like that one bit. I’ll have to stand around for probably 3-4 hours before we even get inside the mall. It will be a long and tiring night/day. But it will be made far less painful by the stellar efforts of the Apple store crew. I’ve been through a number of these big launch days over the last few years, and each time the Apple staff seem to work harder to make the time go quickly for those waiting in line. They walk the lines frequently letting people know that they have done their stock counts and will let you know if you are too far back in line to be able to get a device on this day. They’ll let you know when the white models are all sold out, or the 64GB models, and so on. They’ll come round often offering water and coffee. They’ll engage with people as well, share the info they are allowed to share, listen to gripes with aplomb, laugh and joke with many of us.

And once you get in the store, you get one-to-one attention to get your new iPhone or iPad into your hands and ready to go as quickly as possible. On days like this the Apple staff are typically putting in long, long days – but their friendliness and enthusiasm is still huge when they’re helping you get everything setup.

I honestly can’t think of a better retail experience I’ve had ever than the ones I’ve had with the launch days for the original iPad, the iPhone 4, and the iPad 2.

So during a week like this I’m very grateful that I’ve got two excellent Apple stores here in Austin, and in particular the excellent one at the Barton Creek mall.


Apple Store



UPAD Lite (v1.93)

Picked by: Thomas


UPAD Lite_icon

(Free) iTunes Link



iTunes Movie Trailers (v1.0)

Picked by: AliciaB



In a week that brought us iCloud, iOS5 plus a whole new iPhone, what do I single out as Pick of the week? Let me choose something I wished for out loud a mere 2 weeks ago, when none of us had a a real inkling that this was going to happen. When I put the focus on Can’t Wait I had finished my piece with the words: “Can’t Wait delivers on its premise and promises to garner a number of users to its platform, while we wait for others, hopefully Apple among them, to give us a killer trailers iOS app.” I cannot believe that we are getting this very thing 2 weeks later, in the form of a free iPhone/iPad app called Trailers.

Dropping also on Wednesday 12 October 2011, among other things that “broke the Internet”, it has thus not gotten much love. But it’s a mighty fine app.

The choice is of course amazing – there are loads and loads and loads of trailers, easily found by scrolling or by genre. Also featured in the app are a release date schedule, theater map (search by movie, zip code or city) and a favorites tab. From the pool of everyone’s faves, Apple generates a top 25 trailers list, which you can also browse. Tweet or share trailers’ links by email. Quality is expectedly great, transitions are smooth, UI is sleek and simple in dark grey/black with red highlights. It does lack deeper social network integration that Can’t Wait does have, which is probably just as well, because Can’t Wait naturally needs something distinctive to be successful against Apple’s offering.

Finally, finally, finally Apple has created a great trailers app and made a fun way of watching trailers on iOS. Currently on limited release in the US (at least it’s not available in the Austrian store), it will hopefully move internationally soon.  Download Trailers for iOS at the App Store for free.


(Free) iTunes Link



There you have it!  Hope you enjoyed this week’s installment of Picks of the week.  Please let us know what you think, and share with us some of your favorites.

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