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.
Coda 2 [ v 2.0 ] Diet Coda [ v 1.0.4 ]
Picked by: Alex Jordan
My pick this week is Coda 2 and Diet Coda. I’ve already written a piece on how I believe it’s a very well designed app. A week later I still love the apps, and if your at all involved in web design, they’re defiantly worth a look. Both applications are pro caliber, but are designed in such a way that even a novice can use them. Also, considering the high quality of these apps, a high price tag doesn’t follow- You can get Coda 2 for $99 and Diet Coda for $19.99 on the App Store.
AND INTRODUCING: AIRPREVIEW.
It’s magic. Get our brand-new app, Diet Coda, exclusively for your iPad. Pair it with Coda 2 on your desktop. Then, watch your mind blow.
Your iPad now becomes a live preview window as you work on your web pages on your Mac.
Make a few tweaks, hit save, and watch as your iPad automatically refreshes. Pages are served from your Mac and rendered on your iPad, so you’re getting a true mobile preview. Put your iPad to good use while you work!
(And that’s not the half of it: Diet Coda is a full-featured remote web editor on your iPad, perfect for making quick fixes on the go!)
$74.99 Limited time upgrade pricing
[ Mac App Store ]
[ iTunes ]
Quip [ v 1.0 ]
Picked by: Thomas
My pick of the week is Quip for iPad, a new Twitter client from the makers of The Early Edition 2 reviewed here. Aside from being pretty enough to make your eyes glaze over, Quip excels at organizing the stream of information that is Twitter:
- little streams of replies and retweets and grouping them in a very digestible manner
- a specialized images tab also assembles all of the uploaded pictures in your timeline in one place
- a timeline bar along the right side of the screen helps you jump around to see newest highlights, or missed tweets from two days ago
Quip takes a little bit longer to refresh because of these extra details, but it’s still a lot of fun to use.
$0.99 [ iTunes ]
Cleaning Mona Lisa [ iBooks 2 required ]
Picked by: PatrickJ
For the second week in a row I’m picking an iBooks title. Cleaning Mona Lisa is a stellar example of how great iBooks titles created in iBooks Author can be. It’s a look at ‘the art world’s dirtiest secret’ – namely that the Mona Lisa, along with many of the world’s great works of art, are in desperate need of a bath. The book also provides a superb overview of oil painting methods and some of its best early practitioners, including Leonardo da Vinci.
It’s a fascinating look at how many masterpieces have been allowed to deteriorate or have even been damaged when the wrong cleaning methods have been used. Before reading this, I never knew that Mona Lisa’s eyebrows are missing due to improper cleaning. The book also give great insight into the latest and most effective cleaning and restoration methods – and it’s full of excellent interactive elements where you can see for yourself the effects of digital cleaning of many famous works.
The author of the book is Lee Sandstead, a university professor and host of the Travel Channel’s Art Attack program. His passion and enthusiasm for his subject leap off the pages, both in the written text and in the many video clips that he stars in throughout the book. It’s great to see how excited Sandstead is about iBooks Author and the iPad as a medium for his teaching – I love this line of his from the Introduction:
This book is specifically designed to take advantage of Apple’s revolutionary book-formatting techniques. No longer are books confined to text and pictures – they now become worlds in which to immerse one’s self for hours, days, weeks. “All the world’s a stage,” according to Shakespeare. Now, the entire stage lies in your hands.
Even though art is far from my favorite subject, I found this book fascinating. It also feels exactly like the sort of title I hoped we would start seeing when Apple first announced iBooks Author. Honestly, if we had books like this around when I had to take art classes in school I think I would’ve been far more interested in art.
$2.99 [ iTunes / iBookStore ]
Gyro Compass [ v 1.3 ]
Picked by: Renkman
There are several apps that Apple did not include on the iPad that come standard on the iPhone. One of those basic apps is the compass. Typically, the compass is probably one of the least used apps on the iPhone, much less on an iPad, so I can see why it may not have been as important to include as a stock app. However, in my line of work, my new iPad is my workspace. I write, record data, navigate with maps, and take pictures–lots of pictures. I use a compass everyday in the field, and I wanted one on my iPad, so I didn’t have to take out my iPhone every time I needed it. After a quick search in iTunes I discovered Gyro Compass. Not only were the reviews very positive, but it was gorgeous, simple, and best of all–free! Not ad support free, either. Clean, intuitive and with GPS and online map support that make it extremely easy to locate exactly where you are. Give it a try, what have you got to lose!
Free [ iTunes ]
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 in the comments section below.