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.
Mule Radio [ v 1.0.2 ]
Picked by: Alex Jordan
My pick this week is Mule Radio Syndicate app for iPhone. Mike Monteiro, the cofounder of Mule Design, a web design firm, doesn’t pull a punch. In fact, he’s regularly ruffling features on Twitter as Mike_FTW. He along with one of his employees, Katie Gillum, had a podcast called “Let’s Make Mistakes” on Dan Benjamin’s excellent 5by5 network. A few months later Monteiro decided to create his own network- Mule Radio Syndicate. Monteiro moved his show, and created a few others, and most recently (and to much controversy) The Talk Show, which is co-hosted by John Gruber moved to Mule’s new network.
Well, Mule Radio Syndicate, proving that just because they’re new and relatively small, doesn’t mean they can’t compete. They just recently released their fantastic iPhone application which lets you stream any episode of any of their shows for free. I traditionally download and sync podcasts to my iPhone, but this app cuts all of that clutter and eliminates the need to manage saved podcasts. You simply select an episode and go.
Even though there are only four shows to select from at this time, they cover a wide variety of topics: Let’s Make Mistakes (Design), Running From the Law (Legal), Salt & Fat (Cooking), Hour of Pour (Misc.), and The Talk Show (Apple geekery). They’re all well put together programs, and now they are delivered very nicely to you, when they become available, on the new Mule Radio iPhone app.
Free [ iTunes ]
Photo Academy: Orientation [ v 1.1.1 ]
Picked by: jhrogersii
Like so many worthwhile pursuits, photography is one of those hobbies that you can dabble a little in, or spend a fortune on and lifetime learning about. I fall somewhere in between those two extremes, myself, but I have gotten very interested in expanding my skills and knowledge of the subject this year. Even better, my oldest son has taken a keen interest, as well, which has motivated me to learn even more.
While there is no shortage of photography resouces available on the web, there is something very appealing about having a virtual pocket guide at your fingertips right when you need it. That is exactly what Photo Academy is, and much more, as well. The app includes a How To area that has situation based tips and instructions, Photo 101, which contains articles on basic priciples and techniques of photography, and a Shoot Diary, where you can quickly and easily record you experiences, and then share them with others.
As the name suggests, this free version of the app covers basic terminology and skills, and gives you tips on shooting animals, and using a camera’s macro mode. However, there are several in-app purchases available to unlock a wealth of additional tips and articles. For a one-time $2.99 fee, you can unlock all of the premium content, including future article and tip updates. There is a $2.99 paid version of Photo Acedemy, but this fremium counterpart gives you the opportunity to take the app for a test drive before taking the plunge.
After kicking the tires on Photo Acedemy: Orientation, I know I will be unlocking the rest of the app. If like me, you are interested in expaning your photographic horizons, this is the perfect mobile field reference and diary to take along for the ride.
$0.99 [ iTunes ]
Spigen SGP Sleeve for the New iPad
Picked by: PatrickJ
The SGP Sleeve case for the new iPad (or iPad 3) is a very nice companion for the new iPad, and it’s compatible with the iPad 2 as well. It’s handsome looking, very slim and comfortable to carry, and has a cool magnetic closure that keeps the iPad very secure within the sleeve.
I really like the fact that the iPad fits in nicely even with an Apple Smart Cover on. This means I can use the sleeve for what sleeves always are – a nice way to get the iPad from Point A to Point B – and then have my smart cover already on for working with the iPad once it’s out of the sleeve.
I’m not generally a huge fan of sleeve cases, but I’ve had this one for a few weeks now and it’s become one of my favorite cases to use when I’m out and about with the iPad.
$47.99 [ Link ]
Timer [ v 1.0 ]
Picked by: Thomas
My pick this week is App Cubby’s Timer, which features 12 timers for all the things you need ringing reminders for. The controls are all on one screen, and the whole app is dead simple to use: tap on a timer to start, tap to stop, or tap-and-hold to edit. There are no tabs to switch between – just load the app up and start a timer.
I still prefer to use Due for timing things like laundry and quick naps, but I can see how Timer’s compact interface could be really appealing to other users.
$0.99 [ iTunes ]
ArcGis [ v 2.0.2 ]
Picked by: Renkman
I rely heavily on maps on a daily basis for my line of work. I need to be very accurate, and I need tools at my disposal that can assist me locating lat’s & long’s that I can then view on top of many different layers of information (shape files). These shape files make finding information, measure distances, and other aspects of my projects in ArcGIS a very useful tool to have on my iPad while in the office and in the field.
ArcGis is an excellent companion to it’s big-brother program on the PC, and it’s one of the most appealing justifications for using it on a mobile device. You can create detailed maps on your PC and view them on iPad or iPhone. In addition, if you don’t have access to a pricey ArcView license at your workplace you can navigate to ArcGIS.com to create your own maps that can be used in ArcGIS.
As a bonus for existing ESRI customers–this application is part of your ArcGIS system. You can share your corporate maps and extend the reach of your GIS to your iOS devices within your enterprise using ArcGIS Server.
- Navigate map galleries in just a few taps
- Use maps authored in ArcGIS.com
- Access your own GIS data
- Display and zoom to current location
- Data Collection and Editing
* Use your GPS or the map to collect and update GIS data
* Attach photos and movies to what you collect
* Intelligent form-based data entry driven by ArcGIS data models
* Includes a set of hosted industry specific collection sample maps so you can test drive these capabilities. Look for them inside of the new Gallery entry on the Find Maps tab.
- Magnify your Identify and Editing experience
* When interacting with the map, tap and hold to accurately locate a position on the map using a Magnifier
- Perform linear and area measurements based on your current location or by interacting with the map.
- Retrieve detailed map metadata
- View feature attribute information
- Perform keyword search and get access to relevant information
- Execute predefined searches
- Change the visibility of layers
- Access popular maps faster by adding them to your favorites list
- Share maps with other iPhone/iPad users
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.