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.
Twittelator Neue 2 [ v 2.2 ]
Picked by: Alex Jordan
My pick this week is Twittelator Neue. My fascination with Twitter clients doesn’t spring solely from my love of Twitter, but rather, the plethora of different UI designs being implemented to solve the same problem. My go-to Twitter client is still Tweetbot for iOS and OS X. However, as a design nerd, I enjoy tinkering with other clients. Twittelator Neue has all of the features one would expect from a Twitter client, but it manages to implement those features in such a way that very rarely does anything feel in the way. It’s clean, fast, and with the release of this latest update, free. Stone Design also offers Twittelator Free, and Twittelator Pro although, to my eyes, they aren’t as polished as Twittelator Neue.
If you’re like me, and enjoy design, or are just looking for a solid Twitter client for iPhone, it’s worth giving Twittelator Neue a once over.
Free [ iTunes ]
Facebook [ v 5.0 ]
Picked by: Jay
After my recent gripe and moan over the Facebook app, it seems as my “friend” Mark Zuckerberg was listening. The updated version 5 Facebook app has solved almost all of my woes, is quick to load, and has some pleasant user features (such as the animated “Like” finger). I can rely on this newly designed app to give me updated Stories and Timelines, accurate notifications while in the app (though the badge on the iPhone’s springboard still is oddly inaccurate), and navigation that is smooth. And once again, I’m not alone. Currently the app has moved back to 4 stars in the App Store.
Yes, I can enjoy going back to wasting time on Facebook without feeling infuriated. Apology accepted Mark.
Free [ iTunes ]
BiblioBoard [ v 1.1 ]
Picked by: PatrickJ
My pick of the week is a non-pick, a Not Recommended entry. BiblioBoard is a new iPad app that promises to bring ‘history at your fingertips’ with a series of collections of books and works covering a wide range of topics and authors. It’s a free app but the amount of content you actually get for free is minimal and of very poor quality. The App Store description boasts about the collections being expertly curated, a multimedia experience, and of expert commentary to accompany the works.
The reality is that there are no audio or video elements at all in the collections, which feel far more slapped together than expertly curated, and there’s no expert commentary to be found anywhere either. Oh, and none of the text or images within the app are optimized at all for the iPad. Basic reader features like the ability to choose a font or adjust font sizes are missing. The text is tiny in most of the titles and cannot be zoomed properly to make for a tolerable reading experience.
All of the above applies not just to the limited free content within the app, but also holds true for the vast bulk of the content, the anthologies that have to be paid for as In-App purchases. These are ridiculously overpriced at $15.99 each and not worth even a fraction of that price – especially considering that they contain all free, public domain works.
This is definitely a case where the app comes nowehere near living up to its App Store description.
Price: Free (cough, cough) with In-App purchase options as mentioned above
Free [ iTunes ]
Photo Transfer App [ v 3.3 ]
Picked by: Thomas
My POTW is the Photo Transfer app, recommended to me by Patrick. I love this app because it allows me to stay completely wireless. I use iTunes Wi-fi sync for throwing music and ringtones back and forth between my Mac and iOS devices, but Photo Stream can be slow and unreliable – then there’s the fact that Apple offers no way to wirelessly transfer video. Thankfully, Photo Transfer takes care of both photos and videos, and can transfer them over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. All I need to do is load Photo Transfer up on the devices I’d like to transfer between, select the media I’d like to send, and tell the receiving device to “get photos” or “get videos”.
Not only is this app great for getting 4S videos onto my Mac, but it’s also great for getting video clips onto the iPad so that I can edit them with apps like Avid Pro or iMovie. I used to have to send media to the iPad through iTunes and iPhoto, but Photo Transfer helps me do it with a lot less effort, and should negate the need for a iPad Camera Kit (which I was thinking of buying).
Photo Transfer is a single $2.99 purchase that works across your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
$2.99 [ 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.