theappwhisperer

theappwhisperer

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Works as a Journalist/Photographer
Has a website at http://theappwhisperer.com
Joined on Apr 5, 2011
About me:

Joanne Carter is the Founder and Editorial Director of TheAppWhisperer.com. A Professional Photographer and Associate of the British Industry of Professional Photographers, BIPP, as well as a Professional Journalist, specializing in Technology. A contributor to National and International publications, including DPReview, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Professional Photographer, NikonPro, Graphix, Digital Arts, Readers Digest, Popular Photography & Imaging, Which?, ePhotozine.com and Android Magazine

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Thank you Tommy for your kind words and good luck with The Colour Geek Squad - I'll keep a look out for that, for sure.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2013 at 22:07 UTC as 4th comment
On Camera ZOOM FX article (22 comments in total)
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Maverick_: I have been using Camera Zoom FX on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0.2 Ice Cream Sandwich for some time now. For me the most important feature of the Camera Zoom FX (not mentioned above ) is the "Stable Shot." Stable Shot, which is basically steady shot, uses an algorithm that senses movement and waits until the camera is steady before it takes the picture. It works really well.

I have replaced the stock camera app with Camera Zoom FX. Not mentioned above, Camera Zoom FX allows you to also shoot video, although it simply launches the stock video app, so in essence you don't need to use the stock camera app any more.

I also use an HDR Camera app for daylight shooting.

Once last thing, to the "theappwhisperer" the proper phrase for something that is smart and hip is "sleek" and not "slick." Slick means sly or shrewd. Sleek means smooth, glossy, graceful and such.

Thank you for your comments above, regarding the 'slick' and 'sleek' terminology. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the use of 'slick' as an adjective is thus,

"done or operating in an impressively smooth and efficient way"

This is how this word was used in the review. Accordingly, the Oxford English Dictionary describes the word 'Sleek', again as an adjective as:

"(of hair, fur, or skin) smooth and glossy"

Obviously the word 'sleek' would of been totally inappropriate in this review and that's why it was not used.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:27 UTC
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klopus: Much ado about nothing. There are zillion of apps like it on the App Store already and for a long time. Just check Camera+, Camera Pro, King Camera, etc. I'm sure there are analogues on Android market. Camera Awesome also seems to lack stabilizer which all of the mentioned apps (and others) have.

Hi Andy, thanks for your reply. I think many readers were concerned that there were just so many in-app purchases on this app. We're all quite used to a few but there's as you say 'a ton that can be purchased'.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 29, 2012 at 21:16 UTC
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klopus: Much ado about nothing. There are zillion of apps like it on the App Store already and for a long time. Just check Camera+, Camera Pro, King Camera, etc. I'm sure there are analogues on Android market. Camera Awesome also seems to lack stabilizer which all of the mentioned apps (and others) have.

Hi Andy, I mentioned this new app on theappwhisperer.com too today and I've had quite a lot of feedback regarding the in-app purchases. From what I can gather so far there are 29 in total. Many readers are expressing that this isn't really a 'free' app. Just wondered what your thoughts were...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 29, 2012 at 20:09 UTC
On Disposable Hipstamatic - iOS App Review article (38 comments in total)
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twenty200: This app is garbage. The fact that you're reviewing it here really makes me question your level of expertise in regard to mobile photography. I mean, really now. Out of the thousands of photography apps, many of which are stellar, you choose to review THIS?

The original Hipstamatic app is surprisingly impressive. This app is garbage. It's nothing more than an attempt at clever marketing in order to make an easy buck, and they got hammered for it from many of their fans when it was released, so much so that they had to quickly rework the pricing scheme due to the backlash.

I love dpreview, but your expertise in mobile photography is lacking to the point where it's embarrassing. It's obvious to anyone who shoots with an iPhone.

4 stars for this app. Yikes.

Hi, thanks for your comment, just to reiterate, we actually gave it 3.5 stars and not 4. What's your experience of this app, we'd love to know more. Joanne

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 20:56 UTC
On Disposable Hipstamatic - iOS App Review article (38 comments in total)
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elquixote: Pixlr-o-matic for Android, in my opinion, is better than instagram for effects/picture taking, but isn't as smooth for sharing/social. Probably best photo app of its kind on Android and unfortunately under-appreciate due to lack of coverage.

We like this app too and hope to cover it soon, so keep checking back for that.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 09:36 UTC
On Roundup: Portfolio Apps For iOS article (29 comments in total)
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davidrm: Do any of these suport Iptc metadata in any way? For example filtering on embedded data, and, even better, editing.

I was just about to add that, thanks for answering this - by the way, just so the readers are aware, Shutterlouse is the developer for the FolioBook app, as reviewed above, thanks guys.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2011 at 10:59 UTC
On Roundup: Portfolio Apps For iOS article (29 comments in total)
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Richard Koh: Thanks Joanne. Good review of the portfolios. These applications may even spin off new income avenue for photographers helping their clients to present their work.

Thanks Richard for your comment, yes indeed these apps should help the income flow for photographers presenting their work to clients and anything I can do to contribute to that makes me so happy.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2011 at 07:45 UTC
On Android and iOS App Tools For Photographers article (68 comments in total)
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wijnands: Well...

That's an extremely lame selection..

1. Why only paid apps while especially on android there's a LOT of free apps as well.
2. For me the killer app on smartphone for photography is a simple gps logger. That's missing here. Why!?

Many thanks for your comment - not all of the apps are paid for, Photo Tools Pro for example is the paid for version of Photo Tools and we mention this within the post. We also mentioned Photographer's Contract Maker that's free on Android, iExposure free on iOS, Photographic Light Meter free on Android, Eye-Fi free on iOS and Android. The others range in price from as little as $0.99/£0.69 up to $24.99.

At the beginning of the article we state that this is not an exhaustive list of tool apps and is intended only as an introduction to the variety of apps that are currently available. Rather than list the huge variety of simple depth of field apps or gps apps we took the view of mentioning tool apps that had that functionality as well as tons of others, for example Photo Buddy - iOS or Photo Tools - Android Free.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2011 at 09:59 UTC
On Mobile imaging apps - an overview article (32 comments in total)
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Falxon: Guys, what's with ALL of the headline apps being iPhone apps? The article starts out mentioning Android, then goes on to pretty much be an Apple love-fest.

To make matters worse, the Android apps you do list below each category are not even linked to the Android Market, while all Apple apps are faithfully linked.

With Android outnumbering Apple users, I would hope for much better balanced coverage, or at least, call it an article for Apple users only.

This article is not about 'the best' camera apps - it is about separating them out into an organized coherent order. We do not state that the apps that are highlighted are the best in their category, that's not what it is about. We didn't want this to read just as a top chart show.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2011 at 09:16 UTC
On Mobile imaging apps - an overview article (32 comments in total)
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Falxon: Guys, what's with ALL of the headline apps being iPhone apps? The article starts out mentioning Android, then goes on to pretty much be an Apple love-fest.

To make matters worse, the Android apps you do list below each category are not even linked to the Android Market, while all Apple apps are faithfully linked.

With Android outnumbering Apple users, I would hope for much better balanced coverage, or at least, call it an article for Apple users only.

Part of the reason for slower growth on Android is due to the hardware and software fragmentation issues. Chris Kahlier developer of Retro Camera for Android and Apple iOS agrees, “It took many iterations to get Retro Camera for Android working as well as it does”.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2011 at 09:06 UTC
On Mobile imaging apps - an overview article (32 comments in total)
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Falxon: Guys, what's with ALL of the headline apps being iPhone apps? The article starts out mentioning Android, then goes on to pretty much be an Apple love-fest.

To make matters worse, the Android apps you do list below each category are not even linked to the Android Market, while all Apple apps are faithfully linked.

With Android outnumbering Apple users, I would hope for much better balanced coverage, or at least, call it an article for Apple users only.

Camera app developers appear to fall into two camps regarding the Android Marketplace, those that believe it’s only a matter of time until more photography apps appear and those that think there isn’t enough incentive to develop apps for Android. To many developers, Apple has created a platform that is so much easier on which to create apps. The downside to this is due to the competition in the Apple App Store and this in turn makes it much harder to stand out, for example more Retro Camera apps have been sold in the Android marketplace than the Apple App Store.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2011 at 09:04 UTC
On Mobile imaging apps - an overview article (32 comments in total)

We categorized the apps into eight key subcategory areas, Camera Enhancement, Image Editing, Filters, Panoramas, TiltShift, HDR, 3D and Toy.

Camera Enhancement apps offer some much-needed extra functionality for both stills and video capture. Don’t expect DSLR or even compact camera level capability, at least just yet, though there are some promising features.

We’ve made the distinction between Image Editing and Filter apps as many of these overlap in terms of features but the former offer more-traditional image adjustment and enhancement options. We appreciate it’s a thin line between the two but it’s a crowded segment and user’s expectations differ; some want automation others want greater levels of control. You could also say our other categories (Panoramas, TiltShift HDR, Toy and 3D) fall under Effects, and it’s perhaps the reason why Apple has so far resisted the temptation to add sub-sets.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2011 at 09:02 UTC as 6th comment
On Mobile imaging apps - an overview article (32 comments in total)
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jmmgarza: I am teaching an iPhone and iPad photography course at the local university. This information will be useful.

That's great, pleased to help. Keep checking back as we're sure you'll find lots more info very soon too.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2011 at 21:03 UTC
On Mobile imaging apps - an overview article (32 comments in total)
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Tony Rundle: I hope you'll have time to look at iPad apps too at some point.

Yes of course, don't worry, that's coming.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2011 at 11:25 UTC
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