Question by Allan: Can android apps easily be transformed into Iphone adds and the other way around? I’m wondering if I made an android app.. would it be easy to transform it to work on Iphones.. or would I need to program it from the ground again?
Answer by TimGenerally speaking – No, it’s not easy unless you planned from the start for portability.
iOS and Android do a lot of the same stuff in similar sort of ways, but the fundamentals of the languages and interface design structure is different enough the porting native apps has to basically be done from scratch. Lots of projects online have tried to find ways around this, for example you can code a simpler app as a web app and use cross-platform frameworks like PhoneGap. And note that different types of app pose different problems for porting, for example OpenGL ES is basically the same libraries in C and Java but the differences in language and objects will change how you organize things.
The best approach is to plan ahead. For new app projects it often makes sense to scale down and focus on one platform initially (iOS usually has the greatest potential for return), but you want to keep portability an option in how you choose to organize and code the app from the initial architectural and design stages.
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Though digital photos give us the instant gratification we crave, they’re all too fleeting, quickly forgotten after they’re posted or left buried on phones, memory cards and desktop programs.
For this reason, physical photo books are big crowd pleasers. But they can take days or weeks to finish. I speak from experience, having started three unfinished iPhoto books in the past two years.
KeepShot shows the photo book in the middle, photo sources on the left and three editing options on the right.
This week, I tested a free iPad app that simplifies the book-creating process: KeepShot. It launched Tuesday in Apple’s App Store and is from MyPublisher, the first company to create affordable custom physical books from digital images, back in 1994.
I’ve used this app for the past week to create four books, including my own wedding album — a year and a half after tying the knot. KeepShot is a delight to use. It tosses out all of the things that drive me nuts about bookmaking software programs, namely long upload times, restrictive layouts and cheesy themes. It lets you see your book in a view that takes up the whole iPad screen.
Books cost between $ 20 and $ 70 for a 20-page volume, not including shipping, though prices can jump for additional pages or features like lay-flat paper ($ 20 more per book) and super-gloss pages ($ 10 more per book). (To mark the launch of this new app, MyPublisher is offering a free 8.75-inch-by-11.25-inch photo book, a $ 36 value, to the first 10,000 orders.)
A choice of background colors, right, allows for customization.
It took just nine minutes to completely upload one book via Wi-Fi, though another with huge photo files from a professional photographer took closer to 40 minutes.
If you’ve ever used a traditional desktop bookmaking software program, including MyPublisher’s, you’ll recall the dizzying number of intricate adjustments that can be made to any photo, layout, design or background pattern. Before KeepShot, I had a hard time imagining doing any book editing without a computer mouse, but after a couple of days with the iPad app, my fingers’ on-screen gestures were able to create a photo book with no problem.
Working on an iPad on my lap is a wholly different experience than working at my computer: It never felt like work. While watching TV shows, I relaxed on the couch with my iPad, dragging photos into my KeepShot book and tapping an icon to change page layouts. On a short flight from Washington, D.C., to Boston, I opened my iPad in a cramped seat and created a book of photos from a trip to Argentina and Uruguay.
An obstacle to creating photo books is that many photos are posted on social networks. KeepShot imports images from Facebook, Instagram and Flickr, along with pulling in photos from the iPad photo library. If an image’s resolution is too low, KeepShot will warn you before you submit the book. I don’t keep my entire iPhoto library on my iPad, so I had to plug my iPad into my MacBook to sync a few albums from iPhoto.
The first view in the KeepShot app shows the books you’re working on, including finished books. They appear to be resting on an elegant countertop with out-of-focus furniture in the background, like we’re glancing at a room in your house. To make a new book, tap on a giant plus button and choose from 12 designs.
Tapping once on a book opens it for viewing and you swipe forward or backward to turn pages. Tapping on any page opens a book for editing, and this is where you usually find a cluttered mess of options. But KeepShot instead shows the book in the middle, photo sources on the left and three editing options on the right (layout, background and customize). Want to see just the book as you edit? Grab a tiny handle and drag photos off the screen to the left, then tap an arrow on the right to hide editing options.
One of my favorite KeepShot features is its flexibility. The app’s 12 design layouts are a guide, but you can change layouts at any time and place images directly on the page where you want them, as large or small as you want, in the frame of your choice. A smart Arrange option lets you choose which images show when two overlap by adjusting a slide bar. A Customize option lets you drop objects and stamps onto pages, though some are a little tacky, like an “Awesome Lover” stamp.
At any time during editing, tap a small “i” icon in the top left to see animated videos on how to use features. These were a big help when I forgot how to do something.
People should receive their books between four and eight days after submitting to MyPublisher, the company says. I ordered books in three sizes (pocket hardcover, classic hardcover and deluxe hardcover) and selected a variety of options, including lay-flat pages, standard printing and superior gloss pages. All of the books looked outstanding, with sharp images and thick, heavy pages that felt professional.
KeepShot has turned photo books from a laborious chore to a fun and less intimidating iPad experience.
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Answer by loanquestDon’t do it.
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I like to use my SLR, but there are many times when I leave it behind because I’m not sure whether it’ll be able to handle the conditions I plan to be using it in. LA-based hardware startup Outex is trying to make sure that photographers can use their cameras anywhere, without having to fork over north of $ 1,000 for environmental protection gear, and it’s taking to Kickstater to fund the latest piece in its product puzzle.
The Outex is a flexible casing for DSLR and other interchangeable lens cameras (it works with mirrorless systems, too) created by founder JR deSouza and his cousin Roberto Miglioli based on their shared love of photography, a hand-me-down from their grandfather, and a lack of good affordable options on the market for protecting cameras during use in harsh conditions. DeSouza told me in an interview that he and his cousin needed something that would work for surfing, kayaking, shooting around the pool, military applications and more, but that didn’t mean sacrificing portability or spending a mint to buy.
In a little over a year, the company has already managed to rack up some impressive customers, including photographers working for Red Bull, National Geographic, Outside Magazine and Vogue. The Outex is being used by a lot of videographers now, too, and the company wanted to build a solution into its product that better serves that market, while also opening up new possibilities for still photography. That’s what this Kickstarter project is about: funding the creation of the “Big O,” an LCD viewfinder window for the Outex.
DeSouza says they came up with the window after first toying with the idea of adding some kind of external LCD monitor to the Outex, and then realizing that the simpler, better and more widely compatible solution would be to simply add a glass window to the case (which itself resembles a kind of camera wetsuit) that would allow the built-in monitors on cameras to be used in any circumstances. Being able to see the viewfinder while the camera was in the Outex was one of the most common customer requests, however, according to deSouza, so coming up with some kind of solution was necessary.
Seeking Kickstarter backing is a first for Outex, and deSouza explained that the reason it went the crowdfunding route this time around was actually the result of a combination of factors.
“I felt that Kickstarter would be a good opportunity to accelerate our development,” deSouza explained. “The key is to be genuine and to do Kickstarter for what it is, and it becomes a great opportunity to get the word out and discover other things[...] I really do think there’s value to the community and the discovery process that also comes along with Kickstarter.”
Outex isn’t meant to be hardcore scuba gear like the Ikelite protectors favored by professional photographers, but where those cost around $ 1,500, a $ 375 pledge gets you everything you need to outfit your SLR with protection for up to 10 meters of submersion, as well as a host of other environmental perils. With the cost of high-quality photo gear coming down, it’s only fitting that a hardware startup emerges to so challenge the price tag on some of the more expensive accessories, too.
Skulls of the Shogun review. Classic Game Room presents a CGR Undertow review of Skulls of the Shogun (developed by 17-bit) for XBox Live Arcade, Windows Phone 7, and Windows 8. Death before dishonor, we all understand that much. But what if you’re already dead? What if everyone’s dead, and you’re just cutting a bloody swath through the land of the dead? (Which itself is ridiculous, because no one has BLOOD.) Then it’s just some armored skeletons breaking the fourth wall and occasionally engaging in a long-overdue turn-based strategy game – reminiscent of Advance Wars – that features an engaging campaign mode and full-featured online play, both live and play-by-mail. This video review features video gameplay footage of Skulls of the Shogun for XBox 360 and audio commentary from Classic Game Room’s TJ. Video Rating: 4 / 5Related Posts:
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