The big news in iPhone software this week is Silicon Valley start-up Booyah announced yesterday they had raised $4.5 million in Series A funding from Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, & Byers (KPCB) iFund for a new mystery iPhone product. The "iFund" is a $100 million venture capital fund that was set up specifically to fund exceptional iPhone software development.
So, how did this obscure start-up secure this kind of iFunding? Booyah was started by Keith Lee, Brian Morrisroe, and Sam Christiansen who had worked previously at Blizzard Entertainment, Activision, and Insomniac Games, respectively. This group of industry heavyweights … Read more
ACDSee Photo Manager 2009 promises to be a program that bridges the gap between high-powered photo alteration software and online sharing programs. With a dizzying amount of options and sophistication, it may do all it promises but it could leave users overwhelmed.
This program opens up with an opportunity for users to take a virtual tour of the program and learn about all its features. This is an excellent place to start, because the ACDSee Photo Manager gets confusing in a hurry. This is not a bad thing, however. Users familiar with Photoshop's options will find everything from cropping … Read more
You've probably seen freebie deals floating around from dotPhoto, Snapfish, and other online photo developers--50 prints here, 25 there--but nothing like this: ArtsCow.com is offering a whopping 1,200 free prints to new customers--600 4x6s and 600 5x7s, and in your choice of glossy or matte!
What's the catch? For starters, you're on the hook for shipping charges, which seems only fair. I tossed half a dozen 4x6s into my cart and the shipping came to $2.49. When I bumped the quantity to 100, the price went to $5.99.
I priced the same … Read more
While military camouflage patterns for vehicles have evolved, the application process has been stuck in the spray booth. Now, however, GI equivalents of Earl Scheib can apply a precut "wrap" of adhesive vinyl that will blend in on virtually any battlefield.
The process is similar to the advertising and decorative wraps commonly seen on cars and buses, except that this product from Military Wraps, called Photo Veil, is lightweight and incorporates images from cameras on drones, satellites, or lidar in the field and loops them back to be applied to vehicles or equipment as site-specific, high-resolution camouflage.
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Picnik has a new and simple way of distributing photos you've just edited in your browser. Using application programming interfaces from Photobucket's TwitGoo photo-hosting service and Twitter, it lets you compose a tweet that includes a link to the photo right inside of the editor.
To do this you simply link up your Twitter account once, and Picnik saves your credentials for future use. It also lets you take a shot you've edited in Picnik and quickly make it either your Twitter profile picture, or background. In either case it's skipping the step of you having … Read more
National Geographic has a fun new feature called the Infinite Photograph that takes over 300,000 photos collected from its archives and submitted by users, and turns them into a giant photo mosaic. It lets you zoom in infinitely, making your way deeper into each photo as it breaks down into smaller photos of various colors.
The service is the latest effort to promote the company's MyShot program, which showcases user-uploaded photographs that appear both online and in the monthly publication.
Early Thursday I spoke with Rob Covey, who is National Geographic's senior vice president of content and … Read more
As a media management application for iPhone and iPod Touch, PhotoList's capability to store and sort images by the name and star rating you assign them is a convenient way to quickly find images in a large collection. As with any application that requires you to build a media library from scratch, set-up takes time, enough of it, in fact, that those with large collections in their iPhone camera roll to use PhotoList only for best-of collections. The sorting, rating, and adding photos is intuitive, but we experienced delays after saving a rated and labeled image.
For a $1.… Read more
Touting itself as a media management app for iPhone and iPod Touch, PhotoList ($1.99) lets you create photo albums on the iPhone and then fill them with images you can label and rate. You'll be able to further sort images by their name or their star rating, which can be a convenient way to quickly find images in a large collection.
As with any application that requires you to build a media library from scratch, setup takes time, enough of it, in fact, that those with large collections in their iPhone camera roll might want to only use … Read more