Beautiful Pixels http://beautifulpixels.com An Unhealthy Lust for Design Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:00:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Quotebook 3 for iOS http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/quotebook-3-ios/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/quotebook-3-ios/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:00:28 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13538 quotebook-masthead-bpAlthough I haven’t posted on Homescreen.me lately, it has always been a nice place to discover new apps and see what others are using. I bought Quotebook by Lickability a long time ago and...


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Although I haven’t posted on Homescreen.me lately, it has always been a nice place to discover new apps and see what others are using. I bought Quotebook by Lickability a long time ago and actually used it quite a bit until the release of iOS 7. Quotebook is a simple and elegant app to collect quotes. There are a number of use cases for it, even in professional environments.

Yesterday, the folks at Lickability released Quotebook 3, which is quite an update. The app has been redesigned from the ground up to look great on modern iOS devices. It may look simple but the things it does behind the scenes really give it that polish you see in not too many apps. The main app view allows you to browse quotes, authors, sources, tags, and view a random quote that can be added to your library with a single tap. The app also pulls information from Wikipedia for author bios and sources. The workflow to add a quote is very straightforward. Tap the + on the top right and fill in various fields related to the quote like author, source, tags and rating. Quotebook will offer suggestions as you type into the author, source, and tag fields from your music library, contacts or previously used tags. Tapping the source and author field glyphs will let you add photos as well. Quotebook uses iCloud for syncing quotes across iOS devices. Version 3 brings support for clipboard quote detection and x-callback-url support to make the process as seamless as possible. You can also share quotes to Tumblr, Tweetbot and Day One from within Quotebook.

Quotebook 3 is an excellent app. I can’t believe the update is free because of how much has been added, let alone the brand new interface and the fact that it is universal. Quotebook is available on the App Store for $4.99 and is a free update for existing owners.

App Details:

Website | Download URL | Price: $4.99




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Lumy — Magic Hour App http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/lumy/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/lumy/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:30:50 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13534 Lumy iPhone AppLighting is arguably the most important factor when it comes to photography. How good a photo ends up being is directly dependent on the way a subject is lit. Although there are tons of...


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Lighting is arguably the most important factor when it comes to photography. How good a photo ends up being is directly dependent on the way a subject is lit. Although there are tons of different ways you can light up a scene, nothing comes close to natural light photography. And the best kind of natural light for photography is during what is known as the golden hour (or magic hour). This is the period where the light from the sun is soft, at a better angle and works best for your photo and is often only less than an hour long.

However, knowing when the golden hour is every day is difficult and that’s what Lumy is here for. Lumy is an elegantly designed iOS app that tells you exactly what time the golden hours (twice a day) start and end. Available as a Universal app that runs on your iPhone as well as iPad, Lumy presents this information in a very lovingly designed UI.

When you launch the app, it automatically picks up your location and then displays the magic hour timings for you. You can swipe each cell to the left to get additional details, including weather and swipe to the right to enable a notification for that event. Pulling down from the top lets you pick a future date to view golden hour details while pulling up from the bottom refreshes the information for you. You can tap on the location at the bottom and then choose to see the magic hours for any other major city in the world.

Lumy looks elegant and great both on the iPhone and iPad. It’s available on the App Store for just $1.99.

App Details:

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Sporty — Find Someone to Play Your Favorite Sport With http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/sporty-find-someone-play-favorite-sport/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/sporty-find-someone-play-favorite-sport/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:04:32 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13529 Sporty App for iPhoneAs kids, we used to love playing sports. Be it football, cricket, baseball or even something as simple as hide & seek, outdoor activities used to be a lot of fun. That doesn’t seem...


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As kids, we used to love playing sports. Be it football, cricket, baseball or even something as simple as hide & seek, outdoor activities used to be a lot of fun. That doesn’t seem to be the case with kids these days, as most of them just prefer watching television or playing their favorite video games. Even with adults who are interested in playing a sport, finding someone to play the sport with is quite difficult. Sporty aims to solve this.

Sporty is an incredibly beautiful iPhone app that helps you find people who are interested in playing your favorite sport. It lets you create an event for your favorite spot, select a location, date & time and post that even so that others using the app can find it. Alternatively, you can just launch the app and it will show you anyone nearby who is looking for company for that sport. Sporty includes a long list of sports that you can choose from. You can then invite people to this activity by choosing from your friends or people ‘nearby’, or you can even manually invite people from Facebook or via SMS. Next, choose whether you want to keep this activity private (For your close friends only) or Public (so that anyone can join in). The activity summary shows you who has been Invited, who’s Going and who has Declined. You can even add chat messages for others to see. Sporty reminds you of an upcoming event via Push Notification alerts.

The app has been beautifully crafted and the screens look stunning. Each sport uses its respective photo as the background and the UI is absolutely lovely to look at. This isn’t surprising, since the team of three also includes Mathias Mikkelsen, the man behind Timely.

Sporty is a great way to connect with people who are interested in the same sport as you are. It’s ‘Nearby’ feature makes it easy for you to get out of your house and burn some calories, all while enjoying the sport you’ve always loved. My only quibble is that it uses Facebook to log in, although I’m sure other options are coming soon.

Sporty is available Free on the App Store.

App Details:

Website | Download URL | Price: Free




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Interest 4 http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/interest-4/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/interest-4/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:30:48 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13526 interest4-mastheadInterest 4 is a nifty iPhone app to help you with your interest or loan calculations. It’s a pretty straightforward app that’s meant to take the pain out of complex calculations. Interest 4 helps...


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Interest 4 is a nifty iPhone app to help you with your interest or loan calculations. It’s a pretty straightforward app that’s meant to take the pain out of complex calculations.

Interest 4 helps you with four different types of calculations — Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Equal Total Payments and Equal Principal Payments. You can either use the Hamburner button located at the top right of the screen to toggle between these four modes or just swipe to the left or right. The app uses a simple iOS 7-style UI, with different background color for each mode. Simple & Compound Interest calculation inputs are fairly easy to understand, but the other two modes have a ‘more’ button to show you additional data.

Unfortunately, the app uses ugly Google Ads at the bottom that keep asking for your attention and gets jarring as you keep using the app. Fortunately, you can disable them with a $1.99 IAP. Interest 4 is available for Free on the App Store.

App Details:

Website | Download URL | Price: Free




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Over There 2 http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/over-there-2/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/over-there-2/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:44:26 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13514 overthere2-mastheadOver There 2 is a lovely little location-sharing app for iPhone, built by the same team who brought us Simply North. Over There 2’s most notable feature is that it even works offline, so...


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Over There 2 is a lovely little location-sharing app for iPhone, built by the same team who brought us Simply North. Over There 2’s most notable feature is that it even works offline, so you don’t have to have internet access to use the app.

Over There 2 pulls all the information its needs from the GPS signal that your phone receives and presents it in a beautiful UI. The main screen has a circular view in the center that displays the map layout and your current location. On the top, it displays the GPS accuracy, current speed and elevation as well as your current time and the time zone you are in. The app also generates a URL (such as http://ovt.re/j26ZQQv62RQG) using a smart algorithm that you can share with anyone and which, once accessed, shows your exact location on a map. The URL isn’t a shortener though, it actually is an encoded form of your location. The URL is generated by the app even when you don’t have data coverage, so no data actually leaves the app. There are three buttons at the bottom of the main screen that let you Copy, Share or Add the current location.

I love the visual design of the app and also the fact that there are interface sounds. The overall look and experience of the app is just fantastic. Using the app, you can easily share your current location with anyone using SMS, Email, Twitter or other usual means of communication. Alternatively, it also acts as a great tool to know about your current location when you are wandering about. I wish I had this app during my trip to Ladakh.

Over There 2 is available for $1.99 on the App Store and I’d definitely recommend it if you travel a lot. However, I can’t figure out why the devs decided to call it ‘Over There’ and not ‘Over Here’, since the app only works with your current location and doesn’t let you pick a location manually. If you’re sharing your location with someone, you’d just say “I’m over here!”

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Website | Download URL | Price: $1.99




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Get Moving for iPhone http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/get-moving-iphone/ http://beautifulpixels.com/iphone/get-moving-iphone/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:29:00 +0000 http://beautifulpixels.com/?p=13482 Get Moving MastheadSince the introduction of the iPhone 5s, we’ve seen several fitness related apps appear on the App Store. Most of these apps use the iPhone 5s’ M7 motion coprocessor to track your steps. Get...


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Since the introduction of the iPhone 5s, we’ve seen several fitness related apps appear on the App Store. Most of these apps use the iPhone 5s’ M7 motion coprocessor to track your steps. Get Moving is an app that not only tracks your steps (using the M7 motion coprocessor) but also your inactivity. The app uses some beautiful colours and glyphs to display useful activity tracking information.

The main screen of the app has an attractive circular figure situated right in the center with little divisions around the circumference, each displaying information based on your daily activity. This information includes the number of calories burned, number of steps taken, total active time and total distance covered. The center of this wheel contains a timer called the ‘inactivity timer’. The concept of the inactivity timer is quite interesting. The idea is to remind you to get moving once every x minutes – x being the number of minutes you preset for the timer. So if you haven’t been active for an hour, the app will remind you at the end of the hour to get moving. The timer automatically resets if you start moving so its continuously running in the background. You can choose to have the timer repeat if you want as well. While the timer is running, the app also tracks your current location and collects information on the number of hours/minutes you were inactive in a particular location. As you might expect, this can have an adverse effect on your phone’s battery.

Swiping left on the main screen of the app takes you to a beautiful view that displays the past week’s activity information. I like the way the data is displayed here, especially the row on top that displays the weekly totals based on the app’s theme colours. One more swipe to the left takes you to ‘Weekly Inactivity’ screen which shows you where and on which day you were most inactive. Again, the summary row presented on top of the view is what I liked the most here. There’s a settings page in the app that lets you change the app’s colour theme, edit your vitals, change from imperial to metric system and some more options. The app does have some nice colour themes but I feel the default theme suits the app the best.

Get Moving is centered around a good idea – motivating you to be more active by showing you how inactive you’ve been. I have a couple of gripes with the app though. First, my phone’s battery seemed to die extremely fast after I gave the app permission to use my location data. I also found that the font size in some parts of the app, especially in the help screens, was too small. If you’re looking for an app to motivate you to get off that couch and get active, you might want to download Get Moving. The app is available for $0.99 on the App Store.

App Details:

Website | Download URL | Price: $0.99




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