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Just a quick post to let you know that my latest app is out today – TheWorldClock.

TheWorldClock keeps track of the time in your friends’ & colleagues’ part of the world so you don’t have to. Add multiple clocks displaying different time zones and personalise them by renaming them to something more meaningful – like a friend, relative or client, so you’ll always know the best time to get in touch.

You can tell at a glance whether it’s a convenient time – if a clock is white it’s daytime, black it’s night.

If you’re interested, you can get a copy from the App Store here.

ActionNotes 1.6

We’ve just released the latest update to our iPad app, ActionNotes.

This update features shiny new retina display graphics for all the New iPad owners out there – click on the image above to get a full sized look at just how big it is. We’ve also added a new automatic backup feature on top of our existing Dropbox backup support. This new feature works even if you don’t have an internet connection to make local backups on your iPad just incase anything goes wrong…

Plus, we’ve implemented a spellchecker and fixed a couple of bugs – and it’s at a special sale price at the moment, so grab a copy now if you haven’t already picked it up.

Pocket – my new favourite app

Just a quick post to point you in the direction of the new app/service, Pocket.

It’s not actually brand new, being a relaunch rebranding of the old ReadItLater service. The idea is that as you browse the wonderful world of the internet, your Facebook page, your Twitter account and your RSS feeds you simply add anything that interests you to your ‘Pocket’ where it will be a available for offline reading later when you get the chance. You can sort, tag, favourite everything and of course, it all looks super-smooth.

Find out more on their here

iPad retina display – Curtis Knapp app

You may remember that I recently posted about an iPad app I had the pleasure of working on called Icons – The Portrait Photography of Curtis Knapp.

Well the app has just been updated to support the new iPad’s retina display (and dropped in price to just 69p/99c so there’s no excuse not to grab a copy) and as part of that process I had to recreate some of the graphics at the new resolution of 2048 x 1536 and it wasn’t until I did that I realised just how bloody big that really is!

Here's a section from the frontispiece collage at retina display resolution. Compare it to...

...the same image on the old iPad display

But to really get a feel for how big the artwork has to be, click on the image below and make sure you look at it at actual size…

We’re still in the early days of these high resolution displays but I’m pretty sure it won’t be too long until Apple updates all of it’s MacBooks, iMacs & desktop monitors to full retina resolutions. And where Apple leads…

The New iPad is here

Apple have just released the New iPad – yes that’s what it seems to be officially called. Not the iPad 3 or the iPad HD but the New iPad.

Seems like a slightly strange choice of name to me with the obvious problem of what they’re going to call next years – The Even Newer iPad, followed by The Newest iPad yet? There’s no really surprises to be found but then there didn’t need to be – the existing iPad is good enough and selling by the bucket load so just make it even better and you can’t go wrong…

For the same price you get an awesome retina resolution display (more pixels than my 52″ HD TV), faster processor, more RAM, 4G connection if you want it and a bunch of new and updated apps. I think they’ll sell a few of these…

A critical look at the iPad’s Music App

The iPad Music app – what happened?

When iOS 5 was announced there’s was lots of talk of all the exciting shiny new features but very little mention of any update to the iPad Music app – which was OK by me because it seemed to do pretty much everything I expected of it anyway. Then I spotted a few screens here and there and saw that it had had a graphical UI overhaul and caught some people moaning about the skeuomorphic UI design that Apple were busily slapping all over everything with iOS 5.

I’m not a huge fan of the fake leather and wood trim myself but at the end of the day, that’s just eye candy – what really matters is the UX, the user experience, and that’s something that Apple always excel at, isn’t it? So what the hell went wrong with the iPad Music app?

Apple haven’t just changed the look of the app they’ve made numerous changes to the way the app works, pretty much all of which have actually been a step backwards – some have removed existing functionality for no reason and others are just poor UI choices relating to button size, placement etc. Let’s have a look at some of them in more detail… Continue reading

iPad app Icons – The Portrait Photography of Curtis Knapp

Late last year I was lucky enough to be asked to design an iPad app collecting the work of Curtis Knapp.

Although the name sounded familiar, I couldn’t place him until I saw the images – then I realised that, as a music fan, I’d been familiar with his work for years. There’s a fantastic selection of music and movie icons on display here including Madonna, Andy Warhol, REM, Slash, Debbie Harry and many, many more. Continue reading

MoodClock for the iPad & iPhone

My new iPad app, MoodClock has just hit the Apple Store.

As you can probably guess from the name it’s a combination clock and mood lamp. It doesn’t do much but what it does do, it does beautifully (well so I’d like to think). You can choose your favourite background colour (any colour you can think of) or just let it fade from one to another and you can choose black or white text and then adjust the transparency of it with a swipe of your finger.

As you can see, you can achieve an almost infinite number of effects, even turning off the time completely to use the iPad as a mood lamp – it’s surprisingly effective when turned against the wall in a darkened room – just like an expensive mood light in fact :) Continue reading

iPad magazines – advertising is getting interactive

Since my post ‘Digital magazines: where are all the interactive adverts?‘, I’ve been keeping an eye on the state of interactive advertising and I’m pleased to report it’s definitely getting better.

The latest digital issue of Wired has this nice little example from Microsoft (believe it or not)

The clever idea is that you can rotate the iPad into landscape mode to see the code behind the ad and ‘tinker with it’…

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Aelios – a unique iPad weather app

I love my iPad and for some strange reason, I love weather apps (probably because I’m British and we’re obsessed with the weather) so I was really interested to see Aelios released in the App Store today.

They’ve got a really unique take on the weather app – basically a large, beautifully designed lens sits in the centre of your screen (I like the tiny ‘Swiss Made’ text – nice touch :) on top of a Google map of the earth. Continue reading

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