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4 years ago

Developer Spotlight: Alexander Tsepko of FX Photo Studio

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Developer Spotlight: Alexander Tsepko of FX Photo Studio

TiPb's developer spotlights are like DVD/iTunes Extras for the App Store -- a weekly look behind the scenes at the programers and designers that bring you the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games you love. This week Rene talks with Alexander Tsepko from MacPhun.

Note: This interview was conducted a few days before WWDC 2011.

What's your name? Alexander Tsepko. Some people call me AT.

What's your company? MacPhun LLC.

Where are you located? USA and Ukraine (Europe). Most of MacPhun people are located in these two countries. But we also have freelancers (developers, beta testers, designers) in some other countries around the world. These people give us great input on what features to include in apps. For example we collected suggestions on what filters to include in FX Photo Studio from all continents and it is absolutely amazing how tastes differ.

What's your website address? www.macphun.com – corporate home page, which is now in the process of remaking, but you can get an idea about what applications we have developed. Also we have www.fxphotostudioapp.com, www.perfectphotoapp.com, www.silentfilmdirector.com and www.cartoonaticapp.com for our most loved apps.

What's your Twitter name? Mostly I use @fxphotostudio where I share news about our photo applications, iPhoneography and all fun things. You can say it is both personal and business; I am not a type of person to keep several accounts for different purposes. Don’t have that much time. Also there is @silentfilmdir, where we tweet about things related to video with iPhone and iPod touch.

What apps do you make? We have a photo processing application FX Photo Studio for iPhone and FX Phone Studio HD for iPad. There is a version for iOS and newly released version for Mac OS, which is called FX Photo Studio PRO. Then we have Silent Film Director for iOS. This app lets you create awesome retro movies. Photo editor for iPhone Perfect Photo and photo editor for iPad PhotoPal. Also fresh and free video app Cartoonatic for shooting animated videos. This is by far my favorite app. I am a big A-HA fan and this app lets you create music video which will look almost like that famous “Take on me” clip. We have developed more apps, but these are the titles which people and us love and use most.

What apps, other than your own, are currently among your favorites? As a photo and video fanboy I really love Instagram for sharing and innovations, QuickPix for speed, Super 8 for style and LensFlare for almost everything about it. Also I am greatly enjoying the app, called SkyView, it lets you see some mind blowing things around you. And I play Infinity Blade quite often: have spent lots of money on in-app purchases, so I am not surprised they are among top grossing apps. Wondering if guys from Chair Entertainment Group ever purchased in-apps in FX Photo Studio☺

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4 years ago

iCloud features: Manage associated devices in iTunes

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iCloud features: Manage associated devices in iTunes

While Apple boldly cut the cord with iOS 5, moving from iTunes to iCloud, it looks like they're wisely leaving some account management power in the veteran desktop app -- namely the ability to manage iCloud associated devices.

With iOS 5 on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, you can choose to enable automatic downloads -- so any app or iBook (or music in the US) bought on iTunes on Mac or Windows PC, or on any iOS device on your account, is pushed out to every other client on that account. Buy Pages on iPhone, it automatically installs on your iPad as well. With iOS 4.3 and iOS 5, you can also call up a list of previous app (and music in the US) purchases and re-download them.

So seeing exactly which devices are on your account, and being able to remove them if you have to (buh-bye, ex!) is a great feature for iCloud to have, and it makes sense for it to live in iCloud.

Moreover, since you can only change the account any device is registered to once every 90 days (to prevent everyone from logging in to every friends' account and downloading everyone else's content without paying for it), iTunes will also show you how many days you have left until you can switch accounts again.

If you only have one device, it may not be a big deal. If you're managing a family, or your account status is as complicated as your relationships, it may matter to you more.

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4 years ago

Koder for iPad now available

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Koder for iPad now available

Koder is a code editor for the iPad. It includes many features including syntax highlighting, snippet manager, tabbed editing, find and replace code, editor theme, remote and local files connection.

  • Syntax Highlighting
  • Project Based
  • Built In Snippet Manager
  • Tabbed editing
  • Find and replace code
  • Previewer Browser with View Source function
  • Editor theme
  • Extra Key / Additional Keys on Virtual Keyboard with open+close brackets keys
  • FTP Connection, Dropbox, iDisk, local ipad file storage
  • Sophisticated File Browser
  • Expandable editing space
  • Bluetooth Keyboard Support

If you pick this one up, let us know what you think! Trailer and screenshots after the break.

[$5.99 - iTunes link]

Have an app you'd love to see featured on TiPb? Email us at iosapps@tipb.com, tell us about your app (include an iTunes link), and we'll take a look.

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4 years ago

iOS 5 Features: Unsecured call warning

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iOS 5 Features: Unsecured call warning

Not that many of us are Bond, Borne, or Sarah Walker types, but just in case you might be a target for cellular call eavesdropping, [iOS 5](http://www.imore.com/ios/] will now warn you when you're talking over an unsecured network. If you're a high value target, you're probably avoiding even the secure ones, but if you're simply living next to a nosy neighbor with too much time and Radio Shack kit on his or her hands, it could be handy to know when you're vulnerable.

Anyone glad for this warning?

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4 years ago

New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Monday, June 20

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Monday, June 20

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • Quick Recall: A full featured to do list and note manager designed for users by users. [$2.99 - iTunes link]

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4 years ago

New York Post now blocking iPad Safari browser from accessing its content

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New York Post now blocking iPad Safari browser from accessing its content

The New York Post has put up a paywall which prevents users accessing its web content from an iPad. Now when you visit its online site via the Safari browser on your iPad you get a message asking you to download the app!

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4 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 19 June 2011

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4 years ago

Join us for the iPad Live podcast tonight at 9pm EDT!

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Join us for the iPad Live podcast tonight at 9pm EDT!

###Time: 9pm ET, 6pm PT, 2am BST.

Place: http://www.imore.com/live/

If you have any questions or topics you'd like us to discuss, just leave them in the comments then come be part of the show!

(And yes, you can watch from iPhone via Ustream Viewer app (here's how) and iPad (we recommend Duet Browser.)

Chat with you soon!

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4 years ago

Reminder: 10,000 post giveaway!

Reminder: 10,000 post giveaway!

Did you enter our 10,000 post giveaway yet? If so, awesome. Just one entry is plenty. If not... what are you waiting for, a reminder post? Fine! Here it is.

GO ENTER OUR BIG 10,000 POST GIVEAWAY

We'll pick ten (10) of you and send you the case of your dreams. We'll also pick one (1) lucky poster and send you a $100.00 iTunes gift certificate.

Contest starts now and ends Tuesday, June 21 at 12pm. So what are you waiting for, get to it!

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4 years ago

The week in iPad

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The week in iPad

Missed a compelling piece of iPad news, a great review, or a killer how-to? We're not collecting absolutely everything in iPad here -- you can hit up TiPb.com/iPad for that! -- but we're carefully picking what we think is the best of the last 7 days and presenting it here for your review.

And hey! -- these double as show notes for our iPad Live! podcast tonight at 9pm Eastern. So join us at TiPb.com/live and follow along!

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4 years ago

iPad 2 AirPlay mirroring walkthrough [video]

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iPad 2 AirPlay mirroring walkthrough [video]

One of the most exciting features of iOS 5 is the ability to mirror the iPad 2 screen on a high definition TV via an Apple TV. When it is enabled, you can see everything that you see on your iPad 2 on the TV, including videos, games, documents etc, all in real time.

Apple ‘n’ Apps has put together an excellent video walkthrough showing how it all works. The video demonstrates the speed at which the data is transferred between the iPad 2 and the Apple TV. It is very very impressive.

Gaming on the iPad 2 will gain a huge boost with the release of iOS 5 and AirPlay mirroring. It will no doubt enable new innovative ways to play games on your TV and iPad 2, at the same time! Take a look at the video after the break. Let us know what you think in the comments!

[Apple'n'Apps]

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4 years ago

Kingdom Conquest racking up in-app purchase charges?

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Kingdom Conquest racking up in-app purchase charges?

Many users are complaining that Sega's Massively Multiplayer Online Game, Kingdom Conquest is "stealing" money from their iTunes accounts. Even though the game itself is free, the game has many in app purchases, ranging from $0.99 - $43.99, which since mid-May, users claim these purchases are being made without their consent. If these complaints are to be believed, it seems that even people that didn't download the original app are being effected as well.

Sega has responded to complaints in their forum:

"We are currently investigating this claim as well as some others, but since we have no access to any customers' iTunes account information or transaction histories we highly recommend contacting Apple directly. "

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4 years ago

App for that: How to create a simple a invoice

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App for that: How to create a simple a invoice

There are hundreds of thousands of iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps for just about everything -- so how come the one you need, the one you know just has to be there, is so hard to find? Enter TiPb's new weekly feature where staff and readers alike sort through the App Store and help you find just the right App for That. This week, Aatif asks:

I'm writing as a freelancer for a blog, and I was wondering if there was an app available that can help me keep track of how many posts I have written in a pay period as well as amount earned for each.

To see what we found for Aatif, follow along after the break!

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4 years ago

TiPb Picks of the Week

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TiPb Picks of the Week

Every week a few of us from team TiPb will bring you our current favorite, most fun and useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they’re iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch related, they’re fair game.

To see what we picked, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!

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4 years ago

The difference between iPad 2 and Android tablet commercials

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The difference between iPad 2 and Android tablet commercials

Apple has now aired a series of three iPad 2 commercials, the first of which clearly states up front that it's not about specifications, it's about experience. They go on to show how different people, in different walks of life, can use, benefit, and enjoy the iPad in a multitude of easy to understand ways. Verizon has aired a couple Android tablet commercials during the same period, and these focus on Flash, chipsets, and radio technologies.

Apple/iPad: "When technology gets out of the way everything becomes more delightful."

Verizon/Android: "Your wife will love the dual core Tegra 2 chipset."

Apple/iPad: "If you ask a parent, they might call it intuitive."

Verizon/Android: "4G LTE upgradeable."

Check out the videos after the break. Apple has shown how to sell tens of millions of iPads but apparently even Verizon still can't hear them now.

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