Video Genius iPad App – A Consumer Review

If you’ve had your iPad for about a year and a half, you’re pretty much carrying an antique in your pocket. With smartphone innovations coming at such a frantic pace, there’s a world of difference between the iPad 4 and 3GS, and their predecessors. One of the most dramatic differences is in camera capabilities – where the more recent phones have fancy video capabilities, owners of the earlier ones are stuck with 2.0-megapixel cameras, that just take pictures.

Video Genius - Apps for iPad 2

Video Genius – Apps for iPad 2

There’s nothing much you can do about that disparity, but there are a number of apps available that give older iPads video-capture features, such as Camera Plus Pro and Camera Genius. The makers of Camera Genius, CodeGoo, have also brought out Video Genius, a free standalone app that offers video-capture. With this, owners of older iPad and iPad 3G models can record video. The results don’t quite match what the iPad 4 and iPad 3GS can do, though.

Using Video Genius, you can shoot video in either landscape or portrait formats, although the controls don’t offer automatic orienting. When you launch Video Genius, you’ll see an interface similar to the camera app that’s built into the iPad – your viewfinder is the whole screen. To start recording, you tap the green button at the bottom of the screen – when video is being captured, this will flash and turn red. You film in either portrait or landscape by turning the phone appropriately, although the controls are static and don’t re-orient. Continue reading Video Genius iPad App – A Consumer Review

Billabong Surf Trip for iPad – A User Review

Summer’s nearly over, and most of us have said farewell to the beach for the year. Fortunately, though, you still have an outlet for your surfing skills – Billabong Surf Trip for iPad, the new surfing action game from Chillingo. You can ride tubes, hang ten, and survive wipe-outs.

Billabong Surf Trip - iPad Games

Billabong Surf Trip – iPad Games

While initially setting up Billabong Surf Trip, you choose a surfer and customize their appearance, and then you are introduced to your mentors – the Billabong Team, which consists of four pro surfers. Each level of the game takes place in a well-known international surfing hot-spot.

At the beginning of a level, you’ll see facts about the location displayed at the bottom of your screen, and one of the Billabong pro team will explain what you have to do to get through that level. The game graphics are rendered pretty well, and the ocean’s movement, the rise and fall and swells, are quite realistic. The animation of the surfers is pretty good, though they seem a bit indistinguishable.

When each ride is over, you’ll hear the cheers of enthusiastic spectators on the beach – although they’re pretty easily impressed; it doesn’t take much to raise a cheer. The realism is good enough that sometimes you feel like you’re watching a surfing video rather than playing a game. There are often underwater views, and whenever someone catches a wave you see their pop up in slow motion, then the viewpoint spins around to a different angle. As a result the game seems as much like entertainment as a competition.

Billabong Surf Trip for iPad

Billabong Surf Trip for iPad

In the game, you’ll find eighteen true-to-life tricks of surfing that can be achieved by a combination of movement patterns. They’re not that difficult; the trickiest part is the timing. To get through each level, you have to complete all the maneuvers within a certain time. You can raise your score by performing extra tricks, earning really high points – these can be exchanged for new swimsuits or boards. You can switch to Surf Spots mode if you want to just enjoy the waves for awhile without being clocked, or to Free Play if you want to spend some time practicing tricks.

Billabong Surf Trip for iPad3 has all the qualities of a great sports game: it’s challenging, compelling and well-made. What really sets it apart, though, is that it also manages to truly capture the feel of surf culture – from the Zen feeling of waiting out at sea for the perfect wave, to the sublime, rock soundtrack. Overall, Billabong Surf Trip proves to be an enjoyable, realistic surfing experience.

Worldcard HD – Comprehensive App to Manage Your Business Contacts

Worldcard HD is a powerful contact manager for your iPad. It is the iPad version of its predecessor WorldCard Mobile – an award winning application for iPhone which helps the users to scan business cards and add the details to the contacts. WorldCard HD is specifically designed for business professionals, social entrepreneurs, sales or marketing professionals.

Worldcard HD

Worldcard HD

WorldCard HD allows you to add a business card just by taking a snap of the business card or from the camera roll or by importing from iPad contacts. WorldCard HD uses OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to read the business cards. The OCR simply recognizes the text in the business cards and transfers to your iPad. All the details in the business cards like name, organization name, designation, contact number, fax will be automatically saved to your iPad. You can also add your contacts from iPhone 4S/4/3GS Photo Stream. Continue reading Worldcard HD – Comprehensive App to Manage Your Business Contacts

Weather Information Could Get So Fascinating with Weather Applications

Sometimes watching a weather forecast is really boring. Is it going to rain? Or is it going to be sunny? What if you’re out somewhere where television and radio is unavailable and then rain starts to pour. What do you expect next? Of course, you get soaked under the rain because you didn’t expect the weather condition. How unfortunate could that be?

WeatherBug Elite for iPad

WeatherBug Elite for iPad

Good thing Apple Inc. provides us with the ultimate list of applications like the Weather Apps. With varieties of weather application, it does not only give you the basic forecast but gets you more hooked up with the features where you will be knowledgeable about weather conditions. Weather applications do not only inform you weather forecast on your country but around the globe. Instant information is brought to by Weather applications with just a few touches on your iPad iPod touch, and iPhone. It gives you essential details about the present and upcoming weather conditions such as weather humidity, wind speed, dew point, temperature, UV index and visibility.

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