Brian BeamMacworld

Brian Beam is a software designer and owner of web development firm CommandB, located in Kansas City.

Qik's iPhone video camera apps

The free Qik Live provides only basic recording features but excels at online sharing. The paid Qik Video Camera links to fewer online sites but offers many special recording effects missing from Qik Live and the built-in camera in older iPhones.

Pocket's Pie for iPhone

This app allows you to stealthily snap photos and record audio with your iPhone. But the 1.0 version of Pocket's Pie is pretty rudimentary.

Music ID for iPhone

This music identifier and lyric finder compares favorably to similar offerings in the App Store, thanks to solid features and a compelling price.

Jasuto Modular Synthesizer for iPhone

While not for the faint of heart, this powerful modular synthesis toolbox should appeal to synth pros.

AutoStitch Panorama for iPhone

Even if you don't know an f-stop from a doorstop, you can easily create wide-angle panoramas with the help of this easy-to-use image editor.

1Password and 1Password Pro for iPhone

In these days of login-mania, a password manager is almost a requirement if you want to keep your data secure while maintaining your sanity. 1Password on the Mac and the iPhone is a hard combination to beat, regardless of which version of the mobile app you use.

Barcodescan Pro for iPhone

This app uses the camera on your iPhone to scan in a product's barcode, using that information to pull down price and other data. It doesn't quite measure up to the similar RedLaser, though the two apps end up complementing one another.

Moodagent for iPhone

If you find yourself listening to the same songs over and over again on your iPhone and iPod touch, this free app is a great way to get out of your musical rut. Moodagent can build playlists that reflect your current emotional state.

LyricFind Pro and LyricFind Lite for iPhone

Certain features of the paid and free versions of this lyric finding app are great. But if the artists and songs you like aren't supported by either version of LyricFind, you'll find the app frustrating. You'd best experiment with the ad-supported free version before committing to LyricFind Pro.

Yoritsuki for iPhone

This app doesn't offer much more than ambient noises and pretty views -- though both are very well done. Still, Yoritsuki could stand to add a few small additions to its settings.

TextExpander for iPhone

This time-saving utility is already a useful typing aide for the iPhone and iPod touch. And if more iPhone apps integrate TextExpander, it will become even more useful.

I Am T-Pain for iPhone

Even if you're not into hip-hop music, this app inspired by T-Pain's distinctive sound is sure to impress.

Camena--Song Lyrics for iPhone

If your musical taste is fairly mainstream and the track info on your songs conforms precisely to LyricFind.com, then this lyric finding app will probably work just fine for you. But if your musical taste or track information is a little off center, then your results with Camena may vary.

LogMeIn Ignition for iPhone

If you depend on having reliable remote access capabilities no matter where you are without lugging around a notebook computer, then LogMeIn's app for one-click control over Macs and PCs is a must-have.

TweetTheBeat for iPhone

For music lovers who also use the Twitter microblogging service, TweetTheBeat provides an interesting way to discover new music (and promote your own) with your iPhone or iPod touch.