New and improved photo options
This week’s roundup of apps includes one new offering, Google Photos, and a veteran, Pixelmator, that make it easy and cheap to store and edit your pics in iOS.
Fit Men Cook
We’re suckers for self-improvement apps. The $3 Fit Men Cook iOS app offers more than 100 healthy recipes from health expert Kevin Curry, and a plan to do all your cooking two days a week, so you can have healthy food available to eat during the rest of your busy week.
Honestly: Flickr is the one Yahoo product we still use. Now Google Photos is aiming to undo even that achievement by offering unlimited, free storage for your high-quality photos. (If you want to store the pics at original size, you’ll tap into the 15GB of free storage you get on Google Drive.) It includes easy-to-use editing and sharing tools. And, Google adds: “Your photos are now searchable by the people, places, and things that appear in your photos. Looking for that fish taco you ate in Hawaii? Just search ‘Hawaii’ or ‘food; to find it even if it doesn’t have a description.”
Amazon keeps finding new ways to make the Kindle app more useful for readers. The latest innovation? Bookerly, a new font the company says is crafted for easy, eye-strain-free reading on digital screens like the ones on your iPad and iPhone.
Lara Croft: Relic Run
Lara Croft: Relic Run is, well, another Lara Croft adventure, natch. “When a shadowy conspiracy threatens the world, only Lara Croft is equipped to unearth the truth. Collect clues to uncover ancient relics. Run, swing, drive, and swan dive your way through beautiful and challenging environments.” The game is free, but there are plenty of in-app purchases you can make along the way.
The $5 Moleskine Timepage app presents your schedule as a continuous timeline, allowing you to view a whole week at a glance, or to scroll into the future to see what is coming up. You can get travel time and directions for your events by car, public transit, cycling or walking; the app works with Google Calendar, Microsoft Exchange, and Apple iCloud.
Movie of the Day!
Like movies? Like bargains? Movie of the Day! features a different movie from from the Fox archives each day, heavily discounted for download to your iTunes video library. All deals are available for 24 hours.
The much-beloved $5 photo editor Pixelmator is now available as an iPhone app, with new features like “distort,” which lets you pinch, bump, twirl, and warp areas of your images; “clone,” which lets you duplicate items in the picture; and “repair,” which, yes, fixes errors in selected areas of your image.
We were already fans of Dialr, which lets us speed-dial selected friends and family from our iPhone’s widget screen. The $1 Widget Dial lets you do that, plus text, plus see recent calls and dial them back. Soon, you won’t ever have to open your iPhone to actually use your iPhone.