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Haiku Deck: Make slideshows beautifully

It is hard to find a better app other than Apple’s Keynote for presenting slideshows, but today that is going to change. Haiku Deck, a third party app that has a tonne of features that can make your slideshows better. Without further ado, let’s start the review.

Design

This is what makes Haiku great. The first thing that you do when you download this app is creating an account. You can sign in with your Facebook or Twitter account also. Once creating your account you have two pre-installed ‘Decks’ telling you what is Haiku Deck and the app in action. Tap the plus button to make a new deck.

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The picture above is the first thing that you will see when you create a deck. On the left you can see you have a text button, picture, layout and notes button. You press the picture button to add pictures off Haiku Deck’s wide selection of photos (all photos that Haiku allows you to use is Creative Commons), your own photos from Camera Roll and cloud services. You can choose from 3 different graphs, and solid colours. The layout button lets you choose what layout your title, sub-headings, paragraphs can be.

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You can export your Haiku Deck through major cloud services, links, Keynotes or PowerPoint, or PDF.

The Good

You can export your deck to other formats which I found really suprising because usually you need to upgrade through In-App Purchases. It looks great and fun to use. Haiku Deck takes slideshows to another level. 

The Bad

Saving your deck may take a while depending on how big your deck is. 

Overview 

I would recommend that you should try Haiku Deck if you are looking for something free, simple and fun. It has taken slideshows to the next level. Download Haiku Deck for free on the App Store.

Thanks for reading, more posts coming soon. Mekul

The Best Photo and Movie Apps

Hey everyone! Mekul is back with another post and today I am going to talk about the best Photo apps for iPhone and iPad. So without further ado, let’s get started.

  • Snapseed
  • Probably the best photo app there is on the App Store. The simplicity to use it makes it even better. The options that you have to edit the photos are very good like brightness, frames, contrast, options are very good. The option of frames are broad. This app probably has a lot more features than a free photo app on the App Store. Download Snapseed now from the App Store.

  • PhotoToaster
  • PhotoToaster is a great app, especially when looking for professional filters, frames and FX. There is an FX Brush that allows you to brush in areas of focus and colour, and find that a cool feature. It also has unlimited undo’s which is great because many apps still don’t have that feature. This app is available for $3.99. Download Snapseed now from the App Store.

  • Photo Editor by Aviary
  • I might say that a photo editor is great at filters and frames, and brightness and all that jazz, but really this app is really worth checking out for some features like, red-eye removal, whitening teeth, effects, memes, stickers do drawing features. It is worth checking out and one of my favourites, this app is avaliable for free. Download Snapseed now from the App Store.

  • iMovie
  • Moving on to movies, this app is Apple’s simple video editing app (it isn’t as good as the computer version), it does the job well. This has slow/fast-mo features, trim and split in movie making. You can choose from some great trailers, or movie themes. iMovie is avaliable for $6.99. Download iMovie now from the App Store.

    Thanks for reading, sorry for not posting, see you later. Mekul

    Ingress comes to iOS

    For those who have been waiting for Ingress on iOS (which was only on Android before) will be happy to know that the internet giant, Google has released Ingress on iOS.

    The game uses your real location, objects and landmarks around you to provide clues and find ‘mysterious energy’.

    Here is the blurb.

    A mysterious energy has been unearthed by a team of scientists in Europe. The origin and purpose of this force is unknown, but some researchers believe it is influencing the way we think. We must control it or it will control us.

    “The Enlightened” seek to embrace the power that this energy may bestow upon us. “The Resistance” struggle to defend, and protect what’s left of our humanity.

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    Highlights from the description.

  • The World is the Game – Move through the real world using your iOS device and the Ingress app to discover and tap sources of this mysterious energy. Acquire objects to aid in your quest, deploy tech to capture territory, and ally with other players to advance the cause of the Enlightened or the Resistance.
  • Strategy – The struggle is being played out globally. Track the progress of players around the world, plan your next steps, and communicate with others using an Intelligence map.
  • Form Alliances – The struggle to save the planet spans the entire world. Groups of people acting together can be more effective than individuals acting alone. Cooperation across neighborhoods, cities, and countries will be needed to achieve the ultimate victory.
  • Download Ingress now from the App Store. It supports iOS 5 and up but crashes on iOS 6. Thanks for reading, Mekul.

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    Office for iPad has been released!

    Here is a surprise for Microsoft Office and iPad lovers. A press release is being hosted by Microsoft’s new chief executive in San Francisco this morning. The CEO said Office for iPad is being released today.

    Office for iPad requires Office 365 for editing features. The subscription will cost $6.99 a month, or $69.99 a year. If you don’t want the subscription, you can view documents, presentations, spreadsheets, but you can’t edit them. The subscription buys you access to Office 2013 apps for Mac, Windows and mobile. The apps include Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote and more.

    The apps will be native iPad apps which means they will be individual, native iPad apps. The apps will be released today, free of charge. Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad support standard Office files and integrates with Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage for syncing content across devices and platforms. Unfortunately, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, etc. are not supported.

    Some screenshots from Engadget

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    PowerPoint for iPad

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    Excel for iPad

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    Word for iPad with Editing Features

    It is now available on the App Store, links will be up, just click on the name of the app, Word, PowerPoint, Excel.

    That’s it for today’s post! Thanks for reading and I’ll post soon. Signing off, Mekul.

    App Santa offers Christmas discount specials to iOS apps

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    Christmas is coming around the corner (4 more days…) and people are still doing Christmas shopping. But if your looking for some apps on the App Store, App Santa, a collaborative campaign between a small group of award-winning app developers, launched today, with some great discounts off a handful of apps created by App Santa.

    Get them while you can as these are fantastic prices and these are great apps. List is down below.

    1Password — $9.99
    Tweetbot 3 — $1.99
    Launch Center Pro — $2.99
    Perfect Weather — $1.99
    Clear+ —$1.99
    Calendars 5 — $2.99
    Mileage Log+ — $4.99
    Vesper — $2.99
    Delivery Status — $2.99
    Scanner Pro — $2.99
    PCalc — $6.99
    Day One – $2.99
    Printer Pro — $2.99
    PDF Converter — $2.99
    Screens VNC — $14.99

    New alternative to FreeMyApps

    Well it’s time that we all wanted to get some free apps, legally. I mean it would be if you missed the App of the Week you could just go back to a website and get it there.

    Introducing Free App Life. A great website that you can get some apps for free. It is still in a Beta but it is a much better way to get a free app rather than going to FreeMyApps which only works in the United States. You have to create an account because if you clear your cookies it won’t remember where you are. So you just simply create an account by putting in a email and password and, Bang! You have it.
    Visit freeapplife.com to get these free apps!
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