The Photos app in iOS looks like a simple thing: At first, you might even think it’s little more than a convenient dumping ground for sorting through your selfies and snaps.But underneath that minimalist exterior is an app that allows for a surprisingly wide variety of options, ranging from the ability to apply Instagram-like filters or to automatically categorize photos according to “memories” based on when and where you took them.These tricks are fairly intuitive to use, thanks to smartly placed options when you click the Edit button when looking at photos. Some of the most useful and interesting features, though, are a little trickier to find. We’ve compiled a few of our favorites here.Also, if you’re looking for tips on taking good shots to tinker with in the first place, be sure to check out our guide for using the iOS 11 Camera app.Convert Live Photos into GIFsWhen Live Photos was introduced, they seemed like they were Apple’s way of … [Read more...] about iPhone Photos app: 8 cool features you should be using
Thanks to user-generated content (UGC), our use of video and photography has dramatically increased, resulting in a more challenging task of tracking and categorizing all this unstructured data. Image and video recognition, or computer vision, has become a broad category encompassing many different use cases.Helping you searchImagine if you were looking for a particular type of shoe or piece of furniture, but you just couldn’t find the right words to express it in a text search box. As an alternative to typing in your search criteria, we are now getting accustomed to voice search via Alexa, Siri, Cortana, Google Home, etc. However, at the end of the prompt, the voice is really just fulfilling a text query.Now, imagine if you could take a couple pictures of what you have in mind and send that to the search engine to help you find what you are looking for. Using image-based AI, the search would break out the different components of the image and allow you to choose which aspects of … [Read more...] about How AI is being used in images and video?
I met Mark Hewitt and Julian Flaks, the CRO and CTO respectively, of EQengineered at a Society for Information Management (SIM) meeting. They were the event speakers that evening. They were eloquently explaining what UX frameworks are and how they can be used to simultaneously enhance IT software development productivity, enrich user experience, and increase overall user satisfaction. Being impressed with their knowledge and the topic of UX frameworks, I asked them if I could interview them for this post, so I could share their insights with you also. They generously agreed!I began by asking them for their definition of UX frameworks. They explained that UX frameworks go beyond simple user-interface code libraries and provide a structured development platform to develop front-end software. They do this by: Providing methods and constructs designed to maximize programmer and design flexibility Facilitating a common user interface across multiple software … [Read more...] about User experience (UX) frameworks can drive productivity and product quality
Enterprise software has always been sold on features. Every publisher has the huge checklist that shows how their product checks all of the boxes and the competitors fall well short. The competitor has their own list of checkboxes that show them as being superior. RFPs (Requests for Proposal) go out with pages and pages of checkboxes. Software sellers then try to stretch every definition of a feature that they can to check all of the boxes. This arms race has led to the evolution of business software that was built from the ground up to check the most feature boxes. That era is coming to a close. We are realizing that ultimately, all of this software is built for people.Apple and Steve Jobs were instrumental in changing the way we think about technology. The iPhone was about much more than how many features it had; it changed the way we experience technology. It changed what we expect from technology. This revolution has swept through the entire consumer product space. We are watching … [Read more...] about The revolution finally hits business software
Pixelmator is an impressive image editor. In my review of version 3.5, I wrote, “Pixelmator represents that percentage of Photoshop’s features most people actually use on a regular basis.”But some developers just can’t leave well enough alone. That’s good news for photographers and designers looking for an inexpensive ($60) Photoshop alternative. Pixelmator Pro 1.0 Whirlwind (Mac App Store link) is an all new application designed with more demanding needs in mind. Although there’s plenty of feature overlap between it and Pixelmator, Pixelmator Pro is a fresh start.Float away, palettesPixelmator Pro presents an effectively clean and sparse experience, keeping your focus on the image. Editing tools appear in a single panel at the right side of the window. The entire left edge is devoted entirely to layers, represented as thumbnails.But the layers interface can be too minimal. There’s no visual indicator that a layer has a mask; you must … [Read more...] about Pixelmator Pro 1.0 Whirlwind review: An affordable alternative for pro Photoshop users