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SoundPrism Takes iPad Music to a New Level

SoundPrism brings music to you in a way you’ve never seen before. Created by Audanika, this iPad app will mesmerize you for hours on end. It’s being touted as “an intuitive and fun way to express yourself, giving you a tool to create emotions with.” Any app that can figure out how I feel has to be seriously awesome, right?

The thing I love the most about SoundPrism is a small blurb on the creator’s about page: “We’re not entirely sure what SoundPrism is. We think it might be a musical instrument but we’re learning new stuff playing with it every day.” This app is so full-featured and well-coded that even the inventor is continually learning to do more with it each and every day.

The app was built specifically for the iPad and its multi-touch display. When you run it for the first time, you know that this little piece of code is a work of art. Trust me on this.

Bring Art to Life on the iPad with Art in Motion

Art in Motion is a totally new type of art app. It’s based on an idea that art should evolve WITH technology. Since the iPad is the best multi-touch device out there right now, the app creators realized that it was the perfect platform for them to unleash this very awesome way for you to make something stunning. Sure, painting a picture can be wonderful. But, it doesn’t take advantage of these advancements in technology.

How IS this app different than standard art? With Art in Motion, you will be creating an entire scene, instead of just a painting or picture. Instead of drawing in scenery such as trees or flowers, you’ll customize and add orbs to your work in progress. Instead of just looking at a drawing, you’ll watch your orbs come alive. Unlike a painting, there is actual motion in what you create with Art in Motion. Heck, you can even interact with your scene. In a normal painting, the colors don’t (or shouldn’t, at least) change. With your Art in Motion creation, the colors fade, flow and change constantly.

The app has a powerful physics engine with 20 different bundled scenes to play with and study, helping you to learn how to create your own. There’s a highly-intuitive interface, full multi-touch support and very clear documentation.

If you enjoy creating things, this app may be the one you never knew you had to have. It’s an easy – and awesome – way to make something truly outstanding of your very own.

Create Music on the iPad With Zen Sound

It doesn’t matter if you’re a musician or a n00b – Zen Sound will make you sound like a professional. You can improvise awesome-sounding melodies, chords and bass lines without any technical skills at all. Change up the various elements in real-time by tapping on the screen. This creates an ever-evolving tapestry of sounds.

There are five sound sets to explore and create with. They feature a variety of downtempo electronica sounds. Each of the sets has additional loops which can be turned off and on, creating musical arrangements with just a few taps of the finger. There’s an optional metronome included, as well as a button to allow you to clear all of your notes – making it simple to start from scratch.

I have admitted in the past that I’m definitely not a professional musician. I love to play around with instruments, gadgets and music apps though. Zen Sound is seriously cool, and it kept me entertained for a couple of hours. If you’ve created some sick beats using this app, why not share them with the rest of us?

Organize Your Movie Collection with DVD Catalog

If you’re like me, you have about a bajillion DVDs lying around the house. If you’re even more like me, you have no idea what titles you already own and which ones may have been loaned out to others. The DVD Catalog app for the iPad is going to help me regain control of my library – and my sanity.

DVD Catalog is the quickest way to enter your entire DVD collection into a device. You don’t have to enter any stinking bar codes anymore. Just manually type the movie in or use the Auto Load button. Type in the movie title and let the web service find the movie and fill in all other information – including photos. DVD Catalog comes with a full slate of features, as well:

  • Animated intro with gorgeous red velvet curtains opening up to your cover flow of movies.
  • Search your entire DVD catalog by Movie Title, actors, directors, rating and year.
  • Create Username and password to connect to our free webservice.
  • Gorgeous graphics and ease of use make this app a cinch to use as well as fun!
  • If you dont like the photo of your movie, simply use the image picker and add your own.

The web service is free when you purchase the app. This will back up your catalog into the Cloud, allowing you to access it from anywhere in the world. Additionally, you’ll have a backup of your information should your iPad become lost, get stolen or stop working.

Let Sand Garden for the iPad Relax Your Mind

Sand Garden for the iPad is a fantastic way to zone out and relax for a little while. I have a small sand garden in my living room and I’m telling you – it truly does help you just chill and let your mind stop running a million miles per hour.

The app may seem to be simple to many of you, but it has several pretty cool features. You can change the type of lines drawn in your sand as well as adding rocks into the overall landscape. Change the size, color and shape of your rocks, and see how truly 3D they are on the iPad’s interface.

You can change the color of your sand to suit your personal style. Additionally, you can change the settings when it comes to how light or dark your picture appears. Once you are finished with
your creation, you can take a snapshot of it to save to your Photo Library.

Create a Virtual Scrapbook with Share Board

Share Board is an iPhone and iPad app which fills a niche that has been lacking for quite some time now. Let’s say you need to draw horns and a mustache on your ex-girlfriend… Share Board lets you do that. Maybe your ex-BFF is deserving of some hideous facial boils in that last shot you took… Share Board lets you do that. You can use this app for anything you can dream up, from playing Hangman to creating great works of art.

The app includes everything you could need to draw, edit, photograph and sketch on your Apple mobile device. You’re given writing utensils such as a pen, market and highlighter (in many different colors) and an eraser. Insert an image onto another image and rotate or resize it, take a r from within the app, and even export an edited picture into your Photo Library.

You can add labels to your sessions just by tapping the letter T on the menu bar. Type in your message and place the label anywhere on the image. When you finish, you can share the session you created via Facebook or email. Heck, you can even work with up to four other users at once to collaborate on a school project or family memory book.

Roundup of the Best iPad Apps

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I’m grateful that David Banther passed me a rather sizable iTunes gift certificate for my birthday. Since I’ve already used most of it on a few outstanding apps, I thought the least I could is show you some of my more recent purchases.

  • DrumPad – Simple but powerful and fun drum app.
  • GrooveMaker – This app is used to make music with loops, extending it to a whole new level thanks to the large screen and multi-touch surface of the iPad.
  • Amplitude – The iPad becomes the ultimate mobile guitar and bass processor with this app. Use the AmpliTube iRig interface to connect the guitar to the iPad – and you’re ready to rock out.
  • Zen Bound 2 – This app is a puzzle game where you try to wrap rope around wooden sculptures. It’s a tactile game, with focus on making rope, wood and stone look – and feel – real and believable.
  • Stair Dismount – This ragdoll simulation app features the indestructible Mr. Dismount. Push him down the stairs for maximum damage. Experience his somersaults and barrel rolls in convincing 3d physics simulation.
  • Geometry Wars Touch – This popular game is based off of the Xbox 360 game: Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2. In this version of the game, you control your ship via two on-screen joysticks.
  • Shrek Karting – The popular Shrek Kart game provides you with ogre-the-top racing action, according to the developers. You can vie for the title of “Kingdom’s Fastest Kart Racer” as you speed through HD environments all over Far Far Away land.
  • Liquid Mantra – This app will relax you, soothing your jangled nerves by allowing you to interact with swirling and colorful simulated liquid. Images full of gorgeous colors and shapes appear and fade – kind of like watching clouds pass overhead in the sky.
  • All in One GameBox – You’ll find 35 popular – and addictive – games bundled into this ONE app!
  • Korg iElectribe – The iElectribe app makes sound creation easy, intuitive and fun. Choose a sound and touch the 16-step sequencer to build your groove.
  • Air Coaster – Make your own roller-coaster tracks with the easy-to-use track editor. Buckle up and ride your very own coaster in the front seat once you’ve finished your ultimate ride. If you don’t want to create your own track, you can download any one of more than ten thousand pre-built tracks.
  • Morphwiz – This app is a vertical grid-based musical instrument which gives you a new level of expressive control. You can experience with presets. If you’re a professional musician, you’ll be blown away by one of the coolest methods of controlling sound you’ve ever laid your hands on.
  • Follow Chris – This is the most awesome app ever, and I’m not biased! It allows you to easily keep track of what’s going on around our community, including RSS feeds from my blog, our Geeks community site, my Twitter account and our blogging community.
  • Marble Mixer – Different levels of play and the multi-touch functionality brings a new twist to the classic game of shooting marbles.
  • PotteryHD – Create your own beautiful pottery and fire it up in the kiln without having to lay your hands on clay – or get burned in a hot oven!

What iPad (or iPhone / iPod Touch) apps can you not live without?

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Build Yourself a City with SimCity Deluxe

When playing SimCity, the objective is to build a city and manage it. Start off with an empty terrain or starter city. As the Mayor of your city, you will control nearly every aspect of it. The game gives you complete control over planning, health and education, transportation, environment, public safety and even finances. To help you run your city to the best of your ability, you’ll also have access to seven advisors who guide you in your quest to make the right decisions.

With the release of SimCity Deluxe for the iPad, Electronic Arts has outdone themselves once again. The mobile gaming powerhouse makes excellent use of the large screen on the iPad while adding in new elements and features to the ever-popular game.

You’ll be tackling up to seven different scenarios including having to cope with a horrible heat wave. You’ll guide your city through all four seasons of the year and fend off the Armageddon of random meteor strikes! You can choose cities inspired by world-famous locations and change them up to suit your needs.

The touch interface opens up a whole new world within your cities. Finger-paint water, land and trees at any time. This gives you more power and control over how your city looks. The game includes bigger buttons than the original version and has more accessible items. This improves overall game experience. Additionally, SimCity Deluxe has seriously updated graphics and a much better framerate.

DiggMixer for the iPad – The Perfect Way to Control Your News

DiggMixer helps you control the news and stories that you want to see – and hides the ones you don’t. There are even faders included in the app which will control how many stories you’ll see within each topic. This is an unofficial Digg app built with the Digg API.

The app boasts ten features that you won’t find in any other iPad news app:

  • The mixer lets you control how much content is visible in each topic.
  • A trashcan holds old stories so they never reappear (unless you look in the trash).
  • Save stories to your favorites list so you can read them later (even if trashed).
  • Stories are grouped by topic and sorted by popularity.
  • A “More” button can fetch older stories if your list runs low.
  • A timer can automatically fetch the latest stories.
  • All top level comments are visible and sorted by popularity.
  • Dual refresh buttons: one for the feed and one for the visible story/comments.
  • Post comments directly from the app.
  • Vote for comments and watch them move up/down in the list in real time.

Organize your stories into three lists: latest feed, favorites and trash. Stories are sorted by the number of diggs and are grouped by topic. Comments are sorted by popularity. When you vote for comments, they are automatically re-sorted based on the most current popularity.

Even if you aren’t a fan of the normal Digg site, you’re likely going to enjoy this app. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “power of choice.”

The Dragon Dictation App Saves You Time

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dragon Dictation. All opinions are 100% mine.

Dragon Dictation for the iPhone can make your life a whole lot easier. I was excited to find that I could quickly email or text some text after speaking it into the app. Of course, I can also tweet the text once it comes up or shoot it over to my Facebook wall. If the app does happen to make a mistake (which is honestly pretty rare), it’s easy to pull up the keyboard and make a correction.

There are any number of ways that you can use this app to help your productivity. Imagine sitting in your car, heading across town to a meeting. You obviously cannot write down your notes while you’re zooming around in traffic. Instead, just click on the Dragon Dictation app and speak your thoughts and notes right to your iPhone. Your hands will stay on the wheel, and your eyes will still be on the road.

Using the app is faster than typing. If you are anything like me, your brain races much faster than your poor fingers ever could. Why bother getting cramps trying to bang out the thoughts in your head on your keyboard? That’s a waste of time, and you might even forget some important detail. Just dictate everything as it comes into your mind. You can always email yourself the entire block of text when you finish. Save it to your computer from there, or even print it!

What other ways to put this app to good use can you think of? How could it help you save time?