Following a few months away, we are back with our first segment. App Roundup is going to be our quarterly piece where we dive in, recommend and review the best apps released in the 3 months past. Unlike our monthly roundup’s this will allow us to really dive deep into each and every app, truly finessing our recommendations to you, our readers.
Google’s Creative Lab is a place where crazy, kookie apps are created from the inside of Google’s skunkworks. Meter is an app that lets you display statistics (of your phone) such as battery levels, missed calls in real-time on your phones wallpaper. This is done in a visually beautiful way, by using geometric shapes and shades to display information thats clear but also aesthetically pleasing. Being an app you can get for free, with very little impact on your phones speed or battery, ‘Meter’ is an app we can recommend all day long.
If you’re like me, you will spend most of your working day listening to podcasts and if your like me you probably are listening to these podcasts through a number of services; from Youtube to Soundcloud and mixam. ‘Overcast’ is a currently iOS only app that gathers all the most popular podcasts in one single place, with a UI similar to Apple Music, only… you know, logical. The app is constantly being updated and is still FREE with the creator using donations to fund development rather than a ‘must pay’ system. So if your someone that loves listening to others jibber jabber at work or on the go, this is the app for you.
As anyone in the creative industry knows, colour pallets make up a lot of our work. Be it in UI, Web or Fashion design, colour pallets are a key component of the final visual spectacle. ‘Snap Palette’ is a brand new app (currently available on iOS) that gives us creatives a colour palette creator on a go. What Snap is able to do is, generate a palette from any taken photo (or uploaded image), give you Hex and CMYK/RGB codes as well as the ability to save and export (share) these with friends. For $1.99 thats money well spent.
One of the most in demand applications for tablets and phones are Photoshop equivalents that designers can get their buts on and edit / create on the go. For many Pixelmator is the answer. For a ridiculously cheap price of £2.99, you’re given access to a Photoshop clone (admittedly without as many features) but it packs everything you might need for a low-cost price. Pixelmator comes packaged with photo editing tools, filters, shape tools and more. Check it out the second you can.
Adobe Illustrator Draw
This new application by Adobe for Android is dedicated to those who love to draw on the go. The app provides some great and useful vector drawing tools that have that stamp of Adobe quality and ingenuity on the move. It includes five different brush types, other tools (marquee for example) and a stock library. Oh and it would sync with your entire library too.