iPad Applications

The ArtRage Motor Sports Series Number 9.

As I go through the process of creating these images, I’m struggling between two styles. Loose and painterly, vs tight and controlled with a ton of detail. I have to admit, I like the looser, more painterly look, but I’m also drawn to the accuracy and detail of the other… I need to find a middle ground. This illustration of a late 1950’s Porsche Spider might be a start. Only time and practice will tell.


The ArtRage Motor Sports Series Number 8.

The last post in this series was of Wolfgang von Trips, in a late 1950’s Ferrari. In the post I talked a bit about the book “The Limit” and it’s focus on the rivalry between fellow teammates von Trips and American Phil Hill. This is an image of Hill from the same period. I felt it was fitting to have the drivers in similar era cars, since they were friends as well as rivals on team Ferrari.

In 1961 Phil Hill won the Monza Grand Prix, the first Grand Prix win for an American driver in nearly forty years. In the same race his rival and friend Wolfgang von Trips was killed in a violent accident that claimed the lives of 14 spectators as well. The victory for Hill was bittersweet, and two years later he would leave Ferrari after 6 years of service to join ATS a team founded by ex Ferrari engineers. Two years later he joined the Cooper team where he lasted until 1967 when he retired from Formula 1 all together.

AppMATes from Disney. A Mobile Application Toy for the iPad

This video and product has been out for a while, but somehow it slipped under my radar. Probably because I don’t have kids, and partly because I just missed it when the RSS feed came through my reader.

AppMates from Disney is a new line of Disney toys that comes to life when paired with a corresponding   iPad application. This allows kids to use the tablet’s screen as a virtual play surface. AppMates is at first being released with toys from  Disney•Pixar Cars 2. Each car has a sensor in the base that allows the car to be recognized as unique by the iPad application. There is no need for cables, or a Bluetooth connection. Put the toy on the screen and the interaction begins. All you need to do is download Appmates from the app store, and place the toy on the screen.

What I really like about this is the way Disney has been able to blend both physical and digital products to create a seamless experience. All of which is tied into other Disney product lines which helps to extend brand reach and alternate product sales. This is the kind of product that shows you can blend physical and digital product lines. Disney score points with me is they were able to launch the product line within 90 days of the movie release. Where they lose points is, this product didn’t launch at the same time as the main Cars 2 product offering. None the less great idea and execution from Disney.


iPad Letterpress.

Sunday night I installed LetterMpress on my iPad. I found the app while browsing the app store and had no idea what to expect. It looked interesting and it was fairly inexpensive so I thought I’d give it a shot.

The application lets you create simulated Letterpress style prints that can be exported to your photo albums, shared via social networking tools, or printed if you have a wireless printer connected to your iPad.

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The look of the User interface is really nice, ease of use is at times not. If you get this application, I highly recommend spending some time going through the tutorials. It’ll make your life a lot easier and less frustrating in the long run. The application makes use of double and triple taps on the screen to set and clear images, along with gestures. Once you know what you are doing its easy, but if you jump right in, you might be confused about how to do things like remove items from the press bed. Aside from that the application is fairly straight forward. You simply drag type, furniture and locks on to the press bed, arrange them, choose a paper, ink, print, save or export.

The application like a traditional print shop lets you store and keep prints that can be overprinted repeatedly. In addition, you can save your press layouts for repeat use as well. Right now the app has a finite amount of type specimens, and art cuts, but the developer is releasing more that will be available through updates to the app in the future.

Designed and developed by John Bonadies, the application is being funded on Kickstarter, and has more than reached it’s goal. Right now, LetterMpress is available via iTunes, and your iPad’s app store for $5.99.