Review: ‘You Gotta See This!’

"You Gotta See This!" is a photography app by Boinx software for the new iPhone 4 which makes use of the gyroscope feature to quickly capture panographic images.

It’s a pretty fun app to use to capture some unusual images. You just press the button and it starts to record images as you move around the scene you’re trying to take photos of and then it overlays all the captured images rendered as one big image which can rendered using several themes.

You can then post these themes to Facebook, Twitter etc and save them to the camera roll on the iPhone.

if you’ve got an iPhone 4 it’s a cheap (£1.19) little app that makes use of the new hardware features offered by the iPhone 4. Here’s a few more sample images made using it:

Nokia Media Transfer beta for OSX

I just came across a link in my feeds giving a heads up about a new OSX beta download from Nokia, it’s for an application called Nokia Media Transfer. At first I thought it would just be some badly ported software for Mac, but it’s actually pretty good. It manages the setup and control of audio & video media files from your phone.

The cool part is that it sets up your phone’s camera to be a source camera for iPhoto, Image capture etc. So no need to manually transfer and import the files, it will just sync up over bluetooth when you start iPhoto. It will also do the same with iTunes, syncing playlists etc.

I don’t use my phone for music but I do take a fair amount of photos with it so the iPhoto integration is pretty cool. There is also an application called Nokia Device Browser which can be used to browse the files and folders on your phone, it works much better than the default OSX bluetooth file browser, there’s a screen shot of device browser in action below.

Here’s a few screenshots of some of the screens involved:

Nokia Media Transfer application icon

Nokia Media Transfer application icon

Menubar options

Picture of Menu bar options

Expanded Menubar options

Expanded menubar options

Device settings for my Nokia N80

Picture of Device settings

iPhoto source menu showing N80

Picture of iPhoto source menu

Device Browser

Picture of Nokia Device Browser

All in all Nokia Media Transfer looks pretty good, it definitely isn’t just a piece of badly ported software. If Nokia can manage to make the software experience better then they will be going a long way to getting out of the trap that many hardware device manufacturers find themselves in, that of having great hardware but absolutely terrible software. Sony, I’m looking in your direction!

To use Nokia Media Transfer you will need Mac OS X 10.4.9 or higher, iTunes 7 or higher, and iPhoto 6 or higher.

~Rick

Leuchars Airshow 2006

On Saturday we had a day out at the Leuchars Airshow, it’s something I’ve kind of always wanted to go to as it sounded cool.

So with camera in hand (along with my 300mm lense!) I went there with Annie and Natalie along with Colin and Jackie. Oh, and about 44,995 other people who were there too.

It was a pretty awesome day and I shot about 188 pictures which I have simply uploaded as a basic slideshow without any real editing done to them, so they’re available to view warts and all as it were.

Full photos available here: Leuchars Airshow 06 Photo Gallery…

But here’s a few sample thumbnail images to give a little flavour of what could be seen there.

zoom!Zoooom!
Hawk trainerWho needs to buy a programme? ;)
Lots of planesThe Red Arrow's parked up
A B52 monsterRed Arrows cross over
Red Arrows in formationThe Typhoon Eurofighter landing

Leuchars Airshow 06 Photo Gallery…

~Rick