Sunday, September 12, 2010

AutoStitch Panorama iPhone App Review

Our family went for a weekend of camping at Lewis Campgrounds in French Meadows (+39° 8' 13.74", -120° 24' 37.49" Lat/Lon) in California. The weather was perfect: no rain, neither too hot nor too cold. We were having fun barbecuing, enjoying company of friends and nature. During the day hike this small reservoir captured my imagination. Beautiful blue water against backdrop of lush green mountain range and blue sky was a moment that needed to be captured and shared. I took out my iPhone 4 and took 3 pictures carefully from left to right. Hoping there must be an app for that: stitching the pictures together.

On the way back while my beautiful wife was driving while I searched "photo stitch" on AppStore. Then I downloaded most rated "AutoStitch Panorama" for $2.99. I was very impressed with the simplicity of the app. The app rocks for its simplicity, ease of configuration and operation.

Configuring Options:
From home screen tap on "Info" --> "Option" and configure for the resolution your data usage and storage requirements. Setup Blending to Best. Setting blending to None/Standard is faster but output is very poor quality. Here are few screen shots of configuration screens.

Stitching the pictures:

Once the configuration is done you are ready to stitch the pictures. On the home screen choose "Camera Roll" select images you want to stitch together. Once you have input the pictures tap on "Stitch" and you are all set. The app does all the magic and presents a beautifully stitched image. Take a look at the output if you like it "Crop" it and you are ready to share.

If you are satisfied with the output you can save it local images, send it via email or post it to your Facebook Wall. I use email most often to add pictures to my picasaweb album.

If you are wondering how did my three pictures on the top looked after stitched using 100% Resolution and Best Blending, here it is:

Pretty cool. I found this app to work best on still scenes. As, IMO, algorithm can easily identify commonality between two images and use that to stitch a panoramic view. However, I was able to take five pictures of our tired group after camping seating in a lunch table and stitch them together. It was not bad:

Enjoy panoramic pictures on your iPhone. And don't forget to share. If you need more info got to the AutoStitch Website.

Other good reviews of the app I found on web:
1. AutoStitch Panorama iPhone app Review
2. iPhone Apps I actually use: Part III – AutoStitch
3. AutoStitch Panorama vs. Pano – iPhone Panorama Apps Review

Enjoy your iPhone and AutoStitch app.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Gourmandia's Recipe TV Premium iPhone 1.2 App Features enhanced its Recipe TV Premium App specially designed for iPhone users. It brings secrets of Michelin Star restaurants Chef's into palm of your hand. The featured video Gourmet foods recipes are prepared by Chefs like Chef Alain Pic, at their Michelin rated restaurants. If you love cooking in the comfort of your home, are looking forward for unforgettable time with your loved ones then this app for you. Try cooking a Gourmet meal under the guidance of a World's Best Michelin rated Chef in your kitchen. The app also features some interesting how to napkin folding and travel videos.

The post looks at the features of this app.

Application Details:
The App allows you to view Featured Recipes, Category and Chef. You can save your favorite recipes and view them at your leisure.

What's new in this version:
This version of app provides following enhancements over version 1.1:
1. Checked to work in latest IOS release 4.1
2. Fixed App crashes.
3. Upgraded the video player. Can see videos in portrait mode.
4. Added NEW videos label.

App Images:

Following pictures show various app screen views. Its show how Features, Categories, Chefs and Favorite sections of the app look:

This section of the app lists recipes that are features by a Gourmet specialist. Take your time to visit this and see what is in surprise for you here.

This section features the ten different kinds of recipes types that are available. Be it Appetizers, Seafood, Healthy or Dessert. The app also features very famous Napkin folding and Travel videos. Each of these categories feature up-to five videos. The Gourmet Specialist also chooses five new videos every week. Each of these new videos are clearly marked NEW, take a look in screen-shot above. Take your time to explore and find these NEW videos to enjoy them.

You can also look the recipes by a Chef. Just go to Chef tab. Look for the Chef you are interested in by his name and tap on it. Then you can browse the recipes by that Chef.

Once you tap on a video you will be taken to a screen that looks something like below. Once you are on a Recipe Video screen. Tap on the "Play Video" to watch the recipe TV video presentation. Most of the videos are in English language overlayed on French speaking background. The app features new video player on iPhone that allows you to play videos in both portrait and landscape mode. The portrait mode is very helpful if want to listen in to your recipe while you actually cook it. Place the iPhone or iPod Toch on a dock such as iHome and enjoy recipe videos in portrait mode on good sound without having to worry about the battery drain.

If you missed certain steps. Do not worry, on the video screen tap on the Recipe Details and and you can see the ingredients and preparation steps in English. If you like a video, please rate it by clicking on the video. If you like to come back to a video again or save it future use mark it as your favorite.

The Gourmet specialist will choose five NEW recipes every week. Explore the app and see if you have something new you can try for weekends or holidays.

See this tab to see all videos you have marked favorite. It provides you a quick access so you get going on the recipe you would love.

Known Bugs:
Pictures of Chef does not match the actual Chef in some cases. We plan to fix this in the next release.

In conclusion, Gourmandia Recipe TV Premium 1.2 app is more stable and provide ability to enjoy your recipe videos while you are cooking by placing on docks such as iHime. Gourmest specialist will now offer NEW videos every week.