School Bus is just a fun little application that displays a school bus driving across your SpingBoard. It is displayed in the space where your forth row of icons would be so, you will want to have moved those in order to see the app correctly (see screenshots below). The bus then slowly moves across your SpringBoard from right to left. Once it goes off the left side of the page, it just starts over again. I did not have any issues with the app affecting the SpringBoard functionality. When you install the app, it is added to WinterBoard where it can be activated/deactivated.|
myPixelArt is an application that reminds me of the Lite-Brite I loved as a kid…only iPhone style! When you open the application, you will see three options; New, myGallery and Settings. In the Settings, you are able to turn the sound on/off, learn more about the application and get help using the app. To get started, select New.
You are then able to choose between three size work areas; small, medium and large. Once you have chosen a size, you will be brought to the design screen. To create an image, just tap on a pixel on the screen which will light it up. You can change the color of the “lights” by selecting the icon in the lower left corner. It will keep your past three color choices on the lower menu bar so that you are able to quickly switch between them (a very nice feature!). To add a title to your design, just tap on the upper menu bar where it says, New ArtWork. You can also resize the work area by pinching on the screen (the standard zooming technique). Read more
Aquarium is an application that will turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into an “aquarium.” When you install the app, it will be added into WinterBoard where it can then be activated/deactivated. If you activate the application, it will add a wallpaper to your iPhone that looks like the bottom of the Ocean. It will also add little swimming fish behind your icons on your SpringBoard. The fish are a little glitchy in their movement but, the app does not seem to affect the actual performance of the iPhone. This little application is available through the Ranbee source.
iMood is a simple application that allows you to create scrolling banners or just display an emoticon message on your iPhone or iPod Touch’s screen. iMood opens to the main page in which you have two options; Moods or Chat. The Moods option allows you to select a mood from a list of options (Happy, Sad, Love, Awake, Laughing…etc). Once you have selected a mood, you can then type in a message. When you select Show, it will display the emoticon for the mood you chose and your message on your device’s screen. To get back to the edit page, just tap Back.
The Chat option allows is where you create a scrolling banner. Here you can choose how fast you would like the message to scroll using the Duration bar (left is slower, right is faster). You can also choose whether you would like a white or black background…this will automatically change the font to the contrasting color. You can then type in the message that you would like to scroll. Once your message has been typed, select Done. This will scroll the message across your device’s screen. To get back to the edit screen…just tap Change. Read more
A few days ago I did a review of Banner Deluxe, a scrolling message application. Later that same day, Banner Deluxe was updated and added the one feature that I thought the application needed (save settings when closing and reopening the application) and also added a very cool feature that I hadn’t even thought of. You are now able to make your own custom backdrop!! The app allows you to choose any image from your Photo Albums to use as your backdrop making the message even more customizable!
In light of the pretty cool update below are two promo code…the first two people to redeem them, may have them. You can redeem them using iTunes on your computer or iTunes on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Please let us know in the comments if you redeemed the codes that way everyone knows that they have been used.
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I will be honest, when I read the title of this application I said to myself…Here we go, another “toy” application that probably has a bad design and a horrible user interface. However, I was pleasantly surprised from the moment I opened the application! Banner Deluxe is an application that allows you to create scrolling banners for your iPhone or iPod Touch.
The first thing I noticed about the application was that it was well designed and had quite a few nice features. As I began testing the application, I also found the user interface to be very smooth and easy to use. The application opens to the Settings Menu in which there is a lower menu bar with the options; Text, Theme, Backdrop, Font, Text Texture and Option. In the Text option, you are able to enter the message that you would like to scroll or choose from the list of previously entered messages. To enter a message, just tap on the text bar. You can also add symbols to your message by selecting the smiley icon in the upper right corner, once you have tapped in the text bar. Once you have entered your message, you can get back to the Settings Menu by selecting Return. Read more
Collaborative Whiteboard is a pretty cool drawing application. This app was actually released a few days ago but, I was planning and hosting a little boys 2nd Birthday party (an Elmo theme I might add) so, I’m just getting to review it now. I have tested this application a few times now and honestly, I like the concept. Collaborative Whiteboard is an application that allows 2 iPhones or iPod Touches to draw simultaneously on the same image. This is done via the same WiFi connection.
When you open Collaborative Whiteboard, you will get a menu screen. At the top of the screen you will notice that it says, “Waiting for others to join whiteboard.” You will also see the name of your iPhone or iPod Touch, for example; Brooke Porter’s iPhone. When another iPhone or iPod Touch that is on the same WiFi connections as your iPhone or iPod Touch opens the Collaborative Whiteboard application, it will display the title of that device (example; 1st Gen iPhone 1.1.4). You can then choose one of the devices listed. When you select one of the available devices to connect to, it will send that person a message saying, “Brooke Porter’s iPhone (or the title of the device) would like to join your whiteboard.” You can then choose to join with that device or not to. Once you have made your decision, you will both get a message saying that you are now connected (or rejected!). Read more
We thought this app was pretty funny and thought we’d share it with you. It’s pretty simple and you can have fun showing it to family and friends. It turns your iPhone into electric shaver. What makes this app good is the realistic sound effects. Notice touching your finger to the screen makes the sound change to a cutting whiskers sound. Here’s a demo video from the developer:
Watch eShaver on your iPhone or iPod Touch
The developer sent us 6 free promo codes to give away to our readers. All you have to do is let us know you’d like a free download code for eShaver in the comments and the first 6 will get them. Just make sure you use your email address in the field when entering the comment.
Cracked Screen is an application that will make your iPhone or iPod Touch look as though it has a cracked (broken) screen…similar to the application Cracks that was available for firmware 1.1.4 and below). When you launch Cracked Screen, you will get a main application page with instructions on how to used the application.
The first thing you will need to do is take a screenshot of your SpringBoard. So, close the Cracked Screen application and take a screenshot of your SpringBoard (if you need info on how to take a screenshot of your SpringBoard, check out our f.a.q page). Once you have a screenshot of your SpringBoard, go back into the Cracked Screen application. Next, select the Open Image Picked button at the bottom of the page. This will bring you to your Photo Albulms where you can then go into your Camera Roll and select the screenshot of your SpringBoard. Read more
I do not normally write about updates to applications but, I was impressed with how quickly an update for Doodles was released and with the features it fixed/changed!
If you remember from my initial review of Doodles, there were a few issue with the ability to change the background once you had selected it. In the previous version of the application, if you used a photo as the background, you were unable to change it. Well, with this version, that has been fixed. You can now change the background no matter what it is. Read more
Doodles is a simple drawing application that is available in Cydia via the iSpazio source. When you first open the application you will get a white page with a lower menu bar…this is actually the main drawing page of the application. The options on the lower menu bar are (left to right); Save, Background Options, Line Options, Symmetry Options and Erase.
The Background option allows you to choose a background for your drawing. You can choose a solid color, a photo out of your Photo Albums or you can take a picture. The only issue I have with this option is that once you have selected a background, there is no way to delete it. You can change the background if you have chosen a color background but you cannot erase the background and if you set a photo as the background or taken a photo for the background you can neither change it nor erase it. You have to close the application and reopen it to start over. Read more
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to bring out the Christmas apps. A lot of the features in this app are basically apps within the app. There are a few countdowns, the eBook “A Christmas Carol”, music & lyrics, games and entertainment. Most are pretty simple but built well with nice design. Read more
Another very cool application that has been released in the last week is Ocarina. When I first saw this application I was totally skeptical. But, turns out that it is not only real but very cool!! Ocarina is a musical instrument that can actually detect your breath (similar to a flute or recorder)! It uses the microphone to detect breath and then uses the iPhone’s touch screen to play different notes. Not only that but it uses the iPhone’s accelerometer to affect vibrato! It is really cool.
Another thing that makes this application unique is that it is also a social application. “Tap on the globe icon and you will see and hear other Ocarina players throughout the world. The globe view will highlight the source of the music. Rate your favorite performances so that others may benefit from your judgment. Name your Ocarina if you want listeners around the world to identify your performances.” Their website has a ton of pointers and tips…including information on how to play certain notes and scores! You can check it out HERE. Read more
iDrums is a drum simulation application. Once installed and opened, it displays a basic drum set. You can then tap the drums and symbols to get a audio simulation of that instrument. The sound is actually pretty decent. Though, I have no idea how to play drums so those of you who do will have to let me know if they really sound good or not!