Macworld's 2009 App Gems Awards
Posted 15 December 2009 - 10:13 AM
Other than that, nice list.
Posted 15 December 2009 - 10:48 AM
Posted 15 December 2009 - 11:41 AM
I found a couple of the mentioned apps that I may try out. iBird Explorer Plus & Pocket Universe sound like some apps that I'd like to try out when we do our tent camping. No young kids for us, but the grand kids are getting older & ready to spend some time camping. Where we usually go there is no cell phone service so not so much would be gained if I would add an iPhone or other smart phone.
Posted 15 December 2009 - 11:43 AM
Posted 15 December 2009 - 03:07 PM
To clarify for those who haven't used CNN Mobile, there are no pop-up ads. Just a single, inline banner, ~three lines high, in each story.
I realize that some people want no ads, ever, but I think the ads in the CNN Mobile app are reasonable (and much less distracting than those in many other ad-supported apps I've tried).
Posted 16 December 2009 - 01:24 AM
Sadly, it doesn't fall into any of those categories.
I loved finding out about Pocket Universe. My son is an astronomy enthusiast and this would come very handy when taking that telescope out for the nught.
Posted 16 December 2009 - 06:51 AM
For photography, I really have to take issue. Best Camera is possibly the most overhyped app in the Store. The tools are completely crude. Yes you can stack filters, but so what? You don't have any ability to control them. The cropping is absolutely pathetic. The Social Media aspect is also flawed - you have to first create an account with BestCamera.com in order to upload to Twitter. You can't upload to Flickr at all! This is a shameless marketing tool for the photographer Chase Jarvis, and less a photo editing app. Even Photoshop Mobile has a much better editing UI, and it's at the bottom of the heap for photo-editing apps as far as I'm concerned. Tools like Photogene, Photoforge, and iRetouch offer much better control, more features at similar prices to Best Camera. Even the brand new clipboard app Pastebot has a better crop tool. Sorry to see Macworld fall for the hype.
For Social Networking, I agree, the Facebook app is excellent and much nicer than using the site. Wish there was an equivalent app for Mac. I'd also like to throw in a shout out to Mobile Fotos which is in my opinion the best Flickr app on the market. It's really well set up to let you navigate to all of your contacts' photos, and it allows you to upload and manage your own photos with ease.
For Search, I think Wolfram Alpha was overlooked. The voice feature with Google is nice (and innovative), but I think it's a total cop out that they just rely on Mobile Safari and web apps for all of the other tools like Gmail, Reader, etc. This is pretty lame, as you even acknowledge above. Wolfram Alpha is expensive, but amazing. The sheer amount of data and information accessible in an iPhone friendly format is nothing short of staggering. With their current price break at $20, it's a steal. It's replaced all of my calculator and conversion apps. Unless you need to be offline, there is no need to get a scientific or financial calculator app (which tend to be pricey).
Finally, I think there should be a category focusing on innovation. TextExpander does not fit neatly into any of these categories, and yet they've created an amazing API that apps like Tweetie 2, WriteRoom, and SimpleNote have been able to capitalize on. The app itself is a decent notetaker. Given the limitations on background processing, I think they've done a hell of a job bringing their technology to the iPhone and I'll be anxious to see what other apps capitalize on their API in the next year (I'm hoping for Evernote and Things to start). An app like TextExpander is more than just a standalone app - they've created a framework for other developers to add value to their own apps (for free), and that's a game-changer.
I think an innovation category would be of value next year as well, and I can see newly released apps such as Dragon Dictation and Pastebot in the running.
Posted 16 December 2009 - 11:56 PM
It's easy to go into the App Store and look at "Most Popular" under Social Networking, but not good journalism. Not to imply that this is the only research you did, but it seems like it.
I am not being paid for saying this whatsoever.
Posted 21 December 2009 - 04:32 AM