We’ve all been busy this week, and with the nicer weather coming along there’s been a bit more outdoor play and a bit less playing on iPads for the geek family this week. Consequently we haven’t tested out many new apps, and there are only two I really want to tell you about today. They are linked in a rather interesting way though…
A few weeks ago I found out about Merry Cubes – Igromatic (iPhone/iPod Touch only – 69p) and Merry Cubes HD – Igromatic (iPad only – 69p). They are a version of the traditional 3d cubes style puzzle, where you turn and twist cubes to match pictues. They both have two difficulty settings – four cubes or six cubes, and in either mode you can create six different pictures of fruit. Each time you complete one of the puzzles you get a little animation, and when you’ve found all 6 different pictures there’s a longer animation. The artwork is in lovely bright colours, and my only criticism is that the music gets a little irritating when you’ve listened to it on repeat for what seems like hours. Anyway, the best way for you to get a feel for the app is to see it in action, so here’s the geekdaughter to show you:
If you can’t see the video above you can watch it directly on the web here.
I wondered if the app might be a little simplistic for the geekdaughter, but she does genuinely seem to enjoy it. I don’t think it’ll be long before the geekson can play as well. For 69p I think this app is a good buy, although it’s a shame it’s not a universal app. The app looks virtually identical on both devices, so it would have been nicer to only have to buy one version.
So the question is how does this link through to the second app that I want to tell you about this week? Well, a couple of weeks ago a good friend of ours told us that he was seriously considering using his iPad to edit all his videos on. The geekdaddy and I scoffed suitably at this, but then our friend persuaded us to give a couple of the video editing apps a try, and I have to say we were both very impressed. And the reason I’m telling you this? Well, the video of the geekdaughter above was edited and produced on my iPad! I’ve discovered Avid Studio – Avid® (iPad only – £2.99) and I’m really impressed with it. It’s a reasonably intuitive interface, seems as functional as my old friend Windows Movie Maker (if not more so), and I think the results look pretty good! I did find some of the menus and sliders were easier to operate using my stylus rather than my finger, but on the whole I think the results speak for themselves. So perhaps there’ll be a few more iPad-edited videos appearing soon! When you look at what you can pay for a piece of desktop video editing software, this is amazingly good value!
And that’s it for this week. Check back next week for more app reviews and another app of the week.
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