Every week, our staff will handpick an app from the past two weeks that we believe is a must-have download for your iPhone or iPad. These apps will always be from various categories, but they are chosen because our own staff members love it and have been using them daily. So here are this week’s picks! Enjoy!
Crop on the Fly
Don’t let your videos fall victim to Vertical Video Syndrome fix them with our App of the Week!
Do you suffer from Vertical Video Syndrome? Dont worry it even happens to the best of us. Fortunately our App of the Week, Crop on the Fly from Fly Labs, will help cure your VVS woes.
You may know VVS even if you didnt know the specific term for it. Its when those YouTube videos you watch online are small and surrounded by large black bars on both sides of the actual video. This happens because the person who uploaded the source video recorded with their device in portrait orientation, not landscape. Its a big problem for the Internet, with many raging about it behind their computer screens. But thanks to Crop on the Fly, your videos dont have to be mocked online.
Crop on the Fly features a simple interface that is intuitive enough for anyone to fully understand it. The app filters through your Camera Roll for videos, specifically ones that were recorded in portrait mode, so you dont have to worry about finding them. When you see the one you want to edit, just tap on it and Crop on the Fly takes you to the cropping section. You cant capture new video footage directly within Crop on the Fly for that, we recommend Horizon.
To crop, just drag the cropping box to the area of the video you want to keep in. But the real magic with the app is the ability to play the video, and adjust the crop in real-time during the playback. This is done by just dragging the box vertically as you go, and the top of the app has a visual representation of how much the video has changed. When youre satisfied, just tap on Next and youll get a live preview of the cropped video, and then you can save it to your device or share it with other sources directly. Crop on the Fly also has an iOS 8 action extension, allowing users to crop their videos directly from the Photos app.
Keep all of your photos, from anywhere, in a single hub on iOS, and edit them too with our Honorable Mention pick.
Are your photos all over different sources, but youre tired of switching between multiple apps to view and edit them? Then you should check out our Honorable Mention, Kwilt.
Kwilt features a sleek, flat interface that is easygoing on the eyes, especially on Retina screens. It may look a bit complex on the initial setup, but once you have all of your sources added, it is easy to navigate. Users can add images from the device, various social networks (Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Instagram), and services (Dropbox and Google Drive), and all of the images will be available in one hub. Multiple accounts are also supported.
Once users have all of their images, they can filter through them by chronological order, places, favorites, albums, media sources, Kwilt Captures (panoramic collages of your best moments), name, screen captures, and hidden photos. While you can take a walk down memory lane by scrolling horizontally through every photo one-by-one in a grid layout, there is the option to group your memories together for a more condensed view.
Another nifty thing that Kwilt offers is the ability to edit photos directly in the app itself (they dont overwrite the original). There is the option to edit in standard or high resolution (part of the premium upgrade), and the editing tools include the basics, including enhancements, adjustments, frames, filters, and more. There are also plenty of fun things to add to your photos, such as memes, stickers, text, drawing, and more.