“Skit” from SkitApp.com for iPads (iPad 2 and up) makes it easy to create animations with your photos. Start with a friend’s photo or anybody’s — and use your finger to erase the body. Plop the head on an alien body and have another arrive by spaceship. Once you share the app, the recipient can edit the story to make it their own.
A reader tells us he bought a new Nikon Coolpix S9500 camera for $345. He asked the salesman “What’s that number in the lower left corner?” It was his elevation above sea level. The salesman then raised the camera over his head and the elevation number went up. “What’s that red arrow?” That’s the compass needle pointing north, he was told. It works with the GPS function. “Why does the number 180 come up when I press a button?” Because you selected panoramic view. When you press start, and begin to turn, it shuts off when you’ve done a half turn. It can also do a 360 or a floor to ceiling shot.
Color us impressed. We were too cheap to buy a fancy Ni
Our favorite iPad and Android Tablet apps include Scrabble, Draw Something, the Kindle app, the Chrome web browser, Pocket (formerly called “read it later”), Appy Geek for tech news and CoinKeeper for budgeting. Here are some more to round out the list.
SnapSeed is a free photo editor considered by some to be superior to the popula
OddityCentral.com: Type “Photo Realistic Drawings” in the search bar to see the some amazing works of art. They’re pencil drawings but you’d swear they’re photos. Diego Fazo is a self-taught Italian artist who shows you his work in stages, so you can tell he’s really drawing them.
BillGekas.com — A father posed his young daughter in settings that closely resembled those of famous Flemish paintings and then photographed the scenes. The results are striking and look very much like the originals by Vermeer and Van Eyck. Some have titles, such as “Girl Without an Earring,” making a whimsical play on the artist’s original title.Click”Gallery” to see these.
Dozens of free programs have been collected in one place at NiNite.com. You can install them all in one swoop if you want. Check off the boxes for the freebies you want and click “download installer.” The rest takes place automatically.