Monday, February 27, 2012

Travelocity launches a new iPad app; Adobe Photoshop Touch, Adobe's a low cost, throttled picture editor

Texas based Travelocity has released a new iPad that will allow travelers to book flights, hotel rooms and rental cars.
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"This is not your typical mobile app," said Carl Sparks, President and CEO, Travelocity Global. "Travelocity for iPad can easily replace your PC to search and book flights, hotels and cars, whether you are sitting on your couch or riding in a taxi. It's also possible to read user reviews, view maps, filter search results, and track where you've been and where you are going."

The free app, Travelocity for iPad, features a great icon – it's famous gnome. But the app does not support landscape mode, which makes it feel very much like a simply porting over of its mobile applications.

But the app will get the job done: the app features a clean design, and the hotel room pictures look all that much better on the iPad's display.
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To celebrate the launch of the app, Travelocity is holding a Twitter sweepstakes.

The sweepstakes is now through March 2 with winners getting an Apple gift card worth $500 (that will get you a new iPad).

If you are interested visit www.twitter.com/travelocity.

The new app joins a pretty crowded field of travel apps. Priceline, still featuring William Shatner's picture on its icon, Expedia, Hotels.com all have their own tablet and mobile apps. Additionally, most airlines have now launched tablet apps for their iPad owning customers.



Adobe has launched its much anticipated iPad version of Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop Touch is a $9.99 app that has so far received good marks from reviewers inside the App Store. The app only will support the iPad 2 due to the original iPad's low system memory, and users should update their iOS software to iOS 5.

I still am using my original iPad so I have no original screenshots to share, nor any direct personal experience with the app.

The only criticisms I've heard so far center on the app's limited resolution limit of 1600 x 1600. This is more than a current iPad screenshot, but would be less than a screenshot or photo taken on the new iPad 3 (assuming rumors are true about the new tablet's resolution).

That would essentially make this software obsolete one month after its initial release. (Can you hear the sound of my head banging against my desk?)

In any case, here is what Adobe says their new app does:
  • Use popular Photoshop features designed for the tablet such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters to create mind-blowing images.
  • Use your iPad camera to fill an area on a layer with the unique camera fill feature.
  • Select part of an image to extract by scribbling with the Scribble Selection tool. With Refine Edge, use your fingertip to capture even hard-to-select image elements, like hair, with ease.
  • Search and acquire images with the integrated Google Image Search.
  • Share images on Facebook and view comments right within the app.
  • Browse an inspirational gallery for the styles and results you'd like to achieve. Then follow step-by-step tutorials to easily learn techniques the pros use for great-looking results.
  • Use AirPrint for wireless printing of Photoshop Touch projects.
  • Upload projects to Adobe Creative Cloud* and open layered files from Adobe Photoshop Touch in Photoshop CS5.
  • Maximum image resolution: 1600 x 1600 pixels

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