Mel Martin

Now doing consulting and recently wrote a book on film producer Samuel Bronston who made El Cid and Fall of the Roman Empire. I also did the commentary on Fall of the Roman Empire with Bill Bronston, the son of the late producer. I'm an amateur astronomer, and take lots of high resolution photos of galaxies and nebula from my backyard observatory in Arizona.

Mel Martin's Latest Posts

PhotoTime: An incredibly powerful iOS photo organizer and tagging tool

It's not often an app really impresses me, but PhotoTime (free) does. While many apps, including Apple's Photos app, will tag photos and read EXIF data from your photos, PhotoTime goes a lot deeper. First, you let PhotoTime see your photos, and they are uploaded to the PhotoTime servers. Some...

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So, how "engaged" are you with your apps?

That's a question app marketing platform Localytics was interested in, and they have provided some enlightening answers in a recent report. The firm defines "engaged" as using the same app 10 or more times per month. The percentage of apps meeting that criteria soared from 25 percent in the third...

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CBS relaunches its news app for iOS

CBS has added features and done some cosmetic cleanup of its free CBS News app. The universal app adds live streaming from CBSN, the network's recently launched 24/7 live streaming feed. Other changes are a completely new design, with more images and full screen galleries.You can select news ...

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Watermark Plus adds watermarks to your photos quickly and easily

Watermark Plus ($19.90) is a nifty app that pros and others wanting to protect their digital image creations will appreciate. You can create watermarks on your own, or use any of several templates provided. The app supports JPEG, TIFF, BMP and PNG formats. You have control of position, font, opac...

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iPhone 5 is the top Flickr camera in 2014

It used to be when you thought of the top cameras being used by photographers, you probably thought of Canon and Nikon. That's not necessarily true these days. Thanks to the EXIF data that is embedded in our digital photos, it's pretty easy to find out exactly what the top cameras are. Photo we...

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Microsoft courts iOS users with Office Sway

Office Sway (free) is a personal or business presentation app for iOS that lets you easily create simple web-based canvases of photos and text on your iPhone and share them on any mobile device or the web. This just-released app is yet another in an increasing large collection that Microsoft is o...

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Airmail updates a popular Apple Mail alternative

While Apple Mail for OS X is in widespread use and generally popular, it hasn't stopped developers from coming out with competing products that add to or extend the Apple Mail feature set. Postbox and Mail Pilot are a couple of good options, and Airmail, which I'm looking at today, has had good r...

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Custom Keyboard for iOS gives your keyboard a totally new look

With all of the new iOS 8 keyboard apps, we're seeing new functions, languages and features. Custom Keyboard (US$0.99) gives the standard iOS keyboard a completely new look based on what you want. It's appearing in the App Store today. Custom Keyboard provides control of backgrounds, colors, font...

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Stay Focused provides focus stacking on your iPhone

(Image by Muhammad Mahdi Karim CC BY-SA 3.0) Stay Focused (free with in-app purchases) is an interesting app that does a very complex function for photographers called Focus Stacking. You take a series of photos, from 2 to 100, with different focus points selected. Then your photos are sent up to...

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Air Camera + lets you stream your iDevice camera to you AppleTV

Here's something a little different: Air Camera + (US$2.99) is a streaming app that captures the video and audio from your iPhone or iPad and streams it to your AppleTV. Beyond that, the app allows you to add real-time effects like sepia tones or cartoon-type effects. The app supports both the fr...

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