Tonight is the last app review of 2013 but fist I have a story to tell you about what happened to my iPhone 4S. The battery on my iPhone 4S finally just crapped out and wouldn’t charge anymore. First I did the normal protocols, check the cables, plugs and Mophie Case. Then I went online and checked Apple’s website for details and double checked my Apple Care Plan to see if wasn’t expired. After I did that I made an appointment at the local Apple Store in Fashion Valley. Then I did long drawn process of backing up everything on my iPhone which took about 4 hours. It was slow because the battery was shot and I used the power of my Mophie Case to give me power on my iPhone.
The next day I went to the Apple Store on Christmas Eve. The store was busy but I’ve seen it busier and crazier, so I check-in. I talked to the Robert (employee) who remembered me from some reason. We chatted for awhile about the problems I was having and other things. What Robert told me was some really good information about the battery life cycles on the iPhone. My battery life had reach in the mid-900’s in cycle life. He saw that my iPhone was constantly crashing and other systems failures. This is what Robert told me and for people who are like me that keep their iPhones for awhile and trade every other models. “If your iPhone is acting up like this, make sure you make an appointment with the Apple Store. We will do a diagnostic to see what your iPhone has gone through. When the battery starts to go out, your apps will start to crash and your iPhone will start to crash. The battery is the brains to your iPhone, once the brain starts to go so will your iPhone.” I thanked Robert for his advice and shook hands with him after he took my iPhone in for the battery trade.
By the way I recommend you make an appointment if you’re having any kind of problems with your Apple Products. This will save you time and your sanity when going there with your problems. After waiting for 3 hours, I got a new battery and system restore on my iPhone 4S. I didn’t loose anything but I recommend you back up your stuff if you take any of your Apple Products in for any problems or check-ups.
Now you’re wondering why the story before I start the blog post, it’s because Tadaa SLR was one of the apps I could not use because it was crashing so badly. The photo was edited with Tadaa SLR, titled Suburban Sky. I owe Dan Walsh a blog post for this app because he goes out of his way to inform of what’s going on in the app world in Europe. He knows I will not write up on app if it’s not working properly but in this case it was my iPhone that wasn’t working properly. So this blog post is for Dan and the Tadaa Team, Dan has been super helpful with me. I appreciate it that he believes in my writing and photographic editing skills. Thanks you Dan, you know I saved the best for last !!!
Tadaa SLR created by the team behind the popular photo editing and sharing apps Tadaa & Tadaa 3D. Tadaa SLR lets users add breathtaking SLR-like effects to your photos.
-Create realistic depth of field and SLR-like Bokeh – works with any photo
–“Tap-to-Focus” feature let’s you focus on background or foreground AFTER you’ve taken the photo
-Breathtaking image quality of up to 16 megapixels
-Incredible level of detail – perfect round aperture blade simulation for beautiful results
-Make use of the app’s editing suite to choose from over 20 different filters or add a final touch with the cropping & adjustment tools (same filters as Tadaa and Tadaa 3D)
“The camera lens is still the single biggest restriction when it comes to taking truly great photos with your phone. The editing & enhancement engine that we’ve built over the past two years addresses that problem,” said Nikolas Schoppmeier, CEO & co-founder, Tadaa. “We asked ourselves: what makes SLR photos so much better than iPhone photos? We decided to create Tadaa SLR because we wanted to offer new and existing photographers on Tadaa an intuitive way to shoot stunning photos with real depth.”
Users can snap an image or choose one from their camera roll and by painting around the object they’d like to focus on, the app’s Object Detection feature automatically detects which part of the image a user would like to focus on i.e. a person or object in the foreground. The app then applies a realistic looking blur. Users can then fine-tune the photo; re-focus, apply filters and other adjustments. This is all done in full resolution.
Using Tadaa SLR to add a realistic depth of field to photos couldn’t be easier:
-Snap a photo
-Use Auto-Mask to define the subject
–Tadaa! Share your photos with the community or save them privately
Like Tadaa and Tadaa 3D, Tadaa SLR is connected to the Tadaa photography community where users can set up their own profiles and share their photos. They can like, comment and repost the images they like in the community. You can save your images to the camera roll, images can also be shared to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr directly from the app.
We start off with “The Further Adventures of Boyce and Vida” inside a Powerwheels at a Walmart parking lot during Christmas time shopping. Aren’t they cute and loved to be photographed and documented by their Aunt Tina. Just like Tadaa 3D, you have the same editing tools to start with after you’ve taken or uploaded a photo from your photo library.
You have the same color mask as Tadaa 3D, it’s the lime green color. What you masked out is the area you want to keep in focus and blur the rest out.
As you can see you have that SLR look of the bokeh spots, which always makes your photos look magical. You can use the slider to add how much your want the rest of your photo to be blurred out. There are 2 other options after you set your Bokehs (not shown). Highlights and Gloss to add in details to the Bokeh and what’s in your photo. Then you have Blur and Range which will changed the blurring typed and the range of the blurs.
Here are the filters options, same ass Tadaa and Tadaa 3D.
Your other editing tools to enhance your photos.
Now this photo is different from the other photo used in the demo because the app kept crashing on me before I could post it. Even with my battery fixed Tadaa SLR still will crash on me sometimes, so this is what I’d recommend you do when you use this app on an older iPhone or iPad.
-First make sure all your apps are turned off in the background before using the app.
-Second after you have gotten through and saved and posted your creation. Leave the app and turn it off in the background again. This will insure you of not crashing on you while in the middle of editing or crashed while you were in the middle of posting your creation.
-Third if you think this is too much of a process then write a detailed review in the App Store. Write the model of your iPhone or iPad, what iOS you’re using and when the crashes happen when using the app.
I feel if you’re paying for an app. It should work properly and be stable at all times. Tadaa SLR is $1.99 USD.
Now this is a macro shot I edited with Tadaa SLR, titled In Bloom. One of the things I’ve learn about editing with Tadaa SLR from Tadaa 3D is how the Detect Edge work differently between the apps. It’s more forgiving with Tadaa 3D compared to Tadaa SLR. So this is my take on when and how to use the Detect Edge tool effectively on Tadaa SLR. It’s best to use that tool on big areas you want to mask out, when you get to the edges I recommend you turn it off and do the masking manually around the tight spots and corners. One thing I would like the developers to do in future updates is to have the options of making the masking tool circle smaller or larger. It’s really hard to use when your only option is one big circle to mask with, you can only enlarge the photo so much in one area. After awhile you loose site of what you’re masking, it makes my eyes hurt and I have blurred vision after awhile. I feel the app does need some work and updates for stability and better utilization of the editing tools.
If you have any questions about this blog post please leave a comment or email me email@example.com. Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR and see you in 2014 !!! Combo Apps will be 3 years old !!!
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