There’s an app for – well, everything

Apps – one of our favourite things! Here are three we’ve recently discovered. If you’re an iPad, iPod or iPhone user, the blue links will take you to the iOS app store.

1. Vocabology

One of the bits of advice I’ve recently read about writing is to keep updating your vocabulary. I tend to use the same words all the time so I downloaded Vocabology – Word of the Day – ThatWith.Me, LLC – and every day at 9:00 a.m., I get an alert on my phone that says ‘time to feed your brain’.

vocabThis app provides English words from Merriam-Webster, dictionary.com, thefreedictionary.com, and wordsmith.org, plus words in French, Italian, German, Portuguese and Spanish. It also includes words from the Urban Dictionary, and even if you would never see yourself using those words, they’ll make you laugh.

It provides, definitions, origins and examples, as well as an audio recording so you can hear how the words are pronounced. And if you see words you think you’ll want use in the future, just mark them as favourites and it creates a list.

Vocabology is 99¢ from iTunes. It’s not available on Android but there are similar apps from the Google Play store.

2. Photosynth

Photosynth – Microsoft Corporation, is one of those nifty photo apps that stitches photos together, so you can take more than a panorama – you can stitch together a 360° photo, include the ground and the sky.

This requires some skill and patience, but what’s great about this app, is that you photosynthcan upload your photos. Which means people who are better at using the app can upload their photos. And they do, so you can see some terrific creations from all over the world.

Photosynth is free from iTunes. Android has a similar app called Panorama 360, which is also free.

3. Waterlogue

My new favourite app is Waterlogue – Tinrocket, LLC. It takes your photos and turns them into water colour paintings! This app costs $3 – I’ve never paid that kind of crazy money for an app, but it’s worth it. Android has a similar app called Photo Painter Free, but I haven’t tried it. Below are some of my photos that I turned into REAL ART with Waterlogue.

Winter

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Just like most photo editing apps, there are different filters you can use.

flowers

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It can make a bad or so-so photo look pretty good.

 

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Maximus Prime

Maximus Prime

 

 

 

 

 

And it’s perfect for your pets.

 

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Shiloh

Shilo