Sunday, July 31, 2011
Speaking with IndustryGamers, Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello puts the previous Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony-led console market into post-iPad perspective: Consoles used to be 80% of the industry as recently as 2000. Consoles today are 40% of the game industry, so what do we really have? We have a new hardware platform and we’re putting [...]
Speaking with IndustryGamers, Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello puts the previous Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony-led console market into post-iPad perspective:
Consoles used to be 80% of the industry as recently as 2000. Consoles today are 40% of the game industry, so what do we really have?
We have a new hardware platform and we’re putting out software every 90 days. Our fastest growing platform is the iPad right now and that didn’t exist 18 months ago.
So consoles are down by half, and iPad has come out of basically nowhere to become the hottest thing in gaming? Hard core gamers would argue you can’t play Call of Duty or World Of Warcraft on an iPad, just like hard core geeks would argue you can’t run Xcode/Visual Studio and otherwise use an iPad as a “real computer”.
That’s true. It just turns out the hard core base is much smaller than the mainstream, and Apple — and Angry Birds and a host of other, casual titles — is democratizing the gaming platform just as much as the computer.
And iOS 5 AirPlay mirroring, where you can play your iPad games on the big screen via Apple TV, hasn’t even launched yet.
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I am not a photography buff but I do have a lot of photos to document the different stages of my life for posterity sake. I also use a lot of these photos for Avatars on Facebook or other Social Networking services I use. That’s when I really like to place a more different photo, [...]
I am not a photography buff but I do have a lot of photos to document the different stages of my life for posterity sake. I also use a lot of these photos for Avatars on Facebook or other Social Networking services I use. That’s when I really like to place a more different photo, something different but representative of myself.
I found Paper Camera to be a nifty App that helps you present interesting aspects of photos. The developers (JFDP Labs) describe Paper Camera as:
Seeing the world through the stylish and artistic lens of Paper Camera transforms your ordinary world into a magical experience. No boring post-process needed!!
What if you could see your everyday life, your house, your street, your school, your family as a sketch up, a cartoon, a comic book?
Paper Camera delivers instant gratification, amazes you, and it can do it anywhere at anytime.
Paper Camera includes 11 cool filters to start with:
- Comic Boom
- Sketch Up
- Aquarello (Water Color)
- Old printer
- Neon Cola
- Con Tours
- Gotham Noir
- Half Ton
- Granny’s Paper
- Pastel Perfect
And this list of features continue to grow with their updates (they started with 8). Using the App, you may take a picture, or insert a picture from your library. Select the theme you want, and vary it with:
(3) The amount of Lines you want
All in, I thought this was a pretty decent App. The interface was crisp and easy to use. While I appreciate the fact that the developers allow users to insert your own photos from your iphone/ipad’s photo library, I have a few gripes.
(1) All the photos from your library appear in a thumbnail format so if you have a large library you have to scroll through to find the photo you want to insert into the App. Allowing users to access the Photo Album’s directory may be more efficient.
(2) It would be really neat to be able to crop/resize the individual photos you choose. The effects of Paper Camera while interesting, does take a lot of detail away, so cropping them seems to be a nice option.
From what I read, the developers seem to be pretty intuitive with the need to users and I expect them to plug these issues eventually. Paper Camera is a universal App for iPhone and iPad and is available for $0.99.
Don’t forget to check out the demo video to see it in action:
This article, Paper Camera Converts Your iPhone Photos to Drawings, was originally published at simonblog.com.